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Roberto F. (alcohol cessation)
Entrepreneur
Austin, TX

I originally came to see Laura because of the recurring drinking that has been an issue for me in the last six or seven years. I was typically drinking 2-3 glasses of wine every other day. I felt a little bit out of control because it was easier for me to give into my urges than not. It was a gratification when I was happy and it was a help when I was unhappy or stressed. I wasn't drinking enough to cause family issues or emotional or psychological problems. It was mainly physical; my body felt very drained. The sulfites in red wine are really hard on your body and when I drank, it took a lot of energy the next morning to get back into gear. My most productive hours are typically the early morning and I was losing them because of my fatigue. I tried to go cold turkey with drinking. It would kind of work for a week, but I would invariably get back into my routine by the next week.

I got a referral to A New Day Hypnosis from a colleague and decided to call. I noticed results within a week of my first appointment. It has been very easy. I firmly believe that your beliefs create your daily reality and hypnosis just reinforces that so it was a natural compliment. I feel more confident on a personal level because I have been able to change behaviors and be in control.

It has been easier to control my alcohol consumption and I've noticed that I have more energy in the mornings and I have gotten back that productive time. I can choose when I want to drink for the right reasons. When I do drink, on special occasions or a date night, I enjoy it more and it feels like a treat.

In addition to the drinking issues, there were certain things that I was getting stuck on that I wanted to work on. I was interested in changing some of my beliefs. I wanted to understand what blockages needed to be removed for me to become unstuck and tap into certain strengths that I hadn't tapped into in many years. A long time ago I tried traditional therapy to work on this and it was ineffective. I would just talk, but didn't take any action to resolve the problems. It was kind of a one way street and it didn't help me change my behaviors or get to the root of what was causing them.

With the help of hypnosis, I'm making changes and different decisions with my businesses. I work with a professional coach and she has noticed that I am much more in touch with my intuition. I'm making certain decisions that might seem completely insane, but end up resulting in these really huge breakthroughs. I'm not following common knowledge or what would be "sensible" and in my business, that is absolutely essential for success. My intuition is smarter than I am and when I am able to tap into that more frequently I avoid stepping into potholes and I am able to open certain doors that I never could have opened by myself.

The most important benefit for me has been the help in reconnecting with certain inner strengths. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to manage their inner beliefs and become more aware of these internal influences. Taking action to listen to the "right" influences and ignoring the ones that are wrong has been very helpful. I feel confident because I know that I will work on this regularly. It's like everything; you have to keep on it. I've gone through the big "service and repairs" and eventually, I will have to change the oil again. Because I plan to do this regularly, I know I will avoid the big issues in the future.

Rita Stearns (anger management)
Accountant
Round Rock, TX

I was overreacting to constructive criticism. At times, I would be overwhelmed by emotion and would react inappropriately and be angry with people for no apparent reason. I had a feeling that people were out to get me. for the last year or so. The anxiety that I was feeling was that I wasn't going to get everything done, I wasn't going to get things done correctly or that I was going to make some horrible mistake. My husband has always told me that I'm the "worrier" in the family. I couldn't turn it off in my brain and I would worry.

I noticed that I wasn't getting quite as anxious. Even my husband has noticed that I'm calmer and I'm not as anxious. It must have been a big improvement because my boss has commented on it. we were talking about a situation that had happened at work and she was proud of the fact that I was doing something about my problem and she noticed that I was much calmer and much happier. I'm sleeping better and I have more energy. I feel better.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch. I read the testimonials. There were so many people that said that Laura had helped them understand what was going on and she was able to help them stop.. there was a man on Dr. Oz that he had recommended for people to stop smoking. This hypnotist was there to help a group of people with weight loss and he was mentioning how well this worked for people, so I thought I could try it for my problem.

I was a little bit resistant at first, but the more times that I listened to the cds and really thought about our discussions. I could see that it was going to work and that it was a better way.

Trying to do something on my own and it doesn't work, my brain just kept going around in the same circles. I could talk to people and get their suggestions, but when I was overwhelmed with emotions, I wasn't thinking to take deep breaths or count to 100 in the moment.

I didn't know that there was a way to overcome my emotional outbursts. I thought it was my personality and that was why I was so defensive about the criticism. I internalized that behavior as something I couldn't change and that was making me a horrible person.

My boss was telling me that I was being disruptive to the department. She was worried that it would effect the reputation in the department and I didn't want to let her down because she is a great boss.

I wasn't sleeping well at night. My son has said that I don't go out and drink as often. I was able to quit smoking as well and that was the biggest bonus. Being able to eliminate the stress. Tomorrow it will be five weeks.

Sometimes I felt out of control. When people questioned how I was doing my job or pointing out that I had made an error or trying to hurry me up to get something done, people rushing me. it made me feel anxious. That fight or flight symptom, I couldn't control the flood of chemicals and I couldn't prevent that from happening.

I feel more in control. Especially at work, I don't get wound up when I have a lot to do. I just steadily work through whatever I'm doing. I am able to do things. I don't get upset with people even though they were calling me and interrupting me while I try to get this done. I didn't get anxious about anything and it didn't phase me. I am able to appreciate coworkers and show them. I can compliment people.

I feel more confident because I know that I can do everything I need to do and not panic. When I'm not overwhelmed by adrenaline I can stay calm. I know that I can do that now. the most important thing for me has been accomplishing what I needed to accomplish. To be calmer and handle whatever comes without being worried. It's subconscious now, the stuff that comes up doesn't bother me. I am able to see what I can do about things. I can brush things off. I am able to have a healthy perspective on things. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it has worked for me and it has really helped me a lot. I am confident that I can do this. in the situations at work, that is where most of my stress comes from. When I maintain a calm demeanor at work, nothing else is going to matter. I've noticed that I'm a lot calmer when I drive. It really has helped me

Paul
Consultant
Austin, TX

I have had uncontrolled urges to bite my nails when I am stressed since childhood. I haven't bitten my nails since the first session. My nail beds were painful from the biting. I was ripping the nails and the nail beds were bleeding. I have healthy nail beds. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on google. Over the years, I've tried to stop biting my nails with sheer will power, getting manicures and thinking that spending money on nails would dissuade me from tearing them up. I would tell myself to stop and tried to remind myself. I've tried sitting on my hands and it never worked. It would only work for a week at the most, then they would grow back and I would be back to biting my nails. I got tired of failure through my own efforts and I wanted to try something else. It was embarrassing to be in a meeting and have nails that were uneven and chewed up and jagged. I put my hands under the table or cupped my hands and hid my nails on the table. I was worried that I would bite my nails in a meeting because I think that looks unprofessional. it is an external sign that is easy to see for other people that I don't have enough self-control to stop biting his nails, I thought people would wonder about other areas of my life that seemed out of control. It just became a frustration that I couldn't do this by myself. it seems like for almost everything in my life I could have control by making a plan and following through.

My stepdad had used hypnosis to stop smoking and I had never tried it before and I was just at the point where I wanted some help somewhere. It has been easy through this program. I think by talking through the issue and getting feedback. Taking into consideration the recommendations has definitely worked. My wife has noticed, my relatives have noticed. My brother bites his nails. My family has noticed that I have nails.

I felt out of control. The fact that I would end up whatever I tried would fail. The frustrating part to me was that I would eventually realize that I had my hand in my mouth and I didn't realize that I was doing it.

I feel more in control now. the urge to bite them has definitely gone away. if I do try to bite them, there is an awareness before I bite my nails. It's weird. That's the strange part of this, there is a definite awareness of what we talk about during the session, but the most powerful part of it is the subconscious piece of it that is there behind the rest of my being that knows I shouldn't be doing it. it is just there now. I feel more confident. I can be more relaxed in a meeting, because I am not trying to hide something. I feel more trusted by others and not give off this nervousness that someone will find out that I am a nail biter. It's hard to narrow it to one thing as the most important thing for me. definitely confidence, relaxation and self control. I have conquered the thing that I set out to conquer and it feels powerful. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it works. I have put up with this for thirty five years and I feel like I've conquered the nail biting. I am confident because I haven't bitten my nails since day one, I have awareness. It's been a month and a half. It's more than progress. I feel like I've solved it. I definitely like the hypnosis part of it. if I had just talked through the issue it would help, but the most powerful part is what is in your subconscious constantly working to break this habit.

Mike (social anxiety)
IT
Austin, TX

I've had a problem with social anxiety and a lack of confidence for the last forty years. I wasn't able to have organized thoughts that I could convey verbally and it was affecting my career and my personal relationships. The constant anxieties were driving my life. During every discussion and interaction I was focused on what I should or should not be saying. I didn't feel in control and I wasn't able to set clear goals and direction. My work was suffering; I think there was another level or two that I could have gone to in my career if it weren't for the anxiety and inability to convey my thoughts. Everything in my life was just kind of cascading downhill.

In my marriage, I wasn't handling things well and I was getting run over. I allowed my wife to control me and to dominate my life. I was sending the wrong message to my kids and setting a bad role model. I wasn't confident with myself and I wasn't teaching them how to feel confident in themselves. I've tried to talk myself out of it and there were various degrees of result, I had found some mixed short-term results, but after a little while I would revert right back to the old behaviors. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on dogpile.com. I was a little bit leery and I wasn't sure if it would be applicable to me; I was worried that it was just a gimmick. Luckily, I was proven wrong on both points.

I noticed results immediately after my first session. It felt like a burden had been lifted and I was less anxious and started to identify the root causes of my problem. The results have continued to grow and I feel more confident, I have a better outlook on life and I have a better ability to think and speak clearly in various situations. My stress levels have gone down. I have more energy because I don't have a weight bearing down on me all the time and I can just go out and do things. My friends and my kids have noticed that I'm happier and more outgoing.

This process definitely has quantifiable results and there hasn't been an effort for me. This has come very naturally, I identify the behaviors to correct and the hypnosis guides me through it. I feel more in control now. I'm not worried about other people's views, or afraid to speak my own mind, and I just feel like I own it now. I can speak to other people, I'm making better decisions and I feel more confident just walking down the street. I have a whole different attitude about my own potential. Before, I would have settled for something less and now I feel like my potential is limitless within the scope of understanding my own natural limitations. My attitude is not going to hold me back anymore.

The most important benefit for me has been the self-confidence that comes from controlling my own anxieties. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome social anxiety because I have never achieved success in forty years and it's a very small investment for the return that I've gotten in my sanity and my outlook on life. Even if I had gotten a fraction of the improvements that I've made, it would have been a good investment. I know the anxiety is still back there, but now I'm aware of it and I control it, so I'm okay. Now that I've gotten a taste of normal life, there is no way I would let myself go back to those behaviors and I feel confident that I have the tools that I need to be free of this problem permanently.

Kevin (anxiety & self esteem)
Technician
Austin, TX

I've suffered from general anxiety, self-doubt, and panic attacks for the last twenty years. My anxiety was affecting how I related to other people, so I didn't go out much. I would just work and then go home. I had a bad attitude and when things were really bad in my life, I found myself feeling more anxious. I had panic attacks all the time; I could be sitting in traffic, at work, or sitting at home watching TV. It was happening several times a week and I was always waiting for something bad to happen.

It was very uncomfortable for me and I felt out of control. I didn't feel like I was getting anywhere and I was wasting my life. I had convinced myself in the last couple of years that I shouldn't go back to school because I was going to screw up and flunk out. I've tried willpower to stop the constant worrying, but I couldn't really control the anxiety attacks that way and I always ended up tripping myself up. I have bought a lot of self-help books, but they have never been read, so that didn't really work.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis through Google. I used hypnosis before to quit smoking and I feel that it's a scientific approach, so I can deal with it. I started noticing results within the first couple of weeks after my appointment. I felt more positive about things and felt better in general. I wasn't as nervous and worried about things and I wanted to accomplish more. I think it's been easier to talk about the things that were causing the problem instead of just trying to fix something without knowing what is really going on.

It's easier to let things go and I haven't had an anxiety attack since I started this process. I don't care anymore about the things that used to really worry me and cause anxiety attacks.

I've started back to school and I have a goal and something to shoot for. I have a new avenue that I want to take and I feel calm and more focused. I definitely feel more confident; I don't feel like everyone is looking at me or that I am under observation anymore, which used to cause panic. The biggest benefit for me has been the courage to go back to school and do what I want to do.

At work, they say I'm a lot more relaxed. I've been told that I seem happier and more cheerful. I go out on the weekends and do stuff and I don't worry anymore. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who is dealing with anxiety and self-doubt because it worked for me. It helped me to get focused and back on track with my life. I have a goal and plans now. I feel confident that I have a handle on the panic attacks because I don't have the constant anxiety. This has been a good experience for me, I have enjoyed it and it was actually a lot of fun.

Joan Hardy (anxiety)
Contract Planner
Elgin, TX

I've suffered from high levels of anxiety for years. As I have gotten older, there was some accumulated anxiety that was with me that I hadn't had the chance to think about it and then it seemed to appear when I retired. I was so anxious and nervous that I had come to the extreme point where I was just unable to do anything. I couldn't make decisions and stuff was piling up, which was making me feel more anxious.

I felt out of control. No matter what I planned to do, I couldn't take the first step to get things done. For the last three months, I noticed that I had a real tightness in my chest and no matter what I did, it wouldn't go away. It was there all day, every day and I just couldn't shake it.

I was so paralyzed by anxiety that whether it was making a phone call or planning for the next day, I just couldn't do it. I am trying to run a consulting firm and this was definitely not enabling me to help others to get their stuff done. I was so atrophied; I could not make a commitment to do anything. Whether it was going to a concert, helping at the Christmas parade, or going out to dinner, I felt like I couldn't commit to making plans. I was doing nothing with my time and just sat in my house feeling stuck.

I tried to get more sleep to lessen the anxiety, but I would wake up in the night and worry and be unable to go back to bed. I tried exercise, but because I was having a hard time making decisions I wasn't doing that very well either. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis from a flyer. I'd done hypnosis before to lose weight and increase concentration and it had worked pretty well, so I thought it might be helpful for the stress and I decided to schedule an appointment.

I noticed a change after the first session. I felt good because I was taking a positive step to fix my problem and I felt more relaxed. The tightness in my chest is completely gone now and Laura has given me some tools to remind me to start with smaller increments and get things going, which has certainly helped. I feel more in control and I can focus and come up with a plan.

I feel more confident. I've been getting out and doing more. I have made plans to be more involved with my friends and I am able to make commitments. My house is more organized, so I can finally have people over to visit. I've hosted several activities at my house and I am creating better relationships. It helps my self-esteem to interact with other people who appreciate what I bring to the table and my husband and I are going out as a couple again.

The most important benefit for me has been the fact that the anxiety has been lifted and with the focus, things are easier. I can keep the house clean because I've created places for stuff and gotten rid of the things that I don't need. The future isn't so terrifying anymore because I have a plan. I'm going out more and pursuing projects away from the house. I am making plans about where I want to go and what I want to do. I'm more helpful to my daughters because I'm not so anxious anymore. I'm able to be a sounding board and not someone who is dictating things, which has helped me in my relationships with my family.

I have recommended A New Day Hypnosis to friends who have problems with anxiety. In today's world, there is so much stuff thrown at you that it is important to take the time for yourself to figure out what you are doing. Hypnosis is an easier way to come in and understand the underlying problems and relax while you do it. Hypnosis has been the perfect way for me to deal with this issue and I am confident that my time has been well spent in coming here.

Dawn Bostad (anxiety)
Waitress
Austin, TX

I originally came to see Laura for severe anxiety. I didn't want to leave the house, go do things, or talk to people anymore. The anxiety had been going on my whole life, but after a bicycle wreck, things had gotten really bad as I became more isolated. I was afraid of being rejected for who I was and I didn't even want to talk to the people that I knew. I felt that I could never be who I really was and I was afraid that people wouldn't want me around. I was so worried about fitting in that the anxiety ruled everything in my life: social situations, trying new things, career choices, everything. I couldn't be at home by myself without feeling nervous. I felt out of control of my emotions and I wouldn't be able to switch out of it. I would get anxious and start crying or stay home all day.

I tried acupuncture to help me with my anxiety. I felt relaxed and everything, but it didn't change my thought process or the things that I was telling myself. Yoga helped, I liked the physical part of it, but it didn't get to the real reason that I felt anxious, so it wasn't a good fit for me either. Counseling felt like too much talking about the same thing and I wasn't making the headway that I wanted to make.

I saw the sign outside of A New Day Hypnosis when I was having coffee next door and I decided to check it out online. I didn't think it would work because I hadn't known anyone who had done it. I had tried all these things and I didn't want to try anything else, especially if I didn't know if it was going to work. I talked to Laura on the phone and she said that she thought she could help me, so I felt like I would give it a try and see what happened.

I noticed immediately after my first session that I felt more relaxed. I wanted to go up to people and I was getting out more. I was engaging with other people and I felt a lot better. Something really just changed for me and I stopped being ruled by anxiety.

I have had some major life shifts, I'm happier and I have more energy now. I'm not scared of the day-to-day things anymore and I'm making changes in a healthy way. I am able to push myself because I have better control of my thoughts. Talking about stuff has helped, I'm figuring out what is really going on inside and that makes it easier for me to understand myself and my feelings.

I feel more in control now. I am starting to live my life the way that I want to live it and I feel more confident. I walk around with my head up and I feel okay with just being myself. The most important benefit for me has been less anxiety and getting closer to understanding my truth and living it. I am meeting more like-minded people and I'm finding that they like me for who I am and that has been huge for me.

I would recommend Laura's services because she is very compassionate and wise and she is good at getting to the point of things and finding out what is really going on. She is a strong woman, so she is a great role model. She's a great listener and she makes people feel comfortable.

My friends have noticed that I'm really confident and I'm able to be myself. I have tools and I know what I need to do. I trust my intuition and I'm not scared anymore, so I am taking risks. It helps me focus on what is really important to me. I am more in touch with what I really want to do, not what I think I am supposed to be doing.

David Arthur (stress management)
Property Manager
Cedar Park, TX

I've had problems with biting off more than I can chew my whole life. I put way too much on my plate and I didn't have balance. I felt out of control. I had too many commitments and it caused a slew of other problems: irritability, stress, improper reactions to things, and fights with my wife.

My poor reactions were an indicator that there were things that weren't going right in my life. I let the pressure build up until I finally exploded. I was stressed, unhappy, and my breaking point came when I had an angry outburst and broke my wife's phone in half. I could see myself going in a direction that was similar to the way that my dad used to react and I decided that I needed help.

I wanted to make a change and when I heard about A New Day Hypnosis from citysearch, I decided to schedule an appointment. I noticed after the first session that I was able to finally become aware of some things and take responsibility. Once I talked to Laura, the problem started to become clearer to me. Although I've always thought that I could do everything, I finally realized that I really can't.

It's been relatively easy. I've noticed that I have less stress and my time schedule is opening up. I'm managing everything better and my life has gotten easier. I feel a lot more in control and I notice that I am able to handle situations that would have made me angry in the past.

I feel more confident because Laura has given me suggestions and I am getting results from them. I've been put on a path to success and everything that I've been guided to has given me positive results. I have a better perspective on things. I'm noticing that frustrating situations aren't dragging me down and I'm handling things like an adult.

My wife has noticed that I have improved. I'm not shouting or getting angry anymore. If I am upset about something, I can stop myself from overreacting and just let things go.

The most important benefit for me has been relatively low conflict with my wife; also Laura's suggestions have actually helped my business to become much more streamlined. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help with stress and anger management.

If you are willing to listen, analyze what you are doing, and follow direction, it actually works. I have a better handle on things and I look at everything differently now. I feel confident that I won't explode because my stress levels have come down tremendously.

Celeste Simons (anger & stress management)
Homemaker
Austin, TX

I've had a problem with high levels of anxiety and irritation over the last several years. I have chronic pain related to autoimmune disease and it made it difficult for me to keep my positive thoughts in the forefront. The negativity fed back into the pain and everything else. Over the past few years, I've tended to just kind of keep to myself and isolate from friends. I was getting very grumpy with my family and I was not treating them very well. I wanted to be a good mother and wife, but my attitude was impacting things, the kids were fighting with each other a lot and we weren't very organized. There's the saying, "When Mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" and I think that's very true when it came to my family. I would wake up in the morning and tell myself that I was going to have a good attitude and I just couldn't do it. I was so angry and irritable that it didn't take much to set me off and I felt really out of control.

I have tried a lot of prayer and private meditation, but a part of me was just really overwhelmed with fear and anxiety that I would be stuck like this forever. I have always had a strong spiritual life, but over time I had become very isolated because I had lost support from my faith community. I have been to many counselors and a lot of them seemed to want to justify my feelings and thoughts and that's great, but I didn't want to continue to feel like this, empathy was not what I needed; I needed a kick in the butt to get over the hurdle.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Google. I've never done hypnosis before and I didn't know what it was going to be like, so I had some concerns. I wondered if it was really going to be very useful to me. I know that there are a lot of people who do stage hypnosis and I wasn't interested in that. I didn't want to go to someone who was just playing around with it and I wanted to be sure I was really working with a more practical application of hypnosis. I liked Laura's perspective. She seemed more realistic, down to earth and reasonable than the other hypnosis sites that I looked at.

I could tell a difference in my level of control after the first session. I was able to recognize when I was starting to get negative and I had more awareness. I felt more in control of my situation and I started taking better care of myself. It has been an incremental change, it builds on itself and I notice that things get a little bit easier every time. I've been able to take more positive steps to push harder with my doctors and get a better diagnosis. I feel a lot better physically and that has been very positive. I definitely have more energy and I sleep better at night.

My husband and my kids have noticed that I'm more positive and easier to get along with. A lot of my friends have noticed that I'm more personable lately. For the most part, I'm spending more time with friends and I have more to talk about than just how bad I feel. I no longer feel obligated to respond to other people when they pick at me. I can do things at my own pace and I can say no, which makes me a lot happier. I feel more confident in general. I can set boundaries and parent my kids clearly. It's been a lot easier to help my kids become more responsible. I feel more comfortable with myself and I know that I'm doing the right thing.

The most important benefits that I've received have been increased confidence and learning how to set boundaries. These were really the crux of the negativity, frustration and anger. When I wasn't able to set boundaries, I was angry with myself and angry with whomever I stepped over the line for. I wanted people to recognize my contributions and I was resentful when they didn't.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome feelings of negativity. It's great to be able to understand the root of my behaviors and talk it through in a positive way. Figuring out where it came from has been key for me and having the reinforcement has really helped. The hypnosis helped to strengthen my beliefs and pull it forward and I am confident that I can stay on the right track.

C. C. (anxiety & self_esteem)
Self-employed
Austin, TX

I have suffered from an overall lack of self-worth, self sabotage, stress and anxiety my whole life, but since the birth of my child eight months ago, the issues had become more acute. I just felt like I didn't have any control over the way that I was feeling; I was spiraling and I couldn't get out of the negativity and self-sabotage. I felt like crap, I was tired and moody, I didn't feel good about myself, and I was unmotivated. When you don't feel good about yourself as a person and you don't love yourself, it's hard to give to your relationships. It was affecting my marriage, my ability to be a good mother, and my ability to be a leader at work.

I've tried self-help books and they have given me good insight and understanding, but they are harder for me to implement because I'm really stubborn. I tried some therapy a few years ago and worked through a lot of issues, but I was going to appointments twice a week for two years. I believe that people waste a lot of time going to therapy. I know that it works for some people, but I was looking for something more intense and direct that would make lasting changes. I was just tired of feeling the way that I was feeling and I needed some help to get past it.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Google. I did hypnotherapy for both of my births, so I didn't have any concerns about using it again. I felt better after the first session. I had hope that I could get past all of this and it felt good to be able to get it out and talk through the problems that I had been facing.

After a few weeks, I noticed that I had more motivation to exercise; I had more energy and a more positive outlook. It's been pretty easy for me, the environment here is good and it's just been really helpful.

I don't binge eat anymore. I drink more water and I'm more conscious about all of my decisions. I am more aware of the negative self-talk and find it easier to stop myself when it happens. I am sleeping better and I am able to focus more and get a lot more done in my day.

My husband has noticed that my overall attitude is better and I'm not so up-and-down emotionally. My mom said that she can tell by the way that I carry myself that I am feeling better and they have both commented on the improvement in my productivity.

I feel more in control. I take responsibility for the things that I truly have control over and that makes me feel happier. I feel more confident in my abilities as a business owner because I can lead the team and I am more confident in my marriage because we are communicating better. I am taking better care of my appearance and I feel more confident about how I look.

There have been a lot of benefits in this process. I feel empowered to make the right decisions and more motivated. I am more patient with myself and others and feel confident that I can get myself out of a rut if I need to in the future.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome stress, anxiety, and a lack of self-worth because I feel confident that I can stand up for myself now and set good boundaries. I understand now that I can't do it all, and I am aware of my limitations and feel okay about them. I think that hypnosis is an effective tool and it has helped me to have more clarity and a better understanding of myself.

Brett (confidence)
Student
Austin, TX

I have grappled with issues of low self confidence and low self-esteem all of my life. I struggled with anxiety in professional and social situations and it was hard for me to talk to new people and focus on what exactly I wanted to do with my life. I didn't know how to move forward. If someone approached me in a social setting, I got nervous and didn't know what to say. I was extremely awkward and tense and I just froze up when someone tried to engage me in conversation. Networking is really important for my future and I was finding it difficult to even begin to think about trying to get out there.

It was hard for me to feel comfortable around people that I didn't know that well. I didn't know what was going to happen with my career goals and I felt myself becoming a little bit hopeless and fatalistic. I was unnecessarily freaking myself out about things and my head was all over the place. I wasn't focused on what I wanted to do with my life and I just felt stuck and powerless.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch. I was open to trying something kind of different, so I decided to schedule an appointment. After the first time, I noticed a general feeling of relaxation that I hadn't felt before.

This has been a great experience for me. I notice in my day to day interactions with new people that I can be myself and feel more comfortable. It's been easier for me to talk to new people and not feel self-conscious in social situations. I know that I can take steps to ensure that my life will be more the way that I would like it to be. I am planting little seeds now and I'm building the future that I want for myself.

Hypnosis helped me to get me out of the habitual mindset that things will always be the same. I now understand that I have control over my life and that been a really great benefit for me. I feel more motivated and I have a better sense of mental clarity, which helps me to stay productive. I am more organized and focused and I have a better idea of what I'm going to do when I wake up. I have a list of things that I need to accomplish and when I get them done, I feel a sense of success.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who has problems with self-confidence or anxiety because it has helped me a lot. I think having low self-esteem is a habit and hypnosis helps to break the habit. I see my place in the world differently now. I value myself more and I know that I will be able to contribute to society. This process has given me the push that I needed and I feel more confident and in control than I ever have before.

Bud C. (procrastination)
Contractor
Austin, TX

I've had an inability to focus on completing a very important project for the last four months. I felt overwhelmed because I couldn't get things squared away. I was stopping to do other things and feeling like I was on a treadmill that was never getting anywhere. I was continually doing the same thing over and over again with no progression. I would work on my project and then put it aside for a week and come back, which made things sporadic. I got off focus with irrelevant things like deciding that it was time to wash the dishes, or refinish a table, or give the dog a bath, or work in the garden. I was frustrated that I just couldn't seem to stay on task.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch. I really thought that I could benefit from hypnosis because I know that we can accomplish a lot through our subconscious. I noticed after the first session that my mind was better focused and clearer on my objective. I was able to prioritize what I was doing and organize it into a step by step plan.

My clearer focus allows me to take my day in sections and do the tasks that I need to do. I'm better at planning and prioritizing and I feel more in control because I set the schedule for my day and notice that I am sticking with it. I can put blinders on to the other distractions that are going on around me and just stay with the project.

What I really enjoy about the process is that it's not something that I think about in the moment, it happens when I look back on the day and realize everything that has changed in my behaviors. I feel more confident because I have a plan and a more positive outlook. The mountains to overcome don't seem so overwhelming.

For me, it has really come down to thinking about what is truly important in my life and just sticking with that. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who has problems with procrastination because it works. I've found that getting a good perspective has been beneficial and I am confident that if I continue to do what I am doing today, I will get to my goal.

Tom P. (self-esteem)
Tax Examiner
Austin, TX

I've had a lack of self worth and trouble with self-esteem that has colored a lot of my experiences in life. I've always felt like I hadn't achieved my full potential and there was a sense of dissatisfaction hanging over me. I suffered from social anxiety and there were some missing pieces in my life puzzle that I needed to fill in. I felt disappointed in myself, which didn't help my situation.

I've read self-help books to overcome my self-esteem problems and social anxiety and I didn't have profound results, but I understood myself a little better. I really felt like I wanted to assert some control over my choices, but I didn't know how to do it. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when I saw a flyer at Fresh Plus and decided to call. I had listened to generic hypnosis tapes in the past, so I didn't have any reservations about trying it again.

After a few sessions, I noticed that I was talking to people more often and had overcome some of my shyness in social situations. I know now that I am a competent and decent person and that helps me feel happier. I'm more at ease around people and I'm more content with myself. I feel more satisfied with my life overall.

Talking to another person is helpful and having personalized sessions has made a big improvement in my life. I'm taking action and doing things that I wasn't doing before; I've resurrected some dormant goals and I'm feeling more comfortable and secure overall. I feel more confident in my abilities and I know that I am a good writer and know that I can be successful. I feel more self-assured because I have less anxiety.

The most important thing for me has been gaining insights into my behaviors. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help with confidence because Laura is competent and has really invested herself in learning her profession and she is here to stay. I'm going to keep plugging along and I know that I will continue to improve.

S. P. (nail biting)
Business Consultant
Austin, Texas

I've had a problem with nail biting since childhood. I had no concept about how to control it, how to change, or what I could possibly do. My fingers were constantly dry and the cracked skin on my fingertips really hurt. It's a gross and unattractive habit. It was frustrating, but it felt like a part of my being and fiber and I completely lacked the ability to control it.

The biggest problem for me was the way that nail biting affected my image. As a professional in the business world, maintaining hygiene is important particularly when you are in a business where people are looking to you as a trusted advisor and confidant. Biting your nails is the universal sign of nervousness and nobody wants to put their trust in someone who looks anxious.

I've tried to overcome the problem by wearing gloves and putting nasty stuff on my fingers. Many years ago, even wore a chewable item around my neck as a substitute. I tried chewing gum, smoking, eating, and chewing pens in lieu of nail biting. Unfortunately, at some point, I would end up in a position where I wasn't surrounded by other things to chew, so I just continued to go back to biting my nails.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on google and decided to call. I noticed results immediately in the first week after my appointment. I was able to recognize the pattern of behavior consciously and acknowledge and begin to deal with it instead of unconsciously biting my nails. I've noticed an improvement in the health of my cuticles and hands and I'm definitely feeling more relaxed now. I am better at putting myself in a state of relaxation and have less anxiety overall.

This process requires effort and relies on me making the commitment, but I am now consciously aware of what I'm doing and developing the awareness has been an important step to getting control. Understanding the behaviors or issues that motivate nail biting has also helped a lot. I'm able to think about what is happening in my life and I have realized that nail biting is very specifically tied to certain emotions and issues. The final step in the process has been developing the ability to stop biting my nails and being able to intervene when it happens.

I feel more confident in public because I have better hygiene. My nails are in better shape and my fingers feel better. Along with the direct impact of solving the nail biting problem there have also been a number of ancillary benefits that I had not anticipated. Developing a relationship with Laura has been a great benefit because she is a confidante and counselor as well as a hypnotherapist.

When I first came in, I imagined that it was going to be like stage hypnosis and I would learn to substitute behaviors, but it has turned out to be much more beneficial. This has been more about identifying root causes instead of just addressing the symptom. The ability to relax and calm down in my daily routine has also been a tremendous benefit for me.

I would say to anyone who is apprehensive about hypnosis that this is a trust exercise that is no different from confiding in a friend or putting your finances in the hands of an advisor. Laura is an imminently trustworthy person and the process itself has value. There should be no apprehension about utilizing this type of service.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome nail biting because it works and the overall experience of working with Laura has had benefits on a number of different levels. I think it's a great process for anyone who is dealing with the same issue. I now have control over a behavior that I previously didn't feel in control of and that gives me a sense of empowerment. I've entered a new chapter in my life and I am confident that I will not fall back into unconscious nail biting.

Ron T. (panic attacks)
Chief Operating Officer
Round Rock, TX

I've had problems with anxiety and panic attacks for the last eight years. When I experienced it, I didn't know what was going on and I thought it was a health issue. I felt like I was running 90,000 miles and hour and it was hard to make it through the day. I was quick tempered and I wasn't handling high pressure situations very well. I knew that if I didn't get control over it, it could really start to physically affect me.

The panic affected my sports. I had a panic attack while I was swimming and when I was out in the country riding my bike. I noticed that when I was totally away from everything I would feel like I couldn't get any support or help if I ran out of water or food and that made me feel vulnerable and brought on the panic. I felt claustrophobic on planes and was afraid that I would make a scene and not be able to escape. I pushed myself to continue flying, but had to take Xanax to get through it.

I tried breathing methods and looked up some information to try to understand panic attacks and anxiety. I researched it and saw that hypnosis was something that had helped some people to deal with panic and. I was upset and miserable about the experience so when I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch, I decided to call because I needed to get this fixed.

I'm always leery when I do something and I'm not sure if it is a legitimate service. Initially, I didn't think anything was working, but I started to recognize that I understood the problem and found myself using the tools that I had learned to eliminate the issue. I noticed that I was more in control and more aware of what was going on and I felt calmer and more relaxed in general.

I feel much more in control now because I have tools to help me understand what I am experiencing and how to deal with it. I know now that it's not a physical issue and I'm learning to train myself to stop it. I feel more confident. I just flew to LA and back on two small express planes. During the second flight I was in the last seat against the window and I was pinned in a corner, but I still felt okay. I tuned it out and enjoyed the plane ride, which made me feel successful.

In my last triathlon I didn't have any panic attacks and I swam 1000 meters. I've been training a lot with the bike and I haven't panicked out on the road. I know about the problem and how it evolves and now I have the tools to diffuse it. I have the knowledge and the ability and that's the biggest part of the success for me.

When you're dealing with an issue on your own, you don't have the benefit of someone else's outlook or insight. Because I was in the fire, I couldn't see anything else but the fire, but I feel that Laura cared and was really interested in fixing the problem and sharing her perspective with me. Her ideas made sense and I felt that talking and really working through the issues was very beneficial. The feedback and the understanding were really important for my progress.

I would absolutely recommend A New Day Hypnosis because I had a great experience. I feel confident in my ability because I can feel it coming on and I'm able to shut it down and use the tools that I've learned to deal with it. I have to keep on that path and I'm confident that I can, but I know that it rests on me. I have to concentrate on balance and remember that working all day long is not acceptable. I'm very happy with my progress, it's definitely worth it and it was a great experience that really empowered me to deal with my issues.

Rachel H. (fear of flying)
Social Worker
Round Rock, TX

I never liked to fly, but in November 2008 during a flight to England I became absolutely terrified of being on a plane. I couldn't sleep or do anything besides panic. I don't know what caused this irrational fear, but after the trip, it started taking a toll on my health. My anxiety increased and I was so tired, I was like a wound up spring all the time and felt really run down. My family lives in England and without being able to overcome this, chances were that I would never get back on the plane to go see my family. I felt like I had zero control over the situation, which really freaked me out and made things worse. I had this overwhelming fear that something bad was going to happen and it was horrible. I felt like I had no control and could not make myself relax.

Initially, I went to a psychiatrist about the anxiety and he put me on a bunch of medications. It was a bad experience because the medications made me feel much worse. I didn't want to go down the medication path again and I was feeling a little desperate about what I was going to do to get over this problem.

We had an upcoming vacation and I felt sick with worry about it. I couldn't stop thinking about it and I couldn't look forward to the vacation because all I could think about was the flying. My sister was having hypnotherapy in England and had very positive things to say about it and my fiancée had had hypnotherapy to help deal with his claustrophobia and he suggested that I try it for my fear of flying. I wanted to be able to go through the flight without being medicated and it was a relief that hypnotherapy might be an alternative approach for me.

Anytime that I go into something new that I have no experience with, I'm somewhat skeptical. I had the belief that hypnosis was kind of weird and I really didn't understand much about it, but I did some research and read about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch, so I decided to call.

I noticed immediately after my first session that the stress and anxiety about flying and about life in general had decreased a great deal. After I listened to my session, I felt so much calmer about things. I saw results and I felt motivated and positive about this experience, so it was easy for me to be committed to it.

With the vacation, I got through the flight without panicking. I was in control of my feelings and the fears didn't take over because I was able to suppress irrational thoughts. I listened to music, I read my book and it was really nice to be able to switch off from thinking about the flight. This flight that I was so worried about went so well and my mindset was just different.

I have found this whole experience to be very rewarding and really helped me make a change for the better. I definitely feel more in control of the overall situation. I can choose to think about something else and not focus on fears. I feel like I have achieved the goal to combat my fear of flying.

I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome this problem because it has worked so well for me. I am confident that I am free of my fear of flying. I know that if I were to have a little setback along the way, I have the tools and resources to help me get back to where I needed to be. I'm not focusing on the negative stuff the way that I did before and I know that things will continue in a positive light. I'm really glad that I've been able to fix the problem without having to resort to medication because I believe that taking medication doesn't fix a problem permanently; I needed a permanent fix and I do believe that I've found it with the help of hypnosis.

Osuji N. (confidence)
Student
Austin, TX

I've had problems with a lack of confidence for the last five years. I was scared to talk with new people or with someone who was intimidating to me. I told myself that I couldn't do things and I tried to avoid situations that would draw attention to me. If someone called my name and everyone looked at me, I would get embarrassed and try to stay out of it.

If I came into a situation where I would be able to talk to someone who could positively affect my life or my career, I would avoid the situation or I would be too nervous to talk to them. I plan to become a professional soccer player, but I was so distracted by fears about my own performance that it affected my game. It was negatively affecting my ability to meet new people, to speak up in class, and to perform on the field. I had a hard time falling asleep and I would wake up in the middle of the night feeling anxious.

I've tried doing this on my own. I would tell myself that I could do it, but I just gave up after a while and was never really too serious about it. I started thinking deeply about my problem and seeing how it was affecting me in different ways. I looked at it critically and I thought that if I found a solution to this problem that my life would really improve. I needed advice on what to do and I needed to know what someone else might think.

A friend told me that hypnosis might help, so when I passed by A New Day Hypnosis, I decided to come in and check it out. After the first session, I noticed that I had a more positive outlook and friends noticed a change in my attitude and character. I was talking in big groups and I felt more confident. It was easier for me to approach new people and I did things that I would have been scared to do before. When I was playing soccer, I wasn't paying attention to the things that other players said and my game improved. I also found that I was sleeping more deeply.

I feel more in control now. If I am scared about making a mistake, I do it anyway. The approach that I take now is "If they're going to laugh at me, it doesn't have an impact on the way that I feel about myself." When friends or teammates have tried to make me feel stupid, it doesn't work on me anymore, so they just stop.

Hypnosis has given me more confidence and I don't care too much about what anybody has to say about me anymore. Laura said exactly what I needed to hear. When I make a mistake, I don't feel like I'm different anymore. I now know that everyone is a human being and that we all make mistakes.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to work on confidence because it has helped me. I can really tell the difference in my attitude and beliefs. The main things that I used to be scared of, I realize now that they don't matter. I'm not paying so much attention to other people's criticisms anymore and I know that if I can overcome this problem, there isn't anything in the future that I can't handle.

Kim V. (public speaking)
Risk Manager
Austin, TX

I've had problems with a fear of speaking in certain situations for the last seven and a half years and it was negatively affecting my professional life. There were a lot of tasks and projects that I was veering away from doing that I should be doing. I got away with it for a while, but I couldn't get away with it anymore and it was becoming noticeable at work. I had to travel alone without my boss and I had to step up and start talking in professional settings.

I would start to feel nervous a couple of hours prior to speaking. I tried to prepare ahead of time, but nothing overpowered the anxiety. My blood pressure went up because I was so anxious and I would continue to feel that way 24/7 before meeting with a really big client, so it was extremely draining. I wasn't sleeping well and I felt like my blood pressure was about to pop. I tried Xanax, but it didn't really help because I felt drowsy, but had the fear and anxiousness. In my field, there are a lot of risk management jobs that pay well, but also involve a lot of talking and directing others. I started realizing that I probably couldn't keep a job in this field if things continued this way.

I felt out of control because I couldn't manage the anxiety. I feel it in my neck and my chest and it would get to the point where it was happening almost every day and that made me exhausted. I wasn't sure what to do. At one point, a client wanted me to give an update on a conference call and I just put the phone on mute and had to calm myself down; I couldn't speak. At times, I would hesitate to even make a phone call at work. The final straw for me came when I was meeting with a client and they asked me to give a presentation to the owner. I started panicking and it was two months away! I made myself sick over it and it was all for nothing because the presentation was cancelled.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I started noticing results within a week of my first session. When I started speaking I didn't panic the way that I normally would and I stopped having that peak of anxiety that was so overwhelming. It's been a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. I've taken every opportunity to update staff with our hotlines and I've done all of them without a problem. I feel more in control now. I don't have those patches of anxiety anymore and recently when I've had to talk, I've been able to do it without a problem. I haven't had any panic attacks and, as a result, I've been taking advantage of every opportunity to talk.

I feel more confident at work taking on the things that I should have been doing a long time ago and that makes me feel more competent. The most important benefit for me has been the ability to do these things that really freaked me out before. I just pick up the phone and do it now. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because of the difference that I've seen in myself. I feel confident that I'm stepping out there to do the things that I used to avoid. I'm able to function without the anxiety and that has been a real relief for me.

Karen H. (nail biting and picking)
Customer Service Representative
Austin, TX

I've had problems with nail biting for as long as I can remember. I've picked off and on throughout the years, but started picking more severely recently when I stopped biting my nails and suddenly had fingernails that I could use to pick at my skin. I used these behaviors as crutches for forty years. It was totally unconscious and I was doing it before I even realized that I was doing it.

I was constantly trying to hide it and was using makeup to cover up the problems with my skin. I felt less confident and more anxious about people noticing the effects of the behavior. I had a really stressful job and the problem had become bad enough that I was really damaging my skin to the point where I couldn't cover it up with makeup anymore. I felt like I couldn't control my behavior and didn't think that I could stop doing it. It was totally irrational. My husband would tell me to stop and as soon as he wasn't looking I would do it again. Sometimes I would even hide somewhere and do it and that made me feel more out of control. I didn't feel like I could change other parts of my life and this was one place where I did feel in control.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on yahoo local and decided to schedule an appointment. I noticed results almost immediately after my first session. I was conscious of the behavior and found myself more able to control myself. I feel less anxious overall and that's been really helpful. I also have healthier skin.

I found that having a battery of techniques and a system using hypnosis has been really helpful to me. I've started to exercise more control over other areas of my life and I'm working toward goals and coping with situations that are not under my immediate control. I notice that it's easier for me to manage my emotions with factors that I can't control in my life.

I feel more confident socially and I've been working on the social side of my life. I feel encouraged to be more social, happier, and more connected. I'm more comfortable around people and I've reconnected with people who had previously been scattered. That whole element has been very healthy and these things seem to feed into each other. I had become very isolated after I left my last job and I think that working on social connectedness was really important for my progress.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it has been very useful and helpful to me. I've done counseling before and found that sometimes the act of going to counseling caused me anxiety. It's been a very enjoyable experience. The whole process has put me at ease and the way that Laura presents it makes me want to come back. I'm confident that I've learned a lot of techniques and have a tool kit that can generate awareness in the future. I am re-learning behaviors and I am reminded to think positively. I'm better able to redirect thought patterns and have more control of my behaviors and that has been enormously useful to me.

Jon Y. (positivity)
Speech Therapist
Austin, TX

I've suffered from problems with negativity for as long as I can remember. Everything bugged the crud out of me and friends and family found me unpleasant to be around. People didn't want to be around me and my attitude was straining relationships with multiple people in my life. I wasn't getting what I wanted or what I needed and I would reflect my frustrations negatively on other people and have mood issues.

I was subconsciously resenting others all the time and lashing out on them. I sometimes felt like I couldn't control my attitude because I would do something hurtful and feel embarrassed about it, but I didn't know how to change it, so I just stayed in that same place. I was the only person standing in my way, but I didn't know what else to do. I've tried pharmacology to deal with my problem, but it just made me feel lethargic and I wasn't getting to the root of the issue.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch and decided to try it. I noticed in the first week that I was a little more upbeat and less stressed. I had a more positive attitude overall. It has been fairly simple for me to change my behaviors and come to my appointments because it's a relief for me; I look forward to it. It's been easy for me to change my attitude because my communication skills have improved, I'm better at conveying my needs and interacting with others.

I'm sleeping better and I feel more relaxed and in control of my behavior patterns. I don't lash out at people as often and my family has noticed that I'm friendlier, more tolerant, and more easygoing. My partner says that I am nicer and more accommodating than I was before. I am happier and the more that I do things for myself, the better it gets.

I feel more confident at work and I have more control over the situation. I don't feel stressed or pressured at my job, so that I can be who I am supposed to be and perform to my full potential. I am more confident in my relationships and I'm not afraid that anyone is going to leave me anymore, so that feels good.

The most important benefit for me has been the outlet. I needed a little bit of a kick in the rear and Laura has helped me to change my perception of things. I would recommend A New Day hypnosis to anyone who wants to change their outlook. I feel like this process has brought so much of a different perspective and insight. When someone else questions your perspective I really respect that and I liked it a lot. I'm confident that I can see a difference an attitude change, a life change. I know that I have further to go, but I know that it relies on me.

Jim A. (anxiety)
Systems Analyst
Austin, TX

I've suffered from overwhelming feelings of stress and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I wouldn't notice that I was feeling anxious until it had all built up and then I would suddenly feel incredibly stressed. I would snap at my family and it worked against my relationships. I was very inflexible because of the anxiety and didn't go along with plans and activities for my family.

I felt out of control and it was awful. I knew I was doing the wrong things and handling things badly and I felt guilty. I didn't want to be that way and it was frustrating. My stomach has always been a little bit of a problem and the stress made things worse. I was constantly worried and not sleeping well, so I would nod off during the day at work. The days were passing by and I was just making due.

I tried to overcome my problem by changing my eating habits because of my stomach issues, but that didn't really have any affect. I bought a relaxation book and tried to follow it. I used it a couple of times and it never did much for me, so I just gave up.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I was worried that it might not do any good and I was a little concerned that it would be super "new age-y""". Luckily, it didn't turn out that way and I started to notice that I was sleeping a lot better and was also able to get into a relaxed state when I listened to my sessions. I also noticed that I didn't have horrible stomach pains and I had a lot more energy.

I feel more in control now. I find myself less thrown by things that happen. I can compromise and be more flexible. I've realized how important it is to give myself permission to take breaks at work and do things to take care of myself so that I can handle stressors better.

Yesterday, my wife mentioned that we were going to have drinks with friends. In the past, I would have complained, but this time I was fine with it and it worked out well. I feel more confident. I know that when something come up I can deal with it and I don't get thrown the way that it used to.

I feel confident that I'm working towards getting better and better. The most important benefit from this experience has been that I am more conscious of the moment and I'm able to deal with issues in a healthier way. I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone with problems with stress and anxiety. It was huge for me to be able to notice things as they were happening and be able to use the tools I needed to deal with them. I find myself looking forward to things that used to worry me and I'm much more conscious overall.

Ian L. (procrastination)
Buyer
Austin, TX

I've had problems with procrastination for the last eleven years and I really felt that I couldn't follow through with my bigger goals. It was disconcerting; I tried reading books to overcome the procrastination and get motivated and I couldn't even get to the end of the book. I was always worrying about not getting things done and not being able to change. I didn't have motivation to do what I wanted and I felt stuck.

I was getting very frustrated with myself because I knew that I wanted much more than I had with my career and I was doing nothing about it, which was really starting to get me down. Periodically, I thought about my long term goals and went over them in my mind again and again. I would think and think about what I wanted and then not do it and that was a drain. It had become disappointing and depressing for me.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I recognized that I had an issue that I couldn't get past and this was the time to do it. I'm not an outgoing person and it was hard walking in the first time, but Laura made the process easy for me.

After the first session, I noticed that I could focus on the steps to a goal instead of just looking at the big picture or the end product. I felt more relaxed and I was able to just think about what's next and not worry about getting all the way to the end. It's been easier to remind myself about what I am trying to do. Also, having an outlet and someone who can give good guidance has made a world of difference for me.

I feel more confident. I've done basic things that I had thought about doing, but never took the initiative to do before. The tiniest steps in the right direction have made the biggest difference for me. I am doing more than I've done before and I'm very impressed with how much I've accomplished already.

The most important benefit for me has been not worrying about things and not having the issues with procrastination. It's really nice to chat about my ideas and leave feeling like these things have been explored. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because Laura is very good at what she does. She asks pertinent questions and follows pertinent paths and that has benefited me. She has really helped me to get to the root of my own thoughts and feelings and come up with solutions.

I'm seeing very clearly what I want to do and that's a big relief and a big weight off. I see what is ahead and I know that I can get there because of all the progress that I've already made and the steps that I've taken up to now.

Denise L. (test anxiety)
Registered Nurse
Austin, TX

I've had severe test anxiety for most of my life, but it had become much more debilitating in the last couple of years. I always tried to tackle it on my own and never did very well. It just made me more anxious. Every time I did poorly on an exam or didn't do as well as I had expected; it was a shot to my confidence and self-esteem. I second-guessed everything that I knew and panicked during tests.

I took the test to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and failed it twice. It was preventing me from going to work and paying my bills or supporting myself. I trashed my self-esteem and I felt stupid, unworthy and inadequate. Things had gotten pretty bad and I felt out of control. I didn't have the money to pay my bills and I felt like a prisoner in my home. I was trapped in my apartment and I couldn't hang out with friends. I was depressed and devastated by my performance on this test because everything hinged on it; it just shot me out of the water.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch and I decided to call because I really needed to pass this exam. After a couple of sessions, I noticed that I felt more relaxed and calm about everything. I felt more confident as I continued to study and listen to my sessions. I've even noticed improvements in my health; I eat better, I exercise more and I sleep much better. Being able to talk things through and using hypnosis as a tool has really helped me.

I feel more in control now and I'm more confident and prepared. I've learned to relax and take things in stride and I don't give so much power to one little test. I'm pretty sure that I know what I know and if I don't know, I look it up and most of the time I am right. The most important thing for me through this process has been getting my self-esteem back, which is more important to me than passing a test. The air has cleared and I can breathe. Passing this test doesn't look like life or death to me anymore and I know that I have options no matter what I do.

I did everything that I could to prepare myself for the test and we've done a lot of work on the way that I approach studying. I'm not just reading anymore, now I'm working to really absorb the information. I'm getting things and really understanding the concepts more completely. I can explain the “why?" behind the questions and that feels good. I'm not doing rote memorization anymore and now there is a light that goes on when I'm studying. I finally get it and I understand it.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it definitely helped me. I was able to pass the certification test, but I realized that test anxiety isn't always about the test; it's often about other things. I have made leaps and bounds in terms of my own progress and I feel confident about my skills and my ability to do my job. I feel really positive that I will continue to do well with any testing that might come up in the future.

Charles (low self-esteem)
Computer Lab Manager
Austin, TX

I've suffered from low self-esteem and had a poor self image all of my adult life. It colored everything in my life and created a negative viewpoint. I suffered from emotional extremes and had a lot of ups and downs. I looked at life very fatalistically and it felt like too much trouble to go out into social situations; when I did go out, I would often put up walls that kept me from connecting with people.

I've tried traditional therapy and anti-depressants and they have been helpful to some degree. I don't do well if I have a “sit and stare at you" kind of therapist and I question that method of therapy. I felt like I'd tried everything else and I wanted to see what was out there, so when I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on yahoo local I decided to look into it.

After the first session, I noticed a difference. I had fewer negative thoughts and I started sleeping better, which has helped. Having the ability to detect the negative thoughts and working to change them has been easier.

What I like about Laura is that she is very conversational and easy to talk to. If I believe that something is rational, it's easier for me to accept, her feedback is both practical and helpful. Life has to have those ups and downs and this process has helped to shift me up and keep me from getting too low. I feel more confident in social situations and it's easier for me to keep the walls from going up when I'm meeting new people. I have put myself in more social situations and I've gotten some tools that have been really useful for me.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it has helped me and it has been a big benefit. I am less likely to expect the worst and I'm more positive and less self-deprecating overall. Every session had something very practical and useful and it's been a huge help to raise my mood levels.

Brian B. (nail chewing)
IT Manager
Austin, TX

I've had problems with nail chewing all of my life. I would be sitting around a table with five other people and believing that someone isn't going to notice that I'm sticking my finger in my mouth, it was ludicrous. My hands look pretty bad especially when I had to deal with bleeding cuticles in public. If I had a cuticle problem and I was bleeding I would literally have to hold my finger to keep from bleeding all over the place. It was embarrassing and I felt out of control, I couldn't find a way to consciously stop my behavior. It felt like the sensation of driving on ice and realizing that there is nothing I could do once I hit the brakes and started sliding. It was frustrating, I knew I shouldn't do it and yet I continued to do it and didn't know how to stop it.

I've tried many things over the years to stop. In childhood, my parents tried the bitter tasting nail paint to make me stop, but it just increased my determination and I would chew it off or scrape it and continue to chew my nails. I tried to consciously stop myself from doing it; I never seemed to get traction. I had some success with limiting chewing to specific nails, but I would eventually go back to chewing all of them again.

At a professional development seminar during a feedback session, one of the guys who had been in my industry for 25 years pointed out that my nail chewing would be a challenge for me because of the way that people perceived me in the workplace. I realized that it wasn't just a nasty little habit, but that it was holding me back professionally. When my daughter was born, I realized that I didn't want to set a bad example for her, so that was the tipping point for me and I knew that I had to quit.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis from one of Laura's previous clients. She was a smoker and she had tried a variety of things and nothing had worked, but Laura was able to help her. It's all about results, so I decided to call. I stopped chewing right away and immediately noticed a change in my outlook. I started to really think about what was driving me to do the behavior and began to understand the motivations for my chewing.

I've noticed that I'm more comfortable in stressful environments and I have better coping mechanisms for dealing with pressure. My hands have healed and look presentable now. It's a relief to know that I have a set of fingernails that look like everyone else's and I feel more confident in public settings and when I'm interacting with others. I don't have to hide my hands and I can have them on the conference table, which makes things more comfortable for me.

It's been easier than I expected it to be. I think that once I got past the behavior of criticizing myself when I slipped, it made more sense to divert my attention or do a substitute behavior. Once I got past the hurdle, it was a lot easier. My wife has been very supportive and has noticed the changes. She is proud that I have been able to get past something that I've been doing all my life. She has also noticed that I am managing my stress a lot better.

The most important benefit has been the improvement in self image and the empowerment to make a change. The tools that I have learned have been very valuable, but the real insight to me has been associating the behavior to self-image. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to stop biting their nails. I've enjoyed the sessions and I think people need a good insight into their behavior; it behooves us to really understand what motivates our behavior and take action to change it.

This really comes down to coping with stress and understanding how to manage anxiety. Being able to address the problem at a deeper level makes a big difference for me and, because of what I have learned and experienced, I am confident that I am free of my problem permanently.

Alison (general anxiety)
Nurse
Austin, TX

I have had generalized anxiety since my senior year of college. I wasn't being who I am supposed to be and I had become a hermit. I wasn't living or being social. I would go out to eat with my husband, but that was about it. We just sat at home and watched movies and did nothing. I was embarrassed that I wasn't in good shape, but I was held back by a fear to go and exercise because I was worried about how I might look to other people.

I felt out of control. I could just be standing in line and feel myself becoming anxious and I couldn't be around a lot of people without panicking. Throughout different situations, I wasn't able to control my feelings. I never sat in the middle of an aisle because I was afraid that I would want to get up and thought it would make a scene and ruin it for other people. I could easily get in a depressed mode about my situation and that made things worse.

I tried meditation, but it was hard for me to sit there because my mind was just racing all the time. I went to a wellness doctor who suggested different herbs and teas. They were terrible and one of them tasted like dirt, so I just didn't do it. I avoided traveling because of my anxiety, but when I had to go home to see family I took Adavan for the plane ride. Although it didn't get me to the point of a full panic attack, I felt really uncomfortable the whole time and knew at any second I was going to be at the breaking point.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I decided to call because I've seen how anxiety has hindered my Mom's life and I didn't want to end up scared to do everything. I wanted to get out there and enjoy life and I knew I needed to do something.

I had concerns about hypnosis and didn't know if I would be open-minded enough. My Mom and one of the nurses at work said that they thought hypnosis would put things in my mind and being an anxious person, I had a lot of self-doubt about everything. I didn't think that it would work, but Laura made me feel really comfortable about it.

After the first couple of sessions, I started to feel more relaxed. I was able to try new things and be okay with it. I started going to a new Sunday school class by myself and I've noticed that I'm being a lot more social in general. I went to a play last night and sat in the middle of the row and I was able enjoy the whole thing.

At work, I feel more comfortable dealing with a lot of people. I went to see a personal trainer at the gym and I've noticed that I've been more energetic and focused on my health. I'm eating healthier and exercising regularly, which I hadn't done in a really long time.

The whole process has been easier than I thought because I've been consistently doing what is best for me. Tonight I'm going to a get together and I don't know who is going to be there. In the past, I would have been freaking out, but now I feel like it's going be fun.

I feel more confident in my ability to meet new people. I'm getting out there and doing things and that has built my self-esteem. I feel better in general. I have more friends and people that I can call and do things with. I don't have to just sit at home and be miserable anymore.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome anxiety because I've seen how it has changed me. I feel more positive and I'm not getting in that depressed mode anymore. I feel confident about my ability to change and I'm ready to travel around and see the world.

I took a two hour flight recently and I was able to watch a movie and relax and it wasn't terrible. I have a flight next week and I'm not crying or shaking when I think about it. I've learned a lot about myself and I think that's going to help me in future relationships. I feel like I am becoming the person that I am supposed to be because I'm more social and really focused on helping people. I'm enjoying life more and trying new things, which has expanded my horizons a lot.

Christina (lack of motivation)
HR & Singer/Songwriter
Austin, TX

I've suffered from a lack of motivation for most of my adult life, but it's been really building for the last eight years. I didn't know where to start and I didn't know where to look to get started. I am a perfectionist and I get overwhelmed, so I just didn't want to bother with trying anything that might be too difficult. Time was passing by me so fast and I was just staying in the same spot. I wasn't accomplishing anything or setting goals and I was procrastinating to the nth degree. I wasn't happy and it was spreading like a disease.

I tried exercising to feel happier, but I never stuck with it, so I wasn't that successful. When I read through self-help books, I had a negative attitude and thought 'Yeah right', never finishing any of them. I was completely unfulfilled and unhappy. I was a miserable person and I was digging my own grave because I was stuck in a routine and I was getting comfortable but wasn't happy about where I was. I felt out of control, it was almost like time had control of my life. Whatever was going to happen was just going to happen. I just existed instead of being alive. I wasn't pursuing aspirations wholeheartedly; I was just pointing and saying 'I want' I wish', but not doing anything.

I was eaten up by my insecurity and kept going into my little shell. I had a lot of options, but I couldn't pick something. I felt like a spinning compass and I didn't know what to do. I was on a downward spiral and I noticed that it was affecting the people around me and I knew I had to do something about it.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. Hypnosis was something that really interested me and all the reviewers sounded excited, so I thought it might work. After the first session, I noticed immediately that I had a great night's sleep. I was just happier in general and had a lot more energy. People noticed that I had a more pleasant demeanor and commented on it.

This hasn't been very difficult. When it comes to hypnosis in general, a lot of people think that you would be under someone's control and hypnosis is going to change you, but really you are retraining your brain. It's all subconscious and every day I would notice more and more that the way I was processing things was different. In the past I would hold on to anger about things that annoyed me; now I can make a decision whether to hang on to the feelings or let them go. It has become a practice for me and I just keep doing it.

When I started working with Laura, a lot of things about me came to the table and it was almost like digging up a bunch of dirt, but instead of filling the hole up we planted flowers in it. I feel more in control now. Things are happening for me and the energy that I put out is coming back. I've been more aggressive towards my personal career goals and I'm taking risks. I know that since I am doing something people are coming to me and doors are opening because I'm putting myself out there. I'm moving forward instead of marinating in nothingness.

I feel more confident with the more risks that I take. I'm louder and I feel like I'm standing taller. The biggest benefit for me has been happiness. When I meet people they are very accepting of me. Even at my day job, I used to be negative, but now I'm rejecting the negative and that is having an influence on my coworkers. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome procrastination. I handle my stress differently and that's a huge health benefit for me.

I'm pointed in the right direction and it's like night and day now. I feel confident that I am free of my problem permanently because I can't stop moving. I feel like going back to the old way is not an option. Now I know how to get where I want to be. It's a huge tool that you can use to guide your life. You still have everyday problems, but you're going to approach them differently. It's very powerful and I love it. I know that I won't be going back to my old habits again because they're disappearing. Anything that's left of my old habits is being rejected by my conscious mind each day, more and more. It's interesting, enlightening & exciting to be aware of this change process as its happening.

Teresa (procrastination)
Austin, TX

I feel more relaxed in general. Hypnosis works on a subconscious level and takes the worrying, over thinking mind out of it, which is why I think that things have been easier for me. The reinforcement of the language during the sessions passively fills my mental buffer. Now when I go to do things that previously gave me a lot of anxiety. I find that it has really diminished. I have a better mind-body connection. I've also noticed that hypnosis has strengthened my yoga practice and really helped me to hear the instructions with my whole body instead of just my ears and my brain.

I feel a lot clearer on what I would call some formative early life issues that I have faced. I understand more of what went on and how I got to where I am today. This gives me a better insight of what has perpetuated through my procrastination. I feel more objective and detached about things, which has also helped my growth.

I've already recommended A New Day Hypnosis to several people that I know who tend to be in their heads a lot and find traditional therapy difficult because of their own rumination. I think hypnosis is a lot easier than going to a more direct therapist if you are someone who goes up into your head when you feel emotionally uncomfortable.

The hypnosis process helps me to short-circuit the ego-consciousness and work at a deeper level. I'm taking a voice class now. I think in the past I would have put it off, but I'm taking more risks as I move forward. I realize that these things are much more malleable than I previously thought. I am confident that the anxiety and procrastination are not necessarily character traits for me anymore.

Taylor (study skills)
Student
Austin, TX

For the last two years I have had problems with my study skills. I used to get a lot of help from my Mom and when I told her to help me study, she would tell me what the answers were on my homework, so I wasn't finding them myself. I wanted to get credit for working myself and not feel like my mom had just done it for me.

I tried to study on my own and it didn't work. When my mom told me to study, I didn't really listen. Instead, I was texting, calling people, sleeping, or watching TV. I told my mom that I could do it on my own and I wanted to prove to myself that I could, but it wasn't happening. I was getting really bad grades, so I couldn't do anything on the weekends because I had my privileges taken away. I couldn't see my friends or use my phone. Because I was doing so badly in school, I was afraid that I was going to end up getting a crummy job after high school.

I was distracted in class and angry with myself about my grades. I went to a couple of tutorials, but some days I really couldn't make them or the teachers weren't staying after school. I had to work around when teachers were available and sometimes I had things to do after school and got out too late.

My mom heard about A New Day hypnosis from yahoo local and decided to schedule my appointment. I started to notice changes after a couple of sessions. I was concentrating more and getting better grades on my tests. I felt less worried and less stressed about things.

I think the best thing for me was getting control. Now it's easier to do projects and study on my own. I'm taking initiative and I can start working on things by myself. I don't stress out or have to tell myself to study, I just do it. I know that failing grades aren't going to happen to me again and I don't have to worry anymore about what will happen after high school.

I feel confident because I'm getting better grades and I know that I can do it. I know I will continue do better because I'm capable of doing things that I used to tell myself I couldn't do. I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help with study skills because it can help students to be confident and do exactly what I'm doing. I just keep telling myself that I can do it and continue to watch my grades go up.

Christy Barton (anxiety)
Homemaker
Austin, TX

I've had problems with anxiety since childhood. It affected my sleep because I was acting out my anxiety at night, I was tired and it was interrupting my husband's sleep as well. I am a people pleaser and I focused on things that weren't important, which raised my anxiety. I was stressed out as a mother and wife and, ultimately, not as happy as I could be. Sometimes things would get to be too much and the anxiety was more intense. I had unrealistic expectations about all the things that I wanted to accomplish. I would jam pack my to-do list and get everything done, but it was at a cost. If I got it done, it was a boost for my self-esteem and if I didn't, it was an attack to my sense of self. I knew that others had expectations of me and I wanted to be up to that standard, so it was pretty stressful. I've used yoga and knew that it helped with anxiety, but I think it would have helped a lot more if I had done it more regularly, so I wanted to try something else.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis from my good friend Kelly. I came to my appointment with the impression that I would get a nice little relaxation CD to listen to before bed and all would be well. After meeting with Laura I realized that my sleeping habits weren't really the issue. It was a little bit hard at first. I didn't want to change, but once I got my head around it, it wasn't that difficult. I was ready to listen and I trusted Laura's judgment.

My main goal in life is to be a good role model to my girls. I've always known that what you don't get over, you pass on to your children, so the most important benefit for me has been the realization that my choices and behaviors were causing stress that was going to affect them. I was going to leave my daughters the legacy of stress and anxiety and I didn't want that.

I'm sleeping better now and I feel like my blood pressure is lower. I'm more relaxed and I'm able to calm myself down a lot faster. I feel more in control. My daughter's birthday parties have always been a big thing for me in what I want to do and how I come across to others. I realized that if I didn't have time to do something, it wasn't going to 'make or break' her birthday. I just lowered my expectations and still did the things I wanted to do for the right reasons. Everyone had a nice day, it was a success and I wasn't stressed about it. I don't think externally that people would notice the difference, but I'm more internally confident now. I know that it doesn't matter what other people think and I don't let it bother me.

I've been boasting all over Austin about A New Day Hypnosis. Laura tells you what you don't want to hear and helps you to find out why you are actually doing something. She's very straight and to the point, she will not waste time showering you with pleasantries. A lot of people are afraid to hurt people's feelings and be honest, but then you don't really get the job done. I think honesty is good and her honesty has really helped me.

Brian (fear of flying)
Advertising
Austin, TX

I have had a fear of flying for the last five years, but it got pretty intense over the last year and a half. I just wouldn't get on a plane. I was unable to get on an airplane to travel even though I had previously done it hundreds of times. I had to drive everywhere I wanted to go, which limited where I could go. It was a source of anxiety for me almost every day even when I wasn't flying. It got so bad that I missed a work conference because I couldn't get on a plane. I felt angry with myself and although my wife was trying to be understanding, I could tell that she was frustrated with me. I felt out of control. I thought that I could do it, but when it got right down to it, I couldn't.

I went to a psychiatrist a few times and he prescribed medication, but we didn't really talk about my specific fear. I think he was more used to seeing people who have general anxiety, so it didn't solve my problem. Taking Xanax before flights didn't work for me either.

I heard about A New Day hypnosis from Dr. Beverly Alexander. I didn't know what to expect, but I was at the point where I was willing to try anything. I've known people who stopped smoking with hypnosis and I felt like if it had worked for them, I should give it a try. I noticed results after my second session. I felt more relaxed when I thought about flying. Overall, it's been fairly easy for me. I just haven't been worried about it. I feel more in control now and when I have negative thoughts, I realize that they are irrational and put them out of my head. I feel more confident. When people talk about planning a trip, I think 'Oh, that's a good idea.' instead of 'Oh, that's a good idea except that we have to fly there.' I have more freedom and I can do all the things that I want to do without worrying about flying or letting that hold me back.

I went on a flight recently and it went well. I'm already planning flights in the near future and I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because so far, so good. It's definitely much better than other methods that I have tried. I'm confident that I have overcome my fear of flying because I've already done it and I felt really good about it.

Ann (hypochondria)
Student
Austin, TX

I've suffered from hypochondria for as long as I can remember and it made me constantly worried about being ill. I tried not to think about it and it would work for a little while, but it would always creep back in. I was wasting a lot of time looking up conditions online and checking myself for symptoms. I was constantly going and getting checked for illnesses that were not real. Going to the doctor wasn't a very good coping mechanism for me because I started to become worried that I was getting sick from an infected needle or other tainted equipment at my physician's office. It is expensive to go see the doctor, so it had become a financial burden as well.

All the worry was putting a strain on my relationship with my boyfriend because he was tired of me asking him if he thought that I could get sick from different things. My thoughts were affecting my general outlook on life. I couldn't look forward to the future because I felt like something bad was going to happen to me. I was constantly afraid that I had put myself in a risky situation where I wasn't careful enough and had gotten myself sick. There were even points where I had breakdowns because I couldn't control my irrational thoughts; I would convince myself that something that I had done had made me sick and I would get emotionally upset over it.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I was skeptical at first, but I was so tired of feeling the way that I always felt. I was in a transitional time in my life and I wanted to put it behind me and not have to worry about things going forward. I started to notice results after the first session. I had a more positive outlook because I knew that I was working towards my goal and had the confidence to know that I could achieve it.

It really helps to talk about my problem with someone and address it rather than keeping it inside. I'm not stressed out the way that I used to be and I don't have to worry about going to the restroom in a public place anymore. I don't have to change my schedule or my plans to avoid certain situations and that gives me a lot more freedom. I have a process that I can go through now when I start to feel like I'm in a situation where I could get sick and I'm able to be rational with myself and prevent myself from getting worked up about it. This has definitely given me more confidence about my future and my ability to stay healthy and not worry about being sick.

I think the most important benefit for me has been that I'm able to overcome my problem and I can live a better life because of it. I have better relationships with people because I'm not burdening them with my problems and worries anymore. I have the freedom to live my life without worrying about being sick and that is such a relief to me.

There have been times recently where I had breakouts on my skin, before I would have freaked out and now I know that it's not a big deal and I'm able to put it out of my mind and not dwell on it anymore. I think that the problem was related to my reactions and I'm much better able to control the way that I handle situations that might involve the possibility of being infected by an illness. I am confident that I'm free of the hypochondria permanently and I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who suffers from hypochondria because it's a good way to develop a skill set that you can use to overcome problems and also address concerns that might come up in the future.

Tracy Anthony (anxiety)
Student
Pflugerville, TX

I've had problems with anxiety and negative feelings for over a year now. It never used to be this way and it had gotten to the point where it was invading more and more pockets of my life. When I talked to people, I wouldn't talk very much and I had this constant inner dialogue that was really disruptive. I was afraid that I was offending people or worrying about what I should say next. When I met new people or even with current friends, my face turned really red and I felt like my true personality wasn't really being portrayed. I think that my nervousness was contagious and when I was around people, I made them feel nervous and uncomfortable. I felt like I just wasn't being me anymore. For a while I could work past it, but I started to feel sad because I couldn't connect with people. I needed a hand to grab me out and none of my family and friends could help me because they didn't really understand the problem.

I knew that things were starting to get out of control when I had a class that required that we give a presentation. The professor is brilliant and I was so happy to be able to be in the class, but I considered dropping it when I found out that I would have to stand up and talk in front of the group. I tried an anti-anxiety drug to control it, but it was really just a blood pressure drug that lowers your heart rate. It gave me headaches and although my heart wasn't beating as fast, I still felt really tense.

I really felt like I was slipping, so I looked up hypnotherapy on google. There was a huge list, but the business name 'A New Day Hypnosis' caught my attention. I saw the website and it looked like what I wanted. After I scheduled my appointment, I noticed the high rating on Citysearch, so I knew I'd gone to the right place. I remember coming in and just hoping that it would work. After the first session, I was a lot more confident in myself and who I was. I felt like I was more outgoing. I've also had some other side benefits, I immediately had better sleep, I have more control over my chocolate consumption, and I can think a lot more clearly. I also don't feel stressed when assignments come up.

It's been pretty easy. When I go home and listen to my sessions I feel really relaxed and I'm reminded of all the positive things that I'm learning. Talking in front of people has been fine. I feel more in control now and I can stay calm and recognize it if a feeling is coming up. The biggest thing I worried about before was my face turning red. If it happens now, I'm okay with it and because I'm more relaxed it doesn't happen as much. I'm more confident, I'm not thinking about how people are going to perceive me. I know that I'm a normal human being and I'm just fine. I can talk and be relaxed and it's really nice.

The most important benefit for me has been the confidence I've gained. I feel like myself again. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who needs help with anxiety because it works. I'm confident that I'm free of the anxiety and in social situations I feel so much more comfortable now. I have a speech coming up today and I know that if the symptoms come up, I won't be anxious. I know that I'm very prepared and that I'll do a good job.

Steve Mendez (fear of flying)
Revenue Officer
Austin, TX

I've had a fear of flying and heights since I was seven years old. I remember riding in a trolley car up the side of a mountain. At the time, the trolleys went vertically up the mountain and I wasn't prepared for that. I panicked and got yelled at and told to calm down. Ever since, I would do anything I could to avoid the fear. Even looking at aerial photos made me uncomfortable; anxiety would come up and my hands would get sweaty. I didn't even have to be near an airport, just the thought of flying just made me feel panicked and apprehensive. When I did try to fly, the wheels started rolling in my head because I couldn't see where I was going on a take off and the anxiety set in. It felt like the plane was going straight up forever and I felt completely out of control and couldn't board my connecting flight and just drove back home. My thoughts were totally consumed with fear and it was difficult. I refused to travel and I avoided it; I was living in a shell. Whenever training came up at work, I would do whatever I could to avoid it because I didn't want to get on a plane. If it was somewhere nearby, like Dallas or Houston, I would rather drive and inconvenience myself.

I wasn't seeing my family as often as I should. I'd gotten offers to go to Florida, Vegas, and the Bahamas. I wouldn't make myself available for those opportunities and I'm sure that I missed out on a lot of good times. It would have been cool to pet a manta ray or swim with the dolphins. Eventually, my family stopped pushing the issue and just let it go. Recently, my girlfriend bought a plane ticket for me to go to Vegas and I tried to make excuses to get out of it, but she wouldn't take no for an answer, so I decided to do something about this. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis at yellowpages.com. I wasn't sure if it was going to be for me. I knew it wasn't going to be a swinging watch in front of me, but I was a little apprehensive about it anyway. After my first session, I started to notice changes. I have a very different attitude about the whole thing and feel more positive overall about things. I got a better visual picture of the overall experience and the whole process has really helped to calm and soothe me. I'm in a better mood and I'm not as uptight. I don't feel that overwhelming apprehension that I had before and I'm not ready to push the panic button. After meeting with Laura, I read an article in a travel magazine and the author also had a fear of flying. He said that the one thing that improved his outlook was hypnosis, so I figured that I was on a good road.

It's been relatively easy. I'm more confident about the whole thing. I've noticed changes in other parts of my life as well, I take initiative on things now and I volunteer and take charge, so it's been a positive experience all around. I have a better understanding of the whole situation; I know what to expect and I know that I won't get all freaked out like the last time. This is going to go a lot different. I would highly recommend A New Day Hypnosis. It's like night and day from where I was and I'm willing to face the fears. I'm confident that on the way to the airport, I won't be apprehensive and I know that I won't be nervous because I know what to expect and there is really nothing to be freaked out about; I'm ready to go now and I feel confident that I can do it.

Serena Imperial (anxiety)
Business Analyst
Austin, TX

I've suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember. It was affecting my sleep and my ability to interact with the people that are close to me. I wasn't able to relax and have a good time because I was always thinking about the things that I needed to do. I felt awful because I wasn't able to have good conversations with my kids and wasn't able to mentally be present in conversations or get work done. I didn't have as much control over my life as I wanted and I felt trapped. I felt hopeless and depressed because it didn't seem like I had any options in my life.

I've tried regular counseling to deal with the anxiety, but I didn't feel like it was very helpful. I've also tried self-help books. Some of them had good points that interested me, but a book can't gauge your reaction and point out something that you don't already know. The books didn't challenge me and I gravitated towards the things that I already agreed with and ignored the things that I didn't, so it wasn't that much of a help either.

I saw the sign for A New Day Hypnosis outside when I was eating lunch at Austin Java. I decided to call because I wanted to try an approach other than the basic talk therapy that I'd tried before. I noticed that I was able to go back to sleep after waking up instead of lying awake for hours. I was also able to be more comfortable in social settings. I feel like I have more control now and instead of just passively accepting everything, I am coming up with new ways to respond to issues in my life. . I stand up for myself more and feel more confident because I believe that I'm right and respond accordingly.

It's been really easy for me to relax and listen to the sessions. I look forward to my visits because I feel like Laura listens and understands better than anyone else that I've worked with. The most important benefit that I've received from A New Day Hypnosis is the ability to decrease anxiety and look at things differently. I am more empowered and I'm very happy with my progress. I really feel like I have taken control of my life.

Pete Russian (nail biting)
Account Director
Pflugerville, TX

I've had problems with biting my nails for as long as I can remember. It was so unconscious that it was every day, all the time. I felt out of control. It seemed like a simple thing, when you're 45 years old, you should be able to stop it. Because I couldn't overcome it, the nail biting affected a lot of other things. It made me wonder what else in my life I wouldn't be able to control.

The appearance of my nails also bothered me. I'm in a professional situation a lot of the time and I dress well when I'm in front of the client or someone important. I could control how my hair looked, my clothing and how I presented myself, but that was the one thing I couldn't control. Because of the appearance of my nails, I often lost focus on what the meeting was about. I sat on my hands and put them under the table so that no one would see them and I suspected that everyone was looking at my hands, even though they probably weren't. It was a distraction which hampered my work skills and my job.

I used this paint that tastes bad to stop biting my nails and that didn't work. I also tried to pay attention when I was doing it and have more self control. I tried to distract myself with a stress ball and tried help with counseling to figure out the source and redirect it, but it never worked either.

I've been fighting this thing for years and it's been an important goal of mine to beat it. It was a battle that I wanted to win. I'd heard success stories with hypnosis and nail biting and read a number of things about people being successful using it. Hypnosis was one of the few things that I'd never tried. It was a last ditch effort for me. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when I did a google search and decided to schedule an appointment.

I noticed immediately after my first session that I was aware of my hand going to my mouth and was able to stop it. I literally have not done it once since that day. It's been much easier than I ever thought it would be. I haven't bitten my nails in five weeks and I'm much more relaxed; I even noticed that I have better sleep patterns. Overall, I feel better about myself as a person. In social situations, I'm less stressed. I've come further than I ever have before and that means a lot to me. I feel better about my appearance and I know how to handle stressful situations better.

Hypnosis eliminated the urges and cravings to bite my nails. I'm not focused on it anymore. I'm aware of what I'm doing now and I feel like I've beaten it. When I meet with clients I'm not focused on it anymore. My hands are on the table and I felt more relaxed and connected in meetings.

I've gotten my self-confidence back and that's been the biggest thing for me. I've really enjoyed working with Laura. I came in here thinking that my only goal was to stop biting my nails, but all the residual things that came along with it were bonuses, so it's been a great experience.

To have this kind of immediate success is amazing to me. I'm a very goal oriented person and I know that once I reach a goal there is no going back. I feel like I've reached the goal that I wanted to reach and I haven't looked back. There is no question that it's over and I'm confident that I'm free of this problem permanently.

NJ Osuna (fear of success)
Personal Trainer
San Antonio, TX

I've suffered from a fear of abundance and success for the last eight years. I was procrastinating and starting things, but not finishing anything. I felt like, knowing everything that I know and reading everything that I could read, I was getting a lot of information from books, but I wasn't able to enact anything. I knew my purpose in life, but I didn't know how to do it. I wasn't living the life that I was chosen to live and I felt like I had gone as far as I could go on my own.

I've tried counseling to help with my problem and it works to some extent. When you've had a habit this long it's more like default and it's really about changing the default. I've done bio-neuro-feedback at St. Mary's University. You have electrodes hooked up to your brain and if you are thinking positive things that strengthen you positive emotion, it helps keep the direction of the ship and deters negative thinking. It helped, but it wasn't a very common practice and they were only offering it for a short period of time, so it didn't help me long-term.

I ran out of resources and the resources that I had were useless to me because I didn't have the capacity to use them. There was this door that I couldn't get behind and I knew there was something great on the other side. I've worked a lot of jobs in my life and I was past the time where working little odd jobs was fulfilling for me. School didn't feel stimulating and everything was just at a stalemate. It was like trying to play a chess game with myself and I felt very discouraged.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on yahoo local. I think that there is no one way to always achieve something and it's really a collaboration of avenues and efforts. This was something I hadn't utilized yet and I've known other people who used it and had success. I felt like this was the right time for me to do it.

I noticed results almost immediately because I felt such a low level of stress. I was motivated and enthusiastic. It's been pretty easy because I started taking charge of things and taking action in my life. I've gotten more done in the past month than I have in several years. It's made a huge difference for me because I feel more confident.

The law of attraction is a concept that I've always known about, but now I can act on it more. Even if you have the tools you go back to that default if a change isn't made. Hypnosis helped to push me over the threshold and now it's kind of like getting a big birthday present. You can see your name on it, but you don't know what's in there. When you open it, it's so awesome. Now that I've opened the door and I can see what's there for me and it is so amazing.

I have a lot more confidence and a lot more to give to people in my daily life. School used to stress me out and now I don't worry about it. I just go and do it and it's a lot easier. I've been able to launch my boot camp and hire a GM, which would have taken a couple of years before hypnosis.

I think this has been a bit of redemption for me. The adventure has begun and everything that I was focused on is now coming to life. Now there is always something to do and I'm happy to do it. Everything that I need to do just opens another door for me in a way that I haven't experienced before. I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis because I think that people owe it to themselves to see what's there. There are some really simple opportunities in life that can give such a big payoff and this is one of them. I am confident that I'm going to achieve everything that I want to achieve. The defaults have changed and now I'm just establishing the new habits.

Maggie Jofal (weight loss)
Brokerage

I've struggled with my weight all of my life and bounced back and forth since puberty. In high school, I took diet pills and lost weight, but then I had a fungus in my mouth and had to stop. I was on the root beer diet in high school; back then it was diet root beer and ice milk. I've yo-yoed a lot. I tried Weight Watchers, but didn't watch my portions. When I tried the grapefruit diet, I broke out in my mouth because of too much acid.

I lost a lot of weight right before I got married, but gained it back when I started having kids. The first place I felt fat was my back and it made me feel self-conscious. I didn't like being overweight and it was on my mind all the time.

In the last few years, I added wine to the whole picture because I felt like I deserved it after a long day, but I had to get in a two hour workout every day so that I could enjoy my wine in the evening. When I was drinking too much wine I was snacking on the wrong things and I was out of control when I ate. I grabbed cheese and crackers or tortillas and baked chips. I sat in front of the computer and drank wine and snacked for two hours and end up making dinner really late.

It had gotten to be a really bad habit. I was like Pavlov's dog, I would be tired and worn out and just want to have some cheese and wine and relax. I think people fall into a rut of being stressed and wanting to relax, but the worry about my wine intake was consuming me. I'd drink at night and then wake up and obsess about it all day long.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis at Back in Alignment Chiropractic. I'd tried hypnosis in the past, so I knew it wasn't hocus-pocus. After the first session, I stopped drinking at home and I immediately noticed that I felt so much better in the morning. I sleep so much better now and I have a lot more time.

I'm not fanatically going to the gym to make up for all those calories. I feel better in my clothes because they fit a lot better. It's gotten to where I don't even want to drink when I am out for dinner. The other night, I just had a couple sips from my husband's beer and that was it. It's been remarkably easy and I feel much more in control now. Now that I'm this far out and I feel so good, it's not worth it to jeopardize my progress.

I don't need wine to relax anymore and everybody in the family is so proud of me. My daughter brings her wine over and when I walk by and smell it, it doesn't even smell good, all I can smell is the alcohol. At this point, if I had a glass of wine it would have to be really good. I feel like now if I go to a happy hour with people or have a glass of wine with somebody, I know that I won't drink too much; I'm drinking lots of Pellegrino instead.

This process has been fun and I've really enjoyed the friendship. Being able to relax with my hypnosis CDs has replaced the wine. I believe that these changes in my lifestyle will be permanent because I don't want to go back and be consumed with worry the way that I was before. I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it has helped me.

Liz (nail biting)
Customer Service

I've had problems with biting and picking my nails since I was four years old. It was something that I didn't think about as a child unless an adult told me to stop. There were a few incidences where I was questioned about it by adults, but it was just something that I always did. It was a completely compulsive behavior for me. Once you get older, there is a social stigma attached to it and it's hard to get ahead. The habit is distracting and time consuming and unnecessary. When I bit all my fingernails off, it was an outward sign for me of self-deprecating and negative thoughts. I looked at that and thought that it wasn't attractive and it created a cycle for me. I felt out of control. It was something that I took for granted and I was always grappling with it. I wanted to have that control, but I would try to get it in other ways. I was biting my nails when I was tired at night and I was probably picking at them all the time.

When I was 12 or 13, my friend's mom got my mom on a kick to stop biting my nails and she gave me this really bitter nail polish. It dried out the cuticles so much that it made me want to bite them more. Then I got used to it and it didn't bother me so much, so I bit them anyway. Whenever I made a concerted effort to stop biting my nails the opposite would happen and I would do it more and more.

I found out about A New Day Hypnosis when I found an advertisement posted at the Green Muse Cafèe. I had used hypnosis before and I had stopped biting my nails for several months. After Hurricane Katrina, I started biting again with a vengeance. It was like I had just lost that self control. I haven't bitten a nail since our first session and it's been 8 months now. I have experienced all of the expected positive results. I'm more focused with more mental clarity. I have better sleep because I'm not grinding my teeth at night. I'm much more aware of when my jaw goes out of place and that is a direct result of the hypnosis. I'm more aware of my body. I don't have as many headaches because I'm not grinding as much.

Quitting the compulsive act of biting my nails has been relatively easy. What I've really been working on is recognizing what other patterns of thinking are causing that destructive behavior and taking action to change those things. I feel more in control now because the persistently negative thoughts that would come up weren't very loud, but they were always there in the background. When those thoughts come up now, I'm very aware of them and I can use the techniques that I've learned to eliminate them. I feel more confident because I don't feel like I'm hiding my hands anymore. I actually feel proud when a stranger can see my nails because I haven't had any looks of aversion from them.

I made a big career move, I ended a relationship that was going nowhere, and I've gone back to school. I'm way happier. I'm very satisfied and everything is good. I would absolutely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome a nail biting problem because it works. I know that it's up to me to make this work permanently. If I reverted back to it I firmly believe that I have the power to stop myself. It's a choice that I can make and I have a choice now.

Lindsey (nail biting)
Singer
Austin, TX

I've been chewing and picking at my cuticles for almost twenty years. I'm a musician, and on stage I would stress out and worry that a video or photo of my hands would show my cuticles. I was worrying about my fingers instead of being in the moment and enjoying the performance. I never wanted to show anyone my hands and I hid them all the time.

I was really stressed because I want to be in control, but I was biting and picking my nails at least ten times a day. I couldn't stop and I really didn't want to. I never got manicures because the nail ladies yelled at me and told me that they didn't want to see me again until I had stopped ripping at my skin. They couldn't do anything with it and the cleaning stuff really stung.

I tried the nasty tasting stuff to stop chewing at my cuticles, but I just started picking instead of biting. I tried wearing gloves in movies or at times when I knew I would normally pick, but I just took them off when I was out in public and did it anyway. I tried putting athletic tape around my cuticles, but it made me feel weird so I stopped doing it. I even had a friend slap me whenever I did it, but that didn't work because I just got mad at her.

I heard about A New Day hypnosis from my dietician, Jenny Leman. I had the erroneous view from the media that I wasn't going to have control; I thought I would be under someone else's influence. Laura explained that I would be aware the whole time and that I would be relaxed, so after I read her website testimonials I decided to give it a shot.

I thought it would be hard to quit, but I stopped after the first visit. It was relatively easy and just allowed me to see that the problem was evidence of a deeper issue that I had with anxiety. I realized that I was thinking about it before I picked or bit my fingers.

I'm a lot more relaxed and confident now. I'm more rested and I think more clearly. I stopped messing with my fingers and haven't touched them in over two months. I feel more confident because my hands look awesome. I talk with them and don't even think twice about it. When I interact with people I don't worry about hiding my fingers. I realized that it wasn't just this annoying little habit and it was a big deal that wasn't healthy for many reasons. As I became mentally and emotionally aware of the issue, I started to ask myself why I wanted to do it. I don't feel like something so silly is controlling me anymore and that is a relief.

All my family, friends, and people I work with have commented that they are so proud of me for overcoming this. They are amazed at how healthy my fingers look. Just last night, my best friend said that she'd never seen my fingers look better. About a month ago, I got my first manicure where the lady didn't say anything. It was wonderful and I felt more ladylike. I had a victory and I was rewarding myself for my hard work.

There have been so many benefits. I am free from my addiction and I'm really proactive about battling it. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help because it works. Laura is very relaxed, non-judgmental, and a kind, intelligent person. I feel like the habit has been broken and I'm not even tempted to pick or chew. Because I now know that it's a deeper issue, I'm dealing with the root of the problem. I have tools to fight it so that I can have peace and stay on top of it.

Leif Brown (confidence)
Financial Planner
Austin, TX

I have always felt like everything was harder for me than other people and my belief was affecting my life totally and completely. A big part of my work involves networking and I could not get the motivation to regularly attend events and socialize with new people because of the stress and anxiety that I felt around it. I rarely enjoyed what I was doing because I was always thinking about what I should be doing or how I could be do something else better. I felt a lack of control over my problems and it was incredibly frustrating. I was obsessed with thinking about it and at the same time felt unable to change.

I've tried willpower, discipline, having others keep me accountable, consciously modeling behaviors, and working with coaches and mentors. At best, I could expect a few days of improvement and then lose the motivation and just let it go.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on cityofaustin.com. I've been using hypnosis for other health-related purposes since early childhood. Even with someone who is very experienced with self-hypnosis, there are some problems for which you cannot quickly drive your own change, so I decided to get help from someone else. In a matter of hours after the first session I noticed that interacting with other people had become trivially easy. I also noticed that my stress level was a lot lower and muscular tension in my body was suddenly gone from my life.

I'm much more relaxed and focused now. I have a greater sense of control because it's so much easier doing things without my conscious mind interfering. I feel more confident and I'm more willing, ready, and enthusiastic about going into social situations. My office is tidy and organized. You can actually see desk space now and it's no longer distracting for me to work there.

It doesn't get any easier than this; I haven't even noticed that I'm changing because it's been so easy. The most important benefit I've received has been that I'm really starting to feel for the first time in my life that the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train and that the tunnel itself is very short. I'm getting to a place where the hope is realistic that I can achieve what I've set out to achieve and I can be who I feel like I should be.

I've recommended A New Day Hypnosis to others because it's easy and if your time is worth anything at all, the number of hours you spend struggling with something and wasting time are cheap by comparison to any fee. I'm confident that I'm free of my problem permanently because I can barely remember having a problem in the first place.

Diana Ayala (fear and anxiety)
Business Development Representative
Austin, TX

I've suffered from anxiety and fear all of my life. I was being blocked and held back from moving forward in a positive direction in my life. Financially, I wasn't earning what I should and I felt powerless and insecure about making any changes. I knew that I should have more direction about what I needed to do, but I didn't know how to overcome the fear. I've taken self-improvement courses to get over the block. They were three day workshops and after four hours I was exhausted. I didn't feel that it helped me and I ended up tuning everything out. I spent thousands of dollars hoping for some sort of improvement and came out feeling like I'd just thrown my money away.

I saw a flyer at a restaurant for A New Day Hypnosis. I'm open to exploring different things that can offer improvement for me, so I decided to give this a try. I noticed that I was sleeping better and having more pleasant dreams almost immediately. I also felt a lot more relaxed. I know the avenues that I need to take to make change and I feel more positive and secure in my choices.

I feel a lot more confident in myself now. At work, I can speak up and stand up for what I need to take care of, which I couldn't do before. I even feel more powerful in my ability to change. I understand my purpose now and I'm clear about what it is that I really want. I'm happy to recommend A New Day Hypnosis to others because I feel confident that Laura can help people with any issues that they have. I'm confident that I've stepped up to another level and I'm excited about what I've accomplished so far. Out of everything I've tried, this has definitely helped me the most.

Cynthia George (anxiety)
Administrative Specialist
Manor, TX

I've had trouble standing up for myself with aggressive authority figures my whole life. I usually just quit jobs when I felt anxious. One time, I had a job that I was so stressed out about that I got hives. I walked out at lunch and never came back. The relief in the situation was immediate, but the anxiety kept popping back up in other jobs in my life.

I started a new job this year and had a difficult boss, which caused me a great deal of anxiety. I walked around with a big pit in my stomach all day and all night every day and all weekend. I even woke up a couple of times in the night with my fists clenched and my hands numb all the way up to my elbows. I was hiding the fear and internalized everything. I wasn't succeeding at work because I was so frightened all the time.

Every time the boss went in a meeting or anytime anybody looked at me twice I had the deer in the headlights thing going. I knew it was about me even if it wasn't about me. I'd get called into the office and I wouldn't be able to answer for myself because I was so frightened. I felt out of control and I didn't like it. I was afraid to ruffle any feathers for fear of what could happen to me and that affected my confidence. I felt that I was in danger of losing my job and I wanted to counteract the negative influences at work. I had to figure out how to deal with it.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis in the phone book. I had used hypnosis in the past to stop smoking, so I thought it might help with this too. Within the first week, I noticed that I just felt calmer and I wasn't as worried. I took a leap of faith and it has worked for me. I have tools so that I can defend myself and I'm sleeping more easily. I'm enjoying time my relaxation time and I've been able to ask for help from coworkers when I need it.

I'm not so worried and upset all the time, so I'm able to better read signals and cues from people at work. I have a clearer thought process and a better idea of what is going on and I feel more confident because I don't have that sick feeling in my stomach anymore. I'm not frightened because I've learned how to defend myself better and I'm more proactive about avoiding problems in the first place. Because my thinking is clear I can let my intellect take over instead of panicking and losing control. I have recommended A New Day Hypnosis to someone I know who is having significant issues at work and I suggested that she can overcome her anxiety as well. I feel confident that I have the tools to work through my problem and things are a lot better now.

Angela Dalo (confidence)
Teacher
Austin, TX

I've had trouble feeling confident and having to justify myself since childhood. I noticed that I had better control of myself right away. Realizing exactly what was wrong right away. I didn't feel confident telling people that I was leaving to exercise. I was very insecure and I wasn't able to make decisions that I wanted to make. I often felt out of control. I would realize after something had happened and look back on myself badly. I went to a conference recently and people were positively influenced. I'm not afraid to state my thoughts. If a thought comes to my mind, the sensation or feeling insecure. I can push the thought away and control it. I saw an ad on craigslist and saw the reviews. I still tend to share things with people, but in a way that I feel comfortable about. I gave students the freedom to talk to me however they wanted to.

I was a little concerned because I know it seems a little bit strange. I was afraid that I might become completely different.

I realized right away when something is wrong. The change shows in the way that I interact with people. I really notice that I can control my reactions. In many situations, although I may do something that I am not happy with, but I am more okay with myself anyway. I don't care as much as I used to about saying the right thing. I've noticed the difference. Most of my issues were coming from childhood and we were really able to go back and deal with them. Things that I was never aware of. I've always had a complex about my height. When you feel better about yourself, you have better communication and better responses from other people. I thought that being short was such a bad thing. I haven't been worrying about wearing heels all the time and I'm okay with that. It's very interesting. I'm saying no to certain things at work and speaking up. I'm not judging myself. I'm less emotional now. When an emotion comes, I am able to stop it, but I have the choice when I let it go. I'm doing very well. I'm aware when I'm teaching I have to deal with new situations. I notice a difference in the way that I react to students. I'm able to be more assertive with students. I realize that I am the boss and take more control in my classes. I'm more extroverted and confident and I don't feel bad about telling people when I don't think what they are doing is right. It's way better to be able to speak up and say what you think. I don't feel as afraid as I used to. With my family, I feel way better, I miss them without judging them. I realize that my Dad is the way that he is, but I'm not letting him influence my life the way that I used to.

I feel more confident because I'm getting a better response from people. I feel more grounded and I know what I want. I understand things about my behavior were coming from what I learned when I was very small. The choices that I was making every day were coming from something that I learned when I was very small. You can change things if you want to. I learned to understand my past. We touched something very painful for me, but it made me realize lots of things and how these things have affected my life. I really understood the attitudes and behaviors inside of me. the feeling of having to justify myself all the time. I do it less and less now. I notice that it comes from the fact that I had to justify myself as a child. I'm cleaning things out and that's the process. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants more confidence because it has helped me. I'm confident that I have more control and what I learned and I will continue to make progress. If I have some negative thoughts, I can replace it with something else. I'm able to not think about it.

In the past, I tried therapy, but I don't think that it went anywhere. We talked mostly about the present. We didn't capture anything hidden or talked much about the past.

Alyssa (anxiety)
Health Care Benefits
Austin, TX

I've had problems with confidence and worry my whole life, but it really showed up in my last job. I was constantly anxious and worrying about everything and the fear gave me trouble sleeping. I wasn't remembering things and I was out of it all the time because I was so tired. My insomnia was stress induced and I didn't feel good at all. I remember talking to my brother on the phone when he mentioned that he was really worried because I wasn't making any sense.

I wasn't thinking about the big picture and I wasn't performing very well at work. I was so overwhelmed because I was constantly worried about what other people were thinking of me and I second-guessed everything. It's been hard for my boyfriend and I noticed that he was starting to see me as some anxiety ridden person, not the person he used to know. I went on a trip with my family and I was just obsessing about things, they saw me going down the wrong path and I felt out of control because of the constant fear. I just didn't feel like myself.

I've done acupuncture, psychotherapy, exercise, yoga, and tried different herbs to help me with the anxiety. I think I overloaded and didn't know what I was doing. Some of the herbs actually made me feel a little bit more anxious. I kept trying different things because I wasn't solving the problem. Therapy wasn't a good experience for me, I felt really rushed and I didn't like that feeling, I just couldn't relax. I tried another psychotherapist in the past and got nothing out of it.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I was at my wits end and I felt like it was my last hope. I read the reviews and some of them sounded just like me. I remember reading about a woman who was an accountant and our situation was identical, so I decided to try it for myself.

Immediately, I started noticing how my mind was operating and became aware of my thought patterns. It felt like a complete mental shift. I'm sleeping better now, I'm more able to exercise, I'm more energetic and I'm thinking more clearly. I feel more in control now because I'm not worrying about things as much. It's helping me to feel more confident. I'm not worried about what people think. I can talk to senior level management and I see where my strengths are and I'm getting back to feeling like I can move forward.

The most important benefit for me has been changing my mindset and my thinking. I have better perspective and I'm not taking things personally anymore. This process has really helped me to realize that I am a good person. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because Laura keeps going deeper with things and makes me think about what is really going on. She gives me homework assignments, which have helped me with momentum and moving forward. I'm confident that I have a good base to keep going. I feel more alert and rested and really feel like my old self has come back and that's amazing to me.

Roland Martinez (public speaking)
Engineer
Austin, TX

I've had problems with public speaking for the last ten years. As time progressed, it got worse and I started to worry about speaking at meetings and in smaller groups. Throughout the day, I felt apprehensive and didn't look forward to any meetings or events where I'd have to speak in front of a group of people. It negatively affected my career because I would only give short answers at meetings and wouldn't elaborate or speak up if I had something to share. I wasn't helping with projects and wasn't getting higher profile promotions. It felt out of control. If a meeting came up, there was no way to avoid it, so I just tried to get through the day. I didn't have control of where I was going with my career and I was consumed with thinking about what I was going to say in meetings. I've read books about public speaking to try and overcome it. The books focused on different techniques, but it didn't really work. I even took a public speaking class, but it was still a struggle and it didn't eliminate any of the feelings of anxiety.

I did an online search for phobia cures and I found A New Day Hypnosis. After the first session, I was able to calm myself and slow down instead of just letting it overtake me. I'm getting better sleep and I'm able to fall asleep much quicker. I feel more relaxed and I'm not as cranky. It's been easier than anything I've tried because of the coaching, the different tips that I've learned and different techniques. I feel more in control now. I speak up more in meetings and feel comfortable just throwing things out there and getting responses back. I can slow myself down and go through things in my head, so I'm better able to organize my thoughts. I'm also open to impromptu meetings at work. I'm conveying my thoughts easier and I feel more confident.

The biggest benefit for me has been a more positive outlook about going to work every day. Some people from our Dallas office will be visiting soon and I know that I will be presenting for them. I know at the meeting I'll be prepared and I won't worry about it. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to work on public speaking. The coaching is really important and reinforces what I'm learning. I'm confident that I have the resources I need to be successful.

Jezelle Wagner (confidence)
Hairstylist
Austin, TX

I've had problems with a lack of confidence and limiting beliefs all of my life. I knew that I didn't have anyone to blame but myself and it was up to me to take the initiative and move forward, but I was hiding and there was a part of me that didn't want to give up the old habits. When I went back into the hair business, I was evolving in my ideas, but there were blocks that were keeping me from succeeding and I wasn't confident enough to go out and market my business. It had gotten to the point where I was broke and depending on family members to support me, which wasn't good.

I went to various counselors to help fix the problem and also tried positive affirmation writing. I've read all variations of self-help books, but with everything I did it always had a short term effect. I would feel some relief and move forward a little bit, but I couldn't stay with it for very long before I started reverting back to my old, negative habits. It was affecting me all around to the point that I was even making poor choices with my health.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis through a woman that I met at Toastmasters named Kristi Curry. She had overcome stage fright with hypnosis and recommended it to me. It was time for me to make some drastic changes and I was ready. I noticed right away that I was getting more clarity on different things. My mind started expanding on new ideas and I felt more confident to act on them. It's been very easy to change my behaviors and I don't have that old resistance to changing like I used to.

I get a lot accomplished before my work day begins and I feel more in control. I don't feel afraid anymore and for the first time ever, everything in my life is organized. My brain is clearer and more focused and I love waking up and thinking about new, innovative ways that I can get my business out there.

I have a greater sense of security in knowing that I can succeed. For the first time, I feel confident that I can be accountable to myself and there's nothing to hide anymore. I'm feeling so proud because I've finally tapped in to what I came here to do and I've gotten past the barriers that were keeping me from success. Hypnosis has allowed me to have the life that I want to live and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to overcome a block. Laura is a very calm soul; she's easy to talk to and gives great advice. Most of all, plain and simple, it's easy and it works. I'm confident that I'm free of my problem permanently because I'm not in a place of doubting anymore. I know what I want and I see my goal very clearly and vividly, so I know that I will have success.

Kim (trichotillomania)
Medical Transcription
Austin, TX

I've suffered from an obsessive need to pull my hair out for the last 45 years. Pulling my hair out had become so routine; I used it to soothe myself and calm myself down. It was my everything and it was my best friend, but it hurt everybody in my family to see me hurt and we were all tainted by this. I was so unhappy and crying because I pulled all the time. It affected my self-confidence and my relationships with men. I kept myself more distant because I didn't want anyone to find out about my problem. I always had spots, but I kept them covered. The whole thing kept me off balance and the last few years it's kept me from dancing, swimming, dating, and exercise. I was mad at myself for not being able to stop on my own and it made me feel less confident. I felt out of control when it got so bad that a lot of my hair was gone.

I had to start wearing a hairpiece and that's when I started to panic. My sister could even see the bald spots through my wig. In the past, I tried medication, journaling, and just telling myself to stop. They worked somewhat, but the sheer desire of wanting to pull my hair was so strong that I wasn't successful. I spoke with a therapist and I just got the feeling that they wanted to go back in the past and I'm not interested in that so that didn't work for me either. I made the decision that I wasn't going to spend the rest of my life without hair and started to do some research.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I started feeling better after I met with Laura because I had someone to talk with about this. I noticed that I felt more enthusiastic about my ability to overcome it. I feel more focused and more normal now. I have a better mindset and feel more in control because I have a better handle on this. I've changed my diet and given up sweets, caffeine, and processed foods, things that have triggered my pulling. I've taken control of it and it's a good feeling. I don't have any bald spots and that makes me feel more confident. I feel cuter and just feel like I'm like everyone else walking around the grocery store. I want to say "Hey, look at me, I've got hair".

Things are happening for the better. I've started taking jazzercise classes and I'm going to take ballroom classes, which I was afraid of with the hairpiece because I thought it might fall off. I'm looking forward to dating again and I was terrified about that before. It helps me to know that someone really cares about it and really wants to hear about it. It's nice to be able to talk about my problem and Laura has given me good things to think about and different strategies to stop myself from pulling. She has also helped to bring me down to earth and feel more optimistic about my situation.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help with hair pulling because it has helped me. I'm going to stay vigilante with it and continue to deal with the urges. I have some new strategies that I can use. I'm not pulling all the time anymore and I've made great progress. I feel calm and just don't feel the urge as much. I feel clever that I've gotten my hair back and it's wonderful for me.

Gary Manouelian (self-esteem)
Pflugerville, TX

I've had problems with low self-esteem for as long as I can remember and it's been a struggle that I've had to deal with for the last forty years. I was unmotivated and down all the time because I was constantly focused on the negative. I always thought about what I didn't have and it affected me in a negative way. I felt like I was blocked and stuck in a depressed state of mind and I didn't have a lot of belief in myself.

I've done some therapy before and also tried guided imagery. In therapy, I talked about my problems and got feedback, but I knew that until I addressed this in my subconscious mind it wasn't going to do anything. I bought subliminal message CDs to try and improve my outlook. I think that they might have helped a little because I was getting positive affirmations under music, but it wasn't enough for me.

I really needed to make a change and realized that I had to start investigating things to find a solution for my problem. I found a business card for A New Day Hypnosis at Barnes and Noble and decided to schedule an appointment. Since starting, I've noticed that I feel a lot more positive. I'm more confident and optimistic and I'm much happier when I wake up in the morning. When I have a job interview, I notice that I'm less stressed out about it. I focus on the positive and feel more grateful about what I have. My girlfriend commented that I seem more positive and more confident. I've also noticed that I don't have tension headaches any more and I'm sleeping a lot better in general.

The best thing for me about this process has been getting out of the depressed state that I was trapped in. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it's made an impact on my life. I feel more optimistic pretty much all the time and I'm confident that I will be able to beat this negativity and stay positive. The first step to getting better is recognizing that you need help and I'm really glad that I've taken that step and improved myself.

Dina Gutierrez (phobia)
Associate Project Manager
Austin, TX

I've suffered from a nagging anxiety revolving around an urgency to go to the bathroom for the last ten years. In the beginning, I thought that I might have a medical problem. I investigated all the medical aspects of the issue that I thought might be the cause and couldn't find an answer. It turned out that my mind was controlling me. As a result of the anxiety, I wasn't very active or social. About half the time, when I was invited out I went, but I needed to be in complete control of the situation. I had to be somewhere that I felt safe and I had to drive myself so that I knew that I could leave at any time in case I started to feel uncomfortable.

I started to do a lot of things by myself and put up boundaries with other people. I was trying to control everything which made me feel more out of control. I isolated myself because if I couldn't control it, I wouldn't do it. It was very dark, negative and lonely for me. I didn't meet new people and I wasn't able to be a good friend in the relationships that I had. I wasn't there for anybody but myself. Traveling was difficult; I felt even more anxious and over thought a lot of things. Isolating myself didn't give me any kind of self image or self confidence and made me feel depressed. I've done regular therapy and it helped me deal with other general stresses, but it didn't do much with this specific issue. I decided there was still something that I needed to do to take care of it.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis from my stepmother's friend and decided to make an appointment. I was noticing results after the first session. My thought process changed and I was thinking more positively. I was playing the CD over in my head without having to listen to it and I found myself spontaneously thinking of positive messages from my session.

I feel like I don't need to be in control now and it's allowing me to open up and go with the flow of things. I don't get overanxious and I know that I can't control every situation, but I'm still putting myself out there. I'm open to new experiences and I feel more confident. Being able to talk to other people and put myself out there gives me more confidence because I know that I feel comfortable.

The most important benefit that I've received from hypnosis is developing a better self image. I'm going out to dinner with friends, exercising with other people, going out for drinks, and taking part in social activities because I'm not thinking anxious thoughts anymore.

I would recommend A New Hypnosis because I have something to fall back on and a reminder of all the positive things. I have a greater sense of control of my mind and I can change my outlook on things. My problem might seem minute to other people, but to me it was my whole life. To most people, the urgency to go to the bathroom isn't something to dwell upon, but it played a major part in my life. I'm confident that I have the tools to continue this new thought process and to strengthen it. I know that there are options out there and it is possible to overcome my limitations.

Glenn (anger management and study skills)
Student
Austin, TX

I'm in the Sixth grade and I've been having problems with anger management and a negative outlook for over two years. I was getting into fights and my teachers thought of me as a troublemaker. My problems were affecting my learning and also making me depressed and frustrated. I missed out on a lot of opportunities because of my anger and it was really bad when I was removed from the school play. My parents had been called to several school meetings regarding my behavior, but that didn't change anything. They tried sending me to counseling and giving me strict discipline to change my behavior, but I continued to get into trouble and stayed stressed and depressed.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when my mom found out about it on the internet. I wasn't sure if it would help me but I started to notice results after my second appointment; I no longer got angry or yelled at other students if they said anything to me. I wasn't getting in trouble with my teachers either. I even started getting positive comments from my teachers and the school counselor because my behavior has improved so much.

My concentration and focus have gotten better and I generally feel calm and more positive about my outlook on life. I felt less stressed and don't eat so much anymore. The changes in my behavior have helped me win the school's Effort Trophy only five weeks after starting hypnosis.

I would recommend Simon Day and A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help with anger management or study skills because it works. It helped me learn how to control myself, get my work done on time, and feel happier and calmer about my life.

D D (motivation and self-image)
Editor
Austin, TX

I've had problems with a loss of control, feelings of depression, and loneliness for the last three years. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis at a Health Spa. I wasn't sure it would help me but I really liked the logical and rational explanation Simon gave me for how hypnosis works.

His explanation made a lot of sense to me and I started to see results after the first session. I noticed an increase in my motivation to exercise and work, and felt more calm and composed and less anxious in general. It gave me positive things to focus on and a different road to take in making better decisions for a healthier lifestyle.

I found that a lot of things during the sessions resonated with me. My motivation and focus have gotten better and I generally feel calm and more confident in my life. I now feel that I can deal with any situation or person that appears in my life a lot better and more decisively.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help with motivation and self control because it works. It helped me learn how to control myself, focus on the positive, get my work done on time, and build an exercise regime. I also feel generally happier and more relaxed about life.

Claire Harris (compulsive skin picking)
Video Production
Austin, TX

I've suffered from the compulsion to pick my skin for the last twenty years. Mainly, it happened at night when I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed. I tried to stop doing it by telling myself that I wasn't going to pick for the next week, but I wasn't able to hold myself accountable. It worked for a day or two, but I've been at this behavior for so long that it was ingrained. I didn't understand that it as a behavioral issue and spent money getting chemical peels and microdermabrasion, thinking that the problem was that I had acne and not realizing that I was creating it by digging into my face. It made me feel embarrassed because I had scabs and acne. When I really went at it, it made me afraid to show my face in public and I wanted to hide from the world. I felt disappointed; like I had no self control. I wondered what was wrong with me. I knew that it was wrong, but I still couldn't stop myself.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis from my aesthetician and I noticed results after the first session. Almost instantaneously, I was calmer as I started following some of the tips that Laura gave me. It's been relatively easy. I have time to sit down and relax and get that positive reinforcement. I feel more in control. My skin has cleared up and I have a lot less scarring.

I really feel like I have some secret techniques in my pocket now. I even feel more confident beyond the picking. I feel better about my outward appearance and I've also learned some time management skills with the help of hypnosis. I didn't even realize how much my confidence was affected by being late and I'm more aware of the way that I stand and speak, so that I create a more confident air.

There are so many things that I've benefited from, but stopping the habitual picking, better self-confidence, and time management have been the most important to me. I feel less anxious and stressed and I'm a happier, more positive person. I would absolutely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to stop picking because with a behavior like picking there are often other reasons why we are doing it. Beyond just recommending hypnosis for picking, I would recommend it to individuals who are dealing with other behavioral issues because it's a wonderful alternative to medication.

I think that hypnotherapy is a great way to fix those behavioral issues that you may not even be aware are causing the picking. I'm confident that I'm free of my problem permanently. I know that even if I were to "slip", I have resources readily available to me to help me get back in touch with the tools that I need to fix it. The daily positive reinforcement and behavior modification over time have really helped me to build a new behavior.

Bill (procrastination and organization)
Consultant

I've had problems with organizing and procrastination all of my life. I put off organizing things as long as possible and I didn't enjoy it when I did it. I felt anxious and impotent and desperate. I was drowning in boxes and papers and files and I couldn't ever find anything. I would wait until I was absolutely desperate to organize and once a year, I forced myself to clean up my office. I would spend several hours on the weekend going through it all and it wasn't fun. My lack of organization made me feel out of control. When I was drowning in paperwork, I couldn't find what I needed to do my job. I was at a particularly low point when I saw the flyer at Nau's Enfield Drug Store, so I decided to schedule an appointment.

After meeting with Laura, I noticed that I had more energy to get things done and I was more aware of my procrastination and I consciously fought it. I started making a To- Do list and checking things off each day. It's been a good tool for me. I started telling myself "No, don't wait, do it now" and it worked. I feel more in control now because I have a deeper understanding of the motivations inside of me that were making me not do the things that I should do.

The sessions have been really good tools. Laura helped me identify some of the underlying reasons that I didn't like to organize. She has a great understanding of the human psyche and she isn't just hypnotizing me, she has specific techniques that helped me get to the root causes of my procrastination. Her hypnosis sessions are based on an understanding of people's mindsets and I think it's very useful.

Through our work together, I realized that I didn't feel like I was worthy and thought of myself as a lazy person. Now that I recognize those underlying limitations, I can throw them out the window. I feel more confident and I know that I don't have to procrastinate anymore. I thought that I was just inherently lazy and now I know that it's not true.

It's been easy to change and stop myself from procrastinating. The tactics that I've learned to help me deal with this have been very helpful and I'm happier and more relaxed as a result. The most important benefit that I've received from my experience has been a better understanding of myself. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome procrastination and disorganization. I have the tools and the know-how to reach my goals and I've really appreciated these sessions and all the help that I've received.

Amy S. (shyness and public speaking)
Austin, TX

I've had problems with shyness and fear of public speaking for the last thirty years. Whether it was a social or professional situation, I wasn't able to feel comfortable just being me. The issues were affecting my work because I regularly have to speak in public for my job. I have to be in a leadership role and take charge of projects. If I'm scared or anxious all the time, it makes things really hard. When I had to speak publicly, I would get really nervous about it and obsess over it for weeks. Every time I thought about it, I felt physically anxious and I always lost sleep. I knew there was a part of me that really wanted to do it, but a bigger part of me dreaded these experiences, so I was constantly fighting with myself. My heart rate would shoot up and I couldn't speak without my voice shaking; I was tied to the podium and couldn't move. My thoughts and physical reactions to these situations made me feel really out of control.

I tried reading self-help books, doing psychotherapy, yoga, meditation, talking to friends, basically anything that I could think of to take care of the problem. Some things helped, with cognitive behavioral therapy I reached a plateau, but moved away and left my therapist. When I tried to do things on my own I was limited subconsciously. When I read self-help books, it made sense to me, but it was still just a conversation with myself. My friends were biased and sometimes you just need an impartial outside source.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when I was doing a search on yahoo. I found out that I was a good candidate for hypnosis after going through the questionnaire, so I decided to schedule an appointment. I started noticing results right away. I was thinking about things in a different way and instead of obsessing, I told myself a more positive story. I feel more in control now and I'm not losing sleep over things anymore. I've had two or three big occasions presenting in front of other people and I didn't obsess over them. It was really cool being able to think about a future activity and feeling fine about it. I feel more relaxed and I can move around during a speech or presentation.

This process has been a lot easier than anything that I've tried before. It appeals to my logical side and somehow takes away the baggage. I don't have to fight with myself anymore. If I flub something during a speech, I'm okay with it. I feel more confident because I'm comfortable in my own skin. I find myself talking to people that I don't know and putting myself out there in a way that I never would have before.

The most important benefits that I've received are feeling more comfortable, more confidence, and just being okay with being me. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to work on shyness and public speaking because it works. I'm confident that I'm free of my problem permanently and I've been telling all my friends about it. I feel leaps and bounds from where I was. It was hard to envision myself feeling comfortable giving a speech or being myself in a social situation, but because those things have happened for me now, I have a frame of reference for it. A few weeks ago, I had a meeting out of town and I was a different Amy, now I know what that feels like and it doesn't seem like a far stretch to do it again.

Lauren Snyder (sports)
Student
Bastrop, TX

I've had problems with fear of doing a back handspring for the last six months. I had a mental block and I felt like I just couldn't do it. I really needed to get this back handspring because I wanted to try out for cheerleading at school. If I did competitive cheerleading, I needed to get the back handspring out of the way. I wasn't sure if I would ever be able to do it and that made me feel stressed. I knew that if I couldn't overcome this it meant that I probably wouldn't make it onto the school team.

I told myself that I was going to do it right; I would start to run and decide that I wasn't going to do the back handspring, so I would end up falling on my back. I didn't know what was going on with me. I tried putting sticky notes around my house to remind me that I could do it, but it didn't work. My coach told me that I had to get over it and that made me frustrated. I couldn't get my brain to listen to me and I didn't have focus. I was afraid that I would never be good enough to make it in tumbling.

My mom read about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I had talked with her about going to a hypnotist and I just laughed at it. I thought I would be looking at a swinging watch and thought it would make me dizzy or something. I was so desperate to get over this that I was willing to try anything.

I noticed right away that I was feeling more confident. It's gotten a lot better and I've made a lot of progress. I feel more in control and I'm able to focus better. I'm not doing a sideways back handspring and that's a big relief for me. I feel more confident and a lot more positive about things. I'm like a motivational speaker in class because I tell everyone that they're going to do perfect back handsprings just like me.

The most important thing for me has been the ability to focus my mind. I would recommend A Ne Day Hypnosis to anyone who is a gymnast or cheerleader with this problem because it's really helped me a lot. I feel more confident, I've gotten rid of bad habits, and I sleep better at night. I'm fixing all my problems now and I'm excited because I tried out for cheerleading and made it onto the team! I know that I'll continue to be able to do the back handspring and make more progress to meet my goals.

Charity Bentley (fear of heights)
Flower Shop Employee
Austin, TX

I've had problems with fear of heights for the last year. I was really afraid of falling and being in high places. I would drive different roads and not do certain things so that I didn't have to drive on overpasses and other elevated areas. I wouldn't go sight seeing if it had anything to do with heights. I couldn't even stand on the second level at a shopping mall. I felt out of control and it was embarrassing. I was self conscious because I couldn't do anything and I'd become very dependent on my fiancÈe to get around. I was freaking out about it a lot and it made my life more stressful and difficult.

Since I've moved to Austin I've noticed that there are a lot of bridges and I found myself taking longer to get places so that I wouldn't have to drive certain routes. I decided that I needed to take care of my problem before it got more out of control, so when I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on yahoo, I decided to make an appointment.

I started to notice that I had less anxiety getting on overpasses and didn't feel as nervous when I was driving with other people. I went on a trip to San Francisco and I'd been really scared because I knew that there were going to be a lot of high places, but it turned out that it wasn't as bad as I had imagined. We drove up some mountains and went over a couple of big bridges and I was able to handle it.

I do whatever I want now. I don't have to wait on my fiancèe or depend on him to take me different places, which gives me a stronger feeling of control. I feel more relaxed and more confident and really feel that I can do anything. I'm not held back anymore. I feel less anxiety and that has made the quality of my life a lot better.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who has a fear of heights because it's all about your subconscious and the way that you think. I don't think a lot of people really understand what hypnosis is all about and how it works, but I'm confident that I've seen a lot of progress and that I'll continue to improve.

Arnold Mupakati (confidence)
Respiratory Therapist
Pflugerville

I've had issues with self confidence, fear of rejection, and shyness for the last 25 years. My lack of confidence impacted me a lot and affected every aspect of my life. I was self-conscious around people and I shied away from anything challenging. I felt fearful and got nervous. If someone said hello to me, I tried not to say much. I wasn't taking risks and I just felt bad about myself. There wasn't any focus because my mind was clouded with negative thoughts and bad memories from the past. I hated my childhood experiences and blamed the past for my problems.

I've tried reading self-help and motivational books. I would pick up a book, read it for a few weeks and then put it aside. I might read something inspiring and get fired up, but the fire went out very quickly. I just went back to my old ways and gave up.

I heard about hypnosis when I was watching Oprah and saw that Ben Affleck had quit smoking with hypnosis, so I did a search on yahoo for it. I was a little worried because I've seen way too much TV and I had a misconception of what it was going to be like. I thought that I might be in some kind of trance or I wouldn't know what was going on. I was willing to try it anyway because I was tired of feeling so bad.

I started to notice results after the first session. It was an eye-opener because I started to believe things that I never would have thought about myself. I felt more self control and was better able to deal with day to day situations. I felt more motivated and started working out again.

I feel much more in control now because I don't get nervous around people. At work, I'm more comfortable with myself and I can talk to anybody. I speak more clearly and don't mumble as much.

I have a new life and I just feel great because I'm going in the right direction. I have these tools that are totally different from anything I've ever tried before. I have more energy and feel better about myself. Hypnosis has helped me to replace my bad behaviors with good ones and change my way of thinking. I've shifted my focus to the positive and it's been easy for me.

I would absolutely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to work on self confidence because Laura is inviting and makes people feel at ease. She's easy to talk to and is also inquisitive. I feel a lot better and it's a relief for me that I can change. It's like a new beginning.

Lorna (nail biting)
Austin, TX

I've had trouble with nail biting for fifty years. I was doing it all day long I wasn't even consciously aware of it. It felt out of control. Nobody wants to have horrible looking nails and hands, but being a woman with this problem made it especially difficult and as much as I wanted to, I couldn't stop doing it. I thought when different milestones happened in my life I would stop biting them. It had gotten to a point where I honestly didn't think that I could stop biting my nails because I'd done it my entire life and it was so difficult for me to overcome.

I've put bad tasting things on my nails and it had very little effect. My ex-husband had tried to help me by giving me incentives and bribes and they didn't work either. I tried hypnosis in the past and the first time I went, I didn't get a recording, so there wasn't anything to help reinforce it. I managed to stop for three weeks, but eventually went back to it. I went to another hypnotherapist who gave me tapes, but it didn't take for some reason. In both cases, the focus was just about thinking how bad it was and that wasn't enough motivation for me.

I was so sick of it and it was the new year, so I was ready to try it again. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch and I was able to stop after the first session. It's been six weeks since I've bitten my nails and it's been surprisingly easy. I don't have the impulse to do it and it just doesn't seem appealing to me anymore. I'm more aware of when my hand is going to my mouth and I stop myself and do something else instead. Changing habits has been the key for me. It feels natural for me to not bite my nails and that has been a relief.

I have an improvement in self-esteem and now that I've done this, I want to take care of myself in other ways. I feel more in control and have a real sense of satisfaction. I feel like I've overcome it. I'm conscious of the impulse, but now I have a choice and I don't engage with it. I feel more confident and more like a complete person because I don't have this thing that I have to hide anymore. Because I can do this, I know that I can improve other things in my life as well.

When I see my hands on the steering wheel, I don't have to think about how disgusting they look or be ashamed of them. I feel proud of the way that my hands look and I don't have that source of shame that I've carried around my whole life. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it has worked for me and I think it would work for other things, too. I'm confident that I will continue with my progress because it isn't desirable for me and I don't want to do it anymore.

Ramona Jarvis (insomnia)
Certified Public Accountant
Austin, TX

I've suffered from insomnia for fourteen years. It was horrible and really frustrating for me. It was just awful, I was in my head all the time and I couldn't make it shut up. I wasn't able to sleep without medication and didn't like taking pills, but it seemed like the only solution. I started to feel a little out of control because I couldn't go to sleep like everybody else. It was getting to the point where I was afraid to go to bed because I thought it would be a bad night and that made feel me more anxious and worried. I didn't have a lot of energy and I'd get in bad moods pretty regularly as a result.

I tried acupuncture, but I wasn't diligent about it and didn't notice much change, so I quit after a few meetings. I used sleeping pills and they were effective, but I didn't find that my sleep was as restful and didn't like having to depend on a drug to go to sleep.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis from my husband who said it had been relaxing for him. I was leery about it and really thought it wouldn't help. I'd only seen the television hypnosis and I didn't think it would work for me. Since starting my hypnosis, I noticed that I was able to relax more and start sleeping more. I find that I'm less anxious and I worry less, so that I can sleep better. I feel more confident because I don't care as much about what people think of me anymore. My CDs are very relaxing and uplifting and I feel physically better and more energetic because I'm getting good rest.

The best thing for me about all of this has been that I have the ability to control my life more. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help with insomnia because I know that I'm a tough case and it helped me. I'm confident that I will be able to get myself to sleep and that's worth a lot to me.

Amy Raskin (self-esteem)
Austin, TX

I've had problems with low self-esteem all of my life. I was missing a few basic things from childhood that I needed in order to live an optimal life. I've felt limited in my life and I've lived a much smaller life than what I feel inside. I know that I have more to express, but I didn't have the courage to do it. My life was boring and uninteresting and I didn't have a direction or a career path in mind. I didn't feel in control of my life; love and relationships scared me and I would run at the first chance if I felt strongly for a romantic partner.

I had five years of therapy, which helped with some things, but not with this issue. The pain from childhood went away, but I still had some of the same basic issues that I hadn't been able to resolve. I've tried bitching at myself to get me out of this rut and that didn't really work for me. It's never been easy to change this on my own, so I decided to try and take a different route.

I had lunch at Austin Java and saw the sign for A New Day Hypnosis next door, so I decided to call. After using hypnosis, I noticed right away that my sleep was better and I was feeling better about myself. I found myself bouncing back faster from difficulties and feeling more confident in general. This process has helped me to make it okay to be who I am. I feel like I love myself more and I'm taking better care of myself. I feel more capable of handling any problems that might come up.

It's all just happening now without making much effort. I feel like I'm waking up from a dream in which I thought I couldn't do things and I'm amazed that I actually feel that I can do it now. The next time that I meet someone that I really feel a spark with, I won't run away and I'll just let things happen naturally.

In the past, I'd always been able to bask in the light of my friends and loved ones, but I didn't feel it inside. I noticed the other night at a party that I was taking in love from one of my friends and letting it light me up from inside. That was pretty cool because I've never been able to do that before and it was an awesome feeling.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome something similar because it just cuts to the chase. If you know where there is something that you want and what it is, why not go straight to hypnotherapy? Sometimes you need to explore your issues and tell your story, but this seems to get results as well. I'm confident that the progress that I've made so far is real progress and it's exciting to see how well I've done.

Jack Kadain Kirby (confidence)
Entrepreneur

I've had trouble with confidence since I was five. Most people don't think I have a confidence problem, but the issues were really affecting my life. They were holding me back and keeping me from living a healthier life. I was a workaholic smoker who wasn't taking care of myself or really living. I was a shell of a person in a lot of ways and that felt out of control. I didn't make it a priority to nurture my creative side because I didn't think I would be good enough.

I'd read a lot about hypnosis, but I just wanted to see if it really worked. I was at the Austin Java Company and saw A New Day Hypnosis next door. A lot of the other hypnotists looked intense in their photos and some of them looked a little too uptight for me, but when I looked up A New Day online I decided to call because I liked Laura's picture.

I wasn't sure if it would be effective, but I started to feel a lot more confident. I'm really challenging myself again and I feel blessed with this process. I'm writing and I'm happy about it. I feel like I can take on a lot more stuff and I know that I'm not going to work 60 hours a week and feel so worried about money anymore. Stopping smoking was also really simple for me. It was literally "bam" and I walked out of the office and didn't want a cigarette. I can be around smokers now and it doesn't phase me. I truly feel free of it.

I feel like I've gotten more accomplished with hypnosis than I ever did in the last fifteen years with therapy. I just think that there is a lot to be said for not having to talk about the same thing over and over again. It's a different way to re-live an experience because I don't have to reveal everything. I'm tapping into myself and hypnosis gives me the chance to have the experience without having it exposed or unearthed in a way that isn't helpful.

I'm really paying more attention in my life. I feel like this has given me the chance to have more insight into what is really happening mentally, physically and emotionally. I feel a lot more in control. Before, I would get stressed and want to have a cigarette and that desire just isn't there anymore. I can shut the negatives off faster because I acknowledge them and step back as opposed to letting them completely consume me.

Laura's straightforward approach works for me. I like the way that she runs things and helps me to get to the core of the issue. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to improve themselves because of my own experience. I've seen a lot of changes and I'm confident that I won't smoke again. I know that I need to nurture myself and I've gained some tools about how to check in and pay attention. I don't intend to let it slip and I plan to continue with my progress.

Valerie M. (time management)
Nurse
Austin, TX

I've had problems with time management my whole life, but it got really bad after I left the air force and I didn't have that structure anymore. I got a much higher anxiety job and I just lost the ability to be punctual. I felt out of control. When I was late, I always convinced myself that I would do better the next time and I never did. It affected everything in my life. I wouldn't get things done when they needed to be done and then everything was crazy. I wouldn't have food prepared because I hadn't planned and I would end up hungry, and grumpy, and late, and guilty.

I drove my husband nuts and it messed up my self-confidence because people couldn't depend on me to be on time. It made me feel chaotic and unprofessional and it was affecting my work. I was showing up late and in an anxious chaotic mode, so I got off on the wrong foot and I wasn't able to think clearly. It gave a really bad impression.

There was a huge mental block that I couldn't overcome. I tried to fix my problem by looking for advice on the internet and I even bought a book about perfectionism, but it didn't really help with this. I set all of my clocks forward, but I would just do the mental math and figure out what time it really was and still be late.

I saw a flyer on the IGA board and I thought about it. Six months later, I saw it again at Sun Harvest and I'd had a particularly bad week of being late, so I decided to call. I started to notice a change in myself when I no longer wanted to risk a few more minutes and go to the edge of the cliff before leaving for work. I started to leave early for my appointments and I felt a lot better and less stressed. Now, I notice that I work better because I get there on time. I feel more in control and it feels really good. I know that I can be sure that when I tell myself I am going to do something, I know that I will do it without any doubt. I feel more confident because I can trust myself now.

In my professional life, I present an image that can be taken seriously and I really feel in control. Being organized and on time was such a hurdle for me and such an important goal to achieve. I feel more confident now that I've overcome my issue. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who feels like their behavior is beyond their control because when it's something that feels deep-seated in your psyche; this is a good method to overcome it. I'm confident that I'm not going to be unrealistic about my expectations and that I will continue to be organized and on time.

TJ Diaz (fear of motorcycle racing)
Entrepreneur
Austin, TX

I decided to use hypnosis to overcome my fear during motorcycle racing. I've always competed in motor cross, but I've had problems for the last few years. The fear had become so overwhelming that I wasn't having fun anymore and I wasn't motivated to get better. Biking had been my escape from corporate life and when I didn't have a vehicle to do it, things weren't working out for me. I was feeling more negative and less confident.

It had been my salvation on the weekends and I didn't have it anymore. I felt like I couldn't control some specific aspects of my life and that made me feel more stressed. I tried to meditate and do creative visualization to overcome my problem and they didn't really work for me. In my mind it worked out, but when I was in the moment I still choked.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. Laura had a lot of good reviews so I decided to call. I noticed a change after the first day; I immediately noticed that when I was performing sports I progressed much faster than I had in the last three years. It's been easy to have the confidence to commit to something and believe in it. I'm more focused now and I have a different way of looking at things, which makes me feel good.

I feel more committed and less fearful of making other changes in my life. I'm more in control because I'm accomplishing things incrementally and I'm moving forward. Making this change has allowed me to make decisions without over thinking them and taking more risks in my life.

The most important benefit that I've gotten has been relaxation, I've learned to quiet my mind and I'm noticing patterns in my life that I'm much more in tune with. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who has a limitation in their life. Everyone has some issue that they are trying to overcome and they may not know how to tap into the more cerebral aspect of how to accomplish things.

This process allows you to put on a different lens and look at things from the outside in. Hypnosis is one vehicle to allow you to get into that mindset so that you can actually move things further along the way. I'm confident about where I am and my progress. I've achieved a lot more than I thought that I would and I'm on another level now. I have a new foundation that I can stand on firmly and I plan on just going further and further from here.

Shannon (confidence and stage fright)
Actor/Writer
Austin, TX

My issues with confidence have been a lifelong challenge. I'm establishing myself as a working actor and wasn't able to pursue my goals. It felt humiliating and overwhelming and it had become painful to pursue challenges. I tried and tried, but it wasn't getting any better. I didn't feel like I had a handle on my emotions in these situations. That made me feel out of control and it was not fun.

I hadn't had any experience with hypnosis and I hadn't known anyone who had used it before, but I wanted to be proactive about overcoming this limitation. I was a little concerned about using hypnosis and wondered about the subconscious; worrying that something might happen while I was in an altered state.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on both Citysearch and yahoo.com. I decided to call because there was a lot of good information on the website and I had read a lot of positive feedback.

After my first session, I noticed results right away. It's been really great to be able to work on it and make progress. Now I have some skills to deal with my nervousness and I'm able to remind myself that I've felt confident before and that I can draw from that. I feel more in control now. I have a lot less fear when auditioning or meeting people in intimidating situations when I perceive the stakes to be high. I feel much more confident now and I just feel equipped to handle all sorts of different situations that might come up and have success with all of my goals.

The most important part of the process for me has been learning how to deal with these kinds of situations and being able to handle them. I'm confident that I'm free of my problem permanently because I've been in several situations that would have been a real problem in the past and I've been able to handle them with a calm demeanor and haven't lost control. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to work on their confidence and overcome anxiety because I've found Laura to be intuitive and insightful and the process has been very helpful for me.

Nam Szeto (compulsive coughing)
Web Design
Austin, TX

I've had problems with stress induced coughing for the last couple of years, but the bigger emotional problems that are responsible for the cough have been there all of my life. My persistent cough was a psychosomatic symptom of being lost in my emotions and unable to cope with the stress and anxiety that I was facing. There were long stretches where I was coughing nonstop literally all day. The coughing was preventing me from having a normal social life and a healthy, effective family life. It disrupted my life and limited me in terms of what I could or could not do.

I tried three years of psychotherapy to overcome my problem. The therapist was great about listening, but when it came to helping me figure out what to do about the problem, that wasn't a part of it. It's important to understand where you come from, how you're built, and figure out what kind of life you want to lead. Therapy gave me the basic steps, but I needed more than that. I studied Buddhism and meditation, which helped me to develop self awareness and led me to understand what needed to happen to solve this problem.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I had some qualms about using hypnosis because it's not widely accepted in our society. There is a social stigma towards hypnosis and I was concerned that this wasn't going to be useful, but I decided to find out more. After the second session, my cough diminished. I had a stronger self awareness and I wasn't just recognizing feelings, but also thinking about what I was going to do with them.

At this point, I'm no longer coughing. I'm sleeping better at night and I'm not floored or taken aback in situations because I have very specific techniques for getting myself out of irrational emotions. To me, the process is more about actionable wisdom. It's simply taking things that people realize that they should do in conducting their lives and teaching them how to do it.

I really like the process because it actually maps out the steps that are necessary to getting to my goals and I find that imminently useful. I think that the techniques for replacing negative thoughts with positive ones have been really excellent and I no longer think that any problem in life is insurmountable.

Now, it's just a matter of developing awareness, practicing, and continuing to keep working at it. I know that I've mastered the techniques for dealing with the things that might come up and I can combat them effectively. I've already recommend A New Day Hypnosis to others and I'm confident that I have the exercises down; it's liberating to be in touch with a problem and really understand the steps to take in order to solve it.

Matthew Tray (study skills)
Technical Coordinator
Austin, TX

I came to A New Day Hypnosis because I had decided to go to law school, but was having a lot of difficulty studying for the LSAT. I just couldn't focus at all. There were so many issues and difficulties in my life that were piling up one after the other and they had an impact on my study skills. First, I'd an infestation of bed bugs in my house and I lost all of my furniture and had to move. Then, my parents got divorced, my dad had hip replacement surgery and my aunt passed away all within a six month period. I wasn't sleeping well because of everything that was going on and when I took the LSAT for the first time it was pretty bad.

Ever since, I've had a lot of anxiety and a huge mental block when I tried to take LSAT practice tests. I went to tutoring and the scores that I was getting definitely wouldn't get me into any law school. There was so much stuff going on with me that I couldn't overcome and I felt like there were huge barriers preventing me from success. I looked at the questions, but didn't really understand what they were saying. The mental block was so overpowering that it almost felt like I couldn't read when I took a practice test.

After two and a half hours of studying, I had a terrible headache. The LSAT isn't an easy test and I needed some outlet to focus my mind on the task at hand without getting side-tracked by the things that were going on in my life. I felt like I wasn't all there when I was taking the test and it was starting to affect my outlook. I looked at my life and ask myself what crappy thing was going to happen next. I was to the point where I decided that if I had to do a Jedi mind trick to make this work than I would try it.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on yahoo local and decided to give it a shot. I started noticing results almost immediately after my first meeting. I felt like I was wiping away a lot of the distracting thoughts and had increased mental clarity. Being able to free the mental block and open my mind up to new possibilities has helped me out a lot. During practice tests, when I find myself in a really tough situation I would remind myself that my mind is like a laser. I'm coaching myself through the questions, which I wouldn't have done before and that's helped a lot.

I never have headaches when I study now and I can go three to four hours without feeling tired. I've developed strategies to get myself through tougher questions and I feel more in control because I have much tighter reigns on my goals. I know more about what's in front of me and I have a much clearer focus on my future. I feel more confident knowing now that I can do a lot better than I've ever done before on the LSAT.

The most important benefit that I've received has been overcoming the mental block and being able to be at peace with what I need to do. I've really improved my practice scores and that's been happening on a routine basis.

I recently took the LSAT again and it was funny because everybody else was standing around freaking out and I felt just fine. It was easy for me to just relax and have fun, which is completely opposite from my last experience with this test. I recommended A New Day Hypnosis to one of my coworkers because I feel so much better about things now and I think that other people can benefit in the same way. Law school is such a huge undertaking, but I feel confident now that I can go into it, master the concepts, and be successful.

Marie Leal (study skills)
Travis County Sheriff's Office
Austin, TX

I've always had a problem with focus and concentration. It's kept me from retaining information easily which has made me avoid studying and kept me from promoting at work. College was a struggle and I tried to avoid things that I wasn't good at, so I didn't study as much as I should have.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when I saw a flyer at Book people. I noticed results immediately. My attitude changed and I began to believe for the first time that I could change. It's been easy to make the time to listen to my sessions. It's my time to be able to relax and focus on goals. I feel more in control because I know what I want to achieve and I'm getting there. I feel more confident I feel more confident and this process has prompted me to want to read more and take my time to do what I need to do. I have much more direction and that has helped a lot.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who has issues with study skills because it has helped me to focus on what needs to be done. I realize now what I hadn't been doing in the past and what I needed to change. I feel confident in my ability to succeed in my future because I have methods and approaches that I can use in my everyday life to make things happen for me.

Karen Heath (procrastination and study skills)
Student
Austin, TX

I've had problems with procrastination and poor study skills for as long as I can remember. When something caused me to feel anxious, I would prolong addressing it and just put it off. I've tried to telling myself that this behavior was going to change and even bought self help books, but it just didn't stick. I would start to look at what needed to be done and then go off on tangents and get farther away from my the assignments. I would usually waste a couple of hours at a time and really missed the boat with what I needed to be doing.

My procrastination had become a real problem and oftentimes, I had to go to my professor and tell them that my work wasn't ready. I would have to get extensions on my assignments and that was embarrassing. I felt unprepared and had a lot of anxiety when I took tests because instead of studying the material that was going to be tested, I would go off on tangents and waste time. The situation felt out of control, it made me very nervous and something just felt wrong. I was aware that I was procrastinating, but felt like I couldn't do anything to stop it.

I was in Borders Bookstore and I saw an ad for A New Day Hypnosis. After talking to Laura, I trusted that this was the place for me. I started noticing results within a few days of my first session. I noticed that I felt a lot calmer and I was more motivated. I feel continually motivated to complete my assignments now and also have excitement about my work. I'm getting better sleep and have much better study habits. I've also noticed an increased sense of well being relating to my ability to study.

The relaxation gives me the results that I want. I feel more in control and have more energy to direct towards my goals. There's less time spent goofing around and I'm much more focused on the task at hand. I feel more confident now because I know that I can do it and I know how to do it. I can listen to my sessions if I start to feel nervous and I get reminded of my goals and feel relaxed so that I can get back on task.

The most important benefit for me has been the ability to focus again. I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help with procrastination and study skills because it has helped me a lot. I'm confident that these habits are becoming ingrained and that I will have continued success and progress in my goals.

Jose Manuel Cortes (OCD and negativity)
Student
Austin, TX

I've had problems with obsessive and negative thoughts since I was six years old. In the past, I've had emotional breakdowns and sometimes thought that I might be going crazy. It was affecting school because I was so stressed and worried about it. My negative thinking also affected my friendships.

I was very angry and had trouble with getting into fights. In the moment, I sometimes thought that I wasn't able to control things like counting, tapping and washing my hands. I was also having trouble sleeping because I was thinking a lot at night. I've tried many things to help me: prescription pills, psychotherapy, and many other types of therapy. It kind of worked a little bit, but then it stopped working. I realized that instead of working against it, I wanted my mind is working with me instead. I thought that hypnosis might work, so I did an internet search.

I found the Citysearch website and there was a listing for A New Day Hypnosis. There were a lot of entries from different people on the site. I had some concerns that using hypnosis might be dangerous, but everyone said that it was great, so decided that I would try it.

I noticed results around two days after my appointment, I was a lot more calm and at peace. I believe that one should be committed, so if you want to improve you have to do as much as you can, so I think that has helped to make this easier for me. I am now able to stay calm in classes and during exams or at work. I'm also going right to sleep. I know when I have had a stressful day; I can just listen to my sessions and feel immediately calm with a good outlook.

I am able to be more focused on my goals. Now I have many tools to overcome the things that weren't working for me and I see myself as a lot stronger. Because I am calm and focused I make much better decisions now. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because if a person wants to change something but has a strong part of them that is telling them not to stop, this can help. When you have more tools you have a much better chance of fulfilling your goals. I am confident that as I continue to work on this, my issues will not pose a problem for me in the future.

Jarrett Fisher (study skills)
Student
Austin, TX

I've had problems with study skills my whole life. It was stressful for me because sometimes I didn't study very well and I didn't get good grades. Because I wasn't doing well in school, I had a bad attitude and I was a real smart aleck. I knew that I was out of control and it was affecting the way that I learned. I would be talking to friends more than I was listening and studying, so I was getting bad grades.

My parents and teachers were yelling at me a lot. I got grounded and my life was getting really boring. I had my phone, my TV, and my X-Box taken away because my grades were so bad. My parents would tell me if I did what I was supposed to, then I would get my stuff back. It would work for a little while, but when they gave me my things back, I went right back to the way I used to be. We tried medicine out and it wasn't working very well, so the doctor took me off of it. I tried tutoring and it helped me understand a little bit better, but they weren't really teaching me a whole lot.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when my mom found out about it on the internet. I read the comments from people and I thought that it would work. I started to notice results after my first session. I was studying more and getting better grades. I had better focus and concentration and I feel a lot less stressed and worried.

I feel more confident now because I know that when I do my work earlier, I can do more things with my free time. I feel more in control because I'm not getting into trouble as much. I'm taking down notes in class and paying more attention to my teachers. I've learned how to study and that makes me feel a lot better.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help with study skills because it works. It helped me learn how to control myself and get my work done on time. I know that I'm going to keep working at this and that makes me confident that I'll continue to make more progress.

Jackie Mendez (fear of driving)
Inside Sales
Austin, TX

I've had problems with driving for the last twenty years. I was scared and didn't want to drive on the highway; I always had to have someone drive for me whenever I needed to go anyplace further away. I just avoided it and the fear got worse. Even talking about driving made me hyperventilate and feel like I couldn't control myself. I would find other ways to get places so that I didn't have to drive on the highway and everything took a lot longer. I wasn't able to go anywhere by myself. It was pretty bad because I couldn't run an errand or go when I wanted to. I had no independence and had to wait for other people to drive me. I had to ask coworkers to drive me places and I was embarrassed about it. One night, when my ride had had too many margaritas, I was forced to drive us home and had to go down the access road all the way from Georgetown and it took me three hours to get home.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. When I read that Laura had won the hypnotist of the year, I decided to call. I started noticing that I felt comfortable and less tense when someone else was driving and that I actually wanted to drive.

I feel more relaxed and in control now. When I think about driving, I'm not so scared. I drove last Friday and there was a lot of traffic, but I still felt comfortable. I was focused and relaxed and just ready to do it. If I started to feel nervous, I remembered what Laura and I talked about. I feel more confident now because I can do stuff whenever I want. The most important thing for me has been the relaxation about being able to drive on the highway. I would recommend A New Day hypnosis to anyone who wants to fix this problem and I'm confident that I will continue to make progress.

Eddie Hogan (coping with illness)
Retired Teacher
Austin, TX

I've had problems with chronic diarrhea for the last twenty years. This issue has affected my life because I don't go out much and travel was difficult. I know that there is an emotional component to the problem and I didn't feel like I was managing things well. I was always uptight and that was a by-product of the condition. I would tell myself that I couldn't do things or visit people and it became a crutch or an excuse for me to stay home.

My daughter had spoken to someone who was seeing a hypnotherapist in Dallas and she thought that it might help me in my situation. I did a Google search for hypnotherapy in Austin and I found out about A New Day Hypnosis. I had known a guy in the army that did stage hypnosis and it was quite entertaining. I didn't think that there was any harm in it, so I decided to make an appointment.

I started to notice things really taking hold after my third meeting. I felt much more confident about the situation and I felt sure that I could learn how to deal with it. I also noticed that I was more considerate of my wife and her feelings. We're approaching fifty years of marriage and I know that we were taking each other for granted.

I realized that she had to put up with my condition and after I started visiting with Laura we had a really candid talk about our situation and circumstances. I began to understand where she was coming from and my attitude towards her improved. I gave her more hugs and I went out of my way to be more considerate.

I've noticed that my behavior and my attitude have changed a lot. I've come to terms with the illness and now I'm working on managing it. I know that I have the ability to control how I feel about the situation and how I handle it. It turns out that it wasn't that difficult to change my behaviors. Through this process, I stopped worrying about all the stupid stuff that I did when I was young and started focusing on the positives instead of my regrets.

I feel more in control now because I'm maintaining my condition better. I'm not so worried about it anymore and I don't make a big deal about it. I'm still aware and I have to be prudent, but I'm not as cautious about things like I used to be. I'm running errands and getting out more. I'm not feeling sorry for myself as much anymore and I've started reminding myself that it's not so bad, which boosts my confidence.

The most important benefit that I've received has been learning to relax. I'm not using my condition as a crutch anymore. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because I'm a lot better off than I was before. This process has helped me to brush away some of the cobwebs and have a much more positive perspective on my life.

Patty Lopez (procrastination)
Austin, TX

I've had problems with procrastination since the fifth grade. I remember having a science project that I'd known about for a month, but I waited until the night before to tell my Mom about it. She stayed up with me and helped me put it together. We had taken it from an encyclopedia and I because I hadn't had a lot of time to prepare, I didn't understand what it was all about. I was embarrassed by it and I felt really guilty because she'd stayed up with me all night. Since then, it's been a series of similar situations. My procrastination has made me sacrifice things that would have brought a lot of pleasure and fun to my life. It made me feel out of control and it was like someone was choking me because I felt so stifled knowing that I had something to do that I was utterly avoiding.

I've tried lots of things to overcome procrastination: therapy, bribing myself to finish projects, and reading a lot of personal development books. My solutions were fine for a little while depending on the project and then fear would set in and I'd talk myself into becoming productive in other ways and avoiding anything in front of me.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when I was referred by my chiropractor, Dr. Hengesteg and a friend at Toastmasters. I noticed changes in my behavior almost immediately after the first session, I realized that I needed to break down projects and see things in smaller pieces and that's made it easier to manage my responsibilities.

I definitely feel more relaxed overall and the process has been relatively easy. I was talking to a friend the other day and I asked him what the biggest hurdles for people who wanted to start a business and he said "just starting". I've found through my work that this is something that I'm really improving on. The homework has been easy and listening to my hypnosis processes has come naturally. I look forward to it because I always feel rested after my sessions.

I feel more in control now and it feels very empowering. I feel strong and much more relaxed about things. Changing this behavior has helped me know and be okay with the fact that my life is different from other people and that's what I've always wanted. I would have to say that the most important benefit for me has been the dedicated meditation time. I've been working towards that for a long time and have never been able to do it consistently, but now it's easy for me. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome this problem because it offers a chance for concentrated focus and I like the fact that Laura really challenges me to face my fears and make progress in my life.

Jennifer S. (inappropriate emotions)
Austin, TX

I've had problems with excessive crying and being inappropriately emotional my whole life. In any situation where I felt judged or put on the spot, I would cry and couldn't stop. It happened in relationships, with friends, and in professional settings. Whenever I did it, I would feel embarrassed and make other people feel uncomfortable. I focused on trying to make it stop, but it just made things worse. I would go in my head and couldn't listen to anybody else because the emotions were the only thing I could think about. In work situations, I would get caught off guard with a confrontation that I couldn't prepare for and I always felt like I lost some respect from my coworkers after my emotional outbursts.

It was awful, I would tell myself that I had to stop and would really beat myself up about it. I tried to figure it out on my own and read a bunch of books about controlling emotions. I would usually lose interest about halfway through it and not complete it. I felt defeated and didn't think I would ever be able to make any improvements. I knew that my reactions had a lot to do with me training myself into a behavior and I thought that hypnosis would be the most effective way to overcome it.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I was skeptical about it and wasn't sure if it would be effective for me, but I ended up noticing results very quickly. I had a general feeling of lessened anxiety and I also felt a lot less stress.

I've got a lot more tools to help me with those situations now and it makes me feel more confident. I can communicate better than I could before and I feel more in control because I'm approaching it from a different angle. I have other things to think about externally so that I'm not freaking out about my emotional reactions anymore.

I've had several challenging situations come up recently that would have caused me to become overly emotional and I've handled them well. I recently put in my two weeks notice at my job. If I hadn't had these tools, I know that I would have freaked out.

The most important benefit that I've received from hypnosis has been learning how to divert myself from having the reaction and the ability to keep things in perspective and think outside of myself. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome this because I really look forward to coming to my appointments and being in a very relaxed mood when I leave. I'm confident that it's not going to be a big problem for me anymore and that gives me a real sense of relief.

Michelle (anxiety)
Clinical Researcher
Austin, TX

I've suffered from my issues with anxiety since I was sixteen or seventeen and it's been ongoing for many decades since then. My anxiety has interfered with dating and social relationships. In a work environment, although I had the skill level, I didn't appear confident and was so uncomfortable. The job that I have can cause stress and the way I approached some of my problems were adding to the stress and negativity. I would get very down and withdraw. I had so much anxiety that I was too fearful to move on from a job that I didn't like.

I felt out of control and it was distressing. I found that the older that I was getting, instead of becoming more confident like a lot of people get as they age, I was caring more about what other people thought. It was such a battle with my energy and time.

I've gone to some counseling, but I would only do it when I really felt horrible. I'd do a handful of sessions and feel better for a little while, but I would always dip back into negative thinking. I've read self-help books; I've also had anti-depressants prescribed by my family doctor, which actually made me feel worse. I also participated in a non- medication anxiety study at the University of Texas. I also self-medicated with alcohol, which wasn't a healthy way to address issues. Over the years, I've had pockets of improvement, but this time I was looking for more long term change.

I saw an ad for A New Day hypnosis at Austin Java. I did a google search and saw the website, which looked promising to me. I'd used hypnosis in the past and I found it to be helpful. I knew that I had to retrain myself, so I decided to try it again. I've found Laura's approach to be more helpful at alleviating a lot of problems. I'm a very private person, so I don't always expose my weaknesses and fears to people.

With Laura's help, I've been able to get to the root of the problem. Although some of the issues that we've discussed are serious or emotional for me, Laura has made it a lot of fun. It's been very effective for me to discuss these fears and be provided with the tools to think in more positive and productive patterns. She has a firmness about her and she knows how to get people to be more compliant, so I've appreciated that. She also has a very personalized approach.

Socially, I'm feeling more comfortable. I'm building layers of new information and remedying the various deeply ingrained issues that I've faced. I notice now that I feel less anxious. When I go into social situations I notice that my stomach feels much better than it used to. I have escape medication in my purse for anxiety, but I haven't had to use it. I don't carry anxiety in my back and neck anymore, so my muscles aren't tense and in pain like they used to be. I'm also sleeping a lot better.

I feel more in control with my work environment and my stress levels. I've had some anxiety associated with different driving situations and I've tackled some really tough ramps and spaghetti bowls that I didn't think I would be able to manage in the past. My world is bigger now because I can do the things that I was afraid of. I'm more self-accepting and I feel more confident. I feel more confident about my approach to life's issues and problems.

The most important benefit for me has been that I've found more peace, more joy, and more stability in my life. I'm confident that I have a better set of skills to manage anxiety and I've recommended A New Day Hypnosis to others because when something is good and it works, it should be promoted and shared. It's been a very educational experience and has really helped me improve in life. I'm more relaxed and feel more positive about the future and my outlook.

Donald Norris (procrastination & study skills)
Self-Employed
Elgin, Texas

I've had problems with procrastination and study skills all my life. I remember back in school never wanting to do things until the last minute and always working under pressure. I waited until the morning that the assignment was due to get it done. I always seemed to pull the rabbit out of the hat and did what I needed to do to meet the minimum requirements, but I've always felt that didn't reach the potential that I could have. There were limits to what I could achieve based on how much I could study and remember. Looking back, I feel like it was a loss

I've tried convincing myself over the years that these things would go away and I found that they didn't. I'd be good for a couple of weeks and then revert back to the old behaviors and make excuses for my mistakes. I felt that if I didn't take care of this, my life was going to be a train wreck; it was going to be ugly. I didn't know how things were going to play out and I was worried.

The procrastination was really limiting my ability to achieve goals and learn skills. I wasn't absorbing study materials as well as I could and found that I would just flip through the reading instead of taking the time to focus and pay attention to a book. I was putting things off and telling myself that I would get it done, but I never did. I was stagnant and sitting still and just wishing I could fix these things, that made me feel really restricted in what I could do.

I really had the desire to make some changes, I looked at my options and hypnosis seemed like a good choice. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when I did an internet search. I saw the listing on Citysearch and I liked the website, so I decided to call. At first, I thought it was going to be difficult because I've been a procrastinator and a pack rat for so many years, but I started to notice results within a couple of days.

I found myself not being able to walk away from things and not being able to stop until the job was complete and everything was tidied up and put away. I've never stuck been able to stick with organization for this long. I used to get through one bookcase and be done, but now it's amazing to me that I'm able to look at my task list every morning when I brush my teeth and complete everything on it.

These changes are working in all areas of my life and I'm a much more positive person now. I don't find myself worrying about things anymore and I'm a lot more patient with my kids. My wife can't believe all the trash that I'm throwing away. I'm literally taking a Hefty bag of trash out every day. I'm getting started on things that I've had in my head to get done for a long time. Time constraints aren't a problem for me anymore because I'm not putting off my responsibilities. I'm figuring out how much I can get done today and there isn't as much to do tomorrow.

I used to believe that I couldn't remember things and now I don't have anxiety about studying anymore. I'm remembering everything that I study and it's working well. I feel like I can meet the challenge and I look forward to tests.

It has been a great experience for me and I'm looking forward to where I'm going. I look back and don't know how I lived before. All of these things put together brought me to a point in my life where I'm moving again. I'm able to step away from the busy day to day things and leave my phone in the car when I go to the library so that I can absorb much more information when I study. I've turned over a new leaf. I'm looking at everything with wide eyes of learning and feeling excited about it. Everything is better and that makes me feel more confident.

I'm ready to achieve the things that I've been working towards and I have a good positive outlook on my goals. With the organization and the focus everything is working together and I don't have to waste time trying to fix my mistakes.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because there are so many things that can be fixed and adjusted. My best friend has seen that my outlook has changed and he wants to work on some things too, so I've recommended it wholeheartedly to him.

I know I'll stay on this path because it makes me feel good to reach my goals, stay focused with my studies, and keep my life organized. I've been thrilled that I've been able to meet these changes and I'm thankful that Laura has been so helpful and understanding. I'm not worried anymore because there are so many opportunities out there and the big picture is so much clearer and has gotten even bigger for me.

Alison Carrasco (study skills)
Biology Student
Austin, TX

I've had problems with procrastination since elementary school, but it's steadily gotten worse over the years. I felt like I didn't have any control over my behavior. It was like living in someone else's body at times. I would look at things and have the intention to do them, but feel physically and emotionally paralyzed. My issues with procrastination kept me from completing major goals in my life. I wasn't as effective as I could be at my job because I was unfocused and wasting time.

This issue has kept me from graduating from college and doing the things in my life that I wanted to do. I didn't think that I would be able to get through the semester and graduate, so I knew that I needed help. I've tried the typical regiment of self-help book, I'd read up on procrastination and did some exploring, but I couldn't find a solution on my own, so I decided to get somebody else to help. Mentally, I've always known that I could do it, but emotionally I didn't believe that I could. I did some internet research about A New Day Hypnosis and got a lot of good feedback from former clients, so I decided to call.

I started noticing that I was more relaxed after the first session. I felt less anxious when I studied, which was a really big deal for me. I'm getting more done now and my mental barriers are dissipating. It's been easier to get started on things and I have fewer propensities to avoid things.

This has been the first time that I've ever seen any improvement in this throughout my entire life, so it's been pretty incredible. Things have been much easier to do than before. I've felt a lot better long term and much more motivated. It's easier for me to overcome the anxiety and I'm getting more things done with less stress. I feel more confident because I realize that I can do things and that gives me a sense of control. It's actually feasible for me to graduate now.

My life has improved because I'm able to get things done and I'm not frustrated with myself the way that I used to be. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome procrastination. Laura is really good at breaking down a lot of the components that go into procrastination and addressing them. She's good at helping to identify the patterns of behavior and that makes it much more beneficial. I can see the improvement in myself and I'm confident that I'll continue to improve.

Marlene Fridley (positive thinking)
Graduate Student
Austin, TX

I've had issues with my mother that have affected my outlook for as far back as I can remember. I've tried self-help books and lots of therapy, going from traditional psychotherapy to alternative therapies. You name it, I've done it. The issues I was facing were keeping me from having good relationships, working, performing my best at school, and having a healthy lifestyle. I felt out of control because I had the intention, but I couldn't make myself do the things that I needed to do because the follow through was missing.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when I saw an advertisement at Magnolia Cafè. I had doubts that I could undergo hypnosis because of a previous experience where I couldn't be hypnotized in the past. Within a week of my first appointment, I noticed that my attitude about my mother had shifted. I was able to stay neutral with her and that was my first inkling that I should go back to see Laura again.

I feel more hopeful now and have a greater sense of control. In dealing with my mother, I find myself being much clearer about my boundaries in general. I'm getting things done that had been sitting there for a really long time. I've also noticed that my relationship with my boyfriend has improved.

I feel more confident. When I started doing this, I wasn't sure what people expected of me and now I don't have that level of anxiety when I meet new people. I'm also much more conscious of my own self-talk. I don't feel like I have to be everyone's new best friend and that's been a relief for me. Outside of all the improvements that I've noticed, the best benefit has been having the sessions to listen to. Listening to the CDs has been easy because it feels really good when I do it. It's something that I can do for the rest of my life and having that ability is comforting to me.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome similar types of issues because the subconscious mind is very powerful, especially if you tend to be overly analytical like myself. I think doing this process brings me more into balance as I spend meaningful time in my subconscious mind. Although there are still times when I feel resistance, I'm confident that as I progress, I know that I'll be better than I ever have before.

When I came in for the first appointment and we talked, I thought Laura was crazy when she suggested that she could help me with my problems in five sessions because I've been dealing with this stuff for 47 years and nothing had ever been fixed in five sessions. I realize now that I was wrong because I've seen so much improvement in myself.

Terri Wright (insomnia & anxiety)
Interior Designer
Dripping Springs, TX

I've had problems with insomnia and anxiety for the last three months. It started out when I had a really bad respiratory infection and I found myself panicking at night when I couldn't breathe. I've always been even tempered and all of the sudden I was wigging out. I couldn't stop the panic and that was really scary for me. There were times when I would have such uncontrollable anxiety that I really felt like I was going crazy.

I tried listening to meditation tapes and they eventually helped me to calm down and sleep, but it really took a long time. It wasn't really helping me to focus on changes in my thinking because I was still feeling anxiety all the time. I felt out of control.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis from my husband Fred who came to see Laura for help with his insomnia. I was ready to do something. I figured out where the anxiety was stemming from and hypnosis helped me focus on what to work on. I noticed that I was staying calm and sleeping through the night and it's been a fairly easy process. I don't really have to think about it and it's more natural for me. I notice that if I feel a little anxiousness coming on, I know that I can overcome it. I have tools that can help me so that I'm not lost.

Because I'm sleeping better, I can think more clearly during the day. I'm more productive and focused with work because I have a lot more mental clarity. I don't feel crazy anymore and I'm making lots of other health improvements, too. I'm drinking more water, eating better, and my exercise has increased. Everything is coming together for me as a whole.

I have a greater sense of control now. If I feel a little anxious or unsettled, I can calm myself down. I feel like I went through a dark tunnel and I've come out into the light. I have a more positive outlook because I know that I've really accomplished something. I feel more confident because I'm not afraid of change anymore.

The most important thing that I've gotten out of this is my sanity. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants help with anxiety and insomnia because I've been successful and so has my husband. I feel confident that if I do wake up I can go right back to sleep and that's been such a relief to me.

Tara (fear of driving)
Grants Manager
Austin, TX

I've had problems with driving-related anxiety for the last twelve years. If I drove on the highway, I would have a panic attack about once a week. I avoided highways and took other routes. One out of every three times I got on the highway, I would panic. Austin is surrounded by highways and in order to get anywhere you have to hop on one. The anxiety was affecting my quality of life. I couldn't be spontaneous about going places with people in my car because I didn't want to jeopardize other people's lives with my driving because I was always fearful.

I once had an anxiety attack when I was driving with my husband on a foggy bridge over Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, it was horrible and we had to pull over. Up to that point, my husband hadn't realized how bad the problem was for me, when he saw how bad it could get, it shocked him and after that he was always fearful about me driving.

I would try the highway, but I would always have an escape route. I'd always know what exit was coming up so that if I had to pull over and get off at the exit I could do that. I would stay in the right lane if I needed to pull over on the shoulder. I never felt in control, the panic always had control of me; it had a grip on me no matter what I was doing. I was always anticipating the fear and the panic whether or not I was driving.

I've tried different things to stop my panic attacks: drinking water, having snacks, and preparing for my trip well in advance. I had supplies on hand. When I started to panic, I would pop a tic-tac or drink some water to help me breathe. It helped me get through it, but I would often have to pull over anyway until I could calm myself down.

I was looking online for hypnotherapy in Austin and I find out about A New Day Hypnosis on yahoo. I had been hypnotized before in a comedy setting, so I knew it would work. I really didn't want to go on medication and thought that this would be a good option for me. I noticed a change in my behavior after the first session. I wasn't planning my routes as much and I was much calmer and I didn't have a panic attack. My husband also commented that I wasn't carrying around water and tic tacs in the car.

I feel more in control now because I can drive anywhere. I've done overpasses and I've gone on the highway every day since I started this without any problems. I was always afraid to drive my husband's car because it was brand new and I didn't want to have a panic attack and wreck it, but now I'm able to drive it because I feel in control and his car is really fun for me to drive.

I feel more confident now because I don't balk at the fact that I might have people in my car when I'm driving on the highway. I can drive anywhere and I've proven to myself that I can change and I know now that I don't have to live with this anymore.

The most important benefit for me is that I don't have anxiety when I get into a vehicle. I overcame that fear and accomplished that goal in my life. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who has anxiety about driving because it works. As long as you believe in yourself and set your mind to it, you can change anything. I'm confident that I'm free of this problem permanently because after living with it for 12 years; I've gone a month without an incident and that tells it all for me because it really does work.

Michael (public speaking)
New Business Developer
Austin, TX

I called A New Day Hypnosis because my career had started demanding more public speaking and presentations, responsibilities that had caused severe stress. Although I am a very outgoing and social person, when I was asked to speak in front of a group, whether for a meeting, or formal presentations, I would suffer both mentally and physically.

From the moment I found out I was to present I would put myself in an almost panic like state. I would not sleep, and had difficulty focusing. As I began to present, my heart would race and breathing became erratic. It would usually take me a few minutes to recover before my speech and actions became more normal.

I made a decision that I could not live my life with this fear anymore, let alone advance my career, and I went to see Laura. Quite simply she helped retrain my brain to look at these situations differently. I had, gradually over time, convinced myself that these were extremely stressful and uncomfortable situations. Without Laura's help I would never have been able to overcome this.

From my very first session I began sleeping through the night, something I had not been able to do in a very long time. Over time, by following the methods Laura had shown me, I no longer obsessed with upcoming presentations. I trained my brain to look at these situations from a much more positive point of view and what happened was amazing. I started to actually look forward to them as an opportunity to flourish and excel rather than to fail.

I would recommend hypnosis, and particularly A New Day Hypnosis, to anyone who allows phobias affect their everyday lives. There is no reason to let your fears limit the potential you have to succeed.

Charlotte Summerlin (teeth grinding)
Landscape Architect
Austin, TX

I've suffered from grinding my teeth for at least ten years. I've had two mouth guards. I had the soft one, but I bit through it, so I had to get a new one. I talked to the doctor and they didn't know what to do to help me. They were so fast to want to fix it. They didn't seem to consider that there might be a natural solution and not just a pill to prescribe.

I wanted help to stop my tooth grinding, not realizing that it was a result of a much bigger problem. I'd never really connected the grinding with the stress and anxiety that I'd been facing. I thought that grinding my teeth was just a habit that I had no control over. Stress and anxiety were ruining my life. I thought the problem was all because of my job, but I realized that it was really about the way that I'd been handling work.

I was working way too much and I didn't have a life during the week. I wasn't taking the time to do things that I needed to do on my own. I wouldn't fix my flat tire or go to the dentist because I couldn't leave work. I felt a little out of control. Work was so intense and it just never stopped. I felt like a hamster running on the wheel and I wasn't even able to see what I was running towards. I was so focused on getting everything done and I just kept getting more and more.

I'd told my office mate that my doctor wasn't helping me with teeth grinding and I wanted to look into hypnosis as an option, so she saw a flyer at the Daily Juice and got me the number. I noticed a complete difference after the first appointment when it came to stress at work. Once I knew what I needed to do it was easy. I began to make changes in my lifestyle and my attitude. I don't have pressure and pain in my chest or headaches anymore and there's been a dramatic improvement in my quality of life. The pain is gone and I feel better. I don't feel stressed, excitable, and wound up anymore. Now I'm taking care of myself and my priorities have shifted. I realize that I didn't have to live a life that's out of balance and totally focused on my job.

I feel much more in control now. I've gotten my life back and my focus is different. It's crazy feeling suddenly like I can do what I want. Now I can get home and have four or five hours and I don't have to do anything because my work isn't my life anymore.

The most important benefit that I've received was the realization that the life I was leading wasn't good for me at all. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome stress relief and teeth grinding. The hypnosis really helped me to learn how to relax. I'm confident that I have a handle on it and know what I can do to make it better because I'm aware of everything now.

Kristi Curry (public speaking)
Self-Employed
Austin, TX

I've had problems with public speaking over the last ten years. I felt out of control. I was anxiety ridden and it stopped me from doing what I needed to do. I couldn't make eye contact with anybody and felt like there was something that separated me from the audience. I would start to freak out as much as a week before I had to do a speech. I was always avoiding and postponing speaking opportunities, it was hard. I just didn't really want to be doing it. I felt anxiety and it really didn't feel good to do it.

I started to do Toastmasters to overcome my stage fright and almost didn't make it in the door thinking that they might ask me to talk. The fear of public speaking didn't fit my persona because I'm seen by everyone as the rock that they can depend on. Career wise, the fear had become a stumbling block. My business depends that I have enthusiasm and express to other people what my business is about. I had to have the drive for doing what I do because that's what gets people interested. If I didn't have that, my business would not survive, so it was essential for me to overcome this problem.

I knew that I had to do something and I woke up one morning and thought to myself that hypnosis might work. I called A New Day Hypnosis and after my first session with Laura, I volunteered to speak at Toastmasters and won a ribbon for my talk. It was really strange for me to want to volunteer and be open to getting up in front of the group. During the speech, I felt more connected to the audience and noticed that I had more confidence. I felt like I was able to have a formulated idea about what I was going to say. This has been a great tool to keep me from getting spun up. The ability to relax has been a key piece because when I'm relaxed I can make progress. If I stay spun up I don't get anywhere and there's nothing to be confident about.

At this point, I will be speaking at a wine and cheese client appreciation night coming up. This is my first professional speech for my business and this is also the first time that I'm not saying to myself "how do I get out of it?" I know that my message needs to come across to people. I'm crafting that now and I'm actually excited to see how it goes. It doesn't bother me to think about getting up and talking and it's amazing to me that I'm not freaking out. Now I want to say these things and just think about the importance of the messages that I have to share.

I feel more confident and in control now. It has changed the overall cause and effect of everything that I'm about. I'm progressing in directions that I want to progress in and that's been huge because my livelihood depends on it. I would absolutely recommend A New Day Hypnosis and plan to give a speech about hypnosis at Toastmasters. I feel like I've achieved a real benefit from it. Hypnosis is this nebulous thing that nobody really understands it or knows what it is and I've had people tell me that it's scary to them because it's about someone controlling you. People have this image about hypnosis and until you do it, it's hard to understand what it's like. I look at hypnosis as a tool to help me do the things that I want to do. I'm confident about the changes that I've made because I don't have that feeling of avoidance anymore. I don't feel overwhelmed and I'm just ready to do what I need to do.

Jerry Soto (nail biting)
Student
Austin, TX

I've been biting my nails for the last three years. I felt out of control and it wasn't very good. Sometimes I would be biting my nails and I didn't even notice that I was doing it. I felt like I couldn't stop and that made me feel bad.

My mom tried to help by buying gloves for me to wear so that I wouldn't bite my nails, but they didn't work because I took them off after a day and started biting again. For a while, we tried putting band aids on my fingers. It worked for a month, but they got itchy so I took them off. My mom would yell at me to make me stop, but that would only work for a few minutes and I would just go back to it.

I was making my mom frustrated and my nails weren't growing. I was embarrassed about my hands and ashamed of my nails. I thought about it all the time. I was damaging my nails and my mom was disappointed with me. I was afraid if I didn't stop it would get worse.

My mom found out about A New Day Hypnosis in the Coffee News and decided to make an appointment for me. I stopped biting my nails after I met with Laura for the first time. It's been really easy and I notice that I'm not anxious anymore. I have more confidence now and I feel more in control. I feel like I can do more things. After I stopped biting my nails, we worked on eating healthier food and exercising. Hypnosis made those things a lot easier for me too.

Laura has helped me by teaching me to get more control. I listen to my CDs and I don't know why it worked, it just did. I don't think about biting my nails anymore. I know that I'm not going to bite my nails again because now it's permanent.

Nelson Wright (anxiety)
Sales
Austin, TX

I've suffered from anxiety since early childhood. I was in a serious lull in my life and I felt like I was at a dead end. I had become an introvert and felt like balling up and getting in the corner. I was anxious and afraid, so I had a lot of doubt and questioned myself. I was truly exhausted with my lifestyle and it was affecting my confidence. I had no social life and I wasn't maximizing my business effectiveness. I felt like I wasn't in control. I was avoiding things that needed to get done. It was depressing because I sat around a lot more and felt unfulfilled. I've tried working on my problem with different psychologists and they tended to just go in circles. We'd have the same dialogue every time. When I tried to get help from psychiatrists, they just wanted to put a band-aid on the problem with prescription medications. I've even tried vitamins to overcome my problems, but they didn't help either.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch. I had some concerns about using hypnosis, but I was desperate and I felt like I'd tried everything else. I was thinking that they would use those cartoon spirals or a swinging watch. After the first session, I noticed that I felt more confident, more positive, and more optimistic.

I'm a lot more relaxed now. I feel more in control and I'm able to exert myself in the community and in my business. I enjoy myself more and I'm more relaxed and happier. I've made some efforts to improve my exercise and my diet I've lost 15 lbs. I almost feel like I've got too much energy now. I feel more confident because I'm less anxious.

I'm more extroverted and I'm not worried about what other people think of me. Sometimes I feel like I could really care less what other people think. I've given myself the ability to achieve my goals and have the drive and initiative to concentrate on my plans. I've been able to put things back together for myself. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to work on confidence and drive. I was open to it and I wanted change and improvement. I'm confident that I know how to overcome the symptoms if they creep up. I know that I can do it and I know that I'm a lot more extroverted than I've ever been before.

Dana Turet (public speaking)
Psychology student
Austin, TX

I've had problems with public speaking pretty much my entire life. I've always been shy; my mom said that I used to hide behind her legs when people tried to talk to me. As I got older, it just became really difficult to function in school and in social situations where it's expected that you'll be able to stand up in front of people and speak confidently.

In college, it was required that I was able to perform at a certain level and act like an adult. I always thought of myself as a confident person, but whenever someone would ask me to stand up and speak, I didn't feel confident and didn't trust myself to just get up and talk. It affected my self-esteem and made me really question my ability.

When I tried to get in front of people, my hands would shake, my voice would shake, and I would get out of breath. Everybody always had advice on what to do, but I just couldn't fix it no matter what I tried.

I'd heard about hypnosis in one of my classes and was a little apprehensive about how it worked, but I knew that I needed help. When a friend recommended Laura's services I decided to find out what it was all about.

I noticed a change in my behavior after my first session. I had to give a speech the next day and I felt more confident and relaxed. I noticed that when I got up to give the speech, I didn't feel that paralyzing feeling. I felt more relaxed and in control.

What really clicked for me was the whole idea that you can't unlearn something, but that you can replace it with something new. I knew that I couldn't make my fear of public speaking disappear, but I could learn new behaviors and techniques to help me move in a different direction. The most important thing for me has been learning how to control aspects of myself that I couldn't before.

I would recommend Laura's services to anyone who wants to overcome their fears. People can save themselves a lot of stress, worry, and effort. I tried so many things that didn't work and if I'd known that it could be this easy, I could have saved myself a lot of time.

I'm confident that I've overcome my fear of public speaking and there's no way that I could go back. The things that I've learned have changed the way that I view the issue and approach the problem. I wouldn't want to go back to the way that I was because it wasn't working for me and now I feel happier and more in control of my life.

Craig Jones (motivation/confidence)
Mortgage Business
Austin, TX

I set up an appointment with Laura to work on getting the motivation and desire to make the phone calls that I needed to make to be successful in my business. I'd been dealing with this problem for about six months. Every time that I thought about making a business call I felt apprehensive and nervous and didn't want to pick up the phone. I would try to force myself to make the calls but it wasn't very effective because I would usually just go do something else. From time to time, I would make some calls, but I often wouldn't do it at all. Instead, I ended up playing video games, checking my email, getting on the internet, and basically do anything that I could to avoid picking up the phone.

My fear was preventing me from making new contacts in my business and keeping me from earning any money. I was always worried about paying rent and covering my basic needs instead of being able to think about anything else. I couldn't go out and do things, buy the things that I wanted, and participate in the activities that I wanted to take part in. I sometimes felt out of control because I was so irritated with myself that I couldn't do what I was supposed to do.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Craigslist. I didn't have any qualms about using hypnosis because I'd had a psychology professor in college who was really into hypnosis and had done some class demonstrations, so I had an idea of what it would be like. I started to notice changes a couple of days after I met with Laura. The first thing that I noticed was that I felt more relaxed and able to perform this part of my job. There wasn't the barrier there anymore and it was easy for me to pick up the phone. The anxiety was gone and the more practice that I got, the more natural it felt to make the calls without feeling nervous.

Now, I'm able to do it with more confidence. Originally, I was making anywhere from 0-5, maybe 10 calls if I was having a good day. Now I make between 15 and 20 calls every day and I'm able to do the things that I want to do.

The best thing about using hypnosis for me is the change in my attitude, I feel calm and relaxed and have the confidence that comes along with that. I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome an anxiety or a phobia because it's helped me a lot.

Christian Weber (fear of flying)
Tea Salesman
Austin, TX

I've suffered from a fear of flying for the last twenty years, but didn't have a serious problem until I had a traumatic flight about three months ago. I got on the plane and it was really bumpy. I thought that everyone felt a certain amount of pressure when flying and I realize now that things weren't okay even before the difficult flight. Under normal circumstances I was able manage the anxiety, but I'd been going through a lot of pressure at work at the time and couldn't handle the combined stress of the flight and the tension that I had already been feeling.

There was a lot of turbulence on the flight and I became so anxious that I couldn't bring myself to board the connecting flight to my destination. I couldn't control my response to the environment around me, so I had remove myself from the situation. I wasn't able to just deal with what was going on and keep going and I felt disappointed and angry with myself. After that, I was so worried about that scary experience happening again that I couldn't imagine stepping onto a plane. That made me feel out of control. When I wasn't able to accomplish the mission once, I thought that I might not be able to do it again.

Not being able to fly was having a big impact on my life. It was affecting my work situation because I am required to travel for my job. We'd be sitting in meetings and someone would suggest that we go to California to meet with these guys and I would always say that I didn't think it was a good idea right now, I realized that I wouldn't be able to stall forever. It was also affecting my personal life because I have in-laws in Minnesota and my parents are in Germany; so flying is really essential in maintaining these relationships.

Laura was recommended to me by my doctor and I didn't have any concerns about hypnosis because I wasn't threatened by it. I started to notice changes right away. I became more aware of the anxiety that I'd been feeling within my life and looked at things differently. I started making changes and I feel more in control now.

I flew recently and noticed the difference in the way that I felt leading up to the flight and on the plane. I could even tell that I was doing better on the return flight compared to the departure. I was able to change the way I responded and that made me feel more confident. It was definitely a mental exercise, but I could do it. It's been a work in progress and I feel even better about flying now than I'd felt before I had the traumatic experience.

It feels good to know that in a relatively short period of time I can learn to do what I need to do. The biggest benefit for me has been the fact that I can fly now and keep getting better as I go. I've also noticed that I'm getting much better sleep. My wife noticed in the past that I'd started scratching my face in my sleep. It would wake her up because it was so loud. She said that I haven't done this since I went to A New Day Hypnosis. I feel calmer and less anxiety in general.

I'm confident that I'll be free of my problem permanently because I've gotten to this point already and I've seen so much progress. As I keep doing this, the suggestions that I'm giving myself are becoming more concrete and solid and the fears are just going away.

I would recommend Laura's services to anyone who wants to overcome their fear of flying. It's given me the realization of what's going on and the tools to help me overcome it. I would never tell somebody to go see Laura and she'll fix you because it's not that somebody else is going to fix you. You gain the tools to learn to make changes for yourself.

Amy Rupp (insomnia)
Teacher
Bastrop, TX

I've had bad sleep habits since college and I remember having to make up sleep when I was working too hard, but my problem was manageable until the last two years. I spent my Spring Break vacation trying to get the grading done and the reports turned in, so I stayed up late that whole week. I was focused on work and trying to make the goals of the job and get things done and I overextended myself. After that, I couldn't sleep anymore. As time went on, my anxiety increased about going to bed. I would end up losing sleep during the week and then sleeping all weekend, but I never caught up. I would try to do things that would make me sleepy. I took hot baths, I took deep breaths, and I would read and try not to think about it. I'd get tired, fall asleep, and then wake up again or I would end up reading until 2am.

I'd tried listening to guided relaxation CDs and they didn't do anything for me, so eventually my doctor prescribed a sleep medication. It was miserable for me. Sleep was all that I focused on and I was tired regardless of what I did or what I tried. It got to the point where I really started to resent bed time. I could usually make it through the week, but by the time it got to Thursday I hit the wall and I would depend on Ambien to fall asleep at night and Ritalin during the day to stay awake. I felt trapped and out of control. I couldn't see any way out of the pattern. Bedtime became a big monster for me and I felt really angry about it and started to take it out on my husband.

I heard about Laura from my doctor who suggested her services when I told him that I wanted to get rid of the Ambien. The first time that I met with her, I realized that there were a lot of things that I hadn't been seeing and working on my insomnia revealed some other things for me to work on and improve in my life.

At this point, I haven't used any sleep medication in a month and it's been great for me. I can have fun now because I'm sleeping regularly and I don't have to waste all weekend trying to catch up on my sleep. I've also noticed that I have more energy. I don't feel anxious about going to sleep and can set my own schedule now and feel more in control. I feel confident now because I know that I can get to sleep on my own.

I'm now able to sleep in the bed with my husband without being disturbed by his breathing or moving around and I can even sleep with the TV on in the next room. I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis because there's been a lot more to it than just overcoming my insomnia. It's been really empowering to me and it's a wonderful natural way to solve the problem. I'm confident that this is permanent because I'm able to sleep restfully on my own and that's been a miracle for me.

Curtis Gardner (study skills)
Student
Round Rock, TX

I've had problems with my grades for the last two years. It was bad because I was barely passing my classes. I had a negative outlook on my ability with grades and school. It made me feel insecure and I didn't have a lot of confidence in myself. It was difficult for me to study, do homework, and learn anything when I was at school. I was worried about my future and afraid that I wasn't going to be successful in life. I felt like I couldn't control the things that I was doing. I would be sitting there and listening, but not learning anything. I wasn't paying attention and I couldn't make myself focus.

I tried talking to my teachers and asking how they could help me take notes better. I asked counselors at school for advice, but it didn't help me at all and it usually made it harder for me because I didn't believe in myself.

My mom looked up A New Day Hypnosis on the internet and scheduled my first appointment. When she first told me about it, it was a little weird, but then I got used to the idea. I figured that it was a new thing to try, why not try it? After the first session, I was taking more notes and doing my homework. I noticed that I was also paying more attention in class.

Now it's easier to study, do class work, take notes, and get my homework done. I feel more confident and believe in myself that I can do this stuff. I've improved a lot and I'm able to focus on things easier now and I feel more calm and relaxed about school.

The most important thing that I've gotten from this experience is good grades. Before I came to see Laura I was either failing or barely passing my classes. I had a lot of Cs and one failing grade and last grade report was all As and Bs. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it's helpful and gave me confidence in myself and believing that I can do it. Now I have the information I needed so that I so that I can do my best in school. Laura gave me the support to get up and go and do the things that I needed to do.

Elisabeth Henderson (fear of needles/sports enhancement)
Receptionist
Austin, TX

I've been afraid of needles for as long as I can remember. My mom told me that when I was six months old I was getting my vaccinations and had a hysterical fit; I was sweating, panting, and screaming.

I absolutely could not deal with needles in any way. At the doctor's office, I would start breathing really hard and my heart rate would speed up, I'd have tunnel vision and all these horrible thoughts racing through my head. I would sweat, my hearing would go out and I would feel like I was going to throw up. I would kick like an infant and totally lose control. It had gotten to the point where I would refuse to get blood drawn or get any shots. My phobia about needles made me afraid to go to the doctor.

I started to realize that my problem was becoming more serious when I recently had a TB skin test. I thought that I'd psyched myself out enough that I wouldn't react and I made it through my appointment okay, but the feelings just came over me as soon as I got in the car to leave the doctor's office. My vision started going dim, I started sweating and breathing really hard and my heart was pounding. I had the radio blasting in my car and it was almost like someone was turning it down because I couldn't hear anything. I was in traffic on I35 and I pulled over into a Wendy's, I barely remember stumbling into the restaurant and passing out on the trash can.

People would see me react to these situations and think I was nuts. I was embarrassed because it was so small and silly and I knew that people did this all the time with no problem. I felt very out of control. I had this feeling of dread and knew that I would go into hysterics and wouldn't be able to control my reactions. I was afraid that later in life I would avoid necessary treatment that I might need.

After my experience at Wendy's, I realized that I needed help. I did an internet search for hypnotherapists in Austin and I found A New Day Hypnosis. I decided to meet with Laura because she seemed so confident that it would work. I overcame my fear after the first session. The change was effortless; I didn't even know that it had stopped until I was at my appointment in the doctor's office. I hoped that it would work for me, but I still wasn't sure. I took the recording of my hypnosis session into my appointment and just closed my eyes and listened to my CD while I waited. When the doctor put the needle in my arm it was like I didn't feel it. He held my arm up to my face so that I could see the needle in my arm and I didn't think anything of it. It almost seemed microscopic to me. I'm just shocked at the way that I can see needles and not have any reaction at all now.

Jennifer Powell (nailbiting/nailpicking)
Attorney
Austin, TX

I started having problems with picking my nails after I graduated from law school, which was more than ten years ago. After that challenging time, I had periods where my nails would be fine, but during stressful phases in my life, I would start to pick again. A couple of years ago my stress levels had escalated so much that I started picking at my scalp.

I tried willpower to stop picking and would tell myself that I wasn't going to do it anymore, but it would only last for a couple of days. Because of my inability to get it under control, I felt embarrassed and shameful. I felt like a failure. I heard about Laura through my doctor who was able to stop biting his nails with her help, so I decided to set up an appointment.

I noticed changes right away because I had considerably less of an urge to pick at either my scalp or my nails. I was able to learn more ways to overcome any impulses that were still there. Overall, it was easy because Laura helped me to develop tools that I could use when I needed them. I feel in control now and my nails and scalp are healthier. It makes me feel more confident and less self-conscious. It's really different for me because even during the most stressful times I seldom have an urge to pick, but when it happens I'm able to overcome it on my own.

My scalp is healthy, so I can go to the hair salon now and I don't have to hide my nails when I'm in public. I feel more confident in the way that I look and in my ability to overcome negative behaviors. The best benefit for me has been the emotional well being that came from my ability to overcome the picking. I'm confident that I'm free of my problem permanently and I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome nail picking because I haven't had any recurrence of the behavior. It's amazing how effective hypnosis can be and how it works so well when just sheer will power doesn't.

Brian Wise (fear of travel)
Bookseller
Austin, TX

I began having problems with anxiety in 1980 and it's been on and off since then. It's kept me from going places and doing things that I wanted to do. I had been able to make progress, but recently it was getting to the point where I noticed that things were started to slide back. I was having panic attacks related to different driving situations and things were getting out of control; I was constantly worried about nothing specific and felt a tense feeling, but couldn't really identify the source.

Anything that involved going outside of a certain geographic range would become a big problem for me. My stomach was in knots and I had a real sense of edginess, which wasn't a comfortable way to live. I've tried medication and generalized talk therapy to fix my problem. The outcome was pretty good, but I hadn't been able to overcome that final hurdle. I'd already begun work on my problem, but I needed something to speed it along.

I saw a flyer for A New Day Hypnosis at Bookpeople. I'd used hypnosis in the past and had good results, so I didn't have any concerns about trying it again. After meeting with Laura, I began to notice less anxiety and fewer unwanted thoughts. As time has gone on, it's gotten easier and easier. I feel more relaxed and making changes hasn't been too difficult for me.

I definitely feel more in control now. I'm going more places that I haven't gone and it's getting easier each time. I have my personal CDs and I can listen to them anytime, which is a very powerful tool for me. I feel good and have a sense of normalcy again. The general anxiety is gone and I feel more confident because I can go places and know that it's not a big deal. A long-time friend is getting married in Arlington this year and the best benefit of this experience for me is the fact that I'll be able to fly there and not feel panicked about it or worried that it will be a huge ordeal.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because I've found it effective. I like the fact that I can listen to my CDs whenever I want to. I am confident that I'll be able to explore more of Austin and go farther without worrying about it and it's such a relief for me.

Fred Ballard (insomnia)
Home Builder
Dripping Springs, TX

I've had problems with sleep for the last two years. Sometimes I took a couple of Benadryl to sleep and once a guy let me have a Lunesta to try and sleep, I'm against taking medication, but thought I'd try it anyway. It didn't work and I still woke up without being able to go back to sleep.

I've tried meditating on my own and I couldn't settle down. Not getting enough sleep was really impacting my life; I would get tired and couldn't think through issues. I was frustrated and really short-tempered with myself. I got really irritated at 5:30 in the morning when I'd been up for two hours and couldn't go back to sleep, I just felt something was out of control. I always felt kind of cranky and really tired and it showed. At one point, I was trying to stick a bunch of folders in a brief case and they just kept getting hung up, so I ended up throwing the whole thing on the floor.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis online. I'd done hypnosis before for stress and similar issues, so I thought I would try it again. I noticed that she had a good rating and I felt comfortable on the phone. I've noticed that my health in general is 100% better. It's been pretty easy. At first, I was consciously letting my instincts take over and allowed my tendencies to be overridden. I noticed that when I woke up in the middle of the night I could put myself back to sleep.

Being able to get eight hours of sleep instead of four has really improved things. I've had joint problems in the past and now my joints feel fine, which is pretty amazing. I can deal with stress from my job easily and I'm not getting distracted and frustrated. I also notice that I have a lot more energy. Now if I wake up, I'll go back to sleep. I've been sleeping pretty much through the night and I feel more confident.

After we took care of my sleeping problems, we did some work on my beliefs about abundance. I'd always been taught that I shouldn't expect to have wealth and part of what we worked on was feeling deserving of it. I'm starting to make a lot of money and because of the messages I'd been taught growing up, I was feeling guilty about it. I felt uncomfortable about taking a trip or getting a new car and now I've been able to let go of that. There has been a very basic, deep down change in my attitude and sense of deserving and confidence and I notice the way that it plays out in everything that I do.

I realize now that everything is going to work out and if it doesn't, I'll work it out. There's no sense in worrying about it in the middle of the night or trying to figure out what I'm going to do tomorrow when it's four in the morning.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it worked for me. The concept of hypnosis is valid and the person implementing it has to have something more than just training. Laura is very empathic and good at what she does. I'm confident about my abilities and I know that there's a unifying force out there that wants us to become the people we were created to be. The only way not to get there is to sabotage ourselves. Through hypnosis you can reconnect with your goals and remind yourself that it's all there for you. Believing in that and removing my obstacles has given me the confidence to know that this is permanent.

Alicia (procrastination/organization)
University Professor
Austin, TX

I've had problems with organization and procrastination all my life. I've always over committed and had a hard time saying no to things. In the past, I've tried to change by reading self-help books. I'd get off to a great start, clean my office, and then it would just be back to the same mess; simply reading about organization was not enough for me.

My lack of order and unrealistic expectations have kept me constantly running, struggling and having to make excuses for not being on time or ready when I said that I would be. It's a pattern that's always been there. I can remember even in high school feeling over committed and overwhelmed. It's very anxiety-producing and it would minimize the amount of time that I have for myself. It's kept me anxious and irritates the dickens out of my husband.

I'd thought about counseling as an approach, but my experience has been that counselors are often looking for a deep rooted trauma or issue and I think I'm a very healthy person whose time was just out of control. I was looking for a way to get things done quickly and thought that hypnosis might be an approach that would work for me. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on the internet. After our initial visit, I liked Laura's style. She was directive but in a way that didn't pressure me to come up with answers, instead asking me to reflect on my own behavior.

I feel more in control now because I have a way of looking at things and working on doing something about my situation. That's the biggest factor, making the effort and having support to do it. It's given me a greater sense of control and focus and I feel less stress. I've also noticed that I'm using the word ìrealisticallyî more often and that has helped me greatly.

My desk is still clear and I'm cleaning it regularly. I make notes about things that I need to get done and I'm doing a better job at keeping my calendar current. I know what I'm supposed to be doing and there's satisfaction in crossing things off my list. It's easier to find things because I'm filing consistently. It feels good to be able to grab a folder and run and open the folder and have what I need. I have a real sense of relief now.

The best thing for me has been knowing that I have to control my behavior and that the answer is within my power. People can't force me to be responsible, timely, and punctual. It is my choice when it comes to developing a pattern of different behaviors. I would definitely recommend Laura's services because she is very pragmatic and direct in terms of dealing with the issues, so I've never felt like I'm wasting time getting to the issues. I'm now confident that I can do this and I've made so much progress already that I feel certain of future success.

M. Frizzell (fear of thunderstorms)
Round Rock, TX

I've suffered from a fear of thunderstorms for the last three years. It made me agoraphobic and I didn't want to leave the house because I was afraid that there might be a thunderstorm. It made me panicky and insecure. It could be a sunny day and all I would have to do was think about rain and I'd immediately have a panic attack. I felt like I was hopeless.

I couldn't function or control anything. I went to the hospital twice; once they admitted me and another time I just drove there and sat in the waiting room. I figured that if I really freaked out that they would help me. It was awful because I'm pregnant and I was out of control not only for myself, but for another life too. I felt like I was going crazy and I needed to be committed. If I had a panic attack I knew that I wouldn't be able to control it. I would have really irrational thoughts and was afraid that I was going to lose consciousness or die.

It affected my relationships with friends because I would opt out of activities if there was bad weather. It also had an impact on my relationship with my husband who would have to pick up the slack every time there was a panic attack, and they had become really frequent. He would have to sit up with me all night long if it was raining and take care of all of my responsibilities.

I've tried going to a therapist to solve my problem and it got worse because I was talking and thinking about it so much. When I took medication I always felt like it was just the medicine that was making me okay and I'm really opposed to taking it, so I just quit. I did desensitization listening to thunderstorm CDs which did help, but not 100%.

I heard about Laura on yahoo local. I read the reviews and thought she had the most professional website, so I felt confident about doing it. After meeting with Laura, I noticed that the triggers started to decrease. I began to feel more confident that this would work. I felt like I could gain control of the problem without medication and that gave me a real sense of relief.

I generally feel better because I'm more relaxed. I definitely have more focus with changing my behaviors. I've been happy with the success that I've had and feel like I can control the problem. I feel so much more in control. Even if I have a twinge of panic, I can talk myself out of it and control my thoughts. I feel self-confident and know that I can conquer it. I feel like I can do it myself now and that's what I'm most happy about. I don't think that I could have gotten that with any other method.

I would absolutely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who is suffering from panic attacks because it's a healthy alternative to other things. It's a way to equip yourself with a personal tool rather than becoming dependent on a counselor or a drug. I'm confident that if I were ever faced with it again I could handle it and I've never had that belief before. I've already recommended Laura to lots of people and I've been really happy with my success.

Larry Davis (motivation)
Austin, TX
Physical Therapist Assistant

I am working towards becoming a professional working actor and for the last three years I've had trouble staying motivated to practice and do the work necessary to get the level of success that I want. You have to hold yourself accountable for doing the work and I wasn't doing that. I've tried to read books about motivation and they can be helpful, but when you're trying to reprogram your brain and change behaviors, it requires more help than that. I wanted to be more confident, comfortable and have stronger memorization skills. I wasn't booking as many jobs as I wanted to book and I knew that there were so many factors that can throw you out of booking a job and I didn't want to give anyone a reason to say no.

I saw a flyer at People's Pharmacy for A New Day Hypnosis and decided to call. After my first appointment, the change was pretty immediate for me. I noticed that things would pop into my mind at certain times that helped me remember what I'd been working on and processing. It helps to know that I'm working towards something and that's given me more confidence and helped me become more proactive. Things are moving in the right direction for me now. I'm more focused and more accountable to myself. I'm working on all the aspects that I'm weaker in so that I feel good about what I'm bringing to the table. I'm doing my homework and I feel a lot more prepared. When you're prepared, good things will happen.

I feel more in control because I have more of a structure for what needs to be done. I feel more confident because I'm doing my work and I'm doing it better. I have a more organized scheduled and this has helped me to study, do my work, and remember the importance of what I'm doing. When I do that I'm more confident and relaxed. Even if I don't book a job, I'm always improving myself and feeling better about my abilities.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone that is open to hypnosis because it's been really helpful for me. It's a good service. I think that almost anyone could benefit from this type of work and I really believe in it. Whether someone wants to work on acting, relieving stress, or stopping smoking, there are so many ways that it can be beneficial. It's all about reprogramming your mind to be more conscious of the things that you want to be more conscious of. I'm achieving a higher level of professionalism and I have the level of commitment and dedication that I need to achieve my goals.

Brooklyn Cain (confidence and self-esteem)
Account Representative
Cedar Park, TX

I've had problems with confidence and self-esteem for the last 20 years. I was sexually abused as a child and that has had a big impact on the way that I've felt about myself and it has also affected my relationships with men. I picked out the negative side of guys and dwell on things about them that weren't positive. It made me feel very uncomfortable. It's a dead end road and I keep hitting a wall. I felt out of control and it was terrible, I felt like I was a little ant and that the way I felt didn't matter. I was stuck with this person that wasn't really me. I tried counseling and went to ten sessions, but it didn't really work for me. I needed a different approach to my problem.

I've wanted to do hypnosis for a long time and when I saw good reviews about A New Day Hypnosis on yahoo, I decided to set up an appointment. After the first session, I started to notice that I had strength and that I was standing up for myself. I felt more laid back and relaxed. I'm happier now and more in control. Even though I have the same life and I'm doing the same things, I feel like I have more time. I'm not running around in circles all day long and I'm actually accomplishing more.

It's been very easy to change my behaviors. It's really simple, I just tell myself to do something and I do it. I used to be nervous to stand up to my husband or tell him what I thought, but I've really turned that around. In fact, the other night I pulled into the garage and noticed that I was too close to the side, so the door mirror was stuck to the side of the house. The more I moved, the worse it got. In the past, my heart would have been pounding and I would have been afraid that my husband was going to kill me. This time, I just told him what happened and he fixed it and wasn't mad at me. The best thing about the experience for me was the fact that I wasn't scared.

I feel like no one can mess with me anymore and that helps me to feel more in control. I do whatever I want and I feel much happier and healthier. I'm not stressed out or crying, I'm not holding in anything anymore and I feel like I'm me again. The most important benefit that I've received from this experience is the fact that I'm not nervous and afraid anymore. I would recommend Laura's services to anyone who wants to relieve stress and feel better about their abilities because everyone around me has noticed a huge difference and they're seeing that I'm happy now. I've conquered a lot of things and I have an inner strength now. I'm really confident about the changes that I've made. I grow more and more and get better and better every day as I continue to do the work that I'm doing. I'm confident that no one is going to walk over me and I won't be taken advantage of or be controlled. I'm no longer a doormat or a pushover and it feels really good.

Michelle (study skills)
Student
Austin, TX

I've had bad study skills since high school, but I was still able to do well and my problem didn't start to really affect me until I got college. I noticed that I was susceptible to all the distractions around me. I would get frustrated and overwhelmed. I lost focus easily and just gave up. It was making me sad because I knew that I wouldn't be able to reach my goals and make the grades that I needed to get accepted into grad school. I felt very negative and very much like I wasn't reaching my full potential. I knew I could do better, but I just wasn't there. I felt like I couldn't do what I needed to do on my own. Half of the hours that I had spent studying were wasted on day dreaming and drifting. I tried to identify the problem myself and fix it, but I couldn't do it.

I decided that I needed help, so when I saw a flyer for A New Day Hypnosis at UT, I called to schedule an appointment. My understanding of hypnosis is that it is the power of suggestion, so I thought it might help me.

I noticed results immediately because my concentration was a lot better. I didn't realize how out of focus that I had been and from that point on everything seemed to start falling into place. I was able to identify things that I was doing and notice when I started to drift off or lose focus. When I learned to focus more, it was easy to absorb more information and really learn.

I'm staying in the now and sticking with it. I'm dealing with my stress better and I'm saying no to people and distractions more often. It's been pretty easy to buckle down and just do it. I realize now that I need to take things one thing at a time. I'm more focused and organized and I feel more in control. I also notice that my concentration is much better.

I would recommend Laura's services to anyone who wants to improve their study skills because she personalizes it and takes individual experiences and limitations and works with them. I really feel like she understands my situation. I'm now really confident that I have some big-time tools to help me overcome this. I am going to continue to limit my distractions and I know that I can do it because I'm staying so focused and determined.

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