Welcome to my website
My name is Michael Conrad. I'm a retired psychologist and a medical hypnotist with additional studies in various avenues of neuroscience and physiology and can therefore counsel you on a variety of issues using therapeutic counseling or hypnotherapy or both.
It's not always about money. If I met you while shopping in Bakersfield and gave you my card, then ignore my prices. Just contact me if you need help.
Please note that words highlighted in blue on my website are links that take you to medical websites to learn more about them.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, is the #1 chosen therapeutic counseling among most therapists and works only with the conscious mind. The conscious mind gives you a choice of choosing to change or to remain the same. Hypnosis, on the other hand, works only with the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind readily accepts change and rarely objects.
I use a combination of both, CBT and Hypnosis, in order for both the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, first to understand what changes are necessary (CBT) and then to readily accept those changes in the shortest amount of time (Hypnosis).
If you have serious medical issues that required doctor or hospital visits, then I recommend you go to a psychiatrist or a psychologist who might also use hypnosis within their sessions for quicker results and avoid the common stage and street hypnotists who have no medical training who make outrageous claims that hypnosis alone is the answer. It isn't.
Serious medical issues that require doctor or hospital visits are PTSD, childhood trauma, ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar and pain and drug medication dependency (opioids), to name a few, and should only be handled by someone with training in psychiatry or psychology who might also use hypnosis in their sessions.
Non-serious issues are minor issues that don't require hospital or doctor visits such as eliminating habits like nail biting, biting the inside of your cheeks, cracking your knuckles, fear of heights, flying, spiders, the dentist and so on. Plus stop smoking, make healthier food choices, gain a lot more energy, self confidence and motivation and even perform better at sports and on the job. To be honest, any non medical amateur hypnotist can probably help you with most if not all of the minor issues expressed in this particular paragraph.
Therapeutic Counseling, hypnosis, or both are available in person as well as virtually worldwide through Google Duo which is an app you should already have on your phone. Or you may choose whichever virtual app you feel comfortable with.
What hypnosis is not. Thanks to the movie industry, most people believe hypnosis means mind control, is against their religion and is used only on the weak minded. Actually, that's not hypnosis at all; that's brain washing which is when a cult or abusive spouse forces one to abandon the way they think, feel, say and do things and to now believe and act only the way their controller believes and wants them to act and is only accomplished through deprivation and abuse. The exact opposite of how hypnosis works.
What hypnosis is. Hypnosis is simply the ability to relax to the point of feeling sleepy. It's taking a warm bath or lying in bed and letting go of all the thoughts and stresses of the day which causes you to completely relax and eventually drift off to sleep. In other words, the ritual that you put yourself through every night in order to go to sleep was named hypnosis, named after the Greek god Hypnos, the god of sleep.
Oddly enough, the more relaxed and sleepy you become, the more open-minded you become and more willing to accept and possibly follow helpful suggestions, but only 1) if they're coming from someone you trust, 2) are non-intimidating and 3) if you were leaning in the direction of those particular suggestions in the first place. This is why a trusted therapist's words are more effective once you're relaxed and are willing to follow their non-intimidating suggestions.
Although hypnosis, the ability to relax to the point of feeling sleepy, and your willingness to follow suggestions from someone you trust, are two completely independent processes, most people nowadays consider the combination of the two as hypnosis. And that's fine because both processes do work better when they work together, as I've explained above.