May 26 2015

A Hypnosis Primer, part I

Hypnosis isn’t a new technique…in fact, research finds evidence of hypnosis as far back as Egyptian dream temples. At the same time, it is as modern as today’s most innovative tools and practices.

And yet, despite this long association with humankind’s history, many misunderstandings and myths surround it.

Let’s examine these perceptions one at a time to clarify what hypnosis is – and isn’t.

Miracle or magic?

Well, neither. After centuries of mixed reviews for hypnosis and its nicknames – somnambulism, trance – hypnosis began to emerge as a science. In 1958, it was accepted by the American Medical Association, which led to more rapid advancements in methods and our understanding of the technique.

According to the Mayo Clinic, hypnosis – or hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion – is a trance-like state in which the subject has “heightened focus and concentration.” Some experts characterize hypnosis as a state of human consciousness that involves focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness, resulting in an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion and alter perceptions.

Dr. Rosenberg - Hypnosis

Nor is hypnosis accurately considered a “cure.” It is a tool or technique, one of many in a medical professional’s arsenal of learned practices that may be used to achieve improvements in a patient’s condition. The results aren’t guaranteed – human minds and bodies have too many variables for any technique such as this to promise absolute outcomes.

What about self-hypnosis?

If hypnosis, as the American Psychological Association describes it, is “a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist,” then it stands to reason that a willing participant could be trained to give herself the desired suggestions and carry them out.

Some professionals believe all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis, especially since hypnotizing a subject requires the cooperation of the person being hypnotized.

Dr. Steve Rosenberg, psychotherapist and hypnotist with more than 35 years of professional experience, notes that he used a form of self-hypnosis decades ago to successfully quit smoking. He avers that in general, most of the benefits of hetero-hypnosis – in which the hypnotist gives suggestions to another person – can be achieved through self-hypnosis.

“I’ve come to believe that the simplest but most important benefit of self-hypnosis comes from learning to relax,” he says. “And virtually any person of normal intelligence who is willing to apply himself can learn self-hypnosis.”

Like hetero-hypnosis, self-hypnosis can also develop self-confidence, control habits, overcome shyness, relieve insomnia, develop latent talents, improve memory and concentration, and put more order into life and work. In other words, help you make your life more of what you want it to be.

Dr. Steven Rosenberg can answer all your questions about hypnosis and how it can help you create the life you were mean to live. You can reach him here and at his website, Quit It Now.   

Sep 30 2013

Healthy Habits that Manage Stress

Stress Management

Having a stressful week? Take a breather and do not worry! Stress can affect you in many ways including inducing aches and pains, creating lower energy levels, and even affect your feelings and overall emotions. The American Heart Association outlines some healthy habits to help you take control of your stress.

  1. Talk with family and friends: Even the smallest conversation with family and friends can make the biggest difference. Relax and talk with them about anything you want. A little dose of family and friends never heart anyone.

  1. Engage in daily physical activity: Regular physical activity has been found to reduce mental and physical tension. Try going for a walk, swimming, playing a sport, riding a bike or even break out in dance every day! You never know, it could actually involve a bit of fun.

  1. Accept the things you cannot change: If there is something that you simply cannot change, learn to accept it. Once you accept it, see from there what other opportunities are available to you.

  1. Remember to laugh:  Daily laughter makes you feel great. Don’t be afraid to break out and laugh, even when you are alone!

  1. Give up the bad habits: Too much alcohol, cigarettes, or caffeine actually increase stress. Change those bad habits!

  1. Slow down: Do not race against time and try to pace yourself! Instead of leaving all stressful work for the end, try to plan time ahead and get your important things done first.

  1. Get enough sleep: Try to get 6 to 8 hours of quality sleep each night. Bad sleeping habits can lead to an increase in stress and depression.

  1. Get organized: A simple “To Do” list can help you prioritize your most important tasks. Approach bigger tasks one step at a time.

  1. Practice giving back: Helping others can help you feel better. Become a volunteer or help out a friend!

  1. Try not to worry: Don’t over think situations. Relax and take it one step at a time.  Things will turn out the way they are supposed to.

Don’t let stress take control of your life! For more information, read more on stress management from the American Heart Association.


Dec 7 2012

New Year’s Resolutions…Make Ones that You Can Actually Keep!

During the New Year we make all sorts of resolutions and promises to family and friends. However, many of us fall short in keeping the resolution and achieving the goals we set for ourselves. According to, the percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution(s) is 8%, while the percent of people who absolutely never make their New Year’s resolution(s) is 38%. The numbers speak for themselves, that very few are able to stick out their resolutions and actually achieve their goal, while more of us fall into the absolutely never achieve our goal category.

The success to achieving your goals is twofold: one, make ‘SMART’ Goals and two, use professional help. A ‘SMART’ Goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound; also if you write down your goals they are more likely to be achieved. Second, when people consult with professionals who are knowledgeable in desired areas people can confidently believe and achieve whatever their heart desires. Say you want to lose weight in the New Year; some of us can write it down and try to change our eating habits, but if no one holds us accountable we tend to get tired of trying, or discouraged when we don’t see immediate results and we give up. Give up no more because here at we help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions pertaining to health and wellness. Once you make your resolution ensure that you keep it by contacting for more information.

Warm Wishes,
Dr. Rosenberg

Oct 15 2012

Forever Young Health and Wellness

On October 21, 2012, Dr. Rosenberg will be guest speaking at the Forever Young Health and Wellness event. At Philadelphia’s first annual Forever Young Health and Wellness event you will learn to eat better, become more active, and make those positive lifestyle changes that will vastly improve your overall mental and physical well-being.

During the event you will have the opportunity to listen to experts from varying fields that focus on different aspects of one’s general health. The speakers will offer the best education on stress reduction, sleep, workplace success strategies, and much, much, more. Not only will you have the opportunity to listen to an array of amazing guest speakers, but you will be able to interact with them in person. It will be your chance to ask them for advice to help you gain greater intellectual, mental, and physical well-being. Take part in active living classes like zumba, and yoga, and learn how to introduce cardio and weights safely into your exercise routine. Visit the Healthy Living Book Shop, so you can find inspiration and information on subjects from acupuncture to zumba. Learn how to eat better by attending live cooking demonstrations and tastings. You will learn new nutritious, yet delicious recipes that will have you on your way to living a healthier lifestyle.

Get your tickets now for the Forever Young and Wellness Event on October 21st from 10am-5pm at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, 17th and Vine Streets. Learn how to improve your overall mental and physical health by taking part in some amazing classes, activities, and getting expert advice. You’ll learn how one day can change your life!

Dr. Rosenberg.

Jul 27 2012

Flipping the Switch

In life negative thinking can keep us from accomplishing our goals, trying new things, and bettering ourselves. A negative thought process leads to doubts which turn into mental road blocks. Think back to any moment in your life in which negative thinking stopped you from trying something new, accomplishing a goal, or bettering yourself. Maybe you wanted to start exercising but quit because you felt embarrassed about how you looked or just simply got it in your head that it was too hard. Maybe you wanted to try something new like take a cooking, dance class, or try rocking climbing, but felt that you just were not good enough to do it. Maybe you tried bettering yourself by making an attempt at being more organized, tidier, and smiling more, but a low self-esteem kept all these positive things at bay.

If you can relate to any of the above thinking then hypnosis may be just the thing for you. You will find that hypnosis is the tool that will allow you to finally flip the switch and turn all those negative thoughts into positive ones , so the next time you find yourself in a position to try something new instead of saying I can’t you’ll say I can! The next time you take the initiative and get yourself started on a diet and exercise routine instead of worrying about what other people may think you will only be worried about the benefits of becoming healthier.

All in all hypnosis will finally be the tool that will help get you to the positive mental state you need and want to be at. You will find yourself more motivated, positive, and ambitious than ever before, and you just might find yourself accomplishing a few things that you never thought you could!

Good Luck and Best Wishes

Jun 14 2012

Running will make you feel good

Were you once an avid runner, however life happened and you let it fall by the way side? Now is your chance to pick it back up. Running is just one of the many ways to get active, get in shape, and get those endorphins pumping. Getting back into the habit of running takes a lot of self-motivation and sticking with it takes even more. You have to want it and want to stick with it in order for it to work.  You’ll need to push yourself because the only person you’re running against is you.

However, if you need that little extra push ask a friend or significant other to run with you. Do a Google search, and find a local running club, which is a great way to meet people, and get you back running.  Don’t let any negative thoughts or fears of looking stupid, being too slow, or being out of shape keep you from ultimate goal of a living healthier lifestyle. The important thing is that you’re staying active, and getting your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes a day. Getting you heart rate up for at least 30 minutes a day is proven to make you feel better about yourself. Do not get discouraged if you have a rough first outing; remember everyone has to start somewhere. It will take a while for you to get into shape, as well as for you to start seeing results. Like any exercise regime it will take a positive mindset, and time for it to become habit. Set realistic goals for yourself for example 1 mile for the first 2 outings, then 2 miles so forth, and so on.

Whether you choose to start running again, or some other form of exercise make sure to be active. You’ll feel better both mentally and physically! Good Luck!

May 11 2012

Get Past the Negative with Hypnosis

In life mistakes are made, and things happen that our out of our control for example car accident or computer error. Sometimes you may have simply made a mistake because after all we are all human and none of us are perfect. We may find that in times such as these that you become very stressed, as well becoming mentally and physically exhausted.  We may find it hard to gain traction, so that we may get ourselves back on the right track; we may find ourselves focusing on only the negative.

This is where hypnosis can help! Hypnosis can help you get past all the negative moments, and circumstances that are affecting your mental, and physical well-being.  Don’t let yourself wallow away in unhappiness. Get back to being a more positive and better you.  Hypnosis will expand and highlight all the positive aspects of your life, and personality. This will allow you to get past all the challenging, negative, and stressful moments that life will throw at you.

Hypnosis is not magic, it is not witch craft, and it is not crazy. What Hypnosis is a proven way for people to improve their mental health, and overall well-being. No longer beat yourself up over mistakes, or circumstances that are out of you control. It’s time for you to regain your footing, so if you find that all your normal stress relieving activities are not working give hypnosis a try! You won’t be sorry!


Dr. Rosenberg

Apr 13 2012

How hypnosis will change your life!

Having trouble breaking the nasty habit of smoking cigarettes, or are you trying to lose weight? Find yourself under pressure when you are out with friends and family? All of the quit smoking programs, and diets that you have been trying not working? You may not know it but your sub-conscious might be working against you. In the field of Hypnosis there is term called the “Guard at the Gates” this means that there this is a negative block keeping you from accomplishing your goals, whether it be quitting smoking, losing weight, or any other positive change you have in store for yourself.

Hypnosis is a tool that you can utilize to break past your own guard at the gate. This will allow you to take a positive thought, attitude, idea, and implant it into your subconscious, so that the next time real world temptations that have been keeping you from accomplishing or even just sticking with a new positive change will not affect you. If you choose to utilize hypnosis as the tool that will finally get you over the hump, then you will find that when attempting to quit smoking, or to lose weight you’ll be more likely to be successful. Let’s say you have been hypnotized and you’ve quit smoking the next time you are out with friends and family who smoke you will not give in as easily because the trigger in your brain will have been removed.

Don’t let negative triggers in your sub-conscious keep you from accomplishing your goals. Give hypnosis a try and you will find that you will accomplish and stick to every change you have wanted to make in your life. Thank you for reading, and best of luck to you on changing your life for the better. Make sure to keep an eye for more blog posts to come.

Mar 29 2012

Staying Positive at All Costs

In life you can take all the right precautions and do all the right things. Save your money, get good grades, be kind to strangers, visit your grandmother and grandfather every Sunday, pay your taxes, follow all traffic laws etc. However, sometimes life zigs when it should zag. For example someone rear ends on your way to work and at the same time your computer breaks. Later in the day you find out that your landlord is raising your rent.

When life throws all those different things at you at once it is important to keep a positive mindset. You cannot let set backs such as theses significant or insignificant affect your overall outlook on life. To maintain a positive outlook when life leads to stressful moments such as a car accident is a very good skill to have. A positive mind frame in the face of adversity or negative situations will better equip you to leave a negative situation with a positive lesson. For example if your laptop breaks instead of looking at it like my laptom broke and that is it. You can look at the situation as “what did I learn from this?” Maybe you learned that leaving your laptop plugged in at all times leads to it breaking, so from now on you won’t leave it plugged in except when necessary. It is important to take something away from a negative event that is positive. If you don’t you are more likely to repeat those same mistakes over and over.

The point being is that no matter what happens to you in your life, and how hard it can be at times to keep a positive attitude. It is key to your mental health through moments that test you to think and act positively. You will feel better about yourself, and confidence in your ability to handle any situation. You will also feel better physically as your mental health can also be attributed to how you feel physically.

Remember living your life with a positive outlook is half the battle. Don’t let yourself become victim to your own negative attitude. Life may zig when it should zag, but by allowing yourself to be negative along with it when it does means doing yourself a disservice.

Stay positive

Mar 15 2012

Don’t Worry…Be Happy

Now that Winter is over and Spring as sprung its time to get your serotonin levels back up! During the Winter some people have been know to be affected by SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. The actual cause of this disorder is unknown at this point. However it has been attributed to lack of sunlight during the shorter days of Winter with melatonin levels go down. Now that the sun is shining more and Daylight savings is back! No need to be SAD anymore! Not only will living an active lifestyle and eating right help to shake those remaining SAD symptoms. Having a positive mindset is half the battle when breaking the negative mindset that SAD can contribute too during those Winter months.

This is where Hypnotherapy comes in handy. It can help an individual jumpstart their serotonin levels by relaxing the mind, and helping the individual reach a positive reach a positive thought process. Hypnotherapy will help person focus on the brighter aspects of their lives and not let the negatives ones affect them. The reasoning is that the more a person thinks negative the more likely they are going to experience negative moments, and It is also worth say that as people we will generally react the same way to an event, person, situation as we did the first time. If you see a bug and scream then the next time you see a bug you are going to scream. If you try a new exotic food but have a bad experience with it then when it comes the time to try new food again you may be hesitant.
Even though over the past few months SAD and its symptoms have become second nature to the individuals suffering form the disorder.

Now it’s time to call your local hypnotherapist and jumpstart your mental health into a positive mind frame. Prepare yourself this Spring to live a healthier lifestyle both mentally and physically. Enjoy these beautiful Spring and Summer days to come. Keep an eye out for more blog post to come, and make sure to check out the Suburban life article and radio interview located at As well as make sure to read the American Chronicle articles featuring Dr. Rosenberg. Enjoy the beautiful days to come!