Johnathan Banks
Psychologist & Hypnotist
My name is Johnathan Banks. I'm a Psychologist since 1978 and have incorporated Hypnotherapy within my practice since 2000. 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, 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" 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.

I come to your home, office or we can meet at a safe outside location. My clients are among the elite in Southern California and often 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. 

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. If you hate hot dogs then all the hot dog commercials in the world can't influence you into eating them. But if you love hot dogs, then watching hot dog commercials might influence you to eat more of them than usual. And that, in essence, is the power of persuasion, often in the form of a suggestion. 

No one enjoys taking orders, so intelligent companies "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 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 art of becoming 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" (into buying it), which actually means "without getting you to feel sleepy."

Why do hypnotists say the word "sleep?" Because it's the easiest word for our minds to understand and comply with. Your mind knows that sleep doesn't mean bedtime sleep, that it means to stop fidgeting and to calm down. The more you calm down, the sleepier you will become and your eyes will naturally close. You'll still be wide awake, just very relaxed. 

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. 

P.S. You can also get this relaxed and sleepy (hypnotic) feeling by taking a warm bath.

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, actually the power of persuasion, used once you are truly relaxed and open minded, 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.
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