Hypnosis for Compulsive Behaviours: Compulsive behaviours are anything that is habituated and which the client wants to stop but can’t. Often the client’s rational mind will say “I want to stop this” but then client still find themselves doing the very thing they want to stop and feeling immensely frustrated and angry at themselves. This is because habits are often formed and sustained in the sub-conscious mind, so although our rational mind may want to stop certain negative behaviours we need to get the subconscious to agree and align both parts of the mind. The alignment process of Hypnosis makes it highly effective for these behaviours.

Examples of compulsive behaviours are: smoking, drinking alcohol, unhealthy habits, food addictions, drug abuse, hair pulling, overeating, comfort eating, repetitive negative thoughts, obsessive thoughts, fearful thoughts, hand washing, checking appliances or doors and many, many others. It is important to note that there is no “magic bullet” where these behaviours can be guaranteed to stop with hypnosis. In my experience people can successfully end these behaviours once they do the pre-work and the client is genuinely in the mental frame of mind to quit. Remember there is nothing to “give up” just freedom to gain. Once the client enters the state of mind where they see and believe that ending the negative behaviour is freedom and not deprivation, they find the process of quitting straightforward and are often quite pleasantly surprised how easy it was.

Hypnosis for Phobias: do you know all phobias started somewhere in your past? Sometimes we can’t identify when that was because the events predated our conscious memory. An example is a fear of flying. We may have had an experience of falling in our early childhood that we can’t consciously remember and this has been stored in our subconscious and we have associated it with flying and now as adults are terrified of being off the ground. Hypnosis is highly effective for phobias. The key is learning as much as possible about how that particular fear or phobia shows up in your life and then using the correct hypnotic techniques to remove the fear from the subconscious.

Hypnosis for Stress and Anxiety: sometimes we don’t even know why we are depressed or anxious. Some individuals just always seem to be in a state of high alert and it causes them much pain and loss of potential. Hypnosis can relieve many symptoms of anxiety and depression and stress because it disrupts the thought patterns that are driving these unpleasant feelings. There is even a self-hypnosis course available through South African Institute of Hypnotism where one can learn hypnosis techniques and have this skill available daily to alleviate stress, depression and anxiety.