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David J. Norton MA., LPC
Hartford Hypnosis Center

86 Brookside Road
New Britain, CT 06052

Phone: 860-229-5513

Business Hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Medical hypnosis is an essential part of the healing and recovery process in any illness. The deep relaxation of the hypnotic trance has long been associated with health and well-being. In radiation treatment, easing the side effects of chemo and ending the tiredness and trauma that follow a medical intervention, hypnosis is of significant help. Hypnosis also works with fear of needles, gag reflex, medical compliance and many other anxieties associated with medical treatment.

The real place for hypnosis in relation to the medical community lies not in short-term treatments or symptom alleviation but in the area of hypnotic imagery as part of a holistic approach to the patient. It is well documented in experimental literature that the use of mental imagery can have a significant effect on the body’s ability to heal. With hypnotic mental imagery techniques, healing white corpuscles, T cells and other agents of the immune system can be directed to areas of the body where an illness has occurred. We should be teaching this to school children. It is so simple and it improves with practice. In the future, people will use hypnosis for pain control during surgery, to accelerate the healing process, to visualize the reduction of tumors and to activate the immune system and direct it in more efficient ways as a routine part of their medical treatments.

cigarette addiction treatmentCigarette Addiction Treatment

I will work with a client in a smoking cessation program for five weeks. I believe it is equally important not only for the client to stop smoking easily but also to keep the client from returning to the habit. With this program, the client returns for follow-up reinforcement sessions every week, or more often, if needed. I have helped over 5,000 people to become non-smokers. I do not believe that there are any “hopeless cases” – call me today!


I have coached high-school swimming and produced several state champions and three All-Americans, but this does not describe the extent that my coaching philosophy can entail. Successful athletes talk about being in “THE ZONE” – the “ZONE” is nothing more than a particular hypnotic trance.

I have coached managers through tough presentations (or tough quarters), entertainers through auditions and performances, professional baseball players in slumps, Olympic equestrian finalists, salesmen making tough calls, professional golfers who may have gotten the jitters on the green, professional bowlers, pool players, high-stakes card players, professional hockey players, college and professional basketball players, Olympic swimmers, archers, tennis professionals, professional boxers, and lawyers, doctors and others through tests like board exams and much more.

If you have trouble getting in front of a group, or if anxiety is affecting your performance in a negative way, then this coaching is for you. Call me to set up an individualized program.


Learning the art of hypnosis takes commitment and time. Having been in the field since 1976 myself, I feel like I have only just started to reach my potential. Some of my students are in medical school and want to learn pain-control methods or techniques to help cancer patients. Others are psychologists interested in past-life regression training. Some are coaches, teachers or just ordinary people with an interest in this fascinating topic.

I meet with students weekly, monthly or whenever they can arrange to meet. My one-on-one approach to teaching is more beneficial than the weekend colleges that offer “Hypnosis certificates” – call me and find out for yourself!

swimming coaching servicesThe Zen of Swimming

Good swimming has much in common with hypnosis. You need to be relaxed, learn to float, become balanced and centered and know how to use your power. I can combine hypnosis and swim lessons so that you can overcome fears and at the same time get the many health benefits associated with this fine exercise. Whether you are training for the Olympics or just want to become a more efficient swimmer, I can help.

Weight Loss Treatment

Unconscious factors influence us and create negative trances that lead to overeating behaviors. Hypnosis works dramatically to break the negative spells, or trances, learned from our childhood and culture, and replace them with a more functional and healthy lifestyle. This program is highly individualized and highly effective. Weight loss is done on an individual basis. The number of sessions and frequency are determined by the therapist and client.


Many forms of anxiety exist, from mild episodes to life-stopping panic attacks. With counseling, relaxation and breathing exercises you can achieve success in natural ways.

health care servicesDepression

There are many ways to treat depression: examining causes, looking for creative energy and exploring anger and loss.


Hypnotic relaxation helps with such symptoms as heavy bleeding, hot flashes, mood swings, tiredness, depression and weight gain.


The hypnotic approach to treatment is generally symptom-focused, requires a structured time frame and uses trance in some form.

Hypnosis is the preferred choice in dealing with many problems and sometimes is the only thing that will work. Hypnosis is an ancient art with a rich and varied history. It has been used to perform painless surgery, painless childbirth and wart removal, and to address fear of flying, nail biting, fear of public speaking, headaches, insomnia, stress relief, dysphagia, past-life regression, demon de-possession, sports performance, test performance, music performance and much more.

In my work with clients, I find they have problems because their conscious programming too severely limits their capacities. The solution is to help them break through the limitations of their conscious attitudes to free their unconscious potential for problem solving. The hypnotic suggestion is actually this process of evoking and utilizing a patient’s own mental process in ways that are outside his usual range of intentional or voluntary control.

A successful hypnotic experience is one in which trance alters habitual attitudes and modes of functioning so that carefully formulated hypnotic suggestion can evoke and utilize other patterns of assumptions and potentials within the patient to implement certain therapeutic goals.

Ericksonian Hypnosis

We live in a dehumanizing world today. Stress and pressure come in many forms and affect us all: family pressure, financial pressure, job pressure and international and interpersonal pressure, just to name a few.

The most frequent response to this, I find, is to deaden oneself.

Deadness can take the form of addiction, anxiety, divorce, depression or anything that removes you from the experience of just being yourself.

Ericksonian hypnosis is the tool to find life again and regain the enthusiasm and vitality that once existed. It is not for everyone. Fighting against the forces of darkness and deadness requires a lot of time and a serious commitment. This approach to treatment does not necessarily focus on problems or symptoms at times. The focus is on the return of feeling. The most important feeling is love. The most important outcome of this kind of learning is that you become a better person.

Milton H. Erickson, M.D., was a pioneer in the field of hypnosis and a great innovator. He lived from 1901 to 1980. When all is said and done, this is the approach of a country doctor who loved his work and his patients.

Elements of Ericksonian Work

First of all is the belief that hypnosis and trance are normal, everyday occurrences. This means that everyone goes in and out of trance almost as a matter of daily routine. It means that all parts of hypnosis are part of the natural. It means that everyone can be hypnotized. It also means that everyone has the necessary resources, generally unconscious resources, to solve whatever problem they are dealing with.

Indirect Suggestion
In traditional hypnosis or old-world hypnosis, you were put into a trance and told what to do. Erickson developed the indirect approach. A simple example illustrates this concept. In traditional hypnosis, if a suggestion for blindness were to be given, it would be simply to go blind. Erickson’s approach would be to ask the person to wonder what it would be like for someone to lose their sight. Would it be gradual? What things might go first? In another case involving indirect suggestion, Erickson asked a client to take a hike up a nearby hill and to bring back a certain item for him. That is a lot different than simply telling someone to exercise.

Double Bind
Any reader with teenage kids will know that asking them to do something will not do the trick. Erickson used the double bind. For example, you can ask your kid to take out the trash or, using Erickson’s approach, you would say “On your way to using my car you can easily take out the garbage too” – or “while you are on the phone you can wash the dishes too” – please call for more examples!

There is a famous story about Milton’s work during his tenure at the Worchester State Mental Institution. A client was telling everyone that he was J. Christ and naturally most therapists confronted and denied this to the client. Erickson’s approach was to ask the client to make some bookshelves and to put him to carpenter’s work. The man gave up his delusion and returned to society and resumed his successful business.

Paradoxical Suggestion
Why would Erickson suggest to a client who is trying to lose weight to try to gain two or three pounds this week? He sometimes told a smoker to smoke more, or a married couple to plan one or two fights a week. His understanding of the way the unconscious mind functioned gave him insight into the value of this technique. It taught him that sometimes doing the opposite of what we think or want will be the way for us to truly gain our desires.

Prescribing the Symptom
What an unusual but brilliant concept! I use this when I am coaching swimmers. Many times, the best way to get closer to the perfect stroke is to practice the imperfections. He might ask a chronic anxiety case to worry about a topic of his (Erickson’s) choosing. A woman suffering from TMJ is told to chew on only one side of her mouth. A woman who pulled the hair out of her head was told to pull one hair out a day and wrap it around a matchstick.

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