How does hypnotherapy work?

At the center of your being you have the answer. You know who you are and what you want.
— Lao Tzu

The subconscious mind houses our inner knowledge, the place where everything we've ever experienced or known is stored.  With the facility of light meditative trance brought on by voice or repetitive sound, people are able to temporarily let go of their analytical conscious minds to access their subconscious stores of knowledge and inner guidance.   

I assist my clients in navigating the subconscious mind to find the information they are looking for.  Sometimes I will also guide clients to the place and time of trauma and provide them with the opportunity to introduce healing on the subconscious level, which can then bring healing and resolution out into the rest of their lives. 

During a hypnotherapy session, the client is always fully aware of what is happening, and they are always able to remember what happened afterwards.  


Suggestion Hypnosis is what most people think of when they think about hypnotherapy. Suggestion hypnosis most commonly occurs in a single session and is treated as a quick way to make a change. The client is put into a trance-like state, and then a script which incorporates some predetermined suggestions is read. These suggestions to the subconscious mind then alter the patterns or habits that the client is intending to change. This can be a very effective and remarkably quick way to make a change in your life. However, if the habit or pattern you are trying to change has been a function of a deeper issue, that issue is likely to arise again in some form. If you suspect there is a deeper issue at the root of your habit or pattern, you are more likely to find Depth Hypnosis successful.

Depth Hypnosis is a healing modality created by Isa Gucciardi, PhD. It is based on the principles of Hypnotherapy, Transpersonal Psychology, Buddhist Psychology, and Shamanism. This model is non-dogmatic in nature; and anyone, regardless of spiritual background, can benefit from the techniques used in Depth Hypnosis.

Depth Hypnosis is like a blend of talk therapy and hypnotherapy. It is a holistic healing modality, and takes your entire life history into consideration.  This method enables you to look deeply at the root causes of your symptoms or presenting problems and change or alter your relationship to those underlying causes.  This method will facilitate a much deeper and more thorough change than suggestion hypnosis. You can learn more about Depth Hypnosis here.


Who could benefit from hypnotherapy?

Almost everyone could benefit from hypnotherapy.  I treat teens, adults, and couples.  Here is an incomplete list of what it can be useful for:

  • depression

  • processing traumatic events

  • anxiety

  • anger

  • PTSD

  • addictions

  • compulsive disorders

  • eating disorders

  • exploring family dynamics

  • nightmares, dream interpretation

  • changing habits

  • changing negative self talk

  • examining relationships

  • self-empowerment

  • infertility

  • chronic illness and/or pain

  • choosing life path

  • adjusting to life changes (parenthood, relationships)

  • childhood trauma or abuse

  • identity confusion or trauma

  • grief and loss


What can I expect from Depth Hypnosis sessions?

I recommend weekly sessions to start, but we can design a schedule that works for you.  

The standard session is 1 hour and 15 minutes in length.

Session 1:  We will cover your life history and discuss what you are hoping to achieve with therapy. 

Session 2:  Depending on what we have established in session one, we will likely do your first trance.  

Session 3:  This is usually the session where we really begin to work on what you've come in to work on.  Sometimes this session is all you need to feel resolution, and sometimes you'll want to continue with regular sessions.  Often problems present like an onion: layer by layer is exposed over time.  Some clients also prefer to have regular sessions to work on problems as life presents them.

Hypnotherapy is a self-regulated, not state licensed, profession.  We are a certified profession, and meet the highest standards set forth by the Association of Depth Hypnosis Practitioners and the Foundation of the Sacred Stream.  We practice according to our organization's Code of Ethics and Standards.  We have received high quality training through Depth Hypnosis Training Program and the Foundation of the Sacred Stream.  We do not do medical diagnosis; nor are we licensed physicians or medical practitioners.  We are healing arts practitioners- Certified Hypnotists.  We provide hypnotherapy services, which give high quality alternatives for people seeking to overcome many of the challenges of life.  We pledge confidentiality.