Finding A Professional Hypnotherapist

If, you are in the US check with the state and local regulations, it will vary from state to state. For example, in Texas, you need to be a licensed Psychologist in order to practice hypnotherapy, but in most states, there is little or no oversight. Here is a link that will show you what each state requires. Hypnotherapists Union Local 472

The best way to keep yourself or loved ones safe is to do your homework. Check to make sure the practitioner is a member in good standing with hypnosis governing organizations like the National Guild of Hypnotist or the International Association of Hypnosis Professionals. There are many hypnosis associations for professionals who specialize in things like pain management or dental hypnosis.

Here is a list of things to know and to ask.

  • Make sure they have a business license, even if there is no regulation on hypnosis there is still a requirement to have a business license.
  • Do they carry professional liability insurance?
  • Do they carry malpractice insurance?
  • Is the office in their home or a professional setting? (either is okay but be aware.)
  • What kind of HYPNOSIS training have they completed? They should have at least 200 hours of basic hypnosis training and 12+ hours of Continuing Education every year.
  • What is the success rate of their clients? (if it’s 100%, they are not for you, because no therapy or process works 100% of the time and so I would question there integrity.)
  • Do they practice hypnotherapy full-time or is it a “side” job?

The most important thing is that you must feel comfortable with your hypnotherapist. You have to trust this person completely in order for you to get the most benefit from the work you do together. Call and talk to people and when one of those people feels right set up a consultation and met with them. They should make you feel as if you can accomplish your goals regardless of how monumental they may seem. ‘The person you work with should leave you feeling excited about the change work ahead and most importantly they should make you feel good about yourself, and that’s before the work even starts.

I hope this helps and good luck!

Hypnosis Cost Comparison

Hypnosis v. Talk-therapy Cost Comparison

Often times one of the first things people want to know when they call is what the cost is for hypnosis services and does insurance pay.  In this posting, I will break down the cost difference between hypnosis and traditional talk therapy. 

The statistics that I am presenting were included in an article from American Health Magazine before shutting down.  The article was a comparison of the effectiveness of traditional talk therapy and hypnosis.  

  • Traditional Talk Therapy - # of sessions - 600 or about 13 years - Success rate = 38%
  • Hypnosis - # of sessions - 6 - Success rate 93%

Now, if we take those numbers and turn them into a dollar value lets see what you’d actually spend.

  • Talk therapy - Annual deductible $250.00 X 13 yrs = $3250.00
  • office copay $20.00 x 48 visits per yr = 960.00 yr x 13 yrs = $12480.00
  • Traditional total with insurance coverage out of pocket is $15,730.00
  • And the bonus?  You MIGHT feel better after only 13 YEARS.

Hypnosis -  Not covered. Cost per sessions vary widely depending on the type of credentials and training the hypnotherapist has completed.  Some therapist charge as little as $100.00 per session, however, this therapist is more than likely only going to be skilled at smoking cessation, and they do not practice hypnotherapy as their full-time line of work.  Other, more skilled hypnotherapist, those that practice hypnotherapy full time charge up to $300 or more per session. So let’s break that down in the worst case scenario by tripling the number of hypnosis sessions and using $240.00. 18 sessions X $240.00 = $4,320.00     A savings of $11,410.00 and more than 576 hours taken back.

So, 13 years and $15k or at worst 5 months and $4k.  Hmm, now I am not a financial analyst and I don’t believe in telling people how to spend their time but it sure seems to me that anyway you look at it the benefits are clear.  BTW, I’ve only ever seen cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers more than 10 times.

Now, that you can see the cost and time benefits of utilizing hypnosis I look forward to helping you achieve whatever goals you set for yourself.  Please check out the types of issues I help people work through with this easy and permanent solution.

Are You Ready For Change?

How do you know if you're ready to create change in your life?  Are you really ready to take a look at all the wonderful and not so wonderful aspects of who you are and what drives you?  These are questions one needs to find the answers to before deciding if hypnosis is right for you.  I have created several different hypnosis prospect descriptions.  This should help you determine how successful hypnosis will be for you.

Prospect 1 -  This person wants to change their life now.  They are determined to live a better, healthier, and more balanced life.  This person has tried everything else and nothing has worked.  Their tired of being dependant on medication that dulls their senses and never addresses the issue or they're tired of being "sick and tired".  They're done with daily battles at home, work or socially. This client is willing to do the work necessary to create the life they want.  They are done blaming others for where they are in life and are ready to take back control in a way that creates opportunity and growth.  This client understands that hypnosis isn't mind control and that they have to participate in order to have lasting results.  This client is successful quickly and because they often desire a way to create healthy new habits and they will often seek an accountability partner, like a life coach, with whom they can continue realizing their greater potential.  With the completion of the 5-PATH process this person will experience permanent change and if they have chosen to learn 7th Path Self Hypnosis they will the tools necessary to continue to make life changes as they desire. 

Prospect 2 - This person wants to change their life too, but their not sure they are willing to do the work necessary to realize the full benefits.  This person is afraid of change, even if they don't consciously know it. They are more than likely receiving some sub-conscious benefit from whatever it is they want to change.  If this person works with a professional who can meet them where they are and help them to see how the very issue they are looking to escape is manipulating them and keeping them stuck in place.  This person will be as successful as the other client, in fact, once this person starts to experience freedom from that "little voice" that keeps them down, their progress is amplified 10 times.   This is when their true self-starts to take back control and they become unstoppable in creating positive change. With the completion of the 5-PATH process this person will experience permanent change and if they have chosen to learn 7th Path Self Hypnosis they will the tools necessary to continue to make life changes as they desire. 

Prospect 3 - This person only wants change because someone else has advised them that need to make a change in some aspect of their life or the relationship will end, or they may lose their job, or the doctor advises to make a change or die.  No one wants to lose their job or life because of emotional outburst or addiction so with the proper guidance, and if they commit to the process they too will be successful. This is another category of clients who tend to excel once they discover what freedom feels like.  With the completion of the 5-PATH process this person will experience permanent change and if they have chosen to learn 7th Path Self Hypnosis they will the tools necessary to continue to make life changes as they desire.  

Prospect 4 - This person does not want to change but wants to put on the show of attempting to change for someone else. This person can not conceptualize being successful at change because they fail at everything, they have given up and have the belief that they are who they are and so they put up a protective barrier and will sometimes argue that they are just fine the way they are. This person will have multiple reasons why this or any process won't work for them.   This person is not ready for change and because I am aware of that I will not work with this person direclty but will help them find someone who can assit them.  

Now that you have an idea of what it takes to be successful in any area of your personal and professional life. Take that next step and create the life you want and deserve.    

All Feelings Are Good!

What are your feelings for?  What do they tell you?  Do you know the difference between feeling inadequate, sad, bored or fearful? More importantly, do you have a healthy way to satisfy those feelings once you have identified them?

We spend on average 13 years being taught reading, writing, math, and science but in all that schooling our feelings are never mentioned, that is until we act out inappropriately on them. Once that happens then it is about punishment for the bad behavior rather than a search to understand the need, want or desire the person is attempting to fulfill. This can create an unhealthy sense of self-worth and value. It sends a message that our feelings are not important and we learn quickly which feelings are socially acceptable to share and which are not. The constant social pressure to keep what we are feeling suppressed encourages unhealthy distractive behaviors like overeating, smoking, and drinking.
I am here to tell you unequivocally that "All Feelings Are Good!"  They are our internal navigation system. The old saying "If it doesn't feel good, don't do it" hits the nail on the head.  If something in your life is causing you to suffer or feel bad or get angry, then that something is not good for you.  The "bad" feelings we experience are there to motivate us to take action to satisfy a need, want or desire. 

Imagine that your feelings are like the lights on the dashboard of a car each one identifying a need, want or desire that needs our attention. Unfortunately, because we have become so conditioned to suppressing and ignoring our feelings we don't know what to do when the lights come on let alone when they start blinking. Here is an example:  You are on a summer road trip and the cars temperature light comes on so you find the closest gas station, pull up to the pumps and fill the tank with gas.  The engine has cooled in the process of filling the tank and so the light stays off for a few miles but then, sure enough, it comes back on and so you stop again, only this time when you try to put gas in the tank it overflows, so you go in and buy a gas can, fill it up, put it in the trunk and take off.  Again the engine has cooled and the light is off but just a mile down the road the light comes back on and now your becoming angry and frustrated because what you're doing isn't working. You are not satisfying the needs of the car's engine and it eventually overheats and breaks down.  We call this the "Feel Bad - Distract" cycle. Here is another example of the process.  Someone feels something like anger or loneliness, the temperature light, so they go get an ice cream cone, the gas, and it makes them feel good for a moment but then that feeling comes back but because the ice cream did not do the trick, filling the tank, this time they have a handful of cookies, the can of gas in the trunk, and they still feel bad so frustration sets in because again there has been no satisfying response to the initial feeling, the temperature gauge, eventually the body, mind, and spirit breaks down just like the car.  The problem here is that no amount of gas will fix a temperature problem and no amount of food, alcohol, drugs or cigarettes will ever fix feeling anxious, sad, lonely, angry or depressed.  

So how do we break this "feel bad, distract" cycle?  That's the simple part. We start to recognize and honor our feelings while allowing them to guide us towards what we really need, want and desire.  

We get off the couch and learn to utilize the tools that are available to use like 7th Path Self Hypnosis or we find someone to help guide us to a fulfilling life.  The life we were intended to have. 
Call 206-549-1108 today to find out how hypnosis can help you lead a better life today.

Hypnosis 101


"You're getting very sleepy" and in most cases losing total control of yourself.

At least that is the way it's portrayed in the world of Hollywood and of course, there is the stage hypnotist who appears to make people do all sorts of goofy things.  These are the images we have of hypnosis. So how can it also be one of the most powerful tools for transformation available? In this article, I will dispel some myths and introduce you the modern techniques and uses of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

The Myths
You will lose control. No. Hypnosis is about taking back control. The hypnotist is nothing more than a guide on an internal journey leading to greater understanding and control of your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors.

"I have to be relaxed to experience hypnosis". False. Relaxation is not a requirement but it is a great benefit. Hypnosis can be achieved easily with any "intense" emotion or feeling like sadness, anger, fear or pain.

"I can't be hypnotized".  The general rule is anyone who has an IQ over 70 and wants to be hypnotized can be hypnotized. In fact, you already have!  When you're "lost in thought" or "daydreaming" you are in a light state of hypnosis. When you react to a sad or suspenseful moment in a movie, you are hypnotized.

The applied use of Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy.
The British Medical Association was the first to endorse the use of hypnosis in 1955 followed by The American Medical Association in 1958 and then by The American Psychological Association in 1960.  Today we use "instant" inductions allowing the client to enter a state of hypnosis very quickly. The instant induction allows for more time in a trance which equates to more "work" getting done. The tools and approaches used will vary by the therapist, however, most hypnosis programs geared toward emotional issues will require client interaction. Speaking and movement do not interfere with hypnosis and sessions can include forgiveness work and age regression to find the root cause of the issue.  This is where hypnosis really shines because when in the trance state memories, sensations and feelings can be reached instantly allowing the client to release any erroneous beliefs, feelings, and thoughts around the event/s immediately and permanently. On the other hand, some changes only require that the client sit and listen and while some changes can be realized in as little as two sessions, like smoking cessation, other conditions like Chronic Pain Management can require up to 20 sessions over a year for the client to have the maximum benefits and master self-hypnosis.

How effective is hypnosis?

  • 90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis - University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

  • Hypnosis More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss - Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments--Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.

  • Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain - Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.

Some hypnosis success stories from my office in 2017.  

  • 4 marriages and 6 jobs saved for my angry clients.
  • 370 pounds of weight loss.
  • 18 people still nicotine free after 6 or more months.
  • 6 Chronic Pain suffers no longer on high dosage Opiates. 
  • 2 teens no longer "cutting" themselves. 


Call me today to schedule your first step in taking back control