My name is Johnathan Banks. I'm a Psychologist since 1978 (now semi-retired) and have incorporated Hypnotherapy within my practice since 2000 (still fully active). If you have deep seated issues or strong physical, emotional, mental or medical issues that required doctor or hospital visits, then I highly suggest 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.
My specialty is stress related. I can help you "medically" if you experience depression, hopelessness, fears, anxieties, PTSD, sleeplessness and nightmares, extreme body aches and pains like bad backs that require injections, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, and even painless childbirth. And I can also help you "clinically" 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 the elite as well as corporations throughout Southern California
and can't come to me so I go to them. Therefore, I don't work out of an office. And I'm one of the very few hypnotists out there who 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 the word 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 was used in combination with mind altering drugs during war times.
The process of hypnosis, from A to Z, 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 relaxing so that you can go to sleep was named hypnosis, named after the Greek god Hypnos, the god of sleep. P.S. You can also get this relaxed and sleepy or so-called hypnotic feeling by taking a warm bath.
Then how do people stop smoking, lose weight, eliminate stress and even dance around on stage through hypnosis? They don't. Hypnosis has nothing to do with those because hypnosis is simply the ability to let go and drift off to sleep. What you are thinking of is the power of persuasion, sometimes in the form of a suggestion.
You are being "persuaded" into doing things and buying things all the time and all without being put into a so-called trance. Commercials, billboards and logos at sporting events are all designed to influence you, but only if you were leaning in that direction in the first place. For instance, if you don't need or want a car, then all the car commercials in the world can't get you to buy a car. But if you're already thinking about buying a car for your teenage kid and you're watching a car commercial showing safety features which prevented a teen from getting in an accident, then you may be persuaded into buying that particular car. And that, in essence, is the power of persuasion, sometimes in the form of a suggestion, which is explained next.
No one enjoys taking orders, so some bosses "persuade" employees by using a gentler method called a suggestion. "You might want to finish your paperwork before you go home so that you don't have to worry about it when you come back to work tomorrow." You might want to sounds a lot better than finish your paperwork. "You might want to" is a suggestion that gives them the false impression that they are in control of deciding whether they want to do it or not, when the boss is actually telling them to finish it now, not tomorrow.
The same goes with people dancing around on a hypnosis stage. They WANT to volunteer and get up on stage and act funny so therefore they are more easily "persuaded" into doing so, whether they are in a so-called trance or not. Stage persuasion can either sound like a command (ie: Do this now) or a suggestion (ie: You might want to do this now) because they want to act out in the first place and therefore, won't feel intimidated from the command. This willingness to act out on stage is why a lot of people think their performances are fake.
Hypnosis, the ability to relax to the point of feeling sleepy, and the power of persuasion, the ability to get people to do something, are two separate things and should not be considered as one. Just remember, commercials can persuade you into buying something without hypnotizing you just like a hypnotist can persuade you to quit smoking or dance on stage without hypnotizing you because you were already willing to do so.
When is the right time to persuade someone, or to suggest to someone, to feel better or to act out on a stage? Oddly enough, when you finally let go of the stresses of your day and have become truly relaxed to the point of feeling sleepy, your mind actually becomes pretty clear; you remember where you put your car keys; the answers to a test you took earlier are now obvious now that the pre test jitters are gone, and this is also when your mind becomes truly open-minded and is now willing to take healthy suggestions or can be more easily persuaded. This is why commercials can be more persuasive when you are completely relaxed in front of the TV.
Why do hypnotists say the word "sleep?" They don't have to say sleep. They could just as easily say "relax more and more." Whatever it takes to get you to relax to the point where your mind thinks more clearly and is then more willing to accept and follow someone's advice, suggestion or even a command, but only if you were leaning in that direction in the first place and you trust that the psychiatrist, psychologist, hypnotist and yes, even the commercial has your best interest at heart.
The mind controls the body. Once you are finally relaxed, and assuming you trust your psychiatrist, psychologist or hypnotist, then and only then will you be able to accept incoming suggestions, persuasions and even commands. If that persuasive command is "sleep," then the mind will tell the body to slump over and give the appearance of sleeping, just like you may have seen in a hypnosis YouTube video. If the words are "relax more and more," then the mind will tell the body to simply relax while giving the appearance of being wide awake. This is actually called waking hypnosis while if the word sleep is used, then it is called sleep hypnosis. Both are wrong explanations and should have been called waking and sleepy persuasions.
Who can be hypnotized (actually, persuaded once relaxed)? Anyone who has trust in me that I have your best interest at heart and is willing to follow my instructions on the steps to relax. 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/persuaded. It means they aren't willing to follow my instructions at that particular time.
How effective is hypnosis? Hypnosis, the ability to relax to the point of feeling sleepy, then using the power of persuasion, is very effective and often in just one session. However, each follow up session, if kept in a timely manner, allows what the psychiatrist, psychologist or hypnotist is telling you to sink deeper and deeper into your subconscious causing change to become more and more permanent.