Stop Bad Habits, Gain Self-Control
Gain Self Confidence
As a hypnotist, I specialize in retraining your subconscious mind, and I've helped thousands of Philadelphia-area residents who struggled with such persistent 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".
Even more frustrating is when you're looking into hypnosis as a possible option, to see if it could help you personally... and you find a whole lot of information online that seems "kind of fishy", to put it mildly. Things like:
If you've heard any of those things and have been left scratching your head going "Huh?", then join the club. Those claims don't make any sense to me either, and I'm a hypnotist!
Your subconscious mind doesn't like that kind of confusion, but it 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:
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)
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'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:
Enter your email below so that you can get your free report "9 Smart Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Hypnotist". It reveals vital information that will increase your chances of finding a competent, trustworthy hypnotist in your area (there are many of them around, but unless you arm yourself with a little bit of knowledge, you'll be left vulnerable to misinformation and deception).
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".
But 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.
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...
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):
Of course, individual results and number of sessions needed may vary!
I helped the above client overcome fear and lack of confidence
that he struggled with, after a failed business venture.
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."
I helped Matt with test anxiety and general confidence.
Darrin felt much more relaxed about his ability to be social and outgoing.
Clients are never paid or compensated for sharing their stories!
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!!!
You can tell these notes are real when they spell my name wrong!
Just kidding, thanks for letting me help you Brian!
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):
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!
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:
I love this story from a client who overcame extreme nervousness about taking the bar exam (listen to the full audio clip here):
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.
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.
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:
|Helicopter Pilot||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|
|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:
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]
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:
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.
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
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.
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 consider the following two sections carefully and honestly:
Here's a quick, easy, completely non-scientific quiz to find out how suitable hypnosis may (or may not) be for you. (I promise, this isn't one of those "tests" where every response means "Yes! You are the perfect candidate for hypnosis!!!")
It's only one question, but get your mind ready to do a little bit of work.
Here's the question:
Q: "IMAGINE YOU ARE HOLDING A LIGHT-SABER... WHAT COLOR IS IT?"
Pick your immediate response (try not to peek at the answer key below):
A) "Blue"/"Green"/"Red"/any other color (specific color doesn't matter)
B) "What's a light-saber?"
C) "That didn't work. I don't see a light-saber in my hand."
D) "Light-sabers aren't real... I'm not stupid."
E) "Blue (or any other color)... did I get it right?"
F) "I don't know."
It's nice to get a sense of whether or not you'd be receptive to hypnotism. But hypnotizability isn't the only thing that matters.
Here's an analogy: sometimes people become interested in becoming hypnotists for "the wrong reasons", because they think they'll learn how to have some sort of power and control over other people. But fortunately, that generally doesn't work. People with that intent are usually not very good at hypnotizing others, because they are often those who lack personal power and the ability to influence others in the first place.
Similarly, sometimes people become interested in getting hypnotized for "the wrong reasons". The two lists below outline a few factors related to general mindset and attitude that I've found make a difference in how likely a person is to be successful:
WRONG REASONS, INEFFECTIVE MINDSET
...I'm sorry but you may be better served by a different resource. Please refer to the links found elsewhere on this site, to find another approach which could better help you.
RIGHT REASONS, PROPER MINDSET
...You are the kind of person I best serve!
Of course, there are also other important factors that determine the probabilities of success. These include: a person's current environment, their circle of influences (friends, family, etc.), their upbringing, their baseline set of skills in different areas, etc. Oh no, are we talking about "life skills"? Yes...
Again, because I offer that initial consultation, I urge you to honestly consider the factors listed above. Spending time and energy working with people who are not in the ideal client set is not an effective use of time or energy, with or without hypnosis.
Here are more comments from successful people I've worked with (as always, individual results may vary). All comments are shared with kind permission --- and clients are never paid or compensated in any way for providing this feedback:
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!"
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