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.
Emonne Abedini, a certified clinical hypnotherapist, helps her clients find relief from physical and emotional ailments with hypnosis in typically as few as 5 or 6 sessions. Having completed a master's degree in counselor education and training from the California Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences, Emonne has developed a systematic approach to therapy. Over several sessions, she works to reprogram a patient's subconscious, encouraging it to build positive patterns of behavior and reactions. Hypnosis, she claims, has even helped alleviate her dairy allergy. Her systematic hypnotherapy diverges greatly from the negative portrayal of hypnosis by the media and cartoon villains.
Doctor of Chiropractic Ginger Mills doesn’t define her patients by what ails them. Specializing in care of the spine and nervous systems, Dr. Mills treats every client as an individual by performing gentle, specific corrections without resorting to twisting, cracking, or popping techniques. She uses a whole-body approach to treat chiropractic issues including headaches, sleep trouble, anxiety, stress, and neck, jaw, and back pain. In addition to chiropractic services, the clinic performs Electro Interstitial Scans to assess health and administers massages.
Hypnotherapy often conjures up images of magician-like performers who cause audience members to strut around the stage like chickens. But for professional hypnotherapist Rich D. Rios, Jr., this type of stage hypnotherapy is vastly different than what he does. As he promises on his website, he won’t make anyone cluck like a chicken unless that is their goal. Instead, the master's-degree-holding Rios, who is trained in basic, clinical, advanced, and medical hypnotherapy, helps his clients reach a controlled, trance-like state. This process is designed to keep them completely conscious and able to delve into entrenched issues or solve complex crossword puzzles. Through in-depth, one-on-one sessions, Rios helps his clients address concerns such as smoking, chronic pain, and phobias.
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.