Goodbye to Interview Jitters — Resilient with Hypnosis

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Personal change & success with Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Have you ever been nervous? Sometimes it makes good sense and is appropriate, in that it keeps you safe!  Keeps you from walking alone in dark alley ways, driving fast on icy roads, or petting the hungry bear coming up to your campsite.

Sometimes fear is useful. Sometimes not!  Most times, not!

Most times, fear and nervous and anxious are a lug wrench messing with life success. Inappropriate, and not useful.  Katherine H. of Seattle, WA was experiencing anxiety and dread.  We prepped her for job interviewing.  Dread won’t land a job, in particular!  An interview is a time to shine and be confident and communicate effectively.  After Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy, she did just that.

Here’s her report:

“Hi Connie, I’m doing quite well.  I’m feeling like my old self again, which is terrific! I interviewed for a job today in Bellevue! What I have noticed is that I don’t have those dread feelings anymore…Today as I was waiting for the interview, my brain said happy! It felt soothing. 🙂 It’s really nice not to be bothered with the roller coaster ride and I find that I am more resilient overall.” — Katherine H., Seattle, WA.

Terrific, is right!

How long did it take to achieve this turnaround, this transformation?  From fear and dread to happy, soothing resiliency?  Quicker than you think.  A few hours, a few sessions.  Not years of laborious therapies that like to talk about problems.  We don’t analyze problems, we do the work to END the problems.  If other therapies had the tools to do so, they would.  They don’t.  Here’s what works:  pure NLP done right combined with creative (not canned or generic) hypnosis.  I love what I do, because it is creative.

Some Seattle area hypnotists will read a generic script at you in a 45 minute hypnosis session, and call it good to go.  In my book, not good enough.  Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP offers something very, very different.  A creative flow of words, ideas and communications designed for your mind and life, that lasts 1.5 to 2 hours.  Interactive! Fun!  Fascinating!  And it works.  NLP is a “high tech” hypnosis, and very few are skilled in it, which is unfortunate.  Done right, it’s amazing.

The proof is in the pudding.  We’ve updated the website today, with more client success testimonials, in addition to Katherine’s. We’ve shared over 250 client reports and comments of their successful life changes at this point.  If you’ve got a few hours to spare, they’re great reading and thoroughly inspirational!

You didn’t know change was so easy, did you?  Find out for yourself, any time!  Call me at 425-564-8608 for a free consultation and learn more about what I do and how I can help.

Connie Brannan, Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm), Seattle's best hypnotherapistAll the Best,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Clinical Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming®
Originator of Designer Feelings®
Originator of Designer Beliefs®
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Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist
Managing Partner, Mindworks Hypnosis



Hypnosis for New Year’s Resolutions

Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP for your New Year's Resolutions

It’s time for hypnosis!

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

In addition to our hypnotherapy and NLP clinical work in the Seattle area, we also teach through our private career school.  And we’ve had some fabulous students over the years. Here is a post for “The Hypnotizer” by a guest blogger, my student, Alexa Ritter.  Alexa is an amazing hypnotist and Licensed Master Practitioner of NLP®

Enjoy Alexa’s words of wisdom!  All the Best, Connie

Hypnosis for New Year’s Resolutions by Alexa Ritter

How many times have you made a New Year’s Resolution?  Maybe 25? 35? 45? 50? 70? And how many times did you stick to your resolution for the entire year? That number, if you are anything like the rest of us, is probably a lot lower.

This is because change can be difficult if one tries to do it through will-power alone.  The main reason why anyone is celebrated or praised for adhering to a New Year’s resolution is because they are fighting an uphill battle and “surviving”.

As Albert Einstein once proclaimed, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply decide to make a change in your life, and then sit back and relax as your wish becomes your mind’s command?

With hypnosis, you don’t even have to try to achieve your goals! The struggle fades away, and the battle is won instantly.  You can say “goodbye” to that miserable year-long process of attempting to create change, and say “hello” to becoming the boss of your own life!

If your boss told you to do something, you would do it without hesitation. Just like your boss is in charge of you at work, your unconscious mind is in charge of how your life works.

However, your unconscious mind isn’t just some old boss – it is you—the manifestation and accumulation of all that you can be, and all the power you have. It is limitless, expansive, creative, and omnipotent, regardless of any preconceived notion of what you can and cannot do.

The reason why you may have struggled to create change in the past is because your conscious, analytical mind stopped you. It came up with all sorts of excuses, limiting beliefs, bad ideas, and temptations. The funny thing is, that whatever change you wanted to make, was more than likely a conscious idea. And by eventually limiting and contradicting itself, your conscious mind really was unresourceful.

Unlike the conscious mind, the unconscious mind is extremely resourceful.  It knows exactly how to make all the changes necessary in order for you to have what you desire. Permanently and easily!

During hypnosis, your unconscious mind is given suggestions, or instructions on what needs to be done. It then finds a healthful and appropriate way to take you there, and demands compliance from your conscious mind. Your conscious mind stops creating the problem, and fully accepts the effective course of action formulated by your unconscious.

So why not make this year different? Why not utilize your unconscious mind to make changes instantly, easily, and permanently?

Not only will you receive praise from your friends and family for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions, you will do it almost effortlessly, and your lasting success will become an inspiration to them. They will want to know your secret!

And hypnosis is the answer!

Seattle Client Success: Hypnosis Ends Performance Anxiety

Mindworks Hypnosis for Performance Anxiety

She’s making beautiful music, after Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Here’s another success story!  I love working with musicians, artists, and creative people of all kinds.  Recently, a Seattle professional musician became my client.  She came to me suffering with PERFORMANCE ANXIETY around her music–something she’d been fighting for years!  She had fear manifestations such as shaking hands, impaired breathing, racing heart, and a profound nervousness about “being judged” and a belief called “I’m not good enough.”

Since we’ve inserted confidence and calm in place of her fear, the truth is now revealed: she’s actually a fabulous musician and performer.  She’s better than good enough.

Here’s her report to me after Neuro-Linguistic Programming -NLP and hypnotherapy:

“Hi Connie, I am doing good… It’s nice I don’t get shaky hands anymore in performances since we met.  I’m in a much better place mentally to grow as a performer now!” — “Anonymous,” musician, Seattle, WA.

That’s right!  She’s somebody in the public eye, and she wants to keep our work to herself, hence “anonymous.”  And yet she’s allowing me to share her success.  I actually also got an email from a friend of hers remarking on the amazing changes SHE noticed.

“My friend saw you recently for performing anxiety. You should have heard her perform yesterday. . . . . BEAUTIFUL!! She says she feels completely different.”

If you get those performance jitters, whether it’s exams in school, or public speaking, or musical performance, sports performance, or anything, know this:  it can be different for you very quickly.  When you have the right tools, change is easy.  Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy is “the right stuff.”

Call me anytime to learn more. for more info and my contact information.  My hypnotherapy office is in Bellevue, WA.

All the Best,

Activating Weight Loss Tips with Hypnosis

Mindworks Hypnosis for your healthy eating strategy.

Mindworks Hypnosis for your healthy eating strategy.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I’d like to share this great healthy eating article I found on the internet.  It’s a set of weight loss tips.  Now, it’s my belief that people in the “weight loss struggle” really DO know how to lose weight. They know the formula:  eat less, choose healthy, and be more active. They just don’t activate them.

That’s where hypnosis comes in.  Hypnosis turns ideas into action.

Here is a link to the article.  These tips are good advice for weight loss.  However, rarely is advice alone enough to make it happen.  You need the mindset of success.  You need the focus, and drive, the determination and motivation.  You need the “go for it.”  You need the tenacity.  “Stay with it.”  Re-shaping your body can be a lengthy process, and you need to be in it to win it for the long haul.  That’s where hypnosis shines.  You need the “no way” automated response attached to unhealthy foods and overeating.  That’s where hypnosis is magic.  You need the “I’m making time for me” directed choice to become more active physically.  That’s where hypnosis helps.

Hypnosis does help!

Having a plan (advice and tips and understanding food choices and nutrition), that’s all well and good.  Making those choices reality on an ongoing daily basis, that’s a REAL plan for success.  Call me and we’ll talk about the power of your mind to do just that.

Warm Regards,

Mindworks Hypnosis Receives 2014 Best of Bellevue Award

Recognition of success!

Recognition of success!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

For the fourth consecutive year, Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP is being honored by the US Commerce Association.  We are pleased to announce that we have won “Best of Bellevue 2014,” in the category of “Weight Loss & Control Programs.”

Here is a photo of our award, which will soon be on display in our Bellevue hypnosis clinic next to our similar awards for 2011, 2012, and 2013.


Mindworks Hypnosis Receives 2014 Best of Bellevue Award

BELLEVUE May 1, 2014 — For the 4th consecutive year, Mindworks Hypnosis of Bellevue, WA, has been selected for the 2014 “Best of Bellevue” Award in the Weight Loss & Control Programs category by the  U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

Each year, the USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These are companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.  These are companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate long-term value.  Mindworks Hypnosis is so recognized.

Co-owner of Mindworks Hypnosis, Connie Brannan, CHt, & Licensed Trainer of NLP says: “Hypnotherapy is an art form, and we appreciate your honoring our art.  We love what we do! Michael and I have been helping improve lives for 8 years now with our unique blend of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and formal clinical hypnosis. We help in the realm of weight loss and beyond, with all manner of positive changes from smoking cessation to stress release to sports enhancement.”

SOURCE: Mindworks Hypnosis
CONTACT:  Connie Brannan, CHt. Mindworks Hypnosis

“Give life to the things that make you happy!”

Here’s my Tuesday musing, atop a swathe of color from a photo I took at the Tulip Festival last spring.  🙂  This was my summary advice to a friend on how to deal with negative people’s influence:

Give life to happyI also gave her explicit instructions on how to accomplish said directive.  In essence, that’s what hypnosis does, help you make useful distinctions in your mind.  What’s valuable, and what’s true.

Happy Tuesday!

Warm Regards,

PS: This pic makes me eager for Spring. Darn groundhog, promising us more winter. 🙂

Want Versus Need

MotivationHi, Hypno-Friends!

I woke up this morning thinking about motivation.   Have you ever said to yourself:  “I WANT to do this!”?  Did that alone move you to do it?  For the people that come into my Bellevue hypnotherapy office for help in such things as losing weight or quitting smoking, the answer is typically “no.”  They want to.  They haven’t.  (Yet.)

Have you ever said to yourself:  “I NEED to do this!”?  Did that move you more or less to actually accomplish it?

Want vs. need.  Those two words create different feelings inside us, that are often in conflict.  Here is a classic example I hear from my weight loss clients:  I want to sit on the couch, watch TV and eat donuts, however I need to go to the gym and get on the elliptical machine.

Want is desire, an attraction, a pull.  I want that new car.  Need is necessity, and can be a push away from something we don’t want.  I need to do the dishes, or I won’t have any clean ones to eat off of.  Either one alone, want or need, might move us to action.  Or not.

Here’s my insight!  What if we combine these motivations?

How much more likely are you to DO the thing you both want to do and need to do?  What if you wanted to go to the gym as well as needed to?   Would you be sitting on the couch with donuts?  No way, Jose!

A combo of want and need generates massive power for forward action!  You’re moving away from what you don’t want and don’t need and towards what you do want and do need at the same time.  This is something I help people create in themselves through hypnosis and NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming.  I have found it to be very, very useful for helping clients achieve their goals.

The meaning and utility of words is my business.  And because one of my personal goals (NEED and WANT) is to become the best at what I do, I spend every waking minute, including this Sunday morning, musing on the power of words.  If you need or want some changes in your life and they aren’t happening, give us a call.  We’ll get you moving in the right direction.

Warm Regards,


It’s a Weighty Issue – Food Choice

Remove food temptations with hypnosis.

Goodbye, Willpower. And that's a good thing for weight loss.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

The holidays are looming, and all those over-indulgence opportunities: holiday sweets and treats in the office, family parties, Turkey Day where the turkey isn’t the only thing getting “stuffed,” and so on are looming as well.

During the months of November and December, it’s easy to get wild and shelve healthy eating. It doesn’t have to be that way. At this very appropriate time, I’m offering a series of essays on weight management. Here’s number one!

It’s a Weighty Issue – Part I: Food Choice

It seems that a large percentage of the population is thinking about their weight at any given moment, reading about this new diet, that new food plan, purchasing diet products, and/or in the midst of dieting. Our weight truly is a national obsession.

So, why do diets and food plans fail so miserably to help people achieve a healthy weight and stay there? A “diet” is a conscious (thinking) endeavor. It involves analysis, logic, and willpower. That can’t cut it long term.

There’s more power in the mind beyond thinking.

Unconscious Drivers

We THINK we know why we do what we do. And we’d be wrong. Weight management and issues therein are a complex web beyond conscious choices. They involve unconscious patterns of behaviors, and embedded beliefs about ourselves and the world that can limit us. These unconscious drivers are just that, unconscious, beyond our awareness. They get embedded in us and like a program installed on a computer they run and run and run.

What is the benefit of hypnotherapy for weight loss? We can actually get in there and address and change these patterns of unconscious behaviors and limiting beliefs. Update the programs running in us. Change how we feel and what we do. These changes lead to long-term sustained weight loss success and weight management.

Weight loss is a weighty issue. Yes, it is. There’s a lot involved. In my office working with clients we address a variety of changes that may be useful. I’m planning a series of essays which I intend to share here on my blog, dealing with the issues hypnosis helps with, such as food choice, portion control, emotional eating, motivation to exercise, self image, negative self talk, limiting beliefs, time management and priorities, and more aspects of the weight management puzzle.

The number one change needed on everybody’s list is food choice — is there a predilection toward sugars and sweets? And/or too many carbs such as pasta, pizza, and potatoes? Not enough vegies? Drinking enough water? I’ve heard it all, uncontrollable attraction to unhealthy choices, such as cookies, chocolate, candy, cake, donuts, sugary sodas, French fries, chips, etc. And the gamut of ho-hum all the way to aversion responses to healthy choices.

Why Willpower Sucks

What is willpower? It activates during the “I want it” vs. “No, I’m not going to have it.” struggle. We’re torn between two competing desires. Willpower is the conscious mind taking control and activating a conscious decision. Usually, it’s the “no.” Willpower is weak. Willpower is difficult to maintain long term (yo-yo dieting proves this).

With skilled hypnosis, we erase the need for willpower altogether. Let me say that again. We get rid of any need for willpower. Willpower is forced to the surface when there’s a struggle. What if there were no struggle? What if your brain just said “no” automatically? There’d be no use for willpower and it wouldn’t even come into play. You’d just be doing something different because it feels right.

For example: I have no interest or desire to jump out of an airplane for sport. NONE. In fact, it’s not going to happen. It’s on my “no way” list. Do I obsess about jumping out of an airplane? Of course not. It never enters my mind. Do I struggle to force myself not to jump? Of course not. Do I jump? No. It’s not what I do. What if eating unhealthy became a “no” rather than a struggle? That’s what skilled hypnotherapy achieves. Will power goes back on the shelf. Don’t need it!

Beyond the Willpower Struggle

Here are some of my client results/comments regarding activation of this change:

“Hi Connie, Just had to send along this spread of the party I was at last night. All of the things I find the hardest to resist! Meats, cheeses, bread, crackers, nuts. It was so nothing to me! I didn’t have ONE THING! And the best part was I didn’t WANT one thing!

It’s just so amazing to me. I am sure it’s “another day at the office” for you but, for me…oh my goodness it was so awesome to not obsess over having it or not…wow. Thank you!!!”  – Lori H., Mercer Island, WA

Is her willpower in play? No. The craving for these particular food choices is gone.

“I’ve lost 40# in 4 months… My sweet tooth and chip obsession disappeared overnight. My self esteem skyrocketed. It’s been months since I’ve seen you and yet I’m still right on track with my goals.”  E. – Seattle. Is her willpower in play? No.

“I don’t crave ice cream at all now! Or chocolate. I am in shock!!!” — Saliha B., Issaquah, WA. Is her willpower in play? No.

I hope you get the picture here. These people are not “dieting” to avoid sweets and “temptations” and they’re not struggling, they’re just automatically choosing different in ways that serve their weight management success. That’s what skilled hypnosis can do. Hypnosis creates the positive changes that move people by addressing and changing the unconscious patterns. No diet can do that.

Keep reading here for continuing essays on the various aspects of the Weighty Issue of weight loss and weight management, and the successes to be had through Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy.

Warm Regards,

There’s Easier Ways to Self Esteem

Change how you feel and the looks come next.

Change how you feel and the looks come next.

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

I just came across a ridiculous news story on the internet.  A woman with a history of eating disorders and lack of confidence and self esteem decided not to look at herself in the mirror for a year.  As in, NEVER.  Not to put on makeup, not to brush her teeth, not to adjust her skirt.

She avoided seeing her image in the rear view mirror while driving and looked away from plate glass windows and reflective surfaces.

She trusted others to give their opinions of how she looked rather than trust herself.  “Do I have mascara on my nose?”

Her objective?  To feel better about herself.  I find this story extremely sad.  Because there’s such easier and quicker ways to feel good about yourself.  And stay feeling good.  As in a few hours with a skilled and Licensed Neuro Linguistic Programmer.  Rather than endure a year of peculiar-ness (I’ve made up a new word!).  The extremes that people go to to try to feel different are crazy.  If only they knew!

I help people achieve this every day of the week, feeling more confident and boosting self esteem.  It’s so easy, with the right tools.  That’s skilled NLP.  And I help them access these new feelings frequently, when useful, and when they choose to.

One of the actual triggers I install in people is to feel good WHEN they look in the mirror.  Positive self talk happens BECAUSE they are looking in a mirror.  Energy and confidence happens.  Happy happens.  And this good feeling flies in spontaneously and automatically.  I love to do this.

The lady in the mirror story is so extreme, and it’s such an unnecessary waste of time and energy.  It’s like wanting to walk to your neighborhood grocer and hopping a plane to Alaska instead, and then walking back to the grocer from there.

The triggers in this woman for negative thinking are still there, avoidance behavior didn’t change HER or her unconscious patterns.  You change unconscious patterns by getting in there and changing unconscious patterns.  Skilled NLP works gangbusters for that.

One of these days people in general are going to discover the real power of their minds to change:  hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming.  Right now, I’m spreading the word on this success, one client at a time.

Warm Regards,

How to Find “The Real Deal?” — Always Check Credentials!

Don’t accept empty promises from scam artists – check credentials.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

From the layman’s point of view, it must be bewildering to check out all the Seattle hypnosis services and Seattle hypnosis schools listed on the internet.  From personal changework sessions to hypnosis and NLP trainings, how do you know what’s real?

How do you know which hypnotists and institutes are legit (meaning registered or licensed with the state to do business) and beyond that, how do you know if they’re successful, if they have any real credentialing and expertise?

Will you be shelling out your hard-earned bucks on an unskilled person or even an outright flimflam artist who can’t help you achieve your goals, will take your money and waste your time, and quash your dreams of change?  You might.  Unfortunately, they’re out there!

To help you find quality, I’ve written an article.  You can find it HERE on my Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP website.  It’s called:  “How do I find the best hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Programming professional to help me?”

This problem (of fakes doing business), is even bigger than I imagined.  Michael and I recently discovered that a Seattle area hypnosis and NLP training school instructor was mis-representing his credentialing.  He claimed to have achieved a prestigious training status, which he had not.  Lies are not O.K.

As a consumer in this world, you’ve got to CHECK.  There are listings of legitimate businesses and credentialing sources that keep up to date databases.  Check with the State Department of Health, to verify a person’s alleged registration as a hypnotist, and check with the Olympia Workforce Board to verify an alleged school’s licensing as a private vocational school.

The liars are using two main gambits:  claiming that their credentialling source is REAL and recognized, when in fact they’ve just awarded it to themselves, via their handy-dandy 4-in-1 printer in their basement.  Gambit two:  falsely claiming to have an affiliation with true respected training schools that set the standard for excellence.  These frauds claim to have earned prestigious credentialing, when in fact they have not attended those trainings schools and have not been awarded credentials through them.

This is what Michael and I found last week in a Seattle area competitor’s NLP “school.”  He claimed to be what we legitimately are:  “Licensed Trainers of NLP” (registered trademark), through Dr. Richard Bandler.  To coin a phrase:  no way in hell has he achieved that.  Legitimate NLP trainers Licensed through Dr. Bandler (the co-originator of NLP) are listed HERE on the Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming ™ ‘s website.  Michael and I have worked hard for this credential and skill set, Mindworks NLP is real gold.  Don’t accept fool’s gold.

Legitimate credentiallng proves a level of committment, expense undergone and expertise and mastery attained.  You’ve got to evaluate the truth and legitimacy of any alleged credentials.   To verify, feel free to contact those credentialling boards and bodies directly and ask your questions about the hypnotist or school being considered.  Gullibility is what these flimflam artists hope for, don’t give it to them.  When you receive training from one of these dishonest “instructors” you run the risk of getting neither the skill set nor the legitimate credentialing you wanted.

And, as always, the proof of skill is in the pudding.  Who is actually doing the work, and how well?  Whose students are successful?  Proven success always wins out over fakes and fraud.  Please, protect yourself, and discover the REAL power of these modalities for life change by finding “the real deal.”  Unskilled therapists and trainers are not able to deliver successful results.  Michael and I are the real deal.  🙂

Fraud is out there.  Do your homework.  Verify, verify, verify.

Warm Regards,

Do the Healthy Changes from Hypnosis Last? Ask Kristen!

Pop the Cola Addiction, with Mindworks Hypnosis!

One of the concerns and worries often expressed by potential clients is the question:  Do the changes last?  If we end the habit (or the fear, or the urge or what have you) will it stay gone long term?  YES!!!  Once you upgrade the program in your mind, it stays upgraded, unless you change it again.

Here’s more evidence.  Kristen Oulten of Renton, WA came in for help with a cola addiction.  That was MONTHS ago.  Here’s her current report:

“Hello again Connie, Well, it’s December and I haven’t had any Coke or Pepsi since my session with you last February (woo hoo!).   My first experience with hypnosis and NLP was a success! Thank you!”

 — Kristen Oulton, Renton, WA

Yay, Kristen!

I know it works myself.  As I’ve often spoken about, I had a SEVERE spider phobia for most of my life–we’re talking decades.  In one brief NLP session, fear and panic was changed to calm and clear-minded.  And it’s been six years now.  Six years and the calm is still in place.  NLP works!  Hypnosis works.

Find out for yourself.  I know it’s a leap of faith to believe change can happen so easily and permanently.  Hypnosis when skillfully wielded (that’s the clincher–based on the skill set of the hypnotist helper) is AMAZING.  I like to share outcomes that people have experienced with me and my work.  Because I love hypnosis and I know its power and I’m good at it.

Someone told me, you know, people don’t usually talk that way.  Confident, she meant.  Yes, I’m confident.  I know what I know and the proof is in the pudding.  Kristen, above, is more pudding.

I hope you’re all having some happy holidays, and when you’re ready to see some positive changes in your life, well, we can do it!

Warm Regards,


Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP achieves highest “A” rating with Better Business Bureau Accreditation

Mindworks Hypnosis is Accedited with the Better Business Bureau
Mindworks Hypnosis is Accedited with the Better Business Bureau

Hi, Guys!

Another success story.  This one isn’t about any client in particular, losing weight, quitting smoking, releasing fear, etc.  This good news today is about Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP itself and our continuing success!  Yay!  Michael and I have been awarded with the highest possible ranking in ethical business practices by the Better Business Bureau of Western Washington.  We are thrilled to have earned this accreditation with the BBB.

We have always held to a code of ethics through our professional membership in the National Guild of Hypnotists, now we are being recognized as an ethical business in a larger framework.  We’re very excited about this.  Below is our press release.

(Press Release) – Jul 22, 2012 –

Today, western Washington’s Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP announces its commitment to marketplace ethics by earning an A rating with Better Business Bureau. As a BBB Accredited Business, Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP has met BBB’s Code of Business Practices and has agreed to maintain honest and reliable business practices.

“Michael and I are pleased to have earned the highest possible rating from the Better Business Bureau. We have always maintained the highest standards of ethical practices in our business and work,” says Connie Brannan, Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapist and Owner of Seattle area’s Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP. “We are members in good standing of the National Guild of Hypnotists, which also has a code of ethics and a commitment to continuing education. Michael is past President of the Washington State Chapter of the NGH.”

“Better Business Bureau sets and upholds the highest standards of ethics in business,” said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington. “BBB rates both BBB Accredited and non accredited businesses on a letter grade rating scale of “A – F” to help consumers make educated decisions before they do business.”

For More Information Contact:
Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP
PO Box 6506, Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 564-8608

Goodbye to Fear with Seattle’s Mindworks Hypnosis

Hi! What if getting rid of fear were this easy?  (That golf ball is GONE!!)  Guess what?  It is!  With skilled hypnotherapy & Neuro Linguistic Programming expertise, it is!  Name your fear.  Fear of flying.  Fear of public speaking.  Fear of spiders.  Fear of heights.  Fear of driving.  Fear of tight spaces.  Now give it a new name:  GONE.  After your time with Mindworks Hypnosis, that is.  🙂  We’ll take care of it!

Hypnosis works to stop fear.  To banish phobias to the realm of nonexistant.  Goodbye, fear.  NLP works to stop fear.  We have the fast phobia cure, as well as other power tools for success.  Is it time?  Michael and I can help.

Warm Regards,


Mindworks Hypnosis Receives 2011 Best of Bellevue Award

Mindworks Hypnosis Receives 2011 Best of Bellevue Award
Mindworks Hypnosis Receives 2011 Best of Bellevue Award

Hi, Hypno Friends!

Whoohoo!  Mindworks Hypnosis has received a cool recognition from the USCA (US Commerce Association) as the Best of 2011 Weight Loss & Control Program in Bellevue, WA.  I know that’s true, as so many of our clients have enjoyed weight loss success with us.

Here’s what the press release says:


Mindworks Hypnosis Receives 2011 Best of Bellevue Award

NEW YORK, NY, December 9, 2011 — Mindworks Hypnosis has been selected for the 2011 Best of Bellevue Award in the Weight Loss & Control Programs category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country.  Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category.  These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category.  The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.  SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

Michael and I are pleased and honored to receive this award. We’ll find a special place for it in the office waiting room. 🙂

Wishing some Happy Holidays to you all,

New Years Resolution Giveaway! Enter to Win 3 Free Hypnosis CDs!

Lose Weight with Bellevue hypnotherapy, for your positive changes through hypnosis.
You could win this!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

New Years is a marker, a time for fresh beginnings.  A time for looking and moving forward.  A time for your healthy New Years Resolutions.  Michael and I want to help you succeed in that!  Right now, we are offering a giveaway for our newsletter subscribers.

A free drawing.  A chance to win.  Win what?  Three titles (of your choosing) from my Sensory Enhanced Hypnosis audio CDs.  I have 7 titles to choose from including Lose Weight and Feel Great, Stop Smoking, the Stress Management Program.  More information about my products is here:  AMAZING HYPNOSIS CDS.

These are essentially “hypnosis sessions in a box.”  Nothing is a as powerful as individual one-on-one Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy, but these CDs are a tool for your success as well.

How to enter?  Simply join our mailing list to “The Monthly Trance.”  It’s free to join.  All that is required is your email address.  Here’s the link.

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It’s also on the home page of Mindworks Hypnosis  on the upper left.  On January 1st, we’ll pick a name at random from our current US subscribers, and one will win their choice of the CDs.  The lucky winner will be notified by email.

The Monthly Trance archives are here.  They’re articles, tips, processes, events and more about the doings of Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  Stay in the loop!  🙂

Yes, New Years is looming, which for me personally is a wonderful thing.  My wedding anniversary, 26 years now, happens in a few weeks.  I like fresh, I like new.  We’re moving to a new home in January as well.  (My office stays in Bellevue!)  All this is good.  I’m resolving that 2012 should be my best year ever!  Do you likewise!

Warm Regards,
Connie & Michael

The Monthly Trance – Archives

Hi, Guys!

I’m working on updating some areas of my website.  One of the improvements, I’m adding up to date links to the various hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming articles I’ve written in the past several years.  These are articles I’ve shared with my free e-newsletter subscribers, and now to all of you.  Yay!!  🙂  I think there’s some GOOD STUFF in there, tips and techniques and ideas for you to use right now, this moment, to improve your quality of life. 

The Monthly Trance

Consider it a cornucopia of hypnotic plenty.  Enjoy!

Warm Regards,

If you’d like to get info, tips, insider secrets & misc. cool and amusing stuff about hypnosis and NLP, sign up!  It’s FREE!


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Workplace Sanity – What this article is not telling you, and you need to know.

Hi, Guys!

We do get a newspaper delivered to our home, but I don’t look at it.  Michael likes the feel of paper, the tactile experience of reading a newspaper.  I get my news on the internet.   Which seems easier to me, more immediate, and doesn’t feed the landfill.

Here’s an article I read today which I’d like to share with you.  It’s good advice.  It’s about how to stay sane in a stressful work environment.  (I’ve had plenty of those over the years, when I worked for other people before I found my life’s calling.)  Here’s the article, on yahoo:  Seven Tips to Stay Sane at Work.

In a nutshell, it’s telling you to adopt specific FEELINGS which assist you in maintaining sanity in the face of stress:  calm, humor, dissassociation (feeling separate), empathy, positivity.  Good feelings.  Wonderful ADVICE.  But HOW to DO all that?  How to create and capture states of mind/body in yourself and use them when you’re not feeling them?

That’s where hypnosis and NLP shine!   Because it’s absolutely true.  Changing how you feel changes how you think and how you experience life, how you interact with others, and what you do behaviorally.  We can all change our lives by feeling how we find it useful to feel.  That’s NLP’s bread and butter.  It’s called anchoring.  Finding the positive state in yourself, growing and expanding it, and then capturing for future use.

The article doesn’t tell you HOW to feel calm.  I can.  How to maintain calm when Joe at work is doing his best to get under your skin.  I can.  We’ll set you those stimulus responses in your body so that they flow automatically.  Where stress used to trigger negative emotions, it won’t.  This is what I do.  And I love it.

If you’ve got stress, and want to FEEL differently, like this article advises, but haven’t a clue how to DO that…let me help.  🙂  And remember, Michael and I are offering an event just for stress release on December 10th called “Banish Holiday Stress.”  You’ll learn anchoring, and more.  More info is here:

Warm Regards,

Connie Brannan, Master Hypnosis & Licensed Trainer of NLP

Connie Brannan, Master Hypnosis & Licensed Trainer of NLP

Banish Holiday Stress

Hypnosis for some stress-free holidays!

Hypnosis for some stress-free holidays!

Hello, Hypnotic Interested Parties:

Connie and Michael will lead you into some merry little stress-free holidays on December 10th.  Read all about it!

Click here:  Banish Holiday Stress!

The holidays can be fun, relaxing, warm family and friend times, not a nightmare.  Learn how to relax your mind into a resourceful state.  For the holidays, and beyond.

Master Hypnotists Connie & Michael Brannan lead you into trance and stuff you full of good feelings, ideas, and mind tools to take home.   Connie offers a special bonus session on healthy holiday eating.  Don’t let the holidays challenge your good mood, or your waistband.  Join us for the incredible price of $69!

Warm Regards,

Banish Holiday Stress Event

Connie and the Ducks

Hi, Hypno Friends!

The ducks love me.  And, rightly so!  🙂  My office is in the most beautiful location, trees, water, fresh, green, lush, and…sinking.  It’s a wetlands.  And it’s wetter than usual.  We’ve had some flooding.

What used to be the tenant office parking area for my building is now part of a giant mud puddle, or as I call it, “the swamp.”  While it’s harder for us humans to scrounge for parking spaces, the ducks and other wildlife love it!  And the ducks love me.

I feed them.  Duckbread.

Yesterday I was  walking to my office by way of the swamp, and in it were 7 tiny baby ducks, several adults and one “half-pint” sized duck.   I see them every day!  Those are “my ducks.”  🙂  They were all hungry, apparently.  I had made a special trip to the Orowheat bakery thrift store (again) here in Bellevue to get a big package of bread for the ducks, and now…feasting time.   Duck frenzy.  A happy frenzy.

It is so cute to see those baby ducks eating.  And the happy sounds!  🙂  One thing I’ve noticed about ducks, though, they stop eating when they’ve had enough.  I’ll be tossing out the breadcrumbs and they’ll be scarfing them down, then suddenly they’re swimming away, totally disinterested.  Done!  Time to preen, time to sit in the sun.  The rest of the bread gets picked up and whisked away by the giant crows that also live in the area.

These ducks look VERY healthy.

What a good lesson for humans, too.  Stop eating when you’ve had enough.  In fact, that’s part of the “Naturally Slender Healthy Eating Strategy” I help install in clients during hypnosis.  NLP studies excellence and “what works.”  I help people take on the unconscious patterns of naturally slender people–and my clients become slender.  It works!  Goodbye, bored eating.  Goodbye, stress eating.  Goodbye, I have to finish my plate eating.  Goodbye, I see it so I have to eat it eating.  Hello, healthy eating.  Hello, in-tune-with-the-body eating.

Ducks know things.  Useful things.  And they know that I’m a friend and want the best for them.  I want that for my clients, too.  If you would like to eat healthier and take on the habits, thoughts, feelings that go along with healthy and result in weight loss and ongoing weight management, maybe it’s time for hypnosis.

Hypnosis for weight loss!

Hypnosis for weight loss!

I know whereof I speak.  I live the “healthy eating strategy” and it’s a huge part of how I lost 80+ pounds.  Now, whether you’ve got 8 to lose, or 80, these tools will reshape your life and body.  Call me and find out more:  (425) 564-8608.

Warm Regards,

Mom was right!

Hi! My mother died right at the time when I was first beginning my hypnosis training, and she was pleased that I was learning something fascinating and creative and useful. She had an interest in it, as well. Years and years ago she had gone to a past life recall workshop, and came home with many conscious stories of “previous lives.” She told me about many of them, and concluded with this: “THIS is my good life.” Mine, too.

The unconscious mind is fascinating. It does record life experience. Here’s evidence: I found my missing costco check. I found a lost silver necklace. Lost from conscious knowing, but not really “lost” from memory. Here’s that blog story:

In some of the healing work I do with clients we go back in time to earlier forgotten life experiences. I’ll be talking to a woman (in trance) about the first time she felt some specific unpleasant and unwarranted negative emotion, and she’ll tell me of her experience. Well, she’s an 8 year old boy and she’s standing with the cows by the castle. This memory is outside of her conscious “this life” experience. It’s from before. I don’t judge that. I don’t decide if it’s “real” or not. I just help the person heal the situation and grow up through their life feeling better and more resourceful. For the here and now. And tomorrow.

Because I agree with mom. This is the life that counts. This is my good life, my best life. Make it yours, too.

Warm Regards,


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Spring has Sprung!

New life!

New life!

Happy first week of spring!  I like the heavily transitional seasons best, fall, and spring.  Where things change.  Big time!  We’ve got TREES here in the Pacific Northwest, and that’s terrific.  Boy, did I miss them when I lived elsewhere in the country.  I lived in the desert for years (Arizona), and there was a dearth of trees.  Cactus don’t count!  Coming home to Seattle was such a refreshing and green experience!  Yay, Seattle!  🙂

Fall and spring.  Trees tell the story. Fall is the time of letting go, which the trees manage in abundance and with ease. And now it’s spring!  It is the further development of that process, the healthy fresh new life that comes as a result.  My neighborhood is rich with pink blooming trees right now.  Cherry blossoms, I believe.  Beautiful!  Beautiful!  Beautiful!  Where’s my camera?

If you’re ready for some fresh, healthy new spring in your life, there’s a way to do that!  It’s called…hypnosis.  Let’s grow you something alive and beautiful.  Something happy and bright.  Look around you.  It’s time!

Warm Regards,

Feel Good Spin

Here is another video demonstrating the transformational power of hypnosis.

My mom was an artist.  Water color, oils, mixed media… realistic work, abstracts, she was massively creative.   She created many series of her artwork, including one I particularly love.  She called it:  “Loving the Spin I’m In.”  I have several pieces from that series on the walls in my office.

Mom art SpinShe was right.  It’s all a spin of our own creation.  She chose one that she loved.  Me, too.

If you’re sick of the negative spin of your thinking and feeling, choose something different.  Now.  It’s so easy…with the tool of hypnosis.

Warm Regards,

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Testimonial of Success – Kim J. Seattle Non-Smoker 1/30/11

Hi, Guys!  The weight of evidence mounts.  Hypnosis works!!  Kim quit smoking in one Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy session!  Five weeks later, here’s what she says about the experience:

“Over the 20 + years of being a smoker, I have made several attempts and used a variety of methods to try and quit…. all unsustainable.  I was always thinking about smoking or not smoking which made the battle to quit miserable and in the end I’d go back and have ‘just one more’.

I was desperate for a solution to quit permanently as I was sick and tired of being a ‘prisoner’ to the habit.  I had heard that hypnosis had helped many people so I started to research my options in the area when I found Connie Brannan.  Connie is not only a hypnotherapist she is also certified in neuro-linguistic programming (N.L.P. – she is far better at explaining what this is).

 She is very professional and very good at what she does.  Connie is a warm, positive, and uplifting person.  She is also a success story of hypnosis herself.  Her office environment was also very comfortable and I felt very relaxed and trusted her immediately to ‘talk to my sub-conscious’.

I walked out of that office with absolutely zero desire to smoke.  I got in my car, which has always been my private smoking chamber, and drove myself home wondering when the urge would hit me.  It didn’t.  In fact after one session, it hasn’t.  Unbelievably, I have no desire to smoke at all and in addition, my association with being a smoker has changed.  It doesn’t even feel like I was ever a smoker.

I have so much energy!  It has been 5 weeks since that session and not a single cigarette or more importantly a desire for a cigarette.  I am amazed!! I wish I would have found Connie a long time ago!

If you are a smoker and have battled with trying to quit, see Connie.  She is awesome and has changed my life!  It was instant, it was painless, and it was successful!!”

Sincerely, Kim J., the Seattle non-smoker 1/30/11.

Just in Time for Valentine’s: Feel the Love, or…Effective Relating

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I want to share something personal, and wonderful.  A milestone.  Michael and I have been married 25 years this month!  To celebrate, we took an extended weekend getaway, to Las Vegas, just the two of us!  And we renewed our vows to each other–signing up for the NEXT 25 years of happy love!  🙂  I do!  We did!

Here are some pictures from our Vegas adventure.  I’ve always wanted a Las Vegas Wedding, so this trip, we did it.  We found a chapel, and we did it!  For fun, we dressed up glittery, me in sequins, and Michael in velvet, and we found an “Elvis” to sing and officiate.  It was SO MUCH FUN!!

25th Wedding Anniversary

Love is very much a reason to celebrate.  Committed, ongoing, growing love…even more so.  Everyone we met kept repeating “25 years!  Wow!!  That’s amazing!! What’s your secret?”

I’ll tell you!

Successful relationships are all about relating (an action verb, not a stagnant THING, but a continuing evolution), and communicating.  Effectively!  Communicating what you want in a way that moves you towards your outcomes.  And maintaining appropriate emotional states which support those communications and outcomes, as well.  (In a significant-other context, it’s remembering and re-connecting with why you’re together and in love.)  Lots of people have trouble in this area, apparently.

Well, guess what?  Hypnosis works, for this as well as for so many other things.  A good relationship, be it professional or personal, group-sized social interactions, or intimacy, it’s not luck.  It’s learning, and it’s choice.  I help people in their relating, all the time, helping with everything from sexual intimacy issues to anger to insecurity and more.   How do you want to be, how do you want to feel, how do you want to relate differently than what may be the present state of affairs?

I can help.  NLP and hypnosis are excellent tools for this.

This is kind of like my weight loss success story.  I walk the talk.  I know what makes a successful, fulfilling relationship.  I’m living it!  I wouldn’t trust a therapist or counselor who has been 2-times divorced and couldn’t develop or maintain a loving, long-term relationship to save their life.  You want THAT to guide you for healthy relating?  I wouldn’t.  Pick someone who is successful, and happy.  Someone who lives love and doesn’t secretly sneer at it as a pipe dream, and can help you craft yourself into effective relating states.  I know how.  Belief, and success, I’ve got both.  So can you.

If you’d like help with relating, call me  (425) 564-8608.  What a wonderful Valentine’s gift for you and your sweetie.

Warm Regards,


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Free World Hypnotism Day Events – January 22nd @ the Coast Hotel in Bellevue


Learn more about hypnosis!

Hi, Guys! I’m a member of the NGHWA, that’s the National Guild of Hypnotists, Washington State Chapter.  We’re the local chapter of the NGH, a national professional organization of hypnotists and hypno-therapists.  It’s the oldest and most prestigious hypnosis organization in the United States. We are dedicated to furthering the understanding and acceptance of hypnotism as a healing tool.  I’m all for that!!

The NGH has created a worldwide event, called World Hypnotism Day, which happens in January.  My chapter is a part of that, and I’m a part of it as well.  I’ll be giving two, possibly three talks at our local “doings.”  🙂  One is absolutely FREE to all, and it’s on the topic of HYPNOSIS FOR WEIGHT LOSS.  (You know I know whereof I speak on this topic, I’m living that success!)  I’m also giving a paid talk/training to area professional hypnotists as part of this event–to enhance their skill sets in this same area, helping people to let go of weight with hypnosis.  There are several speakers, and several talks and experiential workshops.  Who wants to come down, learn more, and get hypnotized?  There’s also a complimentary continental breakfast for attendees, prizes, and a free comedy hypnosis show.

Learn more about our group’s event and register for it here:

I do hope you’ll join us.  It will be masses of fun for those interested in learning more about hypnosis, experiencing some hypnosis, and hobnobbing with hypnotists.  It’s Saturday, January 22nd.  10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Stay for one talk, two, more, or stay the whole day.  Your choice!  We’d love to have you attend!

Warm Regards,

Seattle Hypnosis for Confidence

We have added a new website:
Check it out! 🙂

I’ve been a website and video makin’ machine!!
We’ve added this week:

I’ve purchased some more great web domain names (helps people find my biz) and I intend to use all of them. 🙂

Warm Regards,