What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of focused consciousness. It is a very powerful and relaxing tool used to access your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is who you are.  It is the sum of your life experiences; it controls your habits and beliefs.

Through the gentle process of hypnosis you CAN accomplish your goals and transform your life.


I am a Consulting Hypnotist, a Certified Member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). I provide meditative and motivational coaching for a wide range of issues, including making medical or psychological care obtained elsewhere more effective. I do not diagnose, treat nor prescribe for clients regarding issues related to medical or mental health conditions. I work with clients only with the intent to enhance the client’s own natural restorative and coping abilities, and I make no therapeutic claims. My services are supportive and educational, teaching persons to use their natural skills and abilities. This is the role of a Consulting Hypnotist.


In previous years, the words Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy were both widely used and somewhat interchangeable. When I became a member of the NGH in March 2010, my title, as shown on my certificate, was “Certified Hypnotherapist”. When I started my practice, I thought that “Helen Marie Hypnotherapy” had a nice “ring” to it and I have used it ever since. In recent years, however, the use of the word Hypnotherapy has been discouraged as it is felt that it implies some form of therapy. As stated above, as a Consulting Hypnotist I make no therapeutic claims; I help people to use their natural skill and abilities to achieve their goals. However, as my website, email address, domain, business and company name, business licenses, logo and brand all use that name, for continuity purposes and in order to avoid confusion by changing the name of my practice, I have decided to continue using “Helen Marie Hypnotherapy”.

What does Hypnosis involve?

I will help you achieve a relaxed state of mind and tailor the session to help your subconscious mind to give you the belief that you can achieve your desired goal.

You will be given positive suggestions to help boost your motivation to change existing bad habits or overcome your fears.

Is Hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is perfectly safe. You remain in control at all times; you can choose to end the session at any time and you can never be made to do anything against your will.

It is a wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable experience.

What can Hypnosis be used for?

Hypnosis can be used for many different purposes.

It can help achieve safe and healthy weight loss, enable you to stop smoking successfully, overcome your fears, manage stress, change your bad habits and boost your confidence.

Can anybody be Hypnotized?

I have worked with all sorts of different people from a wide variety of backgrounds, from professionals and sports stars, to housewives and children. I help people to achieve whatever it is that they want to do, but that they need a little help with.

I have helped children who have low self esteem or are being bullied at school, ladies who can’t cope with the ever-increasing demands on their time and never have anyone to talk to, elderly people who are worried about living alone or are in poor health, professional people who need that little push to start their own business, my own son to win his next chess game or my own daughter to pass her school tests…

Most people I see have never been hypnotized before but, although I understand you may be a little nervous or even skeptical, most people have a wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Hypnosis has also been used by many famous people over the years.

Does Hypnosis always work?

Generally, anybody of normal intelligence who is willing to follow simple instructions can be hypnotized. Although it will work for the majority of people, the majority of the time, there are no guarantees. It depends on a number of factors, not least of which is how open-minded you are to receiving subconscious instruction.

I will help to put you into a calm and relaxed state of mind which will give you the best chance of having a successful session. The more relaxed you are prior to hypnosis, the deeper you will go into hypnosis and the more effective it will be.

Are there any limitations to Hypnosis?

I am not a medical practitioner and I cannot, therefore, provide a medical diagnosis nor recommend discontinuance of medically prescribed treatments. Hypnosis is, however, recommended by many doctors, particularly by those engaged in integrative and holistic therapy.

There has been much research carried out into hypnosis and how it compares to other, more traditional, methods.

Hypnosis & Religion Concerns

Many people are concerned that God may not approve of hypnosis. There is a concern in Christianity that we are surrendering our will to someone else and allowing them to use a type of black magic on us; hypnosis is far from this.

However, it is a legitimate concern and people have often wondered if we are even aware of the programming that goes on when we are somewhat absent from the gate or control of what is going into our mind.

Christians who have had hypnosis agree that you are never unconscious and you are always aware, and in control, of what is going on. You get to choose what you would like to focus your subconscious mind on; it has been described as a “mental massage” for your brain.

The most common response we get from individuals is that it is calming and relaxing, as if they have just been to a spa.

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How many sessions are needed?

The number of sessions depends on the person and what is being treated. Stopping smoking normally only requires one session, as does dealing with a specific fear, whereas weight loss and helping you to manage stress, for example, usually requires three or more sessions.

Every person is different, however, and you decide how often you want to see me. Some people have just one session, most have three or four and some people benefit from a regular monthly top-up.

What does a Hypnosis session involve?

The initial session is where I get to know you, to find out what it is that you need help with. You will be able to talk about the issues you have been experiencing and, once you are in a calm and relaxed state of mind, the hypnosis session can begin.

Every person is different, and every session is different; I tailor the session specifically to what you need help with right now! It is completely safe, and most people have a wonderful, relaxing experience. The initial session usually lasts between 60 and 75 minutes; subsequent sessions are normally a little shorter.

Where do the sessions take place?

Face-to-face sessions take place in my home office in Orlando, Florida.

For clients who live out of state, in another country, or who feel more relaxed in the comfort of their own home, I am able to conduct remote online sessions (see FAQ below).

Do remote online sessions really work?

Absolutely – 100%

In all the years I have been offering hypnotherapy, remote online sessions have proved as effective, if not more so, than traditional face-to-face sessions.

I can categorically state that it makes absolutely no difference whether you are sitting next to me, or you are in a different city or even a different country.

The moment you close your eyes, you will experience the same high-quality hypnosis session as if we were in the same room.

We will share that room together, you feel safe and secure in your own home. All you need is a private space and some quiet time, free from interruptions.

You can work sessions into your personal schedule, you don’t need to worry about the traffic, the weather or travelling at night.

And, most importantly, you won’t feel worried about entering an unfamiliar room and sharing your deepest darkest secrets in person.

You will be able to relax more quickly with a remote session and enter a deep hypnotic state more effectively in your favorite armchair.

The process is simple. All you need is a laptop, tablet or smart phone. We will send you all of the details, including the link to the video conference call, once you schedule your appointment.

Why choose Helen Marie Hypnotherapy?

Whether I see you face-to-face in my home office, or I see you in the comfort of your own home via a remote online session, I won’t start the session until I think you are ready – and you think you are ready! I want you to feel totally at ease, I want you to enjoy our time together and to have the best possible experience!

I am passionate about helping my clients achieve their goals – please take a look at my reviews; I am very much looking forward to working with you!

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