Over the years we’ve accumulated a large number of testimonials, and we’re appreciative of each and every one of them, and the changes and improvements in the lives of our clients that they represent. That’s why we do this work.
A note about testimonials. Often when people see “rave reviews” on a website like this, they wonder “how do I know if they’re real?” The bottom line is, you don’t know. Because the work we do is private in nature, you won’t see personal email addresses or phone numbers for the former clients giving these testimonials. (However, some of them ARE willing to be occasionally contacted by prospective clients.) When requested, their first names have been changed. Whenever possible, we ask our clients for video or audio testimonials, because that reduces the question of authenticity. That having been said, here is some information on how we’ve collected these testimonials. They’ve been collected from emails sent during the course of work and afterward; transcribed from voice mails left in response to follow up phone calls; and online review sites. Some of the quotes were spontaneous; others have been requested at the end of the working relationship.
Disclaimer: Individual results, of course, may vary from the experience of these individuals.
From Ginny K, July 2016 (originally posted on our Yelp reviews):
Cindy Locher is a consummate professional….knowledgable, experienced, an excellent communicator…and she has lots of personal warmth! She has an objective, science-based and real-world approach to/perspective on hypnosis. All of this contributed to making my hypnosis experience truly valuable and effective. During my sessions, Cindy helped me think through and imagine various situations relevant to my concerns, and coached me on how to accomplish similar exercises (and success!) on my own, outside of our sessions. I highly recommend Cindy and will continue to see her on an occasional basis to help maintain the great progress I’ve made.
[box]From Mike M., July 2016, on working with Cindy on Tinnitus (originally posted on our Yelp reviews):
Cindy Locher and Changeworks have literally changed my life for the better. I have suffered with intense tinnitus, hyperacusis for a few years and tried many methods of management and brain rewiring before finding Changeworks. Cindy’s hypnosis techniques and vast understanding of the brain & neurology have helped me learn how to talk/work with my sub conscious and ” re-parent and re-hardwire a new neural network. I’ve only read about hypnosis and how it can help tinnitus/hyperacusis but I’m a believer now. It’s a really normal process. Hypnosis to me is an intense hyper focused state. Clarity. This is a no-nonsense process. No fluff, just great tools to help me. I needed direction, facts,tools, at home exercises and understanding the language of the brain and I got them. Worth every penny! Thanks! I’ on the road to tinnitus management!
From Our Google Online Reviews:
The end of a 40 year smoking habit:
First, thanks for showing me the way. I had been a smoker for about 40 years. I smoked a variety of brands of cigarettes. During the many times I attempted to stop smoking I would smoke cigars instead (but usually ended up smoking both).
I attempted to stop many times. My attempts were almost an annual affair. I tried cold turkey, acupressure, patches, gums, lozenges and E cigarettes. Some attempts were temporarily successful, but none had any lasting success. It’s not so much that they didn’t get me to stop, but they didn’t prevent me from having the constant desire. At the slightest trigger I would bum a smoke. That led to buying that one pack (The” I’ll quite right after I finish this pack” – pack).
I liked what I saw on the Changeworks Web Site and took a chance. I’m not exaggerating when I say this was a life altering adventure! My desire to smoke is gone; and my mind has the tools to put down any lingering temptations. I’ve been confronted with challenges that, in the past, I would have used as an excuse for that one cigarette-but I didn’t! My wife says my complexion has changed and I look healthier! I already feel so much better!
[box]Decades of sleep issues resolved:
Hi Cindy, I am so happy to write that I am still sleeping well. Sometimes I still think “I can’t believe it!” My story is that I couldn’t get to sleep well and woke up several times every night, and this went on for decades. It really started I think sometime in high school (and I am now 47). Sometimes I would wake up and have thoughts and that would make me anxious and keep me up but mostly, I would wake up and not know why with nothing on my mind. It would take a half hour or more to fall back asleep and with this happening 3 or 4 times a night I would often just get up at 4 am or around there and just figure why even try. I was sleep deprived for decades and it made things so difficult for me. I couldn’t believe that after just 2 sessions with you things were already starting to improve. Waking up less, falling back asleep easier. And now 3 months after all of our sessions, I am sleeping better than I ever remember. I’ll keep you updated with how it’s going, but I truly believe my problems sleeping days are in the past now! I can’t thank you enough. My husband and kids thank you too! ~Sally Burton, Eagan MN [/box]
“I gave my first speech in July and it was awesome! I was SO calm walking up there. Yeah! I haven’t given any other speeches but have volunteered for a variety of other roles, Toastmaster twice, TableTopics master etc. Thanks so much!” ~ Amy D., October 2014*
[box]Brett Pugsley’s Testimonial: THE DAY THE MONKEY ON MY BACK MET THE MONSTER IN MY CLOSET
When my mother first suggested to me that I try hypnosis to quit smoking, I was extremely skeptical about the idea. Fortunately, I was a desperate skeptic, and I tried it anyway. After 33 years of smoking more than a pack a day I was desperate to quit and I had tried almost everything, but to no avail. It didn’t matter that I was 47 and deathly afraid of cancer, it didn’t matter that I no longer enjoyed smoking or that it made me feel like shit. No matter how desperate I was to stop, I still kept reaching for a cigarette. Why??? Maybe I’ll never know why, but now I no longer care, because thanks to Jody and ChangeWorks I no longer smoke.
It’s an amazing transformation, I’ve gone 3 weeks without a smoke, and I feel great. I’m not consumed by the desire to smoke, in fact only rarely do I even think about it (usually under stress I still get an urge) and even when I do it quickly passes as I remind myself of all the reasons I quit and how important to me those reasons are. I’m not at all irritable, which has been a major obstacle in the past, and I’m not searching for something to replace the habit or the time spent in it, I simply do not miss smoking at all.
The most difficult part of this whole thing for me was allowing myself to truly trust Jody and his process. Once I let go of my own feelings of vulnerability and found faith in myself as well as the possibilities presented by hypnosis, I was able to totally relax and allow the process work for me. Jody displayed an extraordinary level of professionalism and expertise in his approach, and it was obvious to me that his passion came from a true and deep desire to help people. So once my sincere desire for change found his ability to affect change in me…well, it was all over for Phillip Morris, and I am thankful for that.
For me, results came quickly. Within 48 hours of my first session I had cut my smoking by 2/3. I haven’t had another cigarette since my second session. My third session is being reserved for future use should I find myself struggling down the road. Quite frankly, I feel the struggle is already won, and I’m left wondering how I can best use that third session. After all, if hypnosis can help me to conquer a powerful addiction such as smoking, what other doors could it open for me? Hmmm….stay tuned.
~ Brett Pugsley, 7/13/14*[/box]
[box]”I have exhausted almost every avenue and spent thousands of dollars to conquer my fear of speaking/presenting. I finally decided to try hypnosis and found Cindy Locher and scheduled a series of 6 sessions. After just a few (sessions) my confidence and (positive) anticipation to speak has greatly increased. I’ve moved away from avoidance to speaking to looking forward to engaging myself in a presentation. The path is now paved and I see light at the end of the tunnel and look forward to my professional career growing.”
From Our Google Online Reviews:
“Since I’ve been here (ChangeWorks) I’ve never felt more relaxed and calm. I had so many issues coming in here and to be honest I didn’t know if this would be the best solution, but I can honestly say this has changed my life 100%. I feel the happiest I’ve ever been and I feel I’ve overcome most of my fears. My anxiety has lowered a ton and my depression is GONE. I’m so happy with choosing hypnosis to get me through all of this. It was amazing how much it changed me for the better.”
~ Erica Krynski, 3/2/14*
[box]”Social anxiety has plagued me for most of my life and has greatly restricted my choices. I tried cognitive behavioral therapy as a method to overcome my fears, but beyond providing a realization that my fears were not rational, I made very limited strides. ChangeWorks and my sessions with Cindy have helped me to gain a calmness in social situations that I never had before and to begin to see that life is less limited than I once thought. Through the sessions, I came to understand that my fears were based on a small number of somewhat minor childhood incidents that I had allowed to cast a shadow on my life. Not only do I know feel more relaxed in social situations, I also am more aware of what others are saying because I am not focusing on my inner monologue of self doubt. I feel grateful for the help offered by Cindy and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to overcome their fears or better focus their energy.
~ Jill Grunewald, 7/27/2013*[/box]
“My sessions addressed a very anxiety producing trauma in my life. I am amazed at how relaxed, calm, joyful and at peace I fell now!”
~ Nan* (last name withheld by request)
“With Cindy’s help, my (golf) handicap dropped an amazing 6 strokes this summer. After years of playing, lessons, practice, I never thought I’d see that kind of change in my in game in one season. Cindy gets results; she is definitely worth the investment.”
— Susan S. (Apple Valley, MN)*
[box]”Jody, thanks for a great session. I realized as I came how important trust would be in a new hypnosis session and how comfortable you made me feel. You were so personable, likable, and I felt comfortable with you. Thank you.”
Appreciative, Carrie Kwok*[/box]
“I have smoked for 20+ years and have tried many times to quit, but no success. I wasn’t sure about hypnosis, but figured it was worth trying. I am so glad I took this step. As of today I have been a non-smoker for 1 week. I can honestly say that from day 1, I had very minimal cravings and I feel great. I would definitely recommend hypnosis to anyone.”
— Tammy L (Woodbury, MN)*
[box]”I have to thank Jody for helping me quit smoking and I have to believe it worked.”
— Peter S (Maplewood, MN)*[/box]
“I’m off to a great start in my life as a non-smoker. I have the techniques I need to really start living.”
— Vinny L (Hastings, MN)*
[box]”I have “quit” many times before with temporary success. Hypnosis has provided the positive tools to place this habit in the past. I look forward to being smoke free for the rest of my life and know that this is possible without withdrawal or urges. Hypnosis has also provided reinforcement techniques for any and all positive changes in my life.”
— Jeff A (Little Canada, MN)*[/box]
“I came here to quit smoking after about 25 years of smoking. I was skeptical about the whole thing. I had quit for about a year cold turkey. It was very difficult with all the cravings. After the first session, it was not as difficult with the cravings as the sessions went on it became less difficult.”
— George H (Anoka, MN)*
From Our Google Online Reviews:
[box]”Thank you so much Jody for all your help with hypnosis. With old age and and 4 learning disabilities I was terrified to go back to school. You taught me to hypnotize myself for study and to test in the same mode.. I am happy to say I received A’s in my pre-requisite classes for grad school. I start school in the fall, and I am very excited about it. Thank you so much for your part in my journey.”
— Jessica Blum*[/box]
“I came in for help in quitting smoking. After the very first session, I lost the cravings for cigarettes and have not had a cigarette since. It was so easy! I feel so good about my accomplishment. I already feel healthier and happier – because I can breathe easier now. I would tell anyone to try hypnosis because it does work!”
— Danette G (Montevideo, MN)*
[box]”I am truly a believer. I must admit that at first I was really skeptical about this whole procedure. As a chain smoker, I can honestly say I have no desire to smoke and I am very pleased with the results. I would strongly recommend this procedure to anyone.”
–Barbara K (Bloomington, MN)*[/box]
“I never thought that I would be a nonsmoker. I smoked for 30+ years and almost assumed I would till death. I no longer feel that way. After my first session – cigarettes were no longer a part of my life routine. The 2 reinforcement sessions were awesome. I truly believe I will NEVER again smoke. This was a wonderful and “pain free” – (meaning no feeling of withdrawal) – experience.”
— Agnes M (Minneapolis, MN)*
[box]”I was initially skeptical when considering hypnotherapy. I come from a Catholic background and was uneasy about the source of hypnotic power. Upon my own research, I grew confident that hypnosis did not rely on any dark or dangerous powers. It appeared to be nothing more than seeking assistance to tap into my own inner thoughts, a therapist of sorts to help make sense of the constant scramble of ideas and emotions running through my mind.
Not only were these perceptions confirmed upon completing my session, I also discovered much more about the hypnotic process and my own inner self. The experience was more than I could have imagined or hoped for. My session began with an extensive discussion on how the brain operates and why hypnosis works. My hypnotherapist, Jody Kimmel, then evaluated my own specific situation pertaining to weight.
I was amazed at how quickly he understood my concerns when he developed a list of my goals. They were perfectly in tune with what I was striving for. We discussed them carefully together and I felt extremely comfortable moving forward. Jody did a few brief exercises to familiarize me with the hypnotic process, which made is easier for me to slip into a hypnotic state once we began. I was entirely present while under hypnosis, as opposed to my preconceived notions of a deep sleep I would have little recollection of. Jody was able to expose the root of my weight issues, which stemmed back to my childhood.
Under hypnosis, I recalled early moments of childhood I’d never recalled before. In my case, these memories were based around food and the emotions I was conditioned to associate with eating. I experienced what’s best described as a battle between my adult self and my childhood self, bringing to the forefront the clash between who I want to be now as an adult and the innate tendencies of my sub-conscious mind. For the first time in my life, I was able to comprehend and communicate the source of my issues with food. Jody gave both my adult self and my childhood self a fair chance to communicate their side of the combating forces. This made my problem easier to understand and a solution plausible and accessible. My two selves were able to essentially reach an agreement for my overall well being. This was the first great leap towards my success over maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Hypnosis served as therapy for me. After many frustrating years of yo-yoing between success and failure, I made sense of the root of my problems, enabling me to make the changes necessary to reach my ultimate goal. I now understand how futile my surface attempts to control my weight have been because I was able to focus only on the conscious. The depth of my issues reside in the sub-conscious, which hypnosis helped me access. I have a newfound sense of confidence and certainty that I will choose to live a healthy lifestyle. Jody helped me overcome one of my greatest obstacles in life, my own inner self.”
~~ Emily Urlacher, 6/15/12*[/box]
“I would and will recommend hypnosis to all my friends and family that smoke. It teaches you a new and better way to approach stress and the emotions that brings you to smoke and imbeds what you should do better for yourself in your brain. It’s amazing. Thank you, I finally know I will never touch a cigarette again.”
— Maria J (Rosemount, MN)*
[box]”I smoked for over 40 years, tried to quit a number of times, and didn’t ’til I came here. I stopped after the first session. It wasn’t easy, but I got through it with their help.”
— Tom G (Lakeville, MN)*[/box]
[box]”Hi Jody, Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, we just got back from Denver this past weekend. And I did amazingly on the airplane as well, no anxiety. I’m feeling really good right now. I’m in ‘detox’ mode with slowly weaning off my daily anxiety medications..they never tell you the side effects of ‘quitting’ those damn drugs. I’ll keep you updated! — Joe R.*
And this update from Joe R.: “With Jody’s assistance my mind has been opened up like never before. I suffered from Anxiety and Panic Attacks for 7 years and with Jody’s help my symptoms have been dramatically reduced. In our sessions he guided me through the way my mind was working and explained the scientific connections between thoughts and feelings. It was easy to see Jody’s passion and knowledge in the field of Hypnosis. I strongly recommend consulting with Jody to assist you in any life changes you wish to make. This isn’t magic, Jody opens the door and you walk through it. Thanks Jody for all your help. Joe R.”*[/box]
“I have been a little skeptical about the whole hypnosis thing but I wanted both my wife and myself to quit smoking permanently. Now, after our 3rd visit, I feel it is working and my desire to smoke is lessening. I am grateful to be non-smokers and be healthy and happy for it!”
–Pete E (Champlin, MN)*
“I have smoked for about 40 years. I’ve tried to quit cold turkey, Chantix, etc. I was desperate to quit as I could feel my health getting worse because of smoking. I stopped completely after the first session. I have had cravings but I know how to deal with them and it gets easier everyday. I will recommend hypnosis to anyone who wants to quit. The sessions are so relaxing.”
— Elizabeth E (Richfield, MN)*
[box]”Hi Cindy, I just wanted to send you a note on my hypnosis experience with you. First a little history on my battle with anxiety. It started around 8 years ago when I thought I was having a heart attack and I went to the doctor and they did a stress test and decided it was just stress. So I was told to sell a couple of my businesses and get a hobby and I was also put on paxil. This seemed to work for stopping the panic attacks but it did not solve the anxiety problem and I did not like the way I felt on the drugs. Whenever I tried to go off the meds I would start having anxiety and panic attacks again. I also had my thyroid checked and my testosterone which was low and that helped lesson the depression after the panic attacks. I went to see a counselor who explained how anxiety worked and told me it was all in my head and I also read a number of books and ordered the Lucinda Basset (Midwest Anxiety Center) tapes off the infomercial.
All of this helped reduce the frequency and severity of the attacks, but it was all still in my head and I didn’t have idea what I could do about that. So I called you to try hypnotherapy and I will have to say I was a skeptic but I agreed to follow whatever you told me to do to the letter to give it a fair chance. After the first session I had the feeling that I could not have a panic attack even when I was feeling stressed. The suggestions you gave me during hypnosis gave me some tools, and for the first time I had made changes “in my head” even though I was not in a deep state of hypnosis until the fourth session. I had realized after trying to blame everything and everyone for my anxiety that I needed to take responsibility for it, but I just didn’t know how to change what was going on in my head. I want to thank you Cindy for doing what you do.
You did in 5 sessions what I had been trying to do myself for over eight years. I will take the responsibility to keep up on the meditation and self hypnosis, I plan on making it part of my lifestyle just like my exercise and healthy eating. Thank You.
— Daniel Erickson PS. feel free to share this with anyone you would like, especially if it could help someone else like me.”*[/box]
“I believe your hypnosis really worked. I actually felt sick around all the bad food choices this year. NO WEIGHT GAIN between Thanksgiving and Christmas!””
— Tim F. (Apple Valley, MN)*
[box]”Hypnosis works! 33 pounds down in just over 6 months. I know it was the hypnosis because I’d tried everything else and nothing else budged this weight. I still have a ways to go (plan to lose another 30), but NOW I know I will be successful! Thanks!”
— Bill S., Crosby, MN*[/box]
“Hi Cindy , happy holidays ! I just want to say thanks again for helping me quit smoking, it has been the best thing I have ever done I feel great!”
— Tim Scheurer, Mankato, MN*
[box]”Just wanted to say “ Thank you!” The hypnosis really did work. For the most part I Just read and did my crossword puzzles and even looked outside at the ocean. Crazy I tell ya! The flight back was ok but the landing – not so much. We started to land, the tires were on the ground and all of a sudden we had to go back up. Second time we landed we did stay on the ground but we slid a bit because it was so slippery out! Before meeting with you I would have totally freaked out but didn’t so thank you very much!”
— Tammy S. (Fear of Flying)*[/box]
“Everything is great and I haven’t had any relapses or even any real cravings. I know it would be so easy to start smoking again but I just don’t do it. I’m thrilled with the results. I have been listening to the (reinforcement) CD and I am reading the book to start with my own self-hypnosis.”
— Robin S., Minneapolis, MN (Smoking Cessation)*
[box]”I am really enthused about our sessions and what I am learning. I am anxious to learn more and be able to effectively meditate on my own. My goal right now is to listen to the CD (Cumulative Bliss) every evening. The last three days I have listened twice each day. I felt really quite good today. I am starting to feel like this takes the place of my anti-anxiety pill.”
— Bruce M., Minneapolis, MN (Fear and Anxiety)*[/box]
“Thanks so much for meeting with me yesterday – judging by how I feel today it was definitely a positive experience! I went home feeling so relaxed and had more of a feeling of certainty in myself when I woke up this morning.”
— Sally K., Minneapolis, MN*
[box]”I slept ALL night last night!!! Not even up to use bathroom or drink of water, nothing. I am not walking around in a fog today. Feel better today than have in months.”
— Shellie S., (Insomnia)*[/box]
“I slept like a baby, pain level is down to a 2 or 3, a good 50% reduction.”
— Brad F. (Stress, Insomnia, Pain)*
[box]”Interesting thing happened today. I have had really bad pain in my left hip. Went to my family doctor today and the x-ray showed my hip and joints is great. So it is bursitis. He recommended a cortisone shot. He cautioned my and said a lot of people decide after he explains the pain involved. I have had them before and remember the pain from the shot, phew! I agreed that I needed to get rid of the hip pain asap, because it is hindering my teaching. So, while he is getting the cortisone, I quickly put myself under, or at least talked to my body to relax, numb feeling, no pain, etc. Only had a min, but when he came back I was ready. He warned me, “get ready here it comes (LOL, it was sort of funny), a slight pinch and then nothing. He was talking me through it here comes the burn, etc, now on the bone, will be over soon, hang on, but I am talking to him and felt absolutely nothing. A great shot giver or a great hypnotherapist? Thought you might like this quick story.”
— Phil, (Self Hypnosis training)*[/box]
“I appreciate the positive way you approached my issues and the kindness, respect, and you-can-do-it attitude that you gave me.”
— Caroline M., Hastings, MN (Procrastination and Organization)*
[box]”I’ve been yoyo dieting for the last six years and nothing really worked until I came to Cindy. I tried a lot of weight loss regimens… I have a back problem and it is very uncomfortable because of the extra weight …
Hearing about Cindy and hypnotherapy is a blessing. She is very professional and listens to your concerns and works hard with you to attain your goal. I have lost 13 lbs. in six weeks (and continuing!). I am exercising more and I find myself craving more fruits and vegetables instead of junk food. I was also able to quit drinking pop which is a big deal to me since I’ve been trying to do it for a long time! I look forward to planning my meals ahead of time and If I have a party to go to (in my case, I attend parties almost every weekend) I choose the healthy foods without thinking about it. I don’t feel deprived because for the first time in my life, I am actually being good to my body and I feel great!
My friends notice my new behavior … they (my friends) are getting used to it and actually compliment me on the way I look. The more compliments I get, the more motivated I become!”
— Glenda T., Minneapolis, MN (Weight Release)*[/box]
“It’s time. It’s time to let go, let God, and let myself be healed. I owe it all to you. I can’t thank you enough. What you have done is be a part in saving my life. I hope you know that! I will keep in touch and let you know how I am doing, but I am very confident that I…will be a permanent non-smoker! Honestly–I believe I already am…”
— Jodi B., St. Paul, MN (Smoking Cessation)*
[box]”Life is treating me very well. My new job is everything I wanted and more – challenging, fun, busy, etc. It was the right thing to do and I honestly believe that you helped me make the transition. I’ve been using the (recorded session) CD’s 3-4 times a week. They help tremendously.”
— Dave T., St. Paul, MN (Stress)*[/box]
“The Cumulative Bliss brain entrainment CD is amazing. I feel so calm and relaxed. I have been able to stop using sleeping pills, which I was using every night!”
— Katie K., Burnsville, MN (Fear and Anxiety, Stress)*
[box]”I began using meditation CD (Cumulative Bliss) three weeks ago. … I have found the 30 min tape to be soothing, relaxing and a great prelude to sleep. … It is everything you have said it is plus more. I enjoy the calming affect it has and I have noticed that I have more patience during the day with those close to me. I seem to be more actively giving compliments and other positive changes. I look forward to other meditation CD’s you come out with. I highly recommend this CD to everyone.”
— Phil T., Rosemount, MN (Stress)*[/box]
[box]”After two weeks of attending hypnosis sessions, I consider myself a non-smoker. I understand better why I smoked, how to give myself what I truly need and how to relax without smoking. I came to ChangeWorks Hypnosis because I felt I had tried everything else and would never be able to quit. I needed help and found it! I will never be a smoker again!”
–Julie F (Rosemount, MN)*[/box]
“I have been a non-smoker for the last 5 years. Before that I smoked for 39 years at the end I was smoking 5-5 ½ cartons a month.”
— Bruce O (Afton, MN)*
“After numerous tries to quit smoking after 53yrs – 1 to 1 ½ packs per day. After the 1st session, I was quite amazed at the lack of desire to smoke. After our 3 sessions, I have begun to breathe easier, no coughing and the ability to go to a special place eliminating stress.”
— Cliff K (Elk River, MN)*
[box]“I wish everyone could know about the amazing work that Cindy does! First of all I’d like everyone to know that I have never worked with a hypnotherapist until I met Cindy, and I wasn’t sure what to expect… I have worked with Cindy on several occasions since. I have had some highly stressful and time sensitive challenges to deal with (work related). I don’t remember having such high stress for many years.
It was unbelievable how Cindy helped me in just minutes to relieve the stress and & not only that (which was huge) but I approached the challenges with a whole different feeling and outlook toward it. I felt positive as well as confident! WOW! I told her I loved her and that she is an angel! I very highly recommend her for ANYTHING that you want to take care of in your life. Better golf game, lose weight, virtually anything! I recommend anybody to … give her a call.”
— Jan R., Eden Prairie, MN (Stress)*[/box]
*Disclaimer: Everyone’s different, and of course your results may vary. It is unethical to guarantee changes in human behavior and much depends on your motivation. We do require a consultation during which the program will be explained, and your motivation will be evaluated. We do not accept everyone who approaches us to do this work because we believe that your success is our success and we work to set you up to succeed.