Report: #941249

Complaint Review: PA Hypnosis Center - Dan Vitchoff

  • Submitted: Fri, September 14, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, October 08, 2012
  • Reported By: tailspin — Wexford Pennsylvania United States of America
  • PA Hypnosis Center - Dan Vitchoff
    16085 Perry Highway, Warrendale PA 15086
    Pittsburgh (Warrendale), Pennsylvania
    United States of America

PA Hypnosis Center - Dan Vitchoff Misrepresented service - lied about what was discuseed during consultation - refused to refund monies for services not rendered which I could not tolerate due to medical condition Pittsburgh ,Warrendale, Pennsylvania

*Consumer Comment: Dan Vitchoff helped me overcome anxiety and lose weight.

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Dan Vitchoff is a clever & enterprising businessman. He claims to offer hypnotherapy but leads you to a darkened room & puts headphones & blinking glasses on you, then subjects you to repeated playings of a generic recording for every session after he leaves the room. It is so irritating & absurd it becomes intolerable.

In my case, because I suffer from severe tinnitus (ringing of the ears), wearing headphones for extended periods is very agitating. His staff was told of this condition when I called for a consultation & ironically claimed to offer a remedy for it instead of exacerbating it. They also claimed to be able to address an anxiety related breathing disorder & alleviation of chronic pain.

When I politely declined to continue the treatments after 4 sessions, Mr. Vitchoff refused to refund my money for the remaining 4 prepaid sessions claiming he had already "prepared a personalized program" for me. This, of course, was nonsense since I began my 1st session the day following our initial consultation.

He was able to produce a signed credit card receipt which stated a "no refund" policy in small type, nearly impossible to read in his dimly lit office, after he had charged my credit card. Contrary to his claims, he never discussed this with me beforehand and, in fact, boldly displays a satisfaction guarantee commitment on his website.

The chairman of the ethics committee of the National Guild of Hypnotists who licensed Mr Vitchoff also disapproves of his use of repetitive recordings & refusal to offer refunds, and has advised that there may be a possibility of action against him if more complaints are received. I would urge any other dissatisfied victims of PA Hypnosis Center to log a comment at the following website:

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#1 Consumer Comment

Dan Vitchoff helped me overcome anxiety and lose weight.

AUTHOR: csmith - (United States of America)

I feel that the above report is unfair and biased.  I have had a personal experience at the PA Hypnosis Center and my experience was very positive.  First of all, Dan Vitchoff is a wonderful and caring man who has helped me and several of my friends and family overcome anxiety, lose weight and stop smoking. The consultation process is very thorough and he does explain everything in detail including the fact that he uses lights, sounds, music and direct suggestions in his hypnosis sessions.  He has coined this the 33 method which is the same method he used to help his Olympic athletes win Gold Medals at the Olympics.  He does lead you to a darkened room and use lights and headphones in his sessions but the person who wrote the above report used a negative spin to make the PA Hypnosis Center look bad.  The truth is that the room is darkened so that you can relax, any hypnotist you work with will dim the lights for a hypnosis session.  The lights in the glasses use a powerful form of brainwave technology that enables you to achieve a deeper state of hypnosis.  The headphones are noise cancelling headphones that eliminate any external noises or distractions that would take away from the process of hypnosis and lastly, the suggestions that Dan Vitchoff uses during his hypnosis sessions are designed with your specific needs in mind.  He is a leading expert in the world of hypnosis and mental training and his education is in Psychology and Education.  He provides hypnosis which is a professional service to help people make positive and permenant changes in their lives and I can personally attest to the fact that it works.  It doesn't sound like you gave the process a chance, too bad because it sounds like he really could have helped you. 
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