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Hypnosis Making Medical Tests Easier

Hypnosis is soothing. During a hypnotherapy session, patients are sometimes asked to lie on a couch, in a room with relaxing colors, and listen to some calming words from a trained professional. While this is certainly important, it’s is not the only place to receive hypnotherapy.

Several studies have shown that hypnotic treatments can reduce the pain and anxiety felt in a variety of medical tests done in a more traditional hospital. These benefits in turn, can make the recovery time easier, can make the pain less excruciating and can help patients receive a greater feeling of calmness.

For Colonoscopy

In 2006 researchers from Baylor University as well as the Texas A&M College of Medicine studied hypnosis for anxiety and pain management in 6 colonoscopy patients. Having a colonoscopy is a necessary, albeit unpleasant experience for many people and this study really helped them. The researchers gave hypnotic induction to those patients as well as instruction on self-hypnosis on the same day as their colonoscopy. The results suggested that hypnosis may help reduce the need for sedation, reduced pain and anxiety during the colonoscopy, and also helped patients by speeding recovery time and reducing the possibility of dangerously low blood pressure drops. (Elkins et al, 2006)


MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and this test allows doctors to get a better look at patients, without having to use X-rays or invasive surgery. Unfortunately, MRIs create a crammed space, and can create a lot of fear in patients who have an even mild case of claustrophobia. A research study done in Brazil looked at 20 claustrophobic patients to evaluate the effectiveness of hypnosis for this kind of treatment. Of that sample, 16 were able to undergo a hypnotic state, and only one of those people unable to complete the examination afterwards. This is invaluable for both doctors and patients who need to undergo the lifesaving MRI scans but have difficulty in the process. (Velloso, et al 2010)

For Biopsies

For many women, a breast biopsy is associated with presurgical psychological distress, the symptoms of which include an unpleasant state of tension or easiness, and results from a patient’s doubts or fears before the operation. These feelings of distress could reduce a patient’s satisfaction with anesthesia and creates a greater possibility for postsurgical side effects, making surgery less effective then it could have been. A study of 90 patients from Mount Sinai School of Medicine concluded that brief presurgical hypnosis is an excellent way to control the stress that women are facing while awaiting diagnostic breast cancer surgery. (Schnur 2008)

Hypnosis is a great method to help patients with medical testing concerns and helps them with a wide variety of symptoms. No longer just constricted to the therapist’s office, this method could prove very beneficial to patient success and outcomes in the future.

This article only represents a small portion of the many benefits that hypnosis can bring. If you are interested in setting up an appointment, or learning more, please contact us : afterhourshypnotherapy.com

Works Cited

Elkins, G., White, J., Patel, P., Marcus, J., Perfect MM, Montgomery, GH. (2006)
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 54(4)

Schnur, JB, Bovbjerg, DH, David, D., Tatrow, K., Goldfarb, AB, Silverstein, JH, Weltz, CR, Montgomery, G.H. Anesth Analg. 2008 Feb;106(2):440-4

Velloso, LGC, de Lourdes-Duprat, M., Martins, R., Scoppetta, L. (2010), Radiologia Brasileira, 43(1).

Hypnosis as a treatment for Depression

Depression is one of the most commonly treated mental disorders by mental health professionals. Cognitive behaviour therapy and antidepressants are the most common treatment, however, many people with depression don’t respond to these treatments, 40% to 50% of depressed patients don’t respond to antidepressants. On the other hand when testing controls of depressed patients receiving Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), against the experimental group receiving Cognitive Hypnotherapy (CH), the group receiving CH showed greater reduction not only in depression, but also anxiety and hopelessness scales. (Alladin & Allibhai, 2007).

CBT is one of the most studied and practiced forms of psychosocial therapy for depressed patients. This also has limitations however, as a significant amount of patients also don’t respond to this treatment. These treatments as well as not being effective for everyone, they only address depression and not comorbid disorders such as a patient who suffers from depression and anxiety. These limit one disorders treatment at a time. So in the case of a patient suffering from depression and anxiety their depression would be the focus of CBT while the patients anxiety goes untreated (Alladin A. 2009).

If we implement cognitive hypnotherapy we can solve this problem. Cognitive hypnotherapy incorporates CBT with hypnotherapy to heighten unconscious awareness. Depression is fairly debilitating and quite common, as it is referred to as the common cold of mental disorders. Despite this there’s little work to represent the effectiveness in treating Depression with CH. The available resources on CH used to treat Depression is limited, seeing as there is only one published study specifically on the use of hypnosis treating depression in clinical populations (Alladin & Allibhai, 2007)(Yapko, 2010).

In a separate study 84 depressed patients were randomly assigned to either 16 weeks of CBT or CH alone. Both groups showed improvement, however, the CH group showed greater decrease on Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories, and Beck Hopelessness scale (Alladin & Allibhai, 2007). CH can be used to treat a wide range of depressed patients. The template for treating depression with CH can be applied to other medical and psychological disorders so the study is not just limited to this application but also the clinicians creativity in applying hypnosis along with other treatments for such disorders (Alladin, A. 2009).


Alladin, A. & Allibhai A. (2007). Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression: An Empirical Investigation. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 55 (2), p 147-166.

Yapko, M.D. (2010). Hypnosis in the Treatment of Depression: An Overdue Approach for Encouraging Skillful Mood Management. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 58(2), 137-146.

Melvin S. Marsh is a certified hypnotherapist in Augusta, Georgia. He performs hypnotherapy appointments both in person and worldwide via Skype. He can be reached at http://www.afterhourshypnotherapy.com or afterhourshypnotherapy @ gmail.com .

James Braid

Some call him the Father of Modern Hypnotism, James Braid is one of the most influential people involved in the world of hypnotherapy. His insistence that hypnosis be included in medicine, not separated from it, is one of the reasons he is so highly regarded to this day. Braid was many things. A Scot, a youngest son, a husband, a father, and a surgeon. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, and formed his first private practice in 1825. He was a well-respected professional and member of multiple prestigious institutions. For as much as Braid is lauded for his work in hypnotism, he was also an excellent surgeon who is remembered for his significant surgical success in cases of club foot.

It was 1841 that Braid was first exposed to animal magnetism in a real way, watching it be performed in Manchester by Charles​ Lafontaine, a Swiss practitioner. Braid was fascinated by the change in Lafontaine’s subjects, and this experience developed in him the desire to study mesmerism in a scientific way. Braid focused on the symptoms of those patients treated with mesmerism, and was particularly intrigued by the state of patients who had focused on a small object for upwards of eight minutes. It was this state that he decided to call hypnotism.

Most of Braid’s initial research into Lafontaine’s work and demonstrations focused on the transformation the man’s subjects went under. The subjects began under a single condition, moved to a second, then returned to the first. He didn’t believe in any kind of magnetic agency being responsible, which was the prevailing understanding under which Lafontaine operated. Instead, Braid followed the infamous rule of Occam’s Razor, best paraphrased as, “the simplest solution is often the right one.” Braid felt that he could, through experimentation, prove hypnotism to require far less entities then Lafontaine supposed.

Braid rather famously experimented on himself, by himself. He was incredibly successful in these solo experiments in that he managed to prove that hypnotism has nothing to do with the operator of the act. No amount of charisma or ‘magnetism’ impacts the act. Instead, one simply needs to get the subject to focus on an object of concentration at the right height and distance relative to their nose that hypnotism is achieved. He called this point of hypnosis the ‘upwards and inwards squint.’ This induction is still commonly used to this day.  WBy using himself as the subject of his own experimentation, Braid conclusively proved that nothing Lafontaine was achieving had anything to do with magnetism.

While Braid made many varied contributions to the modern understanding of hypnotism, the practice has much to thank him for in terms of his initial experimentation alone. Braid was the scientist who made hypnotism what it is today, simply by proving that hypnotism is about setting in motion a reaction within the subject, not about the operator engaging in any kind of show, magnetism, or charismatic packaging. With Braid’s actions, he took hypnotism from being a form of speculative entertainment to being a science that would grow to help many people.

Melvin S. Marsh is a certified hypnotherapist in Augusta, Georgia with a love for history. He performs hypnotherapy appointments both in person and worldwide via Skype. He can be reached at www.afterhourshypnotherapy.com or afterhourshypnotherapy @ gmail.com .

Erotic Transference in Hypnosis

I saw someone coming to my page with erotic transference hypnosis from google and while I have spoke about transference before (actually had a guest writer write about it), this is certainly something that could require more attention.

Just like in any type of therapy, there is the possibility of romantic or erotic transference.  With hypnosis, due to the very nature of the bond between the hypnotist and the client, a bond that is almost sacred feeling, it’s most likely going to develop much stronger and deeper.  This is likely one reason why erotic hypnosis is not an uncommon fetish, to say nothing of those who are more interested in the “mind control” aspect.  The client must trust the hypnotist before hypnosis can ever occur, and often this is done by using various rapport techniques.  Pickup artists usually study hypnotic techniques to up their game because of the nature of the techniques.

Trance requires one to be placed in a vulnerable state and bypasses the critical factor which would protect the subconscious.  With a hypnotherapist making the client and the client’s sensations and experience the complete focus of his/her attention, it’s easy to be attracted to and almost addicted to the pleasurable sensations of hypnosis and see the hypnotherapist as a giver of pleasure.  The brain is also the sexiest organ, even if you are not sapiosexual.

While transference should not be encouraged, it should be considered natural.  A good therapist or hypnotist can use that energy and attempt to direct it into a force for change.

While it is likely unprofessional to say this, but I admit, I as a hypnotherapy client I was also attracted to mine.  His reviews from his students also seem to agree.  While I suspect he knew it, he did not mention it.  I always tried to keep any thoughts that should not be in there, out during trance.  I know at one point, I did have a few seconds of thoughts that should not be there and I don’t know if he sensed it or what but right after that we reduced the more obvious hypnosis and moved on to a more solution focused approach for other things in my life.  However since I still had that energy, I used it to pour into the to-do list he was having me work on which meant I completed so many things in record time, just to get a compliment from him.  We were able to transfer the erotic transference into a positive force for change.

For those hypnotherapists with counter-transference (or should we call it counter-trance-ference?), that is where we need to be concerned as that could interfere with client care whether or not it is erotic.  If possible, transferring clients to another provider is considered to be the best option.  Remember depending on your certifying agency, you might have a cool-down period which can last up to two years before you can even be buddies with your client, much less take it further, which even then is still not recommended.

Melvin S. Marsh is a medical hypnotherapist in Augusta, Georgia. He performs hypnotherapy appointments both in person and worldwide via Skype and Zoom. He can be reached at http://www.afterhourshypnotherapy.com or afterhourshypnotherapy @ gmail.com or go online to make an appointment.


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Hurricane Preparation Tips

I’m taking a bit of a break from discussing hypnosis related topics today to discuss  hurricane preparation.  I am also, as you see, posting this drastically early as I normally post on Sundays.  While I do pre-schedule the blogs, I think this is important to go out before the hurricane.  The post on James Braid has been moved out to October.

With Hurricane Irma having already made landfall in the islands and eyeing Florida and not terribly long after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, a friend’s post on Facebook made me realize how people just don’t understand how to prepare for hurricanes.

My family has been in Hollywood Florida for nearly 60 years.  I was born there and grew up there.  We had hurricane prep courses every year in elementary school until we could recite things in our sleep and so that we could help our parents prepare for the season.

We knew when the power was likely to go out.  A lot of power lines are stable in even a category 1.  Senior year of high school, I drove in a category 1 hurricane that made landfall because Broward County still had not called off school by the time I left my house.  We didn’t board the house.  We didn’t even tend to lose power at a category 2 most of the time.  We would only board the house for about category 3 and higher.

Here are things that Floridians were taught as children to how to prepare for a hurricane so we can help our parents when the time comes and most importantly, we don’t freak out.   If you keep the kids calm and teach them to help instead of teaching them to panic, things are much safer and lives are saved.  I had a severe anxiety disorder as a child and hurricanes were the one thing I never worried about.

At the beginning of the season (May/June), take a brief inventory of your shelf stable foods and batteries. If you don’t have enough for 1-2 weeks foodwise, go out and purchase. Remember you want things that require little to no prep. Some like getting MREs. I think they are overpriced, but they will last several years.  If you look in my pantry and utility cabinet, you will see I have normal Tuna, completely prepared and stable precooked tilapia in several different styles (ideally one should heat them but they are fine if not), salmon, peanut butter, different sauces, shelf stable milk, several boxes of cereal, soups, chocolate, and lots of drinks both alcohol and non-alcohol. Utility closet has a container of batteries and more food (actually that is where the peanut butter is if I can be honest). I buy things on clearance and save it. I don’t even still live in Florida (Georgia remember) but this behaviour is completely ingrained in, just as the school system intended.  Most of this would be used in cat 3 and higher. Really you are also avoiding price gouging.

As you see a hurricane ready to hit in a few days, reassess what you have and need. Know where your first aid kit is and be sure it is stocked. Make sure any Rx drugs you need you have. My kit will be different from your kit and mine is overkill for a standard hurricane in general, but I am an EMT so have more advanced training and am frequently on emergency medical response. (I was in Emergency Medical Response for Hurricane Matthew and I’ve volunteered again for Hurricane Irma.)

Know where your hurricane lantern is or get a flashlight it really doesn’t matter. Lanterns are better though. Confirm you have batteries for it. I don’t like candles but you can use it.  If you have or use a radio that has a battery, make sure it’s ready to go. Board up all the windows for bigger hurricanes. Shutters are better, but if you have to use wood, you can but it’s really not ideal. If you have pets, make sure they have spare food. Normally this isn’t an issue because people buy food in bulk for pets anyway. Start pulling in anything outside. Consider doing laundry and such now when you are under a watch just so in case you have issues with water later at least you have clean clothing although really it’s the last thing I worry about in a hurricane. Some people insist though.
Store 72 hours worth of water for drinking. You want about 1 gallon per person per day. You are unlikely going to use it all as I know no one who actually drinks it, plus you are likely going to still have drinkable water for a while. Recommend also buying something like a drinking water tablet. You can get a pack of 50 for $6 on amazon and each pill disinfects 6 gallons for drinking. If you don’t want the pills, you can boil the water or buy a life straw. In order to save yourself a bunch of money when storing water, either reuse old milk jugs or get a huge plastic storage tote and fill it. Some people just fill a tub and use that for toilet water, I assume because they don’t clean their tubs.  I remember Mom cleaning the tub before Andrew hit and we filled it with water.  If you use the storage container, they tend to be cleaner and it’s easier to get over the psychological block of drinking from the tub. I personally never cared. Make sure you have some water for the animals too although I have spare from my water so I don’t worry about it. If needed the dogs can drink the water I stored and I can have a beer or something.  Beer and other spirits are helpful to have even if you don’t drink because they can be used to help clear wounds.

Ok now you are under a warning and it’s gonna hit. Charge ALL THE THINGS. Notice how I am suggesting charging things really just before the hurricane hits. I’m sure you realize how fast a phone can drain and l-rd knows no one has a landline anymore. If you can dig up some of those spare cell phone batteries and store them. When you are charging ALL the things, make sure your pets go out and I would even suggest keeping them on a leash even if you are in the backyard because animals want to escape the storm and if they escape they might die. Your house is probably the safer place but they really don’t know that. While reminds me, if you do have outside pets, try to bring them in. Let’s say they aren’t housebroken, put them in a room where they can’t destroy anything. Yea they are going to pee and poop inside but it is more localized and probably better than leaving them out in the storm. If you have like big animals like horses, I hope the barn is stable and built. I legitimately have no idea what farmers do for livestock (Florida is number 3 in cattle but I don’t know as that isn’t covered in standard prep.) Top off your gas tank. If you are under evacuation do your best to leave. Get a few bucks from the ATM although that will be entertaining since no one knows how to make change anymore and if you are going to a restaurant, many of them will be no better off than you.

So the storm is hitting and you are hungry and the electricity is still on, I personally go eat the stuff in my fridge which would be the first to go in a long term power outage. If you do lose power, only access the fridge for a short amount of time. Like as in it would be best if you knew what you wanted and knew exactly where it was. Since some medications ideally should be kept temperature controlled you want to make sure you know where they are in your fridge too. You want to assure everything stays cold enough. Some people in order to assure their frozen stuff stays frozen, will use additional blue ice packs or something similar. You know the type of packs. It can’t hurt, but might be overkill. We didn’t have power after Andrew for like a week or so and all our frozen stuff was fine simply because we never opened the freezer and we didn’t do any special prep. Honestly since we had no electricity we couldn’t heat the food anyway! All we could do was eat ice cream which would be the first to melt anyway. Your freezer can usually maintain an appropriate temperature for a few days if it is working properly.

Don’t waste your phone battery. Do try to get periodic updates though so an emergency weather radio is a “nice to have” if you don’t have a battery operated one. You can get a hand cranked one if you want. Take this time to sleep if you have no power. In my case, calm insane dogs. If you do have power, play board games with family or read a book. Storms don’t last forever. If you go to the bathroom, you want to conserve water too. “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.”

If outside gets really super calm, it might just be the eye. Now would be a time to have a VERY quick potty break for your dogs. Rush back inside as it’s the winds around the eye which are the most powerful. Wait for more information for weather.

When storm is over, assess for damages. Call your family.  Call your insurance.  Don’t pay price gouging. People are greedy and you are just encouraging the behaviour.

Now that I gave you a bunch of tips to help yourself, I want to also encourage you to thank those who had to remain at work.

Both my parents worked for the media.  My father worked for Channel 7 WSVN and was there on skeleton crew during Hurricane Andrew to assure you were able to get updates.  My mother was luckily sent home early from her radio job just a few hours before the hurricane hit only because they knew she had a minor child at home (me) and that they knew my Dad was going to be at the station. Some of the unsung heroes are the media.

I also want you to make sure you respect people like the EMTs, Police, Firefighters, and those who work at other medical services like hospitals (so doctors, nurses, etc) to assure you are safe.  They are still at work during the storm and may be missing (and worrying about) their families so that you don’t have to worry about yours.

If anyone has additional tips they want me to include, drop me an email.

Born and raised in Hollywood Florida and survivor of multiple hurricanes, Melvin S. Marsh is a certified hypnotherapist in Augusta, Georgia. He performs hypnotherapy appointments both in person and worldwide via Skype. He can be reached at http://www.afterhourshypnotherapy.com or afterhourshypnotherapy @ gmail.com .  If you found this blog useful, feel free to become a patron on Patreon.



Hypnothoughts 2017

For anyone curious, a meeting of hypnotists is nothing like that scene in “Love at First Bite” when Dracula and Rosenberg/Van Helsing attempt to hypnotize each other and instead the waiter goes into trance.

I would not have been that lucky, in fact of all of the classes I sat in, only three had inductions. Dual Inductions taught by my friends Stephanie Conkle and Kaz Riley, FAST (which had strobes so I could not watch the most effective one), and a class on out of body experiences. For the record future hypnotists or even experienced hypnotists, if you suspect you could have a flopper, please remind people to stay seated and not fall out of their chair. 🙂 I’m not saying I did fall out of my chair and I’m not saying I didn’t fall out of my chair, but parts of me did hit the floor.

I attended an extensive amount of sessions though.

Between the initial training from David Key/Auspicium, then HMI College of Hypnotherapy’s training, a diploma in NLP, my own psychotherapy, and of course studying my own Neo-Ericksonian style hypnotherapist Paul for over a year, I actually felt like I knew most of the information I was presented with and have had some time to play with it… usually attempting to play with other therapists first of course. Of course, when I give myself to a subject I really give myself to it. I tend to live and breath it. Plus I will get competitive in anything knowledge based. Paul warned me that I would meet and surpass my teachers quickly. Bastard.

I had a few highlights, I picked up a kilted “hypno-boyfriend,” I saw the devilish dual induction duo, I went on the Voodoo Zipline (yup still scared of heights), and saw Penn & Teller.

Another highlight was a spontaneous choice to ignore my agenda (I think someone cancelled, really 20 people cancelled so my agenda went out the window from the first day) and I saw a class on gamification. Well ok then! As the prior Thursday I had just said I needed to become more spontaneous this was a good enough reason to go to it. I tend to be more spontaneous and playful in the therapy room than outside of it.

Plus it was gaming, and after all, I was one of the founding investors of Mad Scientist University at Raiding Party Games, the former treasurer of Psi Phi (which was mostly gaming) in college, and if it were not for Habitica my to-do list would never get done. Going to this couldn’t hurt right?

The session was about this game called persuasion which is a game built around becoming more… persuasive. Bet you didn’t see that coming!

We were divided up into four sets of four. Of my set, I was the youngest and likely least experienced hypnotist, but I was the one to figure out the game first. Since they were language patterns and I am familiar with using Salad cards (I have an iphone app which is supposed to be helping me learn the patterns), as soon as I locked on to that “known,” it made learning most of the rest of the rules we were provided with much easier. Somehow the other hypnotists didn’t know what Salad cards were. I will say since most salad cards you are expected to play games like poker, blackjack, etc this game is much more geared towards actually learning the patterns since you have to use them in the game. Much less difficult to ignore!

Since I was given the deck, well now I have a deck! If anyone else out there has a deck and wants to try to play online or something or even in person, I would love to have some help to master the game.

Melvin S. Marsh is a certified hypnotherapist in Augusta, Georgia. He performs hypnotherapy appointments both in person and worldwide via Skype. He can be reached at http://www.afterhourshypnotherapy.com or afterhourshypnotherapy @ gmail.com .

Hypnosis and ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very common disorder in children and adults that has no specific identified neuroanatomical, physiological, biochemical or psychological origin. Symptoms often manifest in the form of challenges with concentration, short attention span, hyperactivity and impulsivity. As a result, individuals struggling with this disorder may be labelled as “lazy” or “stupid” and develop lower self-esteem.

For a child in school, at home, or in public it might be difficult for them to keep their impulsivity, hyperactivity, and attention under control. Their minds are not the same as most others but that doesn’t mean they are trying any less. In adults, the impulsivity, hyperactivity, and attention are difficult to maintain as well. This can cause problems with relationships, work performance, and self-esteem.

ADHD is rather complicated to address: it takes a strong and well-educated support system to help select appropriate treatments, encourage positive social development and lay the foundation for academic achievement.

When dealing with either a child or adult with ADHD, there are a number of things that may be difficult for them such as concentration, organization, work (classes or a job), relationships and much more.

Patients are often treated with medications such as methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine, which can come with a variety of side effects including decreased appetite, insomnia, irritability and anxiety. This one-size-fits-all approach fails to address the differences in the patient’s needs — what works for one individual may not work for another. Parents are also concerned about the long-term effects of administering psychoactive medications to their children. And, as with many chronic childhood illnesses, parents are turning to complementary and alternative forms of medicine, such as hypnotherapy.


Using Hypnosis

Research has been conducted using alternative therapy methods and has yielded positive results; in particular, hypnosis has been found to help patients with ADHD focus, concentrate and control stressful situations. Perhaps the most influential element that hypnosis brings to patients with ADHD is the hope and realization that they can change their behaviour and be in control of their actions.

Hypnosis is very effective as an alternative, or complementary, form of therapy for patients with ADHD: it helps both adults and children control their symptoms without the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals. Individuals with ADHD have a phenomenal natural ability to multi-task and high energy level, both of which can help them succeed if utilized effectively.


The goal of using hypnosis in such way is to allow the client to accomplish more throughout their daily lives. Children are able to grow into more productive adults while adults can utilize their concentration and planning skills to do better at work or to complete simple tasks at home.

Hypnosis will also allow both child and adult to build self-esteem. This is key to reaching any of the other goals they set to accomplish as well as understanding themselves better.



How Can Hypnosis Help?

Hypnotherapy can assist patients with ADHD in the following ways:

1. Planting positive ideas

By placing the patient in a state of deep relaxation, a hypnotherapist can produce a state of heightened focus that makes the individual highly receptive to positive suggestions. For example, if the patient has issues sleeping due to distractions and restlessness, a hypnotherapist can help them relax at will and find the motivation to want to rest at night.

2. No side effects

Hypnotherapy can allow patients to control their symptoms without the use of medication. Besides their adverse side effects, many approved pharmaceuticals for ADHD do not address the disorder’s root cause: they mask simply the symptoms. As a result, therapy will always be more effective in assisting patients progress as individuals.

3. Moving Forward

The subconscious plays an important role — it affects our behaviour, shapes our personalities and stores beliefs, memories and life experiences. It can also be used as a place to plant ideas and, with hypnotherapy, can be conditioned in such a way that addresses symptoms and compulsions. For example, if a patient is constantly afraid that they’ll never be able to develop their ability to focus then no progress will be made. However, a hypnotherapist can help the patient develop their ability to focus and concentrate over time, eventually reaching a point where the individual is genuinely happy, healthy and confident in their abilities.

Whether it’s a child or an adult, hypnotherapy can be a viable method of addressing the trials and tribulations of ADHD. While it’s not a substitution for conventional therapy, hypnosis can be a powerful tool to supplement a patient’s treatment to acquire the best possible results.

Disclaimer: As with all medical treatments, please consult your family doctor or general practitioner before using hypnosis.


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As someone who lives with Attention Deficit Hyperacitivity Disorder (combined type), Melvin S. Marsh is also certified hypnotherapist in Augusta, Georgia who is also certified in ADHD Hypnosis. He performs hypnotherapy appointments both in person and worldwide via Skype and Zoom. He can be reached at http://www.afterhourshypnotherapy.com or afterhourshypnotherapy @ gmail.com .  Please go online to make an appointment.

On autism

I apologize for all of those who I may offend with this post with my defense of the differently abled, but I feel like this needs to be said as I live with “disabilities” myself.

I was interviewed on “No Small Victories,” a radio show discussing autism. I never thought that in such a place, I would be offended and insulted by parents who believed their children having autism was something to grieve over. Some people state that autistics make bad parents and many autistics have had their children taken away. In some countries, autistics are not allowed to serve as therapists. But you know, I would never grieve if my child had autism. There are parents who would do anything to have a baby who was just born alive, maybe they lost a few to miscarriages or stillbirths. There are other parents whose babies might never leave the hospital or have to undergo massive surgeries while they were still newborns. Now I would grieve if my child was dying, not because of something else that meant they were going to live.

I would be thankful that they are living in this day and age instead of in Germany when people who were different were killed. The mass murder which became the Holocaust did not start with the Jews. It started with the disabled. Regardless of the fact that I myself am a gay transsexual mixed race Jew by Choice, all of which would have sent me to the gas chambers, the thing that would have killed me first was having a disability. I have epilepsy, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder (formerly the type called Aspergers which was named for Hans Asperger who did the research).

Parents grieve because an autistic child means they might have to change their parenting style and that one-size-fits-all which they are told will work will not. Babies, kids, and even clients are not one-size-fits all. When you have a baby, you can’t sit there and put any expectations on them just like you can’t do that for adults. You cannot make an assumption that what worked for an older child will work for the second child. Why? Because they are all individuals. Each individual has their own way. Every time you have a baby, you become a parent all over again. A good parent, a good teacher, and a good therapist all knows this. If you aren’t willing to change your style to those who need you or if you are experiencing grief over your child/client instead of celebrating them and their difference, you have no business being in any of those roles and you are what is wrong with the world.

I tailor everything I do to whoever is in front of me.

I am a different parent to each one of the four kids I have. I have to be. They are different people.

When I was teaching, I was a different teacher and tutor to each student. That is one reason I don’t really like teaching anymore and especially not normal classes. It’s draining to be 30 people all at once.

I am a different therapist to all of my clients. I don’t put parameters or expectations on any of them. I learned how to do this because I am autistic and know what it is like to think differently. I focused my attention and my studies on how to understand the human condition and used my autistic tendencies to make the world a better place.

A good parent, a good teacher, and a good therapist will not force the kid/client to them, they will try to mold themselves to the student/child/client and focus on finding the person’s own inner strengths and bring out those inner strengths. My favourite therapist, Paul, did therapy that way and I realize how unusual that really is. I never met a therapist who did that. I never fought with him like I have with all the others. I never respected or bonded with another therapist like that in my life. He saw my abilities not my disabilities. In fact, he claimed he never saw the autistic tendencies. I think he lied to me on that one, but maybe he didn’t. Who knows, he was a wizard, but his attitude is one reason why his modality is what is mostly reflected in my practice. He did in therapy what I was doing to kids and students. I never fought with my kids because I knew what they could do. I saw the possibilities with my students. I never fight with my clients, I always make them feel better and give them hope and understanding and no restrictions. Everything is possibilities. Those very possibilities that you should be giving your child, student, or client no matter what their ability or disability.

When you come into my office, I have no real expectations. My only expectation and assumption is that you are most likely a human being and that you have a problem (aka you are looking for a solution that you haven’t found yet) and that you think I might be able to assist. Everything I do for you is going to be tailored to you. That is what all parents and all teachers and all therapists should be doing. Otherwise, you are a disgrace.

If you are a parent who is sad that your child is autistic instead of celebrating that child, you are not welcome in this practice. Your child is welcome to come where s/he will be loved and celebrated, but I never want to see you or hear from you. Just like I do not welcome Nazis or other anti-Semites or homophobes in this practice, I sure as heck will not welcome people who insult their disabled children.

Melvin S. Marsh is a certified hypnotherapist in Augusta, Georgia who has an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and thus feels very loyal to his fellow autistics. He can be reached at http://www.afterhourshypnotherapy.com or afterhourshypnotherapy @ gmail.com .