Welcome. My name is Carrie Flemming.
I am a hypnotherapist and soulful guide offering hypnotherapy, EFT, and reiki.
I teach people to slow down, simplify their thoughts, and self-soothe. I help folks shift painful thought patterns and change their relationship to stress.
I guide my clients to decrease anxiety and resolve trauma.
The heart of my work is supporting people to stay with, accept, and trust themselves.
Sessions are held at my Oakland office, over the phone and on Skype.
Please scroll down to learn more about how I work with clients. Join me for a guided meditation.
Or schedule a complimentary phone consultation or a session with me here.
AN INVITATION TO ALLOW
When we allow ourselves to be exactly where we are, we allow ourselves to be in our power.
Facing ourselves honestly, we have agency.
When we become receptive to what is—we create space to see what is not working.
Sometimes it’s hard to face what is because we feel overwhelm, shame, or self-judgment.
When we stop fighting ourselves, we can use that energy to support ourselves in new ways.
It’s like taking the bandaid off of a wound and letting it breathe.
When we stop resisting our experience, we become more connected to ourselves.
When we make room for all of ourselves to exist, we allow ourselves to be human.
I invite you to bring your awareness to your breath.
You don't need to change anything about your breathing.
Feel it move through your nostrils or across your lips.
Feel what is present in you right now.
Allow room for all of your thoughts and feelings and sensations.
There is no need to fight any of it.
Allow your body to soften.
Give yourself permission to be exactly as you are.
There is nothing to change. No one in particular that you have to be.
Nothing to do in this moment.
Notice how your body feels.
Notice what thoughts and emotions arise.
Hold them with care...
Hold yourself like you would hold a precious loved one or
a newborn baby...
That in awe.
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
I practice a client-centered, permissive style of hypnotherapy. Within a therapeutic setting, hypnosis is a relaxed state of inner awareness similar to meditation. In this meditative state, our thoughts slow down and the conscious mind relaxes. As our judging thoughts loosen their grip we have a bit more space to breathe, feel, and be.
Relaxation acts as a gateway into a more expanded state of being that feels safe and supportive. This state is fluid, nurturing, and creative. With this increased inner comfort, we often see ourselves more clearly as we connect with the wisdom of our body, heart, intuition, and unconscious.
I approach our time together as a collaboration and the understanding that my client holds her own answers and wisdom within herself. As a guide, I understand the territory of this meditative state, but my clients are the expert on their own lives. My clients are aware and in control of what is happening and we are in an easeful dialogue throughout the process. My clients remember their experiences in hypnosis and continue to integrate the experience on many levels beyond our sessions.
Deep relaxation reveals the body’s natural ability to rejuvenate and heal itself. Hypnotherapy allows us to reduce stress and anxiety, experience greater connection with ourselves, and increase our awareness. My clients often report feeling peaceful, clear, calm, connected, balanced, relieved, relaxed, and lighter. I use hypnotherapy to support clients around anxiety, addiction, low self-esteem, PTSD, self-compassion, grief, worry, negative thought patterns, and connection to the Essential Self.
Similar to meditation, the more you practice, the easier it becomes to go into this relaxed state. When you have a safe space and a competent guide, hypnotherapy is an opportunity for profound understanding, acceptance, and growth. Read more about preparing for hypnotherapy here.
WHAT IS EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a simple stress-reduction tool that involves tapping on acupuncture points while focusing our attention on a specific challenge and holding ourselves with gentle acceptance. Once you learn EFT you can use it on your own whenever you wish.
EFT is an evidence-based tool used for anxiety, panic attacks, physical pain, negative thought patterns, phobias, depression, PTSD, and trauma resolution. I use it often with my clients to navigate overwhelming emotions, daily stress, self-judgment, and cravings. It can be helpful for those who get caught up in spinning thoughts or for folks with ADD/ADHD who have a hard time focusing or being still.
EFT is active—engaging the body through tapping, the mind through focus on the current challenge, and the heart in offering ourselves compassion and acceptance within our experience. EFT produces a calm, meditative state. It is a self-soothing tool that helps us slow down our thoughts and feel safe within ourselves.
The effectiveness of clinical EFT has been documented over the last 10 years. An hour long session of EFT was shown to decrease cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body by 23%. A series of EFT sessions has been shown to neutralize and resolve PTSD symptoms in veterans and other trauma survivors. The use of EFT has also been linked to a reduction in anxiety, depression, and all types of cravings. You can explore the scientific research of clinical EFT here.