About Hypnosis

Watch this video about the myths of hypnosis.


When we think of hypnosis, we think of what we see on stage, where an entertainer calls people up to the stage and they go through all sorts of antics. We laugh as people eagerly eat onions thinking its an apple or cluck like chickens.

For the stage shows, they use confusational patterns to confuse the mind so that the person becomes open to suggestion from the hypnotist. We see people seemingly blank out or lose control.

But hypnotherapy is different. Rather than confuse the mind, we want the mind and body to relax and learn new patterns to make updates and changes. There is no blanking out or losing control and you are consciously aware throughout the process.

It may feel like your attention wanders in and out or may seem similar to when you were driving and missed a freeway exit, your mind was just doing something else.

Hypnotherapy is actually a way to speak with the programs of the mind for effecting real and lasting change. Hypnosis can change habits, mental patterns and programs of the unconscious mind quickly and effectively. We can also train the mind to focus your awareness and attention which can affect memory, focus, health, and more.

And we can get the unconscious mind working for your conscious goals. Have you ever experienced self-sabotage? You may be aware of it as a part of me wants this and a part of me wants that.

Unlock the power of your brainOur mind works like an iceberg. The top part of the iceberg that we see above water is like our conscious mind, this is our action – planning, goal – setting mind, Consciously we know what we want to create or the change we want to make.

Then, right below this level, is the layer just below the surface. This is like our subconscious mind, where our mind keeps information that is easy to retrieve, or that we view often or recently. This is like thinking of your phone number or address.

Then, below that is the unconscious mind, which is our deeper awareness that stores all our experiences. Think of your 5th birthday, what about your 10th birthday? Most of us don’t remember it because its so far in the past. This is how the brain works for efficiency, it lays our memories down one on top of the other, so that the easiest memories to access are the most recent and at the top of the pile.

But our past can affect our perceptions and how we see life, it can also account for the problems that we experience. One client of mine had been overweight most of his life. It didn’t seem to matter what he did, he couldn’t lose weight. Then, working with the tools of NLP and Hypnosis, he remembered an event, when he was 9 years old, he was bullied by a group of older kids. He thought, “if only I were bigger, they couldn’t pick on me.” This then started an unconscious program to grow bigger. He couldn’t grow taller, so he grew wider as a directive from the unconscious mind.

Hypnosis helps you align your deeper self (unconscious mind) to be on track with your conscious goals. With this alignment, habit and pattern change happens so easily and naturally, it’s almost automatic!

Hypnosis offers amazing results, from clinical anaesthesia and pain management to stress reduction, changing habits like smoking, overeating, cravings for effective weight loss and more. Update your internal blueprint for the health, change your habits, enhance your body, and live the life you want. Hypnosis is simply a tool for focusing your mind and awareness on what you want – whether its your health, your well-being, changing habits, cravings, or addictions – you can find your path to self-mastery!

Hypnosis updates your mental software to run a better version of you!

Here is just a partial list of what I’ve helped clients do with hypnosis:

  Stop Smoking Weight Loss Curb Cravings
Stroke Recovery Reduce Anxiety Reverse Addictions
Depression Recovery  Improve Energy ADD/ ADHD
Minimize Allergies  Phobias, Fears Chronic Illness Recovery
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Heart Tissue Repair Pre and Post Surgery

Hypnosis In Research Shows a Markedly Higher Success Rate Compared to Other Types of Therapy

In 1970  Alfred A. Barrios, which led to the way in gaining mainstream acceptance of hypnosis as an extremely effective modality.  Barrios compared 1,018 studies and articles on hypnosis, 899 articles on psychoanalytic therapy and 355 on behavioral therapy and he compared the overall lasting success rates of the different therapies.

His research on hypnosis found that the averages of success rates and the number of sessions were as follows:

  • Hypnotherapy had a massive 93% success rate after only 6 sessions.
  • Behavioral therapy success rates of 72% success after 22 sessions.
  • And Psychotherapy only warranted a 38% success rate after an average of 600 sessions.

This led Alfred Barrios to conclude that for changing habits, thought patterns, and actual behavior hypnosis was  the most effective method, and it required less time / sessions than any other type of therapy.

With the added benefits of advanced modalities, we can increase the effectiveness and boost the lasting effects of hypnosis beyond your sessions and over time. 

Thought Pattern Management (TPM)

Because my clients get so much results in a single session, I’ve made this foundational to the work I do! Clients feel more focused in the present moment and with a greater ability to enjoy life! In just one session, we can teach your mind a positive strategy to embrace the lessons of life, release the negative emotions, and align yourself to your highest potential. My clients often explain that they just feel happier, better able to roll with the ups and downs of life, like the weight of the years has lifted.

Benefits of Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the practical application of applied psychology. With NLP, you can quickly change negative habits and patterns by training the brain to create new habits quickly. Eliminate fears, anxieties, release the effects of past traumas, feel more confident, stay focused, find your motivation, and change the mental obstacles that get in the way, like “I’m not good enough,” or “I need to be perfect.”  When your brain is wired into how you want to think and feel, you don’t have to struggle with the old patterns anymore.

NLP has been called “the user’s guide to the brain” giving you the tools to take charge of your habits, patterns, and even update old “programs” which may be operating against you. With these easy to use, practical tools, you’ll find yourself breaking free of old patterns – and moving your life forward like never before! see the map of the brain and NLP

Life Coaching

Life Coaching is great for creating clarity, connecting with your own inner voice and inner wisdom, bringing to light your priorities and living your life by your deepest and dearest values. As you craft your vision of your ideal life, Life Coaching helps you design that vision and then identify the actions that will get you there. If you are feeling stuck or stagnant, undertaking a big project like writing a book or advancing career or business, or if you are headed into unfamiliar territory like divorce, promotion, or a move – Life Coaching can help you with clarity, focus and insight to move forward.

These tools are a powerful combination to springboard your life to the next level!

I work with clients all over the U.S. by phone. Get the most from your life: Clear what’s been holding you back, create your compelling future, and let’s make it happen!

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  • M.NLP: Master Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner: NLP & Coaching Institute of California, San Francisco, CA: www.nlpca.com
  • NLP Health Certified: NLP Coaching Institute of California.
  • C.TPM: Certified Thought Pattern Management:www.thoughtpatternmanagement.com
  • ICF Accredited NLP Coach: Certified through NLP & Coaching Institute of California: International Coaching Federation accreditation approved www.icf.org
  • CHt. Certified Hypnotherapist: Apositiva, Portland, OR.www.apositiva.com
  • B.S. Psychology: Portland State University, Oregon
  • Certified Herbalist: Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing, Springville, UT. www.herbsfirst.com
  • Certified Nutritional Vitologist: Dr Christopher’s School of Natural Healing, Springville, UT. www.herbsfirst.com

When you train your brain – making positive change can be fun and easy!

  • Free Yourself from: Anxiety, Fears, Phobias, Trauma, and Stress
  • Change old Habits – Smoking, Weight Loss, Nail Biting, etc
  • Get Clear with Yourself: Know your Mission, Life Purpose, Vision
  • Build your Personal Power Foundation
  • Train your Brain for Focus, Motivation, and Performance!

Dare to Dream – And then Let’s Make it Happen! 

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