Have you ever struggled with problems like bad habits, irrational fears or lack of confidence?
Have you been frustrated when willpower, motivation and more information don't seem to make much difference, no matter how hard you try, and no matter how much good advice you get?
You're not alone. I've helped thousands of people who felt like they were stuck, until they got hypnotized. Our clients are the reason why Yelp has rated Center City Hypnosis as the #1 hypnosis service in Philadelphia for so many years in a row.
Your subconscious mind loves lists, so here's a list to make it happy - the Top 10 reasons why so many clients have trusted and chosen Center City Hypnosis:
Of course, one of the most popular reasons for using hypnosis is to help people stop 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."
But it can also help with many other goals:
I helped this client get rid of fear that was hindering his success in business:
I helped Matt with test anxiety so that he could pass an important exam:
(This isn't the same Matt seen elsewhere 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.)
The quote and audio clip above is from WMMR's popular Preston and Steve Show, where I accepted a challenge and hypnotized one of their staff members live on the air. He wanted to stop his constant habit of picking his nose, and I'm sure his colleagues wanted him to stop too.
(Speaking of practical hypnosis, you might be wondering: what's so practical about that? The thing was, this was not just a radio show joke to him, he was serious about it because he did not want his young son, who looked up to Dad and copied everything he did, to pick up that same habit. No parent wants their child to become known as the "nose-picking kid" among their classmates.)
It was nice to hear them calling the results the best they'd ever seen, 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, including many hypnotists, confuse pseudo-hypnotic relaxation with the real thing, so when they encounter real hypnosis, they think it's something unusual.
The demonstration itself is an example of one of its most useful applications: it can help with public speaking and similar situations where you need to maintain focus when the pressure's on.
I can tell you that doing a live unrehearsed performance for one of the largest radio audiences in the area was a little nerve-wracking, especially for someone like me, a natural introvert and not at all inclined to being "on stage".
But if we do what we hypnotists are supposed to do, we can deal with that and get on with the show!
Here's another example from a recent client (screenshot of our chat used with kind permission):
This client was invited to go on a TV program to promote her business, but had been so anxious and nervous about such appearances in the past, that she was seriously considering turning down future invitations.
She knew that would be a terrible missed opportunity, so she came in and we did hypnosis to help her with that nervousness.
After her TV appearance, she wanted me to provide honest feedback about how she did. Since I am kind of an obnoxious jerk, I have no problem providing brutal but hopefully constructive feedback.
She really did do well, but more importantly, as you can see in this screenshot she said:
"I felt more confident than I have ever in the past. Wasn't really even panicking. Thank you!"
Now she can focus on growing and promoting her business, instead of worrying about and avoiding public speaking.
I'm not talking about formal education, that doesn't matter. I'm a big believer in you being able to make an informed choice. I recommend you do your research before choosing a hypnotist. Clients who are poorly informed tend to be vulnerable to being fooled and strung along by smoke-and-mirrors.
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.
Some 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.
This site is dedicated to providing you with the best available information, so you'll be able to see through the "World Famous Internationally Known #1 Best Clinical Hypnotherapists" who are just blowing smoke.
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!
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 got instead was 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 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...
Sure, hypnosis is an interesting subject, but more importantly it can make a real difference in your life, like it did for these clients:
Jennifer 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."
Tina had already achieved significant success in life. She said, "Life has actually been really good... [but] I'd reached a plateau." She used hypnosis to make "breakthroughs" personally and professionally. "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."
(after our work together she found herself being pursued professionally and flown to cities around the country for interviews, and she was able to confidently turn down offers if they weren't in line with her larger mission)
Here is link to full transcript (PDF format)
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:
Michael knew that more focus and confidence at work would increase his chances of getting promotions. At first, he wasn't too sure about giving hypnosis a try. But then, he said, "I figured I might as well give it a chance... it was exactly what I was looking for."
Lisa 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."
Darrin felt much more relaxed about his ability to be social and outgoing.
You can tell these notes are real when they spell my name wrong...
Just kidding, thanks for letting me help you Brian!
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:
*DISCLAIMER: Testimonials and reviews are not guarantees of similar results. Individual results vary.
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):
|Social Workers||Police Officers||Students|
|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|
|Martial Artists||Professors||Soldiers and Marines|
|Nurses||College and Pro Athletes||and many more...|
Hypnosis can be used to enhance motivation, but when used most effectively, it does much more than that, by 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 motivational 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 appointments herself!
Here is his original letter:
*DISCLAIMER: Testimonials and reviews are not guarantees of similar results. Individual results vary.
PS. If you're wondering what's up with all these disclaimers,
they are just required to be in full compliance with Google policies regarding site quality
I was pleasantly surprised to be included in Philadelphia Magazine's 8 Ways to Declutter and Detox Your Life article:
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 hypnosis 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, and it's also a chance for you to make sure that I'm not too much of a weirdo.
However, most of our meeting should be about 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 using 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.
For easier reading, here are links to Google and Yelp reviews. I thank all the clients who took time to share their experiences for the benefit of others who are considering this approach!
Note: clients are never paid or otherwise 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 fake review services that offer to sell desperate businesses "20 5-Star Ratings for $5!".
Fake reviews are a form of false advertising, plus they're just cheesy, a sign of a shoddy 2nd-rate operation. They're totally unnecessary because even a mediocre hypnotist should be able to EARN happy clients at least once in a while!
/end of rant
In over 10 years of doing this work, I've been very fortunate to have never gotten a bad review from anyone I've ever taken on as a client, something that can cause many small business owners plenty of "agita"; I've even helped local business owners who suffered from stress and anxiety related to customer reviews.
But this isn't because "I'm so great, I'm the best hypnotist". Instead, it turns out most people are reasonable (at least the people I choose to work with), and even if they might not have gotten 100% of the results they were hoping for, they aren't going to write nasty reviews, as long as you treat them halfway-decently and try your best.
You're right! Make sure to check out the NEGATIVE REVIEWS too!
They are very informative: as you'll see in my responses to them, every negative review is from a person I declined to work with, for one of two reasons:
I point out the negative reviews because they demonstrate my personal guarantee:
If I do not think I can help you, I will let you know and refer you to another resource, instead of having you spend time and money on something I think might not be useful to you.
(and it's safe to say that if you setup appointments but never show up to any of them, I probably can't help you)
Most reasonable people seem to understand and appreciate this, but once in a while a few people aren't so understanding: example being the guy who threatened to "split [my] head open" if he ever saw me on the street, after I determined during the free consultation that I wouldn't be able to help him. Yikes! That didn't make me eager to change my mind and take him on as a client.
Dealing with the public is always interesting. Fortunately, we seem to have much better working relationships with the clients we actually work with. Even if we don't always reach a complete resolution of client issues, at least there've been no other threats of violence! [knock on wood]
Do your research, and then setup a consultation to find out how I can help you help yourself.
There will be no high-pressure sales pitch on my part. Life is too short to deal with time-wasters and half-hearted individuals who need to be nagged into action; they're unlikely to have what it takes to be successful anyway.
This is important to understand so that people do not mistakenly think that a hypnotist is supposed to "motivate" someone to change. No, that's not going to happen. Relying on motivation is a weak strategy that won't get you very far, because motivation is by nature temporary.
Just like motivation, time and energy are limited resources. We have to be careful about HOW we invest our time, and WHO we invest our energy with.
People who are going to be successful have the self-motivated, proactive attitude: "If it's going to be, it's up to me..." Even with the help of a hypnotist, it is and always will be up to you to take the first step.
back to top of page