JT Harms credits
hypnotherapy with changing his life by healing an ulcer, which is why he became a hypnotherapist 15 years ago.
“One session with
hypnosis, and the ton of weight I’d put on my shoulders was
removed. I knew at that moment I had to do hypnosis," Mr.
Mr. Harms said a
psychiatrist believed the ulcer he struggled with for three years was
about a divorce. After one session with a hypnotherapist, he said the
ulcer almost immediately started healing.
At Hypnotherapy by
JT in Davenport, Mr. Harms offers hypnotherapy sessions for avariety
of things, including weight loss, smoking cessation, study habits and
Mr. Harms said
people are often surprised about how hypnosis works. Mr. Harms simply
speaks to clients while they listen to soft music through headphones.
hypnotherapist relaxes a person is their own technique, but they
relax the conscious mind into letting go" of fears and other
things holding them back, he said.
During a session,
Mr. Harms discusses the issue the client hopes to change and then
works through it with them. He said it’s about getting to the “root
cause of smoking, biting your fingernails, whatever.”
Mr. Harms said,
during hypnosis, clients are taken to the instance when the problem
began, which allows them to begin correcting the issue. “We do no
diagnosing. You know what's wrong," Mr. Harms said. "The
client Knows. We just get rid of that pesky conscious mind."
While local hypnotherapists said they have good satisfaction rates
and told stories of hypnosis success. not everyone views it as a cure
Dr. Phillip Kent,
medical director for Genesis Psychology Associates, said research
he’s seen shows there’s “very little lasting effect” when it
comes to hypnosis treatment for issues such as weight loss and
He believes hypnosis
can be good for relaxation and stress management. He also said it can
be used in psychotherapy, but added he thought there is a strong
Mr. Harms is certain
that hypnosis makes a difference, however. His motto is “your key
to success is unlocked through hypnosis.”
Sylvia Runkle, a
hypnotherapist at Positive Changes in Bettendorf‘, said the
business offers “straight hypnosis" instead of hypnotherapy,
so the hypnotherapist doesn’t ask questions once the session
“We don't have to
get them as involved," Ms. Runkle said.
offers hypnosis for things such as weight loss, smoking cessation,
sales and Sports mastery and pain management. Its “Mind Over
Cancer" program is designed to help people through the process
of fighting the disease.
“I have always
been fascinated by how the mind works,” said Ms. Runkle. “'That’s
been a passion of mine since I was a child."
solve a problem is about creating new behavior patterns, she said,
which takes multiple sessions.
Ms. Runkle sees what
she does as relaxing a person and distracting their conscious mind.
Once that mind is distracted, she said, people are suggestible. “The
unconscious mind is going to accept suggestions uncritically,” she
said, adding that it's unlike the conscious mind, which says “Yes,
but to 'suggestions.
Carleton, of Milan, offers in-home hypnotherapy.
all you need is a voice and an ear, a willing ear; I should say"
Like Mr. Harms, Mr.
Carleton got his start in the business after he was hypnotized
successfully several years ago. Before that. he said he was a
skeptic. But, after running out of options for losing weight, he
decided to try hypnotherapy.
***** ‘We do no
diagnosing. You know what's wrong. We just get rid of that pesky
JT Harms, Davenport
“I lost 30 pounds
in 6 months, and I didn't even realize it was happening,“ he said.
Mr Harms said people
have a lot of misconceptions about hypnotherapists: “that we're
going to steal their soul, that we're going to have them do something
that's against their core beliefs."
he said people are aware of what‘s going on, so they don’t have
to worry about doing something they don't want.
message to those worried about clucking like a chicken or acting
strangely after hearing a bell is simple: “If that were to hap-
pen, that wouldn’t
be in my office," he said. “That would be at a comedy club