Arizona Advanced Medicine Clinic
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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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Recent Testimonials
From Our Previous Patients

  • I am so thankful to you this Thanksgiving weekend for giving me my health and my life back!

    “I am so thankful to you this Thanksgiving weekend for giving me my health and my life back! Good news- I am still good and not reacting to fluorescent lights anymore. Also I seem to be reacting to chemicals less than before. I have lost that totally grounded feeling, but no more panic attacks and I can work all day without any neurological symptoms. I have had no neuro symptoms at all since I had the [Chiren] treatment in September. This is so amazing!!! I can even drink coffee and wine in small amounts now. Yeah! But have to stick to the gluten free/dairy free diet because I now get asthma symptoms when I eat anything that has gluten or dairy in it. Also my stomach can’t handle dairy any more since I’ve been off it so long. So I can’t put milk in my coffee – oh well. Had a few no-nos yesterday for the holiday and am feeling it in my chest today. Also itching- ears, eyes and skin on my face. Weird- it’s almost like I get when I am exposed to a cat. The best thing is that I am not getting any neurological symptoms anymore and I feel totally normal. I can handle a little respiratory reaction every now and then and I have my inhaler if I get into any breathing trouble. So far it has been mild and just annoying. My whole family is now gluten free and everyone is doing great! No one has been sick for the last 6 months. : ) My son, off gluten, is amazing. He just brought home a report card of straight A’s and has no more twitching or tics. *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.”

    Patient MDC

  • Never in my life had I met a doctor that was so knowledgeable and thorough.

    “You so kindly took the time to talk with me about all of my concerns and you honestly left no stone unturned! Never in my life had I met a doctor that was so knowledgeable and thorough.* *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.”

    L.S.

  • Definitely a game changer!

    “I just wanted to take a moment to email you to say thank you for your very detailed testing and even considering Lyme as a possible suspect to my ailments.* Had I not gone to see you I would have never even thought of Lyme as a reason for my weakness on my right arm and leg.* In your recommendations you had stated you wanted me to possibly get checked for Lyme and I asked and asked and not one insurance doctor would do the test.* Everyone said that there was no reason to check. Well, we moved to Virginia at the end of November and finally about three weeks ago the neurologist that I went to see for my migraines here tested me for Lyme. The results came back equivocal (1.10 on Elisa) and she simply stated that they found antibodies in my blood. And she started me on Doxycycline (100mg 2x day) for 21 days. I don’t know much about Lyme but will be seeing an infectious disease doctor on Wednesday. In the meantime, we had our newborn (born 1/21/13) tested with the Western blot and another test and per the pediatrician the results were negative. We will continue praying that he will not be affected. … Thank you very much for being that little guiding light that led us in the right direction.* Once again Dr.Grout, continue to do what you do.* You were definitely a game changer for sure.* *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.”

    J.P.

  • This was the most positive experience I have ever had at a doctor’s office.

    “This was the most positive experience I have ever had at a doctor’s office.* Dr. Korn listened and made us a part of the decisions that were made.* He was kind and very accessible. Everyone in the office was very nice, helpful, and knew what they were doing.* *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.”

    MR

  • I wanted to let people know that the AZ Center for Advanced Medicine is certainly worth a call!

    “In 2011 I realized that it was time to do something about my memory. I knew I needed the right kind of help, the right doctor. On www.acam.org I chose 3 possible naturalistic doctors and showed the names to my integrative doctor who was retiring. Then, I showed the names to my highly respected dentist as well. Both immediately said, “If you can get Martha Grout, she’s the one!” I called her office and learned that I could have a no-charge 15 minute telephone conversation with her to get my questions answered. I made an appointment to start testing and treatment.* Dr. Grout tested me and the test results showed 7 or 8 metals in the danger zone. My mother had died of Alzheimer’s disease when she was 74 years old. I wanted to live much longer than that! Chelation was the answer to reduce the dangerously high levels of deadly metals.* After a series of chelation, with tests taken at intervals to evaluate how I was progressing, my memory, and the tension I was feeling about it, is greatly improved.* AND, another possible effect of metal toxicity, the awful muscle, ligament, and joint pain I had been suffering from for so long has also been greatly diminished in the past few months.* Now, at 72 yrs. old, I am riding my bike 7 – 8 miles up and down hills, hiking and doing gardening…all without pain.* Oh, I may get some of the natural stiffness if I overdo after missing several days of exercise; this is normal to anyone. But the pain used to follow the slightest work/exercise.* Dr. Grout said that I lack certain enzymes which has caused the build-up of heavy metals. I take some supplements for my digestion and I will soon be on a reduced, maintenance chelation schedule to maintain my health.* I also chose to have sensitivity testing and learned that I needed to avoid dairy and wheat, which has improved how I feel.* Another benefit of all this has been the marvelous, kind, caring doctors, nurses, patients, everyone at AZ Center for Advanced Medicine.* I always look forward to being there. I have made new friends.* We share our stories and what we’ve learned. Dr. Grout and staff answer our questions and care about each and every patient. It’s an uplifting atmosphere.* I wanted to let people know that the AZ Center for Advanced Medicine is certainly worth a call,* and/or a visit to learn what can be done about any health problem you’re having. I’m so glad that I found this place.* *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.”

    P.B.