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Stop Bad Habits, Gain Self-Control

  • Do you struggle with unhealthy behaviors that you just can't seem to control?
  • Do you feel like you're getting nowhere because of lack of focus and discipline?
  • Has your mind gotten into a habit of automatic negative thinking?

Gain Self Confidence

  • Do you spend too much energy worrying about what other people think?
  • Does it seem like you "should" be more successful than you feel?
  • Are you missing opportunities because you're selling yourself short?

Overcome Fear

  • Do you avoid or dread common activities such as driving, flying, or meeting people?
  • Is your performance suffering because you're too worried about making mistakes?
  • Do you get nervous being the focus of attention in groups of people?

As a hypnotist, I specialize in retraining your subconscious mind, and I've helped thousands of Philadelphia-area residents who struggled with such frustrating problems. Just like them, you've probably tried using willpower, motivation, and conscious effort to make a change in your life, and have discovered those are "necessary but not sufficient".

"[His hypnosis demonstration had] clearly the best results. It's a big improvement over other times we've tried to do it!" --- The Preston and Steve Show, WMMR 93.3 FM

Your subconscious mind loves lists, so here's a list to make it happy - the Top 10 reasons why so many clients have trusted Center City Hypnosis to help them achieve their goals:

  1. Real Live 1-on-1 hypnotism: I won't put a pair of headphones on you and leave you listening to a pre-recorded relaxation CD. If you just want to hear some affirmations with soothing music playing in the background, you could stay at home and do that yourself.

  2. Each session is individual, private, and customized based on you and your goals. No group sessions where you sit in a room full of strangers while listening to someone read from a script ("relax and imagine being in your serene place... now think happy thoughts... doesn't that feel nice?").

  3. Full-time hypnotist who works with clients every day. Fact: the overwhelming majority of "certified hypnotists" are part-time hobbyists hoping to earn some extra cash, seeing the occasional client once in a while. If you're committed to doing this work as a client, it's only fair that your hypnotist should be just as committed... not dabbling in it.

  4. I know you aren't impressed by made-up titles like "Elite Master Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist". Beware of the mail-order Ph.D.s, fake credentials, and misleading claims that are common in this field!

  5. Upfront pricing information. I don't think you should have to come in and sit through a sales pitch just to find out how much something costs.

  6. Free, no-obligation initial consultation. Simple, clear explanations --- no pseudo-scientific jargon about "linguistically reprogramming your quantum neurology".

  7. I won't spend your valuable session time trying to sell you herbal supplements, vitamins, candles, CD programs, training seminars, workshops, etc. etc.

  8. No-Hassle Guarantee: if you aren't satisfied with your experience at the end of your first session, there will be no cost to you (see the FAQ for details). No contracts to sign, no pressure to enroll in long-term programs. No disclaimers with fine print. What You See Is What You Get!

  9. Dedicated office located in the heart of Philadelphia's central business district. Evening hours available, including Saturdays. Your session will not be conducted in a spare bedroom in someone's house.

  10. I know that my role is to help you achieve your goals, NOT to play Amateur Spiritual Advisor or "healer". I will not try to convince you that you were an ancient Mayan priestess in a past life! Maybe you were, maybe you weren't; it's not up to me.

At Last, Straight Talk about Hypnosis!

hypnosis on tv and radio Hi there, I'm Steve Roh, I run Center City Hypnosis. Many people seem to have heard about me through my appearances on the radio or TV (the quote above is from a demonstration on WMMR's popular Preston and Steve Show, where I accepted a challenge and hypnotized one of their crew so that he would stop a bad habit).

Such comments and feedback are nice to hear, but I don't think it's because I'm the best hypnotist; this city can't even agree on the "best cheesesteak" or "best buffalo wings" in town... how stupid would it be for someone to declare themselves "the best hypnotist"?

It's just that so many people have only experienced pseudo-hypnotic "relaxation" or "visualization", that when they experience actual hypnotism, they think it's something unusual. It's just hypnotism.

(Be sure to check out my blog to hear the surprising results from the live, unrehearsed demo)

An Educated Consumer is the Best Hypnotic Client

Warning! This information on this website may not be what you want, or expect, to hear. Unfortunately, when most hypnotists try to educate the public about the subject, they're usually just feeding people "feel good" myths.

So first, let's clear up a few of those myths. This slideshow describes some of the most common examples:

I encourage you to carefully review the information on this site. You'd be surprised how often potential clients say "I've read your entire site, I understand what it's about. I know that I really have to want it to work (WRONG)... I'll remain in full control during hypnosis (WRONG)... it's about programming my mind with positive affirmations (WRONG)... I already know all that, I totally get it! (WRONG)"

As someone once said: "It's not what we don't know that gets us into trouble, it's what we THINK we know."

"I am delighted by the way you go right to the core of the discussion... You are an old-timer who has learned a great deal from your studies, research and most importantly, from your experience. PS. You are almost always gentle and diplomatic (Good on ya, Mate!)"
--- Gil Boyne, one of the few genuine masters in the field, the man credited by a top state education official for having "single-handedly created a new profession in America: the profession of Hypnotherapy."

"Steve is a serious person of action and implementation... a 'go to' resource for business professionals looking to shed unproductive habits and beliefs and gain a unique competitive mental advantage."
--- Mike Capuzzi, co-author (w/ Dan Kennedy) of The Ultimate Success Secret

I'm a big believer in consumers being able to make an informed choice. I recommend you take your time and do your research before choosing a hypnotist. Hypnosis is not a one-size-fits-all "thing". Success develops from the unique interaction between two people. This shouldn't be treated like an impulse purchase, like something you see on sale in the clearance rack!

So, in addition to the extensive FAQ on this site, here are a couple of external resources to help you do your research:

You may even want to ask your regular doctor about hypnotism. Many medical professionals have had some exposure to the subject in the course of their training, but are hesitant to bring it up unless their patient mentions it first (because of concerns about bringing up a topic some people might consider to be too "out there").

If we were living in the middle of nowhere, then I wouldn't hesitate to help people who had no other alternative. But the fact is, the Philadelphia area has a long history of having many excellent hypnotic resources available.

Some people think it's crazy to provide resources like this to potential clients who visit my site. They think it's like "helping the competition".

apples orangesBut if you think about it, there really can't be competition (in the usual sense) between the many genuine practitioners who are available to help you, since no single individual can be the best choice for every client. It's like comparing apples to oranges - it depends a great deal on each client's personal taste.

And the scammers, frauds, and charlatans that are so common in this field are not real competition either, because they are in fact playing an entirely different game. Unfortunately, this distinction can be unclear to members of the public, who just want to find someone who can help them.

This site is dedicated to providing you with the best available information, so that you'll be able to see through the many "Master Hypnotists" who are simply blowing smoke.

Don't Be Fooled by "Imitation Hypnotists"!

I'm aware that some hypnotists copy my content. I've even seen some of my client reviews being "borrowed" by others (imagine that: people who are so lazy that they can't even bother to create original fake reviews!). So please don't get me confused with other service providers. I cannot vouch for any offers or assertions made by any other hypnotist.

There is another form of "imitation hypnosis" to be aware of: many people have described experiences where they've tried seeing a hypnotist before. They went with the expectation of getting hypnotized at some point.

But what they often get instead is a nice conversation along the lines of "life coaching", sometimes a massage, or a "rubbing" or "tapping" procedure, or some sort of chanting. There's nothing wrong with a little rubbing and chanting, and coaching can be a great idea for some people, but come on...

Maybe I'm weird, but I believe that if you're going to see a hypnotist,
it's reasonable to expect some sort of hypnotism to be done.

Real Clients, Real Results! Clients Share Their Experiences

Hypnosis is interesting, but more importantly it can make a real difference in people's lives.  Read, listen and watch these clients describe their experiences and results (they kindly gave permission to share their stories):

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Of course, individual results and number of sessions needed may vary!

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I helped the above client overcome fear and lack of confidence
that he struggled with, after a failed business venture.

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Rick was kind enough to provide further updates:
"Still smoke-free, it has been over 5 months now." and
"Started jogging and I am up to four miles, at least 4 times a week."

letter from client

I helped Matt with test anxiety and general confidence.

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Darrin felt much more relaxed about his ability to be social and outgoing.

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Clients are never paid or compensated for sharing their stories!

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My clients are so cool! See email above (used with permission).
She calculated her savings from becoming a non-smoker
by using a website called QuitMeter.com.  PS. Can you imagine...
she would have smoked over 10,000 cigarettes by now
if she hadn't become a non-smoker!!!

letter from brian

You can tell these notes are real when they spell my name wrong!
Just kidding, thanks for letting me help you Brian!

"I went to see Steve about a longstanding issue that had affected most of my adult life. I have studied many methods of meditation, self-hypnosis, etc. and even had some success with some of these, but just could not get to my 'core issue'... I felt immediately comfortable with Steve, I must say. He's just a normal, good guy. No hype, no bull.

He guided me into trance, and easily got to the heart of my problems and helped me release it over the course of 3 sessions! I'm sure I can be helped further by him, but he lifted such a weight off me, that I can now (as he told me) re-introduce some of my former methods of meditation/self-help --- with even greater success and usefulness!

Being able to solve problems in life is very empowering, I gotta say! I don't feel that past issue in my way any longer! I'm more able --- more capable (if you understand this!) It's what I was after... I recommend hypnosis to any and all! I recommend Steve Roh and Center City Hypnosis as the person/place to go!"
--- C. E. B.

Here is the original letter from the above client:

Another client described how she overcame years of anger over a past relationship (you can hear the audio clip of her story on the FAQ page):

"I was an angry person, desperately angry... and now I don't feel that person there anymore... I wake up and jump up and I feel light... I'm a totally different person... I smile more like I've never done before!... I tried medication, I tried reading books... trying [hypnosis] was the last straw... and I don't regret it a minute!"

The stories here are examples of how hypnosis has the potential to facilitate positive change in many different ways, but of course individual results may vary!

More Real People Describe Their Experiences:

Tovah S. reports a "huge improvement"
in overcoming an unwanted habit (nail-biting).

Howard wasn't too sure about giving hypnosis a try,
but gave it a shot and found that "it was exactly what I was looking for."

Tina A. describes making "breakthroughs" in her life
with the help of hypnosis.

Matt describes how hypnosis helped him with
nervousness about test-taking, and also improved other areas of his life.

(This isn't the same Matt who wrote a letter about test-taking earlier.
I've helped enough people with test-taking issues that it's just a coincidence
that two have the same name.)

"I find that I'm not second guessing myself anymore, I used to overanalyze a lot."
Like many people, Alexis went ahead with hypnosis after having tried many other things.

Visit my YouTube channel to hear more client stories like these, in their own words:

"My outlook has changed very greatly... I've been able to invoke that feeling of calmness and peacefulness at times I've really needed it... I can definitely say I've seen improvement... it's been a positive experience and I plan on recommending it to loved ones who need help in certain areas... it's definitely worth a try."
--- client who was stuck in an unhealthy rut

"I'm not going to lie, I was skeptical... because you hear about countless different forms of therapy... even though I was referred by a friend, I was certainly skeptical coming in... but I think I'm really-- not amazed, but pleased that in so soon or so quick a time, I was able to take care of a problem that was becoming a real hindrance in my life and my success."
--- client who struggled with a blushing reaction at work

"He Was So Calm at His Bar Exam,
He Read the Sports Section of the Paper During Lunch Break!"

I love this story from a client who overcame extreme nervousness about taking the bar exam (listen to the full audio clip here):

"Before I came to the first initial session with Steve, I had sat for the bar exam previously which is, as a lot of people know who have to take it, extremely anxiety producing... After the first session with Steve, I had actually taken the bar exam the following morning, the next two days... The more the process went on through the day, the more comfortable and relaxed I felt.

At the break time for lunch during the first day, I would see all the fellow candidates around me who were frantically on the floor studying and trying to cram within that hour whatever pieces of law they could. People just looked so despondent walking around and just had their heads in their hands... I comfortably just had my lunch.

That morning I brought the sports section of the paper and opened up the sports section and actually read that comfortably and understood what I was reading with calmness and confidence. I just felt relaxed and folded it up and went back before the exam began.

I guess I didn't realize it at the time but two people had actually passed me coming down the hallway and pointed out to me saying, "Wow, you really look relaxed today," in a joking way. I guess it wasn't until I thought about it and explained the feelings and the situation later that I guess, you know what? If I were walking down the hall and saw somebody sitting on the side reading a newspaper, I guess I would be pretty envious of that guy..."

Here are some key things about this client:

When someone carries that relaxed attitude of being calm and confident even in high pressure situations, people take notice, just like the story describes. Imagine the impact this could have on your relationships, both personal or professional.

Did You Know?

Here are two especially important points:

Those two points are important to understand, so that people do not mistakenly believe that vivid fantasies in hypnosis have anything to do with "reality". Still, they may be true reflections of a person's subconscious emotions and feelings about an event that is perceived by them in a certain way, which is generally why people have problems anyway. For such purposes, the accuracy of details does not matter.

This is not the same thing as the common question about whether or not hypnosis can help people improve their memory. Please see the FAQ for more information about that topic.

"Thank you so much for getting me to quit smoking. My family thanks you. And my little 9 year old girl counts each day that I do not smoke... she tells me each day with such a big smile. Thank you."
--- Mark C.

"Unbelievable transformation! An absolutely fantastic, life changing experience... There was ABSOLUTELY NO pressure to attend his sessions (I was pleasantly surprised)... Steve has helped me change my life and save my marriage. I wish I had gone to him sooner!"
--- Citysearch reviewer

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"I would instantly feel energized and positive when I walked out of the office... My friends and family have noticed huge changes in me and have even gone as far as asking if I was on some kind of drug... Thanks again for a life altering experience."
--- Michele D.

"He was so helpful! ...I tried so many different things to try and help me relax and 'calm down' in the past and nothing including many medications has worked. After only 3 sessions i couldn't believe it. My family members and teachers are even noticing how much calmer and less anxious I am. Thanks Steve!!!!"
--- Citysearch reviewer

Who Can Be Helped With Hypnosis?

If you have a brain and can follow simple instructions like "Please count from one to five", you can do it. Here is a partial list of some of the people I have helped:

Lawyers Business Owners Accountants
Helicopter Pilot Police Officers Students
Financial Analysts Vocalists Doctors
Stockbrokers Airline Pilots Office Managers
Real Estate Brokers Restaurant Owners Economists
IT Managers Insurance Agents Stay-at-Home Moms
Retail Clerks Chess Enthusiast Web Designers
Fashion Designers Adult Entertainers Archaeologists
Day Traders Sales Reps Marketing Executives
Secretaries Librarians Bartenders
Retired Folks Recruiters Construction Workers
Martial Artists Professors Soldiers and Marines
Nurses College Athletes and many more...

I don't like to label people by their occupation, this is just to show you that everyday people use this stuff everyday.

Hypnosis can also help people move forward in their occupation. I have helped many many people pass examinations which were required to progress in their careers, including bar exams, occupational certifications, and medical boards.

Here is the latest email (used here with permission) that I received from a client who successfully passed a board exam which had been a struggle because of nervousness and stress about passing it:

"I find Steve's professional candor immediately helpful at putting my nervous personality at ease... I can tell he truly listens to what you have to say by the questions he asks you... He treats you like an equal and really wants to help..."
--- Google reviewer

"I've been a smoker on and off for 25 years, more 'on' than 'off', and except for the day I found out I was pregnant - this was the easiest time for me to quit. I've been smoke-free for 3 and 1/2 months. What surprised me the most was I had nothing physical going on,my body wasn't going nuts for a cigarette."
--- K.G.

Hypnosis In the News

Business Week, February 2, 2004:
"Although still not well understood, hypnosis has gained credibility in the past five years because of research using the latest brain-imaging technology. PET, MRI, and EEG scans show that hypnotized subjects have altered sensory perception - and they're not just pushovers, play-acting, or highly imaginative."

Scientific American Mind, June 2005:
"Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses... Over the past few years, researchers have found that hypnotized individuals actively respond to suggestions even though they sometimes perceive the dramatic changes in thought and behavior they experience as happening 'by themselves.'"

Psychology Today, January 2001:
"Can you be hypnotized? Most people like to think that they can't. There is often the suspicion that being hypnotized could label them as being weak-willed, naive or unintelligent. But in fact, modern research shows that hypnotizability is correlated with intelligence, concentration and focus."

Forbes, August 2007:
"Although people think that hypnosis strips a person of control, it actually does just the opposite, said Dr. David Spiegel... associate chairman of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine."

Mayo Clinic, December 2007:
"Hypnosis [is] another way to manage pain, kick bad habits... you're more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be used to change your behavior and thereby improve your health and well-being."

The New York Times, February 2008:
Hypnosis May Ease Common Bowel Pain - "Several studies have evaluated hypnosis for patients with irritable bowel syndrome. In studies involving a total of 644 patients, about 80 percent reported relief of symptoms after hypnosis." [IBS is understood to be closely related to stress]

"I feel like a new person, and have an extra spark in my life that was not present several weeks ago. The issue I had was preventing me from living my life to the fullest, and I did not realize how much it was affecting me until it was removed."
--- Citysearch reviewer

"Best decision of my life! This is no snake oil hypnotist, he has a very realistic, clinical approach to issues... Steve utilizes his knowledge in the best, and most honest way possible, not beating around the bush and not being too invasive...He will definitely steer you in the right direction with YOUR best interests in mind."
--- Citysearch reviewer

Just Say No to Magical Thinking

Please note: even though the work we do together is very efficient, that does not mean that this is an "easy fix". It's not like popping a pill and it's not about listening to a pep talk that makes you feel good for a while. If you're expecting a passive experience where you do not need to put in any effort, then my approach to hypnosis may not be right for you.

Listen to this audio clip to hear David, a client who "turned his life around" because he was willing to do the work:

"The experience was highly emotional. I can tell you that I came here to stop some bad habits, and we were able to peel away the onion, so to speak, and get to the bottom of what was really causing me to do things that were self-destructive.

After the first session, I got home and, of course, I would think about those things, but then eventually the next couple of days, the thoughts of those things just eventually faded away, until now I don't think about doing those things anymore, and I cannot thank you enough for that. As I told someone, it was very emotional and then very relieving afterwards.

I highly recommend it. I want to tell everyone, all my friends about it. It has turned my life around, it truly has."

Of course, each individual's experience with hypnosis is unique; some experiences are very emotional, some aren't. It depends on the nature of the person and the issue we are working on.

Do Not Use Hypnotism as an Avoidance Tactic!

Again, if you are suffering from a possible psychological disorder or severe emotional disturbance, then I urge you to check out the state-licensed mental health resources on the GPSCH site listed earlier on this page.

I know that some people are reluctant to seek help from "traditional" sources, because of a belief that they will simply prescribe a pill and medicate you... but I think the resources on that list, who have both hypnotic training and formal clinical background, are likely to have a broader view of how to help people (and besides, there's nothing wrong with medication if it helps).

Hypnosis can be a powerful and effective way to improve subconscious, automatic patterns, but it should not be considered as a substitute for dealing with mental or emotional disorders.

Hypnosis cannot, and should not, stand alone as the sole medical or psychological intervention for any disorder. Hypnosis should not be used instead of appropriate medical, dental, or psychological treatment, and any individual with a medical or psychological problem should first consult a qualified health care provider for diagnosis and professional advice. - National Guild of Hypnotists
"It really worked (getting rid of) my sweet tooth, just ask some of my friends. I have had some sugar, but I don't crave it anymore."
--- HughE Dillon (Philadelphia Magazine and PhillyChitChat.com)

"I felt so great after each session and that feeling continued with me... When my mom first recommended hypnotism I was very skeptical. I thought there was no way that I could relax my mind, but I really did. It was the most amazing experience of my life and I'm a changed person now because of it. I am so grateful and I haven't felt this happy in a LONG time. Thank you!!"
--- Kelly G.

Free, No-Risk Initial Consultation

At our first meeting, we want to get an understanding of the nature of the problem, and then discuss how and why (and IF) hypnosis can help you. This consultation usually takes around 30 minutes. Then, you can decide to go ahead with the first session if you feel comfortable, or just take some time to think it over. If you decide not to go ahead, there is no cost to you, and you still get to learn something new.

The consultation helps you understand the process, but just as importantly, it's a chance for you to make sure that I'm not too much of a weirdo, before moving forward.

However, most of the consultation needs to be spent talking about your issue and getting a clear understanding of your goals. After all, hypnosis is interesting but I am pretty sure that solving your problem is a higher priority to you. You probably do not need someone lecturing you about the "wonders of the subconscious mind" (whatever that is).

Check out the extensive FAQ page on this site, so that we can make the best use of your consultation time.

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photo By Adam Jones [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Appointments are taken between 10am-8pm, Monday through Saturday (closed on Tuesdays). Sessions are private and conducted at my office two blocks from City Hall in Philadelphia. All sessions are audio-recorded, so you can be comfortable knowing that everything will be done appropriately and there are no misunderstandings. All client-related information is kept completely confidential. Please note: meetings are by appointment only.


Because I offer the free initial consultation, I have a strong interest in making sure that I only spend that time with those who have a fairly good chance of success with this process. So, please review this PDF document, it is meant to help you self-assess and get a better sense of your chances, before making the effort to setup an individual consultation:

(right-click to save and download)

Would You Like to Know More?

procrastination If you've read this far, you're probably ready to make a positive change in your life. Check out the rest of this site, do your research, and then contact me to find out how I can help you help yourself.

There will be no high-pressure sales pitch on my part. Even with the help of hypnosis, you need to be self motivated to get the best results; I don't want to waste my time or yours if you're not already committed to making changes in your life. The idea of trying to talk a fellow adult into doing something positive for themselves? That does not compute.

As Napoleon Hill once said: "Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is Time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by Time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision!"


Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page. On there you'll find:

Or, go directly to information about the service you're interested in:

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