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Hypnotherapy FAQs

Common Questions (please click on a question to view the answer)


Are there tax breaks for using hypnosis?

Tax laws passed in 2003 provide tax credits when hypnosis is used for weight loss and to stop smoking. In some cases you may receive a tax credit for 100% of the cost. However tax laws can be complex and it's best to check with your tax professional to make sure you qualify

What is the conscious mind?

In Sigmund Freud's words, the conscious mind consists of everything inside of our awareness. This is the aspect of our mental processing that we can think and talk about in a rational way. The conscious mind consists of such things as sensations, perceptions, memories, feeling and fantasies inside of our current awareness. Next to the conscious mind is the preconsious which includes the things that we are not thinking of at the moment but which we can easily draw into conscious.

Do you remote long distance healing?

Yes!According to Quantum Physics, everything is energy and is connected. Therefore, during a subspace/remote session, we meet on the universal energetic highway of connection. Have you ever been thinking about someone when, suddenly, they call? Or? Have you suddenly thought to call someone and the response was “I was just thinking about calling you!” it has the same effect as you being in my office.  Please ask me for more information about this.

How long will it take to change my habit of negative thinking?

It takes a minimum of 21 days to develop a habit- SO GIVE YOURSELF TIME - Use Consistent, Regular Practice when doing your activities.

Discount Programs

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Clearing Karma

Every session is designed to release old karma you may be carrying. Some examples of negative Karma can show up in the form of Career problems or health problems. For more answers please feel free to ask me.

What is Karma

Simply put, karma is where if you do something good for some person or creature and something good will happen to you in return. If you do something bad to someone or some creature, something bad will happen to you in return. "Do unto other as you would have them do unto to you." The golden rule in Christianity. Same principle follows. What goes around comes around. If you live your life exercising kindness and compassion to all people and all creatures, something good will swing around your way. And vise versa.

Video Testimonials

If you have worked with me and are interested in submitting an approved video testimonial you get $50 of your next session (hour) as a thanks for helping me spread the word.

Referral Program

For each person you refer to me who becomes a paying client. You get $25.00 off for services.

What is a Sound Light Machine.

Light and sound mind machines are powerful tools for activating the mind, achieving deep levels of concentration and relaxation, sparking creativity and preparing for stressful events like public speaking, examinations or long trips. The product described in this website is not medical devices and should not be construed as substitutes for proper medical care.  They are not intended for the treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition.

What is Energy Healing?

A good definition of energy healing is: A therapeutic treatment that helps someone shed energy that is not in their highest and best good and replaces it with source energy. Source energy is also called universal energy. The energy itself  comes directly from the god or divine spirit source. Energy that would be considered not in someone's highest and best good is often called negative energy. This could be in the form of stress, anxiety, fear, doubt, anger, etc. Sometimes it can also be deep wounds, either emotional or physical, that are held in the etheric body. A skilled energy healer basically gives your energetic body a soothing bath, clearing out any energy that is not in your highest and best good. This assists on four levels: • Physical – Brings calmness and relaxation. • Mental – Removes stress and anxiety. • Emotional – Releases trapped energy in Chakras. • Spiritual – Raises your vibration, helping you become more attuned to your own inner guidance.


A physical reaction to an emotional cue while in Hypnosis that assists in releasing or purging this emotion.


A Physical body movement (such as touching thumb and forefinger) that elicits a know response added by the Hypnotherapist.

Concious mind

The critical, mind which controls your Analytical, Rational, Working Memory and Willpower functions.

Deep hypnosis (sumnambulistic)

Deepest level of Hypnosis suggestibility. Experience of the above plus amnesia or Hyper Suggestibility.

Ideomotor response

A physical response to a suggestion provided from the Hypnotherapist. Ideomotor response is an automatic response to an emotional queue such as a reflex would be.


The Hypnosis technique to bypass the critical mind, which allows you to enter the hyper suggestible state known as Hypnosis.

Light hypnosis (hypnoidal)

The lightest stage of Hypnosis characterized by physical relaxation and some detachment. This is the first stage required to work with suggestions. Eye Close, Movement is reduced, Swallow reflex becomes active, and breathing deepens.

Medium hypnosis (cataleptic)

 In this level you may experience the following: Head may slump forward, Slumped Posture, feeling of lethargy, reduction in sensory awareness, yawning, twitching.

What Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an incredibly powerful discipline that enables people to unblock the structures of human communication and human excellence. By doing so people can think, communicate and manage themselves, and others, more effectively. NLP explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behavior and emotion (programs). By studying and learning from these relationships people can effectively transform the way they traditionally think and act, adopting new, far more successful models of human excellence. (This activity is called modeling and is a key feature that distinguishes NLP from psychology). In effect, NLP is a powerful change management tool that transforms the way people think and act to have the greatest impact both professionally and personally. That’s why NLP is one of the most powerful skills used in business management, psychology, sales, sports coaching and all forms of personal development. NLP can help you to:
  • Be more successful by learning to influence your emotional and psychological states.
  • Replace negative behaviors and habits with positive ones. · Transform the way you go about everyday tasks.
  • Be more aware of your impact on others and how to manage your behaviour for optimal results.
  • Better understand your own motivations, needs and behaviors and use these positively to have the greatest impact.
  • Better understand your staff’s and customer’s needs, motivations and behaviors.
  • Improve and enhance your interpersonal communication at the office and at home.

Subconcious mind

The “real” mind that makes up your Total Memory, Emotions, Habits (good, bad, and automatic), self protection, and resistance to change

Unconcious mind

The part of the mind that controls your Autonomic System (breathing, heart rate, etc.)

Do you follow a Code of Ethics?

Sunil is bound by the strict code of ethics laid down by the National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc, and the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association and undertakes to:
  • Provide treatment consistent with a diligent duty of care and within knowledge, competence and experience.
  • Ensure that wherever a physical cause to a client condition may be either known or suspected, that the client be encouraged to seek medical advice.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality during and after treatment.
  • Obtain client permission before audio or video recording of any part of a consultation or therapy takes place.
  • Refrain from using his position of trust and confidence to exploit the client emotionally or in any other way whatsoever.
  • To complete courses of treatment in every case at the earliest possible opportunity.
  • To take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the client and those accompanying them.
  • Conduct himself at all times in such a way as to do nothing that might bring hypnotherapy or the Associations he is a member of into disrepute.

Are there any books you can recommend?

  • A New Earth — Eckhart Tolle
  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Life — Dr. Daniel G. Amen
  • Get The Life You Want — Richard Bandler
  • Loving What Is — Byron Katie
  • Magnificent Mind At Any Age — Dr. Daniel G. Amen
  • Taming Your Gremlin — Rick Carson
  • The Brain In Love — Dr. Daniel G. Amen
  • The Four Agreements — Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Everything Self Hypnosis Book — Rene Bastaracherican
  • The Power of Now — Eckhart Tolle
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People — Stephen Covey
  • Trusting Yourself — M.J Ryan

Do you accept insurance?

I do not accept insurance, however, your company may reimburse you. Check with your employer or healthcare provider.

What is your cancellation policy?

Your appointment time is a contract between us. If you cancel without sufficient notice, I am unable to fill that slot and others who could have used it can’t take advantage of it. You must cancel within 24 hours to receive a full refund if you have paid in advance for a session. If you cancel without 24 hours notice, you will be charged for an hour. If you do not show up for a first appointment or do not give me sufficient notice, you will have to pay for an hour in advance before booking an subsequent appointments. There is a $35 fee along with any bank charged expenses incurred with each returned check. There are no refunds for services or products.

How do I get started?

You can now book your appointment online or just call 503-764-9976 or e-mail me. If you call, please leave your number first, as without an accurate number I will not be able to reach you. Also, please note if you do not hear back from me within 24 hours, assume that I did not get the message or am having trouble reaching you, and please call back. I will make every effort to accommodate your schedule and see you as soon as possible.

How do you work?

All post-hypnotic suggestions are tailored to you and you alone. That is what makes a session with me very powerful. Often I feel I receive intuitive guidance that tells me to "go here now" that only happens under trance. I feel like I have spent half of my lifetime preparing for this work, studying psychology books and metaphysics, since the age of 20, reading widely. I have also worked through many of my own issues and so possess the understanding, insight and compassion to help others heal themselves. I have often been able to help when others couldn't. I am very passionate about the work I do and invested in seeing my clients achieve results in as short a time as possible, and work very hard towards that end.

What determines results?

The results you'll experience depend upon different factors, including your readiness to change, what kind of rapport you have with your hypnotherapist, and how good of a subject you are. Also, how regularly you do your own self-hypnosis directly impacts the results.

What is the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

Hypnosis has been called mediation with a goal. Mediation is a quieting of the mind, and is in itself very relaxing and beneficial. However, there is no goal, visualizations or positive imagery. With hypnosis, we quiet the mind and relax the body, then add mental imagery, positive suggestion, and other techniques such as NLP or Parts Therapy. There is always a goal in hypnosis.

Can hypnosis help me?

Hypnosis has proven effective for literally hundreds of issues, from overcoming stress and bad habits to managing pain and overcoming procrastination. So chances are excellent it can help you as well, whether you want to use hypnosis as your sole method of treatment or in conjunction with other therapies recommended by your doctor or therapist. Read Featured Client Testimonials

Are some people more hypnotizable than others?

Yes. Hypnosis is a skill like anything else, and some people have more talent for it than others. But the good news is that everyone gets better with practice. That’s why doing some self-hypnosis on your own is important.

Is it possible to hypnotize me?

Yes. The vast majority of the population can be hypnotized. In fact, we all go in and out of hypnosis many times during the day. If you’ve ever passed your exit on the highway, daydreamed during a meeting, or lost yourself in a good book, you were in a light state of hypnosis. And a light state is all we need for most of the work that we do, including weight loss,smoking, overcoming fears of public speaking and so on.

Will I be hypnotized even during the first session?

Yes. The first session includes actual hypnosis, as do all sessions. This consists of an "induction" or relaxation technique, usually followed by positive suggestions, mental imagery, remembering successful events, and possibly more advanced techniques such as N.L.P, Parts Therapy or regression. Afterwards, I'll ask you what you liked, how you feel, assign homework and discuss next steps. All sessions are private, very confidential and take place in a professional space.

What does it cost?

Show your commitment to yourself and your Soul’s  personal Journey by purchasing a Package rather than a quick, in-n-out, session. You are worth it. Please contact me  to schedule your 30 minute no cost consultation .

How many sessions should I expect?

I recommend start with 3 to 6 sessions and then we can assess your progress at that time. You may have spent years thinking and behaving a certain way, so it may take some time to achieve the desired results. Prepare to make an investment in your well-being. With that said, you should experience some improvement even after one session. And sometimes this improvement is dramatic.

What happens in a hypnotherapy session?

Each session normally takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes and is tailored to your requirements. You start by physically relaxing and then I talk you down into an altered state. Everything disclosed by you to me remains strictly confidential and is not disclosed to anyone without your specific written permission. The real vehicle for change is the induction which produces, or causes, a hypnotic state. The induction is the method that the therapist employs to achieve progressive relaxation of the body and mind to reach a state of suggestibility known as the trance. This state is similar to the mental states achieved during such disciplines as meditation and yoga. During your session you will sit in a very comfortable chair and I will talk to you gently and calmly. You will then begin to gradually relax more and more. This feeling of deep relaxation is very good, and has to be experienced to be believed. Once you have fully relaxed you will find that you, with the therapist's help, can access long forgotten memories. These memories are usually the cause of the problems bothering you, and we begin to deal with them. We can utilize the subconscious for the benefit of your health and well-being. Hypnosis is a natural and wonderful way to release you from the hurt, pain and upsets of the past, and motivates you for the future. The quality of your life will be so much better once you have dealt with your problems. In addition to hypnosis each Energy Healing session will bring you the following...
  1. You may see images ( memories) from your past, release repressed emotions, or experience heat or tingling sensations through out your body. You may even get angry or sad or emotional. This is normal and its nothing to worry about. The goal is to let go of what is no longer serving you! Sometimes its painful sometimes its blissful.
  2.  Some people are sensitive to energy and can feel energy moving through there body, it really comes down to how open you are to receiving healing. Some don't feel anything and truthfully all this means is that healing is taking place at deeper levels within your own being. So do not give up! It took along time to for these blockages to accumulate and It may take more than 1 or 2 sessions for your heart to open. What I have seen is that subtle shifts can occur in these situations as we go further in our work together, So be aware of how you interactions to others start to change.
  3. You may just dance and jump for joy.

What Is Hypnosis?

There doesn't seem to be a consensus explaining exactly what hypnosis is. You'll find a different definition in each place you look. Here is my best definition: Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness in which the subject has heightened suggestibility, within certain limitations. He/she can access creativity, reprogram old patterns, overcome limiting beliefs, reduce stress, work with pain relief, and access hidden strengths. An altered state of consciousness, or trance state, is a normal and natural state that almost everyone goes in and out of multiple times each day. For instance; most people have experienced being in a boring class or meeting where, without even realizing it, they "go somewhere else" in their minds and are abruptly brought back to the present when asked a question. Daydreaming is common trance state. Driving on autopilot is another. Becoming so focused on a book or movie or problem such that everything else fades out around you is another common trance state. Hypnosis is simply a guided trance state.



Free Initial Consultation

If you did not find an answer to your question within these hypnotherapy FAQs and you are uncertain whether hypnosis and NLP can help your problem, I can provide you with a free consultation of up to 30 minutes. At the end of the consultation, you will be able to come to an informed decision as to whether you wish to proceed.

If you decide to proceed, I will normally schedule another appointment, but sometimes I can proceed straight away. After the consultation I’m also able to give you an idea of how many hypnosis sessions you may require.

Why wait? Make an appointment to change your life with Sunil Varma.

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