How Long Does it Take?

Some hypnotists claim to be able to do just about anything a single session. Sometimes they’re right! But some of their clients end up seeing me when the one-session approach fails.

Let’s face it: people are different, and there aren’t any one-size-fits-all solutions. Hypnosis produces quick, lasting results, but often not that quickly.

Rather than focus on ultimate speed, I’m looking for broadly beneficial results that last forever. If someone comes to me to stop smoking, I don’t want them to be one of those non-smokers who are white-knuckling it all the time. That’s a heck of a way to spend the rest of your life! I want smoking to become like riding a child’s tricycle — something they used to do, something that used to fit, and used to be fun, but you’ve moved on now and have new ways of having fun that are even better.

So I pace things for maximum benefit, taking two sessions to work with even the simplest problems, and roughly five for the harder ones if things happen to resolve quickly, and maybe ten if they move slowly. People differ, after all.

What helps things resolve quickly? As it turns out, intensely unpleasant things tend to respond quickly, so fears often go away completely in just a few sessions. The aftermath of a traumatic experience is often much the same. Simple habits, like smoking and nail-biting, are also pretty quick.

Contrary to myth, if you have intelligence and a good imagination, that’s a big plus. And learning to trust me enough to follow my lead is essential to rapid progress. I take the time, in hypnosis, to earn your trust.

What takes longer? Complex behaviors like eating habits often take a little longer. So does dealing with the aftermath of repeated traumatic experiences. People who have difficulty understanding me take longer. Problems that have benefits as well as drawbacks (working too hard, for example), can take longer. But they’re all things I deal with all the time.

What doesn’t matter? Medications don’t seem to matter much if they leave you capable of functioning. Prior failures with hypnosis don’t seem to be a problem. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you consider yourself coldly logical or warmly spiritual.

But what really, truly matters is that you contact me to make an appointment!

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Robert Plamondon
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.