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Why Hypnosis

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Why Clinical Hypnosis Works

Clinical Hypnosis is effective and lasting in so many areas because it operates at the deepest level possible.


The deeper and more fundamental a change occurs, the smaller it needs to be and the greater its effect. This is also why the desired change can often be immediate or dramatically quicker than traditional modalities.


Read on to discover why hypnosis works, how powerful your subconscious is, and how to make dramatic and permanent changes.



* All testimonials are unsolicited and solely the experiences of those offering their testimony; individual results vary, depending on many factors.

The Experience of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is not sleep, although some people get so relaxed that they may fall asleep. This is no problem because some part of the mind continues to listen to the voice of the hypnotherapist. In hypnosis, sleeping clients can still follow instructions such as moving a finger, taking a deep breath or awakening themselves when they are asked to do so.​


When you go to a hypnotist for a specific purpose such as smoking cessation, weight loss, stress or anxiety reduction, eliminating fears or phobias, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, pain control or creative exploration, your stated purpose becomes the therapist's objective for you. A hypnotist is expert at translating your wants and desires into the special language of the subconscious mind.

Since your mind and body function as ​one, undivided whole​​​​​, your objective is most efficiently accomplished because all parts of your mind and body are working together and in the same direction. Ambivalence is eliminated and in its place is the natural, efficient flowing toward your intended goal.


There is no failure in hypnosis. What is normally viewed as failure is simply feedback that we use to achieve your goal. This feedback only reflects a need for adjustment in perspective, approach and inclusiveness. This is the mastery that you can accomplish through hypnosis and self-hypnosis.​


Some other facts:​


  • Hypnosis is scientifically proven and used in a variety of fields including medicine, dentistry, law enforcement, professional sports and education.

  • Hypnosis is safe and effective. It was approved by the American Medical Association in 1958.

  • Hypnosis has double the success rate of nicotine gum or patches.

  • Hypnosis used expertly with neural reprogramming offers an 85%+ success rate in one session for most smokers.

  • Hypnosis is a natural state that everyone can experience.

  • Anyone with an IQ of 70 or greater can be hypnotized.

  • You are always in control while in hypnosis and can terminate the session at any time.

  • You cannot be made to do anything against your will.

  • A strong will actually enhances hypnotic effectiveness.

  • Hypnosis is easy and the benefits last a lifetime.


The New York Times: Hypnosis Changed My Life

Disseminating hypnosis to health care settings: Applying the RE-AIM framework

Standford Scientists Identify Brain Areas Altered During Hypnosis

Using Hypnosis in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

How One in Five Quit Smoking


Hypnosis Information

Quit Smoking Hypnosis Blog

Review and Evaluation of Smoking Cessation Methods: the United States and Canada, 1978-1985

Brain States and Hypnosis Research

What is Hypnosis

​Read: Clinical Proof of the Power of Suggestion​

​Hypnosis is a powerfully creative state of mind and body that is characterized by a willingness and receptivity to receive, and act upon, specifically crafted suggestions. It feels familiar and comfortable because to most people hypnosis feels like deep relaxation or sometimes even sleep. In fact the origin is from the Greek word "hypnos," which means sleep.​ But the effect of hypnosis is unlike sleep.​​

Contrary to a popular misconception—that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep—contemporary research suggests that hypnotic subjects are fully awake and are focusing attention, with a corresponding decrease in their peripheral awareness.​​​

Our state of mind changes frequently throughout the day and night. Driving your car is a different state of mind than reading, which is different than sleeping. Falling asleep in front of the television is a form of hypnosis, which by the way, is not recommended. This is because you are receiving powerful suggestions from advertisers without your analytical mind to filter out what's wanted from what's not.​


During hypnosis you are fully in control. You know exactly where you are the entire time. You can adjust your position, scratch, sneeze or cough. You can open your eyes and bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time. You can still hear sounds around you, like a phone ringing or any other sounds that may signal for your conscious awareness to become active. You can alert yourself and respond to any situation that needs your immediate attention. You remain oriented as to person, place, and time. You can even hold a conversation in hypnosis, which is often the case in regressions and gestalt-type sessions.​

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