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Do you have a stubborn problem or a barrier to progress that you’d like to deal with? Then you’ve come to the right place. I’m Robert Plamondon, a clinical hypnotherapist in Corvallis, Oregon. Hypnosis is not only fast, safe, and effective, it’s the most comfortable way of resolving your stubborn issues. Hypnosis lets you use all your hidden resources, from your most childlike and imaginative to your wisest and most mature, to solve your problems.

Hypnosis uses your childlike imagination to bring about change

Ready to get started? Schedule Your First Session Now, using my online calendar.

Hypnosis gets you unstuck

Hypnotherapy cuts to the chase and gets the job done. For example, take someone who wants to stop smoking and has tried nicotine patches, but they don’t help. Clearly, the problem isn’t nicotine, so what is it? I don’t know, but your unconscious mind does! At the end of the day, people do their own problem-solving and their own healing. The hypnotist just helps you into a state where your natural physical and mental abilities are closer to the surface. Once in hypnosis, the hypnotist guides you through a process of more fully realizing things you already knew, and more fully implementing things that, on some level, you already know how to do. Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Mindful Self-Hypnosis: Faster, Deeper, Better

Mindfulness meditation is all the rage, and rightly so! It’s an effective method with a long pedigree. But it can be elusive and confusing to the newcomer, tied as it is to Buddhist spirituality, which most of us aren’t familiar with.

As Albert Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” I’ll show you something simpler than mindfulness meditation that works as well or better, at least for beginners. Easier to learn, with fully actionable step-by-step instructions. I call it mindful self-hypnosis.

And if you’re in the Corvallis area, you can sign up for my free class in mindful self-hypnosis. More about that in a bit.

Mindfulness from a Hypnotist’s Perspective

A lot of definitions of mindfulness boil down to “minimizing self-talk.” What is self-talk? Most of us endure a lot of distracting, unhelpful chatter (and imagery) inside our own heads, as we scold ourselves, second-guess ourselves, and generally freak ourselves out. Mindfulness promises to dial this down … and it does. Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Relax, it’s Robert’s Hypnosis Newsletter! (Dec 2017)

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December sceneWow, it’s been a long time since I sent out a newsletter! But here we are again, safe and sound.

Since it’s been a while, let me summarize some of the reasons you probably subscribed in first place:

  • I write blog posts and videos. Some of these are specifically about hypnosis: some are useful to anybody.
  • I offer hypnotherapy services, both in-person in my office in Corvallis, and worldwide via telephone or Internet video. Hypnotherapy is cool, and it’s way more interesting than traditional talk therapy! It’s also quicker and thus cheaper — I never see anyone for more than 10 sessions, and you’ll most likely see me for only 3-6.
  • I sometimes offer free stuff, like my relaxation recording.

Friends Fly Free

You can bring a friend to your first session for free: for moral support, or because the other person’s curious, or because they’re serious but don’t mind getting a free session! There are no formalities: just schedule on my Web site, and if two of you show up, great.

Free Stuff: Listen to My 30-Minute Relaxation Recording

One of the perks of belonging to this mailing list is my 30-minute relaxation recording. I recorded this a while back. It’s in MP3 format, so you ought to be able to play it on just about anything. Download or play it online here.

How do you use the recording? Find thirty free minutes (bedtime is okay), start the recording, sit back, relax, and follow the instructions. Sitting down or lying down are both fine. (Please don’t listen to it while driving or performing brain surgery). Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

“Don’t Think of a Blue Elephant!”: How the Brain Processes a Negative

Don't think of a blue elephant! Whoops, too late.If I tell you, “Don’t think of a blue elephant,” what happens? You think of a blue elephant, of course! (If you don’t, check your pulse. You may be dead.)

What’s up with that? The conventional answer is, “The brain can’t process a negative.” But if the brain can’t process a negative, phrases that contain a negative (like “the brain can’t process a negative”) can’t be processed by the brain. But  they can. The brain understands perfectly well what “don’t think about a blue elephant” means. The task is clear. The cause of the failure is somewhere else.

Language and the Imagination

The issue is that, to understand what someone is saying, your unconscious mind, you imagination, puts the words together into things it understands, out of its library of remembered and imagined things—events, images, sounds, thoughts, sensations, and so on. That means that, to know what you’re not supposed to think about, your mind has to understand what the words “blue elephant” mean, which is quite hard to do unless you imagine elephant and color it blue. By which time, of course, it’s too late! Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Need Therapy, But Don’t Want All That Talking and Crying?

Don't want to talk in therapy?

Some people don’t want “tell-all” therapy.

Therapy is a strange animal. There are so many different approaches, each emphasizing something different. Which one to choose? Some emphasize the conscious mind, some the unconscious mind, some the body, some the spirit. And that’s just one way they differ!

So Why Work With Me?

Of course, there are many fine therapists out there. Why work with me? Some advantages to seeing me for hypnotherapy are:

  • I do most of the talking. This can be helpful to people who find it difficult to talk about their problems, for people who use nonstop talking as a basic defense, and for people in between.
  • Hypnosis is comfortable. My clients use up about one box of Kleenex per year.
  • Hypnosis is a brief therapy. You know there’s an upper limit to how long it will last. My policy is to limit clients to ten sessions. Why? Because I noticed a few years ago that we plateaued after ten sessions, and I want you to get full value from every session.
  • You can get to know me pretty well from my posts and videos. One of the best indicators of whether you’ll get good results is whether you feel like you can work with the therapist. My blog posts and videos help you figure out whether I’m a good match for you. If so, great!

Sadly, most therapists don’t have the kind of Web presence that lets you really get to know them and their work, but some do.

Brief Therapy: Keeping it Affordable

If you’re one of the lucky ones with a zero-deductible insurance policy, then you can do long-term therapy with no out-of-pocket expenses. It just comes down to your time and trouble. But more and more of us have super-high deductibles or no applicable coverage at all. The result is that we’ll pay for all our therapy out of our own pockets. Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Ego-Strengthening: The Forgotten Swiss Army Knife of Hypnosis [Video]

Like everything else, hypnosis goes through fads and phases. New and exciting techniques replace old, familiar ones, even when the old ones were better.

So the simple, old-fashioned hypnosis of yesteryear yields to fancier methods: guided imagery, indirect suggestion, age regression, and so on. Don’t get me wrong! I use all of these with excellent results, and I use guided imagery in every session. But there’s something primal about the simplicity of old-time direct suggestion: “You are a nonsmoker. You’ve already smoked your last cigarette. Tobacco no longer holds any attraction for you. You are a nonsmoker.” Simple, yet powerful.

Because some consider it old-fashioned, direct suggestion’s more interesting wrinkles are positively forgotten. Decades ago, a British doctor, John Hartland, developed a method he called “ego-strengthening.” This was described in his book, Hartland’s Medical and Dental Hypnosis.In this, he doesn’t mention the client’s specific problems at all during hypnosis, but instead gives general suggestion for physical and emotional well-being. Since hypnosis works on broad issues as well as on narrow ones, ego strengthening tends to lift clients’ spirits, energy, and outlook. This makes everything easier. Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.