From the Mail Bag – Does hypnosis really work for weight loss?

Dear Dani,

What’s up with Hypnosis for weight loss?  Is that the real deal?  Can’t you just tell my body to let go of excess fat or just make me obsessed with working out? How much can I expect to lose in how much time?  How long will it last?  


Stuck With Extra Pounds


Dear Stuck,

Thanks for writing and for giving me an opportunity to provide you more information about Hypnosis for weight loss.  The short answer is yes.  It absolutely works.  I am living proof having lost nearly 80 pounds about 10 years ago using these techniques.  Not only did I lose weight, I gained something I sought for years – choice and control around food.  A lifelong obsession with sugar and carb and impulsive eating behavior was resolved using Hypnosis and NLP.

The weight issue is comprised of many variables including body image, portion control, food choices, emotional eating, exercise motivation, and even fear of the end result (who would you be and what changes if you are at your ideal weight). Everyone is different, and their reasons for holding on to weight or not changing behavior is unique and often a function of limiting beliefs and negative emotions. Through Coaching, Hypnosis, NLP, Tapping and related techniques, we target those issues, transform them and clearing them at the root — helping you create new habits, and positive behaviors so that your body can get back to it’s ideal weight.

The resolution of the weight issue is as individual as it’s cause. I can never estimate how long it will take for your body to reflect the positive changes nor can I guarantee any particular result. Yet, I do know that when we clear the issues in the way of eating a healthy diet, moving more, decreasing your stress and improving body image and self talk, the body will get back to it’s ideal weight. Client results vary from just a few pounds in the four weeks to 8 – 10 pounds or more after 4 weeks.  I also have clients who lose very little in 4 weeks but experience significant shift in their habits (eating, exercise, self talk and stress reduction) that adds up to weight loss weeks and months later.

It is also common that people will do this work with me over 4 sessions and then write me 6 – 8 weeks after their last session to let me know how much they have lost. I even had one client who wrote me 6 months after just 3 sessions, and reported a 30 lb loss. I also had one women recently write me and tell me she lost nothing but she resolved her lifelong issue with emotional binge eating – that she was no longer tormented by food. She finally felt like she had choice and control around food and this was worth so much more than losing a few pounds.  Another gentleman reported finally liking himself and his body. He didn’t care that he had only lost a few pounds. Liking himself after 40 years of hating his body was gold to him.

Folks who keep it off, keep working at it. They know that maintaining their ideal weight is a lifelong activity comprised of a healthy diet, regular activity, mindful eating, relaxation and stress management. Hypnosis can certainly help remove the barriers to performing those healthy habits so your body can get back to doing what it knows how to do – thrive!

Hope that helps and hope to see you in my chair soon!

Post Irma – Helping Out The Best Way I Can

Some of us were really fortunate to get through Irma untouched. Some maintained power, while many lost more than just power – they lost treasured memories, businesses, homes and sadly, even loved ones. We lost time. We lost resources. We lost money. We lost faith. We lost our minds. There is no way to measure the impact of any loss or compare the stress of one loss to that of another. It’s all stress and it all takes a toll. The community is collectively stressed.

As a small business owner, this period of recovery translated into cancellations as clients now direct their attention to more basic needs, the needs of their families, and their own businesses. Completely understandable. Yet, now I find myself with a very open schedule – a rare thing for a business typically booked solid three weeks in advance. So, what to do with that available time? I observe neighbors helping neighbors clean up debris, I see restaurants serving free meals, I see strangers sharing resources like gas, electricity, water and even opening their homes. Should I come to your house and wield a chainsaw and clear that tree trunk? Could I best serve by sweeping debris from your gutter or delivering a casserole? Do I run an extension cord and power strip from my house and invite folks to stop by for a charge? Should I just passively donate to the Red Cross from my phone? No, I believe my time and skill is worth far more to my community than my money or my sweat. I believe my ability to help others create Powerful Positive Change is the best resource I can share.

So, here’s what I have determined will have the greatest positive impact. Next week, September 18 – 22, I am offering complimentary Tapping, NLP and Stress Reduction Meditation and Mindfulness Sessions. This is open to anyone. Anyone. Sessions may last between 30 – 45 minutes. These sessions are complimentary and all I ask is that if you schedule, you show up. First come first serve. There are only a limited number of spots available and when they are gone, they are gone. Please don’t book a time unless you intend to honor your appointment. Please understand, to protect the privacy of my clients, you must book in advance as walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Research shows that unresolved stress not only damages your body, but also primes your subconscious to react quicker not only during the next crisis but also in anticipation of it. More important, stress may cause you to misperceive situations as more stressful than they really are. Under stress, it’s nearly impossible to think rationally to make the kind of sound important decisions necessary to protect yourself, your loved ones and your home. The goal of our time together will be to help you enjoy a noticeable shift in your physical and emotional state, through the use of some of the most powerful tools in my field. You can read more about these tools on the ABOUT THE TOOLS page of my site and read more about the clinical effectiveness of these techniques below:

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT / Tapping) has been shown to rapidly calm the nervous system and reprogram the stress response and even prevent traumatic events from imprinting on the subconscious. Read more about the effectiveness of EFT / Tapping with Veterans with PTSD.

• In clinical trials, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) has been shown to significantly reduce stress while reprograming neuro-associations and creating new neural pathways to change how you perceive and relate to stressors. Read more about NLP’s effectiveness on the Stress Level of Critical Care Nurses.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Meditation has produced statistically and clinically significant decreases in PTSD and long-term resolution of anxiousness and depressive feelings by and through simply connecting to your breath and returning your focus to the present moment. Read more about the success of MBSR with Female Trauma Survivors.

There is no catch. No pressure to book anything beyond that session. Just come in and let’s relieve some stress. Let’s get together and calm the stress response, recalibrate your inner peace and get you, and our community, back on track. What have you got to lose but some stress?

Call me at 941-681-0117 or email danifoxhypnosis@gmail.com to schedule.

*Note: Per Florida Statutes, we will not be working on any pain or any diagnosed physical or mental health condition in these sessions unless you provide a referral from your doctor or mental health practitioner. No warranties are extended and specific outcomes are not guaranteed. Individual results will vary. Offer will not extend beyond Friday, September 22, 2017.

Try, Try Again

When you are ready to give up. . . try, try again.

A common question from new and prospective clients is “How many sessions is this going to take?” My response is often “as many as it takes for you to feel the shift you are looking for.”  I often add that clients may expect to experience a shift within the first 3 sessions, yet there is no guarantee.  Sometimes this is met with understanding and other times this is met with an incredulous scoff as if Hypnotherapy can undo years and years of behavior in a single session.  Though I have witnessed many ONE SESSION WONDERS like that, I am more realistic and remind clients that hypnotherapy is a process, that just like MANY things in their lives, requires more than one attempt.  Consider how many attempts you have made to do the following:

1. Cover all your gray.
2. Bake a souffle.
3. Lose weight.
4. Find a job.
5. Make a baby.
6. Potty train.
7. Discipline your children.
8. Make “A hole-in-one.”
9. Make money.
10. Find love.
11. Practice yoga.
12. Learn to drive.
13. Beat cancer.
14. Break a bad habit.
15. Network.
16. Learn to walk.
17. Ride a bike.
18. Learn to speak your mind.
19. Discover who you are.
20. Create change.

As with everything we do that adds value to our lives, we imagine, try, learn and grow.  We engage in a process to achieve our desired results. Achieving those results takes vision, commitment, and practice….AND it takes more than one attempt. Why should hypnotherapy be any different?  Consider the words of Poet, T. H. Palmer:

Try, Try Again

‘Tis a lesson you should heed,
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try again;

Then your courage should appear,
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear
Try, try again;

Once or twice, though you should fail,
If you would at last prevail,
Try, try again;

If we strive, ’tis no disgrace
Though we do not win the race;
What should you do in the case?
Try, try again

If you find your task is hard,
Time will bring you your reward,
Try, try again

All that other folks can do,
Why, with patience, should not you?
Only keep this rule in view:
Try, try again.

Be patient.  Don’t give up. Whether it’s hypnotherapy or another modality of change, keep hammering away with faith and confidence that evidence of change is appearing every day.

Looking forward to seeing you in my chair soon.

What’s Up With That 3 Session Protocol?

Dear Dani,

I see on your website that you only work with new clients in a 3-session package protocol. What’s up with that? You helped my neighbor in just one session. I heard you are really good and I know you can resolve my issue in 1 session. My issue is really easy and I know I don’t need 3 sessions. I don’t want to waste my time or money. I see other hypnotherapists around town don’t require this. Why do you?


One Session Wonder


Dear Wonder,

Thanks for writing and for giving me an opportunity to explain. I get this question a lot.

First off, let me say that I am excited for you, your enthusiasm and your knowing that your issue will be resolved quickly. That’s outstanding! Congratulations! The power of the mind is incredible and if you set the intention for your issue to be resolved quickly, you make that reality more likely. Well done you for having a leg up in the process. And thank you for your faith in me to help bring rapid resolution to the issue.

Yet, there’s something I know from my experience as both a student and facilitator of this work – clients are never upset for the reason they think. Often, they present with one issue, for example procrastination, sleeplessness, stress, fear of public speaking etc., and when we dive into the work, we find that the issue is really something rooted deeper in limiting beliefs, negative influencing life events, fear, low self-esteem, etc. So in reality, the first session only scratches the surface. Often, that one session is rarely enough time to truly uncover and transform the root of the problem.

You see, roots are often NOT the thing you are struggling with in every-day life, yet they hold the key to transforming the issue. Think of root issues like cracks in a foundation of a home. When there is a crack in the foundation, the effects are often seen all the way up through to the roof. In fact, your first sign of trouble may actually be a crack observed in a wall or in the separation of molding or door framing. Now, you know you could hire a contractor to come out and repair those things, yet you also know that won’t resolve what’s going on at the foundation. The quick fix only resolves the most recent and superficial expression of the cracked foundation.

When you work with me, you are often walking in my door presenting the most recent, superficial expression of what’s going on at your foundation because that’s all you really see. In truth, it takes time to get to and repair the foundation. So our first session is about carefully tracing the trouble back to it’s deeper origins. The 3 session protocol allows us the time and space to do this mindfully and with care for what comes up along the way. And our goal is to repair, not to simply seal the crack. It’s a process that simply takes time. To stop the work after one session, allows the root problem to persist likely creating an expression somewhere else in your life later.

This is at the heart of the work I do and why I bring new clients in under a 3 session package. This may not be at the heart of the work some others do, and that’s okay. This is the approach, I have observed, that yields results. With that, regardless of the length of our relationship, I promise to always be working with the utmost efficiency to bring you resolution because your time, your money, and your faith in me as a practitioner is important. I pledge to always be working to deliver the greatest value, and the best result, in the shortest amount of time. The 3 Session Package Protocol is designed to deliver on that pledge.

If you are interested in saving time and money in resolving your issue, you can easily apply the same logic here as you would to the cracked foundation problem in your home. Simply repairing the roof or the walls will save time and money, for sure, and it may give the appearance of a change, but the foundation problem will persist and only result in more cracks, more cost, more time, and more suffering later. And just like we see in home repair, if you opt for the quick fix, you will likely pay for it ten times over in the end when the problem rears its head somewhere else.

Hope that helps and hope to see you in my chair soon!

Success Factors for a Positive Outcome with Hypnotherapy

“I’ve tried hypnosis in the past but it didn’t work.” This is something I’ve heard more times than I can count — at parties, workshops, networking events, expo’s and even in my own office. Most of the time, people attribute this to the false belief that they are not hypnotizable. While I personally have never encountered someone who was not hypnotizable, I do find there are some people who suspend disbelief more easily than others. Just like with anything else in life, there are some who run head long into the subconscious playground and others who take a bit more time. There is no right or wrong way to do this work. Yet, before you default to the notion that hypnosis is not effective or that you are not able to be hypnotized, consider the following success factors to that contribute to a positive outcome.

Success Factors (click to expand each section)

What we have seen on TV is not hypnosis. What you DO see is commonly over dramatized to emphasize rapid change or even mind control. . .or worse, brainwashing. Hypnosis is NONE of those things. It’s a process – a truth seeking process. A process of deconstructing what you THINK and FEEL is your truth, and reconstructing the REAL truth, your inner truth, and then connecting your body, thoughts and behaviors to it. Your truth is that “knowing” that lives in the deepest part of your innocent child heart and on the tip of the tongue of your highest self. Although there are certainly “one-session wonders,” rarely does this shift happen in one session. It’s not unheard of, it’s just rarely seen. Just like you cannot expect to transform your body in one visit to the gym, you have to have realistic expectations of hypnosis. Being clear on what hypnosis is, and what it isn’t helps set the stage for a successful experience because you have a clear expectation of what success looks like when it works. And it DOES work, when it’s regarded as a process. That’s the truth.
There are countless techniques for engaging the subconscious mind and creating a shift in thought and behavior – meditation, breath work, parts work, childhood regression, past life regression, NLP, meridian tapping. The list goes on. The right technique is key to helping you break through old memories, release negative emotions and clear limiting beliefs to change behavior. Some techniques can even instill an aversion to something or create a fear to performing the unwanted behavior (i.e. smoking). This may create the temporary perception of a shift, but it may also create another negative feeling or unwanted behavior in the process. Further, cookie cutter approaches, generic recordings, or mass conference style sessions, may bombard the subconscious with positive suggestions in the moment, but these suggestions only land on the wall like water balloons. Yeah, they get the wall wet, but they do not break it down. This work is about breaking down the walls and building a bridge, path or tunnel to the life you want. Working with a qualified hypnotherapist one on one or in small groups can ensure the right technique is used to help you create the shift you desire.
Not all hypnotherapists are created equal. Training standards vary by state, philosophy and program. You have to ask yourself how much technique a practitioner can lend if they received their training in a weekend seminar. Seriously. It is imperative to weigh the depth, length and comprehensiveness of training when selecting someone to work with. Also consider the accreditation of the program they graduated from and / or any membership organizations that certify their skill. Practitioner training will absolutely impact your outcome as it directly affects the technique consideration above. Do your research. If this information is NOT on the practitioner’s website, ask the question in a consult. Most hypnotherapists should offer a free consult and it’s your right to inquire and see evidence of training at that time. If you feel there are gaps in their training, keep looking. You don’t want to perpetuate the false belief that YOU are no hypnotizable, when really, the practioner’s lack of skill was the reason you couldn’t get into hypnosis and enjoy a shift.
If you want a positive outcome, you must actively look for a positive outcome, expect it and then celebrate it when you see it. You must make a conscious effort to observe where things are changing for the better, track the change, collect evidence of it and reinforce it. Unfortunately, more times than not, clients enjoy a subtle shift, but then divert their attention back to what still doesn’t feel right. Focusing on the deficit in your situation may rob you of the beauty, joy and relief connected to the shift that has occurred and cause you to believe hypnosis is now working. Before you succumb to that possibility, make sure you have been relentless in your collection of evidence that things ARE changing. Then use this awareness and accompanying feeling to boost your confidence that hypnosis IS working for you. . . . and more important, that YOU are a key ingredient to making it happen.
Hypnosis, NLP and Tapping are incredible tools for desensitizing you to triggers. But triggers are everywhere, in every domain and in multiple contexts of our lives, so they may not all clear at once. So take heart, when a trigger gets your attention. It’s not a sign that hypnosis isn’t working, it’s simply an indication that the trigger may not have cleared in that specific context. Then remember, you can either be a victim of a trigger or take control them. If you are tracking as described above, you know that the trigger and your reaction to it, is not the sum total of you and your progress. Take control. Lean into it. The feeling it creates in you will pass. If not, remove yourself from the situation. If you can’t physically remove yourself, mentally remove yourself. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Shift your state. Lean on the tools and techniques your qualified hypnotherapist has given you to handle situations like this. If you are not seeing progress you really have to examine how much control you are taking of those triggers.
While you are waiting to see change, are you challenging your current thought processes? Those repetitive negative rehashes of the past and rehearsals for the future are contributing to your suffering. So refuse to be driven to think of these thoughts. If they are not contributing to where you want to be, stop giving them air time. Instead, get into the driver’s seat. CHOOSE what you think and this will change how you feel and consequently, how you behave. Draw into consciousness new thoughts that support where you want to be. Keep the thoughts of the shift in focus, and so too will you see more of it.
this work is like peeling away layers of an onion to get at the core. Every time we work together, we work with the layer that is available – whatever you and your subconscious are ready to reveal at that time. In every session, we set the intention to go deeper and deeper to clear issues at the root. How many sessions and how quickly this happens is going to be a function of right timing. It will also be a function of how ready and willing you are to let it all go. Be patient with yourself and trust that you are a part of a process and getting better every day. Your shift is unfolding in its divine right time.
This work will shake things up. You may even feel things you do not recognize – sensations in your body you have no words for – dry heaves for behaviors that you used to mindlessly execute. Just remember, different isn’t bad, it’s just different. So stick with it. Be tenacious. Push through that different feeling. The shift, the love, the peace, the balance, the harmony, the change you are seeking IS on the other side of where you are. Be tenacious in the quest for your positive outcome.
One of the best ways to ensure your success, is to tap into the feeling of having that success in advance. Expressing gratitude for the change you are trying to create brings it into the NOW and the NOW acts like a massive amplifier. It brings evidence of that change into focus and attracts more of it. So, you want to see this work WORK for you? Expect the shift, express gratitude for the shift in advance, and collect evidence of the shift. Doing so will allow you to take advantage of the universe’s most incredible gift designed to help you with this process – The Law of Attraction.


When people say to me “I’ve tried hypnosis in the past but it didn’t work,” I am quick to reply, “what do you mean by you tried?” “What exactly did you do to drive your success?” No blame or shame implied here, just curious about one’s perception of their own effort and role in the process. More often than not, I find that they gave up after one session. Baring extraordinary circumstances, hypnosis DOES work and for more issues, conditions, problems and opportunities than you ever imagined. But effort is key if you want that positive outcome. Half-hearted input into this process will yield the same output. If you think hypnosis will just magically stop a behavior without your involvement, think again. It will definitely help you feel different. It can even create a disconnect with a certain triggers and hot buttons, but unless you make an effort to do something with that new awareness, you may never know you experienced a shift in the first place.

Making an effort also includes listening to the recordings, collecting the evidence, making observations, pushing through triggers and having faith in yourself. You can’t really say you tried, if you are NOT doing these things.

Is it fair for me to put responsibility back on the client to help drive the change? Why not? People pay me for MY best effort, so why shouldn’t you bring yours? There are plenty of practitioners who will continue to take money while clients make half-hearted attempts to change. But that’s not me. I do this work because it works. It changed my life and everything I learned is yours for the asking — the opportunity to create the shift, the tools to sustain the shift and the momentum to create more of it in other areas of life. All I ask is that you TRY.

Finding Commonality in Random Things – Kale & Hypnosis

Kale is more popular than ever. Maybe this is news to you, or maybe you are reading this from the front row seat of the Kale-Wagon. Or maybe, like me, you are just making it through your first bag of green leafy goodness. Either way, like it, love it, tolerate or hate it, you might be surprised to learn the 3 ways in which Kale is like Hypnosis.

1. It’s Been Around For A Long Time:
• Kale: The dark, leafy green has been a staple on dinner plates since Roman times and has long been common across much of Europe. The plant is thought to have originated in Asia Minor and to have been brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers.
• Hypnosis: Although the word “hypnosis” wasn’t even coined until the mid-1800’s, hypnosis has its origin in the Ancient Sleep temples of Egypt and the Oracles of Greece. Divining answers, creating perspective and connecting to inner wisdom through a lucid sleep-like state has been a regularly accepted practice across the globe since before the dawn of time.

2. It’s Commonly Regarded As A “Break Glass In Case of Emergency” Thing:
• Kale: Let’s face it. Kale would probably be your last choice of leafy greens – after you had tried EVERYTHING else in the produce section. If your local grocery store was out of iceberg, romaine, and spinach, you’d still likely choose one of Kale’s cousins – cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower before tossing the big fluffy bag in your cart – that is, of course, unless you needed a garnish for your fried macaroni and cheese balls.
• Hypnosis: It’s not a scientific study, but I have observed that 9 out of 10 people who come to my office, answer the “why hypnosis” question in a very predictable way – “because I’ve tried everything else and nothing else worked.” Folks will ingest chemicals, have parts removed, have parts augmented, consult this professional, attend that workshop, subject themselves to poke, prod and pulse before trying Hypnosis. And then, it’s on a dare or in a group setting so the risk is low.

3. It’s Really, Really Good For You:
• Kale: So I had to look this up on Web MD because perhaps I’m still trying to make it taste better in my mind by highlighting the actual nutritional value. Kale is considered a “super food” because of its dense and concentrated delivery of a wide range of “essentials” fundamental to our organic survival. One cup of raw kale has nearly 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, Vitamins A, C, and K, Folate, a B vitamin (key for brain development), Alpha-linolenic acid, and minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc. It has more Vitamin C than an orange. Whoa. . .stores should just shelve it next to the Flintstone’s Multivitamin and call it a day.
• Hypnosis: You can’t really go into the hypnotic state without agreeing to go there. So, your hypnosis session (whether in the office or at home listening to a recording) is really a choice – your choice. And in exercising your choice, you empower yourself to access your mind to activate focus in the same way a magnifying glass focuses and intensifies sunlight. While in the state, you explore and bring to consciousness barriers, blocks and underlying motivations and then generate and amplify mental images that illustrate positive change. And, the duration of the sessions and length of process is often shorter (and less expensive) than other change work modalities, yet yield lasting impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing. Hypnosis – the kale of change work modalities.  Densely concentrated delivery of dynamic internal change that has lasting impact on our survival. That’s good. Really, really good.

So, if you enjoy kale, woo hoo for you! You might enjoy joining the 50 Shades of Kale movement and explore just how versatile and flexible a food it really is. (I personally recommend Cheezy Kale Chips. You’ll thank me.) If you want to take advantage of all of the incredible benefits of foods like kale, good news – there’s hypnosis for that. Hypnosis can absolutely help you shift your perception and cultivate a “taste” for healthy food choices. If that’s what you want.

If you don’t like kale and you are tired of your friends and family members trying to sneak it into your protein shakes or salads, good news – there’s hypnosis for that too (for you, not them.) Hypnosis is a flexible, versatile tool for transforming many of life’s challenges, big or small. It can help you cultivate compassion, understanding, love, allowance and forgiveness for folks who see the world different from you; folks who have positive intentions but sometimes disparaging execution. How does it get any better than that?

I wonder. . . if we can find commonality in two random things like kale and hypnosis, can we perhaps find commonality in each other? That would be good for you us too. Really, really good.

Your Hypnotherapist as a Partner in Your Medical & Mental Health Care

One of the most frequent inquiries I receive from potential clients is “Can you work on my _______?” (Fill in the blank with any pain issue, medical condition or a mental health diagnosis.)

My response is always, “Yes, I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist and I can work on ______ with a referral from your doctor or mental health professional.”

Sometimes, the response is met with relief and excitement. Other times, it’s met with confusion and more questions. I don’t mind spending the time to clarify. An informed and educated client is always a joy to work with and I celebrate those who take an active role in exploring a wide range of approaches to their wellness. We are fortunate to live in a state that recognizes Hypnotherapists as a valued partner in the wellness model and even sets forth guidelines via the Florida State Statutes to protect both client and practitioner in the process of receiving care and delivering service.

What falls into this category?  It’s really quite simple.  You require a referral if your issue has an official “label” and has been diagnosed by a medical doctor or mental health professional, or licensed practitioner of the healing arts; is something for which you are being treated with medication and / or therapy; and / or is in any way related to pain.  However, if you are having feelings, limiting beliefs, or challenging behavior that is disrupting every day life, we can move forward without a referral.  The table below, while not exhaustive, provides some examples:

Diagnosed Depression, Mood Disorders,        Suicidal or Homicidal Thoughts Sad feelings, grumpiness, irritation, feeling stuck,      conflicting feelings, relationship problems.
Diagnosed IBS, Anxiety, Diagnosed Phobias. Nervousness, fear of flying, trouble driving, fear of thunderstorms, avoidance of people, places and things.
Any kind of pain including pain resulting from injury or illness, migraines and even headaches. Stress and relaxation, self hypnosis.
Diagnosed Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea. Trouble sleeping at night, night eating, nightmares.
Diagnosed Obesity, Eating Disorders. Weight loss, wellness lifestyle, help with trigger foods,      staying on your prescribed healthy diet and exercise plan.
Breathing Disorders, COPD, Emphysema, Asthma. Cigarette smoking cessation,  Cigar Smoking Cessation,       Vaping Cessation, Chewing Tobacco Cessation.
Alzheimer’s, Dementia. Memory and recall.
Dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, Autism Test taking and study skills, focus and concentration.
* Generally, these issues do not require a referral, however they may when contraindicated based on the other presenting issues.  For example, weight loss would not require a referral, however weight loss for a cancer patient would require a referral because chemotherapy doses are calculated based off of body weight.    

Sound like something you would be interested in? Here are three simple things to keep in mind moving forward:

1. Hypnosis has been shown effective in the treatment of and resolution of symptoms of a wide variety of medical and mental health concerns. There are volumes of data to support this. Click on the following link to review the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Bibliography (updated 2012). You may also check out the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complimentary and Integrated Health. The NCCIH is frequently updating their research publications as well as engaging in patient trials using hypnosis.

Still not finding what you are looking for? Reach out to your doctor for help finding this information, or simply Google “Clinical Hypnosis” and whatever condition you would like to query and present this data to your provider for discussion. Don’t stop after reading just one report.  Explore results from both government funded and privately funded research. The data is out there. You may also want to explore my page “About The Effectiveness of Hypnosis.”

2. If you currently have a medical or mental health diagnosis, and want to work with a Clinical Hypnotherapist, medical and mental health providers are happy to refer you to a “Qualified Person.” Simply open up the dialog with your practitioner, explain what’s going on for you, why you feel like you feel and make the ask. Your medical and mental health professional is your partner in your health care, and in most cases, will sincerely honor your desire to explore alternate treatments for you. Barring some extremely rare circumstances where hypnosis is contraindicated, it’s in your shared best interest to explore all of your options. Clinical Hypnotherapy can easily be a part of that discussion, especially when you enter into the discussion informed and prepared.

To help with this, I provide clients with the guidelines found at the following link. Click here to download Referral Guidelines Form. I am always happy to discuss the process and techniques with the referring practitioner and it is integral to my job to ensure coordination of care. Not sure if you have a diagnosis or think you may have simply self diagnosed? See your provider and get the referral anyway, just to be on the safe side. The visit could be just the thing that rules out a more serious condition.

3. Finding a “Qualified Person” means you have to do your homework. Not all Hypnotists and Hypnotherapists can (or should) be working on your diagnosed condition.  Whether you work with me, or someone else, look for someone who has a Clinical Hypnotherapist Certification or the letters CCHT or CHT after their name.  And make sure their training was received from a state licensed school.  (Currently, the only state licensed school is The Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy in Tampa, Florida. You may also contact them to find a graduate in your area (if you are not close to me. ) These practitioners know and understand Florida Hypnosis Law and are trained to work with a specific scope of practice as well as protect your safety and best interests.

A good indication that you are NOT working with a “Qualified Person” is that they are performing hypnosis on your diagnosed condition or related symptoms, yet never asked you for a referral. An exception to this would be the licensed mental health professional or licensed medical doctor, or licensed practitioner of the healing arts who is also trained in clinical hypnosis. The state designates these individuals as “qualified” by virtue of their licensure. If you want to learn more about Florida Hypnosis Law, I invite you to explore the Florida State Statutes at this link.  

So, yes Virginia, I can work on your pain, IBS, depression, cancer, and anxiety. I can also help your kids’ with their Dyslexia, ADHD, phobias and panic. I can teach you and your family about the mind body connection and help you learn to engage the natural resources within your deep inner mind, to allow your body to get back to doing what it knows how to do. . . heal and thrive.

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The Elephant in the Room

October 17, 2015

So, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. I have had many clients inquire with genuine interest and concern over this topic over the past two weeks. To each of you — thank you. I am grateful you would reach out and invite clarity instead of accepting or worse — believing what you are reading. Instead of addressing each inquiry individually, I thought perhaps best to provide a thorough singular response to all.

Perhaps you have become aware of the recent press regarding the Sarasota School Board’s settlement with the parents of 3 North Port HS students who died several years ago – one in a car crash following dental work and two suicides. The community and the media comingled the deaths with the Principal’s out-of-line decision to do hypnosis with these students (and dozens more) without parental consent and after being asked to stop. Although the case was not argued in court, what was essentially a settlement for an administrative personnel and policy failure has become open season for negative press pertaining to the practice of hypnosis.

The negative press, which has included statements like teens “died after being hypnotized” and “hypnosis scandal” punctuate several years of media misinformation pertaining to the practice of hypnosis and sadly that misinformation was picked up nationally and spread like wildfire. As a responsible, law abiding practitioner who trained at and also works for the only currently state licensed school for hypnotherapy, I have followed this story for years and have been very invested in the outcome. I am happy to share with you what I know to be the truth about hypnosis, and my position as articulated in the official response of two of the member organizations under whose code of ethics I practice.

American Council of Hypnotist Examiners Official Statement

International Association for Interpersonal Hypnotherapists Official Statement

NPHTI Commentary and Recommendations about Recent Court Settlement in Florida

You may also click here to watch an ABC Action News report from last week featuring the Director of the Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy, Matthew Brownstein and Clinical Hypnotherapist Cheryl Mitchell weigh in on the settlement. I received my training under Matthew and supervision under Cheryl and am currently a Supervisor and Certified Examiner for the Institute.

Between these 3 pieces, you should now be able to walk away with insight, new perspective and sense of the truth, despite what may still be circulating. Hypnosis is a natural state, marked by deep relaxation, wherein the critical factor (conscious critical mind) is bi-passed, communication with the subconscious is achieved, and selective attention is established to deliver positive and empowering images, affirmations and visualizations for your highest good. That is hypnosis.  Hypnosis does not do harm.

As for me personally, it goes without saying that I am saddened for the loss of life — ANY loss of life. Yet, I am also saddened for how the practice of hypnosis was dragged through the mud by the court of public opinion. I am disappointed by the suggestion of a causal relationship between hypnosis and the deaths of those students where there was none. Hypnosis is safe and effective. It saved my life. The practice continues to create meaningful shift in the lives of many. It is my sincere hope that you will reach out to me to see how it can create powerful positive change in yours.


If You’re Happy And You Know It. . . . Eat A Snack!”

December 5, 2014

I just caught my first glimpse of the Weight Watcher’s commercial that aired last night during the Live Peter Pan event. I recorded the show because I wanted to savor Christopher Walken as Hook. He’s so brilliant. LOL Anyway, when the commercial started, I heard the familiar tune “If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands” but my mind was having a disconnect with the lyrics. I turned to look at the screen and spent the next 30 seconds chuckling. “Brilliant, Weight Watchers.” “Well done!” I was instantly jealous of such a brilliant reverse psychology approach to bring attention to their mission. Setting our dysfunctional relationship with food against a backdrop of the illusion and melody of happiness. I wanted MY logo at the end of that commercial. LOL

I have always been a fan of Weight Watchers, having used the program in concert with Hypnosis for years with myself and others. The eating plan works because it operates on one’s ability to manage to an expectation – or in Weight Watcher’s terms, a points budget. The program expertly educates participants in areas that, as a hypnotherapist, are outside my scope of practice – nutrition, portion control, and an understanding of healthy, sensible food choices. And it’s always refreshing to see real people in their marketing. Real people with real issues. This new campaign echos that beautifully.

I have been to enough Weight Watcher’s meetings to know that where they excel at the education and the tracking tools, they can only do so much to keep people motivated. They can never really get at the underlying causes for a participant’s bad week, or disappointing weigh-ins because group sessions serve groups. . . . not individuals. It’s that buckshot approach to transforming the feelings and subconscious behavior driving the eating, that’s ultimate reason for why engagement fizzles. No disrespect to Weight Watchers. They are not subconscious behaviorists. That would be outside the scope of their mission. So that’s where I come in.

When client’s come to me for Weight Loss Hypnosis, I remind them that issues such as “Weight Loss,” are like a bouquet of balloons – each balloon representing a different aspect contributing to the issue. Aspects likes portion control, emotional eating, anxiety, safety, body image, negative self-talk, abuse, control, empowerment etc. Clearing those aspects, or even better, getting at the root of the bouquet, results in one very happy by-product. . . weight loss.  That’s because baring diagnosed disease or disorder, medication or true metabolic dysfunction, client’s really do not have a Weight Loss problem. Our bodies know exactly how to come back into balance and harmony, to our ideal body weight, when we give it the tools and the chance. Weight Watchers provides a framework for how much to eat and a system to track metrics. Hypnosis helps clear the why, when, how and to what extent you feel compelled to eat.  This lets your body get back to what it’s designed to do, thrive.

When I help a client process negative emotions, limiting believes, old memory. . . .when I help them resolve their relationship with their body and their relationship with food, programs like Weight Watchers work wonders. I have seen this first hand. Of course, I never guide a client to any particular program or method, I always work within their framework and model of the world. But when they ask me to create a programming recording that helps them stay on their Weight Watcher’s plan, to have commitment and consistency with the tools they have been given. . . I smile and clap my hands.  Because I am Happy.  Because I KNOW Hypnosis coupled with a smart sensible eating program works EVERY TIME.

If you haven’t seen the commercial, you can find it on YouTube.

If you want to really drive your weight loss success, partner your effort with hypnosis and let’s clap together.  You can read more about hypnosis for weight loss here:


Happy Holidays!

Walking Through A Doorway Can Make You Forget

September 20, 2014 – Stop kicking yourself up for getting up, walking through a doorway and forgetting what you were going to do or where you were going.  According to this article, “some forms of memory seem to be optimized to keep information ready-to-hand until its shelf life expires, and then purge that information in favor of new stuff.”

Walking through a doorway apparently facilitates this purging. . .as if to say “Hey, what you were doing in THAT room doesn’t matter anymore.  Get ready for what you need to do in THIS room.”

What if you could change unwanted or maladaptive behavior in the same way? Let’s get in there and walk around in the rooms of your mind and see if we can purge old patterns and habits!  Sounds like fun!
Why Walking through a Doorway Makes You Forget

Dec 13, 2011 |By Charles B. Brenner and Jeffrey M. Zacks