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. 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 of our challenges.
My clients often report feeling peaceful, clear, calm, connected, balanced, relieved, relaxed, and lighter. I use hypnotherapy to support clients around anxiety, addiction recovery, 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. With a safe space and a competent guide, hypnotherapy is an opportunity for profound understanding, acceptance, and growth.
WHAT IS EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a stress-reduction tool that you can use it on your own whenever you wish. It is an evidence-based tool used for anxiety, panic attacks, food and drug cravings, physical pain, negative thought patterns, phobias, depression, PTSD, and trauma resolution. I use it often with my clients to manage 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 an active modality as it engages 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, physical pain, and all types of cravings. You can explore the scientific research of clinical EFT here.