Hypnotherapy Frequently Asked Questions

Gina Orlando, MA, CH

Gina Orlando, MA, CH

What is a typical hypnotherapy session like?

The first session is 75 minutes. Other sessions are an hour–or longer if the client desires this extra time at extra cost.

The first session includes an intake time of 20 minutes, an introduction explaining what hypnosis is and isn’t, and creating positive goals so you the client, can begin to manifest what you do want! Then we do the hypnosis session with the biofeedback monitor as you are seated in a very comfortable reclining chair with your eyes closed, hearing relaxing music in the background as you follow the sound of my voice.
You have the easy job! The hypnosis lasts 20- 30 minutes. I make a CD of the session for you to listen to at home.  You’ll be amazed at how wonderful you feel.

We take a few minutes to wrap up the session and talk about the experience, including viewing the biofeedback graph to show the body relaxation response and see which hypnosis level was achieved. Subsequent sessions would include discussing your progress and issue(s), sharing a mind-body technique to help facilitate the change, learning self-hypnosis, and experiencing a hypnosis style to deal with the specifics and wrapping up the session.

How many sessions do I need?

Changing habits and issues is a process. I don’t have a crystal ball to know how many sessions any person needs. But I do ask for a three session minimum.  Most clients feel a positive change by that time.  We then evaluate if more sessions are needed. Some clients see me just for the three sessions.  Others continue because they are so impressed with how they feel and continue seeing me to work on deeper levels of their issue and for other desired changes in their life.

How often are the sessions?

I usually see clients every two weeks, since you will have the self-hypnosis CD and the EFT technique to work with at home.

Where are your fees for hypnotherapy sessions?

I charge the going rate for my level of experience. The fee for the first session is $125 and the other one-hour sessions are $100 each.  I prefer to be paid in check or cash, but also take credit cards.  I offer discounted packages, such as a 6 session series for $495.  The smoking cessation package is described below.

Where are hypnotherapy sessions held?

Gina has a comfortable quiet home office at 915 Pleasant St. in the Ridgeland Historic District of Oak Park, IL. In addition, she does hypnosis groups at Integrative Therapies medical office of Dr. Carlos Reynes, River Forest; Gottlieb Hospital’s Health and Fitness Center in Melrose Park for their members and for the public; at Equilibrium Energy Education Center in the South Loop; and at other businesses and hospitals for their employees and for the general public.

How should someone prepare for a session?

Be open, relaxed and arrive on time with your intake form completed and Client Bill of Rights signed. ( send these out to the client in advance. Avoid caffeine for at least three hours before our session.
IMPORTANT: Please refrain from wearing perfumes/fragrances of any kind [scented hand lotions, hair spray/gel, after shave, colognes] because Gina has a serious intolerance to these petroleum-based chemicals.  Thanks.

What are your office hours?

My usual hours are Mondays – Fridays, from 10 am through 9 pm in the evening.  My usual evening appointments for hypnotherapy are 6:30 and 7:45 pm.

What is your cancellation policy?

I require 24 hours notice of cancellation.  If a client cancels within 24 hours, they can reschedule within a week and not get charged.  I do charge for missed appointments, as standard professional practice. This is my livelihood.  Thank you.

Why do you do what you do?

I was led to the healing arts several decades ago as a call to something deep within. I decided on hypnotherapy as a specialty since I made such breakthroughs in my own issues by seeing a hypnotherapist during a particularly dark time of my life, including a difficult health issue.

Why do you use ginkgo leaves as your logo?

I was drawn to them as a teenager.  The ginkgo tree lived at the time of the dinosaurs, so it’s very strong and adaptable.  The leaves are beautiful, and look like wings.  Ginkgo is also used to help support the mind,  so it’s a perfect talisman and logo for my work.

Healthy wishes,


Gina Orlando, MA, CH
(708) 524-9103

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