Client Testimonials

September 29, 2011 by  
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“Hey magic man, she did great this morning with all the needles. Even an IV and epidural!”  L.A. (mother of teen who had fear of needles).

“OMG! Nothing short of a miracle. The memorial service was indeed a miracle. THANKS SO MUCH.”  L.W. (anxiety control and to deal with upcoming funeral of dear friend).

“You’re the greatest hypnotist on earth! Changes lives in an hour!”  M.W. (help with husband’s snoring. Generalized anxiety control, progressive relaxation).

“I couldn’t agree more!” S.E.

“I slept very well.  Emotions and fears all locked in.  This is excellent…. This has been very helpful.”  M.C.

What drives our behavior?

September 28, 2011 by  
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Ever feel like much of your behavior is driven by an inner script? You are not alone. Our subconscious mind drives much of our behavior. From the time we are born, our mind is constantly learning about the world around us: making connections, taking note of “lessons learned” and developing core values and belief systems.

We view the world around us through the filter of those belief systems. Our impression of the world is like a Monet painting – an interpretation of reality rather than reality itself.

Monet Garden

Monet Impressionist Painting

Behaviors that are positively reinforced are more likely to be repeated. The behavior is strengthened and becomes a habit, as neural pathways are wired in our brain. We are all creatures of habit.

Interestingly, our subconscious mind does not distinguish between good and bad habits.

Good habits (e.g., eating well) and bad habits (e.g., smoking) are all known and comfortable to the subconscious mind. And the subconscious mind fiercely defends its “comfort zone” from conscious change, even when we consciously know and agree change would be for the best.

Hypnosis can relax those defense mechanism and open the subconscious mind to good suggestions for positive change that are consistent with your core values.

Yet hypnosis is a subject that most people find cautiously intriguing. What is hypnosis? How does hypnosis work? Why can’t I change my behavior just by trying harder? Why is it that every time I quit smoking, I eventually reach for a cigarette without thinking? Can I be hypnotized? How does that work? Are you going to hijack my brain and make me cluck like a chicken?

This blog attempts to answer these and other questions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Please also click the link to Hyp-Nova TV, to see some of these topics discussed on video.

You will find hypnosis to be a fascinating topic, because it concerns itself with human behavior, personal renewal and growth and reaching one’s truly vast potential. It concerns itself with you!

What is hypnosis?

September 28, 2011 by  
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Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. It is that twilight zone that you go through each night on the way to sleep. But unlike sleep, a person in hypnosis is aware of their surroundings. They can learn in hypnosis and they will generally remember everything afterward.

Ever drive to work only to wonder how you got there? You were in highway hypnosis. What starts as a conscious act (driving on your first day of work) soon becomes a routine that can be performed automatically while you consciously think about other things. Automatic behavior allows us to perform complex functions efficiently and comfortably, while focusing on other priorities.

The subconscious mind prefers pleasure over pain. So it defends habits against change, even bad habits, like smoking, overeating, nail-biting are protected. Try changing any comfortable routine and you will feel the anxiety building. The subconscious “boss” wins most of those battles.

In hypnosis, your subconscious mind relaxes these defense mechanisms, preventing a knee-jerk rejection. Instead, your subconscious mind becomes open and receptive to positive suggestions consistent with your core values. Your core values remain intact in hypnosis. But when a suggestion for positive change is made directly to the subconscious, it’s likely to be accepted on its merits as a good idea.

How do hypnotic suggestions work?

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We know from the placebo effect that even conscious suggestions are about 25% effective, at least if they do not threaten an established habit.

A placebo is simply a sugar pill or other inert substance used as a vehicle to deliver a suggestion. For example, “take two of these pills [the placebo] and you’ll feel better in the morning [the suggestion].”)

In hypnosis, suggestions can be made directly to the subconscious to change problem habits. This is possible in hypnosis because our defense mechanisms are relaxed and don’t reject the suggestion in an automatic effort to defend the habit.

Without interference from defense mechanisms, and with an open mind that considers suggestions on their true merits, the rate of acceptance of suggestions for positive change rises dramatically in hypnosis. Old bad habits can be re-scripted into new healthy ones.

What’s the success rate from hypnosis?

September 28, 2011 by  
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A survey of psychotherapy literature by Alfred A. Barrios, P.hD. revealed the following comparative success rate for hypnotherapy:

  • Psychoanalysis:        38% recovery after 600 sessions.
  • Behavior Therapy:    72% recovery after 22 sessions.
  • Hypnotherapy:          93% recovery after 6 sessions.

Can I be hypnotized?

September 28, 2011 by  
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Yes. It was once thought that only certain people could be hypnotized. But from my experience, using the Kappasinian Method, just about everyone is hypnotizable. As of the date of this writing, I have hypnotized over 115 people in a row, of all different personality types.

A Certified Hypnotherapist will test your suggestibility. This is a test you cannot fail. It simply tells the hypnotherapist how you take in and process information (e.g., do you interpret information literally or do you tend to infer meaning from what is literally said?).

Once that information is known, the hypnotist will know how to take you into hypnosis.

What’s the actual process in hypnosis?

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During the face-to-face interview (while you are awake), your goals are clearly identified and you are tested for suggestibility. This test determines how you prefer to take in and process information. This is a test you cannot fail. It’s sort of like being on the blue team or the green team.

After you are taken into hypnosis, you will be gradually deepened and relaxed. You will be taken on a “guided imagery” to a pleasant place (e.g., your favorite beach). These are deepening techniques in hypnosis to relax the defense mechanisms and get you to a comfortable level.

Suggestions will then be given in hypnosis that are consistent with your stated goals. When your subconscious mind hears them structured to your way of thinking, your subconscious will likely accept them as a good idea.

You will then be brought out of hypnosis, feeling refreshed, like you’re having a really good day and everything’s “clicking” for you.

This is a structured approach in which there will be no surprises. You will be aware of what’s happening during the hypnosis session. You will likely remember everything afterward. You are free to invite a friend or record the hypnosis session, if you like.

How can I learn more about hypnosis?

September 28, 2011 by  
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I studied at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI), the nation’s leading college of hypnotherapy. They have been teaching serious hypnotherapy courses for over 42 years. Their website has plenty of information, including a free eight (8) week introductory distance learning course that will help you understand hypnosis and decide whether you want to take the full advanced course.

If you would like to take a free online questionnaire to obtain some insight into your “mating game” personality, you can now do that in a confidential online questionnaire. On that page, scroll down and click “Start My Relationship Test”. It will produce a numerical score reflecting your predominant mating behavior.

To understand what the numerical score means for you, I recommend buying a copy of the e-book, “E&P Relationship Strategies.” It’s written by Dr. John Kappas, the founder of HMI and reflects over 40 years of research and clinical observation into why people behave certain ways in a relationship.

The e-book is available at nominal cost from the HMI website (I suggest that you do the free online questionnaire, above, to get your E&P score, then buy the e-book to gain insight into your behavior and that of your mate or potential mates). Note: I get nothing out of this personally (either directly or indirectly).

Another good website to consider is Hypnothoughts. It contains a collection of YouTube videos (under Multimedia tab) and other third party materials on hypnosis. In Hypnothoughts, there’s a really funny video of Paul McKenna (world famous hypnotist) doing a police detective scenario with a stage hypnosis subject.

Can it work with mental or emotional disorders?

September 28, 2011 by  
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Hypnotherapy outside the medical context is limited to vocational and avocational (work and play) self-improvement. It does not involve the diagnosis and treatment of mental or emotional disorders.

If you experience mental or emotional disorders, you should consult your doctor or psychologist. If your issue originates from a medical or emotional disorder, we ask for a doctor referral (we can provide you a form for that purpose). You can then be referred to a certified hypnotherapist if the doctor or psychologist deems it appropriate.

It’s worth repeating: Hypnotherapy may augment (but not replace) conventional medical and psychological diagnosis and treatment, as the doctor or psychologist deems appropriate. The referral letter is designed to ensure there are no medical contraindications with hypnosis.

You should never stop or change your medication without a doctor’s approval. You should never drop out of a chemotherapy or medical treatment protocol in favor of hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy may assist, but should not be considered a replacement, for medical treatment.


How does stage hypnosis work?

September 28, 2011 by  
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Most of us become acquainted with hypnosis from seeing a stage hypnosis act. I took a special course to become certified in Stage Hypnosis to understand this subject. It’s quite interesting.

Stage hypnosis is for entertainment purposes, rather than to work on a serious issue. The stage hypnotist will invite the audience to participate in a suggestibility test. It is designed to identify “somnambulists” who respond to both direct (literal) and indirect (inferred) suggestions.

Finding somnambulists makes group hypnosis easier, since the hypnotist doesn’t need to structure suggestions for each individual. They respond equally well to both direct and indirect suggestions, so they are easier to work with in a group setting. The somnambulists are then invited to compete for a limited number of seats on stage. The most eager somnambulists are, by definition, those who end up on stage.

This process selects somnambulists eager to do wild and crazy things on stage. When that happens, it is because they want to participate — a consensual act.

One of my favorite stage hypnosis acts is performed by world renowned hypnotist Paul McKenn and involves a police detective scenario . It’s a really funny illustration of how hypnosis can selectively suspend reality.

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