Hypnosis for Addictions


Addictions are an attempt to give something to the self. They are not a character flaw. Most people with addictions had some kind of difficulty in childhood. This difficulty can range from a childhood trauma, like physical abuse to something more benign but still traumatic to a child’s personality like a highly critical and cold parent. These children will be more sensitive, perhaps anxious and so more likely to try to self medicate at an early age. The early exposure to brain altering drugs and the over stimulation of the pleasure center sets them up for addictive behaviors in life.

The addiction does not only need to be to drugs. Food in some cases can also act like a drug especially carbohydrates. These foods will increase pleasurable feelings and therefore increase addictive behavior. Texting is a relatively new addictive behavior. Texting stimulates the pleasure center in the brain and gives the texter a rush just like hard drugs. This behavior also has its dangers since people addicted to texting won’t or can’t stop while driving. This low level of communication also results in below average communication skills and can negatively affect relationships.

I use hypnosis to help my clients with addictions. By using hypnotherapy and training the person in self-hypnosis you give the addict a healthier alternative to drugs and alcohol. They now have something inside themselves that can be used to change their feelings. By helping them to give to themselves in a positive way, the addict gains control.

In order for hypnosis to work the person must want the change. Just like working with a smoker who says they want to become a non-smoker. If that person doesn’t truly want to quit smoking, they won’t. If the person really wants to overcome their addiction, hypnosis can make a huge impact on their ability to live clean and sober.


5 Steps to Achieving New Year’s Goals

The New Year is a time to set goals. Every year people set goals that they forget or lose track of by February.   Whether it’s because they become too busy, the goal wasn’t that important to them in the first place or perhaps they just didn’t write the goal effectively. So how do you stay on track with a goal?

  1. It’s important to have a well written goal. To know specifically what it is that you want. SMART goals are a great way to have a well written goal.  Write them so they are:


  1. Once you have a well written goal you will need to have a strong emotional desire to achieving the goal. If the goal is not something that has a strong emotional component you are less likely to achieve it. Close your eyes and visualize having your goal and see what emotions it stirs within you.
  1. Make sure you only have 1 or 2 major goals at a time. Any more than this and you will have too many goals to focus on and none of them will get done. A major goal like losing 40 pounds will affect many aspects of your life.
  1. Create an action plan in writing to accomplish the goal. Once you have the goal you need a plan or road map to get you there. By creating a plan you will automatically find the obstacles in your path and be able to prepare for them. By writing long hand you also engage Broca’s Area- a part of the brain that when engaged helps the person to connect powerfully to what they have written in a way that is not stimulated by typing on a computer.
  1. Get the resources necessary to achieve the goal. Resources could be something tangible like money or setting aside time. Resources can also be improving confidence or developing a more positive attitude.

Writing a goal by using these 5 steps will make you more likely to achieve your goals. As in most aspects of life, it is a process. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Perfection is unattainable.  By improving each and every year you will achieve more of your goals.





Keeping a Positive Mindset as an Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur can be very difficult. There have been numerous stories recently detailing the downside of entrepreneurship.  So how can we avoid the pitfalls and negative mindset that affects many entrepreneurs?

Keep Balanced

This one is difficult. Obviously you are going to be putting a huge amount of effort into making your business succeed.  In the case of a start-up that effort can also involve a large investment of money.  Balance needs to be achieved, not a balance of time but instead a balance of mind.  Yes, you will be spending most of your time on the business but good health will determine how long you can maintain that focus.  Exercise and healthy eating doesn’t take a large chunk out the day but the rewards are great.  You will feel better, be more focused and have a better more positive mindset by maintaining balance.

Keep your Identity

Often when someone becomes obsessed with a goal as in the case with a start-up, that person’s identity becomes confused with the business identity.  If you in effect become the business and the business fails that is a devastating blow to your identity.

Avoid Isolation

Isolation invites depression.  Many solopreneurs work in a room by themselves.  This is a sure fire way to become depressed.  Add that to someone who already has issues with Anxiety or depression and it just makes matters worse.  Also worth noting is the fact that most entrepreneurs share certain character traits. Someone who is motivated, enthusiastic and creative can also be more likely to have other strong states.   States like depression, hopelessness, lack of motivation and even suicidal thoughts.

Limit Investment

Don’t let the entrepreneurs blind spot allow you to invest everything you have in your company.  By setting a monetary limit and sticking to it you will keep your stress to a tolerable level.

Let Go of Failure

It’s OK to fail because that is how you will eventually succeed.  You will learn from the experience and the distinctions from that will allow you to make better decisions and choices next time.  By reframing failure as feedback you take off some of the pressure and learn more in the process.

The more you are able to be open with those around you and admit how you feel and how things are going the less stressed you will become.  It takes a huge amount of energy to live a lie.  Be honest and open with yourself and others and the process of starting up a business will feel more in your control.

Stop Smoking and Feel Less Depressed

Smokers, you can have less Anxiety, depression and stress.  All you have to do is stop smoking.

In a study published last week many of the common beliefs of the smoking community were debunked.  By studying the emotional life of people who stopped smoking for 6 months the study was able to determine that once the withdrawal symptoms had passed and the person was able to effectively reframe the habit that person become much more positive. In fact in the language of the study it had a similar effect to taking an antidepressant.

This is great news for smokers who wish to stop.  So many smokers believe that when they stop smoking they will become depressed or anxious or more stressed but in fact the opposite is true.

In my experience as a hypnotherapist, smokers who stop fall into a couple of categories.

Instant gratification: This group stops smoking and expects instant bliss.  The waters will part the birds will sing and they will feel healthy.  Reality is somewhat different, yes they do feel healthier but until they move past the habit and get a couple of months as a non-smoker under their belt they do not feel the full result.

Big picture thinkers:  These folks have stopped several times before and know what to expect.  They are in it for the long haul and know that it will take a couple of months or at least a few weeks to feel major impact.

Part of what I do as a hypnotherapist is to help smokers get some of the results they desire while increasing their level of confidence. It’s very important for anyone attempting change to be able to know the results will come.   With that knowledge they will be more easily able to commit fully and that will of course lead to success.



Fear and Hypnosis

I have had many fears, phobias and anxieties in my life.  I used hypnosis to get rid of all of my fears.  My mother started the process of installing fear by telling me “you could be killed” every time I wanted to learn a new physical activity.  Because of this early training I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was 33.  I also had a strong fear, probably a phobia to public speaking.  A phobia to heights and many other things like social Anxiety and general discomfort around crowds.  I was a worrier, constantly worrying about what could happen.

Hypnosis helped to open many doors in my life.  All the things I used to be afraid to do or felt incapable of doing were suddenly options.  What could you accomplish if you were no longer unreasonably fearful?  I now give speeches as part of my business.  I have rock climbed and mountain climbed. I have mountain biked all over Northern California.  But most important the daily Anxiety and worry is now under my control.

Fear is a fact of life.  We are born with two fears.  Fear of loud noises and fear of falling.  All the others have been taught to us or absorbed by us through our parents, siblings, teachers or negative experiences.  Of course some fear is healthy, these fears help us to survive and are actually called instinctual fears.  You can’t hypnotize away an instinct but you can get rid of other kinds of anxiety, phobias and fears.

Fear that stops you from taking action.  Fear that stops you from being the best you can be.  Fear that causes physical damage to your body.  These are all fears that can be alleviated.

It all starts in the mind.  Your thoughts are what creates the fear that you feel.  Using hypnosis you can shift your thinking.  You can develop self confidence and change the worry habit into something that actually helps you.  You can get rid of phobias and you will be able to do the things you didn’t believe you were capable of doing.  hypnosis can set you free.

Call me now to find out how to make this your reality. Inga Chamberlain 770-560-4861