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664A Main Street, 
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002

413.210.2843
I am deeply honored, appreciative and very excited to be able to offer hypnotherapy as a powerful, healing oriented practice within my community! Hypnotherapy is a fantastic choice for people who are consciously aware that they need and want to change in fundamental ways (there is a will to grow) but feel stuck, and are looking for guidance and support around moving forward. If you are willing and ready to step into the challenge of personal growth and healing, hypnotherapy is for you! 

Incorporating elements of developmental psychology, transpersonal psychology, energy psychology and shamanism, this particular modality is holistic and trauma-informed in nature, in that it recognizes the link between mind, body and spirit (emotional, mental, physical and spiritual forms of distress are interconnected and usually have an origin that is based in some type of trauma). In this sense, we can consider hypnotherapy to be a less pathologizing approach to healing than the traditional medical model, as it understands that we all carry trauma to varying degrees, which impacts our ways of walking and moving through the world, and perhaps most importantly, that we all have the power to access our free will to heal and recover

While many people enjoy cultivating and maintaining a therapeutic relationship with their counselors over a long period of time, hypnotherapy is different from “mainstream” talk therapy, in that it assists the individual to make huge shifts in consciousness in ways that are personally transformational, in a matter of just a few to a handful of sessions, which is cheaper in the long run, and perhaps more self empowering, in that there is less reliance on the therapist to assist on the healing journey.

FAQ

How are you licensed to practice hypnotherapy?

I carry a license to practice clinical social work; was trained in Heart Centered Hypnotherapy through the Wellness Institute in Issaquah Washington, and am currently certified by the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH).

What is hypnotherapy used to treat?

Contrary to popular belief, hypnotherapy can be used to treat much, much more than addictions and phobias. It can also be used successfully to help people struggling with:

(Child) Sexual Abuse Trauma
Self concept/esteem/worth Issues
Depression
Migraines
Performance and Social Anxiety
Eating Disorders
Anxiety and stress
Procrastination
OCD
Grief and Mourning
Insomnia
Dissociative complaints

Is there a difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Yes. While hypnosis works by giving suggestions in an altered state of consciousness, hypnotherapy is a more involved process during which the individual is assisted to get to the root causes of issues, ultimately resolving inner conflicts by regressing, re-experiencing, redoing and completing (early) trauma to emerge as a transformed person.

What typically happens during a hypnotherapy session?

There will be an initial interview during which I will ask you to talk about your intentions as they pertain to hypnotherapy, including what you are hoping to get out of it. We will identify the emotional/mental/behavioral/physical patterns which have outlived their usefulness, and which you would like to change. I may ask you for some background details pertaining to family of origin and relationships, etc. Next, I will ask you to get into a comfortable, resting position and we will perform an induction and deepening to assist you into the hypnotic state, during which I will act as a guide, encouraging you to express and release the emotion of any significant unresolved experiences (trauma), and later establish new, positive and lasting ways to view relationships and handle future situations with poise and ease.

How long are the sessions?

The sessions are typically 90 minutes long.

What if I can’t be hypnotized?

Because hypnosis is a natural mind state, it follows that it is possible for everyone to be hypnotized.

What if I am forever changed, and can’t return to my previous mental state?

The goal of hypnotherapy is for individuals to change, insofar as their level of consciousness is concerned, so in this sense, you will feel changed! However, the change that is felt supports a shift in consciousness that is aligned with your highest self and which empowers you to tap into your own inner resources more freely and intentionally that you were able to before.

What if something gets revealed about me that I wish to keep hidden?

You will find that your session is more effective if you are able to try to release any desire to consciously suppress your psyche! Having said this, clients are always in control, and in charge of their own hypnotherapy process. They can use their free will to reject suggestions, and they are able to request ahead of time that the therapist make suggestions that they wish to hear.

What do sessions cost?

Hypnotherapy is $150.00 (I offer a sliding scale) for a session which lasts up to 90 minutes. Please note that I am a counseling provider for a number of different insurance companies. If you wish to use your insurance you are responsible for your deductible and/or co-pay at the time of service. I can verify your benefits BEFORE your first appointment. If you don’t wish to use insurance the full fee for a 90 minute session is $150.00 (a sliding scale can be applied accordingly).



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