While stage hypnosis has become well-known for entertainment purposes; clinical hypnosis has been proven to provide serious medical and therapeutic benefits, most notably in removal of phobias, confidence boosting, and the reduction of pain or anxiety. Clinical Hypnotherapy is known as a cooperative therapeutic interaction between the subject and the guide or hypnotist. The subject, who is guided to a fully relaxed and focused state, seeks to change some part of their subconscious programming and responds to positive suggestions made by the hypnotist while in a safe calm and open state. While forgetting the details of what was said during the session may occur in very rare cases, people generally remember everything after being hypnotized. Hypnosis is natural and safe; a subject cannot be left hypnotized, as they eventually fall out of hypnosis and back into their daily routine. Hypnosis requires voluntary participation on the part of the patient, so subjects cannot be hypnotized without their consent or active participation. Individuals who are highly analytical, stubborn, or tend to be overly negative may have a harder time succeeding with hypnosis. A hypnotist cannot make anyone perform actions that are against their usual values or morals. Hypnosis can be used to help remove bad habits like smoking or nail biting, boost self-esteem and build confidence or even improve sports attitude and performance; however it cannot make people stronger or more athletic than their existing physical capabilities. Hypnosis can be an effective tool in upgrading one's life. Repeat sessions to change old patterns may be needed to have a lasting effect. Ask Dr. Kousouli if you are a candidate for hypnosis on your next visit.