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I get this question a lot.  The answer is YES, hypnosis can help you quit and can make smoking cessation permanent; but, there are a few key things that are important for you to know.

Send me your questions/comments/concerns about hypnosis for quitting smoking, or any habits, and I’ll answer them for you.

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There are practitioners of hypnosis who claim to make people drop weight during a hypnosis session. I know of only one biological way to do that and it could get messy. Okay, so call me a skeptic. My standard answer to someone who asks, “Can hypnosis be used to lose weight?” is, “Of course, but you have to be willing to change your behaviors and commit to a healthy diet and exercise plan.”

My approach to weight loss is to counsel people on what causes weight gain, provide dietary information, devise an exercise plan, and then reinforce commitment to the plan through suggestions given under hypnosis. For all the claims on weight loss methods that require no change of diet and no exertion of energy (and there are many out there) all I can say is, the power of suggestion in advertising is amazingly strong and even the best of us can get sucked in.

If you’re serious about losing weight for health reasons, then do it sensibly. Talk to your physician, find a diet plan you can live with and enjoy, commit to an exercise routine, and use hypnosis to give you that extra “umph” to get you the results you want.

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June 16, 2010

I became interested in hypnosis in high school. I can’t remember exactly how, but I learned some rudimentary hypnotic techniques that I practiced on my little brother, Mike — a most willing “guinea pig.” I managed to make his arm rise up and become ‘light as a feather,’ then make it so heavy he couldn’t lift it; I ‘glued’ his knees and hands together so he couldn’t separate them. Needless to say we had a lot of fun until we got caught in the middle of a session in which Mike’s arm was  so ‘stiff as a board’  he couldn’t bend it, and my mother walked in the room. My mother’s command, “stop that nonsense” overruled my hypnotic suggestion and put an end to my early hypnosis practice.

Years later, as a counselor/therapist, I decided to learn and practice hypnosis and incorporate it with other therapies. My clients (many of them students) were interested in overcoming test anxiety, weight loss, quitting smoking, relieving stress, panic attacks, fear of public speaking, phobias, including social phobia, etc. I have found that hypnosis produces quite remarkable results in no time at all.

As for those who think hypnosis is mind control, or that it’s only possible with ‘weak-minded’ people, it is not. The strongest-minded people make the best hypnotic subjects. The fact is, you have to want to be hypnotized, in order to be hypnotized.

Thanks, Mike, for giving my hypnosis work a start.

If you’re eager to learn more, an excellent website is http://www.howstuffworks.com/hypnosis.htm.

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