3 Benefits of a Positive Attitude For Your Mind and Body

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Me with Colin Wayne, fitness athlete and model

When learning about hypnotherapy and hypnosis, you will often hear that it is all about leverage the power of positive thinking. But what exactly does this mean? What effect does having a positive attitude have on your health and wellness?

One study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Michigan found that meditation focused on positive thinking “produced increases over time in daily experiences of positive emotions, which, in turn, produced increases in a wide range of personal resources (e.g., increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support, decreased illness symptoms). In turn, these increments in personal resources predicted increased life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms.”

More researchers continue to explore the benefits of a positive attitude and optimism, especially on one’s general health and wellness. Below is a brief list of what they’ve found so far.

  1. A Positive Attitude Helps You Cope Better with Stress

When confronted with stressful situations, optimists usually fare better than pessimists do. And it’s not surprising why. Even when you encounter disappointment, whether it’s failing a test, not getting a job, or being rejected, having a positive mindset makes it easier to focus on what you can do to fix the problem. Rather than focus on their frustrations, optimists will create an action plan to achieve a sound life balance.

  1. Increased Lifespan, Healthy Heart, and Lower Risk of Depression

Several studies have suggested a direct correlation between a positive attitude and increased resiliency against common health problems like hypertension (high blood pressure) and even depression. Psychologists believe this might have to do with the placebo effect, a psychological phenomenon that quite simply, means mind over matter. When your mind thinks it’s going to get better or stay healthy, the body follows—even without any external factors like medical treatment.

  1. It Makes You Appear Beautiful, Inside and Out

As cliché as it sounds, positive thinking helps to bring out the best in you in a natural way. You start smiling more, you’re friendly, happy, and exude confidence. Your inner beauty, which is really just another term for self-esteem, becomes more visible to people around, which can go a long way to complementing your physical appearance.

Scientists are still trying to understand why positive think yields these health benefits. One theory suggests that being positive allows people to cope better with stress by engaging their immune system. Another school of thought is that optimistic people naturally gravitate toward healthier lifestyles—they get more exercise, follow a balanced diet, and avoid harmful habits like smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

In any case, these benefits are but the tip of the iceberg of positive thinking. For the most part, a positive attitude is the sum of life’s experience, but it can also be acquired through practice. This is where hypnotherapy comes in, giving you a chance to adopt a positive mindset with the help of a hypnotherapist.

Dr. Steve

How Hypnosis Helps With Weight Loss


Contrary to popular belief and its portrayal by the media, hypnosis is not mystical in nature, and neither is it some kind of magic trick or illusion. In fact, it’s about as harmless as closing your eyes, relaxing, and imagining a positive image of yourself.

But hypnosis is powerful, even if it’s based on the power of mind over body. And it’s this same power that makes hypnosis perfect for boosting your weight loss efforts. According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, “Controlled trial on the use of hypnotherapy, as an adjunct to dietary advice in producing weight loss, has produced a statistically significant result in favour of hypnotherapy.”

But how exactly does hypnosis for weight loss work? The transformative power of a hypnotherapy session may seem hard to believe, so it helps to understand how this emphasis on mind over body helps you control your eating habits and lose weight.

  1. It’s All in Your Mind

You have all the weapons they need to lose weight. Rather than treat food as fuel, many people turn to food to satisfy cravings or as a way to cope with their emotions. A hypnotherapist helps you realize that cravings, whether it’s sugar treats or crunchy chips, are all in your mind.

Likewise, your attempts to lose weight through diet and exercise ultimately boil down to commitment and motivation—all of which start with in your mind.

  1. Hypnosis Helps You Stay Positive

Scary messages like, “Greasy foods will give you a heart attack” or “Too much sweets will cause diabetes” can certainly work, but more often than not, they only last for a limited time. In contrast, positive suggestion through hypnosis has a more lasting effect. Messages like, “A healthy body will make me happy” or “Eating healthy will make me feel and look good,” are definitely more upbeat, helping you stay positive on the arduous road to losing weight.

  1. Hypnosis Helps You Visualize

Similar to how athletes visualize winning matches and games, imagining a day of eating healthy and exercising to lose pounds will help the task become easier. If you’re having problems imagining, your hypnotherapist can help you remember and focus on a time when you were at a comfortable and healthy weight.

  1. It Helps You Beat Your Cravings

Many hypnotherapists like to use the power of symbolic images, encouraging patients to visualize their food cravings as real objects locked away in a box, or buried under the ground. It’ll seem like a simple thing, but images have a powerful effect in real life. Have you ever experienced feeling nostalgic when you see a McDonald’s sign, or feeling homesick when you see something that reminds you of home? That’s the power of imagery at work.

Bottom line? Hypnosis is a gentle yet powerful approach to supplementing your weight loss efforts, whether it’s an exercise regimen, a diet program, or both.

Dr. Steve

3 Ways Hypnosis Can Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Me cultivating visions of becoming a cowboy as a youngster.

Having a New Year’s resolution is a common practice stemming from a desire to start anew, to change for the better, to reach important goals and to become the ‘new you.’ Unfortunately, many people often fail to stick to their resolutions, so much so that it’s become just as common to assume people won’t stick to their resolutions.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, not when the secret to fulfilling your resolutions is all in your mind. As Napoleon Hill once said, “What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve.”

You’ll often hear that the only way you can stay motivated enough to stick to your goals is to have the willpower to do it, which again, comes from your mind. But willpower means making a conscious decision to keep your resolution.

The better option is to make your resolution come from your subconscious. This part of your mind not only controls your thoughts and actions automatically, it also plays a huge role in undesirable habits, whether it’s smoking or procrastination.

It’s for this reason that hypnosis is a viable approach to help you stick to your New Year’s resolution. One study by Bonshtein, Shaar and Golan (2005) found that hypnosis helped people in maintaining their motivation to beat nicotine addiction. The researchers also found that hypnotherapy complemented other strategies, such as group therapy and medication.

Here’s a closer look at how hypnotherapy helps your ability to stick to your New Year’s resolutions.

  1. Hypnosis Targets the Subconscious and Unconscious Parts of the Mind

The subconscious and unconscious parts of your mind are responsible for your body’s internal programming. It’s also where your deepest beliefs and motivations take root. A hypnotherapist targets these areas of the brain by putting you in a state of relaxation, which opens your minds to the power of positive suggestion. A hypnotherapy session allows you to ‘look’ into your mind, changing how you think of yourself.

If any changes are going to stick, it needs to start in these parts of the mind.

  1. Hypnosis Uses Positive Reinforcement to Affect Change

Many people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions because deep in their mind, they’re telling themselves they’re going to fail. A typical hypnosis session involves using the power of suggestion to plant seeds of positivity, conditioning your mind to believe that “Yes, I can reach my goal,” or “Yes, I can change for the better.”

  1. Hypnotherapy Makes Your Goals Appear Clearer

Hypnotherapy sessions help your mind visualize the goals you want to achieve with the start of the New Year. If your goal is to lose weight, your hypnotherapist can help you focus on your desired results without any negative thoughts. This way, instead of thinking, “I’m going to have a hard time losing weight,” your thoughts will gravitate to something like, “I’m slowly reaching my desired healthy weight with each day that passes.”

Bottom line? Hypnosis is gentle, pain-free, and simply teaches you how to use your mind to fuel your motivation. If you want to maintain a positive mindset when approaching your New Year’s resolution, you can’t go wrong with hypnosis.

Dr. Steve

How Hypnosis Can Help Improve Student Grades and Performance

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Me in 10th grade in military school studying hard to achieve my goals and grow into the best person I can be.

It’s no secret that life as a student can be stressful and demanding, with students constantly trying to beat deadlines and pushing the limits of their intellectual abilities, all in the name of getting good grades. Sometimes, it’s not even about good grades anymore, but just surviving the semester.

To cope with the pressure of improving their academic performance, many students turn to a number of tried and tested strategies, such as study groups, vitamin supplements specifically marketed to students, exercise, and meditation among many others. In recent years, hypnosis has emerged as one such method with potential benefits for improving study abilities and grades.

One research study published in the Oxford Journals used hypnosis to reduce the competition between multiple cognitive systems, and found that when comparing “learning in hypnosis and in the alert state and found that hypnosis boosted striatum-dependent sequence learning.”

The observation that hypnosis can benefit learning comes as no surprise, as it’s long been known that hypnotherapy also helps in addressing the symptoms of addiction, trauma, weight problems, and much more.

But how exactly does hypnosis impact your academic performance?

Hypnosis Improves Learning Ability

Contrary to how it’s portrayed on TV and film, hypnosis isn’t about magic or trickery. Instead, real hypnotherapy is about being in a deep state of relaxation. With each hypnotherapy session, you are teaching your mind how to relax at will, a skill that will prove useful in several student situations, such as test taking, memory exercises, presentations, and reports among others.

Anxiety is often what blocks a student’s ability to learn, which is why many college students are known to abuse drugs for sleep disorders (like Ambien). By being able to switch to a relaxed state, you not only eliminate the need for any chemical-based intervention, you also make it easier for your mind to absorb information and learn.

Hypnosis Improves Your Learning Drive

Many students know that their education is important, but that doesn’t make it any easier for them to develop a steady and constant drive to study. It’s common for students to begin the semester eager and motivated to learn, only for their enthusiasm to wane as the months go by.

Hypnosis can help you maintain your enthusiasm. A hypnotherapist can put you in a relaxed state and use the power of suggestion to fight negative influences that might cause you to lose your motivation.

Students of All Ages Can Benefit from Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy isn’t just beneficial to students in high school or college. It can also help children as young as four years of age to develop study skills and improve their academic performance. If you have a child in need of a push in the right direction, a hypnotherapist may be of assistance.

The bottom line is that hypnosis can help you overcome the fears and anxiety that hold you back from excelling in school, all while helping you maintain your motivation and fight the urge to procrastinate. If you want to be productive as a student, hypnosis is a gentle and harmless approach to achieving that goal.

Dr. Steve

Understanding How Hypnotherapy Can Improve Stuttering

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Me with REO Speedwagon

If you’ve seen the movie, The King’s Speech, which tells the story of how King George VI of Great Britain worked with a speech and language therapist to treat his stutter, you would know that his therapy was not just physical, it was also psychological. His therapist, the Australian Lionel Logue, suspected that his stutter was caused by childhood trauma. His approach was to build the king’s confidence and improve his anxiety by addressing these issues under the guise of mechanical exercises.

Several studies suggest that aside from biological factors, environmental stressors such as family challenges, confidence issues, and anxiety can be contributing factors to stuttering. And it’s these same issues that make hypnotherapy a potentially viable form of treatment for people who suffer from this speech impediment.

Results of APA Study

One study published in the American Psychological Association describes the case of a 14-year old boy with severe stuttering who was treated with hypnosis to overcome his speech impediment. The boy eventually became 100 percent speech-fluent, and after 10 years, not only maintained this achievement, but also made many improvements to his personality as a whole.

But how does hypnotherapy for stuttering work?

  1. Hypnotherapy Let’s You “Practice” Speaking Without a Stutter

Many patients with a stutter can often speak normally without any traces of their speech impediment. Because stuttering is suspected to be triggered by different environmental factors, consistent hypnotherapy sessions can allow you to shut these triggers out and practice speaking normally.

By putting you in a relaxed state, your hypnotherapist can help reduce the impact of your triggers and work on new reactions.

  1. It Allows You to Build Your Confidence

Much of hypnotherapy is about using the power of suggestion to condition your mind to believe in something. And the more you think about changing a negative aspect about yourself into something positive, it eventually becomes a reality.

This is especially true when using hypnosis for building your confidence and self-esteem. With constant positive conditioning, you can adopt a mindset that allows you to stay confident under pressure and, in the case of stutterers, speak without any speech problems.

  1. Hypnotherapy Addresses the Root Cause of Your Stuttering

Hypnosis can also be used to help patients address the root cause of their speech challenge by helping them remember when the stuttering first happened. Your hypnotherapist will help you analyze what triggered your stutter. Was it a traumatic event? Was it a family challenge? With consistent hypnotherapy sessions, you can confront these negative emotions in your subconscious and bring about positive change.

In Conclusion

If you’ve already tried different approaches to fixing your stutter and haven’t found anything effective, hypnotherapy might be what you need. Hypnosis is a gentle form of therapy that helps you look into your mind to resolve whatever mental and emotional issues may be contributing to your speech impediment. Hypnotherapy may be the key to conquering your stutter and living as normal a life as possible.

Dr. Steve

3 Ways to Stop Overanalyzing with Hypnosis

Steve G. Jones with Dad

This is me with my dad in 1972 (I was five) at Cape Canaveral, Florida. One of the greatest gifts my dad gave me is the ability to dream big. He passed along these words of wisdom to me, concerning career choices: “There are a lot of stars up there, just reach up and grab one.” …so I did. Thanks for the gift, dad. I miss you.

Everyone has a habit of being critical about their own personal thoughts and actions. But the key is being able to differentiate between being analytical, which is positive, and being over-analytical, which is inherently negative. The latter can be particularly debilitating, preventing many people from reaching their true potential because of anxiety issues and a lack of confidence.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Hypnosis has emerged as a viable therapy for helping you to stop worrying and being too critical of your thoughts, words, and actions. In fact, one study published in The American journal of clinical hypnosis describes the positive effects of hypnotherapy when combined with mindfulness exercises in terms of healing emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

Below are 3 ways that hypnotherapy can help you to control your habit of being over-analytical.

  1. Hypnosis Can Help You Relax

A hypnotherapist can teach you a number of techniques to put yourself in a state of complete relaxation, which is half the battle when trying to suppress your excess thoughts of worry and anxiety. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not some kind of mystical trick that puts you to sleep or controls your mind. Instead, it’s about finding a state of calmness and using the power of suggestion to ‘plant’ positive thoughts and ideas in the mind.

  1. Hypnosis Can Relieve Anxiety Depression 

Many people who suffer from serious problems of overanalyzing, over-thinking, and obsessing over their actions also suffer from anxiety and depression. Several studies have found compelling evidence that hypnotherapy can help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. One study at the conducted at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine found that, “hypnotherapy was significantly more effective than antidepressant treatment on depression.”

In short, hypnotherapy can address what is often the root cause of overanalyzing and obsessive behavior.

  1. Hypnosis Can Train You to Think Positive

A huge part of hypnotherapy is about finding ways to think positive. A hypnotherapist will put you in a state of relaxation and plant positive suggestions directly into your subconscious. With continued sessions, you will find it much easier to have a positive mindset and overcome your tendency to obsess and overanalyze.

In Summary

Hypnosis is a powerful but gentle solution to help you overcome your bad habit of worrying and overanalyzing about everything that you do, say, and think. Your hypnotherapist will help you develop a positive mindset, using the power of suggestion to change your subconscious mind’s way of gravitating towards negative and obsessive thoughts.

Dr. Steve

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Dr. Steve G. Jones joins Jewels for a discussion about The Law of Attraction. Dr. Steve has helped people all over the world including on segments of Bravo TV’s Millionaire Matchmaker and Below Deck. He shares how he got involved in hypnotherapy and how he got into the Law of Attraction. His exposure to Abundance and Manefestation helped him evolve into who he is today. Dr. Steve is all about empowerment and helping people get over their limiting beliefs.

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Dr. Steve G. Jones joins Debbie D’Aquino during this segment. They discuss what mindset means and how our “can do” or “can’t do” attitude can affect our success. Dr. Steve shares his common human experience and how he too has recurrence dealing with a successful attitude. He also tell us how he focuses on the bright side in order to get through those challenging moments. Dr. Steve, who listens to audio books quite frequently, continues to fill his mind with things that he is working on. He approaches challenges in an academic way and mentions that this way may not work for everyone. A blanket approach would be having a positive mindset and is a good generic place to start.

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3 Reasons Why Hypnotherapy Is Ideal for Treating Bruxism

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Me with Steve Vai, voted the 10th "Greatest Guitarist" by Guitar World magazine

Bruxism is a medical condition characterized by teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw, especially when sleeping. Although many people with bruxism can get away with grinding their teeth to a certain degree without suffering any negative effects, persistent grinding and clenching can cause dental damage, and may even lead to chronic headaches.

Why Does Bruxism Happen?

It’s not exactly clear why some people are prone to grinding their teeth while sleeping. It doesn’t help that sufferers are often unaware of the problem, learning about it only when they’re sleeping with a partner.

Doctors and psychologists theorize that bruxism has a strong connection with stress and anxiety. It’s also believed that if you have a habit of clenching your jaw or gritting your teeth when under stress, this may carry over into your sleeping habits. Another theory is that teeth grinding works much like thumb sucking, providing an almost soothing effect.

What most experts can agree on is that bruxism is an unconscious habit. And it’s precisely for this reason that hypnotherapy has emerged as a viable form of therapy for bruxism.

In fact, a pilot study published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis found that of the eight patients exposed to hypnotherapy sessions, all “showed a significant decrease in EMG activity; they also experienced less facial pain and their partners reported less bruxing noise immediately following treatment and after 4 to 36 months.”

To further explain the potential benefits of hypnosis, below are 3 factors that make hypnotherapy an ideal solution for relieving the symptoms of bruxism.

  1. Hypnosis Targets the Unconscious

Teeth grinding is a perfect example of an unconscious automatic behavior, similar to blushing and sweating when you’re nervous. It happens unconsciously, which means it happens all by itself. But it’s not something that can’t be controlled either.

Hypnosis can be used to approach unconscious automatic behaviors at the unconscious level, the part of the mind where stress often plants itself.

  1. Hypnosis Tackles the Root Cause of Bruxism

In a hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist enters your subconscious mind by putting you in a state of deep relaxation. This makes your mind highly receptive to the power of suggestion—a strategy used in meditation therapy and sports visualization.

A hypnotherapist can teach you relaxation techniques to help you manage your stress more calmly and develop a positive mindset. In effect, this approach treats the real cause of bruxism, and not just its symptoms.

  1. Hypnotherapy Helps You Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Several lifestyle factors also contribute to the frequency of bruxing. Aside from stress, it’s theorized that factors like smoking and alcohol consumption can also contribute to bruxism. Hypnotherapy uses the power of suggestion and positive thinking to help you change your bad habits and build healthy ones instead. For example, a hypnotherapist can condition your mind to help you overcome unhealthy food cravings and even addiction to nicotine.

While hypnosis can be a good form of therapy to relieve bruxism symptoms, patients should still seek the medical advice of their healthcare provider before seeking any form of hypnotherapy.

Dr. Steve

3 Benefits of Seeking Hypnosis for Managing Your Holiday Stress

Steve on Christmas Morning

Appreciating the abundance of a Christmas morning at age 10.

Stress and the holiday season often go hand in hand, but it doesn’t have to be this way. After all, the key to dealing with stress is having the right state of mind. This is precisely why hypnosis is an ideal form of therapy for helping you manage your stress.

In fact, you may not have noticed it, but you’re actually in a hypnotized state all throughout the holiday season. Hypnosis isn’t some magic trick or form of mystical mind control. Instead, it involves using mental conditioning and the power of suggestion, and this is evident in the way advertisers create messages that try to make you spend and buy as much as possible.

Similarly, hypnosis can be used to help you manage your stress, as shown in a number of studies on its viability on stress and anxiety management. Below are a few ways hypnosis can help you stay cool and relaxed during the holiday season.

  1. Hypnosis Can Help You Take a Break from the Holiday Rush

Most people are so caught up in holiday stress that they often end up neglecting themselves. You may have experienced trying to juggle family and work, all while trying to beat holiday deadlines. And before you know it, the stress and anxiety sets in, which is further compounded by all the social interactions with family and friends that happen during the holiday season.

Hypnotherapy can help you put the brakes on the holiday freight train. With hypnosis, you can help your mind find life balance, where you can focus on peaceful and happy memories.

  1. Hypnotherapy Can Help Fight Weight Gain

It’s no secret that the holiday season is also where we’re most prone to gaining weight. All that food and time spent indoors over the winter create a perfect recipe for putting on the extra pounds. Not to mention that many people deal with their stress by overeating.

Using the power of suggestion, your hypnotherapist can condition your mind to avoid overindulging. You can still enjoy your favorite dishes, but with limits, of course. By delving into the subconscious mind, your hypnotherapist can “teach” you to control your eating habits all while enjoying your meals.

  1. Hypnosis Helps You Focus on the Positive

The annual holiday rush often takes away from the joy and wonder of the holidays. With hypnosis, you can plant positive messages into your subconscious mind, allowing you to focus on the positive aspects of the holidays. So even if you’re running errands and meeting with family and friends, you can still put a genuine smile on your face.

In Summary

Just about anyone can benefit from hypnosis to manage stress, not just during the holidays, but all year round. Hypnotherapy is for everyone, and with regular sessions, you can get through the holiday season staying happy and positive.

Dr. Steve

4 Benefits of Using Hypnotherapy for Sports and Athletic Performance

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Me with IFBB professional figure competitor Larissa Reis

It’s no secret that mental imagery and visualization is a common strategy used in the world of athletics and professional sports. Athletes who are serious about improving their game are determined to use just about any legal strategy to give them an edge over the competition. It’s no surprise then why hypnotherapy has emerged as a viable solution for boosting their performance.

Although hypnosis often gets a bad rap for being erroneously associated with magic and mystical mind control (thanks in no part to its portrayal by the media), it is nevertheless gaining widespread acceptance in the medical community as a gentle and viable form of therapy.

In a feature report published by the American Psychological Association, hypnosis was noted to have the ability to “…create a highly relaxed state of inner concentration and focused attention for patients, and the technique can be tailored to different treatment methods, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.”

So, what exactly do you get when from a hypnotherapy session for improving athletic performance? Below are a few benefits to consider.

  1. Hypnosis Focuses on the Human Mind

The unconscious mind is the driving force behind our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. In the context of sports and athletic performance, the unconscious mind is often what limits athletes from realizing their true athletic performance. The mind is where our fears, worries, and anxieties thrive and limit what the body can do. A hypnotherapist can help you understand your unconscious thoughts and tendencies, allowing you to conquer, or at the very least, manage your fears.

  1. Hypnotherapy Helps Athletes Move to the Next Level 

Hypnosis is a technique than can help athletes overcome their self-doubt and move to the next level. Using the power of positive suggestion, a hypnotherapist can help an athlete visualize improvement of their skills and techniques, whether they want to increase muscle mass, speed and agility or work on another goal. Hypnosis can also help athletes find motivation when there is none.

  1. Hypnosis Can Help Athletes Hone Their Concentration

The emphasis of hypnotherapy on reaching a relaxed and peaceful state of mind is no different from meditation technique. A hypnotic state not only calms the mind and body, it can also help athletes find the intense focus necessary to be at the top of their game. 

In addition, a hypnotherapist can help an athlete overcome their anxiety before games, matches, or exhibitions, which can be all the difference between an outstanding performance and falling short of winning.

  1. It’s an Ideal Component of a Holistic Approach

Hypnotherapy isn’t some kind of magical solution that will instantly improve an athlete’s skills and performance. In other words, hypnosis does not make up for a lack of training. What it can do, however, is expand on the mental conditioning athletes need to improve and grow. Hypnosis deals with focus and healing—aspects of athletic conditioning that involve the mind.

In Summary

You don’t have to be a professional athlete or an Olympian in training to reap the physical benefits of hypnosis. Hypnosis is for everyone, and with regular sessions, it can help you reach higher levels of performance regardless of what sport you play, whether it’s on a professional level or a purely recreational one.

Dr. Steve

Is Hypnotherapy A Viable Form of Treatment for Bulimia and Anorexia?

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Me hypnotizing people on the streets of Savannah for my hypnosis techniques DVD

Although eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are characterized by abnormal eating habits, these conditions can ultimately be traced to a number of psychological problems.

Because anorexia and bulimia often involve body image and low confidence, it’s no surprise why hypnosis has emerged as a viable and gentle form of therapy. Through the power of positive suggestion, hypnotherapy allows you to address the root cause, or causes, of your eating disorder, which in many cases, lies in the subconscious mind.

Perhaps best of all, hypnosis has little to no side effects.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Oftentimes, a holistic approach is a good way to address eating disorders. In other words, it often requires using several therapies, which can include hypnosis. I suggest you speak with your medical doctor before using hypnosis.

The goal of hypnotherapy for eating disorders is to use the power of suggestion to change your thoughts and habits concerning how you view yourself. First, the hypnotherapist puts you in a trance-like state; contrary to popular belief, you are awake and completely aware of what’s happening around you.

In the case of anorexia nervosa, a hypnotherapist can implant positive thoughts to change the negative way you view your body. This process of using positive thoughts is best done when your mind and body are in a relaxed state and receptive to suggestions. With bulimia, hypnotherapy can help you to detach yourself from the damaging impulses motivating you to eat and regret it afterwards.

Essentially, hypnosis allows you to make a change in your thinking when it comes to eating and self-image. Rather than just forcing you to stop thinking a certain way about food and eating, hypnosis allows you to address why you think that way.

Your hypnotherapist can help you trace it back to an event, a comment, or a situation that you may have buried in your subconscious because of the pain and negativity you associate with it.

Can Hypnotherapy Work as a Treatment for Eating Disorders?

The Mayo Clinic recognizes the potential health benefits of hypnotherapy, noting that “Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain.” Although anorexia and bulimia are perfect examples of undesirable cognitive behaviors, further study needs to be done on the benefits of treating these conditions with hypnotherapy.

As noted by one study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, “Research on the efficacy of hypnosis in the treatment of eating disorders has produced mixed findings. This is due in part to the interplay between the characteristics of people with eating disorders and the phenomena of hypnosis.”

Still, it is only a matter of time for hypnotherapy to be recognized as a viable form of therapy for eating disorders. Perhaps the best reason to give it a try is that it helps you love yourself, which goes a long way to putting you on the road to recovery.

Dr. Steve

4 Ways Hypnotherapy Helps Address Depression and Anxiety

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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

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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

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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

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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

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