Use Hypnosis to Get Back on Track


Do you have a stubborn problem or a barrier to progress that you’d like to deal with? Then you’ve come to the right place. I’m Robert Plamondon, a clinical hypnotherapist in Corvallis, Oregon. Hypnosis is not only fast, safe, and effective, it’s the most comfortable way of resolving your stubborn issues. Hypnosis uses all your hidden resources, from your most childlike and imaginative to your wisest and most mature, to solve your problems.

Hypnosis uses your childlike imagination to bring about change

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Hypnosis gets you unstuck

Hypnotherapy cuts to the chase and gets the job done. For example, take someone who wants to stop smoking and has tried nicotine patches, but they don’t help. Clearly, the problem isn’t nicotine, so what is it? I don’t know, but your unconscious mind does! All the hypnotist has to do is use hypnosis to ask the question appropriately. If the answer is, “I don’t know how to relax without smoking,” you’ll be able to realize this in hypnosis, even if it’s elusive the rest of the time. And then we know that you’ll stop just as soon as you relearn, in hypnosis, how to relax without a cigarette.

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Placebos are Strange, but Effective

This three-minute YouTube video talks about the power of placebos, especially pills containing no active ingredients that are given to patients as if they are real.

Placebos Work

Placebos work surprisingly well! They use the power of expectation — the same thing that hypnotists call the power of suggestion. Our minds and bodies tend to make our expectations come true; our minds and bodies tend to treat our expectations as commands to obeyed. So if we’re given a pill and told that it’s a powerful painkiller, then our minds and bodies tend to treat this as a command: “Dial down that pain or make it go away entirely,” just as if we’d taken a real painkiller.

And it works for anything, not just pain, and not just with pills.

Hypnosis is Like a Placebo, Without the Placebo

Placebos usually use physical objects (tablets, capsules, injections, creams, etc.), while hypnosis relies more on words, words said after the client is in a state of hypnosis, where the words have a stronger and longer-lasting effect.

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Is Mindfulness Self-Hypnosis?

Is mindfulness self-hypnosis? Many aspects of it are reminiscent of self-hypnosis.

I’m reading a book by Michael Yapko, Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience, which goes into the similarities and the differences. I’ll post more when I’m done reading it!


Guided Imagery vs. Hypnosis: What’s the Difference?

Guided imagery is hypnosis, often an unavowed, disguised hypnosis done by therapists who are concerned that their clients might be afraid of hypnosis. Sometimes the therapists are afraid of hypnosis themselves, and let themselves believe that guided imagery is different. It isn’t.

Guided imagery is a powerful technique when used powerfully, but is a wimpy technique when used wimpily. You’ll mostly find its more powerful uses among hypnotherapists, who are using it as one valuable hypnotic technique among many.

The thing I like best about hypnosis is that it keeps going where other therapies stop short. Relaxation is not the goal. An altered state is not the goal. A pleasant experience is not the goal. These are building blocks that lead up to the goal — the goal that you, the client, select.

Let’s face it: hypnosis is a very Western modality. It builds a to-do list into a meditative process. I like that.

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How to do Psychotherapy: A Gumby Show Example

This clip from the Gumby Show episode “The Rodeo King. Pokey acquires the delusion that he is his favorite TV character, Buster Bronc, and Prickle — “that’s Doctor Prickle” — shows the attitude of any good psychotherapist by immediately trying something else when his first attempt doesn’t work:

  • The tries modifying the patient’s environment first.
  • When that doesn’t work, he switches to hypnosis.
  • When this, too, fails, he “prescribes the symptom.”

This brief clip from a children’s TV show in 1957 demonstrates a can-do attitude and a flexibility of method that is not always found in today’s therapists!

But we all knew that Gumby was special.


The Five Questions Everyone Asks About Hypnosis

Everyone has questions about hypnosis, and these five are among the most common:

  1. “Will I cluck like a chicken?” Not unless you really want to!
  2. “Can I be hypnotized?” Yes, if you have at least normal intelligence, and you want to be hypnotized. (If you’re seeing me for hypnosis, it also helps if you speak English and hear well enough to understand what I’m saying.)
  3. “Is it true that people in hypnosis can’t move or speak or respond or remember?” No, that’s death! Hypnosis is relaxing and people often don’t feel like moving or talking, but they can and do. And amnesia for the session is unusual and easily reversed.
  4. “Can I get stuck in a trance?” Not after I say the magic words to bring you out (revealed in the video!)
  5. “Is hypnosis the same thing as mind control?” No. Hypnosis alone is terrible for mind control. Sometimes cults or governments have used hypnosis along with more conventional brainwashing techniques, but by itself, hypnosis is far less reliable than ordinary criminal methods like bribes, threats, and blackmail. That’s why you never hear of random bystanders robbing a bank through hypnosis.

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How to try a simple suggestibility test

In this brief video, I show one of the world’s simplest suggestibility tests. If it works readily for you, you are a good candidate for learning self-hypnosis on your own. If it gives you trouble, you’ll want to see a good hypnotist, either to learn self-hypnosis or to work one-on-one to take care of any issues you don’t want to have anymore.

Anyone can by hypnotized, anyone can be led into a deep state of hypnosis, so this little test doesn’t address that part.

Practical vs. Impractical Hypnosis

I had a client recently who thanked me for focusing on the problem he came in to resolve. Apparently he’d been to see a New Age hypnotist in another town, who had taken him on a hypnotic guided tour of all sorts of beliefs and symbolism that didn’t resonate with him — and that he didn’t respond to. This wasted his time and money.

Hypnosis doesn’t always use guided imagery and metaphor — classic “direct suggestion” specifies the outcome without using metaphor and without specifying the means, just the end: “you are now a nonsmoker” —  but when hypnosis does use metaphor or a guided hypnotic experience, the hypnotist has to use what resonates with the individual.

For example, some New Age hypnotists use past-life regression with just about everyone. Past-life regression can be extremely powerful, but some people find the concept silly or repugnant, and won’t play along enough to get any benefit. The same goes for encountering spirit guides, or kindly aliens, or Jesus.These things are effective for some people, but a total flop for others.

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New Office!

After two fruitful years at my old office near Starbucks, I’ve moved to a more spacious location at 260 SW Madison Avenue, Suite 104-4, Corvallis OR 97333. This is just a couple of blocks up the street.

Veterans, PTSD, and Hypnosis

Hypnosis was used successfully to treat PTSD in both world warsHypnosis has a long and successful history in the treatment of PTSD in veterans, a history that began long before them term “PTSD” (post-traumatic stress disorder) was coined.

My grandfather served in the U.S. Army in World War I. I don’t know if he returned with a touch of PTSD or not (it was called “shell shock” back then), but since he never talked about the war — and he was a great talker about everything else! — I knew that something about it still troubled him.

In World War II — when PTSD was called “battle fatigue” — hypnosis made some big strides. I have a copy of Dr. John Watkins’ Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which lays out his ground-breaking and highly successful work in 1944-1945 helping soldiers and veterans recover, preparing them for civilian lives.

The state of the art has advanced considerably since then, and modern hypnotherapy is better than ever. Sadly, though respectable in medical and mental health circles, hypnotherapy (“hypnosis with all the trimmings”) is unknown territory for most people in the field, in spite of its long history of supporting veterans who returned with PTSD, anxiety, and other issues.

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Medical Hypnosis and Pain Control

Modern hypnosis was developed by doctors, with a focus on resolving difficult medical issues like chronic pain control, totally eliminating pain during surgery, and the promoting rapid healing. The use of hypnosis for non-medical issues, such as habits and phobias, came later.

James Braid, the nineteenth-century doctor who coined the term “hypnosis,” stated that all the peculiar characteristics of the hypnotic state are things that any experienced doctor has seen many times in patients, and that means that hypnosis is a naturally occurring state. It’s just a matter of evoking it purposefully and setting it to good uses intelligently.

doctors approve of hypnosis

These days, doctors are more pro-hypnosis than ever. They may suggest that you see a hypnotist, or they may wait for you to bring it up, but either way, they’re likely to be all for it.

Many of my clients come to me for assistance with some aspect or other of their medical issues, with the full support of their doctors. These issues include pain control (feeling far more comfortable, often with greatly reduced medication), developing good habits about eating, exercising, and medication, breaking bad habits like smoking or drinking, and finding calmness and serenity instead of the anxiety and hopelessness that could otherwise get in the way of your recovery.

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