Susan Hastings, Certified Hypnotherapist
I continue to be very excited to offer Hypnotherapy to my clients. With my background as a therapist and coach, combined with my ever-present interest in personal/professional/spiritual growth, it was a natural next step for me. I like the opportunity to go deeper with my clients and this is the answer for me, a significant way to make a difference.
Practically everyone I know is going through some kind of change and transition. Hypnotherapy is a way for people to experience these difficult times with grace, happiness and a new lease on life. It's not a matter of believing it - for me, it's a matter of knowing it, as I've experience it both with myself and my own self-hypnosis (all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis) and with others.
It's hard to put in words what hypnotherapy is doing for my clients. My highest value for myself is to make a difference and I experience over and over how hypnotherapy is making a difference for them - in many cases, a big one. I received a totally unsolicited email with the message "You changed my life. Really." Of course I know I did not change her life - she did. I was just the conduit, but it shows what's possible when someone is motivated to make positive change.
It's the combination of therapy, coaching and hypnosis that works so well. Any of the three is good but the combination is over the top. I take a lot of time with each client, listening to their needs and desired outcomes, knowing that there are deeper issues than they probably know. And I put them in trance and work with their issues on the subconscious level - both those they know about and those they don't.
In the trance process, I give back to them the messages they gave me about their desired outcomes, the benefits that would give them as well as other important techniques that are in alignment with what they have already told me. The subconscious is like a computer: it says "Yes" to everything we say so I am loading it several times with positive statements.
I also tell them the importance of saying "Cancel. Cancel." to any negative thoughts that may come to mind and replace with a positive statements. Studies show that the average person has between 600-1200 words a minute go through their mind and for most people, 75%-80% of those words are negative. Therefore, canceling the negative and replacing with the positive is very important for optimum results.
And finally, I teach my clients self-hypnosis - ultimately all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
Does it always work with amazing results? No. My experience has been that success depends on the motivation of the client. When there is a sincere desire for change that is stronger than their desire to continue their current behavior, the answer is Yes.
One last example. Recently I had a client who came to me who wanted to be happier; she acknowledged that she is so negative that even her children don't want to talk with her. After one session and her doing self-hypnosis and canceling negative thoughts (she had a LOT, she said), she was feeling a lot more positive; after the second session she was singing in the shower (really??!!); after the third session, she was solid. I recommend three sessions but it's their choice. She wrote me a month after her last session in which she said " All is well; I am having the best winter ever! Life is good!"
This is what Hypnotherapy/Hypnosis can do for you.
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Hypnotherapy by phone! And Skype!
I have always done a lot of my coaching and therapy by phone - it's easier for my clients (they don't have to leave their office or home, find a place to park, etc) and equally easy for me. But I hadn't done phone hypnotherapy with deep issues. I was delighted to discover that it is every bit as effective as in person.
Recently, I got an unexpected email a couple of weeks after our phone session:
"It is important to me that you understand what a gift the phone session was. I don't believe either of us had an expectation of the material that surfaced. And perhaps it flies in the face of what the hypnosis is intended to unleash. It is new territory for me. No matter. I think we dug into a very core piece of my depression...and I am grateful."
I'd love to share Hypnotherapy with you - either in person, on the phone, or Skype! I know the difference it can make!
Scroll down to read a sampling of the results some of my clients are experiencing.
Transformation for Body/Mind/Spirit
Balance Weight Loss (Isagenix optional tool)
Manage Stress through Change & Transition
Access the Wisdom of Your Soul
"I am moving right along like the day I left your place. It has been a blessing indeed, each and every day of it. I am very thankful to have met you and have very much enjoyed my freedom from smoking."
15 days later...
I wanted to check in with you and let you know I am still not smoking and it feels SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (ok you get it) GOOD!
I truly feel I am now a SUCCESSFUL NON-SMOKER!
~ Monica, Canaan, NH
"I have been doing great, I am approaching the 1 year mark of being smoke free. It was without a doubt, the hardest thing I have ever had to do, and I am convinced that the hypnosis played a big part in helping me give up a habit of 40 years. When I say smoke free, I also mean that I am nicotine free, no patch, no gum or aids of any kind. Thanks so much for your help and support."
~ Jeff Watson
"Susie’s contagious positive energy + Hypnosis + Isagenix = A Winning Combination! I knew I needed to lose weight and, generally, how to do it. I just couldn’t get past the mental roadblock that was holding me back. With Susie’s guidance, I am a third of the way to my goal. I have lost 31 pounds in a little less than 3 months. Hypnosis with Susie Hastings equals a lifestyle change that I highly recommend!”
"I am so pleased with the results of the hypnosis I received from Susie Hastings. I stopped my late night snacks and lost 34 lbs. The combination of the Isagenix program and the hypnosis did the trick. I was never hungry on the Isagenix program and the combination of hypnosis and Isagenix caused me to lose a couple pants sizes, painlessly. I have tried many diets and nothing worked until Susie hypnotized me and told me about Isagenix."
~ Mary Anne Holland
"FANTASTIC results! Besides having ABSOLUTELY NO sugar cravings anymore, the Isagenix and food are going perfectly. And yes, I've got a plan, thanks for checking.
You didn't get a daily report because I've been very busy and forgetful, but NOT too busy to do my daily techniques! Boy, are they working! Oh, and I have been giving myself the suggestion that I ENJOY daily exercise, and incredibly enough I've been enjoying it for the first time in my life. Today, even though it was Saturday, I got up early and took my usual 1/2 hour walk, and still went to CURVES later in the morning, and ENJOYED it! What is really amazing though is that I wake up feeling willing and eager rather than resisting. Even when I was trying to exercise and not eat sugar before it was a chore and a struggle. I really believe this time that all my "suggestions" are possible. No, not just possible, inevitable. Life feels immensely easier, lighter. I've pulled my energy away from the things I can't change and put it into what I can- my own physical, mental, and spiritual health, and its been possible because of the work I did with you.
Thanks for your beautiful energy."
Bria Singer, Massage Therapist
"I am doing great! White sugar has not passed my lips! I think back on our sessions all the time and I know that YOU and the hypnosis really strengthened my convictions. I just keep telling myself that this is a life choice and it simplifies my life. The great part is not having headaches or beating myself up for eating too much sugar in one sitting."
"Hypnotherapy helped me bring out my inner strength and will power and helped me heal myself, I highly recommend it"
~ Rhonda Lee Ketner, Restaurant Owner
My "Soul Coaching" session with Susie Hastings was truly 'trancendental'. The experience was one of sublime calm and comfort-- the closest I may ever get to Heaven on this Earth! I wanted to remain in that 'Divine Space' forever."
~ Nan Kenney, Certified Biofeedback Practioner
"Over the years, Susie has been hugely instrumental in my spiritual and emotional well-being and healing. Her gifted ability to really 'listen' and be supportive are well beyond the call of duty. Recently I experienced her hypnotherapy technique, Accessing the Wisdom of Your Soul via a phone call and I can claim incredible results. I am so grateful to be able to consider her a dear friend and compassionate healer."
~ Cynthia Brochat.
"I had hit a place of desperation that was literally tearing at the foundation of my world. Having worked with Susie before, I set up a telephone hypnosis session. I had tried hypnosis years ago with little consequence so I was something of a skeptic but my desperation and the accompanying fear that was paralyzing me told me to simply let go to the process. Susie's intuitive perspectives and heart-gentle guidance uncovered emotional blocks neither of us had anticipated. Blocks that had created limiting beliefs - beliefs I now know I have a chance to dismantle. Thank you, Suz."
~ Dale Jones
"You've changed my life...really."
Large Group Hypnosis
"You are such an inspiration! Thanks again for coming and making the class special - how fortunate my students were to have your wisdom, support and hypnosis skills - you cast a spell on us all!
~ Melanie Podolec, Professor River Valley Community College
"I recently participated in a lifelong learning program which you conducted on Group Hypnosis. For almost seven years or more I have been plagued with a chronic cough. I had participated in a XiGong conference on the healing power of the art. During our group hypnosis, my intention was to rid my body of this cough. I had no difficulty following the steps of the procedure and left the class feeling very positive about my experience. My immediate reaction was nothing compared to my elation at discovering that in the weeks to follow my cough had improved considerably and I was able to stop taking the medication which I had been using for weeks. While the cough is not totally gone, I am still practicing the self-hypnosis and XiGong and am feeling much more confident that eventually my body will be rid of whatever is causing this problem. I plan on having an individual session with you and am sure that this will be most beneficial. I cannot thank you enough for introducing me to myself and my self-healing powers."
"I recently benefited from a hypnosis workshop give by Susie Hastings on Hilton Head Island. I am being treated for a medical problem and find it hard to relax and sleep at night. There were about thirty participants in this workshop and as far as I know, she put us all to sleep at once. I am unsure of everyone else because her relaxation method worked on me immediately. Since then I have used her suggestions for self hypnosis and am sleeping much better. I appreciate her expertise in creating this life changing event in my life."
~ Dr. Charles McOuat
"Susie Hastings has a wonderfully powerful yet soft and accepting approach as a workshop leader. In a group of 30, she managed to captivate and hypnotize all of us, each of us setting our own goals, and most of us later succeeding in reaching that goal.
In her workshop I was comfortably carried away in space and time, clearing my mind, and calmly focusing upon a simple goal -- to wake each morning and pop out of bed for a brisk walk. It has worked for me. I'm amazed and gratified."
~ Audre Allison
"Susie is a wonderful teacher......we are thrilled that we had her here to be our teacher for hypnosis. It was a special session."
~ Harriet Reimers
"I thought your workshop was great ..... you made me feel very comfortable and safe and relaxed, aided by your lovely home and beautiful setting and, of course, Bella."
~ Susan Kahn
Bagels & Balance Small Group Hypnosis Workshops
"I felt the class had great value for me. I particularly liked filling out the form - what -why-actions. It helped to crystallize goals but also allowed you to take recognition of learning the comfort zone. The self-hypnosis gave me a startling message which I had never given any credence to. I am convinced it has given me an incredibly viable path for the future."
~ Louise Radak
"You demonstrate not only in words but actions and sharings/openness the positive benefits of all you teach. The small group was very beneficial and allowed for intimacy and more vulnerability. Thank you for being you!"
~ Beryl Titles
"Susie I am amazed that this worked for me. I really enjoyed the circle. I am a visual learner. Wonderful for me to see where I am and where I want to be. Thank you!"
"I like the circle of life because it helped me see the balance or need for balance I have/need. Thanks for being one of my guardian angels/sisters of my heart!"
"Well done! You generously give of your knowledge and life experience to make a difference in participants lives. I am committing myself to use the techniques learned to improve my health, weight loss and times with family."
"I found it very helpful to take the leap into exploring hypnosis in a small group setting. I usually feel safer with one-on-one work but this felt "safer" in that I didn't have to make a big commitment. Now I feel ready to go deeper. Your real life examples help people relate to how it can work in their life. And the reasonable cost made it work for me, too."
~ Jen Mac Millen
"Setting was perfect. Workable group number. Short workshop chock full! of content. I feel like I was given a wonderful new skill - that I can expand on. Nothing could have worked better, Thank you,"
" Susie, this has taken me to my new center (core - to - me - self). As I was trying to find my reason for being - what to change - there was a peeling on the way into the core. I can now communicate what I can and can't/won't do. I could go on - this was great."
"I still feel the after-effects of the hypnosis a week later. I spent a half-hour in a different realm and emerged in a persistent calmer state. I send my warmest thanks."
~ Lory Peterson
A Doctor's Overview of Hypnotherapy on Weight Loss.
"Over the years, I've learned that one of the things that allows me to be a successful doctor is to have an open mind - to be able to hear about new ideas and test them without condemning them up front.
This philosophy has allowed me to personally transform my life as well as help my patients because it's provided me the opportunity to learn about new treatments that I otherwise might not have considered.
One of these treatments is hypnosis done by a legitimate professional (not the late-at-night infomercial kind of what you see at stage shows) which is approved for clinical use by both the British Medical Association and the American Medical Association.
In a meta-analysis, comparing the results of adding hypnosis to weight loss treatment across multiple studies showed that adding hypnosis increased weight loss by an average of 97% during treatment.
Even more importantly, hypnosis increased the effectiveness POST TREATMENT by over 146%. This shows that hypnosis works even better over time (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996."
~ Mark Hyman, MD
Still Want More Proof that Hypnosis Works?
Hypnosis is one of the most misunderstood (and effective!) tools for self-change available in the world today.
When you say "hypnosis," most people think of magic shows, silly stage acts, and possibly even witchcraft.
Frankly, nothing could be further from the truth.
Hypnosis is simply this: a relaxed state of focused attention that allows people to control and change mental and physiological patterns that can't be changed in everyday awareness.
The use of hypnosis to treat disease (also called "hypnotherapy") has been around for more than half a century. In fact, the British Medical Association approved the use of hypnotherapy in 1955. The American Medical Association approved its use in 1958.
As you might imagine, if major medical associations have approved the use of hypnosis to treat disease, imagine how powerful it is when treating thought patterns that stand in the way of the slim body you deserve!
More Importantly, Clinical Studies Prove Hypnosis Works . . .
Increases Weight Loss by 146%
Numerous clinical studies have proven that hypnosis is amazingly effective in helping folks lose weight:
- In a 9-week study of two weight management groups (one using hypnosis and one not using hypnosis), the hypnosis group continued to get results in the two-year follow-up, while the non-hypnosis group showed no further results (Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1985).
- In a study of 60 women separated into hypnosis versus non-hypnosis groups, the groups using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds, while the non-hypnosis group lost an average of only .5 pounds (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1986).
- In a meta-analysis, comparing the results of adding hypnosis to weight loss treatment across multiple studies showed that adding hypnosis increased weight loss by an average of 97% during treatment, and even more importantly increased the effectiveness POST TREATMENT by over 146%. This shows that hypnosis works even better over time (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996).
The bottom line here is that when hypnosis sessions are added to various weight loss programs, the results are always better — more than 146% better over the long term!
~ Dr. Temes
What is Hypnosis?
People have been pondering and arguing over hypnosis for more than 200 years, but science has yet to fully explain how it actually happens. We see what a person does under hypnosis, but it isn't clear why he or she does it. This puzzle is really a small piece in a much bigger puzzle: how the human mind works. It's unlikely that scientists will arrive at a definitive explanation of the mind in the foreseeable future, so it's a good bet hypnosis will remain something of a mystery as well.
But psychiatrists do understand the general characteristics of hypnosis, and they have some model of how it works. It is a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It's not really like sleep, because the subject is alert the whole time. It is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling of "losing yourself" in a book or movie. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought.
In the everyday trance of a daydream or movie, an imaginary world seems somewhat real to you, in the sense that it fully engages your emotions. Imaginary events can cause real fear, sadness or happiness, and you may even jolt in your seat if you are surprised by something (a monster leaping from the shadows, for example). Some researchers categorize all such trances as forms of self-hypnosis. Milton Erickson, the premier hypnotism expert of the 20th century, contended that people hypnotize themselves on a daily basis. But most psychiatrists focus on the trance state brought on by intentional relaxation and focusing exercises. This deep hypnosis is often compared to the relaxed mental state between wakefulness and sleep.
In conventional hypnosis, you approach the suggestions of the hypnotist, or your own ideas, as if they were reality.. and relaxed. Presumably, this is because they tune out the worries and doubts that normally keep their actions in check. You might experience the same feeling while watching a movie: As you get engrossed in the plot, worries about your job, family, etc. fade away, until all you're thinking about is what's up on the screen.
In this state, you are also highly suggestible. That is, when the hypnotist tells you do something, you'll probably embrace the idea completely. The subject's sense of safety and morality remain entrenched throughout the experience, however. A hypnotist can't get you to do anything you don't want to do.
What Lies Beneath
The predominant school of thought on hypnosis is that it is a way to access a person's subconscious mind directly. Normally, you are only aware of the thought processes in your conscious mind. You consciously think over the problems that are right in front of you, consciously choose words as you speak, consciously try to remember where you left your keys.
But in doing all these things, your conscious mind is working hand-in-hand with your subconscious mind, the unconscious part of your mind that does your "behind the scenes" thinking. Your subconscious mind accesses the vast reservoir of information that lets you solve problems, construct sentences or locate your keys. It puts together plans and ideas and runs them by your conscious mind. When a new idea comes to you out of the blue, it's because you already thought through the process unconsciously.
Your subconscious also takes care of all the stuff you do automatically. You don't actively work through the steps of breathing minute to minute -- your subconscious mind does that. You don't think through every little thing you do while driving a car -- a lot of the small stuff is thought out in your subconscious mind. Your subconscious also processes the physical information your body receives.
In short, your subconscious mind is the real brains behind the operation -- it does most of your thinking, and it decides a lot of what you do. When you're awake, your conscious mind works to evaluate a lot of these thoughts, make decisions and put certain ideas into action. It also processes new information and relays it to the subconscious mind. But when you're asleep, the conscious mind gets out of the way, and your subconscious has free reign.
Psychiatrists theorize that the deep relaxation and focusing exercises of hypnotism work to calm and subdue the conscious mind so that it takes a less active role in your thinking process. In this state, you're still aware of what's going on, but your conscious mind takes a backseat to your subconscious mind. Effectively, this allows you and the hypnotist to work directly with the subconscious. It's as if the hypnotism process pops open a control panel inside your brain.
Condensed from article by Tom Harris.
Hypnosis alone is great. Isagenix alone is great. The combination of the two is over the top.
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