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What Exactly Do You Do?
I am a professional Tobacco Cessation Counselor, a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner, and an NGH Certified Hypnotherapist. During eight years in private practice I’ve spent over 10,000 clinical hours working with thousands of tobacco users. (Click for guidelines on evaluating hypnotherapy credentials) I also have over 30 years experience as a writer, public speaker and creative problem solver. (Click for more biographical info) Based on my own personal experience with smoking and a midlife education in psychology, I have created an intensive one-session tobacco cessation protocol — typically four hours in length — incorporating clinical tobacco treatment counseling, cognitive / behavioral therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, motivational interviewing, hypnotic techniques and decades of direct experience with every type of smoker and every facet of smoking. (Click for a more detailed description of the process)
How Much Does It Cost?
I see individual clients privately in my office near Washington Park and I also conduct regularly scheduled group sessions of varying size. The most accessible, affordable way to experience my process is a group session. The seminar fee ranges from $60 per person down to $40 each with discounts for groups of two or more. Private consultation is $350 for an individual, $300 each for 2-4 person sessions. I also have flat fees for corporate and fundraising clients. (Click for details on pricing)
Are Private Sessions More Effective Than Seminars?
The process is the same, I cover the same material and use the same techniques in public seminars as I do in private sessions, including hypnosis. The difference is the number of people in the room. There may be up to 30 people at a seminar, but I conduct them in venues that provide plenty of personal space and comfort. The seminar is interactive but no attendee is ever required to speak. In the private setting, a client is expected to answer personal questions and verbalize learning. I don’t see a difference in outcomes, I offer both to suit individual preferences regarding public anonymity versus private attention. (Click for info about seminars)
How Is Your Seminar Different?
If you’ve been to a stop smoking seminar in the past, most of your time was probably spent listening to a sales pitch for supplements, CD’s or other expensive product(s) you were told would be necessary for success. My seminar is a 100% educational, motivational client-centered process, no additional products are sold or needed. We spent the entire time focused on helping people learn how to be successful non-smokers for life. (Click for more info about seminars)
What If I Can’t Be Hypnotized?
We’ll start by debunking misconceptions of hypnosis. It’s a very natural, mildly dissociative state of mind that people experience daily. It may take the form of sustained meditation or occur in the instant of a sudden perception change. Many people assume that Trance Hypnosis is the most (or only) important thing, but an increasingly large percentage of my clients achieve total success without ever closing their eyes at all. (Click to learn about the way I discuss hypnosis)
How Does Hypnosis Work To Stop Smoking?
I don’t believe that hypnosis can make a person stop smoking, and I prefer not to accept clients who expect that “getting hypnotized” will automatically produce behavior change. Some hypnotic techniques are very useful attitude adjustment tools, while others are not even appropriate or necessary. I’m not the kind of hypnotist who would claim to cure your smoking by “putting you under.” I am a tobacco expert and motivational counselor who integrates hypnotic techniques in a multi-faceted process. (Click to learn more about the way I discuss hypnosis)
What Is Your Success Rate?
I’m good at what I do, but my likelihood of success with any particular client depends entirely on the client. Anyone who is ready and willing to learn and open to new ways of thinking can achieve 100% success with my guidance. (Click to see client testimonials) A person looking for something to make them stop is unlikely to succeed at all. (Click to learn about misleading “Success Rates”
What Kind Of Guarantee Do You Offer?
None. It is just not possible for one person to make legitimate guarantees about another person’s learning or behavior. That’s why no credible therapist, counselor or teacher would ever advertise guaranteed results. With private clients, I don’t charge for immediate follow-up if needed, and will continue to assist as needed until the desired results are achieved. (Click to learn about bogus “Lifetime Guarantees”)
How Do I Get Started?
If you would like to discuss a private session, please contact me by voice at (303) 246-0354. I believe it’s very important to have at least a brief conversation with a prospective client, which is why I don’t take private appointments by email. If you are interested in attending a seminar, please click here to see upcoming events and register online.
Do you do hypnosis for other things?
My process works very well for stopping cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars/pipes, nicotine replacements (gum, lozenges, e-cigs) and also marijuana. Fitness and weight control are often relevant health behaviors when stopping smoking, those are usually discussed in the process. Other than that, I don’t see clients for general hypnotherapy topics, but I’m happy to make appropriate referrals.