My name is Johnathan Banks. I'm a psychologist since '78 (now retired) who has also used hypnosis within my sessions since 2000 (still very active). My other studies include neurology, physiology and pathology. 

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 sessions and avoid the common stage and street hypnotists who have no medical training. Obviously, I'm one of those qualified people.

A combination of behavioral psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy has a greater and longer-lasting effect than hypnosis alone. All the more reason why you should put your trust in the hands of a medical professional who also uses hypnosis within their sessions.

I can help you if you experience "serious medical issues" such as depression, anxiety, fears, nightmares, PTSD, hopelessness and sleeplessness, to name a few. I can also help you eliminate your need for pain meds as well as all drugs such as meth, cocaine, etc. All of the above should only be handled by someone with training in psychiatry or psychology.

I can also help you with "non-serious issues" such as eliminating habits like nail biting, biting the inside of your cheeks, cracking your knuckles, fear of heights, flying, spiders, the dentist and so on. And last, but not least, I can help you stop smoking, make healthier food choices, gain a lot more energy, self confidence and motivation plus help you focus and therefore perform better at sports and on the job. To be honest, most non-medical type hypnotists can probably help you with most if not all of the issues in this particular paragraph.

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. And our sessions are strictly confidential. I don't kiss and tell, as the saying goes. Not even my closest friends know who my clients are.

Hypnosis Sessions are available worldwide through Google Duo. YOUR FIRST VIDEO SESSION IS FREE. This app either comes with your phone or you can download it. I love this app because you contact others through their phone number instead of some mysterious encrypted identity name. My fees are on My Prices page.

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.

Let's begin with there's no such thing as hypnosis. What you've probably seen is a combination of two processes, 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. Let's look at each of these separately.

Hypnosis, the ability to relax to the point of feeling sleepy, is 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.

It's when you're in this sleepy state of mind that the real magic begins. This is where your mind opens up and allows someone you trust to help you feel better physically and emotionally. Misinterpreted as the word hypnosis, it's actually called the power of persuasion. 

The power of persuasion is what parents, teachers and especially commercials use on you all the time and is most effective through repetition, but most importantly, only if 1) it is coming from someone you trust, 2) is non-intimidating and 3) if you were leaning in the direction of that particular change in the first place. For instance, if you were trying to eliminate a habit before seeing a therapist, then that trusted therapists non-intimidating words will help you achieve results that much faster.

Hypnosis stage shows are examples of the 3 criteria. Hypnotists first explain to the audience why they should trust them. Volunteers are then talked into relaxing, using non-intimidating words, the same way as I've explained at bedtime. And once relaxed, they're then willing to follow the persuasions that they were leaning toward doing in the first place, otherwise they wouldn't be on stage. 

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 completely relaxes. Which opens up the door to the second set of instructions which could be, for example, to stop smoking, eliminate pain 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. Otherwise every child's room would be clean all the time.

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 hypnotist's words to sink deeper and deeper into your mind and body causing change to become more and more permanent.