November 2, 2008
Carson-Tahoe Hypnosis Center
625 Fairview Drive, Suite 122
Name: Phil McKinnon
Position: Owner and therapist
The business: He uses hypnosis to help people stop smoking, cure headaches, address depression and deal with other illnesses and disorders.
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How he started: McKinnon said he has always been interested in “how people tick” and eventually read a book on the subconscious, which lead him to enroll in the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, an accredited college.
What hypnosis is: It is a tool that allows people to pass into their subconscious and change lifestyle patterns quickly, he said.
What a session is like: He said he explains to the patient what hypnosis is, puts the person into a relaxed state by having them concentrate on something and helps them fall into a kind of sleep where their mind is susceptible and ready to look into its subconscious.
What a session is not: McKinnon said it’s nothing like the hypnosis that happens at stage shows. “My purpose is not to make a jackass of people, but to help them,” he said.