Hypnosis – Mind Miracles or Just Plain Quackery?

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Hypnosis – Mind Miracles or Just Plain Quackery?

As a hypnotherapist I often hear interesting ideas about what hypnosis is and what it can do. As I see clients in my San Diego office I often find the need to debunk some of the myths my clients have heard about hypnosis.

One of the biggest questions I get is “Does hypnosis work?”

When I hear this I want to blurt out, “No it’s just a big fake, that’s why I have invested so much time and money learning about it” but I don’t. I want them to understand what a powerful tool hypnosis can be for them and for overcoming the issue that is facing them.

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Can I Be Hypnotized?


You Are Already Being Hypnotized

Many people doubt that they can be hypnotized, in fact when people find out I am a Master NLP Practitioner and hypnotherapist I often get asked “Can you really hypnotize me?”

This is normal. The facts are that most people don’t think they can be hypnotized.

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How and Why Hypnosis Works

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Hypnosis Works

If you can shift your thinking you can change your life.” – Wil Dieck

I’ve been a professional Master NLP Practitioner and hypnotherapist practicing in San Diego since 2005. During that time thousands of people have asked me “Can Neuro Linguistic Programming and hypnosis techniques really work to _____?”

My answer is over human history hypnosis has been used by billions of people and continues to work for millions today. I have seen its powerful results for thousands of my San Diego Clients in many different types of situations.

While the use of Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques is not as well documented as those of hypnosis, there is a good deal of evidence that points to its effectiveness also (you just have to go further than Wikipedia for good data). Continue reading


How to Get the Most from Your First Session with a Hypnotherapist


Getting the Most From Your First Hypnotherapy Session

Over the years thousands of clients have come for help with hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming Techniques for many types of situations to my San Diego office. After they complete their first session they often rave about how relaxed they were and how much better they already feel.

When I ask them why they hadn’t tried hypnosis before many of them admit that they were afraid because of the misinformation they had mostly about hypnosis (that’s because very few people usually know much about Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques or NLP). They were also a little intimidated because they just didn’t want to admit they needed help.

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Build Self Confidence Using NLP and Hypnosis

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How are you using your imagination?

Hypnosis and NLP both contain very powerful tools for someone wanting to build self confidence. Many clients come to my San Diego office wanting to learn how to use these tools just for that purpose. One of theses tools is creative visualization.

What is Creative Visualization?

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What Are the Benefits of Hypnosis?

People often ask me what I do. When I tell them that I am a hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner with an office in San Diego, they often ask, “What can hypnosis do for me? How can hypnosis or NLP help me?”

Usually I tell them that hypnosis and NLP can help them make quick and significant shifts in their thinking.

What types of shifts? Hypnosis and NLP can help you overcome fears, pains, stresses and anxieties. They can help you break bad habits like smoking and develop good ones like exercising. They can help reduce the symptoms of some diseases.

Hypnosis and NLP can help you think differently so that you can eliminate your mental blocks to success while encouraging you to take successful actions you may have avoided in the past.

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The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis

“In [hypnosis], you can attain significant psycho-physiologic changes.”  Dr. Daniel Handel, National Institute of Health, New York Times, June 2002

Because most people have a limited exposure to hypnosis they also have a limited understanding about how hypnosis works.

Over the years I have helped hundreds of people using hypnosis and NLP make quick and lasting shifts in behavior in my San Diego office. During that same time I have kept track of the most commonly asked questions I get about both hypnosis and NLP.

In this article I’ll explore the most frequently asked questions I get about hypnosis.

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Some (very) Common Misconceptions about Hypnosis

Hypnosis can help …a growing body of research supports the ancient practice as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems, from anxiety to chronic pain.”Newsweek, September 2004

Although hypnosis or hypnotherapy has been used successfully in medicine, sports, dentistry, personal development, education and many other areas, there continue to be a number of common misconceptions about what hypnosis is and what it can and can’t do.

As a hypnotherapist that uses both hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP to help my clients make quick and permanent shifts in their behaviors, I get many people who come into my San Diego office with some very interesting ideas about what hypnosis can and cannot do. In this article I’d like to explore some of the most common misconceptions and give you the answers about them based on what my experience has taught me.

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The Contemporary History of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

As I mention in my article about ancient hypnosis, the practice of hypnotherapy went into hibernation in the middle ages. Hypnosis as it is thought of today began in the 18th Century with Anton Mesmer.


Anton Mesmer was an Austrian who led the way in the usage of trace. This eventually earned him the nickname, “Father of Hypnosis.” His name is also the root for the term “mesmerism.”

Mesmer became interested in magnetism after studying as a Jesuit priest. Mesmer was encouraged by his friend Mozart to purchase a space where he could perform magical “cures” on people. Soon Mesmerism or animal magnetism became popular with the French nobility.

Mesmer believed all living things contained a kind of magnetic ‘fluid’ and if a person had enough of this fluid, they would be healthy.

The theory behind Mesmerism was that man could influence his magnetic fluid to bring about healing. In his salons Mesmer placed magnets on the afflicted parts of his patient’s bodies and soon he became Europe’s foremost expert at magnetic healing. His practice grew quickly and he became very famous. One day after forgetting his magnets he just made passes over a patient with his hands and was surprised to find that he got better. From there on, he thought he had sufficient magnetic fluid in himself to affect the cures. Continue reading


The History of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy in the Ancient World

Many people want to understand hypnosis but to truly understand hypnosis you need to take a look at its use in ancient civilizations throughout history. As you study history you find that hypnosis has probably been used as a therapeutic tool throughout the history of mankind.

The Hypnotic World

A quick look around today can tell us a lot about our hypnotic world. Modern anthropologists have determined that the healing brought about by the village witchdoctor, shaman or wise woman, can often be attributed to a strong belief in the one being healed. The chanting and singing that is part of these cures often takes the form of what we n the western world would call suggestion. Just as science is beginning to tell us today, these natural healers have believed for centuries that the body, thoughts and emotions influence each other. As a result they have found that it is possible to influence a physical sickness by changing someone’s thoughts, emotions and behavioral patterns. Continue reading