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Some of Celebrities Who've Used Hypnosis

Tiger Woods

Golf star Tiger Woods is a staunch advocate of the power of hypnosis, and he has used it for more than keeping fit. He has talked about using hypnotherapy to become a better golfer, and his record speaks for itself. He first tried hypnosis in his teens and it has helped him to get rid of anxiety so that he can give his best possible performance on the course. In addition, he visualizes every move he makes on the golf course before ever hitting the ball.

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes is also said to have benefitted from hypnosis sessions aiming to stop her from biting her nails. She has a history of endorsing hypnotherapy more broadly. In particular, the actress has confirmed that she has used hypnotherapy to combat and overcome a debilitating fear of spiders. This is another excellent example of how hypnosis can influence subconscious fears that hold us back.

Sylvester Stallone

It took a long time for Sylvester Stallone to get his big break in the movies, and some speculate that the success of Rocky (his breakout role) came partly from his work with a hypnotherapist. While he struggled with intense fear during the first days of filming, he used personalized "subconscious motivation recordings" to overcome his anxiety and give his best performance.

Sophie Dahl

British model Sophie Dahl was originally marked as being "plus sized", but she decided that she wanted to lose weight and change her lifestyle. With assistance from a hypnotherapist, she descended to a UK size 8 and has kept the weight off for around a decade so far. She claims that her need for dieting was minimal thanks to the changes in attitude induced by her hypnotherapy.

Mel Gibson

Another world-famous advocate of hypnosis, Mel Gibson learned how to hypnotize himself and others. Taught by Australian expert hypnotherapist Dr. Rick Collingwood over the course of 10 days, Mel Gibson is said to have picked up the skills very quickly. He was said to be keen to use hypnotherapy to help others.

Angelina Jolie

A mother of six children, world-famous actress Angelina Jolie reportedly relied on hypnotherapy to help her remain calm and centered when she gave birth to her twins. She apparently chanted and entered a hypnotic trance, which was allegedly a pre-arranged part of her birth plan. Angelina's experience was during a caesarean section, so it's worth noting that hypnobirthing isn't just for "natural" labor.

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher is enthusiastic about the effects of hypnotherapy, noting that he used it to stop smoking and that he really believes it works. He used a self-hypnosis recording, and as far as we know he hasn't returned to the habit since then. In addition, he endorses hypnosis for focus and concentration, and is an advocate of creative visualization for personal success.

Ellen DeGeneres

As well as going on the record to say that hypnotherapy can help you quit smoking, Ellen shared her experience with smoking cessation hypnotherapy on her show. She worked with famous hypnotherapist Paul McKenna, but there's good evidence to believe that even self-hypnosis at home can help you quit smoking more easily. According to Ellen, she may not have been able to quit without the help of hypnosis.

Matt Damon

Academy Award winner Matt Damon is world famous for his compelling performances and political activism. However, what's less commonly known is that he smoked heavily for almost two decades, and really struggled to quit. When he was a guest on The Tonight Show, he discussed how tough this process was for him, and credited hypnotherapy for his eventual success. He praised it as the best choice he made, and emphatically endorsed its effectiveness.

Debra Messing

Will and Grace star Debra Messing used hypnotherapy to help her get into the right mindset for underwater scenes in the film "Lucky You". Prior to her use of hypnosis, she was reportedly terrified of being underwater, but she didn't want this to hold her back from a fantastic role. She also says that hypnotherapy helped to save her life, as it pushed her to stop smoking for good.