Marian Spurgeon, Hypnotist

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What is Hypnosis, Anyway?

some thoughts on the ineffable

Hypnosis occupies an interesting space

in society, one that I've been honored to talk about at colleges and universities. It has connotations of entertainment, faith healing, and CIA mind control experiments, and yet there is clinical research to validate its use for a wide variety of applications including but not limited to pain control, anxiety, smoking cessation, IBS, and PTSD. I never get tired of talking about hypnosis, because it resists definition even as we try to define it and study it for the purposes of negotiating reality in an ethical, informed-consent kind of way. 

How does hypnosis work?

Is it science? (Well yes, it's scientifically validated for many things, and there's surely a perfectly scientific explanation to be found for whatever we don't yet understand.) Is it woo? (Sometimes, depending!) Is it a placebo? (Partly, but not entirely.) If our imagination can have very real effects on our health, what does real even mean? (Good question!) Do I need to believe in hypnosis for it to work? (No.) 

And what is hypnosis anyway?

Is it defined by hypnotic phenomena, like watering eyes, or slowing of response, memory effects, time distortion, or catalepsy? 

Although these are aspects of hypnotic experience, I don't use them to define hypnosis, because to me hypnosis is not a binary state (either you are or you aren't), but rather a vehicle for navigating states of mind. Hypnotic trance isn't what causes change, it is what creates an environment of resourceful receptivity that facilitates change. That's an important distinction.  If trance itself were a panacea, social media scrolling would heal the world. 

So, what is the subconscious?

The subconscious, or the creative, metaphorical, non-linear, hyper-literal, story-loving, intuitive part of ourselves is always listening, no trance required. But as we mature from kids to adults, we learn to experience the world through filters. This is really useful, because it allows us to have more agency around how we experience our identity, and how we are influenced by others.  (And incidentally this is why I rarely feel the need to use formal inductions with kids -- they're in the magical space 24/7.) 

Is hypnosis magic? 

If we define magic as our everyday, innate, ordinary and also completely extraordinary ability to shape our personal and interpersonal reality by the way that we direct our attention than yes, hypnosis is magic. Notice how that simple shift in perspective opens up possibilities that you hadn't even begun to consider yet. 

If you're asking about it, I've probably worked with it

Release Anxiety

Quit Tobacco

Lose Weight

Heal the Gut

Stop Procrastinating

Clear Fears and Phobias

Become Confident

Get Unstuck

Fears be gone!

I've helped people get rid of so many fears, including but not limited to:
Emetophobia (fear of vomiting)
Fear of failure
Fear of eating/choking
Fear of being touched
Fear of CPAP Machine 
Needle Phobia
Fear of bridges
Fear of driving
Fear of bugs
Fear of dying
Fear of snakes
Fear of flying
Fear of success
Fear of speaking
Fear of fear


People say nice things.


I recommend Marian to everyone I believe is ready to do some searching within themself. Someone like me with PTSD, high daily anxiety and depression I was skeptical it would help. I was nervous to go the 1st time. She made me feel safe and comfortable. I was able to access feelings I had suppressed without the emotional reaction. I felt the weight lift. No it's not a magic bullet. I still have anxiety, I still struggle but I have a new hunger for life. A drive to overcome and a calmness I can access at any time. She's a gem and has helped me tremendously. 


I just wanted to say thanks for our sessions a while back. I feel like since then I'm way more capable of handling stressful situations.


The ability for Marian to take my anxiety issues away and make me feel so much better, are unbelievable. I recommend her services for anything. Call her and talk to her before you discount her abilities. She is a true healer!

I also have a small do-not-do list

 Some of these are personal preference and some of these are scope of practice. 

Oh, by the way...

I'm a Certified Instructor through the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists, and I abide by its code of ethics. 
I don't find lost items
I don't do any kind of forensic hypnosis (100% of my work with memory is oriented to finding peace, not arbitrating truth)
I don't work with couples (but I do know some good LMFTs)
I won't fix your spouse (but if your spouse wants to be fixed they can call me)
In general, I shy away from requests that don't have a clear goal or outcome. 
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