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Hypnosis And Mind Body Approaches

Dr. Schwarz has been practicing hypnosis for 26 years and is a member and approved consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He has taught workshops internationally on Ericksonian Hypnosis and Brief Therapy.


Types of problems transformed through hypnosis

Definition of hypnosis

What happens in hypnotherapy

Stop smoking programs

Weight loss programs

Other programs

Frequently Asked Questions

SINCE 1958

"The use of hypnosis has a recognized place in the medical armamentarium and is a useful technique ..."

- Journal of the American Medical Association
Council on Mental Health Report, Sept. 13, 1958

"The evidence supporting the effectiveness of hypnosis in alleviating chronic pain associated with cancer seems strong . ...other data suggest[s] the effectiveness of hypnosis in other chronic pain conditions, which include irritable bowel syndrome... tension headaches [and numerous other conditions]."

- National Institutes of Health Technology Assessment Conference Statement October 16-18, 1995

" Hypnosis , biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, and various relaxation procedures have all been shown to be effective …"

Journal of the American Medical Association
July 24/31, 1996 - Volume 276. No 4

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis, defined by the United States government reads as follows:

The bypass of the critical factor of the conscious mind and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.

Now, what this means is this. The conscious mind gathers information from the outside world within a framework that is controlled by your unconscious beliefs and thoughts. The conscious mind filters and controls what you attend to and what you find compelling based on the rules from the subconscious. This is done with little or no awareness. Thus, hypnosis is used to bypass the filters and controls of the conscious mind to reach the subconscious mind directly. Just simple conscious thought is not enough to reach the subconscious mind and make the changes that you would like.

Hypnosis has a long history of positive research findings reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The National Institute of Health and The American Psychological Association. It is becoming more and more widely known as an effective treatment for a number of goals including quitting smoking, ending addiction to alcohol and other drugs, eliminating phobias, reducing pain naturally and losing weight and keeping it off for good. For instance see the recent Newsweek article on hypnosis.

Once the subconscious mind has been reached, new and powerful suggestions can be accepted into the subconscious mind. Because hypnosis is a direct link to the subconscious mind, you can change limiting beliefs and update outmoded information and establish healthier beliefs, thoughts and feeling.

Everyone has experienced a trance many times, but we don't usually call it hypnosis. All of us have been so absorbed in thought –while reading a book, or riding the bus to work– that we fail to notice what is happening around us. While we were zoned out, another level of consciousness, which we refer to as our unconscious mind, took over. These are very focused states of attention similar to hypnosis.

What you can expect from hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-control.

With this tool you can expect extremely powerful, lasting and rapid transformation. Hypnosis is a tool that helps you bring out the actual power of change that is within you.

Can you imagine the power to realize your potential? Can you imagine that you are living the life where your blocks to success are gone? With the realization that hypnosis can unlock the potential within you can act. Don't wait. The time is NOW and the opportunity is HERE!

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What Happens in Hypnosis

As a hclincial hypnotist I do essentially three things with hypnosis. They activate and amplify your resources that are underutilized in solving uour challenges.

Second, I present powerful and compelling ideas or suggestions to you. The state of hypnosis helps these suggestions to go into the subconscious mind and become automatically active when needed.

Third, hypnosis may be used for unconscious exploration, to better understand underlying motivations or identify whether past events or experiences are associated with or causing a problem. People always do what they believe to be best for themselves. Unfortunately sometimes certain ideas and beliefs become lodged in our subconscious that limit what we think is best for us. Once discovered these motivations can easily be transformed.

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Types Of Problems Transformed Through Hypnosis

Personal Enhancement

  • Business & Test Performance
  • Sports & The Arts Performance
  • Increased Creativity
  • Increased Confidence
  • Stress Management

Stress Management & Mind-Body Problems

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Control
  • Habits
  • Pain Management
  • Headache
  • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Child birth
  • Anxieties & Phobias
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Hypertension
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychosomatic conditions
  • Low Sexual Desire and Sexual Problems
  • Psychological Adjunctive Therapy for cancer, heart disease & immune disorders.

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Stop Smoking Program:

A person who smokes 1 pack a day spends about $1000 a year on cigarettes, not to mention all of the health related concerns, increased illness, lack of energy, increased risk of heart disease and cancer, increased aging of your skin, and bad smelling breath and clothes.

Our stop smoking program is highly successful. It usually lasts 1-2 sessions long. This is not a one-size fits all approach . You will receive a customized approach designed specifically for you to:

  1. Strengthen your motivation,
  2. Eliminate the difficulties that you have had when you tried to stop before
  3. Give you new skills to meet your needs once the crutch of smoking is removed
  4. Change your self image in to a non-smoker .

You will receive a self-hypnosis for stopping smoking tape.

You will learn a simple acupressure technique that also eliminates cravings to smoke.

Plus you have a lifetime guarantee that if you start smoking again, you will not be charged for additional sessions.

Investment $495 (Call 610-642-0884 to make an appointment)

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Weight Control /Dysfunctional Eating Programs:

Most people who struggle with weight, struggle for long periods of time though out their lives. They often spend a great deal of energy dieting and spending large amounts of time and money dealing with the issues of calories or fat or carbohydrates. It is usually an exercise of intense frustration and disappointment

Our weight control programs are different. We focus on the emotional and motivational issues that underlie dysfunctional eating habits and distorted self and body image.

This is not a one-size fits all approach . You will receive a customized and integrated approach designed specifically for you to:

  1. Remove the self-sabotage and unconscious blocks to letting go of this problem (The harder you have tried and failed the more necessary this step is for success )
  2. Understand the needs that drive you to eat in inappropriate manners
  3. Provide alternative strategies and skills to meet those needs once the crutch of over eating is removed
  4. Strengthen your motivation to exercise, eat appropriately and do what it takes to succeed.
  5. Create a strategy for life that is not based on dieting and self-deprivation.
  6. Improve your self-image and self esteem.
  7. Improve your body image

Plus you have a lifetime guarantee that if you need more help you will not be charged for additional sessions. Program pricing with the gaurantee allows you to know up front exactly what your investment is. I want you to succeed. The lifetime gaurantee allows you to get additional help if you need it.

Our weight control programs are holistic and integrative. They involve hypnosis, self-hypnosis tapes, affirmations, kinesiological muscle testing, and energy work. Finally, if you want we will recommend specific supplementation that many people have found helpful (This is not part of the program.) You can also use our program along with other food based programs (e.g. Atkin's diet)

Mini Weight Loss Program (10-15 Pounds) Approximate number of sessions: 2-3 Investment $595

Basic Weight Loss Program (20-60 pounds) Approximate number of sessions: 4-5 Investment $995

Dysfunctional Eating Program (over 75 Pounds) Approximate number of sessions: 8-10 (the last 3 or 4 are spread out over time) Investment $1895.

Time for Honesty: What is the difference? Which program is for Me? Quite frankly you probably already know the answer to this question. Of course you would rather spend less money than more money. Who wouldn't? But the real issue is permanent success. The real question is are you worth taking the time necessary to resolve the issues that have driven you to gain so much weight.

The mini weight control program is for people who have had a relatively healthy relationship with food and eating, but for one reason or another they have gained weight. Perhaps it is after child birth, or after a period when you could not exercise. If you feel that you have what it takes to lose the weight, but you neeed some help this may be the program for you.

The basic weight loss program covers all the major points that are necessary to create sustainable weight loss with people who have a significant history of moderate weight problems, people who regualrly use food as a stress control program.

The more you have a dysfunctional relationship with food, eating and body image the more you need the Dysfunctional Eating program. Unless you are 6' 5” , If you are over 75 pound overweight you need the Dysfunctioal Eating program. When someone is grossly over weight they have more blocks and self -sabotage around the issue of being a healthy size, having a healthy relationship with their body and food. Furthermore, certain types of difficulties show up only after a substantial amount of weight has been lost.

Be honest and look inside, you will probably know the answer. Still not sure? Call and we will discuss it..

Other Programs Available ( All come with Lifetime Guarantees)

SAT and other Test Taking: This program focuses on eliminating anxiety and negative expections that can significantly interfere with performance. You will learn how to activate how performance states of mind that you can use during studying as well as during the test. (Call for details)

Panic & Anxiety: People with Panic and anxiety respond very well to hypnosis and energy work. Even if you have paralyzing fear and panic now, by the end of the program you will be amazed at how free you will feel. (Call 610-642-0884 for details)

Phobias (e.g. Public speaking, flying ) Phobias are highly responsive to hypnotic treatment. You can achieve your goals. (Call 610-642-0884 for details)

Sports/Work Performance: Overcome blocks and learn how to stay in "the zone". (Call 610-642-0884 for details)

Specific Traumas: If you have had a specific trauma (e.g. car crash, rape, violent crime) and you are having flashbacks or you feel numb or agitated you can get rapid relief through hypnosis and energy work. It is bad enough that youhad to go through what you went through, but you can reclaim your life. We have helped hundreds of people elimnate their flashbacks, end their avoidance and increase their comfort. (Call 610-642-0884 for details)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis? Hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness where incredible changes can be made in the way a person thinks and feels. Hypnosis is a completely natural path from conscious mind to subconscious mind. It is defined as the bypass of the critical factor of the conscious mind and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.

How does hypnosis work? It relaxes the conscious mind and opens the subconscious mind to the point that suggestions can be accepted. Once the suggestion is accepted and agreed on by the hypnotized person the suggestion then becomes an automatic, stable and strong resource in that persons belief system.

What can hypnosis be used for? The real question is what can't hypnosis be used for. Basically, Hypnosis can be used for anything a person can imagine. Losing weight and quitting bad habits are the most commonly known requests. Research has shown it helpful in confidence, insomnia, stress, hypertension, test taking anxiety, sports improvement, phobias, recovery from trauma irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, pain and more.

Who can be hypnotized? Almost everyone! If you can use your imagination you can be hypnotized. Some people tend to go into very deep trances while others only experience light trances, and most people go into medium trances. The good news is that you only need a light to medium trance for most hypnotherapy work.

How long do the results of the session last? When you go into a hypnosis session and get the results you want, those results are with you for life. The more you use hypnosis the more profound the results become.

What does it feel like to be hypnotized? Have you ever gotten lost in a good book? Hypnosis feels like that most of the time. You lose track of time. You become fully absorbed in the reality of the book. If it was a book about Camelot, you would be seeing castles in your mind. Most people find Hypnosis to be a wonderful experience. Furthermore you must also realize that when hypnotized, you do not black out. You actually hear and see everything very clearly.

Can a person in hypnosis be controlled? Absolutely not! The only time it looks like that is in stage hypnosis, where the hypnotist asks for volunteers out of the crowd. These are people who want to act like they do on stage. Clinical hypnosis is quite different. A hypnotherapist is there to help you with your issues and needs your cooperation with the process. If the hypnotherapist were to give you suggestions that you didn't agree with or were morally against your beliefs, you would either refuse them or you would stand right up and walk out of that session.

Can a person be stuck in hypnosis? Never! Can you get stuck in the reality of a book? The worst case scenario is that you fall asleep and then wake up later. If you are thinking, what if I were to be hypnotized and something were to happen to the hypnotist and I were left alone, still hypnotized?. You would just snap right out of hypnosis whenever you were ready. When you are in a state of hypnosis, anything alarming or of importance would pop you right out of this state. There is absolutely no danger to you in a state of hypnosis.

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Dr. Robert Schwarz, Energy psychology, Hypnosis, marriage counseling, psychology, psychologist coaching stop smoking, PTSD, marriage counselor, Ardmore PA