Got a problem? We all do, but the really frustrating problems are the ones where we already "know" what we need to do, or how to handle things, but we remain stuck in a pattern for some reason.
Hearing the same old advice that we've heard a million times before does nothing except make us more frustrated. We can read self-help articles all day long, and it doesn't seem to make much difference. So why do we remain stuck?
Unfortunately, most of our daily lives are not within conscious control. We're ruled by mindless habits and reactions based on pre-conscious filtering and interpretation of experience.
Hypnosis can be effective in dealing with frustrating habits and fears, because it deals directly at the level of these pre-conscious perceptions, feelings and behaviors. It doesn't rely so much on conscious effort, willpower or motivation (effort, willpower and motivation are "necessary but not sufficient").
Hypnosis is interesting, but more importantly it can make a real difference in people's lives. Check out these clients describing their experiences and results, they kindly gave permission to share their stories:
(DISCLAIMER: Testimonials and customer reviews are not guarantees of similar results. Individual results may vary.)
|Tovah reports a "huge improvement" in overcoming an unwanted habit (nail-biting).
Here is link to transcript
|Tina described making "breakthroughs" in her life after feeling stuck, personally and professionally.
Here is link to transcript
|Howard at first wasn't too sure about giving hypnosis a try, but he found that "it was exactly what I was looking for", helping to increase focus and confidence.|
|Matt used hypnosis to overcome anxiety about test-taking, and also found that it improved other areas of his life.
(This isn't the same Matt whose letter is shown elsewhere on this page; I've helped a lot of people with test anxiety so it's just coincidence that two had the same name and the same goal)
|Alexis said: "I find that I'm not second guessing myself anymore, I used to overanalyze a lot." Like many people, she went ahead with hypnosis after having tried many other things to deal with her habit of worrying.|
Your subconscious mind loves lists, so here's a list to make it happy ---
the Top 10 reasons why thousands of clients have trusted Center City Hypnosis:
Of course, individual experiences and results may vary!
I helped the above client overcome fear and lack of confidence
related to business pressures.
Rick was kind enough to provide further updates:
"Still smoke-free, it has been over 5 months now." and
"Started jogging and I am up to four miles, at least 4 times a week."
I helped Matt with test anxiety and general confidence.
PS. Clients are never paid or compensated for their comments!
I do not play the common game where clients are offered "freebies" or discounts to write positive reviews. And these are definitely not the product of those awful paid review services ("Buy 10 reviews for $5!").
Failing to disclose that type of transaction is not only a violation of Federal Trade Commission guidelines, but it's also just a cheesy way of going about things.
It's cheesy because it's totally unnecessary; even a mediocre hypnotist of minimal competence should be able to EARN happy clients at least once in a while!
I trust that if you have the potential to be a good client, you are capable of using your brain to figure out what's real or not. Would you really want to put that nice brain of yours in the hands of someone who feels a need to fool you with lousy internet marketing tricks?
Hi there, I'm Steve, I run Center City Hypnosis. You may have seen or heard me on the radio and TV... the quote at the top of this page is from WMMR's popular Preston and Steve Show, where I accepted a challenge and hypnotized one of their staff members live and on the air (you can listen to that program on my blog).
They seemed kind of surprised that my demonstration actually seemed to work, saying that it clearly showed the "best results" when compared to other attempts.
That's nice to hear, but I don't think it's because I'm the best hypnotist. This city can't even agree on the "best hoagie" or "best buffalo wings" in town... how stupid would it be for someone to declare themselves "the best hypnotist"?
It's just that so many people have only experienced pseudo-hypnotic "relaxation" or "visualization", that when they experience the real thing, they think it's something unusual. It's just hypnotism.
I'm a big believer in consumers being able to make an informed choice. I recommend you take your time and do your research before choosing a hypnotist. Fortunately, there are many competent, capable hypnotists around; you just have to be careful and take care to find the right fit.
This shouldn't be treated like an impulse purchase, like something you see on sale in the clearance rack!
So, in addition to the extensive FAQ on this site, here are a couple of third-party resources to help you do your research:
You may even want to ask your regular doctor about hypnotism. Many medical professionals have had some exposure to the subject in the course of their training, but are hesitant to bring it up unless their patient mentions it first (because of concerns about bringing up a topic some people might consider to be too "out there").
If we were living in the middle of nowhere, then I wouldn't hesitate to help people who had no other alternative. But the fact is, the Philadelphia area has a long history of having many excellent hypnotic resources available.
(still, you do have to be cautious about believing claims that hypnotists and hypnotherapists make about their background and training; in the FAQ, I provide links to official government databases so that you can VERIFY such claims)
Some people think I'm crazy to provide resources like this to potential clients who visit my site. They think it's like "helping the competition".
But there really can't be competition in the usual sense between the many genuine practitioners who are available to help you, since no single individual can be the best choice for every client.
It's like comparing apples to oranges - apples are not "in competition" with oranges.
And the scammers, frauds, and charlatans that are so common in this field are not real competition either, because they are in fact playing an entirely different game.
Unfortunately, this distinction can be unclear to members of the public, who just want to find someone who can help them.
This site is dedicated to providing you with the best available information, so that you'll be able to see through the "World Famous Internationally Known #1 Best Clinical Hypnotherapists" who are simply blowing smoke.
I'm aware that many people in the hypnosis field closely follow this site, and that some copy-and-paste my content (at least, the parts that don't offend them).
I've even seen comments from my clients being "borrowed" by other hypnotists. Imagine that: people who are so lazy that they can't even bother to create original fake reviews!
So please: don't get me confused with other service providers. I cannot vouch for any offers or assertions made by any other hypnotist.
There is another form of "imitation hypnosis" to be aware of: many people have described experiences where they've tried seeing a hypnotist before. They went with the expectation of getting hypnotized at some point.
But what they often get instead is a nice conversation along the lines of "life coaching", sometimes a massage, or a "rubbing" or "tapping" procedure, or some sort of chanting.
In other cases, they discover (only after signing a contract) that their program consists of sitting alone in a room while wearing headphones, and listening to a pre-recorded CD or MP3 player.
There's nothing wrong with a little rubbing and chanting, and coaching can be a great idea for some people, but come on...
* (link to standard disclaimer)
PS. If you're wondering what's up with all these disclaimers,
they are just required to be in full compliance
with Google policies regarding site quality
Another client described how she overcame years of anger stemming from a past romantic relationship, and this change improved her professional relationship with her staff, who noticed a mysteriously positive change in her mood and personality (this client is not a native English speaker, and her voice has been modified to protect her identity):
If you have a brain and can follow simple instructions like "Please count from one to five", you can probably do it.
Here is a partial list of some of the people I have helped (I don't like to label people by their occupation, this is just to show you that everyday people use this stuff everyday):
|Social Workers||Police Officers||Students|
|Stockbrokers||Airline Pilots||Office Managers|
|Real Estate Brokers||Restaurant Owners||Economists|
|IT Managers||Insurance Agents||Stay-at-Home Moms|
|Retail Clerks||Chess Enthusiast||Web Designers|
|Fashion Designers||Adult Entertainers||Archaeologists|
|Day Traders||Sales Reps||Marketing Executives|
|Martial Artists||Professors||Soldiers and Marines|
|Nurses||College and Pro Athletes||and many more...|
Hypnosis can also help people move forward in their occupation. I have helped many many people pass examinations which were required to progress in their careers, including bar exams, occupational certifications, and medical boards.
Here is the latest email (used here with permission) that I received from a client who successfully passed a board exam which had been a struggle because of nervousness and stress about passing it:
Please note: even though the work we do together is very efficient, that does not mean that this is an "easy fix". It's not like popping a pill and it's not about listening to a pep talk that makes you feel good for a while. If you're expecting a passive experience where you do not need to put in any effort, then my approach to hypnosis may not be right for you.
Here is what "David" had to say, he "turned his life around" because he was willing to do the work:
Of course, each individual's experience with hypnosis is unique; some experiences are very emotional, some aren't... kind of like life in general.
Darrin felt much more relaxed about his ability to be social and outgoing.
You can tell these notes are real when they spell my name wrong...
Just kidding, thanks for letting me help you Brian!
As noted earlier, if you're suffering from a possible psychological disorder or severe emotional disturbance, then I urge you to check out the state-licensed mental health resources on the GPSCH site listed earlier on this page.
"Hypnosis cannot, and should not, stand alone as the sole medical or psychological intervention for any disorder. Hypnosis should not be used instead of appropriate medical, dental, or psychological treatment, and any individual with a medical or psychological problem should first consult a qualified health care provider for diagnosis and professional advice."
- National Guild of Hypnotists
I know that some people are reluctant to seek help from "traditional" sources, because of a belief that they will simply prescribe a pill and medicate you... but I think the resources on that list, who have both hypnotic training and formal clinical background, are likely to have a broader view of how to help people (and besides, there's nothing wrong with medication if it helps).
Hypnosis can be a powerful and effective way to improve subconscious, automatic patterns, but it should not be considered as a substitute for dealing with mental or emotional disorders. It should also not be used to avoid dealing with difficult life situations (although it can be of great use in supporting you as you get through them).
At our first meeting, we want to get an understanding of the nature of the problem, and then discuss how and why (and IF) hypnosis can help you. This consultation usually takes around 30 minutes.
Then, you can decide to go ahead with the first session if you feel comfortable, or just take some time to think it over. If you decide not to go ahead, there is no cost to you.
The consultation helps you understand the process, but it's also a chance for you to make sure that I'm not too much of a weirdo, before moving forward.
However, most of the consultation needs to be spent talking about your issue and getting a clear understanding of your goals. After all, hypnosis is interesting but I'm pretty sure solving your problem is a higher priority to you. You probably don't need someone lecturing you about the "wonders of the subconscious mind" (whatever that is).
The consultation is also important because as a hypnotist, I have a professional responsibility to make sure that I only work with cases where I have a reasonable expectation of being able to help.
In most cases, especially for basic purposes involving ending unwanted habits and common fears and anxieties, this isn't an issue, but please be advised that it's always possible that I may refer you to other resources and options if they would be more suitable.
I want to make this clear so that if I decline working with someone, it's not taken personally, as in this case:
Check out the rest of this site, do your research, and then setup a consultation to find out how I can help you help yourself.
There will be no high-pressure sales pitch on my part. I don't think adults should spend much time or energy trying to convince fellow adults of the need to take action about a personal matter.
This is important to understand so that people do not mistakenly think that a hypnotist is supposed to "motivate" someone to change. No, that's not going to happen.
We work with adult humans, not people who need to be treated like children. If an adult is provided accurate information about their options, and then makes their own rational decision to either proceed or not, good for them either way. But life is too short to deal with half-hearted individuals who need to be goaded or nagged into action.
As Napoleon Hill once said: "Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is Time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by Time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision!"
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