Habit reforming: You’re invited to relax, get very sleepy, mark hypnotists day
By HATTIE BERNSTEIN, Telegraph Staff
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007
Staff photo by Don Himsel
Hypnotherapist Daniel Sayre works with Tracy Lagasse in his office at 15 Tanguay Ave., Nashua, on Dec. 23.
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Pedersen knew she wouldn’t find a magic cure for losing weight. After
trying and failing with several strategies, including a weight-loss
support group and a personal trainer, the 26-year-old human services
worker consulted a hypnotist.
talked to my mother, and she knew people who had done it to quit
smoking,” Pedersen said, explaining how she found her way to a tiny
office at 15 Tanguay Ave., Nashua, where she met with licensed
hypnotist Daniel Sayre.
For Pedersen, the hourlong sessions,
which were spread out over a month and a half, helped. “It was helpful
in looking at triggers for eating, coming up with strategies to think
before you eat,” she said.
On Thursday, Sayre and other members
of the Gateway Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists will hold a
free presentation and demonstration at New Hampshire Community
Technical College at 505 Amherst St., Nashua. The educational program
will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and area hypnotists will be available to
answer questions. In addition, literature will be available.
for the general public, anyone who needs or wishes to have more
positive direction in their life, to get rid of unwarranted habits like
smoking, weight. For people who have stress because they’re not
organized,” Sayre said during a recent interview in his office, a dimly
lit space fitted with a recliner, several chairs, and a small desk.
hypnotists receive certification through a national organization, the
National Guild of Hypnotists, which is based in Merrimack. They are
also required to earn continuing education credits on a regular basis,
While smoking cessation, weight loss and stress are
the most common issues that bring people to hypnotists, Sayre said he
also works with clients struggling with relationship issues or concerns
about finding a purpose in life.
He said hypnosis is a
“technique” rather than a counseling method. Hypnotists, furthermore,
are not health care professionals, although some health care
practitioners are also hypnotists.
“We offer people the opportunity to fix the problem themselves,” Sayre said. “We guide them, help them resolve these issues.”
process begins with an interview and questionnaire. During a recent
session with a man seeking help to quit smoking, Sayre said he asked
the client how long he had been smoking, how much he smokes, and why he
wants to quit. Then, Sayre and the client worked together to establish
several goals, starting with the client’s desire to begin exercising.
“When do you have a cigarette? We’ll try to break the pattern,” Sayre
said, recounting the discussion.
The licensed hypnotist said
some people who consult with him arrive at his office feeling nervous.
“They don’t know what to expect,” he said, adding that many have seen
“stage hypnotists” and volunteer clients acting foolish.
Sayre said he reassures clients that they won’t reveal any secrets or lose control under hypnosis.
“You hear everything the hypnotist says,” he said. “Hypnosis is a form of focused attention.”
to Sayre, most people have experienced hypnosis, often without
realizing. It occurs when a motorist, deep in thought, misses an exit
off the highway. It also happens during child’s play: a youngster
engrossed in imaginative play misses a parent’s call to the dinner
table, for example.
Sayre, who has been certified as a hypnotist for three years, said he has used the technique for his own self-improvement.
discovered the power of my mind. We are what we think,” he said. “I
offer it to other people to change unwanted behavior. It’s really
replacing a negative with a positive.”
The technique works
differently for every client, Sayre added. For some, the changes are
almost immediate. For others, hypnosis is the first step in a long
series of baby steps leading to a goal.
“I don’t like seeing
people unhappy and stuck, when all they have to do is change,” Sayre
said. “They can do it with a snap of the fingers.”
IF YOU GO
The Gateway Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists will hold a free
presentation and demonstration to mark World Hypnotism Day.
WHERE: New Hampshire Community Technical College at 505 Amherst St., Nashua.
WHEN: Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
COST: Free and open to the public.
Hattie Bernstein can be reached at 594-6439 or at email@example.com.
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