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  • What is the scope of your practice?
    This practice provides holistic coaching for the purposes of vocational and avocational self-improvement. Put simply, this means assisting clients with a wide range of professional and personal goals. These include changing habits, limiting beliefs and fears, enhancing skills, and overcoming discomforts of body and mind. This practice does not diagnose, treat, or "cure" medical or psychological conditions. Presenting issues with possible medical or psychological etiology require a referral from a licensed healthcare provider. Referrals will be discussed during your initial consultation, when appropriate.
  • Is Dr. Rotolo a medical doctor or licensed mental health provider?
    Anthony Rotolo is an educator, and the title of "Doctor" refers to his academic credentials. He holds a Ph.D. with expertise in cognitive and behavioral science. Dr. Rotolo does not practice medicine or provide psychotherapy. Medical and mental health services are only provided by state-licensed practitioners. Coaching and hypnosis are not licensed professions in New York State. As a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCHt), Dr. Rotolo holds the highest distinction awarded by the American Hypnosis Association. His training and advanced diploma in clinical hypnosis were obtained from the nationally accredited Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, California.
  • What forms of payment does your practice accept?
    For your convenience, the following forms of electronic payment are accepted in the office: Credit Card Debit Card Apple Pay Venmo PayPal Google Pay Clients may pay for services in cash; however, as the office does not keep cash on hand, it may not be possible to make change. Personal Checks are accepted from established clients (addressed to "Anthony J. Rotolo, Ph.D.").
  • Do you take health insurance?
    The vast majority of insurance providers do not cover coaching or hypnosis services. This is very disappointing since more than a third of Americans utilize alternative and complimentary services, such as hypnosis, every year. Because most clients will be paying out of pocket, Dr. Rotolo has committed to keeping his rates affordable. Rates at this practice are comparable to other natural, alternative, or self-care expenses like massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, spa and salon services. In order to maintain affordable rates, Dr. Rotolo has chosen to keep administrative costs down by not billing insurance plans directly; however, an itemized bill can be provided for clients who would like to seek reimbursement from insurance, HSA or FSA plans.
  • Will my records be kept private?
    Yes, all client information and session records retained by this practice are private and confidential. Release of records requires written consent from the client. Please note: The confidentiality of coaching/hypnosis practice is not protected by law. This means that a court may order the release of records, and this practice would be legally required to comply with that order. In addition, this practice is obligated to report information regarding any risk of self-harm or injury to others.
  • What if I can't be hypnotized?
    Everyone can be hypnotized! The myth that only certain people can be hypnotized comes from an outdated understanding of hypnosis. Through research, we now know that people have different ways of processing information, and these differences effect how we experience hypnosis. With this knowledge, we are able to create a personalized approach that will work best for you.
  • Will I be aware of what is happening during my hypnosis session?
    Yes! You will be fully aware and in complete control before, during, and after your hypnosis session. Some people incorrectly believe that hypnosis is an unconscious state of "sleep" or "trance," but hypnosis is actually a state of awareness. You will hear everything the hypnotist says during your session. Some clients say they are even more aware during hypnosis and experience a heightened sense of focus. Others experience a pleasant feeling of mental and physical calmness. Either way, all people are aware and in total control of themselves before, during, and after hypnosis.
  • Can my mind be controlled with hypnosis?
    Absolutely not. Hypnosis is not a form of mind control or "brainwashing." A hypnotist cannot make a person do anything they don't want to do. Hypnosis works because the hypnotist is helping you to learn new, positive ideas that match your own goals and values. Brainwashing (pressuring someone into adopting radically different beliefs) is a terrible practice that is done by forcibly breaking down a person's will through long periods of physical and mental deprivation. That is the complete opposite of hypnosis! Hypnotists who claim they can control people's minds or make them behave strangely are stage performers. Their act is intended for entertainment, and it is usually scripted and planned with "audience members" who are part of the show. In cases where real audience members are hypnotized, the stage hypnotist seeks volunteers who are very willing to act out the bizarre suggestions given. There is no mind control involved. At this practice, hypnosis is an enjoyable and relaxing process intended to help people achieve their own goals. These services are always guided by the values and beliefs of the client.
  • What if I don't "wake up" from hypnosis?
    Although we sometimes refer to "hypnotic sleep" or "deep sleep," the hypnotic state is actually quite different from sleep. During hypnosis, a person is awake and conscious. In fact, if you did fall asleep during the session, we'd have to wake you up! Remember, hypnosis is a method of learning; and a person cannot learn while asleep. The experience of hypnosis is more like deep relaxation, and it's a very comfortable experience. While some clients might rather keep their eyes closed and remain in that pleasant feeling, you are always in total control during hypnosis and you can open your eyes at anytime, if you wish. At the end of every session, the hypnotist will always make sure that you are fully alert (not drowsy) before you leave the office. Most clients say they feel more awake and energized after hypnosis. For this reason, hypnosis is a great way to start your day or get a boost in the afternoon.
  • What type of hypnosis do you practice?
    There are several "schools" in hypnosis. Dr. Rotolo was trained in Kappasinian hypnosis at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. The HMI College of Hypnotherapy is the first accredited college of hypnosis practice in the United States. Kappasinian hypnosis is named for its creator, Dr. John Kappas, who was one of the most successful hypnotherapists in the world. His method applies hypnosis as vocational and avocational coaching to motivate and support self-improvement. The Kappasinian method is effective for all people and is capable of supporting powerful, positive changes that last. Kappasinian hypnosis begins with an initial session in which clients are taught about hypnosis and how it can be applied to their specific presenting issue. In that first session, the client's learning and information processing styles are tested, and the client is taught to enter the hypnotic state before receiving a first set of hypnotic suggestions to support their goals. Additional sessions, if required, apply a variety of hypnotic techniques to reinforce positive suggestions and effectively address any underlying issues on the way to the client's success.
  • Do you provide hypnosis services for children?
    Yes, Dr. Rotolo is trained in child hypnosis. In addition, he has worked as an educator for two decades. Hypnosis for young children (under 12) is conducted a bit differently from sessions with older clients. Children will find the session engaging and fun. Dr. Rotolo uses activities such as drawing, crafting, and storytelling to assist the young client in learning the techniques that will benefit their presenting issue. A parent is permitted to remain in the room during their young child's hypnosis session. Please note: Clients under the age of 18 will need permission from all legal guardians to receive hypnosis services. Parents/guardians will be provided with a permission form during the initial consultation.
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