Santa Monica Hypnotherapist walks the talk when it comes to hypnosis. Having been introduced to the art in an unusual way, she continues to use hypnosis herself to sleep well, calm nerves and more.
Fortunately for the people in the Santa Monica and Woodlands areas of Los Angeles she is now dedicated to helping others achieve their goals using hypnosis. The help covers a wide range of issues including weight management and becoming happy, healthy non-smokers.
Learn more about Andrea in this interesting interview in which you can discover how she first got interested in hypnosis herself as well as how she is using it to help others.
could you briefly introduce yourself to our readers please
Hello Stephen and Hello Readers! I have been a hypnotherapist since early 2010 with a private practice serving the Los Angeles area, specifically Santa Monica, Woodlands.
I also work with clients by phone or internet when needed and spend part of my week assisting teens and adults in treatment for alcohol and/or substance abuse in the Malibu area.
What first attracted you to a career in Hypnosis?
I was fortunate to be part of a group that got to experience hypnosis for stress relief and relaxation purposes for 2 sessions as part of a research experiment in Los Angeles.
Each time I was hypnotized, I felt so wonderfully calm, grounded and centered. Everything seemed to slow down to exactly the right speed. I felt like I was noticing things for the first time around me. Things seemed crisper, brighter. My mood and spirits were lifted.
I immediately thought, “Wow, this could be useful for so many people and/or issues”. Then I kept meeting people who were also using hypnosis as either part of their nursing or dental practice or for their own personal growth which helped to reinforce my interest in the field.Have you experienced any personal benefits from using hypnosis for yourself that you would care to share with our readers?
I have personally used self-hypnosis to help calm my nerves anytime I have to be in the spotlight. I have also used self-hypnosis for nights when I have trouble falling asleep.
In addition, since I have been practicing hypnosis my blood pressure has lowered significantly. It was right on the edge of hyper-tension when I started and has consistently been in the healthy zone for many years now.Andrea, I know that your clients speak highly of the work you do with them. Tell us, What issues do your clients typically come to you for help with?
Fortunately hypnosis can be utilized for many area of self-improvement so I have been able to work with people on a variety of issues.
People have come to me to quit smoking, lose weight, battle emotional eating, overcome a fear of flying, claustrophobia, anxiety, IBS, TMJ, Confidence Building, Exam Anxiety, Insomnia, Addiction, Grief and Loss, Fertility Enhancement and Sports Performance.
Do you specialize in helping people with certain issues?
Yes, I specialize in Insomnia, Emotional Eating, Confidence Building and Anxiety Relief.From a hypnotist's point of view, can you tell us about some of the teachers who have influenced your approach to hypnosis the most?
The pioneers of NLP Bandler and Grinder have influenced my approach as well as Milton Erickson. I have also followed Dr. John Kappas and Cal Banyan closely.Do you find any particular phase of your hypnosis work to be of special interest to you?
As a singer, lyricist and songwriter I am fond of creating recordings for my clients. It comes very naturally to me. I enjoy being able to carry my skills in one area over to another to help, or affect, people in a completely different way.What are the three most important bits of advice would you give a client before their first session of hypnosis?
If you could give potential and beginning hypnotists at least one piece of advice, what would it be?
Marketing is going to be a huge part of your business if you want to survive.
Because hypnotherapists usually do not see clients on a long-term basis, at least the majority of them, you will need to have a constant source of new clients coming in the door, much more than a traditional therapist would need.
What is the most frequent misunderstanding about hypnosis that you encounter with clients or the public?
As hypnotherapists we often encounter people who are looking for the quick fix, the magic wand or some unusual experience. Clients certainly can have interesting, meaningful and/or unusual experiences but it probably will still take time to see the complete end results they are looking for.
Certain self-improvement goals will take less time than others, i.e. eliminating nail biting will most likely take less time to achieve than building a strong sense of self-esteem.
we both know, Hypnosis as a healing and helping modality has existed
for hundreds of years now. However, it is more widely known and
accepted in some areas than in others. How would you rate the public
acceptance of hypnosis around Santa Monica and Los Angeles generally?
The Los Angeles area, and Southern California in general, are probably more open to Hypnosis than other parts of the country but we still have our fair share of skeptics.
Southern California has long been known as being progressive in the area of Holistic or Alternative Healing. We have also been helped by having at least two or more well established Hypnotherapy Schools here in the area.
However, being in a smaller area or outlying region where hypnosis maybe less widely known could be beneficial if the competition is smaller. Competition helps bring awareness to an industry but it also means fighter harder for the interest that is out there.
What would your favourite book on hypnosis be that you would recommend to others?
I have enjoyed “Hypnosis for Change” by Josie Hadley and Carol Staudacher and The Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors, edited by D. Corydon Hammond, Ph.D.
Thank you Andrea for telling us more about yourself and the hypnosis work you are doing so well in Santa Monica and Woodlands. You can contact Andrea through her web site at www.hypnotherapyandwellness.com
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