Philadelphia Hypnotist Have you ever struggled with problems like bad habits, irrational fears, or lack of confidence?

Have you been frustrated by the fact that willpower, motivation and conscious effort don't seem to be enough to make a difference, no matter how hard you try?

You're not alone. I've hypnotized thousands of people in the Philadelphia area, helping them use their subconscious mind to make changes happen more easily.

Real Clients, Real Results!

Hypnosis is interesting, but more importantly it can make a real difference in your life. Check out these clients describing their experiences:

Melissa said, "I came to stop picking and biting at my nails... there was such a huge improvement. I just lost interest in biting my nails. It was really cool that you can come in twice, and all of a sudden something I've been struggling to overcome for a long time, I overcame."

Matt used hypnosis to reduce test-taking anxiety, so that he could do well on an important exam. But he also found that it helped him deal with stress at work:

At first, James wasn't too sure about giving hypnosis a try, but he found that "it was exactly what I was looking for", helping to increase focus and confidence.
Alexis got hypnotized for weight loss, and said, "I had done a lot of other things that weren't really working... I'm very happy with the results." She also found that it helped her habit of worrying: "I find that I'm not second guessing myself anymore, I used to overanalyze a lot."
Tina described using hypnosis to make "breakthroughs" in her life after feeling stuck, personally and professionally: "After the initial sessions... I realized it's OK to really go for the dreams, just to pull out all the stops and go do that. That's what I'm going to do now."
Here is link to full transcript (PDF format)

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"[Steve's hypnosis demonstration] clearly had 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

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Practical Hypnosis for Busy People

Your subconscious mind loves lists, so here's a list to make it happy - the Top 10 reasons why clients have trusted Center City Hypnosis for over a decade:

More Comments from Real Clients!

stop smoking

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confidence and fear

I helped the above client overcome fear and lack of confidence
related to the stresses of running a business.

quit smoking

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."

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letter from client

I helped Matt with test anxiety so that he could pass an important exam.

(This isn't the same Matt you've seen earlier on this page;
I've helped many clients with test anxiety so it's just coincidence
that two had the same name and the same goal.)

At Last, Straight Talk about Hypnosis!

Philadelphia Hypnotist Hi there, I'm Steve, Chief Hypnosis Officer and owner of Center City Hypnosis.

The quote at the top of this page is from WMMR's popular Preston and Steve Show, where I accepted a challenge and hypnotized one of their staff members live and on the air (you can listen to that program on my blog).

They seemed kind of surprised that my demonstration actually seemed to work, saying that it clearly showed the "best results" when compared to other attempts.

That's 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 hoagie" or "best buffalo wings"... 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 the real thing, they think it's something unusual. It's just hypnotism.

An Educated Consumer is the Best Hypnotic Client

I'm a big believer in you being able to make an informed choice. I recommend you do your research before choosing a hypnotist.

There are many capable hypnotists available to help you, BUT you do want to be careful about finding the right one for you.

So, in addition to the extensive FAQ on this site, here are a couple of third-party 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.

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

But 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 - apples are not "in competition" with oranges.

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.

Be cautious about believing claims about anyone's background and training. For some reason, hypnosis attracts many practitioners who buy mail-order diplomas and who like to pretend that makes them a real doctor (I am not a doctor, and I do not play one on the internet).

In the FAQ, I provide links to official government databases so that you can VERIFY whether or not someone has a professional license that they claim to have.

This site is dedicated to providing you with the best available information, so that you'll be able to see through the "World Famous Internationally Known #1 Best Clinical Hypnotherapists" who are simply blowing smoke.

Don't Be Fooled by "Imitation Hypnotists"!

I'm aware that many people in the hypnosis field closely follow this site, and that some copy-and-paste my content (at least, the parts that don't offend them).

I've even seen comments from my clients being "borrowed" by other hypnotists. Imagine that: people who are so lazy that they can't even bother to create original fake reviews! smiley

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.

In other cases, they discover (only after signing a contract) that their program consists of sitting alone in a room while wearing headphones, and listening to a pre-recorded CD or MP3 player.

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.

"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, credited by a top state education official for having "single-handedly created a new profession in America: the profession of Hypnotherapy."

Fun fact: Mr. Boyne, who trained thousands of hypnotherapists worldwide over the course of five decades, was born right here in Philadelphia PA.

"Steve is 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

Effective Hypnosis is More than Just a Motivational Pep-Talk

hypnosis motivation Some people, including many would-be hypnotists, think that hypnosis is about motivating you to change. But I think this misses the mark.

People who are successful, or who are on their way to being successful, do not depend on someone else to motivate them. That is a passive attitude that depends on a temporary motivational mood, on whether or not one "feels like" doing something.

It is possible to get hypnotized in order to feel a temporary mood, but that's a weak strategy.

It reinforces the idea that you must feel motivated in order to take action.. that you will only follow through on a personal commitment if you "feel like it".

That's not a useful attitude if you want to be successful at anything, it's a symptom of a lack of personal integrity!

Effective hypnotism involves retraining your brain to:

Hypnosis puts you into a state where you can make these kinds of changes more rapidly than the normal waking state... as long as the hypnotist knows what they are doing, and can do more than just read from a relaxation script.

The story of my client "C. E. B." is one of my favorites examples of how hypnosis does much more than just motivate:

When he decided to try it, his wife rolled her eyes and said "Here we go again," because over the years, he'd spent thousands of dollars on seminars, CDs, various forms of therapy, gimmicky "mind hacks", etc.

His bookshelves were full of the usual self-help bestsellers, and she figured this was just more of the same.

BUT after doing it, he reported that his wife was so pleased with the changes, that she offered to pay for more sessions herself!

"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 his original letter:

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Here Are More Real Clients, Sharing Their Real Experiences:

Another client described how she overcame years of anger stemming from a past romantic relationship, and this change improved her professional relationship with her staff, who noticed a mysteriously positive change in her mood and personality (this client is not a native English speaker, and her voice has been modified to protect her identity):

"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!"
Here is link to full transcript in PDF

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PS. Clients are never paid or compensated for their comments!

I do not play the common game where clients are offered "freebies" or discounts to write positive reviews. And these are definitely not the product of those awful paid review services ("Buy 10 reviews for $5!").

Failing to disclose that type of transaction is not only a violation of Federal Trade Commission guidelines, but it's also just a cheesy way of going about things.

It's cheesy because it's totally unnecessary; even a mediocre hypnotist of minimal competence should be able to EARN happy clients at least once in a while!

I trust that if you have the potential to be a good client, you are capable of using your brain to figure out what's real or not.

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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 probably do it.

Here is a partial list of some of the people I have helped (I don't like to label people by their occupation, this is just to show you that everyday people use this stuff everyday):

Lawyers Business Owners Accountants
Social Workers 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
Teachers Surgeons Construction Workers
Psychotherapists Psychiatrists Counselors
Martial Artists Professors Soldiers and Marines
Nurses College and Pro Athletes and many more...

Hypnosis can also help you move forward in your occupation. I have helped many many clients 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:

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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.

Here is what "David" had to say, he "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."

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Of course, each individual's experience with hypnosis is unique; some experiences are very emotional, some aren't... kind of like life in general.

note from hypnosis client

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

vivian letter

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!

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Do Not Use Hypnotism as an Avoidance Tactic!

As noted earlier, if you're 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.

"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

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. It should also not be used to avoid dealing with difficult life situations, although it can be of great use in supporting you as you get through them.

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How the Process Works

This section is meant to provide you with clarity about practical application of the hypnotic process. This is different than addressing the question of "What is hypnosis?", which cannot be answered as it is a poorly formed question, and "Does it really work?", which is answered in the FAQ.

No one really knows how hypnotism works. The best way to explain it is through the use of metaphors (this is not going to describe specific techniques, because that can cause some people, especially worrier-types, to overthink the process). Here are three metaphors, choose the one that makes the most sense to you:

1) A Programmable Dream

You are not asleep during hypnosis. But the state does share similarities with dreaming. Your mind does a lot of very important work every night during dreaming cycles (everyone dreams, even if they do not remember them).

The hypnotist uses their skill to create a dreaming state of reality, but it goes beyond that. In that state, a skilled hypnotist can enter "debugging mode". In software programming, this is a mode in which you can go line-by-line through the functions of a program as it is running.

Without the ability to examine the source code and the variables, your mind takes input, runs a buggy program, spits out bad output, or causes a run-time error, and then you get frustrated trying to figure out why you aren't getting the result you wanted.

Being able to run processes in the hypnotic state and to see what is really going on is extremely useful for figuring out the cause of mental errors and bugs. Sometimes the causes are very subtle and non-obvious, not what you'd expect. In hypnosis you can more easily fix the source code which leads to unwanted results in life, releasing a new version of your software with better features and performance.

2) Your Subconscious as Your Pet

If you know anyone who has a dog, you might notice that their life in many ways revolves around their pet. It dictates large parts of their routine. In a real sense, the pet owner is not in charge, but is there to serve the pet.

While the pet owner might understand concepts like pet nutrition, proper care, and the need for regular checkups at the vet, the pet itself doesn't "get" those concepts, it just wants to chase things, run away from things, hide, sleep or play.

Conscious efforts to change are like the pet owner reading an article about how to take care of their pet. That can be useful for the owner to be well-informed, but it wouldn't make any sense to read that article to your pet with any expectation that it would make a difference. If your dog or cat were scared or misbehaving for some reason, you wouldn't just tell it to "Think positive!" or "Be a good dog!"

Hypnosis can be thought of as like sending the pet owner (the conscious mind) away for a little while, and then the hypnotist can act as the "subconscious whisperer", speaking to it in its language instead of just giving rational advice. In addition, as any good trainer would, a good hypnotist can provide guidance to the owner of how best to take care of their beloved animal outside of office visits.

3) Google Maps and GPS

If you've grown up in one area, you probably learned how to get from Here to There, home to school to work to store, etc. just by picking up on directions from friends and family. Especially before GPS and Google Map directions became common, you learned to go a certain way because everyone else seemed to go that way, but you never really consciously calculated whether that is the best commute for you. That pattern of movement is an everyday habit.

All habits of thought, feelings and behavior are stored in your mind and body literally as a network of cells wired together. Everything you experience travels along those networks; new experiences create new pathways, and old experiences that are repeated are connected even further.

Imagine one day you finally get sick and tired of an old commute, so you want to find a different way. If you try to take a new direction just by using conscious effort, that is like trying to find a new direction AFTER you've already gotten on the expressway that you wanted to avoid at rush hour... trying harder to "go faster" isn't getting you anywhere once you're stuck in a jam, all that does is make you more frustrated.

But hypnotic work targets pre-conscious/subconscious processes, which happen BEFORE conscious awareness and effort, making it possible for avoid getting stuck in the first place.

In addition, hypnosis can create a sort of virtual street-level experience in your mind, letting your brain explore and create new pathways with less fear of getting lost; you feel more confident about trying a new way.

Best of all, this is one of the reasons that it's possible to change a habit more easily with hypnosis, no matter how long a person has had a habit. Think about it: if you learn of a new and better direction to/from a destination, how long does it take for you to stop the old habit of going the old way, and how long does it take for you to start going the new way?

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.

The consultation helps you understand the process, but it's also 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'm pretty sure solving your problem is a higher priority to you. You probably don't need someone taking your valuable consultation time by lecturing you about the "wonders of the subconscious mind" (whatever that is).

Before any meeting, you can take a look at the extensive FAQ page on this site, so we can make the best use of your consultation time.

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Check out the rest of the site to find out more. The Services page describes how hypnosis helps with many common types of issues. The FAQ contains answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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