Stop smoking hypnotherapy is most effective

August 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy

Whether you are smoking two cigarettes a day or two packs a day, hypnotherapy can help you kick the habit for good!

Facts To Consider When Choosing A Smoking Cessation Program

  • According to a study presented on October 22, 2007 before the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), stop smoking hypnotherapy is the number one most effective way to quit smoking.
  • The CHEST study results showed hypnotherapy to be at least twice as effective as other programs, including pharmacological treatment.
  • When smokers try to stop with methods other than hypnosis and behavioral counseling, they frequently suffer from intense feelings of deprivation and depression.
  • The beauty of hypnotherapy is that it removes this feeling of deprivation. It removes the need and the desire to smoke. Your employees won’t need useless aids, gimmicks or substitutes. No nicotine gum or patches. No inhalers or nasal sprays. No needles or lasers. All they have to do is sit back in a nice comfortable chair and relax. It doesn’t get easier than that!
  • The Journal of Applied Psychology analyzed over 600 studies involving more than 72,000 people, including 48 studies of hypnosis and smoking cessation. The results clearly showed that one-on-one stop smoking hypnotherapy was three times more effective than traditional nicotine replacement therapy.

For more information about self-hypnosis to stop smoking, please visit our home page and get your free self-hypnosis guide.

How to Use Self-Hypnosis for Behavioral Change

August 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Hypnotherapy Treatments

Today, I’ll be discussing the difference between hetero-hypnosis and self-hypnosis.  I’ll also discuss the efficacy of self-hypnosis cds.

There are a lot of misconceptions about what hypnosis is and how it works.  Some people still think hypnosis  it’s a form of mind control, where the hypnotist forces the subject to do something embarrassing against his will, such as bark like a dog, or cluck like a chicken.  In reality, the job of a hypnotherapist is to help you gain more mastery and control over your mind, so that you can make desired behavioral changes with little or no effort. During hypnosis, your body is deeply relaxed and you are able to concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, or sensation, while blocking out all other distractions. No one can force you into a state of trance.  It is up to you to allow yourself to enter this state. In fact, one could say that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis because you and only you can create relaxation in your body; and you and only you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory or sensation. No one else can do this for you.

Self-hypnosis (hypnotizing yourself) is often more practical as a stress-management tool than hetero-hypnosis (being hypnotized by someone else), as you do not need to have a hypnotist present.  Although self-hypnosis is not difficult, it might take quite a bit of practice before you can do it with ease. Don’t get discouraged if at first you don’t succeed because this is a very powerful way for you to manage stress and retrain your mind.

If your goal is to break free from a stubborn addiction or habit or if you’ve tried using self-hypnosis and you’re not getting the results that you seek, you may want to consider hiring a professional hypnotherapist to help you achieve your goals.  A trained professional can help you discover and overcome any conscious or unconscious obstacles that may be preventing you from realizing your desired outcome. Another alternative to using self-hypnosis is to listen to self-hypnosis cds or MP3s.  The benefit of these is that you can take a more passive role, allowing yourself to relax and be guided along rather than formulating the suggestions yourself.

Did You Say “Vegetable Phobia?”

June 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Fears and Phobias

Up until a few months ago, when a woman approached me about treating her vegetable phobia, I had no idea that Lachanophobia (fear of vegetables) even existed.   When I agreed to take her on as a client, I knew that I could help her get past her fear, but I had no idea how much the session would impact her life!  My client’s phobia was precipitated by a traumatic event in childhood, where she was left in a highchair all night staring at a bowl of peas.  After the incident, she developed an extreme aversion to vegetables, which lasted into adulthood.  Whenever she was faced with the prospective of having to eat any kind of vegetables, she would start to feel panicky, her throat would close up and she would feel very nauseous.

Being significantly overweight, my client’s weight loss goals were constantly being undermined because of her fear of vegetables.  When she came into my office the first time, she was practically in tears as she described her frustration with not being able to lose weight.

I treated her condition just like I would treat any phobia, by rewiring her memories of the traumatic event and desensitizing her to the fear.  After only two sessions, she’s now eating most vegetables (except for the ones which we agreed she never had to eat, like Brussels sprouts).  Not only does she feel comfortable around cucumbers and asparagus, but she’s lost 20 pounds in one month and she’s feeling great!

The moral of the story?  There’s no such thing as a weird phobia. If you’re legitimately afraid of something and its negatively impacting your life, maybe it’s time you faced your fear.

Are You Living in Fear?

June 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Fears and Phobias

Most people are afraid of something.  They spent countless hours avoiding this, that or the other.  But, alas, the more you avoid something, the more it shows up in your life.  (What you focus on expands).  I’ve been avoiding snorkeling and scuba diving since I was 10 years old because I’m too scared of fish! It may sound absurd, but to me it makes perfect sense.  I developed ichthyophobia when I was around 9 or 10, after a certain incident where I was chased with a fish (no kidding!).  Since then, I’ve been scared to go anywhere near them.  But now that I’m going to Hawaii for my honeymoon (and my husband wants to go scuba diving), I feel that it’s time to finally confront my fear.

This topic has really got me thinking about the importance of overcoming fear.  Fear can be so debilitating and so wasteful.  It prevents people from living their lives to the fullest and inhibits them from pursuing their greatest passions.  After five miserable years as a courtroom litigator, I overcame my biggest fear of switching careers and now I help others conquer theirs.  If I hadn’t been willing to tackle my fear, I’d still be sitting at a desk sorting legal documents.

I help people release all types of phobias, including flying, elevators, animals, public speaking, doctors/dentists, closed spaces, etc.  One of my clients avoided elevators for nearly 20 years until I gave her a hypnotic suggestion that every time she saw an elevator, she would be reminded of the glass elevator from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and the little child in her would feel compelled to explore the possibilities of where the elevator could go.  I had another client who was deathly afraid of birds until I gave her a hypnotic suggestion that every time she saw a bird, she would think of a chipmunk.  (In her mind, chipmunks were safe and cuddly).

I’m so passionate about helping people overcome their fears/phobias, that I’ve developed a TV show around this topic and I’m pitching it to Oprah!  If you want to learn more or you just want to see me being chased around by a fish, please click on the link and VOTE: (Don’t be confused- Ayelet is my Israeli name).

Do You Have An Addictive Personality?

March 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Hypnotherapy Treatments

If you’ve ever polished off a whole pizza or had one too many drinks, you know what it feels like to overindulge.   But what separates the occasional “over-indulger” from the full blown addict?  Are there personality traits that make one person more susceptible to addiction than another?

The idea that there is such a thing as “addictive personality” is highly debatable in the medical community.  Most experts agree that there is no singular recipe for addictive behavior.  However, there are certain factors that can affect the likelihood of someone developing an addiction:

  • Family history of addiction
  • Gender (e.g., men are twice as likely as women to develop drug addiction)
  • Anxiety, depression and loneliness
  • Antisocial personality
  • Low distress tolerance
  • Difficulty delaying gratification
  • Abuse or trauma in childhood
  • Profound inconsistencies in parenting

If you recognize the signs of an addictive personality in yourself or someone you love, don’t fret. Just because you have the traits, doesn’t mean you’re destined to develop a problem with addiction.  If you are struggling with an addictive behavior, you’re not alone.  There are many treatment options available.  Hypnosis is one alternative approach.

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