FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Type of Clients & Problems Do You Work With?

I work with adults, children, couples and families who are dealing with a variety of problems. I've worked in hospital settings with patients who have experienced trauma, terminally ill patients facing end-of-life issues, children on the autism/ADHD spectrum, and transgender clients who are experiencing gender dysphoria. In addition, I also work with many clients who simply need help and guidance for dealing with stress, anxiety, relationship dysfunction, phobias and many other emotionally problematic areas of their personal or professional life.

What Can I Expect to Gain From Therapy?

Ultimately, your therapeutic goals are up to you. However, a therapist can help you become more focused on pinpointing your goals and guide you toward the optimal ways to achieve them. Talking to friends and family about your problems can certainly be helpful, but while your loved ones offer support and comfort, a therapist can offer an objective point of view and level of insight that a person who is personally involved may find very difficult or impossible to achieve. Plus, it's hard not to feel like you're monopolizing a relationship or being negative when so much time is spent talking to friends about your problems. With a therapist, you can work out your angst and issues so you can bring more joy and relaxation into your relationships.

In therapy, you can not only expect a supportive, encouraging environment, but you'll also get regularly scheduled focused attention that is directly aimed at helping you maintain a life in which you feel, think and act at a level that is satisfying, comfortable and healthy for YOU. 

How Can Progressive Muscle Relaxation Help Me?

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a simple technique that involves first isolating and tensing individual muscles throughout the body and then rapidly releasing the tension. Working through the body systematically in this way can help to ease anxiety, improve digestion, reduce fatigue, lower blood pressure, cure insomnia and, in many cases, also assist with relieving chronic pain.

Do You Hypnotize People?

The short answer is no...and yes. The longer answer is that, although I am a certified hypnotherapist, I don't perform what some people may consider to be traditional hypnosis. I have found that the idea of "going under" hypnosis tends to set clients up with the false belief that I am going to snap my fingers and quickly create change in their lives. However, hypnotherapy is not the magically altered state that is portrayed in stage hypnosis. Those kinds of shows involve a skill-set that has more to do with misdirection and the power of suggestion, much like a magician's performance. Stage hypnosis is for theatrical purposes only and it doesn't share the same problem-solving goal as therapeutic hypnosis. 

Also, think about it for a second -- if someone told you that they could erase all of your problems and anxieties with the snap of their fingers (and there are some who will make those kinds of claims)...well, I'll ask you this: do you think that is even possible?

In reality, what I do is coax the body into a deeply relaxed state through Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). In this "altered" state, if you will, the mind can much more readily absorb and process the therapeutic suggestions given through creative visualization or guided meditation. As in traditional therapy, PMR-assisted therapy takes time to fully achieve optimal effectiveness. 

Is Hypnosis or Progressive Muscle Relaxation Right for Me?

As with most physical, mental or emotional health treatments, the only way to really learn if it will work well for you, is to try it out. I will say that, because of its central focus on self-actualization and personal fulfillment, person-centered therapy, including hypnosis, is always beneficial to clients on one level or another. 

If you are committed to the process of creating change in your life, I truly believe that any kind of therapy with a knowledgeable, skilled and caring clinician can be a powerful, life-changing experience.

How Long Do Sessions Last?

All sessions last for 50 minutes. The first session tends to take a bit longer because intake and registration forms need to be completed prior to the start of therapy. Expect to spend approximately 90 minutes in the office for your first visit.

How Many Sessions Will I Need to Begin Seeing Results?

The amount of sessions a client has with me varies from person to person. My therapeutic approach is a client-led process and the goal is not to have the sessions drag on endlessly, but to guide clients to a place where they feel enabled and capable of going it alone. Being ready for this kind of independence is completely the client's call and there are often occasions where people decide to stop, and then start therapy again as needed, depending on what's going on in their lives.

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