philadelphia hypnosis hypnotist 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").

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"[His hypnosis demonstration had] clearly the best results. It's a big improvement over other times we've tried to do it!" --- The Preston and Steve Show, WMMR 93.3 FM

Real Clients, Real Results!

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.

Practical Hypnosis for Busy People

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:

  1. Real Live 1-on-1 hypnotism.
    I won't put a pair of headphones on you and leave you listening to a pre-recorded relaxation CD. If you just want to hear some affirmations with soothing music playing in the background, you could stay at home and do that yourself.

  2. Each session is individual, private and customized.
    Generic, scripted sessions ("relax and imagine being in your serene place... now think happy thoughts...") can be OK, but working with real people usually involves a more dynamic approach.

  3. Free, no-obligation initial consultation.
    The consultation is about you and your goals. Simple, clear explanations. No pseudo-scientific jargon about "linguistically reprogramming your quantum neurology".

  4. I know you aren't impressed by made-up titles like "Elite Master Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist".
    Beware of the mail-order Ph.D.s and diplomas, the fake credentials, and misleading claims that are common in this field. The FAQ provides links to official resources, including government databases, so you can verify whether or not that "Doctor" is really a doctor... or maybe they've just watched a lot of Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil.

  5. Full-time hypnotist who works with clients every day.
    This means I have to consistently get results for clients and referrals. The sad fact is: most hypnotists treat this as a part-time hobby or a weekend diversion, and are unwilling or unable to commit to doing this work full-time.

  6. Dedicated office located in the heart of Philadelphia's central business district.
    Evening hours available, including Saturdays. Your session will not be conducted on a couch in a basement or a spare bedroom in someone's house.

  7. No-Hassle Guarantee.
    If you aren't satisfied with your experience at the end of your first session, there will be no cost to you (see the FAQ for details). No contracts to sign, no "fine print". What You See Is What You Get!

  8. Upfront pricing information.
    I don't think you should have to come in and sit through a sales pitch, just to find out how much something costs.

  9. No “upselling” during your session!
    I won't spend your valuable session time trying to sell you herbal supplements, vitamins, candles, CD programs, training seminars, workshops, etc. etc.

  10. I know that my role is to help you achieve your goals, NOT to play Amateur Spiritual Advisor or "healer".
    I will NOT try to convince you that you were an ancient Mayan priestess in a past life! Maybe you were, maybe you weren't; in any case, you probably deal with enough drama in your current life... you don't need a hypnotist to go digging around for more.

More Comments from Real Clients!

stop smoking

Of course, individual experiences and results may vary!

confidence and fear

I helped the above client overcome fear and lack of confidence
related to business pressures.

quit smoking

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."

letter from client

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?

At Last, Straight Talk about Hypnosis!

Philadelphia Hypnotist 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.

An Educated Consumer is the Best Hypnotic Client

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)

apples orangesSome 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.

Don't Be Fooled by "Imitation Hypnotists"!

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! smiley

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...

Maybe I'm weird, but I believe that if you're going to see a hypnotist,
it's reasonable to expect some sort of hypnotism to be done.

"I am delighted by the way you go right to the core of the discussion... You are an old-timer who has learned a great deal from your studies, research and most importantly, from your experience. PS. You are almost always gentle and diplomatic (Good on ya, Mate!)"
--- Gil Boyne, [], one of the few genuine masters in the field, credited by a top state education official for having "single-handedly created a new profession in America: the profession of Hypnotherapy."

Fun fact: Mr. Boyne, who trained thousands of hypnotherapists worldwide over the course of five decades, was born right here in Philadelphia PA.

"Steve is a 'go to' resource for business professionals looking to shed unproductive habits and beliefs and gain a unique competitive mental advantage."
--- Mike Capuzzi, co-author (w/ Dan Kennedy) of The Ultimate Success Secret

Here Are More Real Clients, Sharing Their Real Experiences:

The story of "C. E. B." is one of my favorites: when he decided to try hypnotism, his wife rolled her eyes and said "Here we go again," because over the years, he'd spent thousands of dollars on seminars, CDs, various forms of therapy, etc... his bookshelves were full of the usual self-help bestsellers, and she figured this was just more of the same.

BUT after our hypnotic work together, he reported that his wife was so pleased with the obvious changes in him, that she offered to pay for more sessions herself (which he didn't need, anyway)!

Here is his original letter and a transcript:

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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

"I went to see Steve about a longstanding issue that had affected most of my adult life. I have studied many methods of meditation, self-hypnosis, etc. and even had some success with some of these, but just could not get to my 'core issue'... I felt immediately comfortable with Steve, I must say. He's just a normal, good guy. No hype, no bull.

He guided me into trance, and easily got to the heart of my problems and helped me release it over the course of 3 sessions! I'm sure I can be helped further by him, but he lifted such a weight off me, that I can now (as he told me) re-introduce some of my former methods of meditation/self-help --- with even greater success and usefulness!

Being able to solve problems in life is very empowering, I gotta say! I don't feel that past issue in my way any longer! I'm more able --- more capable (if you understand this!) It's what I was after... I recommend hypnosis to any and all! I recommend Steve Roh and Center City Hypnosis as the person/place to go!"
--- C. E. B.

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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):

"I was an angry person, desperately angry... and now I don't feel that person there anymore... I wake up and jump up and I feel light... I'm a totally different person... I smile more like I've never done before!... I tried medication, I tried reading books... trying [hypnosis] was the last straw... and I don't regret it a minute!"
Here is link to full transcript in PDF

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Who Can Be Helped With Hypnosis?

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):

Lawyers Business Owners Accountants
Social Workers Police Officers Students
Financial Analysts Vocalists Doctors
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
Secretaries Librarians Bartenders
Teachers Surgeons Construction Workers
Psychotherapists Psychiatrists Counselors
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:

Just Say No to Magical Thinking

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:

"The experience was highly emotional. I can tell you that I came here to stop some bad habits, and we were able to peel away the onion, so to speak, and get to the bottom of what was really causing me to do things that were self-destructive.

After the first session, I got home and, of course, I would think about those things, but then eventually the next couple of days, the thoughts of those things just eventually faded away, until now I don't think about doing those things anymore, and I cannot thank you enough for that. As I told someone, it was very emotional and then very relieving afterwards.

I highly recommend it. I want to tell everyone, all my friends about it. It has turned my life around, it truly has."

Of course, each individual's experience with hypnosis is unique; some experiences are very emotional, some aren't... kind of like life in general.

note from hypnosis client

Darrin felt much more relaxed about his ability to be social and outgoing.

vivian letter

letter from brian

You can tell these notes are real when they spell my name wrong...
Just kidding, thanks for letting me help you Brian!

Do Not Use Hypnotism as an Avoidance Tactic!

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).

Free, No-Risk Initial Consultation

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 extensive FAQ page on this site, so that we can make the best use of your consultation time.

Would You Like to Know More?

procrastination 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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*DISCLAIMER: Testimonials and customer reviews are not guarantees of similar results. Individual results may vary.