San Antonio, Texas
The purpose of The San Antonio Hypnosis Center is to help our
clients achieve desired life-changes: SMOKING CESSATION (Go
to HYPNOTOWN.COM for live audio sessions), (weight control,
anxiety reduction, game improvement). Our focus is brief
hypnosis, and our philosophy encourages short-term
applications . We want you to succeed!
People have different needs and goals, and you will be worked
with in a one-on-one setting to develop a customized plan
designed to meet your desired outcomes. Here's what to expect
when you come to your first session:
1) Assessment: Getting to know each other and identifying your
goal(s) and how it/they will fit into the context/structure of your
2) Progressive-muscle relaxing (information and practice).
3) Rhythmic breathing (information and practice).
4) Guided Imagery (the subject experiences the visualization of
living his or her day living their life accomplishing their chosen
Individual sessions are available for those who desire simple
stress management, confidence and esteem building or personal
empowerment, or are experienced with hypnosis and seek
For the highly motivated client, single-session smoking
cessation, weight loss, phobia, or stress management hypnosis
sessions can be created, but we recommend our proven
programs over individual sessions for new clients, in order to
maximize the likelihood of success.
For most people, smoking addiction involves more than just
physical nicotine dependency; it's a social, emotional and
behavioral dependency, too. Consequently, it is very hard to quit
unless you are able to create and follow a comprehensive
structured plan which addresses all of the issues necessary to
create dramatic lifestyle changes.
Our solution-focused program can help you quit and stay quit.
Hypnosis can change your mind, and your mind can change your
In the first session, about 75-90 minutes in length, you will
complete a short assessment of your tobacco dependency
issues and clarify goals with your hypnotherapist.
You will be guided through a relaxing hypnosis session that will
help you reprogram your subconscious associations with
tobacco to achieve your goals.
Hypnosis for Success - For the Goal-Oriented person who
wants to get ahead in what they do, remove the barriers that get
in the way of your success--fear,procrastination, negative self-
talk, negative self-imaging, low self-esteem, and many other
obstacles that get in the way of you actualizing your potential.
You can always be better at what you want to do. The saying, "If
it's to Be, it's up to Me" is true! Whatever you want to do, and
really put your heart to it, is visualized in the brain, becoming the
architect of your destiny. The San Antonio Hypnosis Center
facilitates visualization techniques that assist the aspiring
individual in actualizing the goals they want to accomplish.
Seeing is Believing, and Believing is Seeing! Extinguish
undesireable, negative emotions through the development of
positive-oriented thought-construction methods.
Test-Taking Anxiety ~ Improve Recall and
Test-taking performance can be enhanced with hypnosis.
Research demonstrates that hypnosis can assist with test-related
anxiety, recall, and overall test-taking results.
We offer two different strategy sessions to assist you with
general test-taking anxiety, recall or improving performance.
Although we will offer the sessions individually, we recommend
that those taking important entrance exams, professional boards
or seeking to improve academic performance utilize both
Strategy Session 1: Hypnosis to Alleviate Test-Taking Anxiety
This skill building hypnosis session will equip you with strategies
to improve your test-taking and confidence. The skills taught in
this hypnosis session can be utilized to decrease anxiety,
discomfort or stress in test-taking situations, such as high school
or college final exams, college preparatory SAT, ACT, LSAT,
GMAT, MCAT, GRE university entrance/admissions exams, and
professional state board exams, such as for counseling,
engineering, real estate, accounting, medicine, law, pharmacy,
teaching and nursing students.
Strategy Session 2: Improving Recall in Test Taking Situations
One of the great truths about the subconscious mind is its ability
to learn. You have been in class, read the books and studied
professional resources. You have learned the material. The
issue for many is simply retrieving the stored information at test-
Hypnosis can be used to improve recall of previously learned
material and assist you in improving your academic results.
Salary.com estimates that a earning bachelor’s degree is worth
$2.1 million over your entire lifetime. The average difference
between starting salaries for those with a master's degree
versus those earning a living with only a bachelor's is $15,000
annually. Earning a PhD can bump that figure up another $20k.
Passing the exam is worth it.
Sports Performance ~ Improve Concentration and
As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical
Hypnotherapist, Gordon Leith is uniquely interested in helping
people achieve goals related to sports and physical performance.
Hypnosis is used by golfers, competitive dancers, basketball
players, poker players and individuals from every sporting
background to improve focus and concentration, and to achieve
Fear of Flying ~ Learn to Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Flight
Are you getting ready to fly somewhere for business or pleasure?
Are you putting of the trip because you are terrified of crashing,
or being in a confined space for so long?
You can fly in comfort using the skills of clinical hypnosis to
decrease anxiety, eliminate phobias, and pass the time quickly.
Fear of flying is something you can overcome, and in fact, you
can learn to enjoy flying and open new worlds of travel. You can
visit the relatives, take that new job that requires flying and
experience all that the world has to offer.
Anxiety and Phobias ~ Relax and Enjoy Life
Whether you suffer from Generalized Anxiety or a specific fear or
phobia (heights, water, snakes, insects, claustrophobia,
agoraphobia, elevators, public speaking, flying, clowns, sexual
encounters, test-taking, performance issues, deadlines, storms,
traffic jams, certain dates, etc), hypnosis can help.
Hypnosis Training Can Help You Reduce or Even Eliminate:
The Inability to Function in Stressful Situations
Distressing Physical Symptoms
Paralyzing Mental Images
Embarrassment, Guilt and Shame
We understand how debilitating anxiety and phobias can be, both
emotionally and physically, and we can help you take control of
your life again.
Call us today for details on developing a customized hypnosis
program designed to meet and beat your personal fears.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Overcoming alcohol and drug addiction can be difficult when
going it alone. We encourage participation in community based
12-step or support groups to find fellowship and build a healthy
network of support. We also recognize medically supervised
detoxification may be necessary for some people. We see
hypnosis as a complimentary part of a successful recovery
program. And, more important, we want you to be successful at
overcoming addiction. Hypnosis is commonly used to treat
nicotine dependency - a drug the US surgeon general’s office
has said is as addictive as heroin.
Using the principles of hypnosis to assist in overcoming
addictive behaviors can provide tremendous relief to those with
physical and mental cravings. Hypnosis can teach strategies for
avoiding relapse, can assist you in breaking the automatic
associations you have to social situations, and help you to
overcome addiction quickly and effectively.
We recognize addiction is a serious issue and we offer solutions
to alcohol abuse, marijuana abuse, addiction to prescription
medication, and other drugs of abuse. Call today to find out how
you can start living happy and how hypnosis can be part of a
successful recovery program.
Session I - Focuses on breaking the cycle of addiction and
making desired changes.
Session II - Focuses on managing physical stressors, discomfort
in the early stages of recovery and managing relapse cues.
Session III - Focuses on building a positive lifestyle and meeting
internal needs apart from drugs, alcohol or chemicals of abuse.
(We will also refer clients to medically necessary services and/or
community treatment and support programs when requested or
The challenges of sex addiction also can be difficult when
combating it by oneself. Participation in community based 12-step
or support groups offers one the curative factors not found
exclusively in individual settings. We see hypnosis as a
complimentary part of a successful recovery program.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
Where You Are Now
Sunday, August 15, 2010
A Few Thoughts on the Mind
I'll never forget what a neurologist said in an interview on an episode of the television show
"Nova", that "an inherent characteristic of the brain is its inabilty to understand itself" in spite
of its supreme design (see cross-section of brain and map of functions). That struck me as a
profound statement, not really knowing why, but a statement that has returned to mind on
many, many occasions as I work as a psychotherapist, counselor, therapist, hypnotist, what
have you. The mind/brain processes data looping back and forth from the seemingly infinite
locations in the body, sorting information and transmitting encoded impulses to various
organs, in multidinous processes that somehow work in unison with the others. And it's all
done automatically, as I understand automation. And as the body, with the facilitation of the
processing unit of the brain, seeks homeostasis of its internal events and processes, all is
not well in that, as the neurologist said, "a life-threatening immunological crisis developes
and resolves itself about three times every hour."
I, frankly, am not surprised what with all the complex processes that
would, in comparison, make a major oil refinery look like a game of "Mousetrap!". As in
refineries where things occasionally go wrong and engineering sets out to isolate the
constellation of pertinent variables and devise measures to return the refinery to a safe level
of functioning, so the body experiences variable conditions and events that spin temporarily
out of balance; and all the while the brain automatically registers, sorts, and processes the
multitudinous permutations of hazardous events and inexplicably returns the body back
again to an optimal level of functioning. www.gordonleith.com
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Accomplishing Goals With Hypnosis
Whether through the use of medical hypnosis in the amelioration of acute or chronic pain, or
for the purpose of accomplishing a specific goal in sports, social behaviors (extinguishing
blushing, managing social phobias, conquering fear of speaking in front of groups), health
concerns (smoking or chewing tobacco; drinking alcohol excessively), or confidence and
competence improvement (test-taking; task-performance enhancement) hypnosis can be a
powerful tool in helping one to pull it all together. Depending on the client, I use variations of
the above components--relaxation, rhythmic breathing, and guided imagery--to induce the
hypnotic trance in which suggested scripts are virtually structured by the client. Many people
from many walks of life have come to the San Antonio Hypnosis Center (SAHC) to
accomplish many of the above goals. Fear of driving over these new 'fly-away' overpasses
('ribbons in the sky') brought two people to the SAHC in the same week. The fear was too
much for them, causing them both to pull their car over and change drivers: "Fortunately my
friend was riding with me! I don't know what I would have done!" Crisis situations often bring
people to our office. Sometimes it's not one thing, but the one thing on top of all the others
that results in making a decision to change an aspect of one's lifestyle, whether it was a
doctor telling them they really should lose weight for their health, or seeing the deleterious
effects that smoking had on a close friend or loved one. www.sahypnosis.net 210-590-9292 or
Monday, June 6, 2011
Hypnosis as an Focusing Tool
Hypnosis is an effective means to focus on a task, or set of tasks, through relaxation and
facilitated guided imagery. This is what we help people do at the San Antonio Hypnosis
Center. Initially, I used to help people with concrete tasks such as smoking, weight loss, or
test-taking, among others; however, I have found that a mindset can be altered through
hypnotic suggestions--as long as the subject wants the change to occur. There may be
resistances to those changes, as we all have some sort of mental or attitudinal resistance(s)
to change, but that's what the therapist can help with.
The endless cycle of nicotine craving and the series of temporary pseudo-satisfactions of
that craving viz a viz puffing on a cigarette throughout one's waking hours tells the story of
the addictive smoker. The dysphoria (negative feeling-state) associated with the nicotine
withdrawl can be alleviated only by the replenishment of the nicotine level in one's
bloodstream. Withdrawl is the beast that rages for that nicotine replinishment or, more aptly
put, the nicotine is the beast that craves more nicotine An accurate description of the amount
of nicotine that it would take to kill someone is beyond the scope or technical understanding
of the author (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3880486/ ); but the power it
wields over a person's 1) pscyche, 2) will, and 3) physical sensations is staggering. The
cocaine in Coca Cola was replaced by another ingredient (caffeine?), but nicotine has
maintained its presence in tobacco, and even its quantity has been deliberately controlled by
the tobacco manufacturers, notwithstanding the manipulation of the results of research
about the harmful effects of nicotine. Never has the tobacco industry attempted to replace
nicotine with a more benign, less addictive substance. Whereas the tobacco industry has
profited in the hundreds of billions of dollars from the destructive, habit-forming nicotine in
the substance of their tobacco products, it has done nothing to replace that addictive
ingredient by a more benign substance.
I see the problem with stopping smoking continually over a good period of time is that people
become so uncomfortable without nicotine in their system that they obsess over its
availability. What hypnotism does is re-populate the unconscious part of the brain with
transformed thoughts of a reinforcing nature about the positive gains from its cessation.
Mindful breathing is the trigger that stimulates the resurgence of these newly populated,
positive, reinforcing thoughts of the continuation of allowing only pure, fresh air into the
lungs. All one needs to do is focus one's thoughts several times a day on one's breathing
and appreciate its clean, pure, healthy, life-sustaining quality which will stimulate the
resurgence of newly populated, transformed thoughts generated during the hypnosis
session that are associated with calmness, thereby replacing fear, anxiety, and the physical
discomfort of withdrawl. The relaxed state of hypnosis is not really that unusual a thing; in
fact, it's a very usual thing in that it is experienced innumerable times throughout our day
when we drift in and out of time and space, driving home from work, taking in a movie and
checking out of our everyday world for a couple of hours while we enjoy other people's
worlds, or just feeling the rhythm of our heart while sitting in our car, the windows down,
waiting for the traffic light to change while enjoying the weather, its perfect temperature and
humidity during which our mind ventures into a reflective moment associated with the last
time we experienced such a pleasant day perhaps the past year or a day that we remember
on a holiday as a child. Hypnosis allows a person to venture into that region of the mind
wherein the automatic control processes occur, wherein the regulations of the body's
temperature, respiratory rate, heart rate, and myriad other constellations of neuronally
registered impulses exist. The words of the hypnotist become the programmer's codes
entered upon a clean sector of the hard drive of the mind, or the unconscious if you will. The
words spoken by the hypnotist and encoded in the subjects unconscious during the session
are simply the descriptions given during the assessment at the initial part of the session. The
description of the undesired habit and its modification or replacement becomes the focus of
the session as the primary goal.
Between the conscious and the unconscious is
a bridge of opportunity to meet one's goals.
Monday, April 27, 2015
The mind's potential for change is virtually unlimited. The brain consists of about
eighty-six (86) billion neurons, and the self-directed alterations of these neuronal
combinations opens up unto vast potential of desired outcomes. Altered patterns of
self-directed thoughts during a hypnotic trance affect every other part of the body
through the nervous system, the neuronal extension of the brain, manifesting as the
outward expression of behavioral activity in the fulfillment of the conceived goal. When
the brain is in an ultra-relaxed state, which is the optimal stress-load conducive to
learning and creativity, and in this state its subject visualizes the accomplishment of that
goal, it [the brain] has created the working model, or the architecture, from which to
construct the actualization of that goal-oriented product. During the fixed concentration
on a particular goal in an induced hypnotic state, these neuronal electro-biochemical
transactions of thought thus become re-arranged, transformed, and fixed into steady
patterns encoded in the unconscious but autonomic processes of which we are
unaware yet experiencing in the conscious choices and actions we make. Is it any
wonder that a person can achieve anything s/he wants? Here within us resides the very
organ that conceives, contemplates, and balances the equations of principles and laws
on which the systems of the universe operate, yet is powerless in even beginning to
understand itself. This enigmatic and most powerful processor by which both external
and internal realities are understood is at the same time unable to understand but a
scintilla of its own operational processes, which paradoxically attests to both its
complexity and limitations. It is no wonder that the brain, via the internet, has created a
collective cooperative to manipulate information for the purpose of overcoming its lack
of understanding its own nature. Look at the possibilities, what with genomic
development over the recent years, to wield this collection of information, organize it,
and direct it to problem-solving important health issues. Our task at hand in hypnosis is
to understand that the mind is powerfully capable of challenges that we put it to task, not
how and why it does it, just as we do not need to know why a seed germinates, and
subsequently matures, for us to enjoy its beneficial qualities of shade, comfort, and
Friday, December 13, 2013
Hypnosis Allows one to Cement One's Resolve to Change
Whenever someone wants to accomplish something and struggles to do so, there is
perhaps an emotional barrier between that resolve and the decision to accomplish a
worthwhile goal they have chosen. The decision typically has been made by an individual
to bring about the execution of that task; however, the continuity of behavioral
follow-through may wane. Concentration, the cornerstone of hypnosis, is best achieved
when one is relaxed. The concentrated effort to resolve an issue that one has is
tantamount to hypnosis. The decision to change that issue for the better is magnified in
the hypnosis session and the sustained focus to harness a new set of decision- and
behavior-patterns throughout the day is enhanced. Thus, one is empowered in the
hypnotic process with regard to the goal of changing one's life, which is nothing more
than the composite of thoughts and behaviors one experiences.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Whether through the use of medical hypnosis in the amelioration of acute or chronic pain, or
for the purpose of accomplishing a specific goal activity in sports, social behaviors
(extinguishing blushing, managing social phobias, conquering fear of speaking in front of
groups), health concerns (smoking or chewing tobacco; drinking alcohol excessively), or
confidence and competence improvement (test-taking; task-performance enhancement)
hypnosis can be a powerful tool in helping one to pull it all together. Depending on the
client, I use variations of the above components–relaxation, rhythmic breathing, and guided
imagery–to induce the hypnotic trance in which suggested scripts are virtually written and
structured by the client. Many people from many walks of life have come to the San Antonio
Hypnosis Center (SAHC) to accomplish many of the above goals. Fear of driving over these
new ‘fly-away’ overpasses (‘ribbons in the sky’) brought two people to the SAHC in the
same week. The fear was too much for them, causing them both to pull their car over and
change drivers: “Fortunately my friend was riding with me! I don’t know what I would have
done!” Crisis situations often bring people to our office. Sometimes it’s not one thing, but
the one thing on top of all the others that results in making a decision to change an aspect
of one’s lifestyle, whether it was a doctor telling them they really should lose weight for their
health, or seeing the deleterious effects that smoking had on a close friend or loved one.
Mending a Pig's Elbow, and the Outcomes
and Howcomes of Hypnosis
A very reasonable question people ask prior to a
counseling session is, "How many sessions will it
take [to accomplish my goal of ..., stopping
smoking, having confidence restored, improving
my golf game, decreasing my test anxiety]?" My
response can vary from individual to individual
because, after all, we are all unique; moreover, our
circumstances are all going to be different. But I
would also go so far as to say that because of
those individual differences, any semblance of a
prediction of outcome would be both
unprofessional and unethical. The San Antonio
Hypnosis Center does not subscribe to puffing up
its value of its end product--ie., to effect positive
change of a person's desired goal on an absolute
basis--any more than any other professional,
whether in the health, real estate, or legal industry,
makes blanket promises over the phone about the
value of its services to an individual or entity
without making an appointment to gather
information to assess a situation and make a
professional and ethical comment.
It is only natural to ask, "Can you help me?", to
which our response is, "If we do not feel we can
provide our services with a reasonable
expectation of a positive outcome (doing no harm
at worst and effecting positive change at best in
varying degrees) then we will tell you that and will
not charge you for the time it takes to conduct that
assessment. (And, I'd like to say, because of the
importance of suggesibility as the number one
correlated variable associated with successful
outcomes, 'If you feel we can [...help you], we
"Remember," I tell the inquirer, "we're dealing with
the brain here, and while we know the brain can
respond to hypnosis to effect desired changes in
a person (both mentally and physically) we don't
know how it does it, because built into the nature
of the brain is its inability to understand itself, even
though it is the very organ from which our
understanding of anything else is processed and
understood. So from that paradoxical situation
arises a wait-and-see attitude, after a proper
assessment of some variables that we can identify
and control such as the prospective hypnosis
client's suggestibility, desire, circumstances, past
attempts that have been met with success, to
name a few, and go from there."
One wouldn't call a doctor's office and ask to talk
to the doctor and tell them, "I've got a fever, and I
want it to go away! Can you help me!" Of course
that's an absurd idea, but the analogy is useful. An
assessment is in order.
"But how many times have you helped someone
with _____________, or _______________, or
______________?" That's when we explain that,
although we concentrate on many types of
situations--smoking cessation, weight loss,
confidence building, test-taking anxiety, etc.--that
doesn't necessarily mean we don't have to have
had that specific practice experience. I would not
have had to have worked with a fighter pilot in any
way before helping him restore confidence in his
split-second decision-making while operating a
fighter jet, or, in a similar vein, than the veterinarian
being able to insert screws in the elbow of a pig if
he or she never before had done that specific
procedure on a pig.
Hope this clears up a little the picture of the
howcomes of the outcomes.
of Your Goals
Studies show that group experience is beneficial in maintaining both
physical and mental health. The experience of social connectedness
enhances an individual's ability to cope with physical illness and is
suggested for a wide variety of physical and emotional conditions.
Imagery refers to the images that spontaneously arise from the
subconscious mind to help the mind, the body and the spirit heal.
Imagery may involve using symbols to imagine that the changes you
desire in your body are actually happening. For example, you might
imagine that pain is melting away and dripping like a warm liquid out of
your fingertips. Or you might develop an image of your immune cells
actively subduing and preying on cancer cells or viruses. This is a
highly personalized method and it is most beneficial for each individual
to use images that are uniquely meaningful for him/her.
Keeping a written journal of thoughts, feelings, and ideas helps to
integrate and organize our complicated lives. Several proven benefits
of journal writing include helping to resolve traumas that stand in the
way of important tasks, remembering and healing significant events
and turning points in our lives, capturing creative stories, poems and
ideas, and helping to discover and define values and purpose in our
Meditation is a process by which we go about deepening and focusing
our attention and awareness intentionally and non-judgmentally in the
present moment. Through careful systematic self-observation, we learn
to live our lives with greater satisfaction, wisdom and harmony.
Meditation may provide periods of stability, clarity, inner peace,
balance, and perspective, while reducing pain, anxiety and depression.
|HAPPINESS IS when what you think, what you say,
and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi