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Heart Centered Weight Release with Hypnosis

Free introductory classes are offered periodically.

Do you find yourself eating when you aren't really hungry? Are you always depriving yourself of certain foods? Do you find that you are never really satisfied after eating? Could it be that you are an Emotional Eater and you just aren't aware of it? Would you like to understand the mind/body connection and learn to "listen to" what your real hunger is about?

Heart-Centered Weight Release addresses all of the above and more. We use hypnotherapy to access the subconscious mind and to discover the dynamics of the mind/body connection associated with food and our emotional state. Heart-Centered Weight Release with Hypnosis works in aiding you in listening to what your heart is really hungering or thirsting for. There is no diet to follow because diets spell deprivation and for every diet, there will be an equal binge. Heart-Centered Weight Release with Hypnosis will aid you in unmasking the core issues underlying your compulsive eating habits.

You will learn to:

- Listen to and take care of your body in healthy ways
- Fill up your emptiness with something other than food
- Become mindful of what your heart is really yearning for
- Stop medicating your feelings with food
- Trust your intuition
- Focus on the "real reasons" why you are unhappy
- Release your obsessions centered around food, fat, and your body
- Eliminate your battle with compulsive eating forever

Wouldn't you like to discover the secret behind your addiction to food? Do you know that you can if you are willing to make a commitment to place yourself at the top of your priority list? As you discover ways to heal your emotional needs, the food in your life will no longer be used as a drug; but rather as a way to fuel and nurture your body. A Heart-Centered approach to healing your emotions will lead you to the wellness of your body, mind and spirit.  Come and join me in giving this gift to yourself. You are worth it! This work can be done through scheduled phone consultations, private sessions, or in a group setting.

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Weekend Self Discovery Healing Retreats


A Journey of discovery and fulfillment begins when you dare to look more deeply within yourself. No matter where you are in your life, now is the best time to begin your Personal Transformation. My weekend retreats at Serenity House on beautiful Glen Lake are designed for people who are ready to take a giant leap forward in their emotional, mental and spiritual growth. These experiences provide enduring change and healing at the deepest levels, in a loving, safe and challenging group environment. Weekend retreats with Vision Quest offer powerful personal growth/therapy programs for anyone seeking to live life to its fullest.

These weekends are innovative adjuncts to individual therapy, taking people further into their healing process than is possible in a one-on-one setting. I implement the most powerful individual and group techniques available to bring healing and personal growth to the mind, body, emotions and spirit. Participants will have the opportunity to experience energy medicine, Shamanic fire ceremonies, personal sand paintings, centering visualization and meditation, healing emotions with the breath and clearing imprints of karma and disease from the Luminous Energy Field. All of these wonderful sacred opportunities are experienced in a trusting, safe and loving environment where you begin to discover your personal gifts and the beautiful soul that you truly are. You will find a balance of body, mind, spirit and soul that perhaps you have been searching for your entire life.

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Panic - Anxiety Group


FREE Introduction classes are offered periodically. 6 week sessions

Research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health has shown that anxiety disorders are the number one mental health problem among American Women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse in men. Twenty to Thirty million people have suffered panic attacks, phobias or other anxiety disorders in the past year. If you find yourself among this population, this class is for you! Come and learn how to reduce physiological reactivity, eliminate avoidance behavior and change subjective interpretations (or self talk) which perpetuate a state of apprehension and worry.

Topics that will be discussed in the class will be coping with:

- Panic
- Desensitization
- Overcoming Negative Self-talk
- Assertiveness and Self-esteem
- Nutrition
- Breathing and Relaxation
- Emotional Management Skills
- Positive Affirmations


Participants will experience a meditation session at each class. In addition, clients will have the opportunity to identify triggers of fear from their past. This class will aid you in breaking out of the pattern of fear and anxiety that may have imprisoned you for years!

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Stillness and Meditation Workshops


"Calmness is the ideal state in which we should receive all life's experiences" ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. When your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again."

 ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation is the practice of turning your attention inward to the divine Consciousness that underlies your thoughts and feelings. It is a technique of resting the mind while attaining a state of consciousness that is opposite of the normal waking state. During the meditation practice, the mind is clear, calm, and inwardly focused. One is fully awake and alert, but the mind isn't caught up in the external world around you. Meditation requires a still-one pointed state in order for the mind to become quiet. We are asking the mind to let go of its inclination to think, analyze, recall or dissolve problems and to be in the present moment.

In fact, recent research has shown that meditating twice per day for about 20 minutes can actually reduce blockages in your blood vessels, significantly lowering the risk of sudden death by heart attack or stroke.

It has been well known and documented for many years that in deep states of meditation amazing physiological and chemical changes happen in the brain, changes that lead to incredible transformation and almost unbelievable mastery of life. With enough effort and practice, this peaceful state is attainable for all individuals.

Please join us to learn from within about the art of calmness, emptiness dancing, and awaking from the 'dream state'.

 

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All About Birth


Holistic Birthing

Many of us don't realize the high price that babies pay when they experience womb or birth trauma. Most people are under the illusion that fetuses and babies aren't conscious of what is happening to them during these critical times, and believe that "they don't "remember" the traumatic experiences that they may have endured. There is growing evidence that unquestionably supports the idea that an embryo is conscious from the moment of conception as well as throughout the womb and birth experience. With that said, let me share what you may experience and learn as a pregnant woman in my practice.


Hypnosis is a natural state where one's subconscious mind becomes highly suggestible. In the hypnotic state, this mind becomes open to positive thoughts and ideas that can actually allow one to eliminate uncomfortable physical sensations in the body, both during childbirth or at times when pain is prevalent. Almost anyone, who has the desire, can practice hypnosis and be successful with it. During hypnosis you will reach an altered state of mind that is similar to being on the highway for several miles and suddenly realizing that you have passed many exits, without being conscious of even doing that. Hypnosis can be equated to a very deep relaxed state of mind and body. While delivering your baby under hypnotic analgesia, (unawareness of pain) you will probably experience something that parallels the state of daydreaming or a sense of being totally relaxed. Some of the benefits of a hypnotically prepared birth could be a shorter labor because the fear and tension that may cause a longer labor and more pain are reduced, little or no medication, a baby who is more alert after his/her birth process, and lower depression scores for you as a mom after your birthing experience.

Positive Affirmations will also be utilized that will support a happy, healthy delivery for both you and your newborn. Rather than using the word "pain," we will be focusing on words like pressure or contractions that are supporting your baby in moving down the birth canal. (Pain does not have to accompany the normal birth process) So, your mind will be focused on aiding your baby and bringing your beautiful miracle into the world in a healthy way. You will always be aware of the sensations in your body. However, as you harness your mind and your breath, you will be capable of controlling the depth of discomfort that you may be experiencing. This practice of creating a quiet mind and body will allow you to direct what is happening in your body, subsequently allowing it to produce its own natural anesthesia as it becomes harmonious with the effortless, innate birth experience.


The Breath plays a powerful part in the relaxation of the body. You will be practicing some breathing techniques that will calm and quiet your body, mind and soul. The birth process that you and your baby will experience will be in an atmosphere of serenity, peace and tranquility thus creating an easy, loving relationship for both of you.


Bonding between Mom and Baby and the negative effects of Birth Trauma will also be examined in depth. Remember that babies do have consciousness, do remember, do feel pain, and also have the capacity to learn. Studies have been done that support that babies respond after birth to stimuli that they were introduced to in utero e.g. mom's or dad's voice, a particular piece of music, news program sounds and more. So you can imagine how any birth trauma or shock may leave a deep painful imprint on the newborn. Some of the birth complications that we will be looking at will be the use of forceps, breach birth, long labors, caesarian sections, use of anesthetics, and cutting the umbilical cord before it stops pulsating, as well as separating the baby from mom immediately after birth.


In my practice I support clients in their "birth trauma healing process" through hypnotherapy and rebirthing. You have the opportunity of preventing your newborn from having to heal any traumatic birth wounds by generating a calm, spiritual, natural birth experience for that little soul today. I look forward to coaching and supporting you in that endeavor.