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  • Concentration and focus problems can bring chaos into your life. They create major stress and anxiety. A few sessions of hypnotherapy can greatly improve your ability to concentrate and focus on any task.

  • Language learning is enhanced and improved through hypnotic techniques. Understanding and translation can be greatly accelerated.

  • Memory problems are associated with concentration and focus. With hypnosis you can learn to take in more information, store it, and consequently have it available for you to retrieve it when you need it.

  • Test taking often produces anxiety. Test taking stress or anxiety is frustrating when you have studied thoroughly and memorized all you need to know for an exam. When the anxiety begins, it is difficult for the mind to concentrate on what you learned. Self-hypnosis techniques can be applied before a test to give you complete access to the library in your mind and keeps you calm during an exam. The calmer you are during an exam, the more you can remember.


Hypnosis is an easy way to enhance your learning skills, help you improve memory and concentration, ignore distractions and remove bad habits.  It works quickly to help you understand, absorb, retain and recall information. Hypnosis can improve all aspects of study habits so that it is easier to learn and retain the information. Since everything you study is stored in the subconscious mind, techniques can be learned to access the memory center of your mind when it is time to take an exam.


Test taking anxiety can be an obstacle for some students at times. Exam anxiety can usually be eliminated in 3-4 sessions. Through hypnosis, students learn to remain relaxed during the test and also release their negative beliefs and feelings.  While studying and practicing have been traditional responses to test anxiety, subconscious techniques are especially powerful because they help students relax the body and release negative beliefs that can spiral out of control while taking a test. For example, as a student takes a test such as the SAT for college admission, he may experience drawing a blank, inability to focus, or even panic. These feelings if not released immediately can compound and have devastating effects while taking the test. By using hypnosis techniques the student is able to clear the mind, reduce stress and focus their mind much easier. Also students increase their relaxation, their awareness also increases. Hypnosis is an invaluable technique for reducing test anxiety. While students cannot have their hypnotherapist sitting next to them as they take the test, they can use self-hypnosis effectively with a little practice.


*Individual results may vary

“I need to pass this exam. Can hypnosis help?”

“I just can’t get myself to study. So I thought, maybe hypnosis could help?”

YES. When it comes to study habits, hypnosis can help you:

Stop procrastinating and start studying
Improve your focus
Tune out and ignore distractions
Boost your comprehension
Improve memory and recall
Study more efficiently

When it comes to test-taking, hypnosis can:

Help you to remain calm and relaxed
Stop second-guessing your answers
Stop being obsessed with the clock
Tune out and ignore distractions
Help with memory, recall,  and reasoning
Dramatically improve your test scores
Pass exams you’ve failed in the past
Stay calm, so you can benefit from your studying

Finding a Good Hypnotherapist

Whether you are trying to lose weight, quit smoking or deal with longstanding phobias, hypnotherapy can be a remarkably effective treatment. People have been using hypnotism to banish their demons and deal with the stresses of life for decades, and many former smokers and newly fit men and women sear by its long-lasting effects.

As with any type of therapy, the results you get from hypnotism will only be as good as the person who performs it. There are good and bad hypnotherapists, just as there are good and bad doctors, dentists, chiropractors and other medical providers.

Failing to vet your hypnotherapist properly means you will simply be wasting your money. Worse yet, a bad experience with a hypnotherapist could lead you to believe the treatment is worthless.

Related: Facts about hypnosis that might surprise you

In some ways choosing a good hypnotherapist is not that different from choosing a good doctor or dentist. You can start by asking your friends and coworkers for recommendations. You may be surprised at the number of people in your life who have had success with hypnotherapy. They can provide recommendations and valuable tips you can use to get the most out of every treatment.

1 Licensure and Certification

The first two credentials you will want to look for are licensure and certification. First, the person should hold some type of licensure within the state she or offers hypnotherapy. Examples include a licensed psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, etc.

Second, the person should hold some type of certification in the field of hypnosis. There are many different organizations that certify however, there are only a few who have strict training and education requirements. A great place to check for a credentialed hypnotherapist is the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists.

In addition to the above, search for a hypnotherapist with a minimum of five years in the business; 10 years’ experience is even better. It is important that the hypnotherapist you choose have experience relevant to your particular problem.

If you have a deep-seated fear of water or spiders, you will probably have better success using a hypnotist who specializes in treating phobias. If you want to stop smoking and get rid of your cravings, a hypnotherapist who has helped hundreds of others kick the habit can improve your odds of success.

2 No Quick Fixes

Many people think that hypnotism is a quick fix for just about any problem, and the popular media often reinforces that notion. Magazines and websites are full of anecdotes about people who attended a single seminar and never smoked again, but it rarely happens that quickly.

In the real world, getting to the bottom of a deeply ingrained habit like smoking or overeating takes time and patience. A good hypnotherapist will look for the root of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms. While it might be tempting to sign up with the quick fix artist, in the end a more structured approach is better.

Keep in mind that hypnotherapy should be considered an adjunct to therapy and not “therapy” itself. In other words, a professional using hypnotherapy will combine elements of hypnotherapy with other forms of psychotherapy.

3 An Honest Approach

A good hypnotherapist will be proud to share his or her successes with you. Do not be afraid to ask about success rates and past experiences. Watch out for hypnotherapists who provide only vague details, or those who claim they can help everyone.

As with any form of therapy, hypnotherapy may not work for every person. An experienced hypnotherapist knows that and will freely share that information. And an honest hypnotherapist will tell you about the limitations of hypnotherapy.

Finding the right hypnotherapist is not always easy, but it is important to shop around carefully. Hypnotism can be a great way to lose weight, stop smoking and deal with your fears, but only if you choose the right provider. Knowing what to look for and what to avoid can help you make the best choice the first time and avoid costly mistakes.


Test Anxiety/Study Habits

  • Fear of failure
  • Poor decision-making
  • Negative thoughts
  • Procrastination
  • Lack of preparation
  • Inability to ask for help
  • Fear of disappointing parents
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of self-awareness
  • Lack of self-monitoring skills
  • Time allotment
  • Lack of practice
  • Stress, fatigue, or hunger

  • Improve your memory and recall 
  • Relieve test taking anxiety
  • Study more effectively and efficiently
  • Improve concentration and focus
  • Increase confidence