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I am passionately dedicated to changing people's lives for the better. Witnessing the incredible impact that a few healthy thoughts can have, I am committed to empower you to achieve remarkable transformations. With a profound understanding of the human mind, I guide you towards unleashing your true potential. Together, we rewrite limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering thoughts, fostering profound shifts that ripple through all aspects of your life. It's a privilege to witness the incredible change that unfolds when you nurture just a few healthy thoughts, leading to a life of joy, success, and fulfillment.  I am neither a psychologist nor a licensed therapist, I am board certified in hypnotherapy and neurolinguistic programming integrating the spiritual aspect of your human existence.


Hypnosis Benefits for the Mind
 

Hypnosis is a practice that has been used for centuries and has shown potential benefits for the mind. Hypnosis works by overcoming critical faculty barrier for the purpose of establishing acceptable selective thinking, leads you through progressive relaxation, providing soothing imagery and sensations to ease you into accomplishing your goal. While the effectiveness of hypnosis can vary from person to person, some potential include:  


Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Hypnosis induces a state of deep relaxation, which can help reduce stress and promote overall mental well-being. It allows individuals to enter a calm and focused state, which can alleviate anxiety, tension, and related symptoms.


Enhanced Focus and Concentration: During hypnosis, the mind can become highly focused and receptive to suggestions. This heightened state of concentration can help improve focus, attention, and memory, making it beneficial for tasks that require mental clarity and cognitive performance.


Motivation and Goal Achievement: Hypnosis can be utilized to enhance motivation and improve goal-setting and goal achievement. By harnessing the power of suggestion and visualization, hypnosis can help individuals align their subconscious mind with their desired outcomes, increasing their motivation and drive to accomplish their goals.


Confidence and Self-Esteem: Hypnosis can assist in boosting self-confidence and self-esteem by addressing subconscious beliefs and negative self-talk. Through positive suggestions and affirmations, hypnosis can help individuals develop a more positive self-image and belief in their abilities.


Behavior Modification: Hypnosis can be used to address unwanted habits, behaviors, or patterns of thinking. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnosis can help identify and modify underlying beliefs or thought processes that contribute to negative behaviors, such as smoking, overeating, or phobias.


Self-Exploration and Insight: Hypnosis can facilitate self-exploration and introspection, allowing individuals to gain deeper insights into their thoughts, emotions, and past experiences. This increased self-awareness can promote personal growth, self-reflection, and the resolution of underlying emotional conflicts.


It's important to note that while hypnosis can be beneficial, it is not a standalone treatment for mental health conditions or a substitute for professional medical or psychological care. It is best utilized as a complementary approach within a comprehensive treatment plan under the guidance of a qualified hypnotherapist or healthcare professional.


Hypnosis Benefits for the Body

Hypnosis can potentially offer several benefits for the body. From ancient times the Egyptians had the Temple of Sleep, and the Greeks the Healing Altar, places where people were given hypnotic suggestions for the purpose of healing and increased well-being.

While individual experiences may vary, here are some potential benefits of hypnosis for the body:  


✔   Pain Management: Hypnosis has been used as an adjunctive technique for pain management. It can help individuals reduce their perception of pain, manage chronic pain conditions, and alleviate discomfort associated with medical procedures or surgeries.    


✔  Stress Reduction: Chronic stress can have detrimental effects on the body. Hypnosis induces a relaxed state, allowing the body to release tension and promoting a sense of calm. By reducing stress levels, hypnosis can contribute to overall physical well-being.    


✔  Improved Sleep: Hypnosis can assist in improving sleep quality and addressing sleep-related issues such as insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns. By promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety, hypnosis can create an optimal environment for restful sleep.    


  Enhanced Mind-Body Connection: Hypnosis can help individuals develop a stronger mind-body connection. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnosis can facilitate communication between the conscious and unconscious levels, allowing for greater awareness and control over bodily functions.    


  Behavior Change for Health: Hypnosis can support positive behavior change related to health and well-being. It can be utilized to address habits like smoking cessation, weight management, and promoting healthy lifestyle choices. By targeting the subconscious mind, hypnosis can assist in shifting ingrained patterns and fostering healthier behaviors.    


  Relaxation and General Well-being: Engaging in hypnosis sessions promotes relaxation, which has a wide range of positive effects on the body. Relaxation can help reduce blood pressure, alleviate muscle tension, enhance immune system function, and promote overall well-being.    


It is essential to keep in mind that while hypnosis may provide potential benefits for the body, it should not replace conventional medical care. It is advisable to consult with qualified healthcare professionals to address specific health concerns and to ensure comprehensive care. Hypnosis should be practiced under the guidance of a trained hypnotherapist who can tailor the sessions to your individual needs.

What is Hypnosis used for?

  • pain, chronic pain 
  • depressive states
  • anxiety, phobias
  • post traumatic stress
  • stress
  • chronic conditions
  • improved attention
  • performance
  • focus, concentration
  • study, exams
  • confidence and self-esteem
  • enhanced focus and concentration
  • motivation and goal achievement
  • relaxation & stress reduction
  • underlying beliefs or thought processes
  • gain deeper insights into their thoughts, emotions, and past experiences
  • self-awareness can promote personal growth, 
  • self-reflection and the resolution of underlying emotional conflicts.
  • healing past traumatic experiences
  • habit disorders
  • smoking; weight loss
  • gastro-intestinal disorders
  • skin conditions
  • post-surgical recovery
  • relief from nausea and vomiting
  • childbirth
  • treatment of hemophilia
  • improve immunity 
  • and many other conditions

 “Mental Health professionals, have a tendency to impose hypothetical constructs instead of exploring the unique sources of discomfort in each individual. The hypnotherapist, on the other hand, is interested in the nature and location of each individual’s unique discomfort, rather then trying to fit the client into a diagnostic category.”    Havens and Walters, Erickson’s remarks. 

 A holistic approach means to provide support that looks at the whole person, not just their mental health needs. The support should also consider their physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing.

A holistic approach focusses on a person’s wellness and not just their illness or condition. 

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What is hypnosis and how does it work?




Hypnosis is a changed state of awareness and increased relaxation that allows for improved focus and concentration. It also is called hypnotherapy. Hypnosis usually is done with the guidance of a health care provider using verbal repetition and mental images.

During hypnosis, most people feel calm and relaxed.



What is neuro-linguistic hypnosis?




Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy is an approach that combines principles from neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy. It focuses on using language patterns and techniques from NLP in conjunction with hypnosis to help individuals achieve personal change and overcome various challenges, such as phobias, stress, and habits. This combination aims to enhance the effectiveness of hypnotherapy by incorporating NLP's understanding of language, communication, and behavior.



Are You Hypnotizable?




Most people think they aren't. But - in fact 95% of people are hypnotizable. How do you measure up?  

The following quiz is designed for you to gain a better understanding into how you might react in different situations and how those reactions form patterns to determine how you process information.  

Count 1 (one) for each question that reflects a YES answer. When answering, try to be as honest as possible. Try not to go back and change your answers:

  • Are you able to follow simple instructions? 
  •  Have you ever turned your thoughts to ‘other things’ during a dull meeting or lecture?   
  • Can you imagine yourself as one of the characters in your favorite film?  
  • Can you imagine the sound of a train whistle blowing?   
  • Have you ever been traveling in a car, lost in conversation and the travel time appeared to pass rather quickly?   
  • Can you sometimes arise from sleep to get a drink of water and go right back to sleep?   
  • If you walked past a crowd of people, all of whom were looking up at the top of a building, would you also look up?   
  • Have you ever ‘rested your eyes’ in front of a television set because you were too comfortable to get up and go to bed?   
  • Are you able to meditate or pray?   
  • Have you ever been so caught up in reading a good book that you couldn’t put it down?   
  • While listening to a favorite song, can you remember where you were, what you were doing and who you were with when you first heard it?
  • Have you ever cried or been frightened while watching a movie?   
  • Did you ever lose track of time while engrossed in something enjoyable?   
  • Do you begin to yawn after observing another person yawning?   
  • Do you shudder at the thought of someone scratching his/her fingernails down a chalkboard?   
  • Does your mouth water at the thought of sucking on, or biting into a plump, juicy, sour lemon?   
  • Have you ever impulsively purchased a bag of popcorn, cinnamon roll or caramel apple because of the aroma filtering through the air? 
  • When someone talks about feeling warm physically, do you begin to feel warm also?   
  • Do you occasionally ‘tune out’ when someone is talking to you in a monotonous voice?   
  • Can you at times not hear what a person is saying, because you are anxious to impart your side of the conversation?   
  • If someone talks about a fear that you too have experienced, do you have a tendency to have an apprehensive or fearful feeling also? 

If you answered "Yes" to at least 13 questions Congratulations! the probability of you being HYPNOTIZABLE is great!  

Most people are hypnotizable under the right circumstances. Hypnotizability depends on a person’s expectations.
If you think you are hypnotizable, your chances of going into an altered state are greatly improved.  
Other factors that influence the success of hypnosis include:  

Belief: The mind will only accept that which is congruent with your established morals and ethics. The role of the hypnosis facilitator is to encourage you to imagine, picture and visualize the best situation for a successful outcome – creating images that are in your best interest. If you believe in the process of hypnosis, then certainly it is attainable.    

Rapport: The ability to create rapport is a skill that is used to elicit a relationship with another person. Be sure you have established good rapport. If you feel uncomfortable with the hypnosis practitioner you select, some part of your mind may remain on guard, thereby impeding the process.  

Motivation: The most hypnotizable people are those who sincerely want to be hypnotized, expect hypnosis to work, and believe hypnosis can assist them in achieving their goal.    We encourage you to seek the services of a certified hypnosis practitioner who is skilled in the use of various approaches and techniques so that he/she is best prepared to bring about the desired change for a successful outcome.
note: quiz courtesy of IACT


What happens during hypnosis session?



During a hypnosis session, you are guided through a process to induce a trance-like state that helps you focus your minds, respond more readily to suggestions, and become deeply relaxed. Hypnotherapy utilizes the heightened awareness of the hypnotic state to help you focus on a problem more deeply.



Session length


An initial assessment and hypnosis session is scheduled for 1.5-2 hours. Follow-up sessions are 50-60 minutes.
How many sessions do I need?

This depends largely on the person and the issue being addressed. A typical hypnosis process consists of an initial session and 3 or 5 follow-up sessions. Some people keep a regular appointment for ongoing support, and others see me as needed.





What to expect during a hypnosis session


Our session usually begins with a conversation. We discuss your goal or situation, the hypnosis process, and any questions you might have.

When we use hypnosis I help you let go of physical tension and get your mind into a state similar to pre- and post-sleep, daydreaming, or meditation. Hypnosis is most often a state of intensified physical relaxation and mental focus. You remain conscious throughout the session, interacting with me during hypnosis by signaling or speaking.

Hypnosis is not sleep, and you do not lose control or go into a frozen, cataleptic state. Many people experience some dissociation (i.e. “blanking out”) during hypnosis, but this does not hinder the process. In fact, it can enhance the effectiveness of hypnotic suggestions.

When hypnosis is concluded, it is normal to feel so relaxed that you don’t want to move. You can emerge from hypnosis slowly and gently, and you will be able to go about your day normally.





Schedule Appointment


A credit card is required to reserve your appointment time. Your card will not be charged except under these conditions.

We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. Payment is due at the time of service.
Packages include discounts.  One single session is never enough for transformation.
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Cancellations/Missed Appointments


If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please give at least 48 hours notice. A $78 fee is charged for late cancellations and missed appointments. I understand that there are unexpected situations and waive the fee when there is a pressing reason unless these are recurring cancellations.





Scope of practice


As a hypnotist my role is help you resolve everyday problems using hypnosis. I am not a medical doctor or mental health practitioner. I do not diagnose, prescribe, treat, cure, or heal any physical, mental, or emotional illness. The services I render are not a form of health care, psychotherapy. The physical and mental well-being of each client is my primary consideration. I recommend that you seek medical and/or professional help when appropriate. Hypnosis is not a substitute for medical treatments or medications. I will withhold non-referred hypnotic services if a client’s behavior, appearance or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed health care professional, and will provide services to such clients only after evaluation and with the approval of the licensed health care professional. If you need a diagnosis or any other type of treatment from a different practitioner, I will assist in a coordinated transfer of services to another practitioner.





Professional ethics


I do not perform hypnosis for unrealistic goals or inappropriate requests. For example, I will not hypnotize someone for another person to determine whether they are telling the truth, or to exert outside influence on them.

I am a Certified by the American Board of Hypnotherapy, International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists and by the American Board of Neurolinguistics. If you ever have a complaint about my services or behavior that I cannot resolve for you personally you may contact the board the to seek redress.






Confidentiality and privacy


I maintain the confidentiality of all knowledge and information concerning my clients. I will not tell anyone that you are my client. Only when required by law or when authorized by those responsible for the client’s care I may disclose some information.



How do I Request an Appointment?


A payment in advance (cash, credit card or retainer)  is required to reserve your appointment time.  Packages include discounts.  

One single session is never enough for transformation. 
Initial consultation can take from 90 min to 120 min to help you establish goals and to learn about what is available to you.  
After that, a session can last anywhere from 50 min to 75 min depending on where you are with your progress.


Q: How do I book an appointment?
A: Follow the link to receive the privacy policy and to fill out the intake form; make sure to include your email, your name, phone number, and reason for appointment. I look forward to speaking with you!


Q: I am interested in counseling, but find it difficult to make the appointment in the office. Are there other options?
A: Yes. I also offer phone and video counseling sessions, secured via zoom, skype, fcc, etc.


Q: Is the session confidential?
A: Yes. Your confidentiality is protected by law. In order for your well-being to be successful, you need to feel comfortable. Confidentiality policies are detailed below.


Q: What will happen at my first appointment?
A: The first appointment is a time to discuss your needs and concerns, to determine if our relationship is the right fit. You will want to feel as though you can meet your goals with the coach /therapist /doctor you have chosen, and the first appointment is an opportunity to begin to see if you feel you can do that. You will need to fill out an intake form and review the confidentiality policies. The initial appointments can last from 60 to 90 minutes.


Q: Do I have to share everything about myself ?
A: You decide what is shared. Regaining well-being is a process, and revealing aspects about yourself can take time. It is important to develop a trusting relationship with your coach /therapist /doctor so you ultimately feel comfortable sharing as much about yourself as will help your concerns that brought you to your appointment.


Q: Isn't willpower enough for most problems?
A: Resolving issues now has the potential to prevent problems from becoming serious in the future. Seemingly simple solutions, like attempting to just stop doing something or stop thinking a certain way, may not work. Sometimes navigating and dealing with emotions and relationships takes resources or skills that you may not have yet tapped into and therefore, you may have difficulty solving the problem. We are here to help you build those resources and skills.


Q: How do I pay for services?
A: Payments are made by Paypal or major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, etc) when you request your appointment. If you need to cancel you must phone or text us 48 hours in advance of your appointment time in order to receive a refund (refunds take approx 3-10 business days) and to avoid being charged a full session fee.   Packages include discounts.  One single session is never enough for transformation.


Q: Do you take my insurance?
A: Many people would rather not have visits documented on their health records. If you would rather utilize your insurance benefits, you will be able to utilize the invoice provided after your appointment to submit to your insurance. In-network and out-of-network insurance benefits will cover only portions of the cost and vary by insurance plan; not all plans are alike.


Q: Do you prescribe medication?
A: No, we do not. In order to obtain medication, you will need to be evaluated by your medical doctor.


Q: How many sessions do I need?
A: Most often people attend coaching sessions once per week and if necessary, we can schedule you more often than that. Doctor sessions vary depending upon test results the doctor may order; you will be notified by the doctor.


Q: Can I make multiple appointments?
A: Yes. We can schedule appointments for multiple weeks in advance to ensure you have a time slot with which you are comfortable.  


Q: How long is a session?
A: An initial assessment plus a short hypnosis session is scheduled for 1.5-2 hours.   Follow-up sessions are 60-90 minutes.  


 Q: How many sessions do I need?  
A: This depends largely on the person and the issue being addressed. A typical hypnosis process consists of an initial session and 3 or 5 follow-up sessions.  Some people keep a regular appointment for ongoing support, and others see me as needed.  A transformation package consists of 10 sessions.    

 Q: What to expect during a hypnosis session?  
A: Our session usually begins with a conversation. We discuss your goal or situation, the hypnosis process, homework or tasks assigned to you in prior session, and any questions you might have.  When and if we use hypnosis I help you let go of physical tension and get your mind into a state similar to pre- and post-sleep, daydreaming, or meditation. Hypnosis is most often a state of intensified physical relaxation and mental focus. You remain conscious throughout the session, interacting with me during hypnosis by signaling or speaking.  Hypnosis is not sleep, and you do not lose control or go into a frozen, cataleptic state. Many people experience some dissociation (i.e. “blanking out”) during hypnosis, but this does not hinder the process. In fact, it can enhance the effectiveness of hypnotic suggestions.  When hypnosis is concluded, it is normal to feel so relaxed that you don’t want to move. You can emerge from hypnosis slowly and gently, and you will be able to go about your day normally.  Please allow minimum of 20 minutes before driving a car after a hypnosis session.      


Scope of practice:
 As a coach and hypnotist my role is to help you resolve everyday problems using hypnosis. I respect your model of the world and I do not seek to influence or re-direct your model of the world (political, religious, gender,  economic, etc views), but to provide solutions that best fit your needs. I am not a medical doctor or mental health practitioner. I do not diagnose, prescribe, treat, cure, or heal any physical, mental, or emotional illness. The services I render are not a form of health care or psychotherapy. The physical, emotional and mental well-being of each client is my primary consideration. I recommend that you seek medical and/or professional help when appropriate. Hypnosis is not a substitute for medical treatments or medications. I will withhold non-referred hypnotic services if a client’s behavior, appearance or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed health care professional, and will provide services to such clients only after evaluation and with the approval of the licensed health care professional. If you need a diagnosis or any other type of treatment from a different practitioner, I will assist in a coordinated transfer of services to another practitioner.  I do not perform hypnosis for unrealistic goals or inappropriate requests. For example, I will not hypnotize someone for another person to determine whether they are telling the truth, or to exert outside influence on them.      


Professional ethics:
I am a Certified by the American Board of Hypnotherapy, International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists and by the American Board of Neurolinguistics. If you ever have a complaint about my services or behavior that I cannot resolve for you personally you may contact the board the to seek redress.      



Confidentiality and privacy:  
Your confidentiality is protected by law. I maintain the confidentiality of all knowledge and information concerning my clients. I will not tell anyone that you are my client. I may disclose information only when required by law or when authorized by those responsible for the client’s care. 

What are your credentials?


I am board certified by American Board of Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistics, International Association of Counselor and Hypnotherapists, International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists.

I am trained with The prestigious Milton H. Erickson Foundation, I am a Contemporary Alchemy Shaman, a Reiki Master Teacher and I designs Thought-Feeling® practices as Feelfulness® techniques for both therapeutic purpose, peak performance or mastery.  

I coined the term Feelfulness® in 2011.

I am a published author, a Mensa member and a mixed media artist. My motto is “all it takes is willingness.”  

If mindfulness is a state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, calmly accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, I teach you how to achieve a higher state of Feelfulness® by choosing the thought-feelings® desired, generating that state and using it both as a therapeutic technique, peak performance or mastery.  

Deliberately practicing chosen thought-feelings® on a regular basis provides a significant tangible shift in your state of being.

Because ideas weaved with corresponding feelings become creative actions and tangible results. The subconscious works in and from patterns so be persistent and insistent; repeat your thought-feelings® to imprint on your subconscious to deliver you the results you desire.

What is you approach?


I am not here reciting what I've read, but I am expressing what I have observed that works wonders, and building on the work of Carl Jung the father of Analytical Psychology, William James, the father of Functional Psychology, Milton Erickson, the father of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and Martin Seligman the father of Positive Psychology.

With my UNIQUE mix of expertise I am here to give you the Tools you need to gain Top Functional EIQ Skills to enhance whatever you do, that you can do better.

  •  1. Re-Direct your Stream of thoughts (thought management) 
  • 2. Shift your Mindset (emotional intelligence, mindfulness) 
  • 3. Generate a Desired State (feel a feeling by choice) 
  • 4.  beneficially Register (neuroplasticity) in your Muscle Memory (automatic habits), because
  • 5. your Automatic Habits determine Quality of your Life and the Rate of your Success!
= Feelfulness ®

Carl Jung founded the analytical psychology movement and is known for the collective unconscious, archetypes and individuation.
Jung found that there is a collective unconscious all people share and helped people better understand their unconscious mind.
During the last thirty years of his life, Jung embraced Alchemy as a crucial component of his research in psychology. He found in alchemy a perfect symbiosis of ideas and images that matched his own understanding of the complexity of the psyche, affirming his beliefs regarding the unconscious's drive and direction.
Alchemy seeks to transform the lead of the unconscious  into the gold of wisdom, liberating your soul. The alchemists understood the connection between the anima and the soul - “the innermost and most secret numinous of human.”




In 1998, Martin Seligman strongly encouraged the field of psychology to widen its scope and move beyond human problems and pathology to human flourishing.  

Rather than merely focusing on what is wrong with people and fixing their problems, the focus should also be on what is right with people and boosting their strengths.

Born in 1942, Seligman is credited as the father of Positive Psychology and its efforts to scientifically explore human potential.

1. positive emotion
2. engagement
3. relationships
4. meaning
5. achievement







Milton Erickson's clinical practice conveyed an extremely advanced and nuanced understanding of the human mind that modern science continues to validate to this day in realation to individual’s unconscious minds.  

But far more importantly, he understood the value of intelligently and creatively acting on this knowledge, and as a result pioneered effective novel approaches to activate the healing potential of the continuously intelligent and creative unconscious’ of his patients.

1. how the unconscious mind works
2. indirect, permissive and interspersal techniques
3. brief therapy, neuro-linguistic programming
4. observation skills, validation, cultivation, and challenge
5. applying tailoring, utilization, strategic, competency, naturalistic methods

William James the father of Functional Psychology was interested in the study of optimal human functioning and considered subjective experience as highly important.


He believed that to maximize human potential, we must gain insight into both the limits of human energy and the ways to stimulate and optimally use this energy.

Some have argued that William James should be considered “America’s first positive psychologist.

1. how mental processes work
2. helping organism adapt to their environment
3. the purpose of behavior process
4. introspection & observation
5. evolution





Leaders, practitioners, professionals, coaches or mentors, create a clear vision that empowers and inspires change with their clients /team members.  “Great” leaders are and practitioners frequently looking for fresh ways to motivate their clients /team, influence effectively and create a supportive atmosphere.  


The Sacred



William James, Carl Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Rudolf Otto are all scholars who have written extensively about the concept of The Sacred in their respective fields of psychology. While each has a unique perspective, they all share a common interest in understanding the experience of the sacred.

William James believed that The Sacred and God are natural and universal human experience. In his book "The Varieties of Religious Experience," he argues that the sacred is a transcendent and mysterious experience that is beyond our everyday, mundane reality. He describes the sacred as a feeling of awe, wonder, and reverence that people often experience in the presence of something greater than themselves, such as nature, art, or God.

Mircea Eliade in his book "The Sacred and the Profane," distinguishes between the sacred and the profane as two distinct categories of experience. According to Eliade, the sacred refers to a realm of experience that is filled with spiritual meaning and significance, while the profane refers to the everyday, secular world of ordinary experience. He argues that the experience of the sacred is fundamental to human existence and that it provides the sense of orientation and meaning in life. Eliade also suggests that alchemy is a form of "technique of the sacred" that allows the alchemist to access the spiritual realm, and to communicate with the divine. He notes that alchemy, like shamanism, is a "way of becoming sacred" and that it can lead to a state of "cosmic awareness" and "illumination."

The psychological phenomenon of a suddenly appearing, extremely enigmatic, and at the same time fascinating state in which one feels influenced by higher powers was described as a “numinous experience” by Otto and Jung.  Rudolf Otto in his book "The Idea of the Holy," describes the sacred as a numinous experience that is characterized by a sense of awe and fascination in the presence of the divine. He argues that the experience of the sacred is distinct from other forms of experience and is characterized by a sense of mystery, transcendence, and ineffability that cannot be fully captured by words or concepts.

Carl Jung states that The Sacred is what helps us to appreciate and enter into a relationship with the numinous aspects of the psyche, or soul. He argued that the experience of the sacred is a fundamental part of human psychology and that it could be accessed through dreams, myths, and symbols and not just through repetition of religious ritual for obligation's sake.  Carl Jung’s encounter with The Sacred was feeling the presence of the numinous and states that this feeling forms the center of a whole and fulfilled human life and is central to the process of healing and individuation as he understood it.

Jung states that the wide-spread loss of soul is due to the lack  of living numinous experiences and the loss of a spiritual belief system. To Jung and Eliade, religion is not defined through institutionalized practices, but as a personal need to invoke and invite the Sacred into our daily lives. Jung argued that the sacred was not limited to traditional religious obligations to God, but could also be found in secular experiences such as nature, music, sports, and art. He believed that the sacred was a manifestation of the collective unconscious, and that it provided individuals with a sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Jung identified several archetypes that are related to the experience of the sacred, including the Self, the Divine Child, and the Wise Old Man. The Self is the central archetype that represents the integration of the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche. Jung believed that the experience of the Self was a transcendent and numinous experience that could be accessed through meditation, prayer, or other spiritual practices.  The Divine Child archetype represents the potential for renewal and rebirth in the individual. It is associated with the experience of innocence, wonder, and creativity. The Wise Old Man archetype represents wisdom, insight, and guidance. It is associated with the experience of transcendence and the search for meaning and purpose in life.

Jung believed that the experience of the sacred was an essential part of the individuation process, the journey towards wholeness and integration of the psyche. He believed that individuals who were able to integrate the sacred into their lives were more likely to experience a sense of wholeness, meaning and purpose, and to live a fulfilling life.

Nowadays psychologists use different terminologies to describe the concept of the sacred, depending on their theoretical perspective and research focus. Here are some examples:

1. Transcendence - the experience of going beyond the limits of the everyday self and connecting with something greater than oneself. This can include experiences of awe, wonder, and spiritual insight.

2. Greater Good - the idea that individuals should act in ways that benefit the larger community or society, even if it requires personal sacrifice or inconvenience. The greater good is often associated with ethical and moral values, and is frequently invoked in discussions of social responsibility, justice, and altruism. The concept of the greater good can be seen as a secular expression of the sacred, as it implies a sense of collective purpose and responsibility that transcends individual interests and selfish desires. In some cases, the pursuit of the greater good can be considered a form of spiritual practice, as it involves a commitment to values that are seen as transcendent and meaningful.

3. Peak Experience - a moment of intense joy, creativity, or fulfillment that can be triggered by a variety of activities, such as sports, music, or artistic expression.

4. Numinous Experience - the feeling of awe, reverence, or sacredness that is often associated with encounters with the divine or with sacred objects or places. Numinous experiences can be triggered by a variety of stimuli, such as music, art, nature, or religious rituals.

5. Ultimate Concern - the highest value or purpose that an individual or community holds. It is often associated with religious or spiritual beliefs and can provide a sense of meaning and direction in life.

6. Flow – the state of optimal experience characterized by complete absorption and engagement in a challenging activity. Flow experiences are often associated with creativity, productivity, and enjoyment, and are said to be deeply rewarding and fulfilling. Flow experiences can be triggered by a variety of activities, such as sports, art, music, or work, and are often described as moments of "being in the zone" or "losing oneself" in the task at hand. Many scholars have argued that flow experiences can be considered sacred, as they provide a sense of transcendence and connection with something greater than oneself.

7. Mystical Experience - a type of spiritual experience characterized by a sense of unity or oneness with the divine or with all things. Mystical experiences often involve feelings of transcendence, ineffability, and intense emotional arousal.


The History of Hypnosis


 The earliest references to hypnosis date back to ancient Egypt and Greece. Indeed, ‘hypnos’ refers to the god pictured and is the Greek word for sleep , although the actual state of Hypnosis is very different from that of sleep. Both cultures had religious centres where people came for help with their problems. Hypnosis was used to induce dreams, which were then analysed to get to the root of the trouble. There are many references to trance and hypnosis in early writings.

In 2600 BC the father of Chinese medicine, Wong Tai, wrote about techniques that involved incantations and passes of the hands. The Hindu Vedas written around 1500 BC mention hypnotic procedures. Trance-like states occur in many shamanistic, druidic, yogic and religious practices.

Hypnotic Pioneers  

The modern father of Hypnosis was an Austrian physician, Franz Mesmer (1734 – 1815), from whose name the word ‘mesmerism’ is derived. Though much maligned by the medical world of his day, Mesmer was nevertheless a brilliant man. He developed the theory of ‘animal magnetism’ – the idea that diseases are the result of blockages in the flow of magnetic forces in the body. He believed he could store his animal magnetism in baths of iron filings and transfer it to patients with rods or by ‘mesmeric passes’.  


The mesmeric pass must surely go down in history as one of the most interesting, and undoubtedly the most long-winded, ways of putting someone into a trance. Mesmer would stand his subjects quite still while he swept his arms across their body, sometimes for hours on end. I suspect that this probably had the effect of boring patients into a trance, but it was certainly quite effective. Mesmer himself was very much a showman, conveying by his manner that something was going to happen to the patient. In itself this form of indirect suggestion was very powerful.


Mesmer was also responsible for the popular image of the hypnotist as a man with magnetic eyes, a cape and goatee beard. His success fuelled jealousy among many of his colleagues and this eventually led to his public humiliation. Looking back, it is quite incredible that hypnosis survived in these early years, because the medical world was so dead set against it.  


Another forward thinker was John Elliotson (1791 – 1868), a professor at London University, who is famous for introducing the stethoscope into England. He also tried to champion the use of mesmerism, but was forced to resign. He continued to


The next real pioneer of Hypnosis in Britain appeared in the mid-nineteenth century with James Braid (1795 – 1860). Primarily a Scottish eye doctor, he developed an interest in mesmerism quite by chance. One day, when he was late for an appointment, he found his patient in the waiting room staring into an old lamp, his eyes glazed. Fascinated, Braid gave the patient some commands, telling him to close his eyes and go to sleep. The patient complied and Braid’s interest grew. He discovered that getting a patient to fixate upon something was one of the most important components of putting them into a trance.  The swinging watch, which many people associate with hypnosis, was popular in the early days as an object of fixation. Following his discovery that it was not necessary to go through all the palaver of mesmeric passes, Braid published a book in which he proposed that the phenomenon now be called hypnotism.
 

Meanwhile, a British surgeon in India, James Esdaile (1808 – 59), recognised the enormous benefits of hypnotism for pain relief and performed hundreds of major operations using hypnotism as his only anaesthetic. When he returned to England he tried to convince the medical establishment of his findings, but they laughed at him and declared that pain was character-building (although they were biased in favour of the new chemical anaesthetics, which they could control and, of course, charge more money for).


So hypnosis became, and remains to this day, an ‘alternative’ form of medicine.  


The French were also taking an interest in the subject of Hypnosis, and many breakthroughs were made by such men as Ambrose Liébeault (1823 – 1904), J.M. Charcot (1825 – 93) and Charles Richet (1850 – 1935).  


The work of another Frenchman, Emile Coué (1857 – 1926), was very interesting. He moved away from conventional approaches and pioneered the use of auto-suggestion. He is most famous for the phrase, ‘Day by day in every way I am getting better and better.’ His technique was one of affirmation and it has been championed in countless modern books.  


A man of enormous compassion, Coué believed that he did not heal people himself but merely facilitated their own self-healing. He understood the importance of the subject’s participation in hypnosis, and was a forerunner of those modern practitioners who claim, ‘There is no such thing as hypnosis, only self-hypnosis.’  Perhaps his most famous idea was that the imagination is always more powerful than the will. For example, if you ask someone to walk across a plank of wood on the floor, they can usually do it without wobbling. However, if you tell them to close their eyes and imagine the plank is suspended between two buildings hundreds of feet above the ground, they will start to sway.  In a sense Coué also anticipated the placebo effect – treatment of no intrinsic value the power of which lies in suggestion: patients are told that they are being given a drug that will cure them.


Recent research on placebos is quite startling. In some cases statistics indicate that placebos can work better that many of modern medicine’s most popular drugs. It seems that while drugs are not always necessary for recovery from illness belief in recovery is!  


Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) was also interested in hypnosis, initially using it extensively in his work. He eventually abandoned the practice – for several reasons, not least that he wasn’t very good at it! He favored psychoanalysis, which involves the patient lying on a couch and the analyst doing a lot of listening. He believed that the evolution of the self was a difficult process of working through stages of sexual development, with repressed memories of traumatic incidents the main cause of psychological problems.


This is an interesting idea that has yet to be proved.  Freud’s early rejection of Hypnosis delayed the development of hypnotherapy, turning the focus of psychology away from hypnosis and towards psychoanalysis.


However, things picked up in 1930s in America with the publication of Clark Hull’s book, Hypnosis and Suggestibility.  


In more recent times, the recognized leading authority on clinical hypnosis was Milton H. Erickson, MD (1901-80), a remarkable man and a highly effective psychotherapist. As a teenager he was stricken with polio and paralyzed, but he remobilized himself.


It was while paralyzed that he had an unusual opportunity to observe people, and he noticed that what people said and what they did were often very different. He became fascinated by human psychology and devised countless innovative and creative ways to heal people.



Erickson healed through metaphor, surprise, confusion and humor, as well as hypnosis. A master of ‘indirect hypnosis’, he was able to put a person into a trance without even mentioning the word hypnosis.  



It is becoming more and more accepted that an understanding of Hypnosis is essential for the efficient practice of every type of psychotherapy.



Erickson’s approach and its derivatives are without question the most effective techniques.  



Over the years hypnosis has gained ground and respectability within the medical profession. Although hypnosis and medicine are not the same, they are now acknowledged as being related, and it is only a matter of time before hypnosis becomes a mainstream practice, as acceptable to the general public as a visit to the dentist.  

Extract from THE HYPNOTIC WORLD OF PAUL McKENNA published by Faber & Faber. 

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Ericksonian therapy

Ericksonian therapy is broadly classified as a goal-oriented and problem-solving endeavor grounded in methodology inspired by the teachings and casework of Milton H. Erickson, MD.  

More specifically, Ericksonian therapy is defined as an experiential based approach to problem solving that utilizes existing client attributes, while evoking natural processes of learning and adaptation.  

Meaningful therapeutic change can occur across multiple systems (e.g., cognitive, behavioral, affective, subconscious, autonomic, and social) as symbolic or directly lived experiences are used to destabilize maladaptive patterns and bring forth inherent resources that can be utilized for immediate and future problem solving endeavors.  

Hypnosis and/or hypnotically derived methods are central. Utilizing inherent resources that may be obscure to the client is essential, while an explicit theory of personality and the interpretation of patterns in one’s history are not.


The leading authority on clinical hypnosis was Milton H. Erickson, MD (1901-80), a remarkable man and a highly effective psychotherapist.

As a teenager he was stricken with polio and paralyzed, but he learned to walk again by inducing self-hypnosis.  It was while paralyzed that he had an unusual opportunity to observe people, and he noticed that what people said and what they did were often very different.

He became fascinated by human psychology and devised countless innovative and creative ways to heal people.  

Erickson healed through metaphor, surprise, confusion and humor, as well as hypnosis.

A master of ‘indirect hypnosis’, he was able to put a person into a trance without even mentioning the word hypnosis.    

Erickson’s approach and its derivatives are without question the most effective techniques.  


individual's unique discomfort

Dr Milton Erickson's remarks:
"Mental Health professionals, can be so firmly wedded to specific theoretical explanations for particular diagnostic problems that it becomes difficult for them to examine and treat these problems in an objective manner.

They have a tendency to impose hypothetical constructs instead of exploring the unique sources of discomfort in each individual...  
The hypnotherapist, on the other hand, is interested in the nature and location of each individual's unique discomfort, rather then trying to fit the client into a diagnostic category." Havens and Walters,


hypnosis for managing pain

Hypnosis has gained recognition as being effective for managing pain and for relieving cancer treatment side effects along releasing past trauma and stress-related disorders.  

Hypnosis can help with pain after surgery or from migraines or tension headaches or chronic pain. People with pain related conditions like lower back pain, arthritis, cancer, sickle cell disease, and fibromyalgia, may experience relief.  

Hypnosis can help you cope with difficulties or pain and gain more self-control over your state of being. Studies indicate that hypnosis can do this very effectively for lasting periods of time.

Hypnosis leads you through progressive relaxation, providing soothing imagery and sensations to ease you into accomplishing your goal.


 hypnosis helps with


Attention & Focus
Anger Management
Body Image
Business Skills & Finance
Childbirth
Confidence
Coping with Loss
Esteem
Exams and Study
Fears & Phobias
Forgetting an ex
Grief, Loss
Habits & Disorders
Health Issues
Learning & Memory
Pain Reduction


Pain Management
Performance
Personal Development
Regression
Past Life Regression
Progression (future)
Reading Faster
Relationships Resources
Self Hypnosis
Smoking Cessation
Skin Problems
Soul Retrieval
Sports Improvement
Stress & Anxiety
Visualizations
Weight Loss / Weight Gain


detachment

Detachment is another powerful method: is necessary to detach some emotions, thoughts or beliefs, a very helpful gap that enhances the release process.

All of a sudden it’s not your anger, hurt, depression, etc., it’s only an emotion you’re experiencing. In other words, your suppressed emotional charges are not you, they’re only something that’s happening to you, thus this creates a beneficial space between you and the emotion.


trauma

Taking medication does not make one’s trauma reactions and pain evaporate. Medications can only help make the symptoms less intense and more manageable.

Hypnotherapy can be a great alternative for those struggling with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as symptoms of other anxiety disorders.  

The focus of hypnosis also often involves teaching people self-hypnosis or providing tape recordings of hypnosis sessions that can be used for self care on a daily basis outside the sessions.  

Hypnotic suggestions may be given for reducing symptoms, beyond the session where people can easily create a state of comfort using a cue (i.e., taking a deep breath and exhaling as eye lids close).    

Research shows that people experience an immediate reduction in pain severity following hypnosis treatment, whereas others can obtain reduction in pain with repeated hypnosis sessions.



for the purpose of healing

From ancient times the Egyptians had the Temple of Sleep, and the Greeks the Healing Altar, places where people were given hypnotic suggestions for the purpose of healing and increased well-being.  


hypnotherapy helps many people

Hypnotherapy helps many people to get rid of stress, anxiety, obesity, headaches and chronic pain, low appetite or uncontrolled appetite, depression, etc.  

Hypnotherapy can also help with addiction, cigarettes, alcohol and other substance and can even help with reducing the pain during childbirth.


hypnosis benefits for the mind: 


Helps improve attention, focus and concentration Helps better manage stress Helps build resilience and flexibility Helps us make better connections with people Helps lower anxiety and sadness Helps with mental energy levels
 

hypnosis benefits for the body:

Helps with pain management Helps with energy levels Helps regulate the autonomic nervous system – responsible for fight/flight instinct Helps create new neural pathways Helps the immune system


self forgiveness

Self Forgiveness – is one of the most powerful and positive modality where the client is able to establish Self-Acceptance and Self-Worth again.  

No one will ever be free without forgiving those who have caused them pain. It doesn’t mean that they have to condone past behavior.

However, they don’t have to stay emotionally connected to past events or people who have hurt them.



age regression - past life regression

Age Regression or Past Life Regression are powerful methods for releasing Root Causes, Neglect, Abuse, Trauma, Deep Emotional Release, etc. and are an excellent method to get to root causes associated with primary family (mostly parents or caregivers).  
It’s especially good for all kinds of abuse and neglect that have created repeating behavior patterns.


accomplishing your goals

Hypnosis works by overcoming critical faculty barrier for the purpose of establishing acceptable selective thinking, leads you through progressive relaxation, providing soothing imagery and sensations to ease you into accomplishing your goal.    

Release Past Trauma
Aid Physical Healing    
Stress /Pain Management  
Sleep Better  
Quit Smoking  
Lose Weight  
Healthy Habits  
Birthing Assist  
Performance Enhancement


support you on your journey

I will support clients on a journey to rediscover their own strength and abilities. This can include excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled at home, exploring your potential, managing health conditions and achieving life ambitions.  By harnessing techniques based on core psychological principles and intuition, life coaches empower clients and provide a toolkit of teachings to confidently face difficult challenges and overcome emotional barriers.


respect the client's model of the world and their lifestyle 


It's is very important to note that  we (therapists) must respect the client's model of the world and their lifestyle and we do not seek to re-direct or influence the client's political, religious, economic or organizational orientations.

So it's easy to see how we  can help you both in the personal field and in the professional field, because every field of life requires both subjective and objective relationships in context together with self-awareness!      

Harmony is the secret principle that controls life and without which the whole existence would disintegrate. This is THE EASE I've been talking about: harmony in balance.    These same principles apply to both individual and organizational interpersonal relationships.