According to certified master hypnotist Alexandra Janelli, hypnosis isn't as flashy as it appears in a stage show. It's more subtle, a process that's achieved through breathing, listening, and visualization that helps clients tap into their subconscious state and replace negative associations with positive ones. Subtlety does not, however, equal ineffectiveness. Over the years, Alexandra has helped her clients at Theta Spring Hypnosis tackle a range of addictions, bad habits, and personal life problems. She also dabbles in more complicated areas, offering hypnosis for actors designed to improve memorization skills and confidence, combatting clients’ fears of flying through hypnotherapy rather than a confrontation with the pigeon that used to bully them on their walks to school.
Dr. Yves Joseph Jeudy, New Age Relaxation Center’s experienced, certified hypnotherapist, empowers clients to achieve their weight-loss goals through relaxing gastric-band hypnotherapy sessions. In a consultation, clients discuss their challenges and goals with Dr. Jeudy, giving him key information to fully personalize the session or ghostwrite their autobiography. A comfortable couch cradles clients as Dr. Jeudy’s voice guides them into deep relaxation. Over the course of the session, gentle suggestions curb appetites, helping clients lose weight naturally without resorting to surgery or finding a new home on a planet with a lower gravitational field.
The experts at the International Center for Positive Change and Hypnosis arm clients with the skills they need to pursue their personal goals and drop the notions that hold them back. During the neurolinguistic-programming practitioner course, expert mind molders Sarah Carson, Shawn Carson, and Jess Marion introduce participants to NLP, a system that helps individuals recognize both positive and negative patterns in their lives so they don't have to reach decisions by throwing darts at a bunch of magic 8 balls. Many professionals enlist in the NLP practitioner course for business to improve their success in the workplace, which explains the program’s popularity among entrepreneurs, teachers, consultants, and coaches.
When they aren't teaching NLP, Sarah Carson, Shawn Carson, and Jess Marion see clients in both their New York and Philadelphia offices, drawing on their teaching experience to enact positive changes in clients' lives. Instructors also host weekend workshops on topics such as creativity and presentation skills. Their hypnosis sessions train students who want to help others achieve personal change by quitting smoking, reducing stress, or reconnecting with estranged pocket watches.
In an interview with Elle, certified hypnotist Sera Lavelle explained her method for helping people overcome obstacles through hypnosis. "I use a confusion technique, plays on words, analogies, so that people ask themselves, 'Why is she saying that—does she mean this or does she mean that?'" As Lavelle queries patients, the questions bypass the conscious mind and interrogate the inner mind. This process helps patients arrive at life-changing realizations and, in some circumstances, develop new attitudes that support goals. For Maggie Bullock, the Elle journalist who underwent hypnosis for weight loss, the process seemed to yield results: She moderated her eating, tempered her dessert cravings, and made it to the gym.
At NY Health Hypnosis, Sera works alongside master-level hypnotist Victoria Sheiko. The duo practice a "non-suggestible" form of hypnosis, which involves clearing the mind so that it can focus on completely on the desired outcome, be it shedding pounds or overcoming fear of lemon Starburst.
The subconscious exerts a powerful influence on our daily actions, yet it sits outside outside our control. The expert hypnotists at Grace Smith Coaching step in where their clients can't, helping reform the unconscious mind to better reflect its owner's desires. After putting guests into a meditative-like mental state, hypnotherapists can implant positive suggestions, helping their charges make beneficial life changes. Grace Smith Coaching's therapists also help with regression analysis, helping clients search out the buried genesis of their unwanted behaviors to start changing them.
Daniel Rose, who's worked as a hypnotherapist for more than three decades, views the brain as an iceberg; conscious thoughts are only the tip of it. In his hypnotherapy sessions, he tries to engage with the rest of the iceberg—the subconscious— and treat the source of issues ranging from smoking and compulsive eating to low self-esteem. He and his team induce a meditation-like state during their sessions, helping clients harness their subconscious to break bad habits, rather than allowing it to form new ones, such as licking every baseball card you come across.