Hypnotherapy Treatments

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Insomnia

We spend about a third of our lives sleep, and while everyone knows a good night’s sleep is important, it is also widely neglected.  If you have a sleep disturbance, however, you are more than aware of the toll it takes on your relationships, your work life if you work, and your everyday sense of well-being.

Sleep disorders fall into three main categories:

  • insomnia
  • hypersomnias (excessive sleepiness)
  • parasomnia (nightmares, sleepwalking, etc.)

Some sleep disturbances are caused by medical conditions or physical problems, while others occur because of stress or the like.  The most common sleep disorder, and the one I treat, is insomnia.  Insomnia until now has been diagnosed as one of two main types:

  • primary insomnia (insomnia itself is the main problem)
  • secondary insomnia (the result of a medical or psychiatric cause)

Less and less distinction is being made between primary and secondary as the insomnia often remains in secondary even after the problem cause is dealt with.

My clients’ complaints about insomnia fall into four main categories:

  • sleep onset (problems getting to sleep quickly enough)
  • sleep maintenance (walking up periodically in the middle of the night)
  • late or terminal insomnia (walking up too early in the morning and not getting back to sleep)
  • poor sleep quality

The criteria for an actual diagnosis of insomnia varies, but the following generally applies:

  • you are experiencing poor sleep
  • it takes longer than 30 minutes for you to fall asleep or you stay awake longer than 30 minutes on waking in the middle of the night
  • you are asleep only 85% or less of time you are in bed
  • you have a sleep problem at least 3 nights out of the week
  • the insomnia problem has gone on longer than 6 months
  • you feel tired, you feel your performance on tasks is impaired, your mood is affected
  • because these things and/or the sleep disturbance make it very hard for you to function well in your relationships and when you have things to do, you have additional distress

If the insomnia has been going on for less than 2 weeks, it is called “transient”.

If it has continued for 2-4 weeks, it is considered “short-term” or “acute”.

If it has gone on for over 4 weeks, it is called “chronic”.

“I can’t believe it! I have listened to the recording of our session every day, and my sleep is so much more restoring.  But also, for the first time in years, I am sleeping between 7 and 8 hours a night!”

– Fleur

I treat getting to sleep, staying asleep and having a good quality of sleep.  Other issues such as sleepwalking are outside the scope of my expertise.

As a first step I conduct detailed evaluations with the client to fully understand all factors affecting their sleep.

I then present the treatment plan, which consists of:

  • maintaining a sleep journal (to track progress, target areas to work on)
  • sleep hygiene (are you putting all chances on your side for sleep?)
  • sleep education (informing and removing misconceptions about sleep)
  • relaxation training (the key to restful sleep)
  • sleep scheduling (reconditioning your body to know it’s time to sleep)
  • cognitive restructuring (stopping the late-night ruminations that keep you up)
  • hypnotherapy (hypnosis and self-hypnosis instruction to reinforce and change thinking

For many clients, insomnia is caused by a combination of muscular tension and racing thoughts encouraged by the tension, generally treated in a maximum of six sessions, which may be less in cases of short-term insomnia.

Stop Smoking

The ingredients of cigarette smoke are usually divided into three rough categories as follows:

Nicotine

Nicotine is the “addictive” ingredient in cigarettes…and it is an insecticide!  In the tobacco plant its natural function is to repel pests.

In the human body nicotine behaves as a powerful neurotoxin, artificially stimulating the nervous system.  It begins within ten seconds of inhalation, but its acute effects disappear within a few minutes – a short high followed by a longer low.  The paradoxical and self-defeating desire to continually compensate for the chronic effects of nicotine by the short-term fix that comes from smoking more cigarettes constitutes the addiction cycle.

The long term physical and psychological effects of nicotine are very similar to the effects of chronic stress.  That’s why cigarettes do not “calm your nerves”.  Smokers assume that cigarettes help them to relax, but the nicotine creates stress in the first place.

Nicotine is a deadly toxin.  Two drops of pure nicotine on the tongue would be more than enough to kill a full-grown man.

Carbon Monoxide

We have heard of people dying of carbon monoxide poisoning due to car exhaust fumes or faulty gas heaters.  Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless and tasteless toxic gas.  It is created when any organic substance, including tobacco and paper, is burned.  In the body, CO attaches itself to red blood cells taking the place of oxygen, thereby causing asphyxiation in smokers.  CO partially starves the body of oxygen, causing shortness of breath, and reducing energy.

Because the body requires oxygen to produce white blood cells, CO impairs the immune system, meaning that smokers generally get ill more easily and take longer to recover than non-smokers.

Tobacco Tar

Sticky, stale smelling, yellow-brown tar is created when tobacco smoke condenses – it can sometimes be seen staining a smoker’s fingers.  It actually consists over 5000 chemicals, 600 of which are believed to be poisonous and 42 cancer-causing.  The tar content in cigarettes is a bigger health risk than either the nicotine or the carbon monoxide.

Some of the toxic chemicals may be surprising:  arsenic, cyanide, formaldehyde (used to preserve organs), ammonia (used as a disinfectant), cadmium (the poisonous metal used in batteries), acetone (nail polish remover), benzene (a carcinogenic, industrial solvent used in pesticides) and even DDT (the notoriously dangerous insecticide).

“I was a smoker for all my life, but my health is not good, I’m in a wheelchair, and my physical therapist told me that there was a good hypnotherapist in the clinic who could help me stop smoking.  Deborah told me to wait because I had just lost a good friend, but we did the session in one day in the fall and I really wanted to stop.  I have not smoked since that day.”

– Jeannine

If you were offered a beverage containing all this, would you drink it?  Would you drink twenty cans of it a day?  Would you rub it into the skin of your face every day?

Yet, the average smoker consumes half a liter of tar every year.  It condenses on the surface of lung tissue and physically clogs up the lungs, preventing them from cleaning themselves and seriously impairing breathing.

I generally conduct smoking cessation in a single customised two-hour session.  There are many approaches to stop smoking, and we will apply a whole toolkit of methods to ensure best chances of success.

Treatment includes visual imagery work, cue-controlled relaxation technique, training in targeting key trigger situations, rehearsal of coping skills, training in relapse prevention and of course, hypnosis.

The package includes one booster session within six weeks of the treatment, a support CD and support calls.

Weight Loss

Chances are, like most of my clients seeking to lose weight, you have already tried more than once.  Generally speaking we think that all we have to do is choose a good diet, stick to it, and the weight will come off.

In fact, it usually starts pretty well, because we are pretty motivated at first, and it isn’t too hard at the beginning to make a few temporary changes to our eating habits.  After a week or two, a little bit of weight has come off and we feel pretty good, and we may even think, gee, this isn’t so hard.  Unfortunately, however, we have not taken something into account – our own sabotaging thoughts.

These are the thoughts that tell us “it won’t hurt to have a piece of cake just this once” or “I got that job, I deserve to celebrate with a big meal” or “how can I turn down that dessert, when she spent all afternoon making it for me?”  These and the dozens of other excuses we make for ourselves mean that in short order we gain back every bit of the weight we have already lost – and sometimes more.

“I have been a yo-yo dieter for year, but nevertheless managed to keep my shape within reasonable limits.  Then two years of serious stress from my job did me in.  I allowed myself to eat anything, and I ballooned.  I had never been so heavy in my life.  Working with Deborah, over the course of six weeks I was able to drop 4.2 kilos, but most importantly, I have learned a new way of thinking about food that has permitted me to lose another two kilos since finishing the program.  Not only that, I find this new way of thinking is applying to a lot of things in my life, an extra benefit I didn’t expect.  Thank you, Deborah!

– Marianne

If you think back to the last time you were dieting, you can surely remember having this kind of thought, and if you are like most of my clients, you can see the faulty reasoning.  Chances are you even knew at the time that you were eating when you really shouldn’t, if you wanted to succeed your diet.  But sabotaging thoughts are very powerful when they occur.  The good news is that it is possible to counter them with the powerful tools of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT); you will learn how to have thoughts that help you to lose weight, not thoughts that help you get off your diet.

Unlike many other weight-loss programs, I don’t focus on what my clients eat.  You can use any diet you wish, as long as it is nutritious and includes some kind of reasonable program for exercising.

Choosing a Diet 

Your diet does  need to give you enough nutrients in the form of a variety of whole, fresh goods (grains, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, a bit of unsaturated fat), and should not restrict the calories beyond a reasonable amount – nutritionists generally recommend eating between 1,200 and 1,600 calories a day.  In any event, it is important to check with a health professional to be sure it is a safe and nutritious; if you are uncertain, are would like a diet plan adapted to your specific needs, we have an excellent dietician in our clinic that I partner with in such cases, and I can refer you to her.

Choosing an Exercise

One persuasive reason to exercise during a weight-loss program is that it does burn calories; but it also has the advantages of improving your overall health, improving your state of mind, and giving you energy.  You should not pick a form of exercise just to get your weight down; it needs to be a regular, permanent part of your life for you to be in the best shape you can be.

We all know that, but making regular exercise a part of life if not just a matter of deciding it one day.  As part of making your overall weight-loss program successful, you need to choose something that you really enjoy: it could be dance, swimming, playing tennis, exercising to a DVD – anything as long as you like doing it.

Another key to making it all work is scheduling your exercise time; fitting it in around the rest of your life is a good guarantee that it will soon get pushed out by other obligations.  You will also need to think of what you can do in your exercise time if a rainy day or a broken DVD player intervene with your plans.

Last, find ways to fit in “one-off” exercise sessions:

  • take a morning and afternoon break from your desk and go up and down the stairs in your building for ten minutes
  • take your dog for long walks
  • walk completely around the store before doing your shopping
  • park far from the supermarket and walk instead
  • get off the subway or bus several stops early and walk
  • take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
  • in airports and train stations, walk instead of taking the moving carpet
  • start your day off to a cheery start with five minutes of dancing to music

Six-Week Six-Session Treatment Plan

This begins with a number of assessments, in this case as to your dieting history, motivation, current eating habits, but also your reactions foodwise to a variety of situations.

I will then train you in practical steps to promote success, but also train you in how to replace sabotaging thoughts with more helpful ones; learning to distinguish hunger from cravings, techniques of mindfulness, noting and monitoring your food intake in a journal, and setting achievable goals will all contribute to the probability of success.  Training also includes eating out, dealing with others sabotaging your diet plan, avoiding unplanned eating, and many other techniques that will help you lose weight.

Hypnosis for Weight Loss

Most importantly, this work will be supported with hypnosis. A major study (Kirsch, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996) determined that when hypnosis was added to CBT techniques for weight loss, the mean weight loss over the course of the study was 6.03 lbs. (2.74 kg) without hypnosis and 14.88 lbs. (6.75 kg) with hypnosis.  Further analysis showed that the benefits of hypnosis increased over time.

Anxiety - Stress - Panic Disorders

According to the Anxiety and Depression Disorder Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)

They are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.

What causes anxiety?

Anxiety can be thought of as a reaction of fear to a triggering event: fear of judgement, fear of a catastrophe, fearful predictions of the future.  Anxiety can range from feeling a bit under the gun with a tight deadline, to its extreme expression, panic disorder.

The vicious circle that transpires if you are an anxious person, and which spirals into a continually worsening cycle in panic disorder, runs something like this.

Suppose your boss tells you that he wants you to deliver a big project by Wednesday. “That’s not enough time!” you think; then another automatic thought pops up unbidden: “If I do a bad job I might get fired!”  That’s a scary thought, and it frightens you.

On hearing that scary thought, your millenials-old body system reacts to the threat by readying to fight or run to safety.  It floods the system with adrenaline, and has you breathe a little faster to bring in extra oxygen for the coming effort.

You notice these physical changes, but rather than leaving it at that, you think: “This is not normal, my heart is really beating fast – and I’m breathing faster!  I’m having a heart attack!”  So you sit down; and with this new terrifying thought your heart starts beating even faster and your breathing becomes even more rapid as you panic.  Hyperventilation causes carbon dioxide to drop in your body and you start to feel lightheaded.  You are getting really frightened now and grip onto your chair, thinking: “Oh no, it’s true, I feel so lightheaded, I’m about to keel over!”  And so on.

“When I came to see Deborah for my panic attacks, I had tried everything.  I was afraid to take a train, get on a plane, go to a shopping mall, get in an elevator, go to a cinema, and more and more I just wanted to stay home and not go out.  I was just barely able to go to my job.  I was desperate to get my life back. From the very first hypnotherapy session I felt better, and after the second I went for a whole week without a single panic attack.  After four sessions I took a flight home for a holiday with no problem!”

– Mohamed H.

In fact, a triggering situation has produced certain unhelpful thoughts, producing certain unhelpful emotions, producing certain unhelpful behaviors…which produce more and worse unhelpful thoughts, and so the cycle continues.  Anxiety victims are generally interpreting future events in a catastrophic way, while underestimating their ability to cope.

Treatment

It is possible to break this cycle by first paying closer attention to your thoughts, sensations and urges, and then examining them, evaluating them and reinterpreting the situation.  By then taking new and different actions in light of the reinterpretation, the vicious cycle is broken: so when the boss wants a project by Wednesday, you can for example learn to think a more helpful and realistic thought such as: “He’s a reasonable guy so he wouldn’t have given me something I can’t do, and besides, I’ve always got my work done on time.  I can do this.”

Our cognitive work can then go further than this, in that certain core beliefs (“I’m not good enough”) can create inaccurate assumptions (“If I do that project for my boss my work will be so bad I’ll get fired”), and the rewriting of these internal scripts, with the help of hypnotherapy, can bring real change for the better.

Anxiety victims also tend to seek safety by avoiding the thing they are afraid of…which worsens their anxiety.  Therefore, an important part of treatment consists of carefully-conducted systematic desensitization, again with the support of hypnotherapy to condition mind and body before facing the real situation.  Hypnotherapy trains anxious clients to bypass their emotions to learn to judge what’s happening in an uncritical way – and thereby aids in freeing them of their fears.

Phobias

Phobias are a subcategory of anxiety (see section on Anxiety – Stress – Panic Disorders), one that focuses on a specific object or situation.  While fear of spiders, flying, heights or small enclosed spaces are commonly known, for example, anything can become the trigger causing the phobia.

The level of phobia varies widely as well, from mild discomfort to a state that can turn rapidly into fainting or a panic attack.  Common symptoms, however, include

  • Increased heart rate (palpitations)
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness or unsteadiness
  • Nausea
  • Getting sick to the stomach or having butterflies
  • Getting short of breath
  • Trembling

If you are suffering from a phobia, you will also do what you can to avoid having to face the object or situation you have a phobia about.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSMV) is the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) classification and diagnostic tool. In the United States it is the reference authority for psychiatric diagnoses.

The DSM-V psychiatric categorizes phobias into two broad categories: simple and complex.

Simple Phobias

The entire simple phobia category consists of what is called “specific” phobias: fears that focus on one thing.  These are fairly easy to treat, and are broken down into several subcategories:

  • Animal type – Fear of snakes, spiders, birds, rats, cats, dogs, etc.
  • Natural environment type – Fear of heights, fear of water, etc.
  • Situational type – Fear of small confined spaces, fear of the dark, etc.
  • Blood/injection/injury type – Fear of needles, blood, injury, medical procedures, etc.
  • Other – Fear of loud noises, clowns, vomiting, choking, etc.

Complex Phobias

This category consists of two types of fears:  agoraphobia and social phobia (social anxiety).  If you suffer from a complex phobia, you will know, it has a much bigger impact on your daily life than a simple phobia.

“I can’t believe it.  After years of refusing to set foot on a plane, we have just got back from a wonderful stay in Milan where we flew to see our new grandson, and I was just fine! The hypnotherapy really worked!  And my husband is thrilled that we can now take a holiday in another country now…;-)”

– Julie D.

Agoraphobia is driven by the need to be in a safe place, and can be combined or caused by a fear of germs, social anxiety, or other.

Social phobia, or the fear of social situations, is driven by anxiety over how others may judge you, and can be combined or caused by phobias about blushing, sweating or other.

Most phobias develop during childhood or adolescence, but a number of other causes can come into play: a traumatic experience, a genetic predisposition to anxiety, ongoing stress, learning it from a family member.

Millions of people suffer from phobias, but by avoiding the cause of their phobia, many of them simply don’t encounter the trigger and therefore can live untroubled lives for the most part.

Treatment

After first conducting a fears inventory, hypnotherapy in the form of systematic desensitization is the best way of attack.  After listing a hierarchy of increasingly powerful triggers around the specific phobia, the client is taught relaxation techniques and then conditioned under hypnosis to remain calm under increasingly difficult circumstances.

This hierarchy was from a client who consulted for a fear of flying:

  • Arriving at the airport
  • Boarding the plane
  • Sitting in plane with engines off
  • Sitting in plane as engines start
  • Plane taxiing on runway
  • During takeoff
  • During landing
  • Short journey in plane
  • Medium journey in plane
  • Long journey in plane
  • Experiencing mild turbulence in plane
  • Experiencing strong turbulence in plane

By reliving manageable experiences around the phobia under hypnosis and practicing relaxation techniques, it is very possible to gain control over your fears.

Habits - Addictions

Types of Habits

The four most common classes of habit dealt with in hypnotherapy, although a wide range of additional habit disorders exist, are:

  • nail-biting (over 50% lifetime prevalence)
  • hair-pulling (10% lifetime prevalence)
  • stuttering (2-5% prevalence of chronic sufferers)
  • nervous tics (about 1% prevalence)

Other habits include nose-picking, itch-scratching, knuckle-cracking, finger-tapping, cigarette-smoking (see Stop Smoking section), alcohol-drinking, chocolate-munching, coffee-guzzling, swearing, shouting, apologizing, etc.

Treatment

Treatment consists of “habit reversal training”, or the installation of a “counter-habit” or “competing response”; in other words, creating a new positive habit that is mutually incompatible with the one you wish to stop.

“I came to see Deborah because of my bad posture.  I had got checked and was told that it was simply a habit I had of rounding my shoulders and pushing my head forward, but I was getting neck and shoulder problems that were even turning into carpel tunnel syndrome down in my wrist!  Within two visits I had made significant improvement in both relaxing my tight muscles and remembering to be straight; the hypnosis recording really helped.”

– Jonathan W.

Results are generally very good with a single two-hour session of habit-reversal treatment reinforced with hypnotherapy.

Habits are powerful, but it is precisely because a habit works so forcefully that the treatment of a variety of conditions by installing counter-habits can be so lasting, powerful and effective.

Important components in treatments include

  • awareness training
  • competing response practice
  • social support
  • thought stopping training
  • hypnosis

Addictions

Many of us suffer from mild to moderate addictions. Whether it is the internet, food, sex, gambling, sugar, drinking or drugs, these addictions are reflex responses to feeling anxious, bored, restless, stressed or upset; sometimes the triggering factor is simply feeling that life is not offering enough satisfaction.  These habits provide relief and reduce stress, while sometimes bringing a pleasurable experience as well.

“My sweet tooth was really getting me into trouble.  I could never resist getting dessert whenever we went to a restaurant, and at the buffets in the big Abu Dhabi hotels I couldn’t stop myself from getting a taste of ALL the desserts.  Thanks to Deborah I have that under control, and my weight is going down!  I look and feel so much better.

I do not treat severe dependencies, and refer such clients to medical professionals specialized in this type of issue.

Treatment

Treatment consists of:

  • Maintaining a habit diary
  • Developing awareness of triggering situations
  • Self monitoring and developing self awareness
  • Using hypnosis to increase motivation, rehearse situations to create positive automatic reflexes, develop a more positive self image
  • Deep relaxation training to lower reactivity to triggers
  • Self hypnosis training to build confidence and lower tension
  • Replacing unhelpful beliefs with more helpful ones
  • Planning to avoid and handle trigger situations

Treatment takes 4 to 6 sessions.

Low Confidence and Self Esteem

Learning to be Assertive and Authentic

People who are confident and have healthy self-esteem are natural and authentic.  They are true to themselves, and incredibly self-aware and self-possessed.  As a result, they live happier and more fulfilled lives.  They play their own game and dance to their own tune.  They have the freedom to be natural and to trust in themselves, guided by their own sound judgements and intuitions.  Their speech and actions are naturally free-flowing and self-assured.

They are essentially straight talkers and sincere, putting their true feelings and intuitions into words.  They express their emotions, and are naturally articulate because nothing is holding them back:  they are open and frank.  They tell people how they feel about things and share their emotions with others; in so doing, they feel more authentic and engaged in life all the time.

Some people find all this comes naturally, but for most of us, it is not innate; it needs to be learned, and can be learned.

“I grew up kind of always thinking that things are my fault.  I couldn’t help it.  It was really a problem because at 24 years old I still hadn’t gone out on a real date and had never had a girlfriend.  I couldn’t talk to them.  Anyway, reading the Salter stuff was amazing, and practicing with Deborah was a lot of fun but felt really good too.  I have made so much progress.  And I have had two dates now with a girl I really like.  I feel so much happier and more confident.”

– Georges V.

However, there are temporary setbacks in life that can be a serious blow to your self-confidence, or unusual circumstances that challenge an otherwise assertive, confident individual.  This is also when assertiveness training tailored to individual needs can be a precious help.

Treatment

Learning how to be more assertive and authentic can be a great relief.  The treatment plan is based on Conditioned Reflex Therapy consists of:

  • Completing a daily rating of emotional expressiveness to measure and guide progress
  • Conditioning with “emotional exercises” (learning to use “feeling-talk” instead of “fact-talk”, learning “facial talk”, learning to contradict, more “I talk”, dispensing with mock modesty and living for the next minute)
  • Readings and mental rehearsals of increased assertiveness and outward expressiveness
  • Training in increased awareness of assertive and inhibited behaviors
  •  Hypnotherapy to accelerate and reinforce change

Under hypnosis you will learn to remember and focus on your successes and times when you felt confident, as well as learning how to deal with setbacks and blows to your sense of self-confidence.  You will also conduct your mental rehearsal of challenging situations so that you will face them in real life armed with true self-mastery.

Treatment takes three to six sessions.

Self-Understanding Through Dream Interpretation

What are Dreams?

Dreams are the recall of the feelings, thoughts, images and stories from when we are asleep, from a special state of consciousness we reach in slumber.

Many people think that dreams are illogical and bizarre but of no consequence, but indeed, there is a very substantial body of research proving that dreams make a lot of sense once we understand their language – that of associations and metaphors.  Understanding and working with dreams in the right way not only helps us maintain our well-being; it also helps us change inappropriate beliefs that keep us stuck in unhealthy behaviors.

Dream interpretation is thousands of years old – the written works of the world’s religions are all full of stories of dreams being dreamed, told and understood to guide the dreamer.  Psychoanalysis bases much of its work on dream analysis.  Today, there is a growing movement in the United States toward training practitioners in lay dream interpretation in the Jungian tradition, especially through the Haden Institute in North Carolina.

My own training as a practitioner has been with two well-known experts in this field:  Susan Sims Smith, Anglican priest and Jungian analyst, and instructor at the Haden Institute; and Bob J. Hoss, Executive Officer and former President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, also an instructor at the Haden Institute.  Both are acclaimed lecturers on dream interpretation.

What to Expect

I will not tell you what your dream means; no serious practitioner can.  Dreams are made up of your own personal inventory of symbols, so that a dream about a dog means one thing to me, because I have always enjoyed them as pets, but a dream about a dog can mean something else to you because you were bitten by one as a child and have a phobia about them.  Therefore, my work is to guide you to come to realize what the dream is about, and what it is trying to tell you.

“I just wanted to thank you for the astonishing appointment we had today.  I didn’t have the faintest idea that such a short dream could mean anything much, and certainly not as much as I discovered today, but it all rings so true.  I have been thinking all afternoon and with these new insights I get why I have had so much trouble at work with my boss.”

Khulood A.

Before the first appointment, I ask clients to write down the narrative of their dreams in the present tense, with plenty of margin on the page to allow room for notes.

I will then ask you questions to list your associations with all elements of the dream, and explore the metaphors with you, to see what possible links could be with your waking life.

That work done, you will probably already have a fair idea of what the general subject is and the overall tenor of the dream.

The next step is to answer six “magic” questions that will help take understanding of the dream to the deeper level; I will use hypnosis to ensure you are fully relaxed, calm and confident.  It is often in this part that clients can see important steps they can undertake in their personal development.

Personal Coaching & Hypnotherapy

If Coaching is the Answer, What is the Question?

Coaching is an acquired skill set that comes from getting top training, having the right supervisor, acquiring the experience and most especially, putting yourself into question and being willing to do the work.

It is much more than enthusiastically supporting and challenging the client.

A special relationship must be developed in which both coach and client work together determine goals and bring them about.  When successfully done, clients can find the experience life-changing.

Why do clients come for coaching?

  • to make significant changes
  • to better deal with uncertainty
  • to make better decisions
  • to set better goals
  • to reach goals faster
  • to become financially more successful
  • to get ahead professionally
  • to deal with the influence of technology
  • to have a collaborative partner
  • to improve their relationships
  • to make a bigger impact on the world
  • to be a better leader
  • to simplify their lives
  • to reduce stress
  • to address an altered reality of employment

I graduated from the Coach U coaching program and am a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).  My particular way of working as a coach is to employ hypnotherapy

” The combination Deborah uses is great.  The hypnotherapy was there to help me get grounded after my bad experience in my professional life when we first started, but then we were able to move into coaching, where we set weekly goals that really helped me stretch my comfort zone a bit and get me back in the professional saddle.  It was great having someone I was accountable to as well, and Deborah was a great support – a real lifeline – in getting me back on track.”

– Damien J.

techniques when I can see that my client could use a little reinforcement, or has some trouble that’s getting in the way of his or her achieving goals.

As a coach – and as a therapist – I am for deep listening, while being attentive to the things that are said and not said.  Through Socratic questioning and being genuinely curious about who you are and what you are thinking, I am able to help you tap into your own inner wisdom to get you to where you want to be.

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