• A full holistic evaluation is taken, which
includes an emotional, social, physical, cultural, family, spiritual
developmental, and cognitive history; as well as assessment of the
strengths and goals of the client.
• The client takes an active role in the therapeutic process.
• Research indicates that Psychotherapy and/or Mind/body Medicine can
greatly enhance medical treatments.
• Treatment coordination with physicians and/or other health care
professionals occurs upon the client’s request and completion of the
appropriate consent forms.
• Throughout the therapeutic experience, the client is encouraged to
inform the therapist if he/she has any questions or concerns regarding
their experiences in therapy. Each client should feel that he/she is
being heard, understood and respected by the therapist. The therapist
will not react disrespectfully or defensive toward the client’s
perspective or feelings. Clients are never blamed or shamed in any
manner, nor are they labeled as non-compliant if they do not agree to
or follow recommendations. Rather, the technique or course of therapy
is viewed as not adequately matched for that individual, and this calls
for further evaluation or change in treatment or therapist.
• Referrals are made if the client requests or requires psychotropic
medication evaluation, hospitalization or any other course of treatment.
• Limited space is available for Individual Appointments.
These sessions are tailored to the needs of the client, and would
involve integration of a wide range of resources and concepts,
including, but not limited to:
• Incorporation of traditional “talk” therapy and interactional
psychotherapy with mind/body skills.
• Primary Humanistic theoretical frameworks that can be incorporated
into therapy, such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy,
Family of Origin and Systems Theory, Mindfulness-Based Stress
Reduction, and Mind/Body Skills (including hypnotherapy and guided
imagery, breath work, quiet and active meditations, energy work,
autogenic training and biofeedback,), and Insight Oriented
• Integrative Medicine Collaboration for coordinating a client’s
medical treatment with that of mind-body techniques to reinforce
optimal healing. Clients utilize their own innate healing abilities by
learning and practicing mindful meditation, biofeedback, guided
imagery, autohypnosis or other self-empowering actions, along with the
medical treatment they are receiving. An example of this would be if a
client was receiving chemotherapy and desired specific guided imagery
exercises to do while receiving treatment, in order to help lesson side
• Auto Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, which is a technique used for stress
management, improving health, changing or eliminating habitual thinking
or behaviors, developing/reuniting with your creative abilities, and
can help in preparing for surgery and/or with medical procedures.
Hypnosis is used as part of the therapy process to actively incorporate
the subconscious mind in the therapeutic experience. Hypnosis is a form
of highly focused, receptive concentration regarding a specific issue
that one desires to change. It helps bridge the conscious and
unconscious parts of the mind, enabling people to alter or reframe the
way they perceive and process reality often resulting in a deeper
therapeutic experience. The use of vivid imagery that may activate the
senses, healing stories, metaphors or analogies with regards to the
specific area requiring change, may be used within the hypnosis.
Additional information about options is available
from the National Center
for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Hypnotherapy is not dangerous and is not a form of mind control. The
therapeutic use of hypnosis is not at all similar to any “stage show
hypnosis” you may have seen on TV or elsewhere. You are always in
control during your hypnosis session. The therapist cannot force the
hypnotic state onto the client. The gift of hypnosis always lies with
the client, for the answers rest within the person, not in the
Hypnotherapy can be used to enhance desired changes and transform habit
forming thinking and behaviors that cause pain and suffering into
positive growth and wellness. It is used to reach and work with the
unconscious part of the mind that can often stay in familiar patterns
despite the conscious mind’s understanding of why and how healthier
change should occur. This is often the case when we see ourselves
repeating old, unhealthy behaviors or patterns in relationships, in
thoughts, expression of feelings, employment choices, or other areas.
We may say to ourselves, “I know better than this; why do I keep doing
the same hurtful thing to myself?” The unconscious mind can work like a
computer storing within itself everything we observe with our senses.
When the conscious mind (the pure thinking, logical, analytical part of
the mind, where will-power is stored) and the unconscious mind (the
intuitive, creative, memory driven with little regard for logic are
stored) are working in concert, the prognosis for change is increased
and more complete.
Various forms of psychotherapy attempt to bridge the gap between the
conscious and unconscious mind. By using hypnosis, you can reprogram
your unconscious to create the changes you desire for personal growth
A mindfulness way of being can be woven into the hypnotherapy
experience. Many people find that conscious daily mindful meditation
practice, combined with mindfully done hypnotherapy, enhances their
well-being and individual practice. Hypnotherapy by no means replaces
daily mindful meditation practice; however, the two practices
compliment each other, strengthening the mind in helping to stay
present while accepting and incorporating healthy change.