What Is Hypnotherapy?

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Also known as therapeutic hypnosis, hypnotherapy is a time-tested technique for improving a wide spectrum of conditions and alleviating symptoms. A trained hypnotherapist uses relaxation and focus exercises to help you enter a hypnotic state. This is a state of consciousness where you are exceptionally alert and, at the same time, very relaxed. In this state, you are more responsive to ideas and suggestions.

If you want to quit smoking, for example, or overcome a fear of public speaking, you are more receptive to initiating the changes you need to make when you’re in a hypnotic state. Think of it as planting a seed during your hypnotherapy session. Later, as you go about your day to day activities, this “idea seed” continues to grow, giving you the inner drive you need to reach your goal!

When you are in a hypnotic state, your body is relaxed and your mind is fully awake. This combination is ideal for cementing ideas such as, “I will lose weight,” or “I will free myself from the fear that’s holding me back.” Under hypnosis, you are extra receptive to the power of suggestion. Rest assured, you will never do anything that you don’t want to do. But you will be able to overcome mental blocks and emotional obstacles that are preventing you from living life to the fullest.

The process of hypnosis can access your internal resources to promote natural healing.  It has been sanctioned and used by the medical community since 1958 to help many different types of medical and psychological conditions.  Hypnotherapy is a powerful psychotherapeutic modality addressing the growth and health of body, mind, emotion and spirit. 

I am certified and trained at the Wellness Institute in Issaquah, WA in Heart- Centered Hypnotherapy which is a unique blend of traditional psychotherapy performed during hypnosis, with special focus on healing the inner child within, a type of self-healing. Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy combines elements of traditional and Ericksonian hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Transactional Analysis (TA), developmental psychology, behavior modification, Gestalt techniques, pre- and perinatal psychology, and chakra opening.


Benefits to You

Many of my clients notice that with hypnotherapy, issues they have  dealt with for many years – in some cases, the majority of their lives – are finally resolved. Some of the benefits you may enjoy include:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Release from long-held emotional or mental blocks
  • Greater relaxation and peace of mind
  • Living to your full potential
  • Alleviation of physical symptoms
  • Higher self-esteem, confidence, self worth, and sense of purpose
  • Freedom from addictions and debilitating habits
  • The power to change your life for the better
  • Noticeable results in personal growth and self-improvement
  • Adopting a Can-Do attitude!

First and foremost, I believe in doing no harm. I operate under the premise that you are the healer, and answers are found within you.  My role is to employ safe, effective therapy techniques designed to bring these answers to the surface and to support you in taking action.


I believe in a customized approach that treats each client according to his or her specific needs.  During your first session, we will explore together your health and life history to uncover relevant information.  Once the comprehensive evaluation is complete, we can begin the method of therapy best suited for your particular case. I continuously evaluate as we go, making changes as needed to maximize your benefits.

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