Stop Bad Habits, Gain Self-Control
Gain Self Confidence
As a hypnotist, I've worked with 1000s of people who struggled with these kinds of problems. Just like them, you've probably already tried using willpower, motivation and conscious effort to change something in your life. And just like them, you've discovered that those things are "necessary but not sufficient".
In fact, you might've noticed that with a lot of things in life, the harder you try, the harder it gets (like trying hard to go to sleep, or trying to remain calm, or trying to stick to a healthy plan). 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:
|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.|
|Each session is individual, private, and customized||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?").|
|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 be just as committed... not dabbling in it.|
|I know you aren't impressed by made-up titles like "Elite Master Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist"
||Beware of the mail-order Ph.D.s and diplomas, the fake credentials, and misleading claims that are common in this field. The FAQ provides links to official resources that will help you verify whether or not that "Doctor" is really a doctor... or perhaps they've just watched a lot of Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil.|
|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.|
|Free, no-obligation initial consultation||Simple, clear explanations. No pseudo-scientific jargon about "linguistically reprogramming your quantum neurology". And the consultation is NOT about convincing you that hypnotism is the answer to all life's problems. If we determine this approach is not suitable in your case, we follow this rule: when in doubt, we refer out! (links to other potential resources are also provided on this site)|
|No “upselling” during your session!||I won't spend your valuable session time trying to sell you herbal supplements, vitamins, candles, CD programs, training seminars, workshops, etc. etc.|
|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 disclaimers with fine print. What You See Is What You Get!|
|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 furnished basement or spare bedroom in someone's house.|
|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.|
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):
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!
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!
Visit my YouTube channel to hear more client stories like these, in their own words:
|Tovah reports a "huge improvement" in overcoming an unwanted habit (nail-biting).
Here is link to transcript
|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."
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
|Matt used hypnosis to overcome nervousness about test-taking, and also found that it improved other areas of his life.
(This isn't the same Matt whose letter is shown earlier 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.|
Hi there, I'm Steve Roh, 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:
|#1 - "Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation, similar to 'zoning out' when you're driving on the highway"||
|#2 - "You won't do anything immoral, harmful, or unethical in hypnosis"||
|#3 - "Don't worry, you remain in total control when you get hypnotized"||
|#4 - "You remain awake and aware while in hypnosis, and you'll remember everything that happens during the session"
|#5 - "You can't be hypnotized against your will"||
|#6 - "All you need is the desire and expectation that you will be hypnotized and you will be!"||
|#7 - "You have to 'really want to change' in order for the hypnosis to work"||
|#8 - "You can depend on your hypnotist being well-trained and competent, as long as they are certified"||
|#9 - "A hypnotist cannot get you to do things you would not normally do"||
|#10 - "Don’t worry, hypnosis is totally safe!"||
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.
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... 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).
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.
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.
The initial meeting also helps to ensure that we only work with cases and clients that have a reasonable chance of succeeding. See image below:
Steps #1 and #2 are handled even before you setup a meeting, by taking your time to research the information on this site, and also by certain tests of your willingness/ability to pay attention to simple instructions (coachability).
Steps #3 and #4 are best determined by questioning, listening and observation during the consultation. For example, there are cases where hypnotism in general could be useful, but I personally may not be the best option available.
There could also be situations where it's just a matter of timing... for example, if someone is terrified of giving speeches or talking in meetings, but does not have any speeches or meetings in the near future, it may be better to arrange sessions to more closely coincide with such events. In any case, we just want to make sure we are putting the odds in your favor as much as possible.
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 my time or yours if you're not already committed to making changes in your 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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