Interview with Dr. Randy Gilchrist on The Non-Smoker’s Edge

May 12th, 2006

1. Randy, you have worked with people to overcome their bad habits, especially smoking. Can you tell me why people continue to smoke even though they know that this is slowly eroding their health?

There are two main reasons as I understand it. First, smoking is a stubborn habit that naturally connects with many everyday activities, times of day, social interactions, and emotional states that continually “trigger” the urge to smoke—often at an unconscious level. In this way, smoking becomes like a reliable, old friend that offers Relaxation, comfort, and Focus with every interaction (puff). It’s like the old song goes—“breaking up is hard to do”.

Second, smoking acts as an addiction as well. Because the body and mind become used to the “rush” from regular nicotine fixes, quitting can immediately trigger strong and uncomfortable physical and psychological withdrawal cravings to pressure a return to smoking. This discomfort can last for several weeks or even months. Typical Withdrawal Symptoms include Irritability, Restlessness, sadness, nervousness, coughing, a slight Sore Throat, Constipation, Insomnia, fatigue, difficulty Concentrating, a decreased heart rate, and/or an increased appetite. With all of this, it’s no wonder most people have a hard time quitting on their own!

2. If there were three things that a cigarette smoker could right now to help them drop the habit, what would they be?

Besides getting my program? Let me see. First, smokers should immediately have a physical examination with their primary care physician to learn the extent to which smoking has already begun to affect their health. An examination should also include recommendations to do to start reversing any present damage. This one is essential.

Second, ask several supportive, understanding family members and friends to give the emotional encouragement and listening ears you’ll need during your change process. Make sure these supportive people aren’t smoker’s themselves. It can be hard to quit with someone always lighting up in front of you!

Third, get healthier! Strategically improve your diet, Exercise, and sleeping patterns. Study it. Plan it. Do it. Because quitting smoking can involve temporary lapses in energy, lowered concentration, and increased moodiness, you will need to take better care of yourself to replace your “nicotine highs” with “natural highs” and better self-control. Healthier living is what makes this possible. Remember, there are no feelings that nicotine gives you that the brain can’t also generate through healthier means. You just need to plan more, be creative, and commit to the process.

3. In your practice, you use Hypnosis as one tool to help people Quit Smoking, is this effective? If so, why would something like Hypnosis work for something like this?

I have found Hypnosis to be highly effective in helping my clients Stop Smoking. In fact, traditionally, clinical Hypnosis has shown to be the most popular and helpful with two main issues: smoking cessation and weight loss. Because many smokers fear that they will gain weight if they quit, a good Hypnosis program for smoking cessation should include a component on weight loss as well. This is like “killing two birds with one stone”.

I think Hypnosis works so well with smoking cessation because habits and addictions in general tend to be very psychological in nature. Among other things, Hypnosis helps to change and improve the way a person thinks about his or her “problem”. It also helps people gain greater access to the tools and resources they’ll need during the change process. In fact, many of my clients acknowledge at the beginning that their habit/addiction is “mostly psychological” and that they just need to “change the way they think about it”.

4. Is there any research supporting that the Hypnosis you use is effective for smoking cessation? If so, please go into some detail and tell us where to find this information.

Yes. In fact, a great deal of research shows Hypnosis to be highly effective with smoking cessation in general. The main studies I usually refer to come from the main reference book from The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, “Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors” by D. Corydon Hammond. This book cites multiple studies showing about a 2/3 (60-67%) success rate with smoking cessation when a 4-5+ session Hypnosis format is used (versus a 25% success rate when only 1 Hypnosis session is used). In short, more Hypnosis sessions = much higher results. This complimentary, multi-session Hypnosis format is what I base my “Non-Smoker’s Edge” program on (although my program actually contains 9 Hypnosis sessions).

This 2/3 success rate for the multiple Hypnosis session approach is far higher than all other research-based approaches to quitting smoking. Nicotine replacement methods, the Anti-Depressant medication Zyban, and behavior modification techniques have all consistently yielded success rates of just 25%.

There are many current and past research articles supporting the use of Hypnosis with smoking cessation.

Some great websites reviewing these articles from professional journals can be found at:

http://www.hypnosis-research.org/hypnosis/index.html http://ijceh.educ.wsu.edu/ http://www.apa.org/psycinfo/

For more reader-friendly reviews, I recommend searching the smoking and Hypnosis-related articles on the Psychology Today archive database. Their website is http://www.psychologytoday.com.

5. In our site, we go to great lengths to make sure that the therapists we work with have backgrounds that people can trust. Can you tell us why you are qualified to help with smoking cessation and why it might be important that someone do his or her due diligence before selecting a Hypnotherapist.

This is an important, essential question to ask, so I will go into detail. I have been helping people successfully Stop Smoking in my therapy office since 1996. I quickly learned and incorporated Hypnotic techniques with my therapy clients from the beginning, and have greatly sharpened my Hypnosis skills with smokers through 5 consecutive, ongoing years of advanced Hypnosis training with world-renown Hypnosis expert, Dr. Michael Yapko.

Dr. Yapko has trained graduate-level therapists in clinical Hypnosis for 30+ years and is the author of the world’s top clinical Hypnosis textbook, “Trancework”.

Furthermore, I am also a fully qualified psychotherapist with twice the usual training. I possess a masters degree and license in marriage and family therapy, a doctoral degree and license in clinical psychology, and have been doing psychotherapy since 1996. Since “Hypnotherapy” is a type of therapy, a truly qualified “Hypnotherapist” should also be a highly trained, licensed, and experienced therapist for the best results. If not, move on and keep searching!

In fact, when deciding upon a professional for Hypnosis products (or live office sessions), the first question to always ask is, “is this person a licensed, graduate-level psychotherapist?” Such official, graduate-level licenses include the clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist, or clinical social work licenses. If a hypnotist don’t possess one of these (or a comparable) therapy license, I wouldn’t recommend them. An unlicensed, non-therapist claiming to be “certified in Hypnosis” is a red flag to be wary of. You never know what you will get.

Since Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is not a profession unto itself and is simply a specialty area of therapy, there are no official or universal governing boards or standards for who becomes “Hypnosis certified”. In fact, a person can literally drop out of high school, have no Hypnosis training whatsoever, and send away for a Hypnosis Certification from a bogus Hypnosis board that prints worthless certifications for a fee. Beware!

6. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, what are the things you like to do outside of being a psychologist?

Outside of my therapy office, I am also very busy. Most of my life today revolves around spending time with my lovely wife of 8 years, my 2 wonderful little boys, and my parents who live very close by. The most important thing in my life is the time I spend with my family, so I guess they are my main hobby.

I recently moved my practice from San Diego up to Roseville for a great private practice opportunity (by Sacramento, California). I am becoming accustomed to the “country life” up here, but I do miss the perfect weather and beaches of San Diego. Who wouldn’t?

My hobbies and interests include fixing up our new house, going hiking, playing tennis and basketball, boogie boarding in the ocean, traveling, and taking precious naps when my youngsters both happen to be sleeping (a rarity).

Is there research to support that Hypnosis can help with Weight Loss?

May 11th, 2006

Yes there is, below you will find a couple of studies that you can follow up on:

Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

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 as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: A meta-analytic reappraisal. by Allison, David B.; Faith, Myles S. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology. 1996 Jun Vol 64(3) 513-516

Controlled trial of Hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. Stradling J, Roberts D, Wilson A, Lovelock F., Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1998 Mar;22(3):278-81.

Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. Allison DB, Faith MS., J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996 Jun;64(3):513-6.

Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments: Another meta-reanalysis. by Kirsch, Irving, Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology. 1996 Jun Vol 64(3) 517-519

Prepare Yourself for New or Unpredictable Situations

May 7th, 2006

Would you like to feel safe and centered, no matter what is about to happen? Give yourself the advantage of preparation.

Would you like to:

  • Feel competent in uncertain situations?
  • Handle unpredictability with comfort?
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  • Go with life’s natural flow?

If you would like to have the preparedness advantage, then Preparing For Uncertainty is sure to surprise you.

Life is full of uncertainties. Each day has its share of doubt, worry and Anxiety. Upcoming interviews, a first date, a new business venture, even a new member of the family! These situations often lead us to uneasiness and inner Tension, which can stand in the way of our best efforts.

Tension blocks creativity, making our responses rigid or clumsy. But it does not have to be this way.

Your unconscious mind can fully prepare you for whatever may happen.

Face uncertainty fearlessly

This Hypnosis-based program will enhance your ability to flow with new situations as they arise in your life. You can use this program for specific situations, such as preparation for a medical procedure or a future presentation, or or you can use it to train yourself to handle uncertain situations in your life as a whole.

You should know…

We are not saying that this program will help you predict the future. Nor are we claiming that you’ll be able to change the “energy” of future events just by thinking about them. This CD is decidedly not New Age.

What we are saying is that our program can help you maximize your ability to handle new and uncertain situations by using your entire brain to prepare for them.

The powerful Hypnosis techniques in this two-session program will help you Relax and guide you to a state of Hypnotic trance. Your subconscious mind will open to empowering ideas and stories designed to help you develop your own best way to handle uncertain events. Dr. Greenleaf’s relaxing style will help you organically create healthy and effective metaphors.

You’ll to begin to use your entire mind in ways that will help you face unpredictable new situations.

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Enhance Your Relationship

April 22nd, 2006

Share a renewal of your original passion. You can build a new relationship foundation through the ground-breaking program, Shared Couple’s Trance.

Would you both like to:

  • Create new bonds through shared experiences?
  • Learn to appreciate each other all over again?
  • Grow closer together, while maintaining a healthy independence?
  • Safely reduce damaging relationship patterns?
  • Let go of unnecessary baggage?
  • Reignite the original flame of passion?
  • Enjoy your relationship even more?

Relationships are very complicated and sometimes difficult. They can be very painful - but also very rewarding. If you value your relationship and want to see it continue to flourish, then these shared Hypnosis sessions will be an invaluable tool for years to come.

Relationship dynamics

As you well know, there are two fundamental aspects of all relationships. The first dynamic is your shared experiences and the other dynamic is your sense of separateness, where you create boundaries. Obviously, there is Tension between the two.

As time goes by you create a shared life, and in that process you have both positive and negative shared memories. In Session 1 of this program, you will go through a process that will allow you to Focus on your positive relationship experiences in order to rekindle and strengthen the original feelings you had for one another.

Hopefully, over time, you have also developed a sense of separateness. You have established unconscious boundaries that allow your sense of individuality. However, sometimes couples grow too close together or too far apart. Or there may be some discrepancy on how to define these boundaries. This can be a source of many negative feelings. Session 2 can help you develop healthy boundaries and a renewed sense of self.

Take your relationship to a completely new level by resolving issues, and rekindling the passion.

How This Program Can Help

Developed from over 20 years of practice and teaching by Dr. Ritterman, a pioneer in the use of Hypnosis in family therapy and relationships, this program is groundbreaking in its scope.

Dr. Ritterman has trained thousands of psychotherapists around the world in her methods of working with couples and families. All of the therapists with The Hypnosis Network have to meet stringent guidelines. And, as with all our associates, Dr. Ritterman is an exceptional therapist and Hypnosis practitioner.

This program will not promise that your relationship will be pure heaven from now on, or that you will be having intimate relations every night. This would be a gross exaggeration. However, we do promise that your relationship will be enhanced in ways you previously thought impossible. (Note: This program is not designed for relationships that are in severe trouble, especially when violence is involved.)

The powerful Hypnosis techniques in this two-session program are designed to help you strengthen your relationship. The program will help you Relax and guide you to a state of Hypnotic trance opening your subconscious mind to empowering suggestions and stories. You’ll find that Dr. Ritterman’s unique style might put you in the mood for a little romance.

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What Is Hypnosis?

April 21st, 2006

Finding a definition of Hypnosis that everyone agrees with is virtually impossible. Because they come from diverse backgrounds, the different therapists in The Hypnosis Network probably would not agree on a single definition. Therefore we are going to provide multiple definitions:

From William Broom, Chief Executive& Registrar, The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council: Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by mental and physical Relaxation, in which our subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind. It is widely accepted as a most excellent method by which we may access our inner potential. The state of mind referred to may be brought about either by oneself, unaided (self-Hypnosis) or with the help of another person.

From Eric Greenleaf Ph.D.: The notion of Hypnosis is to help a person, by focusing and searching inwardly, to utilize all his learning and skills to resolve his problems, and to do so with the aid of unconscious learning and understanding. What scientists do when they “dream up” inventions and theories, what statesmen do when they “sleep on it” before solving problems of state, what athletes do preparing for a match by “visualizing” the flight of the ball‹this is the sort of thing hypnotized persons do to apply themselves to difficult problems of living.

Hypnosis is based on respect for us as a whole organism, in all that complexity and unique experience that has made us who we are. It may be thought of as a state of mind which can imitate many of the original and useful actions of the mind, body and spirit. In Hypnotic trance a person may experience reduced pain, heightened sensation, strong emotion, remembering and forgetting, imaginings and creativity and an enhanced sense of self. Hypnosis points people toward those capacities within themselves and the learning they contain.

From Krasner, A.M. The Wizard Within: ABH PRESS, 1990/1991: Hypnosis is “a process which produces Relaxation, distraction of the conscious mind, heightened suggestibility and increased awareness, allowing access to the subconscious mind through imagination. It also produces the ability to experience thoughts and images as real.”

Healing by trance state (Hypnosis) is one of the oldest phenomena known to man and is found, in one form or another, in virtually every culture throughout the world. The Hypnotic State is, in most respects, entirely dissimilar to sleep.

Knowledge is Power - Know Your Hypnotherapist

April 19th, 2006

Because Hypnosis has the power to alter important aspects of your life, it is vital for you to protect yourself from “quacks” that, unfortunately, are so abundant in the field of Hypnosis.

But how? Educate yourself in the myths and examine the qualifications a professional Hypnotherapist should have. Below are a few important things to consider when selecting a hypnotist.

Beware of hypnotists who:

Only have a CHT (Certified Hypnotherapist) after their name.

A Certified Hypnotherapist is really a misnomer. Most states do not even have licensing in Hypnotherapy - this is why the importance of the therapist being licensed in another regulated therapy is paramount. A “CHT” may be certified and claim to have received 200 or more hours of training from an institution (roughly 5 weeks of full-time work), but licensed health-care professionals typically have seven to nine years of university coursework, plus additional supervised training in internship and residency programs. Their Hypnosis training is in addition to their medical, psychological, dental or social-work training.

Have a Ph.D. from institutions that you never heard of.

There are many “institutions” that provide students with Ph.D.s, M.A.s, etc. that may be registered as a school in their state, but that are not accredited by any governing body in regards to what standards their graduates must meet to be licensed mental-health professionals. While this might be acceptable for many trades, medical and mental-health professions need strict regulation to ensure the quality of care you are receiving!

Use subliminal messages.

According to The Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, two double-blind studies have tested subliminal message self-help audiotapes claiming to improve memory, increase Self-Esteem, or induce weight loss. Actual content and labeled content were independently varied. Some subjects believed they were using memory tapes but were actually using Weight-Loss or Self-Esteem tapes, and so on. After a month of use (per manufacturers’ recommendations) by volunteer subjects, there were no effects of subliminal content in the claimed direction on any of the three dimensions.

In the face of all evidence to the contrary; there are many Hypnosis programs on the market that claim to use subliminal messages to bolster the effectiveness of the content. Although it is true that we can perceive things below our conscious awareness, there is no evidence of anyone hearing a message which is buried beneath layers of other sounds to the point where the message does not distinctly stand out. Of course, if the message distinctly stood out, it would not be subliminal. This is definitely a scam.

Offer audio products that seem impossible.

You might have seen products promising to do things which seem almost impossible. We have seen products claiming to:

• Grow Your penis • Make you taller (no kidding!) • Give you luck • Make you financially successful • Increase your psychic ability

Some of these products have some theoretical basis. For example penis growth might be theoretically possible, but there has been no research supporting such a claim. Furthermore, it is doubtful that the actual hypnotist’s program has ever been researched in any analytical manner. Other products, such as promises of getting lucky, rely on New Age beliefs in order to convince you that Hypnosis can open you up to Universal energies.

Hypnosis is not a belief or a theory - it is a pacticed science used by mental health professionals to help people improve their lives.

Beware of the following organizations who certify hypnotherapists:

National Guild of Hypnotists. This organization offers Hypnotherapy certifications in as little as 2 semesters of Hypnotherapy training and 15 hours of continued Education a year.

The American Board of Hypnotherapy This organization offers standard Hypnotherapy Certifications, as well as “Ph.D.” degrees. However, these doctorate level degrees are Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) for Clinical Hypnotherapy or Esoteric Studies, not Doctor of Psychology degrees.

The International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association. This organization offers Hypnotherapy certifications in as little as 3 months of Hypnotherapy training.

Hypnosis FAQ

April 17th, 2006

Is Hypnosis medically approved?

Yes. The American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have approved Hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals. The British Medical Association also adopted Hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool in 1958.

What is the Difference between Meditation and Hypnosis?

Both techniques will take you into the meditative state, however in Meditation the goal is to remain there, while in Hypnosis you use this state to change thought, ideas, and behaviors.

How does the subconscious accept Hypnotic suggestions?

Hypnotic suggestions bypass the intellectual mind, called the “conscious,” and zero in on the subconscious. When given a new suggestion that is within the bounds of a person’s belief system and moral orientation, the subconscious mind accepts it literally as a new reality.

Is Hypnosis dangerous?

No. The induction of Hypnosis is never dangerous to the subject, although personal disappointments may arise because of unrealistic expectations or preconceived information.

Can I be controlled?

No. You are in control the entire time while experiencing Hypnosis. The power lies in your mind, because while under Hypnosis you have greater awareness than when you are fully awake and you retain all the power to select what you want to say or do. You won’t do anything in a Hypnotic State that you would not find acceptable in your normal awake state.

What does being hypnotized feel like?

Most clients report pleasant feelings of mental and physical Relaxation, similar to those moments before we Fall Asleep at night. You will be relaxed, yet still aware and able to respond if we need to.

A good example of how Hypnosis feels is from a Hypnosis client,

“At the end of my first Hypnosis session, my Hypnotherapist said, “When we’re through here you’ll be . . . you’ll be yourself!” This was prophetic. I would describe all of my subsequent experiences with Hypnosis as remembering or discovering parts of me that were characteristic, and following their lead.

Therapeutic Hypnosis has not involved suppressing or discarding any part of me. It has not meant using will power to force behavior changes. Rather, it is a way to allow change to arise inevitably, even joyfully, out of the unique person who has always been present. It is a tool for utilizing what is already there.” (Ruth Dart, Oakland California)

How does Hypnosis help people?

The ability to reprogram emotional attitudes and reactions is a latent talent within every human being. Hypnosis is the most functional and reasonable way to train life-long attitudes, rather than suffer a lifetime of emotional accidents the conscious mind is unable to change.

Isn’t Hypnosis just Relaxation?

Contrary to popular belief, you do not necessarily even have to be relaxed during Hypnosis. It is easier (and more pleasant) to experience Hypnosis while relaxed, but Hypnosis can be accomplished while you are tense. Hypnosis has to do with concentration far more than Relaxation.

What if I don’t wake up?

No one has ever got stuck in a terminal state of Hypnosis. It simply cannot happen. If the hypnotist left the room, or if you were listening to a tape and the power went out, you would either Fall Asleep and wake up naturally, or your subconscious mind would detect that there is no voice guiding you and bring you to conscious awareness.

Does a person become unconscious or lose control during Hypnosis?

Actually the opposite is true as you are gaining control over mental functions most other people are scarcely aware of. Contrary to popular myth, you will never tell secrets you want to keep to yourself or accept suggestions that are not in your best interests. Also you will be awake the entire session and will be able to recall all that took place. You are always in control.

What do you mean by “Hypnosis is a tool?”

Hypnosis and selection of a therapist can be analogous to a surgeon and scalpel…

A scalpel is a blade used in Surgery by qualified surgeons. However, without the proper training, the tool is useless, and possibly dangerous. If you were going into heart Surgery, you would make sure that the surgeon using this tool had spent years at a legitimate institution learning everything that he/she needed to know about heart Surgery. This requires a complete Education and training until demonstrating his/her competence. The same goes for someone using Hypnosis. A Hypnotherapist should have years of training in mental health before even attempting to use Hypnosis as a tool for helping people make life changes.

How effective is Hypnosis counseling?

A survey of psychotherapy literature by noted psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions. Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions. Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions.

Source: American Health Magazine

Some areas where Hypnosis is helpful include:

Anxiety, panic, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions, disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low Self-Esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, Allergies and Skin Disorders, Migraine and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Additionally, it has proved of value within Surgery, and in the wider sphere of Pain Management and in the areas of both sporting and artistic performance enhancement.

Hypnosis 101 - The Basics

April 17th, 2006

The Hypnosis Network upholds the highest professional standards for our products, quality and therapists. We carefully monitor our product list and therapist requirements against the standards of The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), the largest U.S. organization for health and mental health care professionals using clinical Hypnosis.

Founded in 1957, ASCH’s members are psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, medical doctors, master’s level nurses and dentists. Their efforts to support research and set standards for ethical practices of Hypnotherapy are respected world-wide, and The Hypnosis Network is proud to meet (and in some cases exceed) their standards.

The following information on Hypnosis is taken from the ASCH’s website.

Definition of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to Focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully. Because Hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-Hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-control.

Everyone has experienced a trance many times, but we don’t usually call it Hypnosis. All of us have been so absorbed in thought – while reading a book, or riding the bus to work – that we fail to notice what is happening around us. While we were zoned out, another level of consciousness which we refer to as our unconscious mind, took over. These are very focused states of attention similar to Hypnosis.

Ruth Dart, assistant to Dr. Eric Greenleaf who founded the Milton H. Erickson Insitute of the Bay Area, has this to say about what Hypnosis feels like:

At the end of my first Hypnosis session, my Hypnotherapist said, “When we’re through here you’ll be . . . you’ll be yourself!” This was prophetic. I would describe all of my subsequent experiences with Hypnosis as remembering or discovering parts of myself that were characteristic, and following their lead.

Therapeutic Hypnosis has not involved suppressing or discarding any part of me. It has not meant using will power to force behavior changes. Rather, it is a way to allow change to arise inevitably, even joyfully, out of the unique person who has always been present. It is a tool for utilizing what is already there.

Clinical hypnotists do essentially three things with Hypnosis. They encourage the use of imagination. Mental imagery is very powerful, especially in a focused state of attention. The mind seems capable of using imagery, even if it is only symbolic, to assist us in bringing about the things we are imagining. For example, a patient with Ulcerative Colitis may be asked to imagine what her distressed colon looks like. If she imagines it as being like a tunnel, with very red, inflamed walls that are rough in texture, the patient may be encouraged in Hypnosis (and in self-Hypnosis) to imagine this image changing to a healthy one.

Another basic Hypnotic method is to present ideas or suggestions to the patient. In a state of concentrated attention, ideas and suggestions that are compatible with what the patient wants seem to have a more powerful impact on the mind.

Finally, Hypnosis may be used for unconscious exploration, to better understand underlying motivations or identify whether past events or experiences are associated with causing a problem. Hypnosis avoids the critical censor of the conscious mind, which often defeats what we know to be in our best interests.

Myths About Hypnosis

People often fear that being hypnotized will make them lose control, surrender their will, and result in their being dominated, but a Hypnotic State is not the same thing as gullibility or weakness. Many people base their assumptions about hypnotism on stage acts but fail to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative, with possible exhibitionist tendencies, as well as responsive to Hypnosis. Stage acts help create a myth about Hypnosis which discourages people from seeking legitimate Hypnotherapy.

Another myth about Hypnosis is that people lose consciousness and have amnesia. A small percentage of subjects, who go into very deep levels of trance will fit this stereotype and have spontaneous amnesia. The majority of people remember everything that occurs in Hypnosis. This is beneficial, because most of what we want to accomplish in Hypnosis may be done in a medium-depth trance, where people tend to remember everything.

In Hypnosis, the patient is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. A hypnotist simply serves as a facilitator to guide them.

When Will Hypnosis Be Beneficial?

We believe that Hypnosis will be optimally effective when the patient is highly motivated to overcome a problem and when the Hypnotherapist is well trained in both Hypnosis and in general considerations relating to the treatment of the particular problem. Some individuals seem to have higher native Hypnotic talent and capacity that may allow them to benefit more readily from Hypnosis.

It is important to keep in mind that Hypnosis is like any other therapeutic modality: It can offer major benefits to some patients with some problems, and it is helpful with many other patients. But it can fail, just like any other clinical method. For this reason, we emphasize that we are not “hypnotists,” but health- care professionals who use Hypnosis along with other tools of our professions.

Uses of Hypnosis

LEGITIMATE USES OF Hypnosis

Below is a list of legitimate uses of Hypnosis as defined by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)

SOME NON-LEGITIMATE USES

  • Growing taller
  • Getting lucky
  • Penis growth
  • Psychic powers
  • Remote influence
  • Drug addiction
  • Alcoholism
  • Magical seduction powers

QUESTIONABLE USES

Breast growth (there have been instances where Hypnosis has worked with breast growth, but we are not confident in the research)

LEGITIMATE BUT INAPPROPRIATE FOR AUDIO PROGRAM

  • Clinical Depression
  • Burns
  • Childbirth
  • Surgery/Anesthesiology
  • Victims of abuse (incest, rape, physical abuse, cult abuse)

You Don’t Have To Live With Premature Ejaculation

March 7th, 2006

If you suffer from Premature Ejaculation, otherwise known as Rapid Ejaculation or Early Ejaculation, you might not know that there are proven techniques which can help you.

According to the World Health Organization, Early Ejaculation is the most common of all male sexual difficulties. It is estimated that between 25% - 33% of men ejaculate before they want to.

Defining Premature Ejaculation

You might say that you suffer from Premature Ejaculation if you do not have the ability to control your ejaculation, you ejaculate before you satisfy your partner, or you ejaculate before or within several minutes after penetration.

There are a couple of reasons why you might find it important to be able to control your ejaculations. The first reason is that it is difficult to fully enjoy your sex life when you are preoccupied with trying to delay ejaculation. The second is that it is usually your partner who fails to achieve maximal sexual fulfillment when you ejaculate too early.

Finally, Premature Ejaculation tends to be a lifelong problem unless treated. Although some intimate sessions may last a little longer than others, the problem is always there, limiting full enjoyment. Consequently, you may have a tendency to avoid intimacy. This can affect your relationship and your confidence.

Seeking Help Without Embarassment

You might find it surprising that learning to control your ejaculations can be an easy and painless process. Sex therapists are often able to help people in just one session. If you find it embarrassing to seek professional help then we have an alternative that may interest you.

Two of America’s most famous sex therapists have collaborated to create an audio program that will allow you to develop full ejaculatory control in the privacy of your own home.

This CD program consists of two parts. First, Joel Block Ph.D., best selling author and a senior psychologist at The Long Island Jewish Medical Center, guides you through proven techniques for ending Premature Ejaculation. Dr. Block literally has helped thousands of men gain ejaculatory freedom.

Second, Lonnie Barbach Ph.D., best selling author and faculty member of the University of California Medical School, takes you through powerful Hypnosis sessions in order to reinforce what Dr. Block has taught you, while enabling you to maximize sexual sensations.

Enjoying Control Without Sacrificing Pleasure

What you will not find in this program are distraction techniques or anything else which would compromise pleasure in order to control ejaculation.

What you will find through the use of this program is that the more you are able to “be in the moment” and the more you are able to feel the full range of Sexual Pleasure that it becomes easier to naturally control the length of your sexual encounters.

This is the first and only program combining these two methods. The benefits of this program go far beyond just ending Premature Ejaculation. You will find a new sense of sexual freedom as you truly learn to appreciate and fully pay attention to your partner.

As with all of our products we offer you our unconditional one year money back guarantee. We hope that by eliminating all risk, you feel free to experience full ejaculatory freedom.

<strong>Lasting Longer is a 2-CD program.</strong>

The information that will be presented is:

CD1 Dr. Block guides you through proven techniques for ending Premature Ejaculation and experiencing a full range of Sexual Pleasure.

CD2 Dr. Barbach provides you with two Hypnosis sessions that will help you experience ejaculatory freedom and the ability to be fully in the moment. Through the elegant use of metaphor, the first session distracts your conscious mind while allowing for unconscious resources to emerge. The second session is shorter and reinforces the first session.

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Reach Your Full Athletic Potential by Harnessing the Power of Your Unconscious Mind

February 14th, 2006

Get in the zone today. Now you too can get that competitive edge in any sport you choose. Try the same cutting-edge sports Hypnosis techniques that many star athletes currently use. And maximize your skills for peak performance.

Would you like to:

  • Get the winning edge?
  • Enhance your concentration and Focus?
  • Work out and play with greater intensity?
  • Build confidence and optimism?
  • Remain poised in any competitive situation?
  • Replace doubt with positive self-talk?
  • Reduce Anxiety and Stress for peak performance?

It’s your turn now

Are you serious about improving your Athletic Performance? Then this program is tailor-made for you. Most athletes train very hard. But less than 1% know how to apply the techniques you’ll learn from Dr. Singer’s Core Sports Performance program.

It’s no secret that elite athletes like Tiger Woods use Hypnosis to lift them to the next level. Now you can experience these same benefits of unconscious peak-performance training. By utilizing your unconscious mind for performance and training, you’ll learn how to stop fighting yourself so you can overcome the barriers that prevent you from getting to that next level.

Hypnosis can make the difference for every Athlete who wants to gain that competitive edge.

Dr. Jack has your back

Core Sports Performance was created by Dr. Jack Singer, Ph.D., a Certified Sports Psychologist (CSP) trained in Hypnosis. Dr Jack has worked with professional athletes, college athletes, nationally ranked juniors and serious “weekend warriors.” All our therapists must meet stringent guidelines. And, as with all our associates, Dr. Jack is an exceptional therapist and Hypnosis practitioner.

Dr. Jack’s Hypnosis-based program will bring you a Focus and clarity that an Athlete only gets on those rare occasions while in the zone. You’ll experience optimum levels of Relaxation and intensity for the athletic situation at hand.

You should know…

This program will not make you into an elite Athlete, nor will it help you grow muscle through visualization. However, it will enable you to perform to the maximum of your ability. Every Athlete knows that to be great, you still have to train – and train hard. But you’ll find that it’s easier to train harder when you see the results of your hard work paying off.

In just four sessions, Dr. Jack’s unique Hypnosis techniques and visualization exercises will help you fully utilize your unconscious mind for peak sports performance. Each session will take you into deeper states of Relaxation and Focus.

Once you learn to maximize your performance consistently, you’ll never want to be without this program again.

As with all of our products we offer you our unconditional one year money back guarantee.

<strong>Core Sports Performance is a 2-CD program:</strong>

CD1
Introduction to Core Sports Performance
Breathing and Visualization

CD2
Trained Optimism
Emotional Balance

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