Hypnosis in the news for stage fright

If you are looking for help with stage fright or hypnosis for public speaking, this may be of interest to you.  Hypnosis is well known for helping people to more quickly and gently get over fears of all types.  If I can be of help to you, please contact me.  All consultations are confidential and there is no cost for a consultation.

(The following was originally published by WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan)

(WXYZ) – Star of “Rigoletto”, the mafia-style opera that opens Saturday at the Detroit Opera Theatre has a hidden trick to combat stage freight. Hypnosis.

“I always tell people: I’m an opera singer, because I’m a hypnotist,” said Nicholas Pallesen.

He is the star of the show and a certified hypnotist.

Pallesen credits his career to hypnotism.

“I can tell you, without the work I did in hypnosis, I wouldn’t even be here singing in Rigoletto,” he said.

Pallesen used hypnotherapy to combat severe stage freight, which gave him panic attacks and bouts of nausea.

And now, more than ten years later, Pallesen is opening up the Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece.

Follow this link to see a great video of this opera singing hypnotist doing BOTH of these amazing things:  http://www.wxyz.com/news/opera-singer-in-detroit-rigoletto-uses-hypnosis-to-combat-state-freight

NWA Business EXPO


Tuesday, August 12, 2014, I had the privilege of attending the NWA Business EXPO, organized by the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.  It was from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Arkansas.  What a surprising treat!  I must say, I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived.  However, right from the main entrance, the EXPO was well-organized and informational.  I brought plenty of business cards and began networking immediately.  Everyone I met was open and pleasant.  The event had four seminars and a main room of booths from local businesses and sponsors.  The “seminar” I enjoyed the most was called G60 or Gone in 60 Seconds Elevator Pitch Contest.  Approximately 20 contestants got on stage and had 60 seconds to convince the audience why their start-up business deserved a $1,000 check.  Two in particular caught my interest.  1. Lynxus, a Social News Ap. You request a location and instantly someone at that location will let you observe it live! It is kind of like YouTube only Real-Time!  It has elements that remind me of Lyft.com.  2. Trec-Solar, a mobile, solar-powered water purifier which can make any water source drinkable.  I wish we could have it for Iraq and Syria right now! And always a shout out for The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a 459- acre wildlife refuge for abused, abandoned, and neglected big cats, bears, etc. located near Eureka Springs, AR.

I will be putting EXPO 2015 on my To Do List.




Northwest Arkansas Hypnotist and ChangeWorks Hypnotists Receive Awards in Las Vegas

This past week in Las Vegas, awards were presented to Cindy Locher and Jody Kimmell of ChangeWorks Hypnosis and the Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy, and to Pearl Phillips of Northwest Arkansas Hypnosis.  Cindy Locher received the Founder’s Award for the establishment of the Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy, and Pearl Phillips received an award for Excellence in Clinical Practice.
We are of course honored and grateful for the recognition!  Many thanks!!









Cindy Locher and Pearl Phillips




Hypnosis Extends Restorative Slow-Wave Sleep

Sleeping well is a crucial factor contributing to our physical and mental restoration. SWS in particular has a positive impact for instance on memory and the functioning of the immune system. During periods of SWS, growth hormones are secreted, cell repair is promoted and the defence system is stimulated. If you feel sick or have had a hard working day, you often simply want to get some good, deep sleep. A wish that you can’t influence through your own will – so the widely held preconception.

Sleep researchers from the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg now prove the opposite. In a study that has now been published in the scientific journal “Sleep”, they have demonstrated that hypnosis has a positive impact on the quality of sleep, to a surprising extent. “It opens up new, promising opportunities for improving the quality of sleep without drugs”, says biopsychologist Björn Rasch who heads the study at the Psychological Institute of the University of Zurich in conjunction with the “Sleep and Learning” project (see text below).

Brain waves ­– an indicator of sleep quality

Hypnosis is a method that can influence processes which are very difficult to control voluntarily. Patients with sleep disturbances can indeed be successfully treated with hypnotherapy. However, up to now it hadn’t been proven that this can lead to an objectively measurable change in sleep. To objectively measure sleep, electrical brain activity is recorded using an electroencephalogram (EEG). The characteristic feature of slow-wave sleep, which is deemed to have high restorative capacity, is a very even and slow oscillation in electrical brain activity.
70 healthy young women took part in the UZH study. They came to the sleep laboratory for a 90-minute midday nap. Before falling asleep they listened to a special 13-minute slow-wave sleep hypnosis tape over loudspeakers, developed by hypnotherapist Professor Angelika Schlarb, a sleep specialist, or to a neutral spoken text. At the beginning of the experiment the subjects were divided into highly suggestible and low suggestible groups using a standard procedure (Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility). Around half of the population is moderately suggestible. With this method women achieve on average higher values for hypnotic susceptibility than men. Nevertheless, the researchers expect the same positive effects on sleep for highly suggestible men.

Slow-wave sleep increased by 80 percent

In their study, sleep researchers Maren Cordi and Björn Rasch were able to prove that highly suggestible women experienced 80 percent more slow-wave sleep after listening to the hypnosis tape compared with sleep after listening to the neutral text. In parallel, time spent awake was reduced by around one-third. In contrast to highly suggestible women, low suggestible female participants did not benefit as much from hypnosis. With additional control experiments the psychologists confirmed that the beneficial impact of hypnosis on slow-wave sleep could be attributed to the hypnotic suggestion to “sleep deeper” and could not be reduced to mere expectancy effects.
According to psychologist Maren Cordi “the results may be of major importance for patients with sleep problems and for older adults. In contrast to many sleep-inducing drugs, hypnosis has no adverse side effects”. Basically, everyone who responds to hypnosis could benefit from improved sleep through hypnosis.
Source: University of Zurich

Leadercast Sponsored By WorkMatters

2014-Banner-12-18-13_w-shadow-and-bill-mcdermott_edited-1Speakers from left to right: Andy Stanley, Laura Bush, Bill McDermott, Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Henry Cloud, Desmond Tutu, Laura Schroff, Simon Sinek, Randall Wallace.

2014 Leadercast Friday, May 9

“Our jobs ask much of us. So do the rest of our lives. We have every reason to spend our time focused on what we need to do in order to succeed. And yet, leadership calls us to do more. Leadership is beyond the confines of our daily tasks, beyond the borders of our roles and responsibilities. Leadership asks us to look beyond the everyday and consider the larger community around us – to look outward rather than inward. Join hundreds of leaders in Northwest Arkansas on May 9, 2014 as we explore together what leadership looks like Beyond You. Hear powerful messages from world-class leaders like Andy Stanley, Laura Bush, Malcolm Gladwell, Desmond Tutu and more. You can expect to be challenged, inspired and encouraged!”

And we were!

IMG_0401Hanging out with Customer Service…

Upon moving to northwest Arkansas , I began hearing of WorkMatters.  Throughout the year, WorkMatters sponsors conferences, luncheons and speakers.  Every time I saw  WorkMatters advertized, something about the name would resonate in my soul.  Last Friday, I volunteered to help WorkMatters bring Leadercast to this area.  What a wonderful surprise!  Leadercast is a simulcast of speakers inspiring others with their perspective on leadership.  As you see from the banner above, the speakers were world class!  Approximately 1800 people attended.


WorkMatters has Seven Pillars of Faith at Work:








WorkMatters message:  “Leaders,  For over 10 years, we have had an unrelenting passion to help “Sunday Christians” integrate their faith into their work – to close the gap between faith and work.  Compartmentalizing your personal life and work life is illogical.  We have so much to learn about the true meaning and purpose of work.  It is so much more strategic than just money, or success, or accomplishment.  All of those things can be good, but don’t you want more?”    YES!!!!

Impact of Hypnotherapy on Examination Anxiety and Scholastic Performance among School Children.

Original Article
Impact of Hypnotherapy on Examination Anxiety and Scholastic Performance among School Children
Shachi Mathur, Waheeda Khan
Department of Psychology, Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi-110025
Aim: The aim of the present research was to study the impact of hypnotherapy as treatment intervention in overcoming examination anxiety and improving scholastic achievement. Method: A 10 item anxiety test developed by Nist and Diehl (1990) was administered on 10 school children of 13 and 14 years of age. Following pre and post test design, anxiety and scholastic achievement scores were obtained both before and after hypnotherapy intervention. The children were given 2 sessions each week in a month just before the exams and before each exam day. The hypnosis techniques used were relaxation exercises, anxiety management about taking and giving exams and positive suggestions given to the subconscious mind. Results: Pre test anxiety scores ranged from 80-92% among all the children while post test anxiety scores dropped to a range of 60-68 %. The pre test academic scores ranged 50-57% while post intervention scores increased by 10-15%. Further, anxiety symptoms of forgetting before the exam, excessive nervousness, sweating during and before the exam, going blank after seeing the paper were all controlled/eliminated after hypnotherapy and these were observed by the teachers, parents and the children themselves. Conclusion: These results indicated that hypnotherapy as treatment intervention proved to be effective in reducing exam anxiety and improving scholastic performance among children.

5 tips to consider to find a good hypnotist.

Many people are aware that hypnosis can be a good process in treating numerous health conditions the natural way and would tend to benefit a lot of people, instead of it being a sinister tool in controlling people’s minds or the occult.

Here are some tips to consider when looking for a hypnotherapist.

First, make sure to get hold of a reputable hypnotist, who has been trained to conduct sessions using the hypnosis process.  There are a large number of fly-by-night and unlicensed practitioners plying the trade.  Carefully read their website.  If they are not upfront and honest about the number of sessions they require and their cost – Be Skeptical.  If they advertise an Hypnosis School in Your Area but do not include an address,  Be Skeptical.  Like anything else, if the website gives you an ishy feeling, Run!

Watch out for unscrupulous individuals or parties, who advertise their services for cut-throat rates and extensive services, since some would take advantage of getting personal information that could compromise your personal property or belongings.

Second, make sure to check out credentials and don’t be afraid to ask for details or information regarding their practice, since you will be placing your full confidence and trust in them when they add suggestions to your mind.

There are a lot of licensed therapists using hypnosis as a form of therapy.  Make sure to find one that has been expertly trained in hypnosis and has practiced the science through popular and recognized methods.

Third, Do take note that hypnosis will work for everyone, except those individuals who are skeptical, do not subscribe to the idea of hypnotism, or are being forced to “try something” at the advice of their doctor or spouse.

Hypnotism is a state of mental conditioning and if somebody is not decided or determined to place full confidence in the practice, it is likely that individual hypnosis will not have an effect on him.

Four, If a person wants to go through individual hypnosis but may be suffering from a psychiatric condition or is taking medication for a psychiatric problem, he or she must not go through the hypnosis process without seeking for permission or approval from his or her psychiatrist.

Five,  Enjoy the process!  You have taken a pro-active step for managing your life and health better.  Be Proud!

You’re a Winner!

Well, today an interesting email came in announcing I’ve won the “Best Hypnotist” award for Northwest Arkansas for 2 years running…

I’m Not going to name any names but…

The email claimed that my business was top in its category for my area. Along with recognition of my achievement in a press release, they wanted to send me a crystal award with the name of Northwest Arkansas Hypnosis etched into it. To be honest, I was extremely excited while reading the email. The award looks really nice and I could include it on my website to attract more business! The email was very flattering. The more I thought about it, the more my ego grew! By golly, I could charge more!

That excitement quickly washed away when I actually took the time to carefully reread the email:

You’re in shock, I know, but it’s true! In recognition of your achievement, I’ve created this lovely plaque with certificate for you to put on display.

This is a very prestigious award that not just anyone can receive. In fact, We rarely give these away. However, one look at you and we knew in our heart that you were a winner and now you can prove it to all of your friends with this lovely plaque!

I clicked through to their website, where they wanted me to pay $179.99 plus an additional $20 in handling costs. It became pretty clear that this whole gimmick was just to get me to buy a plaque.

Act now and claim your award before We select someone else!!!

I didn’t buy it because it’s really no different than some random guy on the street telling random passerbys that…

You’re a Winner!


You’ve won Bubba’s Award of Excellence!

So My Savvy Hypnotist Consumers, If when you’re shopping around the area looking for the best Hypnotist, DON’T BE FOOLED BY FLASHY AWARDS ON WEBSITES….

I think I’ve made my point….

Wake Up! You’re Living In a Trance

How to Break Out and Live!

By Cindy Locher

cindylocherWake up! We are all living in a trance, or multiple situation-specific trances, all of our lives. Many of these trances aren’t beneficial in our lives. They hold us back, keep us stuck in little worlds of our own creation. Yes, you are living your life in a trance. How can I make this statement?

Easy. We are born into this world with a personality, yes, but without beliefs. A belief is “the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true,” or “Mental acceptance of a claim as truth; Something believed,” (definitions from en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Belief). The psychological state in which mental acceptance happens is the state of trance or hypnosis. In trance or hypnosis, the critical factor of the mind is bypassed, or pushed aside, so that the information or message units presented to the mind are accepted. During the childhood years, the critical factor of the mind is undeveloped and therefore a great majority of your beliefs are formed during childhood. The values and behaviors that you see around you, or are told by your parents, siblings, teachers and peers are accepted much more easily and rapidly. The mind abhors a vacuum, and as the young mind encounters new situations, it requires a belief to be in place in order to know how to function within that situation, so quickly accepts the dominant belief in its environment.

So, your beliefs were formed in trance, and because they anchor your thoughts and emotional states to the time when they were formed, you operate in a level of trance every time you function within that belief, or set of beliefs.

An example is a person who grows up in a household where money is tight. All around her, she is receiving messages of lack, of how difficult money is to obtain, how important it is to choose security over risk, of how inherently dangerous the world is because of how difficult it is to accumulate wealth. When that child becomes an adult, she may desire to be wealthy, but every time she considers taking an action to bring more wealth into her life, actions that often involve risk, her beliefs about money will come into effect, taking her back into the trance state that was in effect when those beliefs were formed, and she will find herself having all manner of troublesome feelings such as self doubt, depression, remorse about decisions involving risk, and she will consistently sabotage her desired success by not following through with actions to create wealth, pulling up short, continually returning to her comfort zone which says that security, even a security with a small amount of money, is preferable to taking risk. The beliefs in play may be stated as, “risk is bad,” “it’s better to be secure,” “money is hard to come by.”

Contrast this person to someone who is raised in an affluent family, and grows up familiar with entrepreneurialism in an environment comfortable with risk. She may grow up accumulating beliefs such as “every risk you take brings you more success,” “when things don’t work out as planned, you learn something valuable that gets you even further,” and “there is always more than enough money.” This woman will feel completely secure in leveraging her money and taking risks, fully expecting that every experience will bring more benefit and wealth into her life.

These two women could even be twins raised in different families, because while some elements of temperament are heritable, beliefs are not. Beliefs are a result of your environment. And both of these women are behaving in accordance with their beliefs, therefore they are both operating in trance. The problems is not beliefs, the problem is not the trance that they were formed in and anchored to. The problem is that we don’t get the chance to opt-in. We don’t get to choose and select the beliefs that will help us to live up to our potential and have the most amazing lives we can.

And while trances and beliefs (often called self-limiting beliefs) about money and abundance are much discussed, beliefs can be beneficial or detrimental in any area of your life, from your ability to learn, to your ability to form and keep good relationships, or to be fit and healthy, and on and on.

Is there an area in your life where your actual results are falling short of what you’d like to see? If so, then that is probably an area where you are carrying limiting beliefs, e.g., operating in a trance, that is not effective or beneficial to you. The way out of this situation is the same way that you got in. The mechanism that formed these beliefs is what you should use to create new beliefs to replace them, and that mechanism is hypnosis. Your actions will always be congruent with your beliefs, so use hypnosis to create beliefs that will enable you to have the life you want.

The method I suggest for this is a system, which starts by choosing an area of your life to improve, a specific goal. Then you enter the process by focusing on the success you already have in your life, which increases your self esteem and confidence to reach further. Then, address the specific fears you have that have blocked you from taking action toward your goals, and increase your motivation to reach those goals. After accomplishing these steps, your subconscious mind will be more ready to release the old, self limiting beliefs. You can’t just do that first, you have to lay the groundwork, the foundation, that makes releasing and replacing the old belief desirable to your subconscious. The final steps are to choose new beliefs that support your goals and to use holographic visualization to create the context for the new beliefs — basically recreating the process that created the released beliefs, but this time you select your beliefs.

Following these steps is a process, and should be done over a period of time that feels right, but not so slowly that homeostatic resistance has a chance to un do any gains. I suggest a system of mental reprogramming over the course of a month to six weeks as ideal for most. As with any change, this system relies on a combination of conscious action paired with subconscious messages, and reinforcement through repetition over time, for its success.

Cindy Locher is a clinical hypnotherapist and mind/body medicine expert specializing in areas of stress management and personal change. Please visit Cindy at www.mn-hypnosis.com.