The short answer is: someone who helps you focus on getting out of life what is most important to you (even when you don’t know what that is yet!) and gives you the tools to keep doing this long after your final session. People typically hire a coach when they are reevaluating life choices, making a career transition, or simply feeling ready for a personal or professional breakthrough.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
It's normal to have emotional ups and downs but when persistent symptoms start to negatively impact your health and relationships, then a therapist can help you understand your symptoms, get relief, and provide an opportunity for personal growth. Depending on an individual's life experiences and needs at a given time in their journey, psychotherapy may provide a more appropriate healing space and longer time frame than a more action and results oriented coaching model. I personally use a positive psychology (a focus on strengths that enable individuals or organizations to thrive) and wellness-based approach whether I work with ‘therapy’ or 'coaching' clients. The difference I typically see is where someone is starting from, in both mindset and present concerns, which helps determine the pace and results we see in our time together.
Regardless of where you are starting from or what modality you feel comfortable working in, our work together is a partnership, a thought-provoking and creative process designed to inspire you to maximize your personal and professional potential. I will be seeking to elicit solutions and strategies from you, believing in your natural creativity and resourcefulness.
I believe my therapy training greatly enhances my coaching practice and I consult regularly with practitioners from both fields. If I feel that my services are not appropriate for your needs, I may refer you to another practitioner. I do not work with clients in psychiatric crisis.
Are we the right fit?
Certainly there are other styles, personalities, and approaches to this type of work. My approach is based strongly in my own experience and personality, which has its inherent strengths and limitations. I do what I do and I don’t do what I don’t do. I appreciate that there are a diversity of methods and approaches. Our initial consultation call will help us figure out the next steps to get you to where you want to go.
How much does it cost?
My fees vary depending on what type of assistance you need. If you think you would like to work together, contact me for a free consultation and for more information on pricing and packages. I accept Paypal, debit and credit cards. Payment plans are available. I do not accept insurance at this time.
How many sessions will I need?
I love it when clients are able to see results sooner than expected and prefer to give people the tools they can use to keep moving forward after they have finished working with me. Each client relationship is unique and will evolve as your life and circumstances flex. We will do regular check-ins about how the process is serving you and what you need going forward. With a coaching focus and a motivated client, many people can experience great results with anywhere from 4-10 sessions. The length of time for therapy oriented services will depend on your current level of functioning, the specific type of concern you have, and your capacity to make changes.
The transformations I typically see in my clients are:
Greater internal and external awareness and clarity
Increased resiliency and success in managing stress and negative emotions
More ease and confidence with themselves
Stronger connection with others and enhanced communication skills
Access to greater creativity and energy in building life balance and maintaining health
Increased openness to taking the risks needed to craft the life they want
Would I benefit from Hypnotherapy?
Yes, especially if you have any of these:
1. Symptoms such as:
a. Nervous tension, anxiety, body tightness
b. Depression, not wanting to get out of bed, avoiding social interactions
c. Fears and phobias
d. Fatigue and physical complaints for which your doctor finds no physical basis
e. Disinterested in sexual or intimate relationships
f. Feeling out of control with addictions, drugs, alcohol, food
g. Difficulty sleeping without drugs
h. Dreading tomorrow
2. Do you find it difficult to get along:
a. At work with co-workers, boss, the system
b. In relationships with family members, children, spouse, friends, neighbors
c. At school with other students, teachers, principals
d. With sexual partners, in your marital relationship
3. Do you often feel:
a. Irritable, angry, dissatisfied
b. Unhappy, numb, disconnected from others
c. Hurt, unappreciated, invisable
d. Sad, depressed not motivated
e. Guilty, filled with shame, wanting to disappear
f. You are not getting the most out of your life
What is hypnosis and how does it work?
Hypnosis is a natural state of altered consciousness that occurs normally in every person about 80-90% of the day and also just before he/she enters into the sleep state. In therapeutic hypnosis, we prolong this brief interlude so that we can work within its bounds and use it for healing for you. With HEART-CENTERED HYPNOTHERAPY you are helped to become aware of, to understand and to resolve your conflicts on the very deepest of levels. In this way it is possible for you to do something constructive about your current situation and experiences.
The human mind is extremely suggestible and is being bombarded constantly with suggestive stimuli from the outside, and suggestive thoughts and ideas from the inside. A good deal of suffering is the consequence of "negative" thoughts and impulses invading one's mind from subconscious recesses. Unfortunately, past experiences, guilt feelings, and repudiated impulses and desires are incessantly pushing themselves into awareness, directly or in disguised forms, sabotaging one's happiness, health and efficiency. By the time one has reached adulthood, he/she has built up "negative" modes of thinking, feeling and acting which persist like bad habits. In hypnosis, we attempt to replace these "negative" attitudes with "positive" ones. It takes time to disintegrate old habit patterns. But change is much quicker when addressing issues at their source: the subconscious mind. If you continue to practice the Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy principles taught to you by your therapist, you will notice change quite quickly. Even though at first, you may not notice changes and apparent alterations on the surface, a restructuring is going on underneath.
What does it feel like to be hypnotized?
The answer to this is extremely important so that you can truly benefit from hypnosis. The average person has the idea that he will be asleep. Please do not equate hypnosis with being asleep or being unconscious. It is actually super-consciousness. You will be highly aware of whatever experience you are having. Your hypnotherapy sessions will prove to be exciting, different from what you expected, new and even spectacular. While in hypnosis you will find that your mind is active; that you can converse with your therapist and you may even hear sounds in the room; but these will not disturb or distract you since you will be highly focused on your experience. You can resist a suggestions if you so desire; you will have the ability to remember everything that has happened or you can keep it in your subconscious to be retrieved for the next session. Remember, you are not anaesthetized, you are not unconscious, you are not asleep. Your subconscious mind is active, your thoughts are under your control, you perceive all stimuli, and you are in complete communication with the therapist. The most unique experience you may have is a regression to very young ages - even back to your birth!
Can physical symptoms be caused by emotion?
Many physical symptoms are psychosomatic in nature which means that they have an emotional or nervous system basis. The word psycho means psychological and somatic means the body. So psycho-somatic means the mind body connection. When you come to think of it, it is not really so strange that emotional strain or worry should produce physical symptoms. After all, every organ in your body is connected with your brain by nerve channels; and so it is logical that when your nervous system is upset by some traumatic experience or conflict, you may feel the effects in various organs of your body.