Joan Krueger Hypnosis

What is Hypnosis?

The declarations listed below have been made by “experts” in the field of hypnosis. I have listed all of these remarks to show that hypnosis is something that can be very useful but is extremely difficult to define. I have also given my explanation of hypnosis in an effort to simplify something that most people don’t know much about.

1. Hypnosis is the process of communication with the unconscious mind recognizable by an unconscious response to suggestion. (E.A. Barnett, MD)

2. I stressed the words if the subject is willing because consent is imperative. You cannot impart a suggestion unless the subject is willing to take it. At all times and in all degrees of hypnosis, the subject has complete power of selectivity. He therefore reacts only to suggestions that are reasonable and pleasing to him. (Dave Ehlman)

3. Hypnotism is simply exaggerated suggestibility. (George Estabrooks)

4. A state of intensified attention and receptiveness, and an increased responsiveness to an idea or to a set of ideas. (Milton H. Erickson)

5. Hypnosis is largely a question of your willingness to be receptive and responsive to ideas, and to allow these ideas to act upon you without interference. These ideas we call suggestions. (Andre M. Weitzenhoffer and Ernest R. Hilgard)

6. An altered state within which suggestions have a peculiarly potent effect. (K. S. Bowers)


The way that I describe what happens in hypnosis is as follows:

Your conscious mind is where your thoughts are and the subconscious part of your mind is where you function from. You can only have one conscious thought at a time. You can have many thoughts, one right after the other, but only one at a time.

The subconscious part of your mind is like a big filing cabinet. It holds a record of everything you’ve ever experienced. All of your habits, behaviors, responses, reactions, memories and emotions are stored there as though there is a file about everything you do. That is the information that you function from.

When you come into my office to be hypnotized, we discuss what you want to change. Essentially, I’m trying to find out what is in the file right now, because that is the information that you are currently working from. When you are in hypnosis, what we are doing is getting the subconscious part of your mind to open up intentionally (or pulling open the filing cabinet) so that we can put a new file in about how you want to function (i.e. being a non-smoker, having different eating habits, being more confident). After the session is over, your mind has new information to begin to work from and doesn’t need to keep going back and working from the old information.

I think it’s easier for people to understand it in this way. Hopefully it takes some of the mystery out of hypnosis and gives people a more concrete idea to work with.

What I Do

Changing Habits

Since 1994, Joan Krueger has been providing hypnosis sessions and hypnosis therapy out of Kirkwood, MO. Some of the main areas that Joan focuses on through hypnosis are: Stopping Smoking, Weight Loss, Test Anxiety, Improving Memory, Self Esteem Issues, and more.

Medical & Other Uses

Hypnosis has been used as a medical tool for over 200 years. Joan uses hypnosis to help relieve clients of acute and chronic pain due to injuries, illnesses, operations and surgeries, and more. Hypnosis can also be used for mental issues such as anxiety and depression.

What My Clients Say.

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How long does a session take?

An initial session will take approximately an hour. Follow up sessions will run about 30 to 40 minutes.

Will I be in hypnosis during the first session?

You will be in hypnosis during the first session and all subsequent sessions that you schedule.

How many sessions will it take?

It depends on the individual and what they want to work on. However, if an individual wants to stop smoking, about 80% of the people that I see will stop smoking after one session. When a person wants to lose weight I normally suggest that they begin with two sessions. During the first session we will address all the things a person can change to help them reach their goal. Then I suggest a follow up session for about two weeks after the first so that we can reinforce the areas where they are doing well and it gives us the opportunity to see if we need to make adjustments in any areas. After that I strictly work with people on an individual basis. We will do whatever is in the client’s best interest. For other topics I suggest we start with one session and see what experience the client has. Some people will feel that they are on the right track, but others will feel like follow up will be helpful for them. We strictly work on an individual basis depending on what the client is experiencing.

Can everyone be hypnotized?

Each person is different, so people will go into hypnosis at different rates, but anyone who is willing to be hypnotized, can be.

Are you going to make me quack like a duck?

When you are in hypnosis, you are awake and aware of what is going on. You are completely in control. No one can make you do anything that you don’t feel comfortable doing or anything that is against your will.

What happens during a session?

The first thing we do is sit down and discuss what hypnosis is and how it works. We talk about what is going to happen during the session and what you can look for after the session is over. Then we discuss what the person is there to work on. After that we begin the process of hypnosis.

Will my insurance company pay for hypnosis?

Most insurance companies are not covering hypnosis therapy at this time. I typically suggest that you check with your insurance company to see if they will cover the cost of your session. Since most insurance companies are not covering hypnosis, I’m not set up to bill insurance companies. If your company will pay for your hypnotherapy, you would be responsible for payment at the time of the session. I will then give you a receipt to submit for reimbursement.

Do you accept credit cards?

Accepted Payments are cash, check, Visa, Venmo and Mastercard

What are your hours?

Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Do you sell gift certificates?

Yes. You can pick them up in my office or they can be mailed to you.