Anxiety affects about 40 million Americans, and if you’re one of them, it may surprise you how effective hypnosis for anxiety can be. Most of us are familiar with the concept of hypnosis; it works by making suggestions to the subconscious mind, which can then be acted upon, and anxiety, fear of flying, quitting smoking can all be addressed through this technique. You will probably need more than one session for it to be as effective as possible, and before even being hypnotized, your therapist will meet with you to discuss the procedure. It’s a good opportunity to ask any questions and understand what to expect during the next few weeks. You may be given some visualization or relaxation exercises to do at home between sessions. Remember that hypnosis is 100 percent safe and you can’t be persuaded to do something you don’t want to do.