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 lets you use 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! At the end of the day, people do their own problem-solving and their own healing. The hypnotist just helps you into a state where your natural physical and mental abilities are closer to the surface. Once in hypnosis, the hypnotist guides you through a process of more fully realizing things you already knew, and more fully implementing things that, on some level, you already know how to do.

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Hypnosis-Like Techniques

Guided imagery and progressive relaxation are forms of hypnosisThanks to Hollywood and pulp fiction, hypnosis tends to bring to mind a villain with a pencil-thin mustache and possibly an opera cape. That’s really a stage hypnosis thing. So far, I’ve never met a hypnotherapist who greets clients in evening dress  and a silk hat or a turban with a jewel in the center. That’d be weird!

Some clinicians are put off by the Hollywood thing, so the first thing they do is stop using the word “hypnosis” when they do hypnosis. The second thing they do is to drop most of the hypnotic techniques from their repertoire, picking just one or two. Eventually, these little hypnotherapy technique-lets get accepted by mainstream practitioners as stand-alone interventions.

So there are a lot of doctors and therapists out there who are using hypnotic techniques without admitting it, and sometimes without knowing that’s what they are. I’ve listed a few of them below.

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Are the Holidays Stressing You Out?

Are the holidays stressing you out? Too much to do, too many demands, gloomy weather, annoying relatives, high expectations?Stressed out by the holidays

You can’t change the weather, or your relatives, or the timing of the holidays (and neither can I), but hypnosis can help! The very first thing hypnosis does for you, besides giving you a time to put your feet up, close your eyes, and relax, is to put you back in touch with you sense of centered, calm relaxation, and take it with you when you leave the office. There’s nothing like it for relieving stress. And hypnosis is easy. With modern techniques, everyone is a good hypnotic subject; you’ll do just fine, no matter how rushed and stressed and jangled you might feel at the start.

Hypnosis is a brief therapy, so it’s not like you have to start during summer vacation to get ready for the holidays. You can start during the holidays and it’ll work just fine. Perfect for last-minute shopping for that hardest-to-please person: you.

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Need a Speaker Who Won’t Put The Audience To Sleep?

Looking for a good speaker in the Corvallis area? Look no further! I give fun, free interactive talks on hypnosis anywhere in the Corvallis area.

Will the audience cluck like a chicken? Why yes: yes, they will. But not because I do a stage show, because I don’t. I just ask the whole audience to do it first thing, to get it out of the way (people don’t need to be hypnotized to cluck like a chicken; just asking will do!).

How do these talks go? I’ll describe a recent one: I spoke at my mom’s retirement community in McMinnville (Hillside) for their annual Health Fair. I asked the audience to cluck like a chicken, just to break the ice, and they were pretty good! Then I had the audience do the “magnetic fingers” suggestibility test, and over half of them succeeded on the first try, as usual. I spoke about hypnosis for a while and answered questions, then walked the audience through a simple relaxation process followed by guided imagery, which included recalling a happy childhood memory that they hadn’t thought about in years.

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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’ve been reading a book by Michael Yapko, Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience, which goes into this very topic.

Why Mindfulness Meditation?

Meditation in general is used as a method of achieving profound personal and spiritual growth, typically in the context of meditating every day for the rest of your life. Its benefits are wide-ranging and powerful, but slow. Compare this to the typical use of hypnosis (including self-hypnosis), where our goal is to resolve a specific problem in just a few weeks.

The two approaches can be combined. I think that everyone who uses self-hypnosis over a long period also achieves the benefits of meditation; one often finds oneself doing a self-hypnosis session with no particular short-term goals in mind, and that pretty much converts it into a meditation session. And there are also self-hypnosis methods that split the difference, using very general suggestions as a way of priming the pump for generalized progress. A good example is Cal Banyan’s Seventh Path Self-Hypnosis.

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