Panic Attacks

With the holiday season approaching, many people will be more out of balance than usual. Fears may undermine an individual’s psyche without any rational reason behind it. And unresolved fears may actually lead a person to become so anxious and bent out of shape that it renders them sick, stuck in their path, and unable to live life in a normal fashion – relaxed and thoughtful.

Our eStore offers MP3s and CDs to assist in taking charge of your life, and of course individual therapy, hypnotherapy are all wonderful modalities in making the change for good.

Marianne Zaugg – 626-539-4063



Many times I see a client who simple cannot move forward and frequently, they disguise their lack of success quiet artistically. With that said, making the appointment to address the cause or causes is already a step forward to making a change.

Procrastination and motivation go hand in hand.

Defining the cause for their “procrastination” is of course key to creating change. Through NLP, hypnosis techniques and clearly defined growth strategies allow for the client to perceive their surroundings in a brand new light and thus, a new behavior is adopted.

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The lack of motivation to do, build, be successful, make more money and so on, can cause an even bigger stupor in ones life.
With that said, making the appointment to address the culprit is already a step forward to making a change. Procrastination goes hand in hand with motivation. Defining the cause or causes for “procrastinating” and creating enormous stress and anxiety is key to the healing process.
Various modality techniques are discussed and a treatment plan is chosen to change and adopt a new behavior.
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At times sleeping throughout the night might be a taunting task. The chatter of the mind does not stop… or it may keep awake in the middle of the night and does not let you go back to a restful sleep. Hypnotherapy can help in retraining and reconditioning the brain to enact a new behavior that lets you fall back into deep sleep.

Hypnosis is highly effective modality and most of my clients see me two or three times and they will have their sleep pattern restored again.

Call Marianne Zaugg to schedule your appointment at 626-539-4063

Personal Growth for change

Well being of mind and body is key to living healthier and happier lives.

Through assessing diligently what you no longer need, and then deciding to take actions to letting go of negative behaviors is key for visible change in your life. Whether sleep is an issue, or being anxious and feeling overwhelmed, out of shape….

Any of these symptoms do not have to be present in your life and definitely not at all times.

You decide to feel happy!

For a consult call Marianne Zaugg at 626-539-4063

Lose Weight With Hypnosis

How many times have you lost the same 20, 30 or 50 pounds over the past decade? Most likely you have been dieting for years. And today we know diets don’t work! Eventually you resume your old self and continue to white-knuckle your cravings, while depriving yourself of good food. And the truth is: It is not about food and it is not about weight.

Using techniques of hypnosis I address your unconscious behavior of overeating and discover all the reasons that keep you from losing weight.

Hypnosis is essential in making fundamental changes with lasting results
reinforces new eating habits and supports positive changes that balance body and mind
helps you achieve your long-term goal(s) of losing weight
changes your relationship with food, creating healthy long-term eating patterns

Call me today to discover how I can help you lose weight with hypnosis!
Marianne Zaugg

Beliefs and Foods

During your sessions, we will assess your messages that you are sending to your brain, and reprogram your communication skills to help you change your habits. Overeating is an unconscious habit and guided imagery is a vital step to shifting your perceptions of past beliefs.

Let’s take the example of a comfort eater who experienced a traumatic event years ago. This may have created a belief that said, “the world is unsafe; food comforts me”. With guided imagery we will change the personal belief and reframe the experience of the traumatic event. Consequently, food will no longer exercise control over your emotions and eating patterns when conflict arises, instead you will be in charge.

Learning to be conscious of your eating behavior and being mindful when you are eating will help you lose weight the pounds you no longer need.

Call me today to discover how I can help you lose weight with hypnosis!
Dr. Marianne Zaugg

Overeating? Discover your triggers!

Triggers to overeat will continue to nudge you until you uncover the root causes to your overeating. Here are a few ways to begin your path to discover your triggers:

Record all the foods that you are eating throughout the day.
Journal your emotions, and all the places, whenever you overeat.
Be honest with yourself.

To journal your food intake will help you understand how much food you are eating. Recording your emotions when you eat will give you insights to the feelings that surface when you are reaching for food to “calm down”.

After a while of writing and recording, you will find clues in your journal to when and where the triggers to overeat happen. Some of you may notice that the root causes stem from a much deeper place, and overeating happens every time the same stressful situation arises.

Identifying root causes and safely bringing them into consciousness is your most important step to losing weight.

Call me today to start your weight loss program

Dr. Marianne Zaugg

Medical Hypnosis – the new medicine

The following article published in the Wall Street Journal, 4/9/2012, can help you understand how hypnosis and its benefits. Enjoy the read and be well. Marianne

Medical Hypnosis: You Are Getting Very Healthy

On the mornings she undergoes chemotherapy, Jeanne Safer hypnotizes herself en route in the taxi.
She starts by closing her eyes, then rolling them up to the top of her head and down, all the while breathing deeply. “As I’m doing that, I’m saying to myself, ‘This is a procedure that will save my life. I’m not going to fight it. I’m going to make it as easy on my body as possible,’ ” she says.
Dr. Safer, a New York psychologist who has a rare but curable form of leukemia, started out as a skeptic, but found that hypnosis helped put her at ease before biopsies, MRIs and several surgeries. She now uses it with some of her patients as well. “It’s an excellent self-management technique,” she says. “It gives me a feeling of mastery, a sense that I am participating in my own care rather than just being passive.”Hypnosis has been the subject of fascination, intrigue and ridicule for centuries. Now, researchers are getting closer to understanding why and how it can work. The mechanism may be similar to the placebo effect—in which patients’ expectations play a major role in how they feel. Hypnosis, in turn, can help patients adjust those expectations to minimize pain, fear and disability.

The image of a stage hypnotist swinging a stopwatch and commanding a volunteer to squawk like a chicken has led to misunderstandings, experts say. Real hypnosis for therapeutic purposes gives subjects more control over their minds and bodies, not less.
“We can teach people how to manage pain and anxiety, ” says David Spiegel, a psychiatrist and director of the Center for Health and Stress at Stanford University who has studied hypnosis for 40 years. “There’s been this mistake in medicine that if you have a certain amount of tissue damage, you should feel this amount of pain. But many things can alter how much pain you feel.”
Indeed, scientific evidence is mounting that hypnosis can be effective in a variety of medical situations, from easing migraine headaches to lowering blood pressure, controlling asthma attacks, minimizing hot flashes and diminishing side effects from chemotherapy.
Last week, two studies from Sweden found that one hour a week of hypnotherapy for 12 weeks eased symptoms of irritable-bowel syndrome in 40% of patients (compared with 12% in a control group) and that the positive effects can last as long as seven years.
Such scientific findings still catch skeptics by surprise—in part because many claims haven’t been carefully studied. “Hypnosis is like a good kid with a bad reputation. Everybody is interested, but in the back of their minds, they’re thinking of Bela Lugosi,” says Guy Montgomery, director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York who has led many of the studies. “It’s not mind control. We can’t make somebody rob a bank,” he says.
Hypnotherapy does typically begin with the therapist instructing patients to relax deeply—often with long, slow breaths—then focus their attention intently. Some versions have patients imagine being on a beach or in another pleasant setting and enjoying all the sights, sounds and sensations. Once patients are relaxed and focused, practitioners give them soothing messages and suggestions, such as, “You have no urge to smoke” or “There is nothing to fear.” Theoretically, those thoughts remain even after the patient is focusing on the real world again.
However it works, a hypnotic suggestion in the mind can have measurable effects in the body. One Stanford study asked subjects to imagine that they were eating, and their secretions of gastric acid increased by 70%. In a study from Harvard Medical School published in the Lancet in 2000, patients who had 15 minutes of hypnosis before surgery not only needed less pain medication afterward, but also took less time in surgery, saving an average of $331 each.
“There is a strong link to physiology—and it’s getting stronger, the more research is being done,” says Tanya Edwards, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. She says about half of the center’s patients are referred by other Cleveland Clinic physicians, particularly gastroenterologists, oncologists and primary-care physicians looking for ways to help reduce patients’ pain.
Brain-imaging studies have shown that while parts of the brain that register painful sensations are still active, the anterior cingulate cortex, which reflects attention, is less engaged. That observed brain effect is greater in the 10% to 15% people who are “highly suggestible” to hypnosis. About 30% of people are resistant—particularly those who are deeply skeptical.

Whether patients are actually in a “trance” is a matter of debate. Dr. Montgomery says the notion is upsetting to some people, and he finds that being relaxed and at ease is sufficient to benefit.
Dr. Spiegel counters that “you get more bang for your buck if you’re in a trance,” which he describes as being completely absorbed—like being engrossed in a great book or movie. But he notes that people can enter and exit that state at will.
Experts say there are few harmful side effects to hypnosis, although some hypnotists who claim to help clients “recover” lost memories have been charged with implanting false ones, which can be highly destructive to real relationships.
Finding a hypnotherapy practitioner can be confusing. There are no state regulations for lay practitioners, and the term “certified hypnotherapist” has little meaning, since some groups that issue certificates have very lax standards. (Psychologist Steve E. Eichel caused a stir in 2002 by obtaining hypnotherapist credentials for his cat, Dr. Zoe D. Katze, from several associations.)
Seeking help from a medical or mental-health professional who has a state license in that field and offers hypnosis along with other services is a safer choice, many experts say. Any medical or psychological issues should be fully evaluated before a patient tries hypnosis.
Experts also urge patients to be wary of exaggerated claims that hypnosis can “cure” alcoholism or depression or medical problems, “or that promise to uncover your long-repressed alien abduction,” says Dr. Montgomery. He also notes that some of the thousands of iPhone apps that offer self-hypnosis are downright goofy, with disclaimers such as “if you turn someone into a monkey and can’t turn them back, don’t blame us.’ At least they have a sense of humor about it,” he says.
—Email OR Write to Melinda Beck