Finding a competent hypnotist: questions to ask

hypnotist-and-clientFinding a competent hypnotist that is a good fit for your needs can be confusing. Hypnosis is usually considered an alternative therapy (other alternative therapies include acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, etc.) and is frequently offered as part of a practitioner’s overall practice. For example, a psychologist may also offer hypnosis. So one good question to ask is if the hypnotist is a full-time practitioner of hypnosis. A full-time practitioner uses only hypnosis (and closely related techniques such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP) to help the client achieve his or her goals. As such, a full-time practitioner is usually more up-to-speed on the most cutting-edge techniques for achieving success. Many hypnotists only do hypnosis on a part-time basis, and a practitioner who earns a full-time living from hypnosis has many more accumulated hours of valuable clinical experience than a part-time practitioner.

Another good question to ask is if the hypnotist is certified. For example, in Texas, it is not necessary to be certified to practice hypnosis. While it is not a foolproof guarantee of competency, a hypnotist who went to the trouble and expense to become certified is likely to be dedicated to a higher level of knowledge, ability and integrity than one who has not.

Ask the hypnotist about continuing education (often referred to as CEUs or “continuing education units”). When was the last time the hypnotist took a course to improve his skills or expand her knowledge base? Does the hypnotist attend national educational/professional conferences?  Hypnotists who strive to improve continually will likely offer the highest and most effective level of service to clients.

Does the hypnotist have testimonials from satisfied clients? These can often be found on the hypnotist’s website and can not only give you clues to the quality of the hypnotist, but you can also gauge the effectiveness of the hypnosis in the area you are interested in (smoking cessation, for instance). In addition, reviews on websites such as Yelp.com can be very useful. Yelp offers a one- to five-star rating system for each review left by a client. A hypnotist with a consistently high rating over multiple reviews can instill greater confidence in potential clients.

Where does the hypnotist practice? Some hypnotists sublet office space from other health-and-wellness professionals, and this is fine. But a hypnotist with a dedicated office in a professional building sends a message of professionalism to potential clients.

In summary, a competent, professional hypnotist will welcome these questions and more, because creating confidence in their clients is a priority.

I am glad to answer the questions above and more in a free half-hour consultation. We will also discuss your specific needs in depth and come up with a hypnosis strategy to help you achieve your goals. Call me at 800-481-5949 for your confidential consultation today!

Migraine relief with hypnosis

migraine relief houston texasAbout 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches.  Migraines are characterized by an intense painful throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and/or extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine pain can last for hours or even days. Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in your arm or leg. Common treatments include drug therapy (such as calcium blockers or beta blockers) and lifestyle changes (avoiding migraine “triggers”).

What is less commonly known is that migraines respond very well to hypnosis intervention. Hypnosis has long been used for both acute and chronic pain relief, and those same techniques, in the hands of a skilled hypnotist, can help not only relieve pain from an ongoing migraine, but can even head off a migraine as it is just beginning. Some cursory research on the internet may lead you to believe migraines can only be managed, but the truth is, hypnosis can help eliminate them entirely, freeing you from both side effects of various drug interventions as well as limiting lifestyle changes.

In a 1961 study published in the American journal Northwest Medicine, of 90 people who suffered from vascular and migraine headaches, hypnosis intervention provided up to 8 years of complete relief (or more) for approximately 38% of the sufferers. Others reported significantly diminished suffering. This study was interesting to me, because 7% of the sufferers developed “substitute symptoms” after their migraines diminished. Such symptoms included nightmares, hay fever, arthritis and ulcers. Most modern hypnotists now understand the mental process by which these substitute symptoms occur, and can employ techniques to prevent them from occurring.

I use a very effective migraine protocol developed by Colorado hypnotist Melissa Roth that is aimed at creating lasting, complete relief from migraine headaches, without any occurrence of substitute symptoms. In just a few sessions, you can free yourself from debilitating migraines and have a much happier, pain-free lifestyle! Check out Hypnosis Works! for more information. Call 800-481-5949 for a free consultation.

Hypnotic help for test anxiety

test-anxiety-hypnosisI had a conversation with a college chemistry professor recently, and she told me that her students did great at remembering formulas and such in class, but experience brain-lock when trying to remember them in exam conditions. Test anxiety is a common problem with students and it can interfere with remembering the things you need to remember during an exam. Test anxiety is characterized by a panicky feeling, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat and sweaty palms. You can read an excellent guide to symptoms, causes and even find some tips for alleviating test anxiety here.

Anxiety of all kinds responds well to hypnosis techniques. One effective way to beat that panicky feeling at the exam itself is 7-11 breathing. Breathe slowly in while you count to 7 in your mind and breathe slowly out on a mental count of 11. This slow and measured breathing will slow your heart rate, ease that fight-or-flight adrenaline response and make you feel better.

Another powerful hypnotic trick is to use an anchor. An anchor is anything that brings to mind a feeling or mental or emotional response. You know that icky feeling you get when you are at the dentist when you hear the drill sound from the back? That is a negative auditory anchor. A positive auditory anchor is when you hear your favorite song and want to smile and sing along.

You can create positive anchors for yourself. To create an anchor to help with test anxiety, sit down in a quiet place and take two or thee deep breaths. Think of a time when you felt relaxed, calm and in control. See the sights and hear the sounds. Imagine you have an internal dimmer switch and dial up that feeling of calm, relaxation and control. When that good feeling is about to reach its peak touch your thumb and forefinger together like you’re making an OK sign.

Make a strong association between the finger-pinch and that relaxed feeling.

Practice this technique once or twice a week to build and strengthen that association. Then when test day arrives, if you begin to feel that anxious feeling, then simply touch thumb and forefinger together to recall that calm, relaxed feeling.

If you have severe test anxiety, contact Dan Perez at Hypnosis Works! for help. Call 800-481-5949 for a free consultation.

Welcome to my blog!

landscape1This is my first WordPress blog post. Since I am a hypnotist, the content of the blog will primarily concern hypnosis, hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a number of other related subjects. The most important thing you need to know is that I am a certified hypnotist with a private practice in Houston, Texas. I’m the top-rated hypnotist in Houston on Yelp, with 18 five-star reviews. The next-nearest hypnotist has two reviews, last I checked.

The second most important thing you need to know is that I have a website devoted to my private practice. It is up there in the menu bar: Hypnosis Works! It’s a very comprehensive site, and you can find out a great deal about hypnosis there. I recommend you check it out.

The third most important thing you need to know is that even if you don’t live in Houston, I can still hypnotize you! More and more hypnotists nowadays are using distance video-conferencing software like Skype to help clients who don’t live in their city. I’ve done Skype hypnosis sessions as far away as California and France!

There probably is a fourth most important thing, but I can’t think of it right now.

This is a humble beginning, as I am just learning WordPress and the GeneratePress theme I chose, so there may be cosmetic changes as I get more accustomed to working with the software.

I need to thank a good friend who has been instrumental at encouraging me to get with the blogging thing. His name is John Rullman, a local entrepreneur who has served as an informal business adviser since we became friends. I owe him a debt of gratitude for keeping me focused on getting this site up and running, so here’s to you, John! (He’s a pretty darned good karaoke singer, too, so if you want to hear him sing, check out Hefley’s on West Gray in Houston on a Wednesday night…you’ll probably see me there, too!).

I encourage you to explore the site and again, to visit Hypnosis Works! to find out more about how I can help you lead a happier, more productive life via the power of the subconscious mind!