4 Ways Hypnotherapy Helps Address Depression and Anxiety

Steve G. Jones Carrot Top

Me with Carrot Top

Depression and anxiety problems don’t just happen out of the blue. More often than not, they stem from a deep-seated issue, with many sufferers not knowing what the problem is, or even what their triggers are.

In many ways, hypnosis offers an ideal approach to identifying the cause of depression and anxiety. A 2013 study conducted at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine found that “hypnotherapy produced significant improvement in BDI-II, BAI, and BHS scores from baseline.” The same study points out how “hypnotherapy was significantly more effective than antidepressant treatment on depression.”

So, how does hypnosis “solve” depression and anxiety, and what can you expect from a hypnotherapy session designed to address these problems?

  1. Hypnosis Allows You to Enter Your Subconscious

For many sufferers of depression and anxiety, the deep-seated cause of their problems lies in their subconscious, which explains why it’s hard for them to know what’s causing them to feel sad and lonely, or why they’re prone to having panic attacks.

Oftentimes, sufferers of depression bury their feelings of resentment, anger, guilt, and fear in their subconscious. Clinical hypnotherapy helps the patient by finding the underlying cause of these issues, helping the sufferer resolve them, slowly but surely.

  1. Hypnotherapy Relieves Physical Tension

People who suffer from anxiety often find themselves constantly on edge, and sometimes even in physical pain. The emphasis of hypnosis on relaxation allows patients to relieve their stress, relieve physical tension, and reduce the frequency of straining their bodies.

These usually manifest themselves in rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and profuse sweating among many others.

  1. Hypnosis Helps You to Focus on the Positive

Many people suffering from depression can’t help but focus on the negative. Even when something good is happening in their lives, they’re often afraid to feel good out of the notion that something bad will happen soon.

Through multiple hypnotherapy sessions, patients can help replace these fearful thoughts—often stemming from a traumatic experience—with positive affirmation. By being constantly reassured with positive statements, patients can eventually let go of their fear and feelings of anxiety and depression.

  1. Hypnotherapy Allows You to Have Normal Sleep 

Many people with depression and anxiety often struggle with insomnia (problem with falling and staying asleep) or narcolepsy (an extreme tendency to fall asleep). These problems often stem from being in a constantly anxious state, or in the case of narcolepsy, a problem with finding motivation.

Your hypnotherapist can assist you with your sleep problems by using the power of suggestion to help you relax and fall into a sleep state. Conversely, your therapy may be geared towards helping you alter your feelings of hopelessness so that they don’t spiral out of control and lead to a total loss of motivation.

In Summary

Little by little, hypnotherapy is emerging as a viable and gentle alternative to traditional treatments for depression and anxiety. The idea behind hypnosis for depression and anxiety is to use the power of suggestion to help the mind with how and what to think, helping your conscious mind think positively. It’s important to note that hypnosis is not a cure for depression or anxiety, nor does it claim to be; however, using it along with seeing a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist – can help you manage the symptoms.

Dr. Steve

3 Amazing Ways Hypnosis Can Boost your Self-Confidence

Steve G. Jones Metta World Peace

Me with Metta World Peace (born Ronald William Artest, Jr.) of the
Los Angeles Lakers

Contrary to popular belief, people aren’t born confident. Self-confidence is a state of mind, one that makes you believe in yourself and your abilities. Unfortunately, many of us struggle with low confidence and problems with self-esteem, which, for some, can be bad enough to affect their quality of life. Much as we try to deny it, having little to no social finesse usually holds us back from reaching our true potential.

Hypnosis has long been considered as a potential solution for improving confidence and self-esteem.

In 1954, a Stanford study found that “post-hypnotic suggestion” with “hypnotizable students” had a beneficial effect on the schoolwork of students. Similar results were found by a 1993 study led by Harry Stanton. He observed 11 medical practitioners who had failed their fellowshipping exams, and made to undergo two sessions of hypnotherapy to improve their exams anxiety and confidence. Out of the 11 subjects, 10 went on to pass the same test on their next try (qtd. In Ashar, 2008).

So, how does hypnosis have an effect on confidence?

  1. Hypnosis Addresses Deeply Held Beliefs in Your Unconscious Mind

Hypnosis use the power of suggestion to plant new ideas and change deeply held beliefs in your unconscious mind. Low self-confidence is often the result of your mind clinging on to negative beliefs that affect how you see yourself. For example, a perfectly normal and attractive person may see herself as unattractive despite looking absolutely normal.

A hypnotherapist can help you by providing positive suggestions to change your state of mind, using statements such as, “you don’t have a reason not to be confident,” or “you are a perfectly attractive person,” or “there’s nothing wrong with your appearance.”

  1. A Hypnotherapist Will First Attempt to Understand Your Challenges

To know the cause of your confidence challenges, the hypnotherapist will first attempt to know you, your beliefs, and your feelings, identifying any experiences or underlying issues that trigger problems with confidence and self-esteem.

The hypnotherapist will then proceed to explain how hypnosis can help improve your confidence, walking you through the hypnosis process.

  1. Hypnosis for Confidence is a Gentle Process

Once you and the therapist have agreed on the scope of your therapy, your hypnosis can begin. Rest assured that nothing about hypnotherapy for confidence is traumatic or frightening. You won’t be forced to fall asleep, and neither will you “forget” about what happens during the session.

Instead, the therapist will try to make you fall into a relaxed mental state with you staying aware of everything that happens throughout. In this condition, your unconscious mind will be open to positive suggestions that challenge your existing negative beliefs.

In Summary

The idea behind hypnotherapy is using the power of suggestion to shape how your unconscious mind thinks, bringing the positive changes into your conscious mind. By providing you with positive messages when you are in a hypnotized state, a hypnotherapist can help change your thought patterns to change your low self-confidence.

Dr. Steve


Ashar, L. C. (2008). 101 Ways to Score Higher on Your LSAT: What You Need to Know About the Law School Admission Test Explained Simply . Ocala, Florida: Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.


The Pre And Post Surgical Benefits Of Hypnosis

Steve G. Jones Joe Vitale

Me with Dr. Joe Vitale

One particular area where hypnosis has been shown to be extremely effective is before and after surgery. Hypnosis can help to relieve the intense anxiety that often strikes before undergoing a surgical procedure as well as help control pain and speed recovery after surgery.

When used before surgery, the benefits of hypnosis go beyond just allowing a patient to remain calm and reducing stress. That nervous, anxious feeling that accompanies most people into the operating room has been linked to patients experiencing more pain, a greater need for painkillers, and longer stays in the hospital after surgery. It has been proven that preoperative anxiety can have big effects on postoperative recovery.

Hypnosis for pain relief is one of the most studied areas of hypnotherapy. Various studies have shown that patients who undergo hypnosis therapy before a medical procedure experience less anxiety leading up to the procedure, require less anesthesia during the procedure, and recover faster compared to other patients.

In one study, conducted in 2007 and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 200 randomly selected patients who were about to undergo breast cancer surgery were given brief hypnosis sessions prior to their procedures. The results showed that those who underwent hypnotherapy prior to their surgery required less anesthetic and reported less pain, nausea and fatigue after their procedures. In addition, the study also found that the cost of surgery on hypnotized patients was actually lower because of the reduced amount of medication needed, with an average savings of $772.71 for each patient.

In a report published by ABC News, Guy Montgomery, director of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program and lead author of the study said, “The vast majority of patients can have some benefit from doing this. To me it’s a no-brainer: It helps patients and it saves money.”

Hypnosis allows a patient to naturally enter a state similar to that produced by the anesthetic and sedative drugs that are given to patient before most surgeries. It is not a replacement for such drugs, but a compliment to them. Dr. Michael Schmitz, director of pediatric pain medicine at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas explained that hypnosis helps patients enter a relaxed, calm state which makes discomfort more tolerable and helps patients to forget it sooner. “Hypnosis is used to assist with the other parts of anesthesia not covered by the local anesthetic,” he says.

If you have any type of surgical procedure in your future, hypnosis can help to relieve the anxiety and stress leading up to the procedure, which, in turn, will reduce the risk of complications and prepare your body for a speedier recovery with less pain, and less need for drugs. After your surgery, hypnosis will allow you to maintain a calm and relaxed state of mind that is conducive to faster and more complete healing. The well documented benefits of undergoing hypnosis before and after surgery can make a tremendous difference. I encourage you to check with your medical doctor before using hypnosis.

Dr. Steve

Unlock The Confidence To Quit Smoking With Hypnosis

Steve G. Jones and Eric Paslay

Me with Eric Paslay

Despite the well-known health risks associated with smoking, about 17% of adults in the U.S. are still smokers. That translates to about 40 million people in the U.S. who regularly smoke cigarettes.

Smoking is considered to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16 million Americans currently live with a smoking related disease, and the habit is linked to more than 480,000 deaths annually, one out of every five in the country.

The health challenges caused by smoking are no secret. Most smokers will readily admit that they know their smoking habit is killing them and would quit if they could. Many will even go on to explain that they’ve tried to stop smoking, even multiple times, without success. Most often, the motivation to quit is there, but the confidence and willpower needed to completely break the addiction fall short.

Tobacco creates a powerful addiction that is both physical and psychological. Although the physical addiction can be broken within just a few days, the psychological addiction — the force of habit — is what most smokers find the most difficult to break.

Hypnosis has been shown to be a fast and effective tool when it comes to changing or eliminating habits, including the deadly habit of smoking. In fact, in a randomized study conducted with more than 280 smokers, results showed that study participants who used hypnotherapy as part of their smoking cessation program were significantly more likely to remain smoke free at periods of six and twelve months after quitting than participants who underwent conventional treatment.

By relaxing and quieting the mind, making your subconscious more open to suggestions, hypnosis can help to remove the mental blocks that cause anxiety, calm the impulses that form unconscious habits, and allow you to change your own behavior. You will feel more confident and able to follow through with your own healthy decisions, rather than feeling like a slave to anxiety and doubt.

If you are serious about quitting smoking, even if you’ve tried before and failed, hypnosis can give you an edge that you haven’t had before. Hypnotherapy will help you to unlock the willpower you need in order to stop smoking once and for all. It will allow you to focus on the amazing benefits to your health that will move you forward, instead of the anxiety and impulsiveness that has held you back. You’ll be able to change your habits, and your life, for good.

Dr. Steve

The Importance Of Learning To Live In The Present

Dr. Steve G. Jones

If you’ve ever conducted research on relieving stress, you’ve undoubtedly come across advice stating that a key factor for reducing your level of stress is to try to live more in the present moment. Most of the feelings that cause us stress, like anger and worry, are born from reliving moments in the past or trying to predict what will come in the future. We’re told to slow down, appreciate the here and now, and let go of the things we cannot do anything about.

Unfortunately for most of us, as time goes by and technology evolves, it seems to become harder and harder to do that. We are bombarded by flashing lights, electronic tones and endless notifications prompting us to think about everything except what we are doing right now, at this very moment. You’ve most likely had at least one notification of some kind pop up on your computer or cell phone in the time it took you to read this far. We are constantly on the move, our minds are continually racing, and we are, mentally, always somewhere else.

Author Eckhart Tolle may have put it best when he wrote the following lines in his book, “The Power Of Now”. Tolle writes, “All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are caused by too much future and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”

It is possible for anyone to ease stress in their life by simply learning to be more mindful of the present, keeping their mind from running off into the past or the future and focusing on abundance. Except for very few specific circumstances in life, stress does not exist in the present, it only exists in the mind.

Many studies have been conducted, which prove that hypnosis can have outstanding effects on reducing stress and anxiety. One such study looked at the effects of hypnosis when used to deal with stress experienced by first-year medical students as they dealt with exams. Results showed that those students who used self-hypnosis techniques experienced much lower levels of distress during exam periods.

Hypnosis can help you to live more in the moment and reduce the stress in your life by allowing you to reach a relaxed mental state more easily. Hypnosis can help you remove the triggers that cause worry and anxiety, helping to stop runaway thoughts and allowing you to maintain your focus on the present moment. You will be able to enjoy life again, regain that young at heart feeling, and let go of all those things outside of your control that have worked their way into your subconscious.

Dr. Steve

Find The Power To Eat Healthier Through Hypnosis

Dr. Steve G. Jones

One of the largest challenges many people have in common is eating foods that are unhealthy, and eating too much in general. From processed foods with too many additives, to fast food and sugary soft drinks, we are absolutely bombarded with temptations to do the wrong thing and eat what we already know is not good for us.

We are told to watch our carb intake, to think of food as fuel and nothing more, and to avoid binge eating. We’re told all kinds of things that most of us, for some reason, seem to ignore time and time again as we let our bad eating habits continue to harm our health.

Unhealthy eating choices are just that, bad habits. It may start out as a simple act of choosing convenience over cooking yourself, or enjoying a treat for lunch one afternoon, but when these acts and decisions are repeated over time, they form habits that become hard to break. Most people don’t overeat or make poor diet choices because they want to. They do it because they don’t know how to break their bad habits.

If you’re one of the millions of people that is struggling to make healthier eating choices, lose weight and improve their overall health, hypnosis can help you. Through the use of hypnotherapy, you can disable triggers that lead you to things like binge eating, build the confidence you need to boost your willpower and stand firm when you make good decisions, and pave the way for creating new, healthy habits.

In a recent study published by the American Psychological Association, two groups were compared to determine if hypnosis showed any kind of effect when applied to weight loss. Not only did the study show that participants who underwent hypnosis lost more weight on average than their counterparts, they showed that results obtained through the use of hypnosis actually became greater over time.

If you’ve been struggling with your own unhealthy eating habits and not finding success, hypnosis may be the missing piece of the puzzle you’ve been looking for. It can help you to eliminate the anxiety that often comes along with the idea of dieting, and give you the tools you’ve been missing that will allow you to stand behind your own decision to change your life and become a happier, healthier person.

Dr. Steve

Proven Pain Management Through Hypnosis

Dr. Steve G. Jones

The one thing that people take the most medication for during their life is pain. Some take an occasional aspirin or ibuprofen to deal with the temporary pain of a headache or an overworked muscle. Others might take something daily, even strong narcotics, to get some relief from constant and chronic pain caused by things like back or joint problems, arthritis or the aftereffects of surgery.

Very few things make us feel as miserable as being in pain. Just the mere thought of being in pain is enough to raise anxiety levels and cause fear in the average person. We’ve all put off things like going to the dentist or the doctor because of our fear of being in pain.

Hypnosis has been shown to be an effective pain management tool, as well as providing relief from the stress that often accompanies it. Some patients have even undergone procedures such as surgeries and having teeth pulled using nothing but hypnosis to control their pain. Controlling and relieving pain through hypnosis has not only been shown to work for the large majority of people who have tried it, but it is one of the most studied and well documented uses of hypnotherapy.

In this review of thirteen separate studies, you can see the results overwhelmingly show that patients who make use of hypnosis for the management of various types of chronic pain report better results than those who don’t. It’s effects are shown to help with pain caused by cancer, lower back problems, arthritis, sickle cell disease and more.

The American Psychological Association states that, “Hypnosis is likely to be effective for most people suffering from diverse forms of pain.” Their report goes on to say, “hypno-analgesia is associated with significant reductions in: ratings of pain, need for analgesics or sedation, nausea and vomiting, and length of stay in hospitals. Hypnosis has also been associated with better overall outcome after medical treatment and greater physiological stability.”

If you would like to be able to deal with temporary pains without the use of drugs, and especially if you suffer from any type of chronic pain, hypnosis can help you. Not only will you will gain relief from your pain, but also from all of the stress it causes you. Hypnosis is an opportunity to take control and restore yourself to the state of radiant health you’ve been missing — all without the use of expensive, and possibly addictive drugs.

Dr. Steve

Relieving Stress Through Hypnosis


Stress is one of the biggest challenges people face in their daily lives. It is more common than any disease or illness, and can worsen, or even cause, other illnesses. Unfortunately for all of us, as our fast paced world continues to move faster, the level of stress the average person suffers continues to go up.

Stress has been shown to worsen just about any health condition that affects the human body. Heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and anxiety are all examples of problems proven to get worse when a person is consistently stressed.

Many people wonder how something that seems to be all in their head can have such disastrous effects on their body. The challenge is that although stress might start in your head, it causes real physical responses in your body. Stress is a psychological response to a threat, and when you feel threatened, your body responds. Blood vessels constrict, the heart rate increases, and hormones like adrenaline and cortisol are released into the bloodstream. All of this can have a tremendous effect when stress is constantly present.

The very state of mind achieved through hypnosis is exactly what medical experts recommend for alleviating the symptoms of stress. In fact, most expert suggestions for dealing with stress in the moment are techniques often used in hypnosis. Recommendations include breathing deeply to calm the body, focusing on the moment to stop runaway thoughts, and consciously changing your perspective on whatever challenge is in front of you.

Hypnosis helps to quiet and focus the mind, relax the body, and allow a person to undo the effects of too much stress. Studies have shown that hypnosis has a greater effect on reducing stress than other management techniques, even for those suffering from diagnosed stress disorders.

No matter what is causing the stress in your life, hypnosis can provide you with a way to get it under control and relieve the symptoms it causes. You’ll increase your ability to focus on the moment, stop runaway thoughts that make your stress worse, and gain the confidence you need to remain that way.

Dr. Steve

Helping Your Career With Hypnosis

Dr. Steve G. Jones

Who doesn’t want to do better in their career? It’s a common desire for most people. Everyone wants to do at least a little bit better. Who wouldn’t feel better about a nice promotion, a healthy raise, or maybe even running the show as a business owner?

The reasons people fail to move ahead in their jobs and careers are numerous. Some get nervous and have trouble with job interviews. Others lack the confidence to go after what they really want. Common problems like a lack of motivation or fear of public speaking affect plenty of people, holding them back from achieving their career goals. Even with a true passion for what you are doing, it can be difficult to keep moving forward when you’re facing barriers like these.

Hypnotherapy can produce amazing effects when it comes to breaking through these internal mental barriers. Some of the most successful and famous people in the world credit hypnosis as one of the tools that helped them to break through and achieve things that most people only dream about. Albert Einstein was known to undergo hypnosis sessions almost every afternoon. He’s even stated that his famous theory of relativity came to him during one of them. Thomas Edison used self hypnosis on a regular basis to help focus his mind and develop his ideas. Sir Winston Churchill took advantage of hypnosis to maintain his focus, drive and confidence in order to carry out his duty as Prime Minister during World War II.

One of the most problematic emotions for many people on the job is anxiety. From feeling afraid to speak in front of large groups or even at small business meetings, to feeling too shy to strike up a conversation with a colleague or supervisor, anxiety can limit job success and performance in many ways. It destroys confidence, smothers passion, and can turn a once cherished career into a hated daily ordeal.

Hypnosis has been proven to be effective at reducing anxiety in many different types of patients. Once the anxiety is gone, self-control and confidence return, allowing you to finally move forward. There are numerous studies that have proven this fact, such as this report from the International Anesthesia Research Society which documents that hypnosis reduced anxiety by more than 50% in adult patients who were about to undergo surgery.

Whether you are feeling held back by your own barriers, or just looking for a way to increase your normal performance, hypnosis can help you to reach your goals. You’ll be able to break through walls that once seemed impenetrable, restore your confidence and motivation, and re-awaken your passion, allowing yourself to easily move to the next level and beyond.

Dr. Steve

Using Hypnosis To Control Alcohol Consumption

Dr. Steve G. Jones

For many people, what starts out as just having a few drinks and having a good time can turn into a challenge. There is certainly a difference between having a drink or two to loosen up and feeling like you don’t have the self-control to stop when you know you’ve already had too much. A report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that nearly 25% of people over the age of 18 admit to engaging in binge drinking in a given month.

There is no doubt that too much alcohol is unhealthy, in more ways than one. Alcohol is a leading cause in the premature deaths of tens of thousands of people every year in the United States. 2014 estimates linked alcohol to approximately 88,000 deaths, making it the fourth leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. Alcohol consumption was responsible for nearly 10,000 automobile related fatalities, making up 31% of the overall driving fatalities.

Psychological analysis and research has shown that controlling excessive drinking, or even an alcohol addiction, is difficult because somewhere in the mindset of a person with an alcohol problem is the sense of a lack of self-control that is extremely difficult to overcome. The problem is much more mental than it is physical. A person trying to deal with an alcohol problem needs to overcome their own sense of not having control, as well as break out of bad habits that have been established.

Hypnosis has been shown to be an extremely helpful part of an overall treatment for alcohol abuse and addiction. It should not be thought of as a passive cure that will suddenly stop alcohol cravings, but as an effective tool to help someone with an alcohol problem get past their own mental blocks and change unhealthy habits. A study conducted in 2004 showed that by using hypnosis along with more traditional forms of treatment for alcohol abuse, patients who underwent hypnosis showed significantly higher success rates, feeling more able to control their urge to drink and having a higher confidence that they would be able to refuse alcohol when tempted.

By incorporating hypnotherapy into an overall alcohol treatment plan, patients can learn to take control of their impulses, rebuild their confidence, and most importantly, replace bad habits with healthier choices that will allow them to change their lives and take control once again. If the will to change is there, hypnosis can have profound effects on maintaining the necessary motivation to complete treatment as well as instilling the self-confidence needed to reach success.

Dr. Steve

Can Hypnosis Improve Academic Performance?

Dr. Steve G. Jones

College students today are under a tremendous amount of pressure. There is a constant drive to improve their academic performance from parents, professors, friends, and even themselves. So much of their future lives and careers depend on the grades they achieve in the classroom.

Most students, when asked, will tell you that if they are struggling with maintaining peak performance and high grades it’s not because they have challenges understanding the material they are studying, it’s because of the relentless stress they feel as they strive to succeed. Unfortunately, the key to studying effectively is to be in exactly the opposite state of mind. To get the most out of their studies, students need to be relaxed and focused.

Hypnosis is a remarkable tool for helping stressed and often overworked students to relax and let go of stress, resulting in heightened concentration and improved creativity. In fact, many teachers and other school staff already use techniques that are considered to be a form of hypnosis in their everyday work. Most teachers will attempt to create a calm and quiet environment to help students relax before big tests. This improves concentration. Sports coaches will engage in energetic “pep talks” before a big game, repeating positive phrases and suggestions over and over to build confidence in players. All of these types of things are techniques of hypnosis.

In an Australian study conducted in 1991, researchers investigated the effects of cognitive-behavioral hypnosis on improving academic performance and reducing anxiety associated with test taking. One group received four hypnosis sessions while the control group received none. The results showed that the group, which had received hypnosis, showed significantly lower levels of anxiety and also improved their performance during test taking sessions. The positive effects were still evident six weeks later when follow-up examinations were conducted.

If you, or someone you know, are struggling to keep stress low and academic performance high, hypnosis can help to achieve both goals. Hypnosiscan help you to reduce your stress and anxiety, maintain your confidence, and improve your concentration. These are all things that will greatly benefit students at any stage of their education.

Dr. Steve

Do You Suffer From A Fear Of The Dentist?

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Me during a dental procedure, having prepared myself using hypnosis recordings

There are few things that strike fear into the heart of man as much as a visit to the dentist. It is estimated that about 20% of people will avoid going to the dentist until it is absolutely necessary because of their fear. 5% to 8% of the population will actually avoid the dentist entirely because of the fear and anxiety they experience. Even among those who do see a dentist regularly or semi-regularly, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t admit to some kind of fear at the thought of going in for some kind of dental procedure.

In most cases, the anxiety that people feel isn’t caused by a fear of pain, but comes more from the lack of control that is experienced when sitting in the dentist’s chair. You’re lying almost flat on your back. The dentist is hovering over you. There’s usually a bright light in your face, and you can’t see what he’s doing in your mouth, or off to the side, as he fiddles with different tools. To top it all off, you can’t move and you can’t speak. It’s not a pleasant situation to be in, to say the least.

Many patients with a fear of the dentist have found that hypnosis can help greatly to alleviate the terrible anxiety that makes them put off dental visits and suffer through the entire process when they finally do go in for the work they need done. In fact, some dentists have even incorporated hypnosis therapy into their practice as a way to help fearful patients.

Hypnosis has been shown to be an extremely effective tool when it comes to helping people deal with fear, anxiety, and even pain. A recent article from the American Psychological Association outlines several different studies showing that hypnosis can help alleviate pain after medical procedures as well as reduce the anxiety associated with undergoing such procedures. In a review from D. Corydon Hammond at the University of Utah School of Medicine, several more studies are cited as proving that hypnosis has definite effects when it comes to stress relief and dealing with anxiety. He also goes on to specifically mention its benefits with both medical and dental procedures in regards to anxiety and recovery.

The deep state of relaxation that defines a hypnotic trance is actually the natural opposite of fear and anxiety. The state of mind brought on by hypnosis not only provides relief from anxiety before a visit to the dentist, but is conducive to pain management and rapid healing when hypnotherapy is employed after dental procedures as well.

If you’ve ever suffered needlessly from a toothache, or ended up needing invasive procedures because you let your fear talk you into putting off regular dentist visits, hypnosis could be the key to getting your dental health back on track. By calming your anxiety and eliminating your fears, you’ll be able to take care of yourself the way you should and avoid those long, unpleasant — and expensive — dental procedures altogether. Wouldn’t it be great to walk in and out of your next dental visit with rock solid confidence and a smile on your face?

Dr. Steve

How Hypnosis Can Help Manage Weight Loss

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Me at the mixing board

It seems like every year there is a new study released somewhere saying that the average weight of the average American has gone up — again — by a few pounds. You can find a fast food restaurant on just about every corner; sometimes more than one. It seems like everything you walk past in the supermarket is processed with things you can’t even pronounce and has more calories in one serving than you need for an entire day.

On the flip side of that coin, there are also tons of, shall we say, “get thin quick” weight loss schemes available. Americans are overweight and they know it. They seem to want to lose at least some of that weight, but they aren’t doing what they really need to do in order to make that weight loss happen. They buy the latest trend in pseudo exercise devices. They swallow pills to boost metabolism or reduce appetite. They cut carbs and starve themselves on fad diets that leave their bodies weak and their minds depressed.

Everything begins in the mind. The simple truth is that in order to change your body, you have to change your mind. If you have a habit that is causing a problem for you, there is no solution other than removing or changing that habit. There is no getting around that fundamental truth. If you continue to do something that brings you bad results, you will continue to get bad results.

Hypnosis has been found to be an effective tool for helping to change the bad habits that lead to being overweight. Don’t get carried away though, it’s not a magic bullet that is going to suddenly change eating habits and melt off extra pounds with just a single session, even if you might have seen it portrayed that way in a movie or two.

Hypnosis works by helping to change underlying feelings, habitual patterns and subconscious motivations that often lead to an unhealthy diet. A healthy diet is easier to stick with if you feel like eating healthy, rather than thinking of it as something you should do. Hypnosis can help you to make the right choices naturally, rather than arguing with yourself about what’s right or wrong. To put it simply, hypnosis will help you eliminate your bad eating habits and create new, healthy habits. You’ll feel like you are eating what you naturally want to eat rather than torturing yourself with some diet plan.

Hypnotherapy has been shown to not only make it easier for people to lose weight, but to maintain that weight loss, which is often the hardest part. A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology showed that people who underwent hypnotherapy lost nearly twice as much weight on average as those who didn’t, 11 lbs and 6 lbs respectively in the short term. In addition, as time passed, the results went up to 14.8lbs for those who used hypnosis while the control group remained at 6 lbs.

If you are trying to lose weight, hypnosis can be an incredibly beneficial tool to help you achieve your goal, and more importantly, maintain your target weight once you get there. And best of all, you won’t be doing any extra damage to your body by neglecting necessary nutrients or adding dangerous chemicals.

Additionally, if you are trying to lose weight, you should seek qualified medical advice.

Once the terms of your plan are set in place, ask your doctor about incorporating hypnosis into that plan.

Dr. Steve

Enhancing Athletic Performance With Hypnosis

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Exercising at the gym

Even though sports are mostly thought of as physical competitions, with participants making use of speed, coordination and strength to win; any athlete will tell you that there is a huge mental component involved in any game or competition. It takes much more than just strong muscles or a gift for running fast to win. To excel in sports, athletes must be mentally sharp as well as physically fit.

Mental focus and confidence are essential factors for success in any sport. The real challenge for most players is developing the ability to focus at the required level on demand, and maintaining their confidence and motivation over time. Events such as losses in competition, and especially injuries, can cause lapses in both, making it difficult to recover and perform at previous levels.

Hypnosis can be used to help athletes improve their mental performance, which in turn leads to better physical performance. There are three key areas where hypnosis has proven to be especially effective for training athletes:

  • Narrowing Focus – Allowing a player to “get in the zone”
  • Changing Limiting Beliefs – Removing mental blocks which hurt performance
  • Rehearsing For Success – Practicing mentally and visualizing success

The combination of hypnosis and visualization can have a powerful effect on performance in sports, as well as other areas of life. In a well-known experiment conducted by Australian psychologist Alan Richardson, three basketball teams were tested on their ability make free throws. One team was told to practice their free throws on a basketball court. The second team was told to do nothing, and the third was told to practice by visualizing making free throws in their mind, but not to play for real.

At the end of the test period, the control group who did not practice showed no improvement, the group that practiced on the court showed a 24% improvement, while the group that practiced solely through visualization showed a 23% improvement. Results were nearly identical for those who had practiced on the court and those who just practiced in their minds. Players who exercised their minds actually saw their performance levels rise without any extra physical work.

A study at the University of Utah, using a test group of 43 people, determined that hypnosis has a definite and positive effect on a person’s ability to perform tasks while under stress, which is, of course, a big part of any athlete’s life. Test subjects who underwent hypnosis treatments showed a marked decrease in heart rate and overall anxiety level while performing fine motor tasks under stress.

If you are an athlete looking for new ways to improve your performance, hypnosis can provide you with the means to get through your own mental blocks and unlock better physical performance. By taking advantage of the benefits of hypnosis and visualization, you’ll be able to improve your own results and find new levels of success in sports, as well as other areas of your life. Keeping the mind fit is just as important as keeping the body in shape.

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Managing Diabetes with Hypnosis

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There are many people in the world who suffer from diabetes. It is a common ailment, but despite the seriousness of the issue, there still isn’t a cure for it. All anyone can hope to do is manage their symptoms and take care of themselves the best way they can. Hypnosis is a great tool to help people manage their diabetes because of the psychological aspects associated with the disease.

In a study conducted by Yuan Xu and Etzel Cardena in 2008, it was found that hypnosis works well as an adjunct to insulin treatment. The researchers found that hypnosis managed the psychological aspects of diabetes, which helped improved the overall quality of care for patients with diabetes. Some of the complications include depression, stress, and anxiety, and these complications often led to more physical complications.

Hypnosis used in conjunction with insulin treatments showed promising results, especially with stabilizing blood glucose and decreasing peripheral vascular complications. In addition, hypnosis also helped patients deal with their negative emotions in a healthier way.

A separate study, conducted by Pressman and Cohen in 2005 showed the link between emotions and physical health. Those who displayed negative emotions following their diagnosis of diabetes were prone to more physical ailments. However, patients who experienced positive emotions such as happiness and excitement resulted in direct physiological effects. The study found that the nervous system responded to positive emotions, cortisol decreased as a result of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation, and an activation of the lymphoid tissues was also present.

What these studies mean for people with diabetes is that there is an option to help manage the negative emotions one feels when they are diagnosed with the disease, and this in turn helps manage the physical aspects of diabetes. It’s important to note that hypnosis is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it claim to be; however, using it together with an approved insulin plan – as prescribed by your doctor – can help you manage the symptoms and side effects of diabetes.

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Reboot Your Brain Summit with Leah Lund

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Dr. Steve G. Jones discusses hypnosis and the openness to change. During Alpha, a relaxed state of mind, we can program in positive influence into our subconscious mind. It can be as simple as having the right messages in order to achieve what we want. Dr. Steve shares what hypnosis can feel like for people and the differences between frequencies including Alpha and Beta.

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Raise Your Vibration About Alzheimer’s with Lori LeCarl

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Dr. Steve G. Jones joins Lori LeCarl as they discuss using hypnosis to help deal with Alzheimers Disease affecting a loved one. The simplest explanation of hypnosis, as described by Dr. Steve, is “a relaxed state of mind where one can experience change”. They discuss many misconceptions and misunderstandings surrounding hypnosis. They discuss the frequency of using hypnosis to get optimal results. We can use hypnosis, not as a magic wand, but as an additional tool in order to get through specific challenges.

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The Impact of Conscious Success with Nabil El Hady

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Dr. Steve G. Jones discusses mental health during this interview. If perception is not meeting ones expectation how does that effect their mental health? He discusses the high rate of divorce in the middle east with his interviewer and an example of a mid life crisis. Dr. Steve mentions that when certain expectations are not being met it can affect ones level of happiness. Anytime anyone is in a close situation with other people and they are upset, it can to some degree impact those around them.

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Past Life Regression


There are many theories circling the globe on past life regression, and they often center on its very existence. Although scientific studies have not conclusively proven that reincarnation is real, there is some evidence to suggest that it could be real.

In research conducted by Dr. Ian Stevenson for his book, Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Aetiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects, Stevenson found that children often recalled memories from their previous lives without the need for hypnosis, and that in the majority of cases, these same children had birthmarks in places where they had received a wound in their previous lives.

What does this have to do with hypnosis, you ask? Well, although children are sometimes able to recall details of their past lives without any prompting, adults are not as good at recalling similar details without help. Hypnosis allows an adult to go into a deep state of relaxation, which bypasses the conscious mind barriers.

There are many concerns in the scientific community about the validity of hypnosis for past life regression, which Stevenson covers in his book, but he does state that actual life memories may need a vehicle to make it to the conscious mind. Since our minds are designed to protect us, the conscious mind acts like the gatekeeper. It keeps information that is harmful to us buried deep in our subconscious, and you may have to work to bring it out in the open.

Stevenson does believe that a person’s natural recall of past life details is more accurate than those who use hypnosis to retrieve them. However, as a therapeutic option, there is some evidence that past life regression can help a person heal in much the same way as a patient who is helped to remember a traumatic event can neutralize the disabling influence over their lives of the original trauma.

If you believe in past lives and feel that you could benefit from learning about any blocks or negative patterns you’re repeating, past life regression may be right for you. It is important to find a legitimate therapist to walk you through this process, or use a self-hypnosis option that is careful with the suggestive language. One of Stevenson’s concerns regarding hypnotherapy in the use of past life regression was that patients surrendered control to the therapist, and it was easy to unintentionally guide people to see things that didn’t actually happen.

Whether you choose a therapist or self-hypnosis, make sure the source is reputable. Also, consider the emotions attached to the memories you explore. Many people who have experienced a past life regression report feeling intense emotions to situations, emotions that would be difficult to produce on their own with made up stories. That will be a clue that you’re actually remembering a past life versus making up something in your mind.

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Release Your Fears with Hypnosis

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Fears are a normal part of the human condition, but when those fears interfere with your everyday life, it becomes necessary to manage them. There are several ways to do that, and your doctor may have some suggestions, but something you can consider in addition to those suggestions is hypnosis.

According to a study done at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College of London, suggestions given under a hypnotic state, even if only given once, can produce the same effects as long-term conditioning and practice. That’s quite impactful when you consider how it can help manage your fears.

As you may know, fear produces the fight or flight response. From a physiological perspective, it releases hormones that shut down non-essential functions to survival, such as the digestive system, and increases essential functions, such as eyesight. Your heart rate increases and blood flows to the muscles to help you run faster.

Fear also impacts the brain, too. Once the fear pathways are ramped up, the brain will automatically short-circuit more rational pathways. The purpose of this is to help you react to the signals coming from the amygdala. However, in this state, the brain takes in all the details associated with the fear – sights, sounds, smells, time of day, weather, and so on – and remembers them.

Living in a constant state of fear can negatively impact your life. Because of the body’s physical response to stress, chronic fear can weaken the immune system, lead to cardiovascular issues, cause gastrointestinal problems, and decrease fertility. It can also cause issues with your ability to form long-term memories, and it disrupts brain processes that allow you to manage your emotions. As you can see, managing your fears beyond when you actually need that fear response becomes critical to your well-being.

Hypnosis allows you to enter a state of deep relaxation, which automatically takes you out of a fear response. This restores your body’s normal functions and gives it a break. Additionally, hypnotic suggestion works to undermine the negative association your brain has connected with the fear. For example, if you have a fear of elevators, and just walking past a tall building triggers that fear, hypnosis will help you disassociate tall buildings from your fear. It may focus your attention on the beauty of the architecture or some other positive aspect of the building.

Hypnosis helps you manage your fears by changing your associations with them. It also helps you get to the core reason for your fears, and helps you overcome mental blocks so you can release your fears entirely. It’s important to keep in mind that hypnosis isn’t a cure-all, but it can help you manage your fears when used in conjunction with the medical advice provided by your doctor.

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