Patrick K. Porter, PhD, founded Positive Changes Hypnosis in 1987 to implement a relaxing form of behavior modification that may profoundly influence a patient's health and catalyze self-empowerment. Dr. Porter earned his doctorate in psychology and Christian counseling from Louisiana Baptist University, subsequently applying his education and spiral-patterned spinning bow tie to forensic-hypnosis work for the Kentucky State Police. He has instructed more than 35,000 people in language-based therapies that aim to effect changes in neural processing, including hypnosis, which both the American Medical Association and the National Institutes of Health acknowledge is an effective psychological intervention.
Although independently owned, each center within Positive Changes' national network takes a holistic approach to health. Weight loss, smoking cessation, and pain management are the centers' top priorities when devising snappy comebacks for a litany of physical and emotional concerns. Practitioners provide free evaluations to help patients understand the process and select an appropriate program of action, which may include Positive Changes' six-point system of support or the use of self-hypnosis audio CDs at home.
At Club Reduce of San Ramon, a team of technicians keep their clientele slim with an array of noninvasive treatments and wellness services. Their repertoire of techniques includes cellulite-reducing body wraps, LipoLaser, and whole-body-vibration treatments, and resident nutritionists create custom nutrition plans for their patients to promote natural weight-loss.
For Rebecca Berke, the key to understanding common personal struggles such as weight loss or smoking cessation doesn't exist externally in the form of a pill or self-help book, but deep inside the mind. As a certified hypnotherapist, Rebecca guides her clients on journeys through their subconscious selves, identifying the roadblocks and construction zones that prevent positive change. Rebecca then helps clients eliminate the revealed impediments, and builds on their personal progress toward healthier habits and self-improvement goals in subsequent sessions.
The main goal at MDI Wellness Center is to help patients get healthy and maintain that health. Everything else is secondary. This might explain why, under a single roof, you'll find doctors who specialize in preventive medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, and mental health working alongside physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and Ayurveda specialists. These disparate experts work together to get to the root of each client's health concerns through one-on-one visits, group sessions, and interactive wellness classes. In order to tackle illness from every angle, clients can opt for anything from routine physicals and disease management to biophoton therapy, yoga practice, and energy work.
Soft music thrums in the air, mingling with the soothing voice of Bay Healing's certified hypnotherapist, Gerri Levitas. These peaceful sounds aim to relax the conscious mind so that the subconscious, which contains our emotions and beliefs, becomes receptive to suggestion. Once the mind is relaxed, Gerri uses hypnotherapy to lessen stress, encourage smoking cessation, and promote weight loss. Instead of trying to legally adopt Gerri, clients can listen to a recording of their session on a take-home CD whenever they need reinforcement.
Hypnosis shatters the barrier between the conscious and the subconscious, allowing thoughts to flow freely between the two. Hypnotherapist Rosie seizes this brief opportunity to plant new ideas deep in the subconscious, where she hopes they’ll snowball into conscious thoughts and actions. At HypnoRosie, she uses her unique gift to help her clients stave off addiction, bad habits, stress, and even pain. By remolding the way they think about food or creating a phantom gastric lap band, Rosie can jump-start weight loss. She strives to replace cravings for cigarettes with ones for lungfuls of fresh air. She can even ease the trauma of childbirth or help old souls access their former lives, all without surgery, medication, or snapping a rubber band on your wrist every time you reach for a smoke.