Last month on a lovely Saturday afternoon a woman called me requesting an immediate appointment for her 10 year old daughter (lets call her Kisha). The family had traveled to Baltimore a thousand miles from home to attend the Kisha's gymnastics competition. Thursday and Friday were practice days and it was clear the young girl was experiencing a lack of confidence. Both mom and daughter were very concerned because Sunday was the competition and Kisha's performance was really off. The mother had heard that children can be amenable to hypnosis and decided to give it a try. She said to me, "I want to do every thing I can to help her and increase her chances of success... I know how important this is for her esteem, and how much she wants to be part of the team."
In our phone consult, Kisha's mom provided me some background and also alerted me that Kisha had experienced some trauma in her past. This information along with some other details allowed me to start thinking through a strategy specific to and tailored for Kisha.
When the call came I was enjoying late afternoon yard work. Earlier that day, I had finished with my hypnosis clients and it was all about relaxing now. When Kisha's mom called, I heard her passion and realized she was so serous and wanted her daughter to succeed. She even became slightly emotional describing how Kisha's confidence seemed to disappear with each routine she practiced. There was no way I could say no. They were at the office an hour later.
Before they arrived, I consulted some notes and references and developed a plan specifically designed for Kisha. We had a lengthy session and it was obvious that she settled well into the hypnotic state.
The next week after the family had returned from their long journey home the mother called me. She was moved to tears at how well her daughter performed - she had even performed a (I think it was called ) standing back flip, several times with great ease and confidence. Kisha's mom went on to report how they're both sold on hypnosis.
It is always a pleasure working with young people. My youngest clients have been seven years old. We have addressed hair pulling, nail biting, confidence, sports and academic performance. Often both parents and kids are surprised at how well the young person responds to hypnosis.
Baltimore Stop Smoking!
I mean it!
I am passionate about helping people stop smoking and since I started my hypnosis practice, I've helped many, many people stop tobacco. No matter if you smoke 2 - 3 packs a day, or you've been smoking for so long that you've given up hope. It's never too late.
In my experience there are two big things help a person give up tobacco:
1. They must be ready - the smoker must really want to put smoking behind them. They are tired of being winded. Hate the way they smell. The idea of dying prematurely and surviving through heart disease, lung problems, cancer, etc. is daunting. They are just ready.
Often my clients say - "I don't want to end up like my mom, dying early from ________."
2. The hypnosis should be tailored to the individual client's needs. There are some organizations that pull 20 or more people into a room, hypnotize them in a smoking cessation program and the result is all over the place. A few folks quit for good, a few walk out of the program and light up. And theres a bunch in between that will stay off tobacco for various amounts of time. Many folks that have attended these mass hypnosis sessions come to me after the fact very disappointed in the experience. This tells me that it is so important to tailor hypnosis solutions to the needs of the client.
When you are ready to quit - hypnosis is a great solution that can help you make positive change in your life. Make sure the strategy you use is designed with you in mind and supports you in this important milestone in your life.
Scott Howard is an NGH certified consulting hypnotist and the President of the Baltimore City Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Scott is dedicated to helping everyday people with everyday problems through hypnosis and life coaching.