When the average person hears the word “hypnosis”, the first image may be of a magician forcing a hypnotized subject (likely an audience plant) to squawk like a chicken or hop on one leg while immersed in a suggestive mental state. But there’s a lot more to hypnosis than the show put on by charlatans and stage performers. In fact, hypnotherapy has been practiced for decades in an effort to help patients get to the root of their problems and adjust their inner dialogue in order to make positive and significant changes in their lives. You may have heard about such therapies helping patients to overcome bad habits like smoking and other addiction, or to deal with a wide variety of phobias such as fears of flying or dogs. And if you’re suffering from stress and anxiety, you’ll be happy to hear that undergoing hypnosis with a licensed professional may help you to reduce your feelings of panic, lower your heart rate, and deal with the hurdles of life as they come at you.