Johnathan Banks
Psychologist & Hypnotist
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 if you experience depression, hopelessness, fears, anxieties, PTSD, sleeplessness, nightmares, 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. I can also help you 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. I do this by finding the common denominator within each issue and then working my way outward like the base of a tree which branches out. In other words, many branches may come from only one root, so many issues may come from only one cause.

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 is when a cult or abusive spouse forces one to abandon the way they were raised to 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, is performed only 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 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, 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 only if you were leaning in the direction of what they were saying in the first place and were willing to comply.

Now let's put them both together. Once you have let go of the stresses of the day and are completely relaxed, you become a little more open-minded than usual to certain persuasions, mostly from people you trust and always if you were leaning in the direction of what they were telling you in the first place. If you were not leaning in that direction, then no persuasion in the world can influence you to comply. An example is, if you don't mind helping people clean their room, then very little persuasion is necessary. But if you never want to help people clean their room, that all the persuasion in the world won't get you to comply. 

Hypnosis stage shows work the same way. Hypnotists first explain to the audience why they should trust them. Volunteers come up on stage because they want to have fun and act out. The participants on stage are talked into relaxing. And because they trust the hypnotist and want to comply to act out on stage, they then follow the hypnotist's instructions. This willingness to act out on stage is why a lot of people think their performances are fake.

Then how do you get people to quit smoking, lose weight, eliminate physical pain and stress and even dance around on a hypnosis stage show? First, they have to want these things. Second, they have to trust in the person who's giving them instructions. Third, once they are talked into letting go of the stresses of the day and to completely relax, they become a little more willing to follow instructions than they normally would. Those instructions could be as simple as "close your eyes and sleep" or they could be as complex as "feel the cells in your body fighting off the disease."

Who can be hypnotized? Anyone can be hypnotized because hypnosis is only the ability to relax to the point of feeling sleepy. But not everyone can be persuaded. In order to be persuaded, you must first trust in me that I have your best interest at heart and is willing to follow my instructions on the steps to relax - which is when my "persuasive instructions" will become more effective - and again, only if you were leaning in the direction of the persuasions in the first place.

Hypnosis, the ability to relax to the point of feeling sleepy, then the power of persuasion, the ability to get people to do things if worded correctly, is very effective and sometimes in just one session - if the issues are minor issues. 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 what the psychiatrist, psychologist or "medical" hypnotist is telling you to sink deeper and deeper into your subconscious causing change to become more and more permanent.

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