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Mind Therapies encompass our healing therapies that use the mind as the primary interface to access a person's being, and point of change (as Edgar Cayce said, "Mind is the builder"). Change might then take place on one or all levels:
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis can be effectively used on MANY conditions, as the mind is involved in nearly every aspect of our human experience. Almost any condition which involves thought and/or thinking can be changed by hypnotherapy. To list them all here would not be practical, but some of the MOST COMMON conditions hypnotherapy has been proven very effective in treating are:
Every condition, though, is unique, so whether you see your condition listed above or not, please give us a (no pressure, no hassle) call at 651-688-2469 to discuss what you'd like to see changed in your life.
For my mother, your therapy was like a miracle.
-- C.F., Seattle, WA
Wondering about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?
Simply put, hypnotherapy is therapy based on or using hypnosis. Hypnosis is the oldest and most natural mode of healing known to man, and in fact in 1958 was approved by the American Medical Association (AMA) as well as the American Psychological Association (APA) as a valid medical procedure (and is today used by the medical community in operating rooms and dental offices, just to mention a few). The power of hypnosis resides in the wonderful power of the human imagination. In hypnosis, a person relaxes (both mind & body) to the point (called the alpha state) between being awake and being asleep. In this alpha state, the person is highly "suggestible," and it's very similar to when you're watching one of your favorite shows on television (that's why advertisers pay boo-coo bucks for those TV commercials -- you're in a suggestible state and that's the perfect time to suggest that you need what they're selling). One of the things that happens in this relaxed state, is that barriers and filters between the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind are minimized. Just like watching that TV show, under the direction of the therapist, you can in your mind "see" and "feel" yourself acting/behaving in this new/desirable manner (whatever the intended goal of the session might be). Having experienced this "new you" (which is usually quite REAL to the person), it becomes much, much easier to act in that way after the session, because -- in your mind -- you've already done it!
What's Unique About a Session at Sound Mind & Body?
Many things... the most important being our unique Sound Hypnosis process.
The Sound Hypnosis process was developed here at Sound Mind & Body Healing Center by director Kevin Doheny, who's always looking to deliver RESULTS better, faster, AND cheaper to clients. In a "normal" hypnosis session, the therapist is speaking to you and there MAY be some relaxing sound or music on in the background, and that sound usually doesn't have any relationship to what's being talked about by the therapist (it's kind of like "elevator music" for hypnosis). In a Sound Hypnosis session, both client and therapist wear headphones (for greater effect), and through the headphones is heard background effects (wind, surf, birds, etc.), specially created sounds by Kevin (which tie in directly with what's being done in the session at that time), and the therapist's voice (which is heard in much greater clarity). Why is the Sound Hypnosis process more effective?Because sound is a carrier wave for consciousness, and while the therapist's words are being perceived by one area of the mind, the sound is working on another area of the mind. Think of going to see a movie, and there's either NO music or INAPPROPRIATE music being played for what's taking place on the screen at that time, and you'll have a good idea why the RIGHT sound is so powerful and important!
Some other unique things about a session at Sound Mind & Body...
You receive a recording of the session on cassette or CD (this is for reinforcement and [if used] may get the client through "tough times" when old behavior patterns may try and resurface).
Warm serene environment surrounded by trees and nature (NOT a clinical office building with noise from the adjoining office).
A therapist who takes the time to listen to you and understand your issue in a holistic fashion before commencing the hypnosis part of the session.
Sessions priced by the session -- not by the hour -- and a therapist who focuses on the CLIENT, not the clock.
Other hypnotherapists who've experienced Sound Hypnosis have called it 'the most powerful hypnosis they've ever experienced.' Clients simply say, "Wow!"
Regression Therapy (a Hypnotherapy Technique)
Regression is a technique that allows the client to recall events that occurred at an earlier time in their life. In the case of past life regression, the subconscious mind of the client recalls events which appear to have taken place in another lifetime. In this way, suppressed or repressed information may be brought forth to assist the client in gaining insight and understanding of a particular problem or condition. It is through understanding and integrating past life experiences into the present life, that negative or harmful behavior patterns, life choices which are no longer serving the clients' best interest, and in some cases even physical conditions and diseases can be changed. Anyone, regardless of their religion or beliefs, can benefit from regression therapy. (Note: if you're interested in past life regression, you'll need to plan on at least 2 sessions.)
Here's a video in which Kevin and Bill Barnes discuss Past Life Regression Therapy, and Bill's case, in particular:
Other Common Questions:
Are there any "requirements" for the session to be successful?
Just that the client WANTS for themself whatever they're asking the therapist's assistance with. The therapist cannot MAKE you do what you really don't WANT to do. You'll also want to have a clear mind for your session, so take prescription drugs only as absolutely needed, please minimize caffeine and energy drink usage, and absolutely no alcohol, marijuana, or recreational drug usage within at least 24 hours of the session.
How much time does a session take?
First sessions always take a minimum of 2 hours, and can sometimes run a bit longer, due to the intake interview being part of the initial session. Subsequent sessions may be shortened up a bit, provided not too much time has elapsed between sessions. Two hours may SEEM like a long time for a session, but really, the way the time flies, it's going to be one of the fastest two hours of your life.
How many sessions are needed?
There is no way to predict this, as it varies depending on the client, and what's being treated. In some cases (such as smoking) 100% success MAY be achieved with a single session, whereas with alcohol/drug addictions it would not be reasonable to expect complete success in a single session (though every session helps). It's our goal at Sound Mind & Body to get clients results as quickly as possible!
Not sure you can be hypnotized?
There's nothing unnatural about hypnosis, as it's simply holding a focused state of attention while being very relaxed. Anyone who's open to being hypnotized CAN be hypnotized, and like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get at it. (And even people who've had problems being hypnotized by conventional methods slip into hypnosis very easily with the Sound Hypnosis process.)
Fear of not coming out of hypnosis; fear of losing control; fear of revealing secrets, etc. These are just a few of the common misperceptions concerning hypnosis. Suffice it to say that you're ALWAYS in control, you can come out of hypnosis anytime you wish, the therapist can't MAKE you do anything you don't WANT to do, and we haven't met anyone yet who hasn't enjoyed their hypnosis experience.
How should I select a therapist?
Selection of a therapist is VERY important, as the rapport between client and therapist is one of the most important ingredients in the recipe for a successful session. Please DO call around to a few hypnotherapists and get the actual therapist you'd be working with on the phone and talk to them a bit before scheduling the session. Is the therapist certified, and by which organizations? Would you be seeing a male or female therapist, and do you have a preference? This is not getting an oil change for your car -- you're selecting someone to work on you MIND. Every hypnotherapist has had different training and uses different methods and techniques. Although we all need to play "the money game," the price of the session should be on the bottom of your criteria list. Schedule the session only when you feel "yes, this is the person who can help me!"
What does it cost, and do you take insurance?
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the price of the session should be the least of your criteria in selecting a therapist! After all... if you select a therapist who has the lowest price and you don't get results, you're out that money, but if you paid a bit more for a different therapist and you DID get results -- isn't it worth that little bit more? You bet! So, having said that, here's the answer to your question: $120 per session (that's per session -- not per hour) is the standard fee. Unless other arrangements have been made, payment via cash, check, or most "cards" is due at the end of the session. We don't take insurance or deal with insurance companies for one reason: we can't have a corporation whose main interest is their "bottom line" dictating how we work with our clients. If you've got a good and/or progressive insurance plan, though, they may allow you to get reimbursed for some or all of the price of your session from your flexible spending account (and we'd be happy to provide you with a statement of services for your insurance).
We are certified by and adhere to the code of ethics of: