Who is the hypnotist that will be working with me?         
Patti Sapp is a certified hypnotist through the International Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy. She  also holds certification as a Stress, Anxiety and Worry Hypnotist through the American Board of Medical and Clinical Hypnotherapy. She has additional certifications in Hypnosis and ADD and Sports Performance through the American Hypnosis Association. Other education includes a Masters Degree from Loyola University, Baltimore, MD. She enjoys working with children, teens and adults. Patti works with private clients in her Howard County, MD office (Ellicott City), as well as virtually.

As a former Professional Hypnosis Instructor, Patti occasionally offers a Small Group Mentorship Program for those who are practitioners. Contact Patti to get details: pattihyp@gmail.com


What happens at the first visit?
We begin with a consultation. Information is shared by the client concerning goals. The process of hypnosis is explained and questions are answered. A personalized hypnosis session is conducted on the same day of the initial consultation. This first appointment can take up to 90 minutes. For reinforcement sessions, please allow 60 minutes.

Rates: First visit: $285.   Reinforcement: $160 per session. Reinforcement Sessions for children 12 and under: $125

How are appointments made? Appointments are made using the easy, user-friendly on-line scheduling system. Click the yellow rectangle that says, “Schedule an Appointment.” Appointments are not made through emails, social media, phone calls and text messages.

What is hypnosis used for?
Here are the most common uses:

  • Anxiety and Stress Reduction
  • Anger Management
  • Bereavement Support
  • Enhance Creativity
  • Fertility Support
  • Habit Control
  • Increase Focus
  • Recovery Support (addictions)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Release Fears
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sports Performance
  • Weight Management
  • If you have other needs, kindly contact me and we can discuss the details. Hypnosis is not meant to take the place of regular physician visits. I do not diagnose, treat, or offer medical advice for any illnesses.
  • Read my article Strong Minds and Slender Bodies.

Will I be asleep?
No. To an observer, however, you will appear to be asleep. You will be in a deep state of relaxation when in a trance. Since all of your senses are magnified, you are actually more alert and aware of your surroundings while you are in hypnosis. You are in complete control at all times.

What does it feel like to be hypnotized?
You will feel a profound sense of relaxation and comfort. It is an extremely peaceful feeling. Most people experience different bodily sensations ranging from limbs feeling very heavy, tingling sensations or a feeling of floating. Some even deny they were hypnotized because it feels so comfortable and “normal”. Please note that hypnosis is NOT the same as being sound asleep.

Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes. Any person of at least average intelligence and ability to focus can be guided into a deep state of relaxation.This does not include those who have a serious mental disorder or who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Above all, the person must be willing. The natural defenses in your mind will prevent you from entering the alpha stage if you do not participate. Please note the goal must be agreed upon by the client. Goals are not what a parent, guardian or spouse wants; it is always only about the client! Hypnosis is a natural and safe process that can be effectively used with children, teens and adults.

Do you work with children?
Yes. Children can benefit from the process of hypnosis. Ages 8 and up. Sports performance, increase focus and reduction of anxiety and fears are the most common issues. The consultation portion of the first visit includes the parent or guardian. For reinforcement sessions, the parent-guardians are encourage to send an email 24 hours ahead with updates and details. The child must be willing to spend time with me during the hypnosis session while the parent waits in the waiting area. For ADD concerns, it’s suggested that children come at least twice a month until adequate changes are experienced. See my article on Hypnosis and Children. I’m also the author of Happy Again which is a short positive story for children ages 3-8 who may have fears or phobias.

Do you work with clients with addictions?
Yes. Hypnosis is very effective to assist with addictive behaviors. At Quiet Time Hypnosis, we support goals of sustaining recovery. Our services do not replace the advice of a physician. Regular sessions provide consistency to create a healthy lifestyle that enhance the quality of life.

Substance Use Disorder involves craving a substance or activity intensely, loss of control over its use, and continued involvement with it despite adverse consequences. Examples can be alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, and digital usage. Addiction changes the way the mind registers pleasure.The process of hypnosis can work towards increasing the levels of dopamine for a client without the use of the substance or behaviors that have become associated with pleasure.This increases the relaxation response, rather than the adaptive survival patterns that have become automatic. As a client continues with mindfulness through the use of hypnosis, it has been found that that the amygdala, known as our brain’s “fight or flight” center where fear, trauma and anxious emotions are stored,decreases in brain cell volume.

Please Note: A physician needs to be involved to monitor detox details.

How many sessions does it take to see results?
The results vary among individuals. It is very common to experience positive change with only one session. Reinforcement sessions may be necessary to see continued positive changes. It also depends on the issues being addressed. Reduced rates are offered for clients who come back for follow-up sessions. It is suggested that Anxiety and Stress Reduction clients visit at least two times each month, depending on the severity and individual details. Weight-Loss clients typically visit twice a month until goals are reached.  Please note that if the issue being addressed through hypnosis has been a concern for six months or longer, multiple sessions are typically necessary. Substance Use Disorder (addictions) are personal, but in most cases require a commitment to multiple sessions.

How do I get the most out of my session?
It is suggested that you come to your session wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Please avoid large amounts of caffeine or sugar products before your session. Do not worry about performing or doing anything correctly; simply enjoy the experience and you will be amazed at the results.

Do I have to have a PayPal account to secure my appointment? NO. After you decide on your day and time, you’ll see a ‘Pay Now’ link. After clicking on this link, the two options are PayPal, or the use of any Credit or Debit card. The firm policy is that an Initial Consultation and Hypnosis Visit must be paid in full when the appointment is reserved. The user-friendly link is a yellow rectangle that says: Schedule an Appointment.

Where is your office?

Executive Office Suites of Ellicott City  3545 Ellicott Mills Drive | Ellicott City, Maryland 21043 |

After parking in the free lot, you will see Quiet Time Hypnosis, LLC on the main directory. Go through the entrance door and the receptionist (Heather) will direct you to the office.

Do you make house calls? I am no longer able to make house calls. I can do Face Time sessions if a client has a reason he/she is unable to come to my office in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Do medical insurance companies cover hypnosis?
Traditional Health Insurance companies do not cover hypnosis services. For tax purposes, you might wish to check the rules where you live for weight-loss and smoking cessation. In some circumstances, hypnosis services might be a tax deduction.

What is your gratuity policy?
Gratuities are graciously declined. Positive feedback on Google, Facebook or YELP, however, are always appreciated. 🙂

What is your cancellation policy?
I require a 24 hour notice for cancelled appointments. Cancellations without a 24 hour notice or no-shows will be charged the current rate for the missed appointment. Exceptions will be made if a weather-related problem interferes with the safety of arriving to my office for a reserved appointment time.

I truly value your time, and request the same respect from you.

What if I have more questions?
Please find the ‘Contact’ link at the top of the homepage. Inquiries will be responded to within a 48 hour period of time.