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Dr. Steven Swerdfeger

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Dr. Steven SwerdfegerSteven Swerdfeger, PhD, CH serves as the consulting hypnotist at the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine. He also facilitates a support group for patients at our Scottsdale integrative medical center suffering with any chronic illness, exploring the hidden causes of chronic illness. He also serves as a patient liaison, welcoming new patients, talking with them in the IV room as they undergo their treatments, and helping them to deal with their illness and recovery.

Education & Training

Dr. Swerdfeger received his training in Hypnosis and Guided Imagery at the Edgar Cayce Association of Research & Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, where he studied with Dr. Allen S. Chips. Advanced training was also received from Dr. David Mullen of Bradenton, Florida, a clinical psychologist specializing in hypnosis; Dr. Robert Moore of Phoenix, Arizona; and Gerald F. Kein of the Omni Hypnosis Center in Deland, Florida.

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Sessions are by appointment, with a telephone interview preceding the initial hypnosis session. Clients are frequently able to achieve their specific goals in one or two sessions. Work in the area of regression may occasionally require an extended number of sessions.

How Hypnosis Can Help

Hypnosis and guided imagery can be very healing in ways no other method can be. Sometimes we have unconscious mental blocks which either produce noticeable symptoms or act as unseen impediments to healing. They are at the level of the amygdala, which is the level below consciousness, and we are not aware of them until these things are brought up at least to the level of the hippocampus where sensory input from the body is related to the cortex in the forms of thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

When something occurs which is so traumatic the conscious mind cannot deal with it, the information that comes into the amygdala, stays there and never comes up to consciousness. This is why people have buried symptoms.

The body's innate wisdom knows it needs to deal with these memories because they make the body sick. If it is an issue of powerlessness, for example, the symptoms may manifest in the abdomen. If a person was beaten as a child, the physical memory and resulting illness may be stored where the body was beaten.

Dr. Swerdfeger's Approach

Hypnosis and guided imagery can help us to access consciously these things that have been inaccessible. The body's innate wisdom also has a safety mechanism because it will not access anything which the conscious mind feels it cannot deal with.

Steven Swerdfeger has used hypnosis and guided imagery to help people with phantom limb pain, anxiety and depression, phobias, and chronic pain. All of the preceding must be by medical referral. Hypnosis is also helpful in the elimination of recurrent and/or unwanted patterns, the enhancement of abilities, the management and reduction of stress, and it can be an important aid in the recovery from cancer.

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    “I have a special reason this year [2012] to be grateful: today, the day before Thanksgiving, is my 12th birthday since the doctors told me in 2001 that I would most likely not celebrate another one. At the time of my diagnosis, giving thanks was the farthest thing from my mind. But I know now that I had every reason to be grateful.* My very advanced diagnosis let me decide that, if I was going to die, I would do so with as much grace, dignity, and quality of life as I could manage.* That meant I would make the decision to take the road less traveled and refuse the ‘standard of care’: surgery, high-dose chemo and radiation. It meant that I would look for things to clean and strengthen my body and immune system, that I would find ways to grow spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. The nine years prior to 2001, when I was dealing with chronic disease, gave me the tools to create my own healing platform. This healing platform of integrated tools and anti-cancer strategies kept me alive until I found IPT Targeted Low-Dose chemotherapy in 2002 and allowed me to literally watch the cancer leave my body.* Ultimately, it all meant that I would change my focus on life from what I could get from it to what I could give to it.* Best Answer for Cancer Foundation (BAFC) is the pathway that allows me to give back. I’m so thankful for the assistance and guidance that has helped make BAFC a thriving reality. I’m so grateful to the physician members of BAFC: to the doctors who have treated so many cancer patients, myself included. These wonderful physicians give selflessly of their time, their talent and – many times – of their own income to help people in need. They are truly incredible people, and I am honored to know them and call them my friends.* Every day, in every way, I am humbled by and thankful for the patients who come to us, who give us the chance to help them, who have the courage to walk the road less traveled of alternative and integrative medicine. They also remind me of the most powerful healing opportunity of my life and the wonderful road that resulted from it.* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”

    Director of Best Answer for Cancer Foundation