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April 24, 2015

My clients often tell me that what I am able to do for them in just one hypnosis session is more effective than five years worth of conventional therapy. So I can't help but wonder why hypnotherapy still has yet to go mainstream.

I never set out to be a hypnotherapist, a hypnotist or even a hypno coach. In a previous life as a corporate account executive, I discovered hypnosis after many failed attempts at therapy. Yet I doubted hypnosis would actually help me and figured I was just wasting my money.

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But after my first hypnosis session I stopped smoking after a 10-year habit. I figured maybe I had beginners' luck, so to be sure I tried out this weird and niche tool on another area of my life.

I struggled with a debilitating fear of public speaking for years — sweaty palms, a bright red face, heart racing with fear — but thanks to hypnotherapy, the day came when I actually received a standing ovation as a keynote speaker. I was beaming and smiling so much that my jaw hurt!

It was after that speech I decided to leave my cushy job and enter into a field that is largely unknown — shrouded in mystery and misinterpretations by the media — because I knew how close I came to never quitting smoking, to never overcoming those fears.

After years as a “de-hypnotist,” I work with my clients to reprogram the deep, subconscious mind. I’ve witnessed the successes of so many who came to me lack-luster about life, depressed, scared and broken. They left our sessions empowered, because they accomplished everything on their self-improvement to-do list.

The problem with hypnosis however, is that it’s so effective it often sounds too good to be true.

So here are a few interesting facts:

While conducting psychotherapy research, the hypnosis expert Alfred A. Barrios, PhD., found that:

“... for psychoanalysis we can expect a recovery rate of 38% after approximately 600 sessions." For Wolpian Therapy (aka Behavioral Therapy), we can expect a recovery rate of 72% after an average of 22 sessions, and for hypnotherapy we can expect a recovery rate of 93% after an average of six sessions."

Basically, hypnosis works because when we’re relaxed we become more susceptible to suggestion. I liken it to meditation, with a clear goal in mind. And that’s it. It’s not magic; it’s not smoke and mirrors. It’s not mind control and it’s not sleep, but chances are it’s far more effective than anything you’ve ever tried.

Why not experience it for yourself? Watch my video and follow along to experience self-hypnosis right now:

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Grace Smith
Grace Smith

Grace Smith is a renowned hypnotherapist, founder of Grace Space Hypnosis, a provider of hypnosis education, products and services, and Grace Space Hypnotherapy School, a hypnotherapy certification program. Smith is a recurring guest on CBS’s hit show The Doctors, and her work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Bustle, the Atlantic, Marie Claire, Forbes, InStyle, and more. Her private clients include celebrities, CEOs, professional athletes, and government officials; her keynote speeches and workshops have taken her to Procter & Gamble, Summit.Live, Women Empowerment Expo, Ritz Carlton, PSE&G, Soul Camp, and Verizon.