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Medvesta Hypnosis
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Roberta B.
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Things that were funny were not funny anymore. My desire to do the things I used to do was waning, then I had no desire to do anything at all. I did not even know the names of parts of my body that were hurting and my eyes would not focus. I was forgetting words. I thought I was depressed but because of all of this I did not realize it was due to my trouble sleeping. After I had my first session with Steve at Hypnosis Healthcare, I wanted to go home to nap but Steve encouraged me to stay awake. I thought the hypnosis may put me in a fog but Steve checked me before I left and I was really focused. The first night I was able to sleep through it in the entirety as was the following nights. I did not feel groggy like when I was on my medications. I actually have gone back and we have now began working on my weight.

Hypnotic Therapeutics
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Peggy K.
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I highly recommend David and Hypnosis for Health & Happiness. Went to them to quit smoking. I've been a smoker for 45 years. Tried many many times to quit and nothing worked. Not even getting lung cancer. With David's help I can now say that I am a non-smoker. And it happened with none of the uncontrollable urges that I had in the past. Wish I would have found Hypnosis for Health a lot sooner.

Living Anew

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    I provide counseling, hypnotism, group therapy and education classes for cancer survivors and their families. I use psychotherapy, cognitive restructuring, and cognitive behavioral techniques to minimize anxiety and depression related to cancer. I utilize hypnotism to reduce nausea, discomfort and stress. I facilitate retreats for cancer survivors incorporating art therapy, music therapy, massage, tai chi and education. I also train medical staff and professionals on treatment issues associated with cancer survivors. I facilitate a 6-week educational course called "Living Anew" to assist cancer survivors in surviving cancer. I have a master's degree in marriage and family counseling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. I am a licensed clinical professional counselor. I was trained by Bernie Siegel M.D. through Dr. Siegel's ECaP program. I am an advanced certified hypnotherapist, and have a complimentary medical certificate from the National Guild of Hypnotists. I teach tai chi and boot camp, as well as enjoy exercise, running, and volunteering my time overseas to assist in relief programs. Paul is trained by the International Critical Stress Foundation in critical stress management. Paul has developed specific training programs for corporations, hospitals, international organizations, and treatment centers. He is presently working on a book, "Living Anew/How To Survive Cancer". Paul has two wonderful teenage boys.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How does hypnosis work?

    Hypnosis is a wellness technique that works by promoting positive behavioral or cognitive changes. During successful hypnosis, the client should be eased into a state of deep relaxation in which the conscious mind takes a back seat and the subconscious mind becomes more active. The client is often able to let go of critical thoughts and become receptive to the therapist’s suggestions. In this state of hypnosis, motivating suggestions can bypass your usual mental resistance and internal defense mechanisms. For example, even if you want to quit overeating cupcakes, you may have some level of resistance that your rational mind can’t overcome. During hypnosis, the positive suggestions made by the hypnotherapist can bypass your usual blocks, helping you to achieve the formerly unachievable: stopping overeating, quitting smoking, mastering public speaking, or losing your fear of heights. The goal of hypnosis is to strengthen and empower the client’s motivation, commitment and focus. Consider working with someone who is not just trained in hypnosis but also is a licensed therapist or psychotherapist who can bring their academic background into your session.

    What can hypnosis help you with?

    According to many sources including the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) which is part of the United States National Library of Medicine and a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hypnosis is scientifically proven to help relieve both mental challenges and physical pains. Hypnosis can alleviate stress and reduce pain after surgeries, has been shown to relieve anxiety in children in the emergency room, and can be useful for managing pain associated with everything from arthritis to migraines. Hypnosis is non-invasive and gives you a way to control pain or discomfort that might otherwise seem out of your hands. Hypnosis shouldn’t be used as a substitute for medical care, but may be an excellent complementary tool that is best provided by a trained therapist or licensed medical provider. The University of Maryland Medical Center shares many conditions for which hypnosis can be useful:

    • Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Tension headaches
    • Alopecia areata
    • Asthma
    • Phobias
    • Insomnia
    • Addictions
    • Bedwetting
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Labor and delivery
    • Skin disorders, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema (atopic dermatitis)
    • Stress
    • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
    • Cancer-related pain
    • Weight loss
    • Eating disorders
    • Warts
    • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Smoking cessation

    How is hypnosis used in therapy?

    Hypnosis is a powerful tool to help clients overcome challenging issues such as anxiety, phobias, pain management, hot flashes and more. Hypnosis is also a way to help let go of addictions like smoking, overeating and gambling. In and of itself, hypnosis is not a therapy, but it can be used in conjunction with therapy to empower and encourage the person receiving it to make positive change. Some people are more susceptible to hypnosis and will benefit more from hypnotherapy than others.

    According to Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus, speaking for Psychology Today, hypnosis is a “genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice … hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention or concentration, often associated with relaxation, and heightened suggestibility. While under hypnosis (i.e., in a hypnotic trance), it seems many people are much more open to helpful suggestions than they usually are.” The suggestions made in a therapeutic setting get deep into a person’s brain, beyond their conscious thinking, leading to behavior change and the ability to overcome challenges that might otherwise seem insurmountable.

    What is the effectiveness of hypnosis?

    The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recognizes the healing power of hypnosis and its proven effectiveness for anxiety, pain control, smoking cessation, headaches and more. Hypnosis may be safe and complementary way to augment medical attention you are receiving for a chronic illness or pain, or a way to resolve an addiction or phobia that you are otherwise unable to control. Hypnosis does not work on every person. When scientists began studying hypnosis in earnest, a report published by Stanford University titled “The Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale” demonstrated that different brains respond to hypnosis in varying degrees, and a very few do not respond at all. Working with a trained psychologist, you’ll soon determine whether you are a good candidate for the healing benefits of hypnotherapy.

    During a hypnotherapy session, the therapist will bring you into a state of deep relaxation in which the critical, conscious part of your brain recedes and the subconscious mind becomes alert and focused. The therapist will make suggestions, based on your intended goals, that will take root in your subconscious mind. These suggestions should affect your thinking in a positive way and empower you to make change.


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