Author Archives: Jody Workman

Hypnosis to Help with Chewing Tobacco Addiction

We all hear how unhealthy smoking is, and about second hand smoke and now how public places are smoke free. What we don’t hear about is smokeless tobacco and the consequences caused by the habit. Some people turn to it because it is more convenient than smoking, and others picked up the habit because their sports hero or other role model dipped. Everyone hears about lung cancer and how it’s linked to smoking or second hand smoke. There is little or no mention of lip, tongue or mouth cancer caused by smokeless tobacco. Unlike innocent victims of lung cancer caused by second hand smoke, there are no innocent victims of mouth cancer by smokeless tobacco for the media to display. Therefore the dangerous addiction to smokeless tobacco still resides in the shadows.

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Gambling Addiction & Hypnosis

There is a quote by Jack Yelton, “There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one.” For some people gambling is entertainment. They go with an allotment of money set aside for gambling and when it is gone, they are done gambling. But for others gambling is an addiction not unlike smoking or drinking. The gambler is often thinking of the next time he or she will be able to gamble.

The reasons men start gambling, the games they play and at what age they start usually differ from women according to the Good Gambling Guide. Men usually start their gambling habit at an earlier age, around 35 years old, and play the more competitive table games like blackjack, in an attempt to beat the house and show how skillful they are. Women, on the other hand, usually start their gambling habit a little later in life, around 45. Women also have a tendency to gamble at games such as slots where they are alone and the game requires minimal or no skill.

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Nail Biting

When we meet people, we really don’t think much about the act of shaking hands with them.  But for people who bite their nails, that simple act can cause embarrassment, shame, anxiety and feelings of social stigmatism.  People who bite their nails may not understand why they do it and sometimes even feel like they have no control over it.  This is where Portland Hypnosis can help.

There are two basic reasons why a person bites their nails.  One is that it is a habit, something that the person does without realizing it such as when he or she is watching TV or a movie, or they do it even out of boredom.  The other reason is that it is a compulsion, something that the person has to do and will even interrupt other activities to bite their nails.  When this is the case, the compulsion serves a purpose, whether it is to relax the person or deliver some sort of pleasure, or sometimes when the person is bored it provides a needed degree of stimulation. Read more »


Pain and Hypnosis

We’ve all had that pain that lingers. Sometimes from an injury, new or old, and sometimes we don’t know what it’s from, but it just won’t let up or go away. Typically for the easing of pain doctors will prescribe pain medication. Which therein can lie some problems of its own. Some people can’t or won’t take pain killers due to choice, sensitivity, allergies, severe side effects or even addiction and the potential to become addicted. This is where hypnosis for pain management can come into play.

Pain lets us know something is wrong, and if we get rid of the pain all together we can potentially cause permanent damage to a recently injured body part. With hypnosis we can lessen the pain to make it manageable, but no so much that we forget there is something wrong. By having the person see or imagine seeing the pain where it hurts in the body and giving it a shape and a color we can begin to help the person manipulate it. We would ask the person what shape it is, the color, and then ask if the person can make it bigger or, ideally, smaller. We can then ask if the person can change the color and make it less intense. By making the pain smaller and a less intense color, it would ease the pain to a more tolerable level, but still leave enough as a reminder not to over do it. Read more »


Self Hypnosis

Learning self-hypnosis can be a valuable tool. You can use it for anything from boosting your self esteem, to combating insomnia or to feel more empowered when speaking publicly. Self-hypnosis comes in when seeing a hypnotherapist is not possible, for re-enforcing the ground work already laid by a hypnotherapist in a previous session, or if you just want to center and calm yourself before that big, important presentation. It can take just two to three minutes and the rewards can be immeasurable.

Just like hypnosis, self hypnosis is the process of changing and re-programming thought patterns, only with out the hypnotist. You train yourself to go into a light hypnotic trance at will, then begin to add in suggestions and re-enforce ones already established. To build self esteem and see yourself in a more positive way, the steps are rather simple. You start out every night for seven nights telling yourself before you go to sleep, “every day in every way I get better and better” and while telling yourself that ten times, you see yourself in a more positive way. It sounds simple, but the effects are great and it may be that’s all you need for that little boost. If you do need more, that one simple step is the foundation from which to build a more confident you. Read more »


Snoring Solutions

We’ve all either experienced it, or heard about it or have had someone tell us we do it. That would be snoring. It may be that our spouse snores, or someone at work telling how she didn’t get any sleep last night because her husband snores or maybe your spouse has told you that you snore. But the snorer is sleeping, what can they do since they don’t know that they are snoring? That is where hypnosis comes in and can help the person who is snoring and the person trying to sleep next to them.

A majority of the people who snore are men, but there are women who snore too. And there are many factors in the reasons why people snore. It can be as simple as the position in which the person is sleeping, which is why poking someone to get then to roll over can cure it for a bit, or it can be medical such as being overweight, or a deviated nasal septum.

Just as when we’re awake, when we’re asleep our brain filters noise and disregards the noises that are unimportant to us. This is why a parent can sleep soundly but wake instantly when their child cries in the room down the hall. They have programmed the noise filter in their brain to wake them upon hearing crying, but let them continue sleeping if they hear the neighbor’s car in the wee hours. When a person is snoring, the sound of their snoring is unimportant to them and therefore they do not wake upon hearing it. Read more »


Dentistry Hypnosis

People all over the world have or have had anxiety about going to the dentist. For some the anxiety is so severe that they do not ever see a dentist and let their teeth literally fall out. This anxiety can be caused from a bad experience with a dentist, fear of any potential pain, or the ill-conceived notion that our society has about going to see the dentist as being something akin to punishment. This is where hypnosis can aid in changing these modes of thought.

We’ve all had a bad experience with at dentist to one degree or another. Being made aware of our first cavity and subsequently having to have it filled. But for some people the bad experience at the dentist was traumatic. And what people find traumatic and how they respond to the trauma is different for everyone. The trauma could have been having to deal with the sound of instruments in their mouth to a painful tooth removal gone wrong. So then when it would come time to need to go to the dentist after that, the anxiety would start. Read more »


Using Hypnosis to Quit Smoking

Smoking Cessation

No smoking within 100ft of entrance. Non-smoking facility. No smoking allowed. These are just a few of the signs that welcome a would be smoker. Anyone who smokes in the United States is often made to feel like a pariah, unwelcome and unwanted. Many smokers actually have the desire to quit, but it can be a difficult and daunting task. It is a multi-pronged addiction.

Physically an individual is habituated to the nicotine, and it also meets mental and emotional needs. It can “help you unwind” after a long day at work, or complete a satisfying meal with that cup of coffee, or possibly that last cigarette of the day to help you relax before bed. Some people find it so overwhelming, seemingly so that they often will stop trying to quit after several unsuccessful attempts. Each attempt becomes more desperate than the last, just re-enforcing the person’s feelings of inadequacy and failure.

The concept of smoking cessation is so popular that the drug companies have jumped on the band wagon with devices like the nicotine patch and other medications. The various drugs which the FDA has currently approved for nicotine cessation have a spotty success rate at best. It is VERY difficult to get actual data in percentages as so much contradictory information is available. Some sites say that these aides double your chances of success, but yet do not tell you what the rate is prior to being doubled. No actual numbers are given, only the percentages. They are not being dishonest, just less than forthcoming. After all 2 is in fact 1 doubled. It is just that this would not be considered a worthwhile amount by most people. So while factual, the various numbers cited are not inspiring.

Part of this problem is because neither the patch nor the medication approaches were designed to be stand-alone therapies, but to be used in conjunction with other treatments to assist in behavior modification. This is where hypnotherapy can come in and bridge the gap. It has been so helpful in ensuring people’s success that Newsweek has even cited “hypnosis snuffs out smoker’s fire and desire”.

There is no deep seated mystery as to how this is achieved. In fact, with hypnotherapy, quitting smoking is actually handled very similarly to how a hypnotherapist handles many other issues: simple, straightforward, and methodical. This is effected by addressing five major issues.

  1. Motivation (this would cover the reasons to quit as well as the benefits.)
  2. Confidence (this will help the person see themselves as successful, increasing their confidence despite a past history of failure.)
  3. Changing what cigarettes mean to him/her (overcoming their relationship to cigarettes and what they mean to them to increase the odds of success.)
  4. Establishing a new, healthy relationship with cigarettes (this is what hypnotherapy does best, with great guided visualization of their body being free of all of the toxins from smoking, as well as the new lifestyle that would be free of smoking.)
  5. Relapse Prevention (this is key. At this point hypnosis has not only aided in the forming of a firm foundation for quitting smoking , but then goes on to assist the client to establish a new, healthier set of patterns.)

So if you are still struggling with that pack of cigarettes and the desire to quit, then consider exploring the option of hypnotherapy. It might just be the long awaited answer for you.

If you are in need of help to quit smoking and would like to learn more about how hypnosis can specifically help you – see our GET Hypnosis in Portland page.


Test Anxiety Helped by Hypnosis

We’ve all felt stress or anxiety when we’ve had to take a test. Maybe it was that spelling test in third grade, the SAT’s in high school or college finals, test anxiety is not uncommon and we’ve all felt it at some point in our lives. Even the class brain who is always calm, and maybe even smug, when test time rolls around has felt stress at test taking time. How we deal with test taking stress is what can bring success or sabotage our best efforts and thorough preparation for the test. Hypnosis has been found to aid in relieving test taking anxiety.

Test taking anxiety can be the result of one or many different things from fear of failure, thinking you haven’t studied enough, or exaggerating the importance of the test. Not to say that some tests are not extremely important, but not all of them are of the same importance.

A nurse had to take a test to re-certify for her position at a hospital that she’d held for 20 years. This was an important test and due to her test taking anxiety she failed to pass it the first time she took it. She knew that test taking anxiety had been the cause, so before taking the test again she sought the help of a hypnotherapist. Together the nurse and hypnotherapist found that her test taking anxiety was caused from her fear of losing her job and thus letting down her family.
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Hypnosis for Phobias

To address phobias and the potential benefits hypnosis might have in treating them, one must first look at what exactly a phobia is. A phobia is a persistent and very likely abnormal as well as irrational fear of a very specific thing or situation. The fear, or phobia, can be and is usually so great or compelling that an individual will go to great lengths to avoid the object or situation that they are afraid of, despite any and all reassurances. These individuals usually even have an understanding on a conscious level that their phobia is not truly dangerous or any real threat.

You can Google phobia and find lists that literally rank into the hundreds of various and sundry different phobias that people struggle with. Having said this, many people have phobias that they deal with on a daily basis. Some are relatively minor while others might be quite debilitating and in fact rule a person’s life. Individuals who suffer from the more extreme phobias will actually choreograph their entire life around avoidance of their phobia. This is where hypnosis and/or hypnotherapy can assist a person in gaining control over their life. Read more »