Unfortunately, many people refuse to consider hypnotherapy because of their fears and misconceptions. They may believe the hypnotherapist will control them, they will tell their hidden secrets, or be made to do ridiculous things. These misconceptions might be the result of watching old vampire movies or cartoons on TV. These fears and misconceptions are completely unfounded. The individual is always in control, and in fact, is more aware of what is happening while in the hypnotic state.
Although hypnosis is not a panacea, there are many areas where it has proven to be tremendously helpful; these include memory enhancement, improving concentration, relieving insomnia, eliminating nail biting, reducing stuttering, sales and sports achievement. However the most common reasons for visiting a hypnotist are loosing weight, quitting smoking, and managing stress.
Many overweight people who fail with diet programs turn to hypnosis as a safe and reliable alternative. For them, dieting never eliminated the subconscious need for excess food. It is just a form of torture they went through, until they eventually give into their subconscious desires. So they continuously went up and down the scale, never letting go of the desire for excess food.
The reasons for their desire were anchored in a memory of some past emotional event that caused them to overeat for security, self preservation or protection. The memory of the event remained sealed in their subconscious, even if it was consciously forgotten.
Hypnotism locates the event which triggered this behavior, and changes the individual's perception of that event; thus eliminating it as a problem source. Once this is accomplished, the individual can eliminate the desire for excess food and the weight comes off easily, and stays off.
This same technique is effective for quitting smoking. When an individual relives the horrible experience of taking that first puff, and remembers the events that caused them to continue smoking, the habit is easily eliminated.
Phobias such as the fears of water, flying, driving and claustrophobia are easily treated with the same technique, and can frequently be overcome in just two or three sessions.
"What the mind causes, the mind can cure. Wellness begins in the mind!" Every problem has a cause, and when you eliminate the cause from the "computer" we call the subconscious mind, the problem disappears.