My name is Johnathan Banks. I'm a psychologist for many years who also uses hypnosis within my practice. If you have deep seated issues or strong physical, emotional, mental or medical issues that required doctor or hospital visits, then I recommend you go to a psychiatrist or a psychologist who also uses hypnosis within their practice and avoid the common stage and street hypnotists who have no medical background. Obviously, I'm one of those qualified people. 

"Everything that is 'caused' by the mind can be 'cured' by the mind, which includes emotional and physical pain."

My specialty is stress related. I can help you if you experience depression, hopelessness, fears, anxieties, PTSD, sleeplessness, nightmares, ADHD (hyperactive), extreme body aches and pains like bad backs that require injections, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, and even with eliminating your fear of dentistry and helping you experience painless childbirth and post-childbirth depression. I can also help you eliminate the need for drugs, stop smoking, make healthier food choices, gain a lot more energy, self confidence and motivation as well as help you perform better at sports and on the job.

My clients are often the elite as well as corporations throughout Southern California and can't come to me so I go to them. And, unlike most therapists, I can help you with multiple issues at once, so write them down and have the list with you.

What exactly is hypnosis? Thanks to the movie industry, most people believe hypnosis means mind control, is against their religion and is used only on the weak minded. Actually, that's not hypnosis at all; that's brain washing which is when a cult or abusive spouse forces one to abandon the way they think, feel, say and do things and to now believe and act only the way their controller believes and wants them to act. Hypnosis, on the other hand, can only be performed in cooperation with the client and strengthens and reinforces "the positive side" of their born and raised belief system.

Let's begin with there's no such thing as hypnosis - as you know it. What you have probably seen is a combination of two things, hypnosis which is the ability to relax to the point of feeling sleepy and the power of persuasion which is the ability to get people to do things if worded correctly. Let's look at each of these separately.

Hypnosis, the ability to relax to the point of feeling sleepy, is exactly what you put yourself through at bedtime. You climb into bed, take deep breaths and feel the stresses of the day leave your body with each exhale; you'll notice the TV in the other room or various sounds in the background have become no more than a low humming sound, and the only thing you're really focusing on is how warm your blanket feels around you or how soft your pillow feels beneath your head, and without even realizing it, you become sleepy and drift off to sleep. This entire process of letting go of the stresses of the day which causes you to completely relax so that you can eventually drift off to sleep was named hypnosis, named after the Greek god Hypnos, the god of sleep.

The power of persuasion, the ability to get people to do things if worded correctly, is what parents, bosses, teachers and even commercials attempt to use on you all the time. Persuasions have influence over you if worded correctly, otherwise no one would be able to convince you to do anything, ever.

Now let's put them both together. After a busy day, you just want to stop thinking about it and completely relax. Without even trying, you focus all your thoughts on only one thing, a warm bath, a hot cup of coffee, soft music or even a TV show. As you focus on only that which relaxes you, you may notice you think clearer. You remember where you left your car keys. Someone's name you were trying to remember now becomes clear. And oddly enough, you become more open-minded and therefore, just a little more willing to follow instructions as long as those instructions are non-intimidating and from someone you trust. This is why a trusted therapist's non-intimidating words are more effective once you are completely relaxed on their sofa.

Hypnosis stage shows work the same way. Hypnotists first explain to the audience why they should trust them. Volunteers will then come up on stage because they are willing to follow "non-intimidating" instructions from someone they now trust. The hypnotist then talks them into relaxing step by step, the same way as I've explained at bedtime. And once they are completely relaxed, their minds become open to non-intimidating instructions. Their willingness to trust, relax and follow instructions is why some people think their performances are fake.

Why do people look like they're sleeping? Because once relaxed, the non-intimidating instructions from a trusted hypnotist is often the word "sleep." And if the client is willing to follow instructions, then their body will comply, giving the "appearance" of sleep. But it's not really bedtime sleep. It is, however, the moment before sleep when the body stops fidgeting and complete relaxes. Which opens up the door to the second set of instructions which could be, for example, to stop smoking or to dance around on a stage.

Who can be hypnotized? Everyone can be hypnotized because hypnosis is only the ability to relax to the point of feeling sleepy. But not everyone can be persuaded. This is why, no matter how good stage hypnotists are, they'll always send volunteers back into the audience because they resisted their persuasions. You can watch hypnosis stage shows on YouTube.

Hypnosis and the power of persuasion is very effective and sometimes in just one session - if the issues are minor issues (like nail biting, cracking knuckles, fear of needles, etc). However, issues that require doctor or hospital visits are not minor and will definitely require additional sessions. Each follow up session, if kept in a timely manner, allows the therapist's words to sink deeper and deeper into your mind and body causing change to become more and more permanent.

Don't believe the common stage and street hypnotists who have NO medical training that claim your "serious medical issues that require doctor or hospital visits" will be completely cured, especially in one session. These amateur hypnotists can't back up their claims because they never do follow-up calls monthly, every 6 months and yearly like real professionals do. If their claims were true, then every psychiatrist and psychologist who also uses hypnosis within their practice would have cured every single one of their clients in the very first session. Now does that make sense? Because it shouldn't. (There are more than 3,700 state licensed psychiatrists and psychologists in the USA who also use hypnosis within their practice).