Frequently Asked Questions

Hypnosis is still widely unfamiliar to most, and it is natural to have confusion or worry. Let’s answer some of the most common curiosities.

Is hypnotherapy dangerous?

Short answer: No!

Long answer: Any tool in the wrong hands has negative potential. Rest assured Andrew Hughes is committed to the Hippocratic Oath: “Do no harm!”

How does hypnotherapy work?

Short answer: We strategically manipulate psychological/neurological activity so as to allow maximum receptivity of new information, which leads to changes in belief systems.

Long answer: This is discussed in depth during the first session, and can be explained in a free consultation as well.

The irony of the short answer being longer is not lost on me.

What can hypnotherapy be used for?

Hypnotherapy has a wide range of uses. From emotional regulation to pain management; from goal motivation to habit control. Learn more

Do you also do stage hypnosis?

I do not currently perform hypnosis for entertainment purposes in group settings. We can certainly use the hypnotic phenomena, typically associated with stage hypnosis, to create a fun, healing session! This must be requested.

Do you require a referral?

Any presenting issue with a possible medical or psychiatric etiology requires a referral. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Weight loss of greater than or equal to twenty five pounds.
  2. Physical pain in the body
  3. Paranoia/Neurosis
  4. Anything related to mental/emotional disorders

Also, anyone on medications may need a referral. The referral form will be provided by me after our consultation.

Do you take insurance?

Short answer: No

Long answer: Insurance coverage is based on what they consider “necessary.” Your insurance may consider some physical pain hypnotherapy needs “necessary,” and if so, they require a referral from a medical doctor. However, the bureaucracy of insurance coverage makes it both difficult and risky for a hypnotherapist to take insurance, and I therefore do not contract with insurance.


Some people find success sending their hypnotherapy invoice to their insurance for a refund of the services! If you would like to pursue that method, just ask for an invoice.

What should I expect from a session, as someone new to hypnosis?

Once you’ve completed an intake form, I will reach out to schedule a phone consultation. During the call, we will further discuss your needs, determining if we need a referral, if we are compatible, or if I need to refer you out to a colleague. If all goes well, we’ll schedule the first session. Agreements and payments must be squared away before the first session.

During the first session, we will talk for about 15 minutes more, discovering more about the presenting issue (your reason for seeking services). Then, we’ll move into a suggestibility test (determining the best way to word things for you), begin a hypnotic induction, followed by state deepeners, then into the hypnotic techniques and suggestions. The session ends with waking up, checking on you, and scheduling the next session.

The second session, and on, we will start with a review of the previous session and explore where improvements are needed, before leading again into the hypnosis. These subsequent sessions typically spend more time exploring the issues than in hypnosis.

Is hypnosis as effective over Zoom as in person?

Hypnosis is just as effective over Zoom. It also happens to be more accessible, as you don’t have to leave the house. You can see a well trained hypnotherapist in California from your home in Iowa.

What do I need in order to do a Zoom session?

  1. Stable internet connection
  2. Any webcam and microphone
  3. A comfortable, safe place to relax, undisturbed for one hour.

Do you offer training and certification?

I can offer basic hypnosis training, including self-hypnosis, but do not at this time offer in-depth hypnotherapy training or certification. For a quality education, go to Tell them Andrew Hughes sent you!

How does hypnotherapy compare to other therapies?

Short answer:

Long answer:

What do your services cost?

Individual session$100
Three session package$250
Six session package (most effective)$450
Smoking Cessation (6 week program)$600
Student discount (Highschool or college)*25% off
*Must provide proof of current enrollment for discount.

Do consultations cost anything?

Not with me.

What is your refund policy?

Whatever package you choose, payment is required before the beginning of the first session. If you decide the session yielded no benefits, a refund will be issued in the full amount minus a $10 refund fee. If you chose the individual session at $100, the refund would be $90. For multi-session packages, refunds are only available before the second session.

Once a refund has been issued, if you want to pursue future sessions, a reinstatement fee of $50 will be added to the session/package fee. Example: You paid for a single session, $100, and asked for a refund. Sooner or later you decide to try again, so you ask to book a session. That session will be $150. Regardless of what package was refunded, whatever package you are seeking now will have that $50 fee attached. This fee is non-refundable, so if you purchase another $100 session, with the $50 fee making it $150, then again ask for a refund, the refund will still only be $90.

Everybody is different, and I understand the potential of someone’s dissatisfaction with a session, and I wouldn’t want to charge someone for something that did not help them. On the other hand, time is a valuable thing, and I am capable of being taken advantage of, so these fees are in place to discourage the use of refunds as a way of getting free or dramatically discounted services. Each client gets two refunds before being added to a blacklist, meaning we will not attempt to work with one another again. It makes no sense to continue if we clearly aren’t a good fit. The purpose of these sessions is to help you achieve your goals, and if that isn’t happening, we need to part ways.

Have questions not answered here? Send me an email, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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