Frequently Asked Questions
"An awake heart is like a sky that pours light." - Hafiz
What is hypnosis, and why do you use it?
I use hypnosis because it is the most beneficial modality that I know of for creating positive change in my client’s lives. Hypnosis is safe, gentle, and extraordinary versatile. Plus it does not require a large number of sessions to get meaningful and lasting results, so it is very cost-effective for my clients.
For information about what hypnosis is and what it can be used for, please see the page of this website titled "About Hypnosis"
How many sessions will it take for me to see results?
With the use of hypnosis, I have often seen meaningful and life-enhancing changes take place in as little as 1 to 3 sessions. However this depends on several factors, including how long the issue you are wanting to change has been active in your life, how hidden it is behind layers of inner defenses, how strong those defenses are, and how open you are to exploring and resolving your issue.
Why do you call your practice "Inner Alliance Consulting"?
I like to think of myself as a "consultant" and guide because I help my clients to access their own innate, untapped abilities for creating desired changes in their lives. Oftentimes these abilities are hidden, for a variety of reasons, but the good news is that hypnosis is excellent for resolving what stands in the way, and for helping to foster new behavior safely, gently and effectively.
"Inner Alliance" refers to my belief that each of us naturally embodies numerous ways of thinking, feeling and being, which I call our inner "aspects". When these aspects are unconscious of and at odds with each other, we experience inner conflict and can become "our own worst enemy". However when these conflicting inner parts are made conscious and guided into a beneficial alliance with each other, then they can become our loyal and trustworthy allies - and our lives can make dramatic changes for the better as a result.
I worked with a psychotherapist for years, but I didn't really get any better. How is your work different?
Psychotherapists, psychiatrists and other licensed mental health workers are trained to diagnose and treat mental disorders. Unfortunately what is happening more and more these days is that even normal human experiences of grief, loneliness, lack of purpose etc. are becoming labeled as "disorders" that are then treated with psychotropic drugs. I am not saying these mental health workers have bad intentions or that they cannot benefit certain individuals, but pathologizing normal human experience and trying to medicate the symptoms away is a very troubling trend.
The non-medical standard for treatment that is still practiced by most traditional psychotherapists is "talk therapy." While talking about one's suffering can be comforting, this form of therapy tends to be very long in duration and thus extremely expensive, and frankly it has a very poor track record for fostering lasting change. This is because 'talk' happens almost entirely at the level of the conscious mind, while effective change can only occur at the level of the subconscious mind.
As a consulting hypnotist I am trained to help emotionally stable individuals to change habits of thought and behavior in ways that can reduce stress, enhance the ability to achieve goals, deepen one's spiritual life, create more harmony in relationships, and improve physical health. I am not a psychologist and do not diagnose or treat mental illness. And by "mental illness" I mean genuine mental illness such as severe depression, schizophrenia, manic-depression, etc. For severe conditions like these I recommend that one find an integrative psychiatrist who has a deep understanding of the role of diet, nutrition, inflammatory conditions and other physical factors in the manifestation of mental-emotional suffering. An excellent example of such a psychiatrist is Kelly Brogan MD, whose book "A Mind of Your Own" I highly recommend.
As your InnerAlliance consultant I will gain an awareness of your wounding and shadow (if the nature of your goals call for such investigation), but the focus of our work is to identify your many strengths and to help you develop your natural inner capacities for change. As mentioned elsewhere on this website, positive changes tend to happen quickly, which is different from what can be expected from talk-based therapy.
"With Kevin's sensitive inquiry and his understanding of the trials of the creative person, I've been able to gain awareness of and dialogue with all aspects of myself that play a part in this inner drama. I've been able to retrieve profoundly pertinent memories and to settle into an inner balance where I have been able to move back into the creative flow intact and with ease.”