A Hypnosis Testimonial (your mileage may vary)
I had been bothered by my fear of driving for decades, so much so that I would do anything possible and make every excuse to myself and others to avoid driving on highways. After just two short sessions with Robert, I was able to drive down I-5 with a huge smile on my face! He does amazing work and I highly recommend him to anyone who needs to get back to the person they once were!
Jon Hansen, Corvallis
Come see me! My hypnosis/hypnotherapy office is in an attractive, fully handicap-accessible location in downtown Corvallis. In the very first session, you’ll notice that hypnosis provides deep relaxation and stress relief (even if you came in for something else).
Common Questions About Hypnosis
“Will I be able to go into hypnosis?” Almost certainly. I have never failed to help a client into hypnosis. (In the old days, people who were quite bad at hypnosis thought that not everyone could go into a hypnotic trance, but a good hypnotist doesn’t have any trouble these days.) Even clients who are quite nervous about their first session find themselves going easily into a safe and pleasant level of hypnosis.
“Will I lose control?” No—You’d be amazed at how easy it is to reject suggestions! You’ll ignore any suggestion you really don’t like, or change it into something more to your taste, or pop out of hypnosis altogether. And because hypnosis is a way of giving yourself what you want and to stop working at cross-purposes with yourself, the end result of the session is you have more control than ever before.
“Will I cluck like a chicken?” No. Stage hypnotists are entertainers who ask for volunteers to do silly things to entertain the audience, which can be fun for everyone involved, but I don’t do stage hypnosis, and I take your dignity seriously.
“Is there any scientific basis for hypnotherapy?” There is! Hypnosis is a frequent subject for research. For example, this meta-study looked at 444 scientific studies into hypnosis and selected 57 randomized, controlled studies that met their criteria. The individual studies showed a lot of variation in results, even for the same issue (like smoking cessation), from “no results” to “excellent results,” with the average being somewhere in the middle. (Perhaps the better results came from studies using better hypnotists?)
“Do you guarantee your work?” I offer a money-back guarantee if you are dissatisfied with my services, but I can’t guarantee specific results.
“Will I have amnesia for the session?” It’s possible, since hypnosis is a lot like dreaming. But we talk about what happened in the session after you return to the waking state, and that tends to bring it all back.
“Does hypnosis work like magic?” In my experience, magic doesn’t work very well! I guess that means that hypnosis works better than magic. Sometimes the results seem amazing and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes the results seem to happen by themselves. Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and put your back into it, which doesn’t seem very much like magic, but it’s the results that count, right?
“Can you help me with my issue?” Quite likely. Hypnosis was developed for difficult, high-stakes issues. Did you know that the very first thing it was used for was painless surgery without anesthesia? How many issues on the list below strike you as being harder than painless surgery? So hypnosis is worth considering whenever there is a mismatch between what you want from yourself and what you’re getting from yourself, when your other strategies just aren’t closing the gap.
“How do you make these changes in me?” Actually, you make all the changes. In the final analysis, people heal themselves. I just lead you into a state and walk you through processes to help you help yourself.
Issues I can help you resolve include:
- Stop Smoking
- Lose weight
- Overcome irrational or excessive fears, worries, flashbacks, panicky feelings, or aversions
- Reduce stress, get stress-related problems under control, become more relaxed and more effective
- Overcome bad habits of all kinds
- Develop good habits
- Eliminate difficulties in sleeping, whether going to sleep or staying asleep
- Achieve better concentration, study habits, and time management
- Overcome sexual problems such as impotence, lack of desire, “too soon,” “not at all,” and so on
- Improve athletic performance
- Control pain
- Overcome anger, shame, guilt, self-blame, sadness, hopelessness, frustration, negativity, and irritability
- Overcome sadness, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, and mood swings
- Overcome feelings of disconnectedness, numbness, or agitation
- Retrieve lost objects
- Overcome the effects of mind games and being controlled by others
- Overcome the effects of trauma and abuse
“But isn’t hypnosis a pseudo-science?” No, it’s a real thing. Hypnosis is accepted by the medical and scientific community and is the subject of considerable ongoing research. Hypnosis has become a profession in its own right, represented by long-established professional organizations like the National Guild of Hypnotists (of which I’m a member).
“What’s the difference between clinical hypnotherapy and hypnosis?” My certification is in Clinical Hypnotherapy, which is “hypnosis with all the trimmings.” Some hypnotists have a training that limits them to just a few tasks, such as smoking cessation, weight loss, and stress relief, but I’ve been trained in advanced topics such as deep trance work, hypnotic pain management, mind-body issues, and much more.
“Are you licensed?” The state of Oregon has chosen not to license hypnotherapists, so it’s not possible for me to be licensed. (I actually run another Web site for exempt practitioners like me.) What I am is very well trained: I’m certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists and have taken multiple trainings since then.
“Do you work with serious illness?” With a referral from your doctor, yes, absolutely! Hypnosis is not medicine (and I’m certainly not a doctor), it’s a complementary technique. Most doctors are happy to give a referral for the kind of work I do. When doctors recommend hypnotherapy to my clients, it’s most often for pain control and weight control, but hypnosis is also excellent for stress relief, promotion of a positive attitude, being rigorous with your prescribed medications and routines, removal of any emotional components a problem may have, and so on.
“Do you work with mental-health issues?” Absolutely. If you’ve been officially diagnosed with a disorder, I’ll contact your doctor for a referral. Again, most are happy to give a referral. If you don’t have a diagnosis, then I don’t need a referral.
Hypnotherapy is NOT psychology or psychiatry or medicine (and I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist or a doctor). Hypnotherapy is a complementary approach, not an alternative to seeing your doctor when you need to. If you think you’re ill, see your doctor before you see me.
“What about dental issues?” If you have a horror of dental procedures or needles, I can help! I can also help you set up reliable habits about brushing and flossing and other dental-hygiene issues.
“Is hypnosis safe?” In spite of Hollywood portrayals, there aren’t many known dangers to hypnosis (see this article in Time Magazine), but do yourself a favor and use the best hypnotist you can find.
“How long does it take?” Hypnosis is quick! Most of my clients see me for no more than seven sessions. As a general rule, smoking and stress are quicker, and weight loss takes a few more sessions. See my How Long Does it Take page for more details.
“What does it cost?” Since hypnotherapy is a brief therapy, it makes sense that you see me for a small number of sessions but pay a bit more per session than something that goes on and on. My base rate is $175 per session. You can get a discount by paying for multiple sessions in advance: 10% off for three sessions (good for smoking and simpler issues), 20% off for six sessions (good for weight loss and more complicated issues). I also offer 10% off to students, seniors, and veterans.
“Where’s your office?” My office is 260 SW Madison Avenue, Suite 104-4, in Corvallis OR, and is fully handicap-accessible. There is free parking along the whole block in front of the building and in the public parking lots on Second Street.
“Where do I sign up?” Right here, with my online scheduler! Just find a time on my calendar that works for you, pay for the first session with a card, and you’re all set. You’ll get email reminders and everything. (Text reminders, too, if you enter a cell phone number in the “Phone” field.) Sweet!
“Put off your procrastinating until tomorrow, and schedule your appointment NOW.”
“But I still have a question!” Ask away:
- Email (preferred method): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Voicemail: 541-286-5440
“Where are you, again?”
Robert Plamondon Hypnotherapy
260 SW Madison Avenue, Suite 104-4
Corvallis OR 97333
Since I’m in Corvallis, I can help anyone within striking distance of Corvallis (including Philomath, Tangent, Albany, Lebanon, Brownsville, Alsea, Junction City, Dallas, Monmouth, Sweet Home, Toledo, Newport, and Eddyville)