Meredith Locher, MA, CH
Certified Master Hypnotherapist
Life Coach
(310) 597-1157

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of focused attention resulting in an increased ability to accept suggestions. It's a naturally occurring state of mind we cycle in and out of while awake. Everyone has already experienced hypnosis thousands of times whether they are aware of it or not. Normal, everyday hypnosis occurs when you are driving down the road and lose track of time, or when you are focusing on a book or television program and you don’t even notice something that is going on around you.

The hypnotic state is an optimum state for making changes in your life. You can set aside limiting beliefs that may have been preventing you from moving toward a more healthy and happy you.

What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis, and the mind's own natural abilities, to resolve issues, relieve emotional burdens and achieve personal goals. It's not like the hypnotism you see portrayed in cartoons or on stage. It is a safe, effective process that leaves you feeling refreshed and motivated. In just a few customized, confidential sessions, negative patterns of thought and behavior can be eliminated once and for all by removing the root cause through hypnosis.

What is a Hypnosis Session?
A hypnosis session is a pre-scheduled time one-on-one with a professional hypnotist or hypnotherapist used to gain insight from the subconscious mind to eliminate limiting beliefs from the subconscious mind in order to effect change in a person’s life. Sessions will begin with discussion about the issue and goals for hypnosis. Once all questions are answered and you feel comfortable to proceed, the hypnosis portion of session will begin. The specifics of each session will be customized by your hypnotherapist who acts a guide showing you the way to your desired result. The session is a partnership between you and the hypnotherapist like dance partners engaging in a therapeutic dance, each playing an important role. You will always play an active role in the process.

Why Should I Try Hypnosis Now?
Hypnosis is a tool that can help you just like it has helped millions of other people to take back control of their lives. People often use hypnosis as a last resort and then comment they wished they had tried it first. You have either been referred by someone who cares about you and knows hypnosis works or you have unsuccessfully tried other therapies. Either way, nothing works faster or more effectively than hypnosis. Your choice: continue to live with your limitations or break free with hypnosis. Choose the path you want.

Is Hypnosis Safe?
Yes. Hypnosis is safe and you will be in control the whole time. Hypnosis has been approved by the British Medical Association in 1955 and the American Medical Association in 1958. The American Psychological Association approved hypnosis as a science in 1960. In actuality, hypnosis has been safely and effectively used by medical and psychological professionals for over 200 years.

I'm Worried About Being Out of Control. Can you make me do something embarrassing?
A Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything you don't want to, even if it's good for you. Forget what you've seen in the movies and on TV, you are actually more in control of your mind & body during hypnosis than at any other time because your attention is focused. Meredith does this work to help you feel better, not worse! Clinical hypnosis is very different from stage hypnosis, so you will not be asked to do anything that is foolish or useless.

Who Can Be Hypnotized?
Anyone of at least normal intelligence who can follow simple instructions can be hypnotized if they choose to do so. Hypnosis cannot be done against a person’s will and is safe and effective for adults, teenagers and children.

How Long Will It Take?
Each client and the issues they bring are unique so there is no definite amount of sessions, but for permanent change, most issues can be resolved in 5-6 sessions. Sessions for adults are 1 - 2 hours long. Sessions for children are shorter. Double sessions are available for adults and some teenagers.

What If I Can’t Come Out of Hypnosis?
It is impossible to get "stuck" in hypnosis. You are awake, aware, and in control the whole time.

I Don't Need to Lose Weight or Stop Smoking. What else is Hypnosis good for?
Hypnosis has hundreds of applications! It can help with lack of focus, confidence, sports/academic performance, excessive fears, bed wetting, eating disorders, skin picking, nail biting, teeth grinding, grief, stress, relationships, spirituality and much more. Call today to see if Hypnosis can help you!

Why Should I Choose Your Path Hypnosis?
Meredith is a sensitive, skilled and experienced Certified Hypnotherapist and Master Hypnotist trained in the most advanced techniques available in the field of Hypnosis today. She will not waste your time or money using out-dated or useless techniques, but will instead bring about the long-lasting success you desire using advanced, current, and proven techniques customized to your unique needs. Meredith has earned an MA in Psychology and brings knowledge and experience as a Counselor into her work allowing her to be both a Hypnotherapist and Coach. Most importantly, Meredith is passionate about easing your pain and getting you onto your path to success and happiness.

What is 5-PATH®?
5-PATH stands for Five-Phase Advanced Transformational Hypnosis®. It's a method that combines successful traditional and advanced techniques into one highly effective and proven process.

What is 7th Path Self-Hypnosis®?
7th Path Self-Hypnosis® is a mind-body-spirit system for personal change. It combines self-hypnosis with elements of meditation and prayer. It is non-denominational and complementary to most spiritual/religious beliefs. Meredith is a certified teacher of 7th Path and will teach clients this optional, complementary, and therapeutic method during one-on-one sessions or in classes. 7th Path allows the client to continue their transformation after the one-on-one hypnosis process is complete.

What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is for those individuals who simply want more out of life, a practice that helps us identify and achieve personal goals. It is about getting clear on what’s holding you back, where you are stuck, and what you need to do to create the change you desire. It is a collaboration in identifying and overcoming self-limitation.

What Now? Let’s make your life better! If not now, when?
Now you know you can be hypnotized and it is safe, effective, and works when other therapies don’t, so give Your Path Hypnosis a call and find out if hypnosis is right for you. Meredith will be happy to answer any further questions about hypnosis and services. If you live in the Los Angeles area, there is simply no better place to seek professional hypnosis and hypnotherapy services!