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Need help with your goals?
Take a look at hypnosis therapy

By Jeffrey Scott Rosen

The myths and misconceptions of hypnotherapy are endless. Will hypnosis make you cluck like a chicken when you hear someone's fingers snap? No. But hypnosis can help you easily, quickly and naturally achieve your most wanted personal goals - be it to lose weight, quit smoking or conquer a phobia.

All therapy work is subjective and who you work with matters - a lot. Be sure to find a certified practitioner; one who is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists. One can look online, contact local advertisers or consult the Yellow Pages, out, of course, word of mouth is the best kind of testimonial. It is best to work one on one with your practitioner rather than as part of a group so your sessions can be tailored specifically to you. Hypnosis is a wonderful tool to break the chains of old habits that might not be in your best interest anymore. Most people use hypnotherapy to take back control of that which is most important to them. The mere and honest desire to make a positive change is all that is usually required for your success.

Under any stage of hypnosis, you never lose control. Hypnotherapy is simply utilizing the powers of suggestion while the client is at a very relaxed stage of consciousness. After thorough conscious client profiling, the next step is to have the client sit in a comfortable recliner. Relaxation is the key so if the client wants to take off his or her shoes, it is always suggested. The next part of the process is what we call utilizing a progressive relaxation approach, to induce a hypnotic level.

There are two ways a person can relax: physically and mentally. A progressive relaxation approach is completely safe and allows the client to relax and let go. Similar to when a person goes to bed at night, you go through stages of increased relaxation. These stages are as follows: beta - full state of consciousness; alpha - relaxation; theta - deeper relaxation; delta - the beginnings of sleep. Any stage of alpha through delta opens the subconscious part of one's mind for positive suggestion.

Our minds are divided up into three major groups: conscious, subconscious and unconscious. The conscious is the last step before any action or lack of action is taken. The subconscious is where all of our feelings and emotions are stored, which generally rules our actions. It is most beneficial to work with clients at all levels. Through simple relaxation and conscious suggestion, one can easily break the habitual nature of past negative habits such as smoking, trouble with weight loss, unwanted stress, drug and alcohol abuse, and fears and phobias.

Different practitioners use different methods and it's important to find a practitioner with whose methods you're comfortable. For example, I usually see clients for two sessions, one week apart; 90 minutes for the first session and 60 minutes for the second session; both include hypnosis. My program weaves in five tools for balance, perspective, enlightenment and personal empowerment utilizing conscious suggestion, subconscious suggestion, subliminal messaging, post-thypnotic suggestion and also a pre-sleep self hypnotic technique, making it easy and natural for quick and positive change that can last a lifetime. Some of the most common subjects we work with are to help clients stop smoking; lose weight; reduce stress; conquer anxiety, fears and phobias; increase self-esteem and motivation; and help with goal setting, etc.

Hypnotherapy can also help clients who express feelings of unhappiness, experience depression, have emotional imbalances, or require relationship therapy to move beyond past negative experiences. Just about everyone is hypnotizable. However, it is not recommended for children under the age of 7 and adults who are developmentally delayed. Working one on one with a qualified practitioner should give you the results you are looking for. It's important to do your homework while searching for the right hypnotherapist for you. Such homework steps include verifying a practitioner's specific credentials asking about his or her history of success, obtaining valid testimonials and qualifying the hypnotherapist personally through a free consultation to find the right fit for you, regarding your specific needs.

Profound change can be easy, quick and natural utilizing hypnosis therapy.

Jeffrey Scott Rosen is an Advanced Certified Clinic Hypnotherapist, whose practice, Hypnosis Center for Better Health, specializes in helping clients stop smoking, lose weight and redue stress. For additional infomation, visit hypnosiscenterofweymouth.com or call Rosen at 781-331-8118.