Relieve Stress with Hypnosis

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New York, NY 10001
(646) 410-4764

Stress impairs the social and professional lives of over 40 million Americans.

Symptoms can include physical illness, restlessness, irritability, fatigue, worry, problems concentrating, headaches, muscle tension, and trouble sleeping, to name a few. Many compulsive habits and addictions are also responses to stress.

What is anxiety, and how does it differ from stress? Stress is a state of tension resulting from specific and actual circumstances. Anxiety is a general state of inner turmoil, worry, nervousness, or unease. It is future-oriented. Anxiety can be focused on some specific anticipated event (and often takes the form of preoccupation with one’s health or with death), or it may be a more general feeling of apprehension with no specific focus.

I use hypnotism to reduce stress and anxiety. I do not "treat" or "cure" anxiety disorders. If you believe you have an anxiety disorder, you should consult a physician.

“What's different than in the past is that I don’t feel this crushing sense of being overwhelmed anymore. I find myself feeling calm, cool and collected much of the time, like I'm passing through difficult but temporary situations, but not being buried alive by them.

"I have to tell you, John, I honestly believe these sessions have helped me so much.

"I feel like I've made a HUGE SHIFT in the way I respond to difficulties. I'm talking about a HUGE SHIFT. It's hard to explain, but the changes are REAL and substantial.

"I came to you looking for REAL HELP and I received it.”
- Faye B.*


Session fee: $200

Studies on Hypnosis, Anxiety and Stress

Hypnosis is an Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Stress Related Disorders.
The tremendous volume of research provides compelling evidence that hypnosis is an effective treatment for state anxiety (e.g., prior to tests, surgery and medical procedures) and anxiety-related disorders, such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.
Reference: Expert Rev Neurother. 2010 Feb;10(2):263-73. Hammond DC.

Hypnosis is a More Effective Non-Medical Therapy for Anxiety
A study of 193 patients with anxiety disorders, ages 18-40, were offered combinations of non-medical therapies, such as psychotherapy, phytotherapy (plant extracts), and acupuncture. The best results were obtained by combined treatment based on cognitive and behavioral psychotherapy, hypnosis, and autogenic training as its major components.
Reference: Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2008 Nov-Dec;(6):18-22. Bozhko SA, Tiuvina NA.

Hypnosis with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is the Best Treatment for Acute Stress Disorder
This research represents the first controlled treatment study of hypnosis and cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT) on acute stress disorder (ASD). Civilian trauma survivors with acute stress disorder were randomly given 6 sessions of CBT, CBT combined with hypnosis, or supportive counseling. Those in the CBT and CBT-hypnosis groups had fewer criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder after treatment and 6-month follow-up than those who received supportive counseling. CBT-hypnosis resulted in greater reduction in reexperiencing symptoms than CBT.
Reference: J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005 Apr;73(2):334-40. Bryant RA, Moulds ML, Guthrie RM, Nixon RD.

Hypnosis is More Effective For Lowering Anxiety than Biofeedback
60 college students were assigned to use either hypnosis, biofeedback, trophotropic treatment for one hour per week for 8 weeks. Hypnosis was found to be a more effective self-regulatory technique for lowering anxiety levels when compared to the other procedures.
Reference: J Clin Psychol. 1980 Apr;36(2):503-7. Hurley JD.

Self-hypnosis Reduces Anxiety and Blood Pressure Even Nine Months Later
Twenty three adult patients with problems of anxiety in a suburban general practice participated in a study on the effectiveness of audiotaped self-hypnosis in reducing anxiety levels. After six weeks experimenters found significant reduction in psychological anxiety and blood pressure, and in some cases subjects reduced their anxiolytic medication. Nine months later, subjects these desirable effects were still detectable to a significant degree.
Reference: Aust Fam Physician. 1978 Jul;7(7):905-10. Davidson GP, Farnbach RW, Richardson BA.

Self Hypnosis is an Effective Treatment for Panic Attacks
A single-subject used self-hypnosis in the treatment of panic attacks. Presenting symptoms were acute fear, dizziness, constricted throat, upset stomach, loss of appetite, loss of weight, insomnia, fear of doctors, and fear of returning to work. Using hypnosis and guided imagery, the subject showed an increased sense of control, improved self-concept, elimination of pathological symptoms, and cessation of panic attacks.
Reference: Am J Clin Hypn. 1990 Jan;32(3):160-7. Der DF, Lewington P.

“Fight or Flight” Symptoms Respond Most Readily to Hypnosis
This study looked at 20 adults who sought hypnotherapy for stress, anxiety, and depression. They had significantly less symptoms after treatment in all measured dimensions, with the greatest decrease in anxiety. It is suggested that the symptoms most related to the "fight-flight" reaction respond most readily to hypnosis.
Reference: Am J Clin Hypn. 1989 Oct;32(2):110-7. Gould RC, Krynicki VE.

Hypnosis for Treatment of Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Clinical reports and observations going back almost two centuries consistently indicate that hypnotherapy is an effective modality for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hypnotic techniques may be valuable for patients with PTSD who exhibit symptoms such as anxiety, dissociation, widespread pain, and sleep disturbances. Hypnotic techniques may also facilitate working through traumatic memories, increasing coping skills, and promoting a sense of competency.
Reference: Harefuah. 2013 Aug;152(8):490-3, 497. Abramowitz EG, Bonne O.

Hypnosis can Help Control of Anxiety After Trauma
Hypnosis can be used to achieve a better control of anxious symptoms through relaxation. It allows the patient to anticipate the anxiety triggering events. This technique also allows the patient to mentalise and integrate traumatic events, therefore helping him to prevent the post-traumatic anxious symptoms.
Reference: Rev Med Suisse. 2010 Feb 17;6(236):330-3. Smaga D, Cheseaux N, Forster A, Colombo S, Rentsch D, de Tonnac N.

Hypnosis Reduces Preoperative Anxiety
A study examined the effect of hypnosis on preoperative anxiety using three groups of subjects: a hypnosis group who received suggestions of well-being; an attention-control group who received attentive listening and support without any specific hypnotic suggestions, and a "standard of care" control group. Patients in the hypnosis group were significantly less anxious compared with patients in the two control groups. Moreover, on entrance to the operating rooms, the hypnosis group reported a significant decrease of 56% in their anxiety level whereas the attention-control group reported an increase of 10% in anxiety and the control group reported an increase of 47% in their anxiety. This study concludes that hypnosis significantly alleviates preoperative anxiety.
Reference: Anesth Analg. 2006 May;102(5):1394-6. Saadat H, Drummond-Lewis J, Maranets I, Kaplan D, Saadat A, Wang SM, Kain ZN.

Hypnotherapy Helps to Overcome Test Anxiety
Eleven medical practitioners were seen individually for two, 50-minute sessions of hypnotherapeutic training. 10 of the 11 practitioners reported passing grades, and 9 reported an attitude change with lower levels of test anxiety.
Reference: Am J Clin Hypn. 1993 Jan;35(3):198-204. Stanton HE.

Hypnosis Reduces Test Anxiety and Improves Performance
Fifteen college students with test anxiety were studied. Those who received hypnosis reduce anxiety prior to taking a learning and reading-comprehension test. On the reading-comprehension test the experimental group scored significantly higher than the control group. These findings support the notion that hypnotic training may be useful to reduce anxiety and improve test performance.
Reference: J Natl Med Assoc. 1984 Mar;76(3):233-5. Johnson RL, Johnson HC.

Symptoms of Anxiety and Stress

The body's way of responding to stress and anxiety is the cause of many symptoms. The symptoms can be emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical. 

Emotional symptoms
Frustration, tension, irritability, nervousness, restlessness, and uneasiness. 

Mental symptoms
Worry, apprehension or dread, trouble concentrating, pessimism.

Behavioral symptoms
Nervous behaviors, compulsive habits, and withdrawing from situations that provoke anxiety. 

Physical symptoms
The physiology of stress is complicated. The Stress Response, also known as the “Fight or Flight Response,” is a natural emergency mechanism mediated by the body’s neurological and endocrine systems. This emergency response is built for short-term dangers, but it is incapable of dealing with long-term stress. Some of the physiological responses are:

- Pumping more blood to the muscles, supplying more oxygen to the muscles and heart-lung system. This means increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased respiration (which causes dehydration), and thickening of the blood (because more red cells are required to carry oxygen).

- Increased metabolism for rapid energy. This leads to increased blood sugar and some forms of diabetes. Protection from injury and infections. This means further thickening of the blood to carry more white blood cells and platelets.

- Sharpening of senses. The pupils dilate, and hearing is better. This can cause sensitivity to light and sound.

- Increased blood supply to the basic-functions regions of the brain. This causes a state of hyper-alertness characterized by a decrease in activity of the neocortex (which is responsible for thinking) to the primitive brain. This results in poor concentration and focus, decreased learning, and poor memory.

- Prioritizing of blood supply to the peripheral muscles and heart. Less blood in the extremities means cold hands and feet. Decreased blood supply to the digestive and reproductive systems can cause a host of digestive problems, infertility, menstrual problems, and sexual dysfunction.

- Lightening of body. An emergency function of the body is to let go of body wastes, which can result in dehydration and diarrhea.

- The secretion of stress hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline (which is associated with anger), and cortisol (which can cause weight gain). Adrenaline has powerful affects, such as increased heart beat, blood pressure, and muscle tension. Imbalances in these hormonal levels cause immune system problems such as frequent colds and flus, cancer or tumor development, increased allergic responses, and autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia).

*Results may vary from person to person.