If you have deep seated issues or strong physical, emotional, mental or medical issues that required doctor visits, then I highly suggest you go to a psychiatrist or a psychologist who also uses hypnosis within their practice and avoid the common street and stage hypnotists that have no medical background. Obviously, I'm one of the qualified people.
My specialty is stress related. I can help you if you experience depression, hopelessness, fears, anxieties, PTSD, sleeplessness and nightmares, as well as extreme body aches and pains like bad backs that require injections, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, and painless childbirth. And I can also help you "clinically" gain a lot more energy, self confidence and motivation as well as help you perform better at sports and on the job.
I come to your home, office or we can meet at a safe outside location. Since I left my practice in Los Angeles and moved 120 miles north to Bakersfield (to care for my aging parents in 2015), I now travel to my clients which are throughout southern California. Therefore, I don't work out of an office anymore. Quite often, I meet my clients at their home, office or a comfortable outside location. And I'm one of the very few hypnotists who can help you with multiple issues at once, so write them down and have the list with you.
What exactly is hypnosis? The word hypnosis was taken from the Greek word Hypnos which was the Greek god of sleep. "Hypno" means "sleep" and "sis" means "the process." So hypnosis is "the process of becoming sleepy." You actually hypnotize yourself every night at bedtime. You have put yourself through a process of becoming sleepy. You might even call this process of falling asleep a form of self-hypnosis.
You climb into bed, take a few deep breaths, perhaps you focus only on how comfortable your blanket feels around you and you just let go of all those distracting thoughts in your head as well as all the noises in the background and you drift off to sleep. These are the exact steps a hypnotist talks you through. There is nothing more or nothing less for him to say. In fact, the only thing left to say is the therapy part. The word hypnosis doesn't sound so mysterious now, does it?
But just before deep sleep is twilight sleep, which is that moment when your conscious mind finally "let's go" and shuts down, yet your subconscious mind remains fully alert. Oddly enough, this is when your subconscious mind readily accepts incoming messages without resistance. And this is the moment when the hypnotist uses the "therapy" part of his words.
Who can be hypnotized? Anyone who has trust in me that I have your best interest at heart and is willing to follow my simple instructions. However, some clients may not follow my instructions or may be distracted because their friends are nearby. That doesn't mean they can't be hypnotized. It means they aren't willing to follow my instructions at that particular time.
How effective is hypnosis? Hypnosis is very effective and often in just one session. However, each follow up session, if kept in a timely manner, allows what the hypnotist is telling you to sink deeper and deeper into your subconscious causing change to become more and more permanent.