Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner is an American Actor, Producer and Director.  

Back in 1994, while filming the movie Waterworld of the coast of Kona, Hawaii seasickness among the cast and crew was common.  So he Costner flew his personal hypnotist to Hawaii to cure his seasickness. A combination of deep breathing exercises and the use of hypnotic suggestion to reduce discomfort and reduce filming delays.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart is an American businesswoman, writer, and television personality.

After a high profile  six week trial, Stewart was found guilty in March 2004 of felony charges of conspiracy to obstruct, obstruction of an agency proceeding, and making false statements to federal investigators. She was sentenced in July 2004 to a five-month term in a West Virginia prison followed by a two-year period of supervised release.  

She found her incarceration traumatic and on her release was plagued by nightmares. She underwent hypnosis for this as well as stress and was able to overcome them. She has since become an advocate for hypnotherapy and now promotes self-hypnosis for seasonal allergies on her website.

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Eric and Julia Roberts 

Julia Roberts is an Academy Award-winning actress and former fashion model.

She has mentioned several times that she stuttered as a young girl and used hypnotherapy as part of speech therapy to help overcome it. Interestingly her brother, actor Eric Roberts, also had a stutter when he was younger.

Eric has spoken very candidly about his childhood speech problems. Eric was featured in Interview magazine in October 1986. In the interview he said, “I read a lot when I was little because I had the worst stutter in the world… The the the wa-wa-wa-wa-wa-wa-water is cold’. And the class cracked up. I suppose it was funny, but it was so painful for me. So I read because it was a solitary thing where I didn’t have to be cracked up at.”

In the 2004 biography Julia: Her Life by James Spada, Julia goes into detail about Eric’s stuttering several times. Spada wrote, “Eric had not uttered a word until he was five, then suffered from a nearly crippling stutter.” Spada goes on to quote a family friend as saying, “When I knew Eric, he was so eager to please, he was a delight – he was this really cute kid who stuttered and who tried so hard.”

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James Earl Jones 

The legendary actor James Earl Jones is a legendary actor who is the voice behind Darth Vader in Star Wars and  Mufasa in the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King.

He didn’t like to speak as a child because of his stammer. Speaking to the Daily mail in 2010, he said, “As a small child, I would communicate to my family, or at least those who didn’t mind being embarrassed by my stutter or my being embarrassed. I did communicate with the animals quite freely. They don’t care how you sound, they just want to hear your voice. But by the time I got to school, my stuttering was so bad that I gave up trying to speak properly”. He used hypnosis to overcome his stuttering and stammering.

Catherine Middleton

Princess of Wales and former Duchess of Cambridge and member of the British royal family. 

In December 2012 it was announced that Catherine was pregnant with her first child and that she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, (a severe form of morning sickness). She would also suffer with it during subsequent pregnancies.

Apparently, it was Prince William who suggested using a hypnotherapist. The Duchess of Cambridge used hypnotherapy to control symptoms of this morning sickness. Hypnotherapy was used to encourage the brain to respond to healthy, nutritious food and take away any unwanted or negative responses to foods causing morning sickness. She was reported to be eating foods such as berries, broccoli and oatmeal as a direct result of her sessions which helped prevent further bouts of morning sickness.  

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Mel B (Melanie Brown)

Commonly known as Melanie B or Mel B, is an English Singer, Actress, and Television personality. She was a member of the pop group Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed Scary Spice.

She has battled stage fright her entire career. When she launched her burlesque show in Las Vegas in 2009 she used hypnosis to overcome it. Speaking with People Magazine about the production called Peepshow, she said, “My friend hypnotized me before I started rehearsals to have a real open mind”. She went on to say, “I was getting a bit nervous. My anxiety was getting to me. I was hypnotized to calm me down and it worked”.

Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate is an American Actress, Comedian and Author.

She joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for just one season in 2009 and was reportedly fired. She struggled with severe stage fright after this experience and turned to Hypnotherapy for help.

During a 2017 interview with The Guardian newspaper, she explains, “Performing was always an innocent, energetic joy for me but once I was fired, I got a specific type of stage fright — a narrative inside of me: ‘These people don’t like you and they don’t want you to be here. And whatever that magic is that clicks in when you’re on stage, it’s not going to happen tonight.’ My entire self-worth was challenged. I didn’t want to quit stand-up just because I got fired from one job, so I fought against it. I went to a hypnotherapist – it sounds crazy, but it worked.”

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Oliva Munn

Is an American actress and former television host.

She has spoken in the past about her struggles with anxiety and Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Specifically, she suffers with trichotillomania, an obsessive urge to pull out your own hair. In her case, her eyelashes.

In a 2015 Good Housekeeping article she said, “I was going to a hypnotist to help me with my OCD and trichotillomania. One day I told him I didn’t work out, and he said, ‘What do you mean?’ I replied, ‘I don’t know. I just kind of don’t. I yo-yo.’ He said, ‘You have to! It’s good for your anxiety and depression.’ So during one of our sessions, he hypnotized me. I’m not exaggerating: That was on a Friday, and by Monday I was working out every day at 6 a.m. If I missed a session, I’d double up and do it the next day. Now I feel so much stronger. I remember running up the steps one day and thinking, ‘this is strange. I could do this a hundred times and be totally OK’”.

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Slyvester Stallone

Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is an American actor and filmmaker. He is one of just two actors in history (alongside Harrison Ford) to have starred in a box-office No. 1 film across six consecutive decades.

By the mid-1970s Sylvester Stallone had been trying to break into Hollywood as an actor for ten years. Then in 1976, the ‘Rocky’ film was born. Impressively, not only did he get an Oscar for the best actor but he also wrote the screen play for the film and won the Oscar for the best picture of the year. It was all due to hypnosis which helped with creating the screenplay and much more.

He wanted to play the lead role of Rocky Balboa which led to many (thought to be about 900) rejections.  He even turned down a $300,000 offer to ensure he played the lead.  But hypnosis helped him to maintain his self-confidence until he finally got the right offer. And the hypnotherapy was not done there.  In the official “Rocky” scrapbook Stallone wrote: “I arrived in Philadelphia for the location shoot and was scared to death. But every day I stretched out and played the subconscious motivation recordings made for me in Los Angeles.”. 

The man behind this help was Gil Boyne, known as “Hypnotist to the Stars.” Gil founded the Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles in 1956 and since then has taught more than four thousand students from all over the world.

Olivia Coleman

Olivia Colman is an English actress best known for her Oscar winning performance in The Favourite and her role in The Crown.

In an interview with the Independent newspaper in 2021 she revealed that she saw a hypnotherapist for stage fright after once ‘wetting herself’ on stage laughing. She said, “I worry… getting older and slightly more recognisable, the fear that all of these people will watch when you f*** it up and [say], ‘Ah, she did it wrong’ or ‘We went to see that person that we’ve seen on the telly – not as good on stage”.

She went on to say she went to a hypnotherapist “to try and come up with some tools to stop being quite so petrified”.

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