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Below, you’ll find relevant articles about hypnosis and hypnotherapy from publications and news sources such as Psychology Today, The New York Times, Harvard University, CBS News, Fox News, ESPN, The Oprah Magazine, and more.
Hillary Evans Featured Expert in New York Times.
Published: March 23rd 2017. Source: New York Times Hillary Evans CHt, interviewed by Alyson Krueger from Style Section of the New York Times — as the expert for wedding hypnosis. >READ NOW
TV INTERVIEW: TrueHypnosis Practice of Hillary Evans CHt on ABC News Charleston.
Air Date: July 16th 2004. Source: ABC NEWS Charleston Hillary Evans CHt, interviewed by Valencia Wicker from ABC News 4 Team. Valencia pays a visit to the TrueHypnosis office to discuss hypnosis and how Hillary’s method of Hypnosis for Life Improvement is helping to change lives in the Low Country. >WATCH NOW
Hillary Evans Featured on National Radio
Published: July 2015. Source: Hillary Evans Featured on Morning Mimosa Radio Show Hillary Evans Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist featured on “Morning Mimosa” a nationally syndicated morning radio show with host Lawson Roberts. Lawson talks about his experience woking with Hillary and the results he’s getting. Hillary discusses the how and why hypnosis works. LISTEN NOW: Hillary Evans on the Radio
Mastering Your Mental Game, by Hillary Evans
Published: June 2015. Source: Column for Charleston Golf News “Don’t ever try to tell me golf is not 99.9 percent a mental game,” wrote Jack Nicklaus in his 1998 autobiography, My Story. It’s an awkward quote, to be sure, but the message is clear: For a golfer to play to his potential, he needs to focus on developing his mental game. Which is why I find it curious that recreational golfers won’t hesitate to spend thousands of dollars on lessons in an effort to improve their swing, yet they completely ignore the mental aspect of the sport. The behavior of professional golfers is telling. In addition to swing coaches and caddies, PGA Tour players employ sports psychologists and hypnotherapists to help them get the most out of their physical abilities. The good news is that you can take advantage of many of same techniques utilized by pros like Tiger Woods — including hypnosis. It can be the one piece of the puzzle that you never thought you’d have. READ NOW: Mastering Your Mental Game: How Golfers Can Gain an Edge with Hypnosis
Hillary Evans speaks with Post and Courier about the fear of flying on the rise.
Published: April 2015. Source: Post and Courier READ NOW: Therapists: High-profile crashes can fuel fears of flying
Hillary Evans and TrueHypnosis in Skirt! Magazine.
Published: September 2014. Source: Skirt! Magazine Charleston Feature in Skirt! Magazine
Hypnosis Gains Credence As Influence on the Body; It Helps Control Pain, Fear and Habits.
Published: 2/24/1996. Source: The New York Times. When Michael Tracy learned at the age of 15 that he had a form of cancer known as lymphoma, his world seemed to cave in on all sides. His father had just died of brain cancer, so as he dealt with the grief and fears for his own future, he faced a series of dreaded spinal taps, bone-marrow aspirations and chemotherapy treatments that would fill his weeks for the next two years. “I’d be so nervous that I would walk into the hospital and just throw up before anything even happened,” he recalled from his home in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. But Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he was treated, had recently added something else to its disease-fighting arsenal: hypnosis. Elsa Pelier, an art therapist and child-life specialist, used techniques of suggestion to help Michael relax. She then asked him to envision a “pain switch” during an injection. “I visualized a light dimmer that I turned down to make the pain less,” said Michael, who is now 17 and whose cancer is in remission. “I felt my whole body calm down. It made a huge difference.” >READ MORE
10 Ways Hypnosis Can Help You Lose Weight –– For Good.
Published August 2004 issue. Source: The Oprah Magazine Close your eyes. Imagine your food cravings floating away. Imagine a day of eating only what’s good for you. Imagine hypnosis actually helping you lose weight—because the news is: It does. Harvard Medical School psychotherapist Jean Fain gives you ten hypnotic suggestions to try right now. When I tell people how I make much of my living—as a psychotherapist hypnotizing people slim—they inevitably ask: Does it work? My answer usually brightens their eyes with something between excitement and incredulity. Most people, including my colleagues at Harvard Medical School, where I teach hypnosis, don’t realize that adding trance to your weight loss efforts can help you lose more weight and keep it off longer. Hypnosis predates carb and calorie counting by a few centuries, but this age-old attention-focusing technique has yet to be embraced wholeheartedly as an effective weight loss strategy. >READ MORE
Hypnosis Helps San Francisco Giants’ Bruce Bochy Quit Chewing Tobacco.
Published: 8/8/2011. Source: ESPN MLB/Associated Press. Ask Bruce Bochy if he has a dip and San Francisco’s skipper offers up a standard response: “I don’t do that anymore.” Bullpen catcher Bill Hayes answers the same way. Equipment manager Mike Murphy, too. They’ve reached this point because of hypnotherapist AlVera Paxson, who is developing quite the reputation for helping the reigning World Series champion Giants kick some nasty, decades-old habits. Bochy hasn’t touched chewing tobacco since April 14, 2011, the night before seeing Paxson during his team’s first road trip to Arizona. Hayes has gone without since Jan. 26. It’s two years down for Murphy. No carrying around those little tobacco cans for these three any longer. >READ MORE
Labor Pain Made Easier With Hypnosis – Just How Easy And Comfortable Can Birthing/Labor Be?
Published 9/7/2008. Source: PsychologyToday.com “Pain” is the word most associated with labor and delivery. But it doesn’t have to be; here’s why. Learning self-hypnosis can make childbirth and labor much easier with less discomfort, more control and self-confidence. Here is a list of just some of the many benefits of learning self-hypnosis during pregnancy. >READ MORE
Hypnosis for Infertility: An Infertility-Free Zone.
Published 6/5/2012. Source: Psychology Today. How does one cope with any situation rife with uncertainty, where the only solution is resolution of the problem? Those in an infertility struggle are in this exact situation. Anxiety can continue to mount unmercifully. The only relief comes from learning coping techniques which are less about problem-solving and more about letting-go. Of the letting-go approaches, hypnosis ranks at the top. The positive reputation of hypnosis for infertility is spreading. Many patients are seeking out this service from a licensed, hypnotically trained mental health professional or are learning self-hypnosis. >READ MORE
Past Lives.
Published: 2009. Source: Oprah.com Oprah continues her Soul Series with the fascinating story of Miami psychiatrist Dr. Brian Weiss, author of Many Lives, Many Masters. Dr. Weiss, a Yale Medical School graduate, says he had always considered himself to be an academician—a pragmatic, “show me” kind of person who didn’t give much thought to anything spiritual or mystical. That is, until he began working with a patient he calls “Catherine.” Dr. Weiss says Catherine had come to him suffering from depression, phobias and panic attacks. To help relax her and enhance her memory, Dr. Weiss used hypnosis and asked her to go back to the time when her symptoms first started. Under hypnosis, Catherine went back to 1863 B.C. “She went back about 4,000 years to an ancient New Eastern lifetime—different face, hair—drowning in a flood or tidal wave, her daughter being torn from her arms by the force of the water,” Dr. Weiss says. >READ MORE >ALSO READ: Does Past Life Regression Work.
Hypnosis Helps Healing: Surgical Wounds Mend Faster.
Published: 5/8/2003. Source: Harvard University Gazette. Marie McBrown was invited to test whether or not hypnosis would help heal the scars from her breast surgery. Marie (not her real name) and 17 other women underwent surgery to reduce their breast size. It’s a common operation for women whose breasts are large enough to cause back and shoulder strain, interfere with routine tasks, or prompt social and psychological problems. The pain and course of healing from such surgery is well-known, and a team of researchers headed by Carol Ginandes of Harvard Medical School and Patricia Brooks of the Union Institute in Cincinnati wanted to determine if hypnosis could speed wound healing and recovery. “Hypnosis has been used in Western medicine for more than 150 years to treat everything from anxiety to pain, from easing the nausea of cancer chemotherapy to enhancing sports performance,” Ginandes says. A list of applications she provides includes treatment of phobias, panic, low self-esteem, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, stress, smoking, colitis, warts, headaches, and high blood pressure. >READ MORE
Hypnosis: The New Aesthetic?
Published: 2014. Source: CBS News. Can you imagine going through major surgery without general anesthesia? That’s what Christel Place did when she had her thyroid removed – and she’s one of a growing number of patients who opt out of general anesthesia and get hypnotized instead. Hypnosis plus a local anesthetic leaves patients sedated but aware, reports the Associated Press, and doctors say their recovery time is faster and their need for painkillers reduced. This method is feasible for only certain operations, of course – not those involving the heart or internal organs. >READ MORE
Using Hypnosis to Gain More Control Over Your Illness
Published: 4/15/2011. Source: The New York Times/Health. Kirsten Ritchie, 44, is no stranger to surgery — nearly 20 years ago, doctors removed four tumors from her brain. She remembers the operation and its aftermath as “horrific.” So the news that she needed brain surgery again was hardly welcome. Determined to make her second operation a better — or at least less traumatic — experience, Ms. Ritchie, an insurance marketing representative in Cleveland, turned to an unusual treatment. At the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, she had four hypnosis sessions in the month before her procedure, during which she addressed her fear of the coming surgery. She also practiced self-hypnosis every day. >READ MORE
Psychology; Study Finds Hypnosis Can Suppress Brain’s Perception of Pain.
Published: 6/22/1989. Source: The New York Times: Health. Hypnosis can suppress the brain’s perception of pain, a new study has found. The results lend strong support to the clinical use of hypnotic suggestion, deep relaxation and other nonmedical techniques as alternatives to pain-killing drugs. One of the most widely used of such alternatives, for example, is controlled breathing in childbirth. The findings indicate that the pain-reducing effects of the technique are more than simple suggestion or the wish of patients to be cooperative, as some skeptics have proposed. If there is pain in the body, people naturally pay attention to it, said Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist at Stanford Medical School, who did the research. “But you don’t have to,” Dr. Spiegel said. “If you focus on some other sensation, it can mute your perception of the pain.” >READ MORE
Hypnosis During Pregnancy: Can Labor Really Be Pain Free?
Published: 12/8/2013. Source: Fox News. Hypnosis for childbirth has garnered a lot of attention in recent years and even has a celebrity following with the likes of Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian reportedly using the techniques to make their experiences easier. If you’re pregnant and worried about giving birth, you might have wondered if the techniques would work for you. Here, find out what hypnosis really is, how it works, and if it can really make labor pain-free. >READ MORE