What is hypnosis?

What is hypnosis?

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The American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Dental Association, and British Medical Association have all recognized hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool with many practical applications.   A recent review of The National Library of Medicine, also know as PubMed, uncovered over 10,000 articles concerning the effectiveness of medical hypnosis. The documented effective uses of hypnosis in medicine are wide-ranging, and include, among others:

  • Stress Management
  • Pain Management
  • Fibromyalgia Symptoms
  • Migraines
  • Weight Reduction/Gain
  • Stop Smoking/Drinking
  • Habit Breaking/Control
  • Conquering Fears and Phobias
  • Controlling Anxiety/Depression/Anger
  • Preparing for Surgery/Childbirth/Dental procedures

For an example of how hypnotherapy is used in a medical setting to help people with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, go to

There are many definitions of hypnosis, but the one I prefer was proposed by Milton Erickson, MD, one of the best and most influential medical hypnotherapists of all time: “The hypnotic trance may be defined, for purposes of conceptualization, as a state of increased awareness and responsiveness to ideas”. [Collected Papers, vol. IV, 174]. By “turning down the switch” on one’s incessant distracting/disturbing thought activity and catalyzing a profound state of relaxed receptivity, the full power of the mind can be activated to achieve maximum results.

How does hypnosis compare to other therapeutic modalities?

Alfred A. Barrios, PhD, reviewed the overall lasting success of various approaches to change including hypnotherapy. It revealed the following recovery rates:

*Hypnotherapy 93% recovery after 6 sessions
*Behaviour Therapy 72% recovery after 22 sessions
*Psychoanalysis 38% recovery after 600 sessions
- Published in Psychotherapy Magazine (Volume 7, Number 1, Alfred A Barrios, PhD)

Other applications

  • Improving Self-Esteem
  • Increasing Memory / Recall
  • Increasing Sales / Marketing Results
  • Motivation / Career Advancement
  • Advance in Sports / Skill Mastery
  • Public Speaking
  • Accelerate Learning
  • Improve Musicianship / Singing / Acting
  • and much, much more...

Personal approach to hypnotherapy

In my work with clients, I not only use a wide range of hypnotherapy techniques to effect change, but I teach self-hypnosis and guided imagery techniques also so that clients can use these tools on a daily basis to “reprogram their inner computers” in line with their goals, health needs, and personal growth aspirations.


  • Graduate of the Hypnotherapy Training Institute of Santa Barbara
  • Certification in clinical hypnotherapy (CCHT) from the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners
  • Certification in medical hypnotherapy from the Center for Hypnotherapy, Oakland, California
  • Certification as Tobacco Cessation Specialist from the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy

I completed medical hypnosis training with Seth-Deborah Roth, RN, certified Nurse Anesthetist & Faculty Member of the National Guild of Hypnosis, with a specialty in medical hypnosis. I received additional training with Dr. John Butler, founder of the Hypnotherapy Training Institute of Britain  ( who teaches hypnosurgery and other clinical hypnosis applications to surgeons and anesthetists in a course accredited by the Royal College of Anesthetists. One of the top medical hypnotherapists, Dr. Butler conducts trainings all over the world.

In addition, I teach workshops and multi-week classes on hypnosis and stress reduction.


Sessions typically last 60 – 80 minutes and the fee is $100 - $125. A sliding fee is available for those with fixed or low incomes. Free consultation at (805) 709-2227 or