Hypnosis at Zelner Health Institute

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer Hypnosis services at our practice! This will improve the overall service we are able to offer, by giving you the time you need to help you accomplish your goals and transform your life!

Please complete this form prior to your appointment: Hypnosis Intake Form


Helen Slade, CH

Helen Slade is a Certified Hypnotist and has been a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists since 2010. She is also a licensed Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner.

Helen trained in London, England and ran her own successful practice in the UK before moving to Orlando in 2015. She now operates in Lake Nona, but we are delighted to have reached an agreement for her to see patients in our practice.

What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of focused consciousness. It is a very powerful and relaxing tool used to access your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is who you are. It’s the sum of your life experiences; it controls your habits and beliefs. Through the gentle process of hypnosis, you CAN accomplish your goals and transform your life.

Is Hypnosis Safe?
Hypnosis is completely safe, and you remain in control at all times. You can choose to end the session at any time and you cannot be made to do anything against your will. It is a wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable experience.

What happens during Hypnosis?
During hypnosis, Helen will help you achieve a relaxed state of mind and tailor the session to help your subconscious mind to give you the belief that you can achieve your desired goal. She can give you positive suggestions and help boost motivation to change existing bad habits or overcome fears.

Can I be Hypnotized?
Generally, anyone of normal intelligence who is willing to follow simple instructions can be hypnotized.

How Will I Feel During Hypnosis?
You can expect to feel deeply relaxed and you are fully aware of everything that is being said to you.


  • The mind is fundamental for changing behavior – and achieving your goals
  • You can stop smoking
  • You can lose weight
  • You can manage stress
  • You can boost your confidence
  • You can face your fears


The Subconscious Mind

Hypnosis has become much more widely regarded during the last decade as a reliable method to address a multitude of conditions affecting a variety of people. Whether you are a sports person attempting to attain great heights or just trying to quit smoking or lose some weight Helen will be able to help you.

There have also been great strides using Hypnosis to boost confidence, overcome phobias or manage stress.

Hypnosis is so effective at dealing with conditions such as these that require extra will-power because it works at the right level to achieve development of your mind. After all, everything that has been accomplished anywhere in the world was once a thought before it existed.

Your mind is like an iceberg, and your conscious mind is like the tip of the iceberg. The conscious mind is the logical, rational and analytical part. The subconscious mind is like the iceberg itself. It is bigger, stronger and far more powerful. It controls your breathing, heart rate and basic bodily functions. It stores all your memories, contains your emotions and feelings, houses your wonderful imagination and it protects you by your flight or fight response by keeping old habits going.

Your little conscious mind can only process between 5 and 9 pieces of information at any time. Your subconscious mind, however, is processing over two million pieces of information every second. It is your autopilot and runs your life for you.

For example, when we are learning to drive a car we have to consciously think of many different things at once, such as looking in the mirror, our speed, turning the steering wheel, being aware of the other traffic. After a while all of these functions become automatic having been downloaded into our subconscious mind. We can be driving along thinking instead of what to buy at the shops, or what to have for dinner and not consciously thinking about driving. Have you ever reached your destination and not actually remembered driving there?!

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” Albert Einstein
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve” Napoleon Hill

You can Stop Smoking

Have you tried various methods to give up smoking and none of them have worked? Are you determined to kick the habit?

Why do you continue to smoke when you know you are risking your health? It’s expensive, (according to a 2016 survey by WalletHub, the average smoker in Florida spends over $100,000 in their lifetime on cigarettes), it stinks and it’s doing you no favors.

Some smokers would say that it helps them to relax but in actual fact as soon as the nicotine enters the bloodstream your heart rate increases giving you the opposite effect.

Many people begin to smoke when they are younger to make themselves appear older or to fit in with their peer group but does this idea really hold true now?

If you are worried that you may gain weight if you give up smoking, then don’t let that be a concern as Helen will give you useful suggestions and techniques during hypnosis that will prevent that from happening.

As there are fewer and fewer places for smokers to smoke it is becoming more and more socially unacceptable. Now is definitely the right time to give up. You owe it to yourself for your own health and everyone around you. By investing in yourself now you can break the habit and have better health, more money, smell fresh and be free from the constant craving.

If you are trying to give up smoking, the more you think about not having a cigarette the more you want one. This is because whenever you have conscious willpower versus subconscious imagination, your imagination will always win.

Helen uses a technique that is very effective. It should require just one session. However, should you require it she can provide one year’s free back up support at no extra charge.

You can Lose Weight

If you are overweight and have tried lots of diets before with little or no success, then it’s time for a new approach. Our eating patterns are formed in childhood and can change over the course of time and can be affected by stress, boredom and other emotional issues.

Diets usually involve depriving you of the foods you crave most, such as cookies, cakes, fries, alcohol etc. but the more you tell yourself that you must not have that chocolate cake the more you can imagine how good it would taste. Eventually you give in and have some. This is because whenever you have conscious willpower versus subconscious imagination, it is always your imagination that will win.

As hypnosis works directly with your subconscious mind by giving you suggestions on how to deal with your attitude to food and boosting your motivation to incorporate some exercise into your lifestyle, it is very successful in helping you achieve your goals.

Imagine how good you will feel when you reach your target weight. You will feel better about yourself, it will improve your health and maybe you could treat yourself to some new clothes!

Helen generally recommends a minimum of three sessions in order to get to the root cause of what is holding you back from achieving your goal, or it could be four or five sessions depending on the client.

You can Manage Stress

Stress is a massive problem in today’s society with so many of us leading hectic lifestyles trying to juggle everything. Many visits to the doctor are due to stress related illnesses.

If we can learn techniques to calm the mind and feel more in control of our lives this has got to be beneficial.

The stress response, also known as the fight or flight response, is a vital part of our makeup. It protects us by running from danger or staying to deal with the perceived threat. When we become stressed our heart rate increases, we can become anxious, everything becomes heightened.

Other situations that can induce stress these days include divorce, bereavement, job loss, bullying, illness and financial difficulties to name but a few.

If the stress becomes unmanageable it can lead to panic attacks, anxiety or even depression. During hypnosis Helen uses relaxation techniques to help you manage the symptoms of stress and give you the feeling of being in control and remaining calm.

Sit back and enjoy the wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable hypnosis session that will help you feel more in control of your life.

You can Boost Confidence

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Everyone struggles with their confidence at some time or another. When you look at yourself in the mirror in the morning what do you tell yourself? Are you filled with enthusiasm for the day ahead and confident in your abilities or are you running a program of negative self talk that affects your performance and prevents you from fulfilling your potential?

Lack of confidence can lead to anxiety and worry. It can hold you back in relationships or prevent you from progressing at work so it is best to get some help to overcome any self-doubts you have to create a more positive attitude and therefore achieve your goals.

Helen will give you self-belief during your hypnosis session and give you techniques to draw upon to help you remain calm, relaxed and focused on your desired goal.

You will feel wonderful and much more self-assured and ready to meet the exciting challenges ahead.

You can Overcome Phobias

A phobia is an intense fear of something that in reality poses little or no actual danger.

Common phobias include fear of flying, heights, spiders, public speaking, needles and so on.

When a fear builds up in our mind our reactions can be completely out of proportion, thereby overprotecting us. If you are finding it difficult to cope with a particular phobia Helen would be delighted to help you overcome it.

During hypnosis Helen will give you positive suggestions that will bring this level of fear down to a manageable level putting you more in control and creating a sense of calm.


Weight Loss and Other Issues
The initial session is where Helen gets to know you. You tell her about the issues you have been experiencing and she discuss what she can do to help you. Once you are in a calm, relaxed and confident frame of mind, the hypnosis session begins. This session normally lasts for approximately 90 minutes and costs $180.

If further sessions are required, these sessions last for approximately 60 minutes and cost $140 per session.

Some clients will only require one session, whereas others will need further sessions depending on their particular circumstances.
For weight loss Helen recommends a minimum of three sessions.

Stop Smoking
A stop smoking session lasts for approximately 90 minutes. Helen use a technique which is very successful and for the majority of smokers just one session is all it takes to stop smoking (for the rest of your life!). However, if you were to start smoking again within a year of the session, she will provide you with additional session(s) at no additional charge.

A telephone back up support is also available during this twelve-month period, again at no additional charge. The total cost for the session and back up support is $275.


Research Statistics

Here is a brief review of some of the research evidence on the effectiveness of hypnosis:

Stop Smoking

90.6% success rate for smoking cessation using hypnosis
Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years’ post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.

University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

87% reported abstinence from tobacco use with hypnosis
A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using hypnosis.

Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

81% reported they had stopped smoking after hypnosis
Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months’ post-treatment.

Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.

Hypnosis most effective says largest study ever: 3 times as effective as patch and 15 times as effective as willpower
Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting.
On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.

University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992. (Also New Scientist, October 10, 1992.)


Weight Loss

Hypnosis more effective for weight loss than other approaches
Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego-strengthening, decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions.
Hypnosis was more effective than a control group: an average of 17 lbs lost by the hypnosis group vs. an average of 0.5 lbs lost by the control group, on follow-up.

Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

Two years later: hypnosis subjects continued to lose significant weight
109 people completed a behavioral treatment for weight management either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction.
At 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed little further change.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)

Hypnosis subjects lost more weight than 90% of others and kept it off
Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self-monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended.

University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.

Hypnosis showed significantly lower post-treatment weights
Two studies compared overweight smoking and non-smoking adult women in a hypnosis-based, weight loss program. Both achieved significant weight losses and decreases in Body Mass Index.
Follow-up study replicated significant weight losses and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded significantly lower post-treatment weights and a greater average number of pounds lost.

Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and non-smokers using hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion. Johnson DL, Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3.

Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches
An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that the “… weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects” of traditional weight loss approaches.

University of Connecticut, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517


Pain Management and Physical Recovery

Hypnosis reduces pain and speeds up recovery from surgery
Since 1992, we have used hypnosis routinely in more than 1400 patients undergoing surgery. We found that hypnosis used with patients as an adjunct to conscious sedation and local anesthesia was associated with improved intraoperative patient comfort, and with reduced anxiety, pain, intraoperative requirements for anxiolytic and analgesic drugs, optimal surgical conditions and a faster recovery of the patient.
We reported our clinical experience and our fundamental research.

[Hypnosis and its application in surgery] Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d’Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414.

Hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute and chronic pain
Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia.
Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions.
Methodological issues of this body of research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into comprehensive pain treatment.

Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool in pain therapy and is biological in addiction to psychological
Attempting to elucidate cerebral mechanisms behind hypnotic analgesia, we measured regional cerebral blood flow with positron emission tomography in patients with fibromyalgia, during hypnotically-induced analgesia and resting wakefulness. The patients experienced less pain during hypnosis than at rest.
The cerebral blood-flow was bilaterally increased in the orbitofrontal and subcallosial cingulate cortices, the right thalamus, and the left inferior parietal cortex, and was decreased bilaterally in the cingulate cortex.
The observed blood-flow pattern supports notions of a multifactorial nature of hypnotic analgesia, with an interplay between cortical and subcortical brain dynamics. Copyright 1999 European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Functional anatomy of hypnotic analgesia: a PET study of patients with fibromyalgia. Wik G, Fischer H, Bragee B, Finer B, Fredrikson M, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden Eur J Pain. 1999 Mar;3(1):7-12.

Healed 41% faster from fracture; healed significantly faster from surgery
Two studies from Harvard Medical School show hypnosis significantly reduces the time it takes to heal.

Study One: Six weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing.

Study Two: Three groups of people studied after breast reduction surgery. Hypnosis group healed “significantly faster” than supportive attention group and control group.

Harvard Medical School, Carol Ginandes and Union Institute in Cincinnati, Patricia Brooks, Harvard University Gazette Online at http://www.hno.harvard.edu/gazette/2003/05.08/01-hypnosis.html



Significantly more methadone addicts quit with hypnosis. 94% remained narcotic free
Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation.
At six month follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free.

A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1984; 26(4): 273-9.

Hypnosis shows 77% success rate for drug addiction
Treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction

Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.

Hypnosis for cocaine addiction documented case study
Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself.
Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available.

The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. Page RA, Handley GW, Ohio State University, Lima, OH USA 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1993 Oct;36(2):120-3.


Famous People who have used Hypnosis

Hypnosis has helped the following celebrities and famous people improve their health and achieve their goals:

Weight Loss

  • Lily Allen (singer)
  • Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (former member of the British Royal family)
  • Sophie Dahl (model)
  • Geri Halliwell (singer)
  • Chuck Clausen (former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Orlando Bloom’s mother used hypnotist to deal with the addiction to chocolate he had as a child
  • Fergie (singer of the Black Eyed Peas) has a hypnotherapist close when she’s touring


Quit Smoking

  • Matt Damon (said “Using hypnosis was one of the greatest decisions of my life!”)
  • Barry Moore
  • Billy Joel
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Britney Spears
  • Ellen Degeneres (was hypnotized in public by Paul McKenna)
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Charlize Theron
  • Ben Affleck
  • Mark Knopfler
  • Aaron Eckhart (actor) credits hypnosis for changing his life forever after being able to give up smokin and alcohol
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Winona Ryder
  • Simon Cowell
  • Katy Perry
  • Billy Joel


Personal Development

  • Ashton Kutcher has used hypnosis for various purposes. At the beginning of his career, he used hypnotism to help him to visualize himself like a successful actor.
  • Sylvester Stallone has hypnotic inductions with the famous hypnotherapist Gil Boyne while filming Rocky in 1975.He used self-hypnosis to help write the script for “Rocky”. He then used hypnosis on a daily basis to overcome the more than 900 rejections for his script. During each day of filming “Rocky” he used hypnosis tapes. Eventually “Rocky” became an overnight success.


Public Speaking
Many celebrities and public figures have overcome their stuttering and fear of speaking in public by being hypnotized.

  • Princess Diana used hypnosis for public speaking and confidence
  • Bruce Willis (actor) used hypnosis to overcome stuttering
  • James Earl Jones (actor and voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars)
  • Mufasa (Lion King) used hypnosis to overcome stuttering


Quit Bad Habits, Fears & Phobias

  • Sarah Ferguson (ex-UK Royal Family) used hypnosis to stop biting her fingernails
  • Tony Curtis (actor) used hypnosis to overcome his fear of flying and to improve his career
  • Kevin Costner (actor) flew his personal hypnotist to Hawaii to help him combat his seasickness while filming “Water world”
  • Jackie Kennedy Onassis used hypnotherapy to reduce depression and anxiety help let go tragic events in her life such as the loss of his murdered husband
  • Demi Moore used hypnosis to forget her love for Ashton Kutcher

Hypnobirth (reduction of pain during labour)

  • Jessica Alba (actress)
  • Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge)
  • Emily Deschanel (actress)


  • Andre Agassi (tennis) star worked with Anthony Robbins, Utilizing NLP and Hypnosis.
  • Steve Hooker (Pole Vaulting) won the 2008 Gold Medal after using hypnosis to visualize his success.
  • Mary Lou Retton (gymnastics) used hypnosis to block pain in her foot and won the Gold Medal for Gymnastics.
  • The Chicago White Sox hired a full-time Hypnotist in 1983 and made the playoffs.
  • Tiger Woods began seeing a hypnotist at the age of 13 to help him to block out distractions and focus on the game
  • Pat Cash (tennis)
  • Jack Nicklaus attributes his success in golf to hypnosis and visualization techniques
  • Frank Bruno, WBC Heavyweight Champion is said to have used hypnosis before beating Mohammed Ali.
  • Players from many basket teams such as the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Minnesota Twins used hypnosis to improve their performance and manage pain and injury.

Phil Jackson, coach of the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers used hypnosis on his basketball teams, including:

  • Shaquille O’Neal (basketball)
  • Michael Jordan (basketball)
  • Kobe Bryant (basketball)

History Influencers

  • Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud (founding fathers of modern psychiatry)
  • Mozart (1756-1791) it is believed he composed the famous opera “Cosy fan tote” while hypnotized
  • Albert Einstein (1879-1955) physicist – had his hypnosis sessions every afternoon. It is believed that the theory of relativity came to him during one of these hypnosis sessions. He also used the hypnotic trance states to develop his ideas
  • Lord Tennyson Alfred (1809-1892) wrote complete poems while hypnotized
  • Thomas Edison (inventor of light bulb) used self-hypnosis on a daily basis
  • Aldous Huxley (writer/ thinker) used trance—like states to explore the states and nature of Consciousness
  • Winston Churchill (Prime Minister during WWII) used hypnosis suggestions in order to stay awake during the nights of WWII