Interested in hypnosis? You've come to the right place, because the information here is based on real experience, not the usual copy-and-pasted "truth about hypnosis" fluff that you find on 99% of hypno-websites.
You know, the common sites that promote "facts" like: You remain in complete control during hypnosis. Or: A hypnotist cannot make you do things unless you really want to. Those statements are just made-up nonsense, along with many others that are explained further below.
I can speak from experience because as a hypnotist, I've worked with 1000s of people in the Philadelphia area. Just like them, you've probably tried using willpower, motivation and conscious effort to change something in your life. And just like them, you've discovered that those are "necessary but not sufficient".
In fact, with many problems, the harder you try, the tougher it gets (like trying to go to sleep, or trying to feel calm and confident instead of feeling anxious, or trying to think positive).
That's why hypnotism can make a difference, because it avoids the trap of "trying hard"; we work with your subconscious mind and your automatic, unconscious patterns, instead of trying to motivate you with more advice and pep-talks.
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:
Hypnosis is interesting, but more importantly it can make a real difference in people's lives. Check out these clients describing their experiences and results (they kindly gave permission to share their stories):
|Tovah reports a "huge improvement" in overcoming an unwanted habit (nail-biting).
Here is link to transcript
|Tina described making "breakthroughs" in her life after having been stuck on a plateau, personally and professionally.
Here is link to transcript
|Howard at first 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.|
|Matt used hypnosis to overcome anxiety about test-taking, and also found that it improved other areas of his life.
(This isn't the same Matt whose letter is shown elsewhere on this page; I've helped a lot of people with test anxiety so it's just coincidence that two had the same name and the same goal)
|Alexis said: "I find that I'm not second guessing myself anymore, I used to overanalyze a lot." Like many people, she went ahead with hypnosis after having tried many other things to deal with her habit of worrying.|
(you can visit my YouTube channel to view these and other client stories, in their own words)
I helped the above client overcome fear and lack of confidence
related to business pressures.
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.
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!
Hi there, I'm Steve, I run Center City Hypnosis. You may have seen or heard me on the radio and TV... 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.
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.
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 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...
Warning! This information on this website may not be what you want, or expect, to hear. Unfortunately, when most hypnotists attempt to inform the public ("the Truth about Hypnosis", etc.), they're usually just repeating "feel good" myths that have little or no basis in reality.
However, just for fun, let's assume that you are an adult who is capable of making your own decisions, who does not need to be coddled with soothing fictional assurances, and that you have the right to be provided with accurate and complete information.
Let's also assume that you're mentally mature enough to recognize that both the scary Hollywood portrayals of menacing hypnotic Svengalis, and the typical gushing "Relax, just trust me, because I'm a certified hypnotist and I have the power to change your life forever!" hooey, are two sides of the same idiotic coin.
So now, let's clear up a few of those myths:
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 I'm 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.
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):
These stories are examples of how hypnosis has the potential to facilitate positive change in many different ways, but of course individual results may vary!
Clients are never paid or compensated for their reviews!
I do not play the common game where clients are offered "freebies" or discounts, or in some cases contractually obligated, to write positive reviews. Failing to disclose that type of relationship is not only a violation of Federal Trade Commission guidelines, but it's also just a cheesy way of going about things.
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 Athletes||and many more...|
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... 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."
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."
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.
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).
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 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 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.
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 anyone's time by trying to convince anyone to make changes in their own life.
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!"
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page, where you'll find:
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