Positive Changes Review

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Positive Changes Hypnosis centers are located throughout the United States are meant for behavior modification and use hypnosis to help people lose weight, stop smoking, and several other issues. The Positive Changes centers were founded by Patrick K. Porter, PhD, in 1987.

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Product Features

The Positive Changes centers have a website that is informative for consumers. There are no prices listed for the services, but CDs and other products are available for sale, at around $20 each. Information is posted about how hypnosis works to change the behaviors in the body, along with positive research posted to back the hypnosis. For those who are interested, the website has a locator so you can find centers that are close to you geographically. Photographs and client testimonials are also available.

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Advantages

  • No negative side effects.
  • No medications or supplements are required.

Disadvantages

  • Centers may not be located in you area.

Conclusion

Hypnosis is a very interesting alternative treatment for a broad range of medical conditions, and Positive Changes is filling a niche by making this available to to the mainstream. While its always a good idea to find an exercise program that includes aerobics and strength training, this could provide extra motivation to follow through.

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64 User Reviews about Positive Changes

  • 1
    Brenda

    WOW!!!!! I was just watching a comerical on “Positive Changes” and have really thought about it for quit a long time !!! now after reading all these comments I have made up my mind NOT to give it any more thought!! Thanks so much for your comments to help make discision !! I live in WA too.

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  • 2
    Stephanie

    I am wanting to try Positive Changes in Boise, Idaho to lose 25 pounds. Has anyone had any luck with it in Boise?

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    Ken

    Is there a price break for a married couple

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    karen

    seen the ads but not the prices.Is this something that health insurance would cover?

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    Kathy

    I signed up for the 6 month program hoping to loose 30 lbs. The 6 months is over, and I lost nothing. It was a total waste of my money and I am so sorry I got sucked into this. The Bellevue office is very disorganized and it seems the staff are all on different pages. I do not recommend this program at all.

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    Debby

    I also signed up for the 6 month program. It did not work for me & I began to almost feel like it was a racket. When I asked to get out of the contract, I was told that it works for everyone. I left feeling like a failure with a whole lot less money. I also do not recommend this program!

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    Vicky

    I met w/sales lady in Bellevue Center last week & she told me it would cost $2600 for 9 months (I need to lose 100 lbs). She was very high pressure about it. I guess that you get one session to “try” & only then [before you live the bldg.] will they give you a refund. That does not seem like a very fair test. I have been debating about signing up–I’m not convinced that it really works. Please write to me & tell me what you did & why it did not work. Thanks.

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    Nancy P

    can you tell me if you sell an mp3 player with selp hypnosis on it?

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    Joanne

    Why don’t you put the price on here, is it if you have to ask you can’t afford it? I would like to know Joanne Johnson

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    Anonymous

    I went and was quoted just over $2500.

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  • 8
    Linda brown

    I joined in October 2002 and had an accident on December 29, 2002 so was without a car and couldn’t drive to Spokane for any Follow-up. Actually I didn’t even think of positive changes because I was too busy recovering from the accident.

    I did get a letter from somebody there but there was no letterhead and I didn’t know who the letter was from all it said iwas we miss you and I wasn’t until six months later when I got another letter that I was realized who it came from.

    The program did not work for me because every time I tried to do the tapes I could not sleep fell asleep and would wake up half an hour later and couldn’t get back to sleep for sometimes four and five hours.

    I didn’t talk to anybody at the time because I knew I signed the contract and they wouldn’t let me out of it so it was $1200 wasted $125 for 12 months. Never again

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    sophia Carmona

    My Daughter has the sweet tooth with sweets and eating without limits, she is
    only 6 yrs old do you deal with small kids as well? Sophia Carmona

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    Janice

    dieting for a 6 year old? Are you crazy? You as the adult control her diet. Quit giving her sweets!

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  • 10
    LvnLife

    Kara- I’m pretty familiar with the Positive Changes Hypnosis program and it really does work but if she has no commitment then it won’t work. That is the key to the success. You have to be willing to follow the program and if she is not paying for it then she will not feel like she is losing anything if she doesn’t follow through. Just my opinion. I do highly recommend the program though. I had tremendous success with it. Lost 40 pounds.

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    yobabymama

    Lynlife..I am contemplating PC and have struggled with the whole Commitment side of Weight Loss. Every program I have ever tried, I stay on for about 3 days then it’s back to the same o same o. What to do with that “commitment” problem. Any ideas Ya’ll?

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    LvnLife

    I went through the program, it gives you motivation to stay motivated..lol. I know that sounds funny but it really does. Since you start craving foods that are actually good for you, you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything so there is no reason to quit.

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  • 11
    kara

    My sister is very overweight and at risk for a heart attack. This is scary because she has a 3yr old to care for but physically can’t. She is on a fixed income. My father is considering taking out a loan to get her into positive changes. I fear it will be a waist of money because she is not motivated to change. I don’t think they will be willing to eat better or work out more. She would be doing the out of town stuff for it as she lives two hours away. I don’t think she will make the comment to listen to the CD’s or complete the readings. I think she would go into with the mentality that its a quick fix and worry it won’t work and my father will be on the line for the cost. Any thought?

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    Julie

    Your sister has to want this for herself. You can’t want it for her.

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  • 12
    Ross

    I went to Positive Changes in Boise, ID. The program for me was to change my negative thought process and relax my anxieties. After paying for the 9 week course, buying and receiving CDs, and reading the books, and FAITHFULLY committed to the program I have found a better spirit, more positive thinking, and recharged with energy. It takes belief, commitment, and work. Nothing comes easy and without effort and pain. I truly think it will work for most people and even if the employees are not always there for you, their heart is in the right place. We all have bad days. Give it a go if you are truly committed to work hard and allow it to enter into your subconscious. Life is too short to live with being unhappy.

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    Kathy

    You can do all that you mentioned without paying $2500. Totall ripoff!

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  • 13
    Norvis

    TMI

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  • 14
    Norvis

    FAKE EMPLOYEE. All made up. Good one.

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  • 15
    will

    MLK..blah blah blah. So start one tough guy. You got problems with taking action on your ideas?

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  • 16
    will

    Kathy. Pay very close attention. Your feelings are not your friends. Do not trust them under any circumstances. They are what is causing your sense of emptiness and they drive your search for answers. Turn on the tv. Obey me.

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    Anonymous

    OBVIOULY “Spelling” was NOT one of the items on your list. zif you want ANY sort of credibiklity, SPELLCHECK!!!!

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    Contemplating......

    Need to follow your own advice.

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  • 18
    Teresa

    My neighbor went to the program in Boise, ID and had fantastic results. He’s a late 60′s old grump who actually ate a half bag of cookies at our house once. He totally lost his cravings, lost weight down to his high school weight and feels great. I signed up based on his experience and despite the comments above, I am looking forward to a good experience.

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    Karen

    Teresa, have you had a good experience? I’m pondering whether to join Positive Changes in Boise, ID.

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    Kathy

    I did not have a good experience. Waste of money. It did nothing for me. I bought the glasses, went to class every week, listen to the cd’s twice a day, and nothing.

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  • 19
    jo

    Its seems to me the Postive Changes work for some people.
    no garanteed to loose weight. What programs are their really work , besides the Cds.
    Anyone knows?

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  • 20
    jean

    Well, I am positive about one thing.I will not be going to PLC myself.The negaive comments look very informative not just a mean negative.The people that say positive things do not sound true to me.What is sad is that I have a family member that just had a third class and he needs to loose at lest 200 pounds.It is an absolute health issue.If this does not help this young person, he will be devistated.I will let future history be known.Thank you for this very important information.

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    rko

    It’s interesting to me that you think the negative comments are true and the positive comments aren’t. I could write a negative comment about any company without ever experiencing it. Usually positive comments are from people that have been there.

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  • 21
    cheintz

    can you make payments at PCH?

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    Anonymous

    ok so i am think i am going to positive changes in bellueve, wa, i want to lose 110 pounds.. i am a full time student and i also work over time for my job, i just want to make sure my money will be well spent… and the drive it well worth it because i do live in sumner,wa near puyallup and it is about 45 mins away.. THANKS!

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  • 22
    lnp1623

    I have been reading the reviews for Positive Changes and noticed that the program has worked for some but not for others. Isn’t this the same with any other sort of program? I don’t think there is ever going to be something that will work for everyone who tries it. But that is a risk that we all have to take when signing your name on the dotted line.

    I have been researching weather or not Positive Changes is right for me and I have a question for both those who it did work for and those who the program didnt work for.

    For those who are opposed -What made you feel the the strongest about it being a sham? Was it the cost associated with the program or not reaching the goal weight? I am willing to spend the money for the chance that I may be one of the many whom it will work for. I guess I am just trying to wrap my head around why those opposed are so strongly opposed.

    Those who are pro positive changes – What about the program changed your life? Was it just losing wieght or quiting smoking or is there something more to it?

    Thanks for the help!

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  • 23
    Sandy

    I’ve been going to Beaverton for a couple of months now, am losing a little weight, but more importantly, feel like a different person. Very positive (really). I was offered the choice to make payments, and feel that this is a partnership with them to improve my health. Will keep you posted. Do agree that the front desk people can be horrid sometimes. I complained, and the worst offender is gone now.

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  • 24
    JL

    I’m considering the franchise in Portland, Or. Actually signed up with my down payment last night. Half way through this blog I called and canceled. I don’t think it will work if a person doesn’t want to actually change and I think hypnosis can help. I was really excited about it but if I can go to a hypnotist or hypnotherapist for $500 instead of the $2200 shouldn’t I try that first? If that doesn’t work then I’ll be happy I didn’t fork out the thousands.

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  • 25
    Anonymous

    Yes, because I asked and they told me they read a scrip but added some of my request. Don’t see aproblem with that!

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  • 26
    Kim

    I did the program two years ago for anxiety, sleep, and being more easy going. Within a week I was sleeping all night, able to shut off my mind and calm all the worry. I dont think about all the negativity, and I am much easier to be around.
    Even though I wasn’t focused on weight loss, I lost 10 pounds. I felt better about myself and actually picked up old hobbies and friendships. I feel more in control of my emotions and my friends notice. I had a friend who did the weight loss and lost 50 pounds in 6 months.

    It is all about changing behaviors and when you want to make the changes but just need help getting out of your old thinking, it really works.
    Once you want to exercise, you do. I started having someing in my mind that said I was finished with my meal, and I stopped eating. I used to eat a lot. It is not majic, it just works at the subconscious level, where your behaviors are.
    As far as the hypnotists, they are all caring people and I felt like I got the personal attention I wanted. The girls at the front desk are pretty busy but always nice. I was never pressured or asked to buy anything, and neither was my friend.
    If you think about the cost of health care for weight related problems, and medications, food, clothing, etcetera, you will spend way more in the long run and not have the energy and positivity.
    I would recommend it, but you have to have the frame of mind that you are committed and open to the process or you will not see your results. I still listen to my CDs after 2 years, a few times a week and it keeps it fresh in my mind.

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    anotheranonymousemployee

    I completely disagree with you. I have gone to PCH for a long time now. I have even lost a lot of weight. Also from what I see the girls there are very nice. At least in AZ! And the “evaluator” there even gave me enough time to think over the idea of the money. It may be expensive, but like the logo sais. Yes, it works!

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  • 28
    Janet

    I went yesterday and they want $2500.00 for a weight loss plan from me. I thought I would research this further…

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  • 29
    jennifer williams

    My sister is going to start here in Boise,ID. I talked her about this sight. I hope this does work for her. Anyone came to this clinic in Boise,ID ??

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  • 30
    Sammi

    I was looking into signing up for the 9 month program in Bellvue and its really great to find somebody who did the same i am trying to do, i understand customer service might not be their forte, but did you continue listening to the cd’s? and have you had ANY results? i dont mind that the tape tells you how much to eat but does it work? Thanks!

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  • 31
    julie emery

    Thanks everyone I was thinking about it. I won’t be going either it is a wise man who learns from his own mistakes but even wiser if he learn from others!!!!

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  • 32
    lynelle

    the protien bars are there because if you eat protien, it will curb your hunger. This prgram will HELP you, not do it for you.

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  • 33
    Sandie Carr

    Positive Changes is a fantastic company – helped me with my anxiety issues.

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    Jen Moore

    I was very happy with the results I got at Positive Changes. Very professional, great service. I recommend the company to anybody for Stop Smoking – I even lost 21 lbs.

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  • 35
    Mona Lott

    I signed up with PCH back in September 2010, BEFORE I read any reviews. I is expensive. However, in 2 months, I’ve lost 18 pounds so far… it seems to be working for me. After reading all the negative reviews, I feel compelled to add a positive one. Yes, the receptionists certainly could sometimes improve their ‘bedside manners’, but don’t the majority of us take our attitudes to work instead of leaving them at the front door? Yes, the personal sessions are scripted, but I’d rather have a scripted, guided session read to me with personal goals added in, than someone just ‘winging it’ and not adding the special suggestions they (PCH) have developed over time that do work. I had a personal session that I didn’t quite mesh with, and they did everything to fix my issue. So far, I’m quite pleased with the results, the staff and all that PCH has to offer. (Of course, I wish it was all free of charge, but seriously, nothing’s free anymore). Thank You Positive Changes Hypnosis Centers!

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    Jen Bridges

    I really like how you gave realistic feedback. It seems like most people either idealize the program or villianize it. So it ends up not being that helpful. Thanks for the thoughtful reply.

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  • 36
    friend of successful client

    My friend went to the Bellevue location to lose weight. He lost over 100lbs in about 9 months. He raves about how this has saved his life. I would be helpful to all the negative people to say where the center they are referring to because these are franchises and its not fair to lump everyone in one category. My friend paid over $2000 for his program and he says it saved his life.

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    Ms.DiscoMermaid

    The Bellevue, WA location is where I go. The employees are very, very nice, especially the ladies at the front desk. When I listen to the tapes in the morning and evening like Im supposed to I lose weight, when I dont listen to them I fall off the wagon. What eveyone close to me has noticed is that I have much less anxiety. I really believe that the program works. Remember folks, its a tool, not a magic pill!!!

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  • 37
    Mary

    Would it treat anxiety?

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    Mary Anne

    Mary, this is wonderful for anxiety. I was in the program for about 1 year. Unfortunately the center in my city was closed. I lost weight (not as much as I had hoped for), but the biggest change was the decrease in overall anxiety. I used to have panic attacks on a regular basis and these have completely disappeared! I have taken out my CDs and stared listening to them again, hopefully I will do better with the weight this time around.

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    MLK

    Real qualified hypnosis will help you..just don’t go to Positive Changes. There are plenty of qualified therapies in the yellow pages or try to get a referral from someone you trust. GOO LUCK

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  • 38
    Angela

    I am a WA State registered hypnotherapist with certification in several different areas. I’ve been in advanced training at HMI for the past nine months and will soon graduate with the C.Ht. designation behind my name. I am also a psychology major working towards my BA and beyond in Psychology. It’s a shame when people take the time and make the effort to explore the many therapeutic benefits of hypnosis in body re-design, smoking cessation, and many other used alone or as a companion wellness therapy. I’d welcome the opportunity to answer any questions anyone might have regarding hypnotherapy. Please don’t rate all hypnotherapists by the horrible standards you have encountered with positive changes. When contemplating hypnotherapy for vocational or avocational behavior modification, ask where they received their credentials and training. While good schools sometimes graduate poor performers, at least you’d have an idea of their methodology, philosophy, and length of training required for certification. Angela ange@angelaLdykstra.com

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  • 39
    Lyn

    Dana, i went there yesterday and was quoted 2477.00 for a
    nine month program.

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  • 40
    daisy

    are you actually hypnotized ever

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  • 41
    sandra johnson

    I had to reread freds comment. I believe his meaning is that it is Positive Changes that qualifys their own hypnotist, no some other party. Kind of like having the fox guard the hen house.

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    sandra silvia

    i paid 2.400.00 and never lost any wieght,in fact i spoke with at least 80 other over wieght people who said they hadn’t either. We all sadly agreed we’d been taken to the cleaners. I am colecting names for a class action suite at this time

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    Pam C.

    Sandra, what location do you go to? I just has a consultation at Beaverton, WA and was not very impressed…it was only a Sales Pitch that asked me for $2727 (they wanted half up front). It felt dishonest…

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    Callie

    Where is Beaverton, WA? Never heard of that town in my state of WA.. Making me question the validity of the rest of your post.

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    Anonymous

    Fred, where did you do your hypnosis?

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  • 43
    Jeanine Conlee

    My 67 yr old mother that has tried every drug, nose spray, and patch still smokes today. 3 days ago she had 2 more stents replaced in her heart after 3 heart attacks and a triple by-pass. The first thing she did after she got home from the hospital was light up. She can’t understand why I won’t drive her to the nearest center when she is already on Medicaid and lives in an assisted living home. Can anyone tell me how much money she will save if she doesn’t attend. I am an ex-smoker and know how difficult it is to quit-you just have to really want to do it for “yourself”. I am really looking for a $ amount. Thank you.

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    MARYE

    TRY THE E-CIGARETTS. THE DR TV SHOW PROMOTES IT. I KNOW [EOPLE WHO HAVE SWITCHED AND CUT WAY DOWN ON THEIR SOMKING AND ONE WHO STOPPED.

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