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Studies supporting effectiveness of hypnosis

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The effectiveness of Hypnosis.

A number of studies that prove the effectiveness of hypnosis can be in helping with a variety of issues.

The effectiveness of hypnosis has been extensively studied. Below are a number of articles that support the effectiveness of hypnosis in treating a large number of conditions.

Note: If we were to include the studies on meditation – the same brain wave state as hypnosis –  this data would be too much to publish.

In 1970, Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. conducted a survey of scientific literature to compare recovery rates for various modalities of therapy:

  • Psychoanalysis can be expected to have a 38% recovery rate after approximately 600 sessions.
  • Behaviour therapy (Wolpian) can be expected to have a 72% recovery rate after an average of 22 sessions.
  • Hypnotherapy can be expected to have a 93% recovery rate after an average of 6 sessions

Source: Barrios, Alfred A. “Hypnotherapy: A Reappraisal,” Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice (1970)

According to an article in the Harvard University Gazette, Hypnosis Helps Healing, by William J. Cromie, Carol Ginandes and Daniel Rosenthal, professor of radiology at the Harvard Medical School, published a report on their study of hypnosis to speed up the mending of broken bones. The result stood out like a sore ankle. Those who were hypnotized healed faster than those who were not. Six weeks after the fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing.

Hypnosis has been shown to alleviate the subjective distress of patients with asthma: there were less frequent attacks, and less medication was required. 1
In another study comparing Hypnosis and relaxation therapy the improvement with the Hypnotherapy group was much greater. And only Hypnosis subjects showed an improvement in physiologic measures of respiration. 2
1 Maher-Loughnan, G.P. (1970). “Hypnosis and AutoHypnosis for the Treatment of Asthma.” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 18, 1- 14.
2 Maher-Loughnan, G.P., MacDonald, N., Mason, A.A. & Fry, L. (1962). “Controlled Trial of Hypnosis in the Symptomatic Treatment of Asthma.” British Medical Journal, 2, 371-376.

Following Hypnotherapy, patients with arthritis achieved significant decreases in pain, anxiety, and depression, and an increases in beta-endorphin-like immunoreactive material.
Domangue, B.B., Margolis, C.G., Lieberman, D. & Kaji, H. (1985). “Biochemical Correlates of Hypnoanalgesia in Arthritic Pain Patients.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 46, 235-238.

Bone Fracture
The Harvard Medical School conducted research on the use of hypnosis to enhance physical healing. Twelve people with a recent bone fracture were divided into two groups. One group received hypnosis and the other group served as control. Both groups received standard orthopaedic treatment. The hypnosis group had individual hypnotic sessions and listened to audio tapes designed to increase bone healing. X-ray and orthopaedic evaluations were made during the 12 weeks of the experiment.
The results showed a faster healing for the hypnosis group at week 9 of the experiment. X-rays revealed a notable difference at the edge of the fracture at week 6 of the experiment. The hypnosis group also had better mobility and used less pain killers. The researchers conclude by saying that “despite a small sample size…. these data suggest that hypnosis may be capable of enhancing both anatomical and functional fracture healing, and that further investigation of hypnosis to accelerate healing is warranted.
Ginandes, CS, Rosenthal, DI.1999, “Using hypnosis to accelerate the healing of bone fractures: a randomized controlled pilot study”, Therapy Health Medicine, May, 5(2), pp.67-75.

Women with metastatic breast cancer who received group Hypnosis therapy were able to reduce their pain experience by 50% compared to a control group. 1
At a 10-year follow-up of these same women, the Hypnosis treatment group had double the survival rate of the control group.2
Both adolescent and adult cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy have fewer symptoms of anticipatory nausea and vomiting following Hypnotic interventions.3
1 Spiegel, D. & Bloom, J.R. (1983b).”Group therapy and Hypnosis Reduce Metastatic Breast Carcinoma Pain.” Psychosomatic Medicine, 45, 333-339.
2Spiegel, D., Bloom, J.R., Kraemer, H.,C. & Gottheil, E. (1989a) “Effect of Psychosocial Treatment on Survival of Patients with Metatastic Breast Cancer.” Lancet pp. 888-891.
3Zeltzer, L.; LeBaron, S. & Zeltzer, P.M. (1984).The Effectiveness of Behavioral Intervention for Reduction of Nausea and Vomiting in Children and Adolescents Receiving Chemotherapy.” Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2, 683-690. Cotanch, P., Hockenberry, M. & Herman, S. (1985). “Self-Hypnosis Antiemetic Therapy in Children Receiving Chemotherapy.” Oncology Nursing Forum, 12, 41- 46. Zeltzer, L., LeBaron, S. & Zeltzer, P.M. (1984).

Hypnotherapy has been used successfully to prolong pregnancy and prevent premature delivery. 1
In Britain 55% of birthing women using hypnosis required no medication for pain relief, compared with 22% of women in non-hypnosis groups. In two other reports 58% of women using hypnotic analgesia required no medication. And five other reports quoted 60-79% of women using hypnosis required no medication. Check out In another study subjects given hypnosis reported reduced pain, shorter stage 1 labours, less medication, higher Apgar scores, more frequent spontaneous deliveries than other group. Some had lower depression scores after birth than the other groups.2
1Schwartz, M. (1963) The Cessation of Labor Using Hypnotic Techniques.” American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 5, 211-213.
2Harmon, T.M., Hynan, M., & Tyre, T.E. (1990). “Improved obstetric outcomes using hypnotic analgesia and skill mastery combined with childbirth education.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 58, 525, 530, 1990.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression: An Empirical Study: To investigate the effectiveness of cognitive hypnotherapy (CH), hypnosis combined with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), on depression, 84 depressives were randomly assigned to 16 weeks of treatment of either CH or CBT alone. At the end of treatment, patients from both groups significantly improved compared to baseline scores. However, the CH group produced significantly larger changes in Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, and Beck Hopelessness Scale. Effect size calculations showed that the CH group produced 6%, 5%, and 8% greater reduction in depression, anxiety, and hopelessness, respectively, over and above the CBT group. The effect size was maintained at 6-month and 12-month follow-ups. This study represents the first controlled comparison of hypnotherapy with a well-established psychotherapy for depression, meeting the APA criteria for a “probably efficacious” treatment for depression. 1
Alternative Treatments for Long-Term Depressed Mood: Meditation and Hypnosis The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness to two alternative treatments for long-term depressed mood: mindfulness meditation and hypnosis. The need to find effective treatments for those suffering from long-term low-to-moderate level depression has been known for over a century. Although, there have been some recent advances in the types of drug and psychotherapy treatments available for this condition, some people do not respond to such interventions, have considerable side effects (from the drugs), or are not satisfied for other reasons with these treatment options.
The present study represents an innovative investigation into two alternatives to traditional treatments for long-term depressed mood: mindfulness meditation (plus gentle hatha yoga) and hypnosis in a group therapy format. Although both meditation and hypnosis have shown success in treating stress, anxiety, and pain in studies of non-clinical populations, neither has been systematically investigated as a possible treatment for long-term depressed mood.2
1Assen Alladin and Alisha Alibhai (2000) The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis; Volume 55, Number 2 – May 2000.
2Spiegel, D. MD; Butler, L.D. Ph.D. Xin-Hua Chen; Abramson, M. DDS, Waelde, L. Ph.D. Mental Insight Foundation

Most clinicians and researchers agree that stress affects the course of dermatitis and eczema, and reducing stress levels has a positive effect on the course of the disease. Emotional factors have been shown to have a strong correlation with onset of the disease and also with flare-ups. Further more, several documented case studies have revealed that hypnosis can offer a successful treatment for sufferers.
Kantor, S.D. (1990).Stress and psoriasis. Psoriasis Research Institute, Palo Alto, California 94301. Cutis (USA) Oct 1990, 46 (4) p321-2

Haemophiliac patients taught self-hypnosis significantly reduced both their level of self-reported distress and the amount of the factor concentrate required to control bleeding when compared with a control group of patients who did not undergo Hypnosis.
Swirsky-Saccetti, T.; Margolis, C.G. (1986).”The Effects of a Comprehensive Self- Hypnosis Training Program on the Use of Factor VIII in Severe Hemophilia.” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 34, 71-83.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful treatment methods, giving 80+% success rate for abdominal pain and distension. It often results in assisting with other problems such as migraine and tension headaches. With patients who have severe chronic IBS, it was Hypnotherapy patients that showed dramatic improvement in all measures, and they maintained that improvement at a two year follow-up.
Whorwell P.J; Prior A; Faragher E.B. (1988 & 1987). Whorwell, P.J., Prior, A. & Faragher, E.B. (1984). “Controlled Trial of Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Severe Refractory Irritable-Bowel Syndrome.” Lancet, pp. 1232-1234. Whorwell, P.J., Prior, A. & Colgan, S.M. (1987). “Hypnotherapy in Severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Further Experience.” Gut, 28, 423-425.

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome–Induced Agoraphobia
There are a number of clinical studies and a body of research on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Likewise, there exists research demonstrating the efficacy of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) in the treatment of IBS. However, there is little written about the integration of CBT and hypnotherapy in the treatment of IBS and a lack of clinical information about IBS-induced agoraphobia. This paper describes the aetiology and treatment of IBS-induced agoraphobia. Cognitive, behavioural, and hypnotherapeutic techniques are integrated to provide an effective cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) treatment for IBS-induced agoraphobia. This CBH approach for treating IBS-induced agoraphobia is described and clinical data are reported. (2)
Golden W.L. (2000) The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis; Volume 55, Number 2 – May 2000

Migraine and Headaches
Hypnosis is highly effective in the treatment of chronic migraine headaches. All Hypnotic methods appear to be superior to standard treatment relying on pharmacological approaches alone. Patients treated with Hypnosis had a significant reduction in severity and the number of attacks compared to a control group treated with traditional medications. At the one year follow-up the number of patients in the Hypnosis group who had no headaches for over three months was significantly higher.
Anderson, J.A., Basker, M.A, Dalton, R. (1975). “Migraine and Hypnotherapy.” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 23, 48-58.

Review of the Efficacy of Clinical Hypnosis with Headaches and Migraines
The 12-member National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Panel on Integration of Behavioral and Relaxation Approaches into the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Insomnia (1996) reviewed outcome studies on hypnosis with cancer pain and concluded that research evidence was strong and that other evidence suggested hypnosis may be effective with some chronic pain, including tension headaches. This paper provides an updated review of the literature on the effectiveness of hypnosis in the treatment of headaches and migraines, concluding that it meets the clinical psychology research criteria for being a well-established and efficacious treatment and is virtually free of the side effects, risks of adverse reactions, and ongoing expense associated with medication treatments.
Hammond C. (2000) The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis; Volume 55, Number 2 – May 2000

Hypnosis was found to be effective in reducing pain and discomfort associated with repeated unpleasant medical interventions in a study of children with cancer.1
A significant reduction of pain and dysphoria was found following Hypnosis in a study of 19 patients with a variety of musculoskeletal disorders.2
1Hilgard, E.R. (1977). “Divided Consciousness: Multiple Controls in Human Thought and Action”. NY: John Wiley. 1977
2Domangue, B.B., Margolis, C.G., Lieberman, D. & Kaji, H. (1985). Biochemical Correlates of Hypnoanalgesia in Arthritic Pain Patients.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 46, 235-238


  • Student test anxiety : Students taught self-hypnosis showed a significant reduction in anxiety scores (maintained at 6-month follow-up) then a control group.1
  • Public speaking : The group who received hypnosis had a greater expectation for change and that change was achieved, than those who had non-hypnotic treatment.2
  • Fear of flying : 50% of patients afraid of flying were improved or cured after Hypnosis treatment.3

1Stanton, H. E. (1994)
2Schoenberger, N. E.; Kirsch, I.; Gearan, P.; Montgomery, G.; Pastyrnak, S.L. (1997).
3Spiegel, D. (1998) Report in the Harvard Mental Health Letter, September 1998, vol. 15, p. 5-6

Smoking Cessation
In a recent stop smoking study, where smokers attended individual hypnotherapy for stop smoking over three sessions, 81% had stopped smoking after the treatment ended, and at a 12 month follow-up nearly 50% remained smoke free. And 95% of the people were satisfied with their treatment.
Elkins GR, Rajab MH. (2004) “Clinical hypnosis for Smoking Cessation: preliminary results of a three session intervention.” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 2004 Jan; 52 (1):73-81

Stress and Hypertension
A trial compared Hypnosis with biofeedback or a combination of both. All groups had significant reduction in blood pressure.1 However, at six-month follow-up only patients receiving Hypnosis had maintained the reduction.2
1Friedman, H. & Taub, H. (1977). “The Use of Hypnosis and Biofeedback Procedures for Essential Hypertension.” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 25, 335-347.
2Friedman, H. & Taub, H. (1978). “A Six Month Follow-up of the Use of Hypnosis and Biofeedback Procedures in Essential Hypertension.” American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 20, 184-188

Surgery Recovery
Patients trained with Hypnosis before surgery had significantly shorter stays in hospital. Research shows that Hypnosis methods have been used successfully for anxiety associated with medical procedures.
Rapkin, D.A., Straubing, M., Singh, A. & Holroyd, J.C. (1988). “Guided Imagery and Hypnosis: Effect on Acute Recovery from Head and Neck Cancer Surgery” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Asheville, N.C. Spiegel, D, (1998). Report in the Harvard Mental Health Letter, September 1998, vol. 15, p. 5-6.

Prepubertal children respond to Hypnotherapy almost without exception, although adults sometimes do not. Clinically, many adults who fail to respond to hypnotherapy will heal with individual hypnoanalytic (combination of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy) techniques. By using hypnoanalysis on those who failed to respond to hypnotherapy, 33 of 41 (80%) consecutive patients were completely cured. Self-hypnosis was not used.1
There was a particularly interesting report of hypnosis used to treat a 7-year-old girl who had 82 common warts. The warts had been present for 12-18 months and were not amenable to any of the routine medical treatments. Hypnotic suggestions were given for the facial warts to disappear before warts from the rest of the body. After 2 weeks, eight of 16 facial warts were gone, with no other changes. After three additional biweekly sessions, all 82 warts were gone. This was, to our knowledge, the first reported case of systematic wart removal in children and the researchers concluded that there is an intimate relationship between psychological mechanisms and the immune system.2
1Ewin DM Hypnotherapy for warts (verruca vulgaris): 41 consecutive cases with 33 cures. Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, LA. Am J Clin Hypn (UNITED STATES) Jul 1992, 35(1) p1-10
2Hypnotherapy of a child with warts.Noll RB Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University,East Lansing 48824.J Dev Behav Pediatr Apr 1988, 9 (2) p89-91


Hypnotherapy has been proven to be highly effective in treating a large variety of conditions.
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Hypnosis for Sports Performance

Hypnosis for Sports PerformaceHypnosis for Sports Performance.

Hypnosis for Sports performance and more widely used than you might think.

Think of a golfer, the most influential golfer in the past 30 years. Now, think about someone who had systematically over a number of years had hypnotic conditioning in order to ensure their performance was the best in the world.  Now, if you thought about Tiger woods both of the first sentences of this paragraph are true.

Tiger Woods from an early age had for a number of years Hypnotic training to improve his performance, improve his performance state and to dominate and win.

Many other elite athletes use some kind of guided visualization or hypnotic conditioning to ensure they perform at their best.

Here are some of the uses of Hypnosis in sports:

  • Improving performance
  • Improving the performance state
  • Reducing the possibility of injury
  • Enhancing perception
  • Reducing rehab times and improving recovery times from injury.

If you are a serious athlete or simply someone who wants to get better at your passion, Sports Hypnosis can be the shortcut to increasing your performance.

Call us for an obligation free consultation to see how we can help you, how we can measure your performance and the improvements you will get from Sports Hypnosis go to the contact us page, or call 07 34117796.

Appointments are available at the Aspire Hypnotherapy clinic in Moorooka, Brisbane.

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Relationships should be what makes us happiest, however most men today find relationships a challenge. Have you ever wondered why? The world is changing and what is expected of men continues to change with it.

So how do you as a man evolve, adapt and get back those simple things in life that make it worth living?


Wouldn’t it benefit you to learn a range of ways to interact with your wife or partner so you can understand her better and bring more passion and joy back into your relationship?

This weekend course – Relationship Skills for Men 101 – is designed entirely for men. Learn more about the Relationship Skills for Men 101 workshop here

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what is Resilience ?

Resilience is a necessary attribute in today’s world. So what is resilience?

Resilience is the capacity to deal with challenges that come your way. It’s the capacity to withstand uncertainty and to make effective choices and quality decisions when faced with challenging circumstances you might be faced with.

Given that definition, consider how you make decisions in uncertain circumstances.  You may be experiencing genuinely challenging circumstances, yet other people with different thoughts and emotions may have thrived in those circumstances.

How you ask? by choosing the ’emotional state’ that they want to be in- instead of just dealing with the emotions that arise – and by choosing what they focus their thoughts and emotions on in those circumstances. To be able to remain slightly detached, even in the face of risk and uncertainty.

Consider what emotions something like “risk” can cause you to experience – panic, worry, or could it be excitement?

This will all depend on if you comfortable with risk. And how much risk is too much for you? Can you even imagine experiencing risk and it causing you to make an even better decision?

Every situation has a flipside, and the resilient thinker has truly learnt this. If risk is scary for you, ask yourself – what are you choosing to focus when things are really bad? Could a change of focus change how you are experiencing all of this??  Then bring on resilience.

Peeople who demonstrate emotional resilience remain calmer, clearer and more focused on their outcome during times of stress and upheaval. So could a change of focus or some emotional resources assist you in your life now? Probably.

Hypnosis can help you reduce stress, think more clearly and even achieve more success with less effort.

Aspire Hypnotherapy offers appointments at various locations in Brisbane, including Eatons Hill, Redcliffe, Bowen Hills.

Get more information on our Brisbane hypnosis services or make an appointment today.

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baby learning | hypnotherapy can help you learn better thought patterns

Whatever it is, you have learnt it.

Hypnotherapy for anxietyAs a parent and a hypnotist, I find it particularly interesting spending time with my kids in the morning and then spending time with clients during the same day.

The interesting thing about kids is they don’t know a lot of things and they haven’t learnt to have problems yet. Difficulties are frequently easily overcome and then rapidly forgotten.

I’ve never met a 2 year old that was depressed. I’ve never met a 2 year old with a gambling addiction. I’ve never yet met a 2 year old that was stressed out about their body image and weight.

Why? Because they haven’t learnt to do those things yet.

When I talk to clients one question I always ask is, “When did you start to have the problem, because at some time they learnt how to do it?” For most people there is a specific time when they started to do the behavior and learnt how to do it.

It would have made sense at the time to get scared, anxious or angry, but 5 or 10 years later (as an adult) that habit often doesn’t make sense anymore and is probably getting a lot of results in ones day to day life that aren’t quite so appealing.

In the same way that having ongoing problems (like anxiety that runs in the family) are usually learnt patterns, in the same way that having a lack of the problem can also be learnt.

Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy is an effective gentle way to get our minds and bodies back to the place that they were before they learnt the problem; so often just remember this can be enough to shift the problem into a past tense.

If you have a habit that you are doing that you don’t want to do now, consider when you started to do it? And is it really an appropriate thing to do now?

If your ready to take steps to resolve these challenges then get in touch, book in for an appointment or phone consultation today phone07 34117796

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blog by Michael Brook, Master Hypnotist

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behaviours and habits canbe like roundabouts | hypnotherapy

how three key principles of your mind relate to human behaviour

by Michael Brook, Master Hypnotist

Discover how three key principles of the mind relate to the habits you have formed.

There are there neurological principles of the mind which describe and demonstrate the way people can get stuck doing habits they don’t like.

These three key principles of the mind relate directly to how we form habits, through repetitive behaviour.They are:

  1. Habituation
  2. Maximum Efficiency
  3. Neuroplasticity

The first principle of habituation says that every behaviour, done frequently enough, becomes habit and will be attempted to be perpetuated forever. Have a think about this; when was the last time you tied your shoes differently from how you learnt to it as a child?

The second principle of maximum effort says that if any behaviour is done often enough to become habitual, then it’s worth making it better /more efficient. So your mind will find ways of making you better at doing the things you do regularly.

The third principle of neuroplasticity says that if you do a habit/behaviour often enough, it will begin to change your neurology and become the default pattern of behaviour (when the context for that behaviour shows up).

Put all these things to get and you get the following..

Any behaviour done often enough, gets repeated forever, you get better at it and you do it automatically without thinking, whenever you have to.

Doesn’t this describe the behaviour of most human beings? Doesn’t this describe how people get stuck in patterns of behaviour that once worked but no longer get them useful results, and yet they often still keep doing it?

Now while these neurological principles of the mind can be used to describe the way people can get stuck doing habits they don’t like, it also offers tremendous hope to creating new behaviours.

You see once a new behaviour is found, change can be permanent and life lasting. Consider that any new behaviour done often enough, gets repeated forever, and as you get better at it, do it automatically without thinking, that will continue to happen whenever you need it to.

This means that how we create bad habits is also how we can create good habits – so the results we get begin to change.

Time to change your habits?

Hypnotherapy is a commonly used approach to interrupt and change stuck patterns of behaviour and create newer and better ones.

If you would like to get off the roundabout of your un-useful habits, please call us at Aspire Hypnotherapy and book in for your life changing appointment.

We are available to assist you at Moorooka, Inner South Side or on Skype.. Get more information on our Hypnotherapy Brisbane services or make an appointment today by phone: 07 34117796


blog by Michael Brook, Master Hypnotist

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Hypnotherapy and emotions, Aspire Hypnotherapy

Are you addicted to your emotional states??

Hypnotherapy and emotions

A lot work with clients is focused on working with the connection between Hypnotherapy and emotions.

When working with clients, I often find that what they present with isn’t the problem. The true problem is the emotional states they are experiencing. Let me explain.

People experience a variety of emotional states in life.

They can feel good and positive or they can feel bad or negative.  The situations you are experiencing in your life will mean that you can notice an ongoing pattern of emotional states.  

For example, if you are in a positive relationship, doing a job that you love and are healthy physically and financially, you will probably be experiencing a lot of good emotional states.

In contrast, if you are in an abusive relationship, you hate your job, you are sick all the time and you are constantly broke, the chances are you are probably experiencing a lot of negative states.

Often when people are in a bad / uncomfortable situation in life which is causing them to experience a lot of negative states will take up a habit that gets them – temporarily – out of those negative emotions. This could be a range of habits, but most common ones are; are eating junk food or sugar, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, taking drugs, etc…

When we consume these foods / substances a person can temporarily forget the negative states that they are living in.


The issue with this is that the human mind is hard wired to make a habit out of anything that is done on a repeated basis.  Whether it’s the pattern of emotional states you are in, or the habits you take up as a response to the states, you mind will make them a habit if you continue to do them often enough.

When assisting people to change, a therapist needs to address the underlying negative emotions as well as the habits that people take up in response to the negative emotions in their lives. AND, once this is done thoroughly, we get a different response happening towards that bad / unhealthy habit.


Penned by Michael Brook, Master Hypnotist

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Aspire Hypnotherapy, located in Moorooka, is ideally placed for people seeking hypnotherapy sessions around  Moorooka, Wooloongabba, Annerley, South Brisbane, Brisbane CBD, West End, Hill End, Tarraginda, Mt Gravatt, Weller’s Hill, Ekibin, Yeronga, Yerongpilly, Rocklea, Salisbury, East Brisbane, Brisbane South Side, Greenslopes, Holland Park, Mt Gravatt East, Upper Mount Gravatt, Roberston, Sunnybank and Archerfield.


quitting smoking makes you happier. Aspire Hypnotherapy

Study finds quitting smoking improves your mood


by Bree Taylor Molyneaux

Research finds smokers are happier after quitting smoking. Many people today are turning to hypnosis as a fast viable option to successfully quit smoking, with less withdrawl.

No one disputes that quitting smoking is healthier for us physically, but until now it hasn’t been totally clear if quitting is actually better for us at an emotional level, especially since many people use it to reduce anxiety or reduce food cravings.

A new study has found that people were happiest when they were successful at giving up smoking, regardless of how long that period of ‘not smoking’ was.

Based on their results, the authors of the article published online Nov. 24 in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research recommend that smokers embrace quitting as a step toward improving mental as well as physical health.

“What’s surprising is that at the time when you measure smokers’ mood, even if they’ve only succeeded for a little while, they are already reporting less symptoms of depression.” said researcher Christopher Kahler.

[1] Subjects who never quit remained the unhappiest of all, while the ones who quit and stuck with it were the happiest to begin with and remained at the same strong level of happiness throughout the entire study.

Another study [2] conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin looked at over 1,500 people. They assessed each participant’s smoking status and quality of life one year and three years after the smoking cessation trial.

“Our findings suggest that over the long-term individuals will be happier and more satisfied with their lives if they stop smoking than if they do not,” the researchers were quoted as saying.

“This research provides substantial evidence that quitting smoking benefits well-being, compared to continuing smoking,” they said.
The study’s “quality of life” measures included the participant’s health, self-regard, philosophy of life and personal relationships.

Successful quitters reported that they felt they had fewer stressors by the third year, the researchers said.

With so many modern alternatives like nicotine patches, acupuncture and hypnotherapy providing additional support, quitting is no longer, as some smokers may fear, a grim sacrifice to be made for the sake of longevity and long term health.

Quitting smoking better for your health and happiness

If you have ever thought about giving up smoking, but wondered how may you will feel without this addiction, your questions have been answered. You will feel better, healthier and happier.

Hypnotherapy and the use of hypnotic techniques have been successfully employed to assist people with smoking cessation and other associated addictions for many decades. Give yourself the best chance to quit smoking and begin to see yourself as a non-smoker faster and easier than you imagined.

Compared to other psychotherapy based approaches (eg counselling) hypnotherapy has also been proven to have a the highest success rate with the least amount of sessions.

Hypnosis can help you quit smoking fast


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[1] Article Source Published on 24 Nov in Nicotine & Tobacco Research journal.

The study involved 236 adults seeking to quit smoking, who also happened to be heavy social drinkers.  Participants took a standardized test of symptoms of depression a week before the quit date and then two, eight, 16, and 28 weeks afterwards.

[2] Smoking Cessation trial – University of Wisconsin – published in journal of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Involved over 1,500 people participating a US smoking cessation trial. Assessed each participant’s smoking status and quality of life one year and three years after the smoking cessation trial.

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Hypnosis success leads other psychotherapy approaches with a 93% recovery rate

Study finds an impressive hypnosis success rate for hypnosis over 6 sessions, when compared to other psychological based therapies.

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In a review of literature published in Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice [1] various types of techniques were profiled for their success. The percentages speak for themselves.

  • Hypnosis: 93% recovery after 6 sessions (about 1.5 -2 months)
  • Behavior Therapy: 72% after 22 sessions (about 6 months)
  • Psychotherapy: 38% recovery after 600 sessions (about 11 1/2 years).

“Hypnosis often is used to modify behavior, overcome fears and eliminate bad habits. It assists you in making permanent changes that you’ve been unable to make otherwise.”

Hypnosis works because it addresses problems at the level at which they are occurring. For most people seeing to change their habits, their habits are behaviors that were done once or twice and then automated to the level on unconscious behavior. So, if a problem is occurring and reoccurring at the level of the unconscious mind then it needs to be changed at the level of the unconscious mind.

This is essential how hypnosis works and why it works compared to other therapies, many of which are useful to some degree.

Hypnosis fixes problems at the level of the unconscious mind where they are occurring and being replicated.

So, in the future the new or desired behaviour gets acted out when a context or environment presents itself where the desired behavior is required or seems to be appropriate.

The added benefit of this is that by changing with hypnosis no conscious motivation or will power is required. What surprises many clients with hypnosis isn’t how effective it is, but how easy it is as well.

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[1] Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice (Volume 7, Number 1, Spring, 1970, Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D.),

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Hypnosis can treat dyspepsia and gastrointestinal disorders

Dyspepsia is a very common gastrointestinal disorder and while researchers and doctors are not sure what the underlying causes are, research has found hypnotherapy has helped treat the symptoms of the disorder.

The major symptom of dyspepsia is upper abdominal pain which is not caused by a type of disease. The symptoms often overlap with irritable bowel syndrome and researchers believe that both could be a result of the same disorder. Some theories as to what causes dyspepsia include acid secretion, stiff stomach, delayed stomach emptying, and stomach hypersensitivity.

When diagnosing dyspepsia, other disorders must be ruled out and treatment often depends on patients symptoms. With hypnosis already being shown to be a highly effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome this study aimed to research the effect of hypnosis on dyspepsia symptoms.

The study consisted of 126 participants diagnosed with functional dyspepsia who received hypnotherapy, supportive therapy and placebo, or medical treatment. Symptoms were analyzed before treatment began, after the 16-week treatment, and during a 56-week follow-up.

Results showed that the hypnotherapy group saw more improvement in the short-term (16 weeks) compared to the therapy and medication groups. Looking at the long-term results, the hypnotherapy group showed significantly improved symptoms.

Of the participants in the study, 73% of those in the hypnosis group reported improvement, compared to 34% of the therapy group and 43% of the medicine group.

Hypnosis is often overlooked for use in medical treatments due to misconceptions and very few doctors being trained in hypnotherapy. However, due to the effective treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with hypnosis, multiple studies have been conducted involving hypnosis and the treatment of upper digestive function and dyspepsia.

Hypnosis works effectively to treat dyspepsia due to the therapeutic nature of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy gives the dyspepsia sufferer the power to focus their attention on healing the pained areas. It has also been shown to speed up the emptying of the stomach. Shortening gastric emptying helps ease the symptoms of dyspepsia and improves the quality of life for the dyspepsia sufferer.

Hypnotherapy is a natural form of treatment that has been shown to be highly effective in reducing dyspepsia symptoms, over the short and long term.


Using hypnosis for gastrointestinal disorders

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