Are the Holidays Stressing You Out?

Are the holidays stressing you out? Too much to do, too many demands, gloomy weather, annoying relatives, high expectations?Stressed out by the holidays

You can’t change the weather, or your relatives, or the timing of the holidays (and neither can I), but hypnosis can help! The very first thing hypnosis does for you, besides giving you a time to put your feet up, close your eyes, and relax, is to put you back in touch with you sense of centered, calm relaxation, and take it with you when you leave the office. There’s nothing like it for relieving stress. And hypnosis is easy. With modern techniques, everyone is a good hypnotic subject; you’ll do just fine, no matter how rushed and stressed and jangled you might feel at the start.

Hypnosis is a brief therapy, so it’s not like you have to start during summer vacation to get ready for the holidays. You can start during the holidays and it’ll work just fine. Perfect for last-minute shopping for that hardest-to-please person: you. Continue Reading...

Need a Speaker Who Won’t Put The Audience To Sleep?

Looking for a good speaker in the Corvallis area? Look no further! I give fun, free interactive talks on hypnosis anywhere in the Corvallis area.

Will the audience cluck like a chicken? Why yes: yes, they will. But not because I do a stage show, because I don’t. I just ask the whole audience to do it first thing, to get it out of the way (people don’t need to be hypnotized to cluck like a chicken; just asking will do!).

How do these talks go? I’ll describe a recent one: I spoke at my mom’s retirement community in McMinnville (Hillside) for their annual Health Fair. I asked the audience to cluck like a chicken, just to break the ice, and they were pretty good! Then I had the audience do the “magnetic fingers” suggestibility test, and over half of them succeeded on the first try, as usual. I spoke about hypnosis for a while and answered questions, then walked the audience through a simple relaxation process followed by guided imagery, which included recalling a happy childhood memory that they hadn’t thought about in years. Continue Reading...

New Office!

After two fruitful years at my old office near Starbucks, I’ve moved to a more spacious location at 260 SW Madison Avenue, Suite 104-4, Corvallis OR 97333. This is just a couple of blocks up the street.

Veterans, PTSD, and Hypnosis

Hypnosis was used successfully to treat PTSD in both world warsHypnosis has a long and successful history of helping veterans with PTSD, a history that began long before them term “PTSD” (post-traumatic stress disorder) was coined.

My grandfather served in the U.S. Army in World War I. I don’t know if he returned with a touch of PTSD or not (it was called “shell shock” back then), but since he never talked about the war — and he was a great talker about everything else! — I knew that something about it still troubled him.

In World War II — when PTSD was called “battle fatigue” — hypnosis made some big strides. I have a copy of Dr. John Watkins’ Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which lays out his ground-breaking and highly successful work in 1944-1945 helping soldiers and veterans recover, preparing them for civilian lives.

The state of the art has advanced considerably since then, and modern hypnotherapy is better than ever. Sadly, though respectable in medical and mental health circles, hypnotherapy (“hypnosis with all the trimmings”) is unknown territory for most people in the field, in spite of its long history of supporting veterans who returned with PTSD, and other issues. Continue Reading...

Medical Hypnosis and Pain Control

Modern hypnosis was developed by doctors, with a focus on resolving difficult medical issues like chronic pain control, totally eliminating pain during surgery, and the promoting rapid healing. The use of hypnosis for non-medical issues, such as habits and phobias, came later.

James Braid, the nineteenth-century doctor who coined the term “hypnosis,” stated that all the peculiar characteristics of the hypnotic state are things that any experienced doctor has seen many times in patients, and that means that hypnosis is a naturally occurring state. It’s just a matter of evoking it purposefully and setting it to good uses intelligently.

doctors approve of hypnosis

These days, doctors are more pro-hypnosis than ever. They may suggest that you see a hypnotist, or they may wait for you to bring it up, but either way, they’re likely to be all for it.

Many of my clients come to me for assistance with some aspect or other of their medical issues, with the full support of their doctors. These issues include pain control (feeling far more comfortable, often with greatly reduced medication), developing good habits about eating, exercising, and medication, breaking bad habits like smoking or drinking, and finding calmness and serenity instead of the anxiety and hopelessness that could otherwise get in the way of your recovery. Continue Reading...