American Cancer Society on Hypnosis
International Association of Hypnotherapists & NLP Practitioners
“NLP, with its focus on reprogramming the mind for positive instead of negative affect, can be useful for redressing depression. From a personal perspective, using hypnosis and NLP, with their focus on the positive, makes sense and is more appealing than the medical model which focuses on pathology and mental illness. The currently popular belief that states, “whatever we focus on, grows,” lends credence to utilizing these more positive approaches and intervention techniques for helping depressed people create a happier life for themselves.”
Loral Lee Portenier, PhD
NLP is an incredibly effective and enjoyable way to access more of the true potential of your brain.
NLP techniques are the best processes for creating fast and long-lasting change in your life. Many other systems are good at discovering problems but don’t give you tools for painless, fast, change.
—Dr. Tad James, Ph.D.
NLP was a very powerful experience.
NLP provides a way to look past the behavioral content of what people do to the more invisible forces behind those behaviors; to the structures of thought that allow people to perform effectively.
Enhancing communication and, hence, building rapport represents the most applicable aspect of NLP to investigators. The ability to communicate effectively and build rapport stands as one of the major contributors to a police officer’s success in dealing with the public.
—FBI, Law Enforcement Bulletin, 8/2001
I believe hypnosis has profound powers to help you stop sabotaging yourself.
Hypnosis is not mind control. It’s a naturally occurring state of concentration; It’s actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body.
—Dr. David Spiegel, Associate Chair of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, 9/04
Hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind.
—New York Times, 11/08
Hypnosis can help. A growing body of research supports the ancient practice as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems, from anxiety to chronic pain.—Newsweek, 9/04
Approved as a valid treatment by the American Medical Association in 1958, hypnotism has become increasingly accepted by the medical community. Its use for chronic pain was approved in 1996 by the National Institutes of Health.
—The Capital, 4/04
Studies show that hypnosis can be effective in treating everything from chronic pain to poor study habits. Chances are it can work for you.
—Psychology Today, 9/01
Hypnosis seems helpful in treating addictions, and the depression and anxiety associated with them…
—Psychology Today, 9/96
Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses…
—Scientific American, 7/01
The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you understand and gain more control over your behavior, emotions or physical well-being.
—The Mayo Clinic, 12/03
In [hypnosis], you can attain significant psycho-physiologic changes.
—Dr. Daniel Handel, National Institute of Health, New York Times, 6/02
Hypnosis often is used to modify behavior and overcome phobias and bad habits—it can help you make changes that you’ve been unable to make otherwise.
—National Women’s Health Resource Center, 11/03
Hypnosis seems helpful in treating addictions, and the depression and anxiety associated with them.
—Psychology Today, 9/96
There’s entrancing news about hypnosis; it’s gaining credibility as a treatment for a multitude of troubles, from nicotine addiction to post-traumatic stress disorder. Hypnosis has gained credibility in the past five years because of research using the latest brain-imaging technology…Studies show hypnosis can help treat a multitude of disorders…
—Business Week, 2/04
[Hypnosis] can also be applied to improving study habits, stress reduction and raising self-esteem…If you are having difficulty controlling your appetite, sleeping or just need to relax, hypnosis might help you toward your goal.
New findings are leading major hospitals to try hypnosis to help relieve pain and speed recovery on a variety of illnesses.
—Wall Street Journal, 10/03
Hypnosis: A safe and potent pain reliever. Hypnosis can help adult patients control other forms of pain, relieve gastrointestinal problems, stimulate weight loss, clear up skin problems, and accelerate the healing of bone fractures and surgical wounds.
—Consumer Reports, 1/05
[Hypnosis] has been used to counter the nausea of pregnancy and chemotherapy; dental and test-taking anxiety; pain associated with surgery, root canal treatment and childbirth; fear of flying and public speaking; compulsive hair-pulling; and intractable hiccups, among many other troublesome health problems.
—The New York Times, 11/08
Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit.
—New Scientist, 10/92
I should have done it years ago…It’s amazing I didn’t even want cigarettes any more.
—Matt Damon, The Tonight Show, 12/04
Studies show that people who combine diet and exercise with hypnosis lose more weight than they do with diet and exercise alone.
Hypnosis can actually help you lose weight.
—Dr. Jean Fain, Harvard Medical School, Oprah Magazine, 8/04
It’s a tool that can help you change your eating behavior so that certain patterns become easier to undo or resist.
—Shape Magazine, 7/05
With weight loss the evidence is conclusive…hypnosis does help people reduce
—Smithsonian Magazine, 3/99
It’s hard to find a field that hasn’t used hypnosis successfully, everything from quitting smoking to IBS.
—Good Morning America, 9/10
Throughout the medical mainstream, it’s common to be used for addiction…and psychotherapy.
—Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, 6/02
Today it’s considered a respected therapeutic tool, a well-established method of reaching the subconscious mind. Many patients have tried it and successfully cut back on smoking or overeating…
—Connie Chung, Eye to Eye, 12/94
Want to lose weight? Kick a bad habit? Well you might want to try hypnosis! … no longer regarded as mere hocus-pocus, it’s been shown as an effective means of helping people quit smoking, shed pounds, reduce stress, and end phobias.
—Jane Pauley, The Jane Pauley Show, 9/04
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