Elizabeth Cessna, MS, NBCCH · Pittsburgh, PA · (412) 366-4929.

Helping clients overcome life's many challenges for over 25 years 

Elizabeth Cessna

 Questions about Hypnotherapy



What is Ericksonian Hypnotherapy?  This type of hypnotherapy is the one most commonly practiced by clinical professionals.  It is named after Dr. Milton H. Erickson, who was influential in the practice of clinical hypnosis that was gentle, permissive and respectful of patients.


How long is a session? A session lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.  Most people can expect to be able to change a behavior within three sessions.


What is a Hypnotic Trance? Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that is somewhere between being awake and asleep.  Have you ever driven a route that you are very familiar with, and not remembered the trip?  This is a similar state.  Clinical hypnosis allows you to access your subconscious mind.  This is the part of your brain that stores all of your memories. Hypnosis allows you to reprogram and release thought patterns and habits so that you can make desirable changes.


Will I Lose Control during a session?  NEVER.  You are always in control.  Hypnosis is relaxing and you are completely awake during the experience.  The hypnotherapist guides you to a connection with your subconscious mind to help you with the changes that you want. Hypnosis can restore your freedom to make choices that you may not have had control over for many years.


Will I Remember the Session?  Everyone experiences hypnotherapy in his or her own way.  There is no right or wrong experience.  One person may experience it as a deep and heavy restful feeling, while another may experience a light and floating sensation.  Some people remember every word spoken by the therapist, and others allow their minds to drift.  Some people remember the suggestions they hear, and others do not.  Each person's experience is unique.


How Long Does It Take to Change Behaviors? Most clients are able to make a change within three sessions.


Do you work with men? YES!  In fact nearly half of my clients are male.  I see men for the same reasons I see women, smoking, weight loss, work issues, and relationship issues.


How Much Does it Cost? Clinical Hypnotherapy with Elizabeth Cessna, Board Certified Hypnotherapist, is $375 for three sessions.


Will Hypnosis Solve all of my Problems? Hypnosis cannot solve every problem.  Even with hypnosis, it may be necessary for you to do some conscientious planning about the types of changes that you want to experience.  Hypnosis is not a cure-all but a tool to help you achieve your goals.  You must still take action to get results. Hypnosis is effective in most cases, but may not work for every person.  The most important tool for your success through hypnotherapy is to have an absolute desire to change your behavior.



To schedule your hypnotherapy session,
contact Elizabeth Cessna MS NBCCH at 412.366.4929



Client Testimonial:  My relationship with my mother has always been difficult, to say the least.  Working with clinical hypnotherapy has made a huge difference.  There has been a lot of improvement in the way that I react to her, and that in turn, has made a big difference in how she speaks and acts toward me. Thank you. -- Sarah V.