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Sleep & Stress
Immune Disorders
Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
Trauma & PTSD
Body Image
Forensic Hypnosis
Pain Management
Sports Performance
Pre & Post Surgery
Weight Loss
Stop Smoking
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Sleep & Stress

How did you sleep last night?

No, seriously, I am asking because I care. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones, and you fell asleep quickly, slept deeply, awoke little if at all, were able to fall right back to sleep if you did, then awoke this morning rested and refreshed.

Yeah, right. If you are like A LOT of people these days you have one of three standard sleep problems:

  • Difficulty "turning off" so you can fall asleep.
  • Waking up during the night, then having difficulty falling back to sleep.
  • Seeming to fall asleep and stay asleep, but never really feeling rested as you should.

One of those? More than one? That's pretty common. A sign of the times if you will. I bet you aren't the only one you know who has this problem either.

Have you thought about hypnosis?  Maybe it's time you should.

How about stress? Got too much of it? That's another thing I hear about regularly. With the world the way it is right now, many of us are too stressed and not sleeping. Each feeds the other, and it becomes a cycle. A downward spiral.

But I have some great news! Hypnosis is IDEAL for dealing with sleep problems and stress. Hypnosis eats them for lunch. My hypnosis clients routinely report sleeping better even after just one session and coping better with stress after that same session. Of course, dealing better with stress is just as good as having less stress. After several sessions, clients typically are sleeping better than they have in a very long time and they have learned new tools for dealing with stress so that it never comes to the point where they are out of "bandwidth."

So, when will you see relief? How many sessions will you need? And, how long will the relief last? Those are the "$64,000 Questions," and the answers are pretty simple:

For both stress and sleep, most people see improvement, often dramatic improvement after the first session. The effect is cumulative, and you will see increasing relief after additional sessions if you choose to do more.
I don't generally recommend less than two sessions for anything, but the decision is yours. No high pressure.
If you practice what you learn in our sessions and make habits of the new behaviors, there's no reason the changes won't be life-long.

Immune Disorders

Now is your opportunity to work in partnership with your health care providers to realize better treatment outcomes.

These philosophical and physiological approaches to disease management are now widely practiced throughout the United States and many other countries.

Psychoneuroimmunology is the recently established branch of medical science which studies and employs interactions between the mind (psyche), the nervous system, and the immune system. This field of study is commonly known as Mind/Body Medicine. Through research conducted over the past twenty years, psychoneuroimmunologists have identified two principle pathways through which thoughts and feelings impact immunity. The first channel of mind/body communication is through the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Long thought to be outside the direct control of the individual, the Autonomic Nervous System is composed of two branches, the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic.

Sympathetic responses are commonly referred to as “fight or flight” and involve increased respiration, accelerated heart rate stimulation of the Adrenal Medulla, and shunting of blood from the extremities through vasoconstriction. During a sympathetic response, activity diminishes in the digestive, reproductive, and immune system.

Parasympathetic responses are commonly referred to as the “relaxation response” and involve the slowing of respiration and heart rate, the increase of blood in the extremities through vasodilation, and the activation of the digestive, reproductive, and immune system.

In short, the sympathetic response is toward action, and the parasympathetic response is toward recovery.

The second channel of mind/body communication is through the Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal Axis (HPA). Thoughts at the cortical level influence release of hormones from the hypothalamus to the pituitary, which in turn regulates functional chemicals in the blood and endocrine system. This circuit modulates a myriad of cellular activities in the body, influencing immunity, metabolism, and learning.

The appeal of Hypnosis for Immunity Management

Effectiveness: Hypnosis is a well-demonstrated method to activate the most powerful curative, the human mind
Nonpharmacological: Hypnosis does not contribute to already complex regimen and hypnosis has no adverse side-effects or interactions
Self-management tool: Self-hypnosis is easily taught and tends to become a lifetime tool
Cost-effective: Great outcomes can be produced in even one session, group sessions reduce costs further and enhance the sense of connectedness

Anxiety, Fears & Phobias

In the simplest terms, a "phobia" is something that you are afraid of without having a concrete reason. You might be afraid of flying, even though every time you have flown, everything has happened normally. You can even be afraid of flying never having been on an airplane. They use the term "irrational" to describe a fear that is not based in experience, but I am not fond of that word. It's dictionary accurate, but "irrational" has undertones that I don't think are fair. Reason or not, it's very real to you and that's what matters.

By contrast, a "fear" is something that you have a direct cause for. A dog bit you when you were eight-years-old. Now you are afraid of dogs. That seems pretty cut and dry. The problem is that one experience may have colored your experience with all dogs since. Maybe it's even changed the way you live, usually not in a good way.

Both of these things have two things in common; they trigger anxiety and they generally get worse with time.  You get stuck in a reinforcement loop where you have some anxiety about something, fear, phobia or even anxiety itself, then you have a strong reaction, of course, the "worst case" scenario doesn't come true and your subconscious says; "There! See! We freaked out and it saved us! AGAIN! Job well done!" Cause and effect gets distorted, but your subconscious hates unknowns and taking chances, so the cycle continues. All the while patting ourselves on the back mentally for having avoided a tragedy.

“Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.” —Karl A. Menninger

Fortunately, fears, phobias, and anxiety all react well to hypnotherapy. We can use exercises to allow your mind to react to the cause of your anxiety in a safe environment. With hypnosis, we can create a dog who can't bite or a plane that can't crash and make them very, very real. If you can imagine it, you can experience it. From there, you can view the threat from a distance, a very safe distance, waiting to deal with it until you are good and ready, but that tends to happen fast. People in a hypnotic trance tend to be VERY fast learners.

In Denial of Death, Ernest Becker explains that “animals, in order to survive have had to be protected by fear responses.” Some Darwinians believe that the early humans who were most afraid were most likely to survive. The result, says Becker, “is the emergence of man as we know him: a hyperanxious animal who constantly invents reasons for anxiety even when there are none.” It need not be this way. —Gavin de Becker

Overall, anxiety is generally just us overreacting to something. If we can recalibrate the meter we use to measure it, we can turn down the volume on anxiety.  Most of the time, we know perfectly well that our reactions are out of step with the level of threat and getting that back on track makes all the difference.

Trauma & PTSD

Of the services called out on this site, trauma is probably the most subjective. There are scales to rate trauma based on subjective criteria; "How do you feel?" There are also scales that attempt to quantify trauma based on physical measurements like blood pressure, heart rate and the like. Of course, what makes trauma so subjective is that people experiencing the same event can have widely varying reactions to that event. Some people seem to have an amazing capacity to absorb the impacts of trauma, while it takes very little to overload others. There's no "right" or "wrong" to this. We ALL experience some degree of trauma in life, but even our capacity to cope may vary with time. Sometimes we don't think we are traumatized, or we feel we shouldn't be, but we are just the same.

Nobody can tell you that you are or are not suffering from the effects of trauma, though sometimes it takes someone else,  perhaps a friend or maybe a professional you see, to put it into terms that allow you to recognize what might be more evident to others. Simply put, if you feel traumatized, you probably are. There's no "shouldn't be" about it, though that is a natural pattern to fall into.

Quoting from Wikipedia:

Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one's ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience. A traumatic event involves one's experience, or repeating events of being overwhelmed that can be precipitated in weeks, years, or even decades as the person struggles to cope with the immediate circumstances, eventually leading to serious, long-term negative consequences.

However, trauma differs between individuals, according to their subjective experiences. People will react to similar events differently. In other words, not all people who experience a potentially traumatic event will actually become psychologically traumatized. This discrepancy in risk rate can be attributed to protective factors some individuals may have that enable them to cope with trauma. Some examples are mild exposure to stress early in life, resilience characteristics, and active seeking of help.
Hypnosis is uniquely suited for dealing with the after-effects of trauma, often without having to relive the trauma as is done with other some counseling methods. In general, hypnotherapy is more concerned with modifying how you react in the present time than what happened in the past. Sometimes it's useful to desensitize a person to an event to help soften the memory and build distance from it, but that is done by observing the event from a safe distance and never from reliving it.

Diagnosed PTSD will always require the consent of a mental health provider before hypnotherapy can be used. In general, mental health providers are open to hypnosis and happy to provide a referral. I am certified in using hypnosis to help deal with the after-effects of trauma, as well as with PTSD. Please see my "credentials" page for more information.

When you are ready to try hypnotherapy, contact me and let's discuss your situation. There is hope.

Body Image

I don't know why it is so hard to see ourselves accurately, but it is. Studies show that even people with the most accurate physical self-image pictures have a lag of weeks or months when they start to change shape. That means that those of us who have the most precise view of what their body looks like, still see themselves as they appeared weeks or even months before, while they gain or lose weight. This phenomenon is called "residual body image."

For the rest of us, the gap between actual body shape change and the image that we see in the mirror is dramatically different. Instead of weeks or months before our residual body image begins to shift, we may struggle ever to see the change in ourselves. We get a picture in our heads, and no amount of evidence to the contrary is going to change that image. It's pretty harmless in cases of small discrepancies, but it can be life-threatening if the difference between what you feel and reality is big enough.

Interestingly, this happens in both directions. Some bodybuilders are incapable of seeing when they are "big enough" and they will risk their lives with unsustainable workout routines, drugs, chemicals, pills and injections to get the gains they want. Some people refer to this as "bigorexia." Of course, it can happen the other way, where someone can look in a mirror and see fat where there is none to be seen by anyone else. As we have learned more about anorexia during the past few decades, the apparent numbers have exploded, but in reality, it's been with us all along, unrecognized and underreported.

These body-dysmorphic mismatches aren't our fault. Nobody sets out down this path deliberately, but our minds and our environment conspire to make even the most accurately minded person have doubts. Statistics show that for roughly one-quarter of the worst of these cases, the condition becomes fatal.

Hypnosis can aid in breaking the cycles that contribute to body-dysmorphia.

First, hypnosis aids in providing relaxation, providing a chance to "disconnect" from the problems and stresses of the day.

Hypnosis can create an environment of complete control. In a trance, the client can create an environment where every element is to their liking and is subject to their every command.
With hypnosis, it is possible "rehearse" scenarios, such as changes in eating habits, in a non-threatening way that can be paused, stopped, viewed from a distance or even tried on someone else.
With safely distant repetition and rehearsals, a client can become desensitized to real triggers and healthier behaviors tested and applied without risk and without leaving the room.
In hypnosis a phenomenon called "trance logic" allows the client to make connections and draw conclusions that might otherwise elude them.
Body dysmorphia is a subject that is near and dear to my heart, so let's chat and see if I can help.
I have certifications in the following areas by the American Hypnosis Association: 

  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep Issues
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Pain Management
  • Weight Loss
  • Sports Performance

...and more

See my "Credentials" page for more details.

Forensic Hypnosis

Forensic Hypnosis is the use of hypnosis in the field of law enforcement. Forensic use of hypnosis is often used to help witnesses recall events and descriptions of suspects that normal memory recall cannot.

But to be fair, Forensic Hypnosis is used far, far more often to help people remember where they left their car keys, what that passcode on the Bitcoin wallet was, or even the lyrics to a long forgotten song.

There are three main things to note about Forensic Hypnosis.

  • It doesn't always work. Memories are funny. Every time we access one, we get our fingerprints all over it. It "drifts" and changes, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.
  • Forensic Hypnosis has a bit of a checkered history. In the past it has been blamed for creating memories as the result of faulty or unethical techniques being used.
  • Forensic Hypnosis is NOT "regression". Viewing events from the past is common, but you are almost never encouraged to "relive" them.

I had a client who who grew up in another country, speaking a different language. She had had some fuzzy memories of a book that had been her favorite, but had been lost when the family came to the United States when she was four years old. She could remember that the cover was yellow and it had some red on it. She could remember how the book made her feel and even some very fuzzy details about the plot. But beyond that, it was lost in the sands of time. Or was it?

Using Forensic Hypnosis techniques, my client was able to describe the book to me, give me details of the cover and even repeat some lines from the book. Finally, she "read" the author's name from the cover to me as if the book was sitting in front of her. After the session, she remembered very little of what had happened and she lapsed in and out of her native language, a language that I do not speak. I understood that we had made progress, but it wasn't until I played the recording of the session to her and saw her reaction that I knew what a success the session had been.

My client was able to use the information that came to the surface in that session to find a copy of the book online and she purchased it for her own children.

What do you want to remember?  Reach out to me using the contact page and see if you are good candidate for Forensic Hypnosis.

Pain Management

Nobody deserves to be in pain.

Pain is useful. It tells us we are injured, that we need to seek help and we need give something time to heal. But all too often that "acute" pain can become lasting "chronic" pain. Pain has outlived its usefulness once our abilities to do something about it have been exhausted. When an injury is no longer acute or when you have done all the healing you can, sometimes the pain remains and can cause severe damage to the quality of your life.

Acute pain tells us of an injury and reminds us not to reinjure something. Chronic pain remains weeks, months or even years after pain signals have ceased to be useful in that respect.

Often, those who suffer from pain are told that there are no solutions available to them, that the solutions that are available consist of the protracted use of drugs that have their downside or even that the pain is all in their head. That last point is a bit ironic. Pain is an electrical signal, sent from a nerve to the brain. Sometimes the nerve is warning you of damage, but if it is damaged itself, it can misfire and continue to sound the alarm, even though the injury is long gone.

But what if you could teach your mind to turn down the volume control of chronic pain? What if you could just learn to ignore it like you do that barking dog, that crack in the ceiling, that bad smell, that dripping faucet? After all, all of them are electrical signals coming into the brain. It is entirely possible with hypnosis.

Only you and your doctor together can decide how to treat your chronic pain best. It's possible that your doctor will present several options for your case. But if your doctor doesn't suggest it, you should ask about hypnosis. As a Certified Specialist in Pain Management from the American Hypnosis Association, I can tell you that it is incredibly likely that we create a significant and dramatic improvement in your quality of life by decreasing your perception of chronic pain. Please contact me if you would like more information about your options and information about how to talk to your doctor about hypnosis.

Pain treatment will almost always require the consent of a medical doctor. I understand and want to help, but I believe that removing pain without knowing for sure that it is chronic can lead to worse problems. Most medical providers will routinely sign a referral for hypnotherapy of this kind when asked.

Sports Performance

Ask any personal trainer what it takes to get in shape, get healthy, improve your game or lose the weight. They are going to tell you that it takes work, but that all the work is pointless if your head isn't in the game. Go ahead and ask, I'll wait...

I was right, wasn't I? That's why, if you read all the sayings on the wall in the gym, 90% of them are about attitude, perseverance, and focus.

It's a dirty little secret in the fitness world that most people aren't going to accomplish what they set out to do. In fact, most major gym chains count on people to stop coming but to keep their membership paid up because gyms oversell their capacity. If everyone who was a member attended regularly, the place would be packed, and no one would be happy. People give up, but keep paying because they "might start going again" or because they feel like canceling is an admission that they have failed. You want to avoid falling into that trap. It's free money for the gyms, and it doesn't do you any favors.

So, the next question for that trainer is; "What makes the difference between those who make it and the masses that don't?" Glad you asked. Somehow, you need to stop thinking about the work as work and start thinking of it as a means to an end. Even better, maybe you can begin to think of it as play, fun even. Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself. Ultimately, you need to feel like you will be better off for doing the work and that you've come too far to quit now.

I bet you think that is easier said than done. In reality, it's easier done than said. With hypnosis, you experience what it's like to have the successes you need to feel comfortable without leaving my chair. These experiences stay with you, almost like memories. When it comes time to perform, it's easy when you feel like you have already done so many, many times before. Ultimately, you need to feel like you will be better off for doing the work and that you've come too far to quit now.

Ever heard of someone saying that they were going to stick with something just because of the amount of time they have into it? While we could write a book about the places where that thinking isn't the best way to look at things, it IS how our minds work, and we can use it to our advantage. The instant you start thinking about the work as something you have already invested heavily in, the momentum starts to carry you along. Inertia: "An object at rest tends to stay at rest. An object in motion tends to stay in motion." We need your mind to have a clear picture of all the progress you have made so far, that the victories have started to roll in and that it would be a serious shame to stop now. That's motivation.

Hypnosis and athletes have a long history. See any names you recognize?

Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Kevin Weekes, Guillame Latendresse,  Fred Richards, Dorothy Hamill, Kerri Strug, Greg Louganis, Tiger Woods, Ronnie Lott, Jack Youngblood, Kirk Gibson, Bonnie Baun, Lance Armstrong, Mohammed Ali, Jack Nicholas, Gertrude Ederle, Nancy Kerrigan, Billie Jean King, Dale Earnhardt, Allison Rodger, Mike Brearly, Gaganjeet Bhullar,  Steve Collins, Nigel Benn, Frank Bruno, Ingemar Johansson, Ken Norton, Iwan Thomas, Ian Woosnam, Greg Louganis, Billy Mills, Ozzie Smith, Steve Booker, Michael Jordan, Ingemar Johannson, Los Angeles Lakers, Rod Carew, Jimmy Connors, Mary Lou Retton, Chicago White Sox, Phil Jackson, Chicago Bulls, Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Maury Wills, Don Sutton, Mark Mcguire, Greg Louganis, Steve Stone, Boomer Esiason, Freeman Mitchell, Talmadge Griffiths, Andre Agassi, Shaquille O’Neal, Frank Bruno, Kobe Bryant, Andy Cole, Dexter Jackson, Dan Lugar, Adam Nelson, Bill Buckner, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dorian Yates, Corey Everson, Shannon Bahrke, Jim Eisenreich, Adam Nelson, Ivan Thomas, Deanna Rushworth, Damion Easley, Tommy “t2 Guns” Griffith, Jeff Jaeger, Bill Bates, Vincent Hancock, Bob Reese, New York Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, Montréal Canadians… and thousands of professional athletes belonging to the NBA, NHL, CFL, AFL, MLB, NASCAR, World Olympic Teams, MMA, UFC, WBC, WBA, WTI, ATP, PGA, UCI…

Every name you see there has acknowledged using hypnosis for better performance, focus, attitude and more!*

This site has some great additional information: http://www.sportshypnosis.org/

I am a Certified Specialist in Hypnosis and Sports Performance. I work with athletes, trainers, and people just like you to help achieve peak performance.

Pre & Post Surgery

That quote is a recommendation from Belgian anesthetists who already routinely put patients having breast and thyroid operations in pain-relieving trances.

There may be another important benefit to cancer patients. Professor Fabienne Roelants, of the Universite Catholique de Louvain, or UCL, in Brussels, said: “In addition to reducing drug use and hospital stay time, being able to avoid general anesthesia in breast cancer surgery is important because we know that local anesthesia can block the body's stress response to surgery and therefore reduce the possible spread (of the tumor).”

Professor Roelants says, “There is still a lot of debate around the exact mechanism that allows hypnosis to reduce pain perception, but what is absolutely clear is that it does so. The result is that one-third of thyroidectomies and a quarter of all breast cancer surgery carried out at the UCL hospitals are performed under local anesthetic with the patient under hypnosis.”


Research from The National Cancer Institute found that “women (undergoing surgery for breast cancer) who received a brief hypnotherapy session before entering the operating room required less anesthesia and pain medication during surgery.” From this study, and similar ones, we can extrapolate that hypnosis is helpful for other kinds of invasive procedures as well.

The clinical trial results from the Journal of National Cancer Institute, September 5, 2007, included this statement:

Women in the hypnosis group required significantly less propofol and lidocaine, the doses of which were adjusted for individual patients as needed during surgery, than women in the control group. Use of fentanyl and midazolam did not differ significantly. Although use of pain medication after surgery did not differ between groups, women in the hypnosis group reported significantly less pain intensity, pain unpleasantness, nausea, fatigue, discomfort, and emotional upset than women in the control group. Women in the hypnosis group also spent an average of about ten and a half fewer minutes in surgery than women in the control group. The researchers weren’t able to say why this was so, only that the finding was statistically significant and resulted in cost savings. On average, the surgical procedures cost about $770 less per patient in the hypnosis group.

Women undergoing surgery for breast cancer who received a brief hypnosis session before entering the operating room required less anesthesia and pain medication during surgery and reported less pain, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort after surgery than women who did not receive hypnosis. The overall cost of surgery was also significantly less for women undergoing hypnosis.

“Overall, our results support the present hypnosis intervention as a brief, clinically effective means for controlling patients’ pain, nausea, fatigue, discomfort, and emotional upset following breast cancer surgery beyond traditional pharmacotherapeutic approaches,” stated the authors. “The present brief hypnosis intervention appears to be one of the rare clinical interventions that can simultaneously reduce both symptom burden and costs.” “If you can decrease the amount of pain using a technique such as hypnosis, and you can also at the same time reduce the cost involved in treating these patients, I think it’s beneficial both ways,” said Sonia Jakowlew, Ph.D., program director in the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Cell Biology Branch. “It helps the patients and it helps the physicians as well.” Further studies are needed, explained the authors, to measure which specific parts of the hypnosis intervention are most effective, to see whether hypnosis had a long-term effect on the control of pain and discomfort, and to test hypnosis in patients with different types of cancer and from different demographic backgrounds. “Investigators should attempt to replicate [this study] and see if these are consistent findings.”
-- Jeffrey White, M.D. director of NCI’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


The use of hypnosis for more comfortable childbirth has a long and distinguished history. Some of the earliest documentation is from the 1920s in Russia. A doctor named Platanov became very well known for his hypno-obstetric success. Ferdinand Lamaze learned these hypnotic techniques during a visit to Russia and brought them back to France where he developed the "Lamaze Method" that is still used today. He originally called it, “Childbirth without pain through the psychological method."

In more recent times, labor and childbirth with hypnosis have been widely studied. In July 2007, The British Journal of Anesthesia performed the most comprehensive study to date. Their conclusion was:

"This report represents the most comprehensive review of the literature to date on the use of hypnosis for analgesia during childbirth. The meta-analysis shows that hypnosis reduces analgesia requirements in labor. Apart from the analgesia and anesthetic effects possible in receptive subjects, there are three other possible reasons why analgesic consumption during childbirth might be reduced when using hypnosis."

First, teaching self-hypnosis facilitates patient autonomy and a sense of control. Secondly, the majority of patients are likely to be able to use hypnosis for relaxation, thus reducing apprehension that in turn may reduce analgesic  requirements. Finally, the possible reduction in the need for pharmacological augmentation of labor when hypnosis is used for childbirth may minimize the incidence of uterine hyperstimulation and the need for epidural analgesia.

Hypnotherapy for Labor and Childbirth in 6 sessions

The optimal number of sessions for Labor and Childbirth with Hypnotherapy is 5 or more, scheduled a week apart. This gives the client and her birth partner plenty of time to build rapport, learn self-hypnosis, discuss and discharge any fears or concerns, discuss any relationship issues, achieve maximum depth, learn the “partial hypno-anesthesia technique” and practice, practice, practice!! Remember hypno-anesthesia is a skill, just like playing a musical instrument, the more you practice, the better you get! Since I tend to price sessions in pairs, 6 sessions are ideal.

For a woman who is experiencing her first pregnancy schedule the introductory appointment before week 30. This gives us plenty of time since the average first pregnancy is 40 weeks. Twins and triplets tend to come sooner! Schedule the first session before 25 weeks. After the first pregnancy, terms can get shorter. For second or third pregnancies (and beyond) schedule the first session before week 28.

  • Session 1 is my standard 90-minute introductory session. We answer questions, do the state paperwork and experience hypnosis for the first time.
  • Sessions 2 through 4 are one-on-one with the woman and the hypnotherapist and are 60-minutes each.
  • Sessions 5 and 6, are ideal for the woman to bring her birth partner, doula or another support person. These are also 60-minutes.


Golf is more than a game. It's a way of life, a lifestyle. It finds it's way into all aspects of the rest of your life.  When you are playing well, you are up and when you are down, well...

Having the right equipment makes a difference. Sure, there's a minimum bar for that. You don't need ALL the clubs, but there is a set that is required to play. A "Sunday bag" worth, if you will. Of course, clothing makes a difference. You want to comfortable but not look like you just crawled off the sofa. And balls. Don't get me started on the balls. Got a favorite type? You bet you do. Got a specific ball that you do better with? Probably so.

Maybe you have seen some of the gadgets advertised on the Golf Channel. They range from "That looks like it might work." to "There's NO way I'm spending that much on that!" Remember the scenes in "Tin Cup" where first the psychologist, then the golf pro each put on every device known to man trying to get an edge? It still makes me laugh.

That psychologist at least should have known better.

Golf is played in your head. Do you recognize any of these players?

“Golf is 80% mental, 10% ability, 10% luck.” - Jack Nicklaus

“90% of golf is mental, and the other 10% is mental too.” - Jim Flick

“Golf is 95% mental and 35% psychological”. - Chi Chi Rodriguez

"Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe!" - Jack Nicklaus (again)
Before the round, during the round and after the round. It's all in your head.

Every golf club in the land has a golf pro of some measure who can give you a physical tune-up. But when is the last time that you met with the club mental tune-up pro? I'll bet never. But it's not your fault. When is the last time the club recommended a session with their in-house hypnotherapist?

So, what do the pros know that you don't know?

At the tender age of 13, Tiger Woods began mental training with Dr. Jay Brunza, a psychologist and family friend. Among the techniques Brunza used was hypnosis. The first time Jay hypnotized Tiger, he had him stick his arm straight out and told him that it couldn't be moved, Tiger's father, Earl tried but couldn’t pull Tiger’s arm down. Dr. Brunza hypnotizes Tiger to block out all distractions and focus entirely on the golf course.  Tiger says hypnosis is "inherent in what I do now." Woods adds this perspective: "I always have an inner peace on the golf course. I've learned to trust the subconscious, and my instincts have never lied to me.''

Jack Nicklaus has said that his mind is his strongest weapon in making him a champion.

Chuck Hogan, a PGA Professional, switched his golf schools to concentrate less on swing training and more on mental training. He coaches over 60 PGA, LPGA, and Senior Tour players.

Many other sports are using hypnosis techniques to elicit better physical success.

Bob Reese, the head trainer, and hypnotherapist of the New York Jets, uses relaxation and visualization (we call that hypnosis), techniques to reprogram his players' subconscious minds.

Jimmy Connors used hypnosis to win the U.S. Open Championship.

Mark McGuire has used a sports psychologist/hypnotist since 1991.

Michael Jordan has been quoted saying that he has shot many more baskets in his mind than he ever did on the court.

All of these experts know that if you can create an environment where the subconscious can rehearse winning, it knows just what to do when the time comes. For more than three decades, athletes, including golfers have been using hypnosis to rehearse perfection.

So put down the hockey-stick shaped putter that Golf Digest promised would take a stroke off your game and get your head into the game.

Weight Loss

Along with Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss is one of the best-known uses of hypnosis. Almost everyone has heard of or knows someone who has used hypnosis for one of these.

Why is hypnosis so famous for these two items? Because hypnosis works to help reinforce what you are already doing. As part of a broader effort that may include exercise, nutritional changes and the adoption of healthy habits, hypnosis can create motivation and follow through. Most people who are trying to lose weight have already tried several methods with varying degrees of success. Sometimes the weight comes off, then goes back on. Other times, it just never comes off in the first place. In still different times, the entire process is so miserable that it's not worth continuing the effort.

With hypnosis, your subconscious begins to recognize rewards from progress as more substantial than rewards from the food. When that happens, you start to celebrate victories, even small ones. Where you might get some immediate pleasure from eating something, but then regret it later, your subconscious LOVES the greater reward of joy now from doing the right thing AND fun later when you celebrate that victory later. Your psyche is a smug thing and once it's fully supporting you, making progress is filled with triumphs and pleasure, rather than guilt and setbacks.

Every walked by some snack a dozen times and consciously said you weren't going to do it, then found it in your hand later? That's the cycle we need to break. Fortunately, hypnosis bypasses your inner doubting Thomas and makes it possible. What are you capable of if you ultimately believe that you can do it? Weight loss can be just the beginning.

Here are a few articles to get you started with your research. Once you have decided that you need the support hypnosis can supply, contact me and let's talk about your plan for success! : Women's Health. Oprah. Shape Magazine. The Cut. CNN. Dr. Oz. LiveStrong. (Just to list a few.)

Please note that if you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight, we strongly recommend and may require that you provide a referral from a medical doctor, as well as having a plan in place to work with a trainer, nutritionist or other specialists. I want to be part of a winning team that ensures your success!

I decline more weight-loss clients than I accept. Yes, you read that correctly. Weight loss requires a commitment. You need to be willing to do the work, make the sacrifices and use every tool at your disposal. In most cases that means I will ask to coordinate services with your nutritionist and/or trainer. It is often best if we meet and talk before you book a single paid session. During this 30-minute consultation, I will assess your overall plan and if we choose to work together, we will come up with a schedule.

Please email me so that we can arrange to meet prior to your booking a paid appointment.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is a tough habit to break. There are different opinions as to why that is. Some programs focus on the chemical part of things, opting for nicotine replacement therapy to ease the cravings. Others focus on the behaviors around smoking and try to break the cycle that way. Still others offer prescription medications that can block or simulate nicotine reception in the brain, trigger pleasure centers like smoking can or try to block the depression-like symptoms that quitting can cause. Maybe you have tried one or more of these methods. There are programs that advocate for replacing the action of smoking with something like carrot sticks, programs that want you to go "cold turkey" quit suddenly and programs that taper your smoking down a bit at a time. There are even programs that use electric shock to try to make you hate smoking or that use drugs or even large doses of tobacco products to make you ill enough to want to give up tobacco.

Each of these works for someone. But most experts agree that a combination of things works best for the most people. Almost a decade ago, I worked for the company that ran the state tobacco quitlines. It was funded by that big tobacco company settlement where a bunch of states sued the tobacco companies for a zillion dollars because of increased healthcare costs in their states. The states won but had to spend the money on smoking cessation.  At that company, I saw some very, very bright people build programs that worked in percentages that were higher than any program seen before and as they fine-tuned, those percentages increased. A lot of employers offered the programs as employee benefits. I had even used the program even before I worked there because it was offered by a prior employer and I needed to quit my own tobacco problem. That goes back almost 20 years now.

The program used by that company for the state tobacco quit lines had you tapering down to a "quit date", then offered counseling and nicotine replacement to ease you through the transition to being an "ex-smoker". It worked really well. In my opinion, the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) folks who created, that program, then fine-tuned it to make it stronger, knew what they were doing. They got it right. The numbers showed that, over and over again. I experienced it and I saw it in action hundreds and hundreds of times.

But there's one thing I would change to make the program even better. I'd add hypnosis.

It's not really a practical thing for a phone-based counseling service to provide, so their counseling was more talk-based. But if a well-trained hypnotherapist can get your conscious mind to step aside, that part of you that doubts you can do it this time or points out the other times it didn't work, and instead your subconscious mind steps up and says "Not only is this possible, we are going to do it!"  then it's going to happen.

I have that training and a great success record. I am certified by the American Hypnosis Association in "Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation".  If you do your part I know how to reinforce your efforts to make you stronger. I know how to make you feel it's not just possible, but probable. Sure, there's no guarantee, but this is completely doable for you with a bit of work and some support.

I want to mention that I decline more stop smoking clients than I accept. Often people are quitting for all the wrong reasons; because their doctor told them to or because their spouse told them to and so on. Hypnosis will strengthen your willpower and make quitting easier than you might imagine, but it's not a miracle cure or magic bullet. You have to want to quit, then I can enable you. In most cases, I ask to meet with a new stop smoking client before they book a single paid session. Out of this 30-minute consultation, we decide if we are going to work together and create a plan if we are.

Feel free to email me for details before you book a paid session.

Something Not Listed?

There are literally hundreds of uses for hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Have you got something in mind that isn't on this list? Let' chat about what you have in mind. I am open to hearing you out and if it's not something that I feel is a good match for me, I will say tha up front and try to refer you to someone who can help. Maybe you just want to try out hypnosis, but don't want therapy. I am okay with that too. Use the button below to reach out to me and start the conversation.


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