• A full holistic evaluation is taken, which includes an emotional, social, physical, cultural, family, spiritual developmental, and cognitive history; as well as assessment of the strengths and goals of the client.
• The client takes an active role in the therapeutic process.
• Research indicates that Psychotherapy and/or Mind/body Medicine can greatly enhance medical treatments.
• Treatment coordination with physicians and/or other health care professionals occurs upon the client’s request and completion of the appropriate consent forms.
• Throughout the therapeutic experience, the client is encouraged to inform the therapist if he/she has any questions or concerns regarding their experiences in therapy. Each client should feel that he/she is being heard, understood and respected by the therapist. The therapist will not react disrespectfully or defensive toward the client’s perspective or feelings. Clients are never blamed or shamed in any manner, nor are they labeled as non-compliant if they do not agree to or follow recommendations. Rather, the technique or course of therapy is viewed as not adequately matched for that individual, and this calls for further evaluation or change in treatment or therapist.
• Referrals are made if the client requests or requires psychotropic medication evaluation, hospitalization or any other course of treatment.
• Limited space is available for Individual Appointments.
These sessions are tailored to the needs of the client, and would involve integration of a wide range of resources and concepts, including, but not limited to:
• Incorporation of traditional “talk” therapy and interactional psychotherapy with mind/body skills.
• Primary Humanistic theoretical frameworks that can be incorporated into therapy, such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Family of Origin and Systems Theory, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Mind/Body Skills (including hypnotherapy and guided imagery, breath work, quiet and active meditations, energy work, autogenic training and biofeedback,), and Insight Oriented Psychotherapy.
• Integrative Medicine Collaboration for coordinating a client’s medical treatment with that of mind-body techniques to reinforce optimal healing. Clients utilize their own innate healing abilities by learning and practicing mindful meditation, biofeedback, guided imagery, autohypnosis or other self-empowering actions, along with the medical treatment they are receiving. An example of this would be if a client was receiving chemotherapy and desired specific guided imagery exercises to do while receiving treatment, in order to help lesson side effects.
• Auto Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, which is a technique used for stress management, improving health, changing or eliminating habitual thinking or behaviors, developing/reuniting with your creative abilities, and can help in preparing for surgery and/or with medical procedures. Hypnosis is used as part of the therapy process to actively incorporate the subconscious mind in the therapeutic experience. Hypnosis is a form of highly focused, receptive concentration regarding a specific issue that one desires to change. It helps bridge the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind, enabling people to alter or reframe the way they perceive and process reality often resulting in a deeper therapeutic experience. The use of vivid imagery that may activate the senses, healing stories, metaphors or analogies with regards to the specific area requiring change, may be used within the hypnosis.
Additional information about options is available from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Hypnotherapy is not dangerous and is not a form of mind control. The therapeutic use of hypnosis is not at all similar to any “stage show hypnosis” you may have seen on TV or elsewhere. You are always in control during your hypnosis session. The therapist cannot force the hypnotic state onto the client. The gift of hypnosis always lies with the client, for the answers rest within the person, not in the therapist.
Hypnotherapy can be used to enhance desired changes and transform habit forming thinking and behaviors that cause pain and suffering into positive growth and wellness. It is used to reach and work with the unconscious part of the mind that can often stay in familiar patterns despite the conscious mind’s understanding of why and how healthier change should occur. This is often the case when we see ourselves repeating old, unhealthy behaviors or patterns in relationships, in thoughts, expression of feelings, employment choices, or other areas. We may say to ourselves, “I know better than this; why do I keep doing the same hurtful thing to myself?” The unconscious mind can work like a computer storing within itself everything we observe with our senses. When the conscious mind (the pure thinking, logical, analytical part of the mind, where will-power is stored) and the unconscious mind (the intuitive, creative, memory driven with little regard for logic are stored) are working in concert, the prognosis for change is increased and more complete.
Various forms of psychotherapy attempt to bridge the gap between the conscious and unconscious mind. By using hypnosis, you can reprogram your unconscious to create the changes you desire for personal growth and transformation.
A mindfulness way of being can be woven into the hypnotherapy experience. Many people find that conscious daily mindful meditation practice, combined with mindfully done hypnotherapy, enhances their well-being and individual practice. Hypnotherapy by no means replaces daily mindful meditation practice; however, the two practices compliment each other, strengthening the mind in helping to stay present while accepting and incorporating healthy change.