James J. Ryan, MSW has provided clinical hypnosis for over 40 years in Rockford. Clinical Hypnosis myths have been replaced by scientific research and psychological experiments that highlights its significant benefit in the world of human change. Hypnosis permits you to focus so you can understand yourself better and bring about strong influence on your health and well-being.

"Hypnosis is amazing. For centuries hypnosis has gone in and out of vogue. Now, in the 21st century, there's finally sufficient scientific evidence, real hard data, that proves its effectiveness." – Roberta Temes, PHD.

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Loss of Control

Examples include quacking like a duck, doing things against your will, etc. Hypnotherapists simply arrange a patient to move into a natural relaxed state of concentration, very similar to daydreaming or becoming involved in a good book. The person is always in control of their own mind.

From Newsweek, 9/27/04, "One of the interesting ironies about hypnosis is that old fantasy that it takes away control", says Dr. Spiegel, Professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and a leading expert on the practice. "It is actually a way of enhancing peoples' control, of teaching them how to control aspects of their body's function and sensation that they thought they couldn't."

Loss of Consciousness

You will remember what is happening while in a trance.

Rick Levy, Ph.D, in his book Miraculous Health,​ states, "Hypnosis does not involve the loss of awareness. In fact, the opposite is true - your awareness is very sharp and you always know what is happening."

Hypnosis is a Trick

No trick - it is powerful treatment.

Researcher Carol Ginandes, Ph.D from Harvard Medical School found that hypnosis accelerated healing of bone fractures and surgical wounds.

Hypnosis Therapy is Only for Certain People

Dr. Rick Levy states, "Everyone can be hypnotized and benefit from the power of hypnosis."

You May Not Come Out of a Trance

Daniel G. Amen, MD and clinical neuroscientist states in his book The Amen Solution, "No - everyone comes out of a trance. Hypnosis is a natural state that many of us experience in everyday life."

Hypnosis is Like Being Asleep

"No," reports Daniel G. Amen, MD and clinical neuroscientist. He states, "Hypnosis promotes deep relaxation and an altered state of perception, but it does not put you to sleep."


"Rockford Register Star reporter Patty Scully lost 72 pounds after consulting therapist James Ryan, MSW. Ryan taught her a variety of techniques to manage chronic pain. None of the techniques were intended to help her lose weight, but the ability to manage the pain and accompanying depression resulted in the weight loss."

- Rockford Register Star, IL

"It's a miracle that the dizziness is gone," stated Jason Mumma. He had chronic dizziness that greatly interfered with his life for ten years after he lost the sight in one eye. He was advised that there was no medical treatment for his problem. "I had one hypnosis session with Mr. Ryan, and incredibly the dizziness disappeared and has not returned."

- WREX TV, Rockford IL

Forty years after serving as a marine in Vietnam, John Lombardo still had severe PTSD symptoms such as flashbacks, poor sleep, and other war-related issues. "Jim used a technique called EMDR to treat my symptoms. I no longer wake up at night scared and with a cold sweat, and the flashbacks no longer are a problem in waking hours. I strongly recommend Mr. Ryan."

- John Lombardo, Rockford IL

Reporter Georgette Braun stated in the Rockford Register Star that after a hypnosis session with Jim Ryan, "I could hold a guinea pig in my hands without freaking out," She was phobic with it before the treatment. She reported a more positive effect with hypnosis, "I haven't eaten candy, cookies, cake, donuts or other sweets that for years had been part of my daily diet."

- Rockford Register Star, IL

"I sincerely thank you for the hypnotherapy that helped me lose weight and adapt well to my CPAP [sleep therapy machine]. The hypnosis also greatly helped me to prepare for and have a good outcome for a medical procedure."

- Glen D. Miller, CPA, Rockford IL

Mr. Ryan's profession only permits testimonials that have been placed in the public domain.