These answers have been prepared by E. R. Hutchison.  Mr. Hutchison has been a psychotherapist in private practice in Mississippi for over 30 years.  He is a former Regent's Scholar who has earned three degrees from Syracuse University and has taught hypnosis and psychology there and at two other colleges.  He was twice elected to the local legislature in NY, and is the author of several books, including, "Hypnosis:  Clinical, Social, and Theatrical Uses."                                          
WHY BE HYPNOTIZED?  To stop smoking, to lose weight, to reduce tension, or for a number of other programs of personal improvement.

WHO CAN BE HYPNOTIZED?  Very young children and people with substantial brain damage are a challenge, but almost everyone else can be readily hypnotized.

CAN I BE MADE TO DO SOMETHING AGAINST MY WILL?  No.  A person will not accept any suggestion that they find disagreeable.  The subject remains in complete control and will not do or say anything that they would not be comfortable with in the non-hypnotic state.  It should be recalled that, of course, the purpose of therapeutic hypnosis is to give people the beneficial suggestions that they need and desire.

WILL I KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING?  Yes.  Even in the deepest stages of hypnosis the subject is conscious and aware.  The mind remains alert and the person hears every word.  Because the individual is always awake, and because the state is so little different from any other period of relaxation, many subjects wonder if they have been hypnotized.  Fortunately, one need not feel hypnotized to be or to benefit.

ARE THERE ANY DANGERS WITH HYPNOSIS?  No.  You incur no risk, mental or physical, from hypnotherapy.  The only "danger" is the danger that the individual does not benefit from the therapy.

DOES HYPNOSIS HAVE MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC ACCEPTANCE? Yes.  A policy statement of the American Medical Association (AMA) long ago recognized hypnosis as a safe and effective treatment modality for a wide-range of medical, dental, and behavioral problems.  Hypnosis is being researched and taught at major medical facilities throughout the world and increasing numbers of physicians, dentists, psychologists, and counselors now employ its techniques.

MUST YOU BELIEVE IN HYPNOSIS FOR IT TO BE EFFECTIVE?  No.  Suggestive therapy is based upon scientific principles which work whether or not we believe in them.  As an example, if you have a fever an aspirin is very likely to reduce your temperature.  This reduction occurs whether or not you have heard of aspirin, believe in aspirin, or taste the aspirin.  No medication, of course, will do you any good in the bottle--you do have to take it.  In the same way, you must be willing to be hypnotized and willing for the suggestions to take effect.  But there are no other prerequisites.

HOW MANY THERAPY SESSIONS ARE NEEDED?  This depends upon the individual and the nature of his or her problem.  One of the great virtues of hypnosis is that it is a brief therapy.  Most smokers, for example, are able to stop smoking after just a single session.  When people have other problems, such as over-eating, stress, or pain, the approach is usually somewhat different.  While these individuals will ordinarily begin to respond following the initial session, they are seen several more times over a period of a few weeks with the objective of instructing them in techniques of self-hypnosis.  Once acquired, this ability ends the need for continuing sessions of regular therapy.

HOW LONG IS EACH SESSION?  I like to see clients the first time for about 70 to 80 minutes so that I can find out about their unique circumstances and answer any questions they may have before proceeding to the therapy.  Subsequent sessions, if necessary, are usually somewhat briefer.  All sessions are private and confidential but a client can elect to have a friend or spouse sit in on any visit.  

WHAT IS THE COST FOR EACH SESSION?  The current fee for the initial session is $120.  Subsequent sessions, if needed, are $80.  Clients can usually be seen within a few days and at a time that is convenient for them.  Appointments can be arranged by calling 601-906-8571.

If you should have additional questions you are encouraged to contact Mr. Hutchison by email at or by simply calling him directly at 601-906-8571.
This page was last updated on: February 7, 2013