A lot of people’s image of hypnosis is somebody waving a golden watch in front of their eyes while telling them to focus on the watch and they wind up hypnotized, whether they want it or not. That’s not how it works when you come into my office to be hypnotized. You can’t be hypnotized against your will – you have to want to be hypnotized. The first thing we do is talk! I find out what you want out of a hypnosis session and then we discuss how hypnosis will work for you. I generally start out with some basic relaxation exercises and then gradually place you into a state of hypnosis. I do have to admit that you can use a watch or crystal to help a person enter a hypnotic state but I’ve found that method was so overused in TV and movies that it often causes us to laugh.