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The TRUTH about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.



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            Is hypnosis credible and genuine?

            What is the subconscious mind?

            What is hypnosis?

            What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

            Can you hypnotize me?

            Can children by hypnotized?

            Am I too smart and strong willed to be hypnotized?

            Am I aware of what is occurring during hypnosis?

            Is hypnosis just relaxation?

            I failed with other methods. Will I just fail again?

            Are there any dangers with hypnosis?

            What are you qualifications and experience?

            How long does it take?

            What if I can't get to your office?  Do you do phone consultaltions?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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                             Is hypnosis credible and genuine?

Without a doubt! The use of hypnosis is sweeping the nation. Clinically tested and proven, hypnosis is a fresh approach to eliminating problems and modifying behavior. Hypnosis is becoming so popular that hundreds of thousands of Americans are taking advantage of its benefits daily.

    "The easiest way to break bad habits is through hypnosis."   Newsweek

    "Doctors use hypnosis to treat disease."   American Health

    "Hypnosis is used to activate a person's will."   Prevention

    "The country is turning to hypnosis to lose weight."   Cosmopolitan

    "Dieters using hypnosis lost 60% more weight."   Woman's World

    "Successful weight loss depends as much on the mind as the body."   Woman's Day

Modern day applications of hypnosis have made it a trusted and valued member of the healing arts, social sciences and human services. Old myths and misconceptions about hypnosis have been replaced by its ethical use in law, medicine, psychology, dentistry, education, sports, self-improvement and development. Millions have benefited from its use.

There are many well-known users and advocates of hypnosis today. The American Medical Association approved hypnosis in 1958. Hypnosis is now being taught at Harvard University, Seton Hall School of Medicine, Stanford, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and most other major universities in the United States.

British and European Hypnosis is an exciting landmark in the field of professional hypnosis. Only rarely does a company come to the public's attention making such a significant contribution to human health and well-being.

I realize that for us to reach our goals, we must first be successful in helping you reach yours. As such, you can expect to find the most modern and comprehensive services available at our center. Combined with our sincere commitment to your life-long success. I give you my personal promise that your needs, goals and desires will always be my #1 priority.
                                                                                                                      
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                               What is the subconscious mind?

For our purposes, the subconscious is the part of you that is ultimately in charge of your behavior. It is very suggestible and responds to past conditioning. The subconscious mind doesn't think - it simply does what it has been told to, good or bad. Regardless of how much effort and willpower you put into changing behavior, the subconscious will sabotage you if its conditioning disagrees with you. It just doesn't understand. It needs re-education! And that is just what we do here.
                                                                                                                      
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                                             What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a safe, natural, altered state of awareness that allows hypnotic suggestion to accelerate the learning process. By re-educating your subconscious mind, hypnosis encourages you to take the necessary actions required to overcome your barriers to success.

Hypnosis is an adventure that can produce success by overcoming negative habits and limitations learned long ago. Since hypnosis works with the subconscious it is often the only method that makes sense in changing unwanted habits. If you use a method that doesn't deal with the subconscious you could be setting yourself up for another failure.
                                                                                                                      
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         What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

These terms are used interchangably nowadays. "You say tomato..."  I prefer to use the term 'hypnosis' for several reasons. Firstly, it is the correct and legal term to use. 'Hypnotherapy' implies therapy, which most hypnotists are not licenced to do. I also like to consider what we do as motivational, self-improvement and educational. As opposed to just fixing problems with therapy. I prefer to lean towards the positive overtones.

When people describe themselves as a 'hypnotherapist' nowadays I consider it a potential red flag. A possible tell-tale sign of practicing beyond their limits and training. Or that they are not associated with any credible hypnosis organization, since they all frown upon the term 'hypnotherapist'.
                                                                                                                      
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                                         Can you hypnotize me?

        Yes, I can. EVERYONE can be hypnotized. However, I do need your cooperation. And
        incidentally, you are not at all new to hypnosis. You enter a natural state of hypnosis
        before going to sleep, waking up and many other times during the day. Click the picture to
        the left and see how well you can be hypnotized.
                                                                                                                      
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                                    Can children by hypnotized?

Absolutely! Children of all ages make excellent hypnosis subjects. Hypnosis helps them avoid
so many of the potential problems and issues that children develop nowadays. It also gives
them a significant edge with school or athletic training. Their memory,focus, discipline,
confidence, motivation, self-control and so much more can be readily enhanced. For more
details click here.
                                                                                                                      
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                   Am I too smart and strong willed to be hypnotized?

Not at all. Smart people make the best subjects. But super intelligence is not at all necessary. Anyone with an IQ of 70+ can be easily hypnotized. Both strong and weak willed people make good subjects.
                                                                                                                      
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                    Am I aware of what is occurring during hypnosis?

Absolutely, you are in a heightened state of awareness, although extremely relaxed. You don't black out. Hollywood has 'hypnotized' us with the myth that hypnosis means someone takes over your mind. Baloney! It is now common knowledge that hypnosis increases your control. So you would never do anything against your will. In fact, the mere suggestion would shock you out of hypnosis immediately.

     Fact: Hypnotized people are in control and can terminate the hypnotic state at any time.

     Fact: A hypnotized person cannot be made to do anything against their will.

     Fact: Hypnosis is as safe as falling asleep at night.

     Fact: Hypnosis is unique, relaxing and fun!
                                                                                                                      
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                                        Is hypnosis just relaxation?

A common misconception, even among professionals is that hypnosis is a state of relaxation. It is NOT. Relaxation and hypnosis are different, although they are often used together. You may have seen demonstrations where small people showed great feats of strength when in hypnosis, like lifting enormous weights. They are definitely not relaxed!

So don't pay for hypnosis only to get a simple state of relaxation. Hypnosis is so much more, and a skilled practitioner can show you this. A good hypnotist should be able to get you in a deep state of hypnosis in just a few short minutes. Don't be fooled by believing that unnecessarily long sessions necessarily make things work faster or better. Quite the contrary. The mind needs time to process the work, and if you give the subconscious too much to process it will likely reject everything.
                                                                                                                      
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                      I failed with other methods. Will I just fail again?

Unfortunately, many folks believe that because they have failed with other methods, they will fail again. With our hypnosis, nothing could be further from the truth. Most of our clients have tried every imaginable method before coming to our programs. They all started where you are today. They recognized as I hope you will, that they had to change the conditioning in their mind before they could be successful.

Properly and professionally applied hypnosis is the safest, most effective method for changing negative patterns into positive ones. That's why so many of our clients report "automatic," and "natural," and "effortless" results.

But I must emphasize PROPER use of hypnosis, because many popular techniques only give short term results, and some can even backfire. The unique and scientifically proven methods we use are known by only a few in this country, and are based on both European and American training. This really sets us apart in the field. But again, don't take our word for it – come and see what our clients have to say.
                                                                                                                      
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                            Are there any dangers with hypnosis?

A very important question. Hypnosis is generally safe, but a poorly qualified hypnotist can do harm, or more likely just cause you to waste your time and money. Unfortunately, most states (including Texas) do not require or provide licensing for hypnotists. So anyone can call themselves a hypnotist. Be smart and do your homework! To read about possible dangers of hypnosis click here.
                                                                                                                      
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                      What are you qualifications and experience?

I'm glad you asked this, because it shows you are serious. For your safety it is essential that your hypnotist be properly qualified. Unfortunately, most states (including Texas) do not require or provide licensing for hypnotists. So anyone can call themselves a hypnotist.

Despite professional appearances, many have become certified after just a few hours training, often without any competency testing. Also be aware that very few psychologists and other mental health professionals are trained, certified or experienced in hypnosis.

We have been in full time practice since 1985. All Hypnotists here have advanced training and are required to prove themselves to be of the highest standard during an internship at the center. Annual continuing education is required.

Andrew McCole received his initial certification in hypnotherapy, Hypnoanalysis and Medical Hypnosis in England with the Institute of Hypnosis as part of a three year, full time program. This program also included completion of 200 cases to the institutes high standards. He has more than 20 times the training of the average hypnotist in this country. All his credentials can be verified. He was the elected President of the Arizona Society for Professional Hypnosis, whose aim was to ensure quality training and high ethical standards in the field. Mr. McCole has also been Certified with the National Guild of Hypnotists, the American Board of Hypnotherapy, the American Board of Medical Hypnotherapy and the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association.
                                                                                                                      
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                                           How long does it take?

That is an impossible question to answer here, because everyone is so unique. Our programs are customized to the individual. There are so many differences between the people we see, and the help they need, that we really need to make a personal assessment. This is why we offer a Free Hypnosis Screening.

I am not aware of any other method as fast as hypnosis, but I strongly discourage the ‘quick-fix’, one or two session approach as it has such an appalling long term success rate and can only work in a very small percentage of cases. This is in bold because there are people that might try to mislead you on this. Let's be reasonable and use common sense. Years of conditioning cannot usually be broken in just one session. Sure it does happen occasionally, but I consider it totally unethical to suggest that it is the norm. It isn't. And those that get overnight results often lose the benefits just as quickly.

I consider the instant-fix theory to be irresponsible and misleading. It is better to take a little longer if necessary and do it right rather than have the problems return later, and possibly in a worse form. It is still much quicker than alternatives. Remember, if in doubt – ASK FOR PROOF!
                                                                                                                      
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      What if I can't get to your office?  Do you do phone consultations?

   Not a problem. You can still enjoy our services without coming in, or if you can only come in
     occasionally. Phone consultations are another option. And it is just as successful! For more
        information click here.
                                                                                                                      
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