You are STRONGER than you seem, BRAVER than you believe,
and SMARTER than you think you are.
– A.A. Milne
What I can do to help you today
SEARCH FOR TRUTH
I have long held the idea that the power of the mind has great affect on the body. Over the past 25 years I have studied and been exposed to various techniques and philosophies in my search for power of the mind over behavior. However, in my opinion, none of them seemed to make a long lasting difference in one’s emotional or physical well being. The emotional challenges and issues I observed were not being dealt with at the root level.
HOW HYPNOTHERAPY FOUND ME
In 2014 I observed a close friend aided successfully through hypnotherapy sessions with W. Dennis Parker, CHT. My friends skills and talents were excellent, but after sessions with Dennis, he was able to be even more productive and goal oriented. Whereas before he had felt “stuck,” he now feels freer to move forward as if unburdened. I was intrigued by his results and so I scheduled a session with Dennis to see what he did that was so effective. Dennis explained to me that hypnosis/hypnotherapy is an effective tool to make positive and lasting changes in our behavior by instructing the subconscious to work in partner with the conscious level of our mind.
After just one session, I felt different and noticed changes in my own emotions and behaviors. I was hooked! I knew this was the method for achieving timely, real and lasting results and I wanted to be involved in the process personally and professionally.
I am certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (A.C.H.E.), which requires over 300 hours of classroom, personal study, and hands on practical training in trance management and clinical hypnotherapy sessions. As a hypnotherapist, I do not diagnose or treat. My training and clinical work included hypnosis, self-hypnosis, hypnotherapy and the school’s proprietary Mind Management protocols. My training at the Certified Hypnotherapy Training School taught not only the theory of Hypnosis, but also “the hands on, get it figured out from the inside out” kind of training called clinical hypnotherapy. As founder of the school, W. Dennis Parker, CHT, has been an incredible mentor, sharing his 25 + years of learning. He has taught me powerful mind management techniques and the importance of teaching my clients how to use these skills every day. I am trained to assess your situation, assist you toward self discovery and help give you a skill set that will allow you to personally move beyond what is holding you back. You get the life you desire and deserve by using those new beliefs and thoughts.
I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, the youngest of 4 children. I have lived most of my adult life in Guam and Utah, returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2010.
My husband is very supportive. We are currently empty-nesters, and hope that continues, although we love our blended family of 9 children and 6 grandchildren. We live in Lake Oswego, so if you drive or live in the Lake Forest neighborhood, you may see us walking Max, our border collie.
My goal with Centerpointe Hypnotherapy is to create a safe, trusting environment where my clients can learn positive mind management techniques and self-hypnosis becoming self-empowered as they continue to maintain ‘single-mindedness’ and conscious correct thinking.
I want my clients to be able to:
BENEFITS OF HYPNOTHERAPY
HYPNOTHERAPY: Teaches new positive mental and emotional skills which are used as new tools to help people of all ages and backgrounds to overcome and be free of:
All sessions are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, go to the booknow button at the bottom of the page.
Our normal hours are:
Monday thru Friday 9 am to 9 pm
Saturday 9 am to 2 pm
Rate per 1 hour child session: $50
Rate per 1 ½ hour adult session: $ 75
Package of 3 adult sessions: $180
Package of 6 adult sessions: $300
Payment in full for session “Packages” is due at the first session.
A 24 hour Cancellation Notice (via text or email) is required in order to avoid being charged the full session rate. After a 24 hour timeframe, a Cancellation Notice (via text or email) or “No-show” for scheduled sessions will be charged the full session rate.
It is highly recommended that you select an appointment time when you are well rested. Also, please refrain from stimulants prior to your session, as they activate the nervous system and the mind, which can work against the hypnosis. Each session requires focused relaxation.
What to expect:
Prior to your first session, you should have already filled out our Confidential Client Intake Form. and Client Disclosure/Disclaimer Form and bring them both to your first session.
First Session. Please plan for an additional 30 minutes to review your completed Confidential Client Intake Form and the Disclosure/Disclaimer Form, so that we are both clear about your challenges, concerns, expectations and desired outcome. Because all hypnosis is “self-hypnosis” (you are in control), your participation in the process is absolutely critical for your success. You will spend most of the session reclining comfortably, feeling extremely safe and relaxed.
Subsequent Sessions. Plan on 1 ½ hour sessions tailored specifically for your personal needs and goals.
In addition to sessions at the Lake Oswego, Oregon office, Skype and FaceTime sessions are also an effective way to make positive, life enhancing behavior changes. Remote hypnotherapy sessions require reliable internet access, and a quiet, comfortable location free of distractions.
Cash, venmo, personal checks and all major credit cards are accepted. Payment is expected at the time of each session, unless arranged before hand with packaged sessions.
Did you know that hypnosis for smoking cessation and weight loss may be a tax credit?
You may receive a tax credit that reimburses you 100% for money paid for smoking cessation sessions. You may also receive a 100% tax deduction for weight loss sessions with a written recommendation from a physician. Consult your tax advisor for current conditions and restrictions.
A widely quoted article prepared by Dr. Alfred Barrios, a clinical psychologist (BS CalTech, Ph.D UCLA) and recognized authority on the power of the word and its effect on human behavior, compared Hypnotherapy with Psychoanalysis and Behavioral Therapy. (Barrios, A. (1970) Hypnotherapy, A Reappraisal. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, Spring Issue):
As shown in this article, the study took into consideration 1,018 articles dealing with hypnosis, 899 articles on psychoanalytic therapy and 355 on behavior therapy. The comparative results are rather startling and yet very clear, that more therapy sessions were found to be less effective. See the results below:
Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion. The term may also refer to an art, skill, or act of inducing hypnosis.
Theories explaining what occurs during hypnosis fall into two groups. Altered state theories see hypnosis as an altered state of mind or trance, marked by a level of awareness different from the ordinary conscious state. In contrast, Non-state theories see hypnosis as a form of imaginative role-enactment.
During hypnosis, a person is said to have heightened focus and concentration. The person can concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory, while blocking out sources of distraction. Hypnotised subjects are said to show an increased response to suggestions. Hypnosis is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction involving a series of preliminary instructions and suggestion. The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as “hypnotherapy“, while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as “stage hypnosis“. Stage hypnosis is often performed by Mentalists practicing the art form of Mentalism.
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy used to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors or feelings. It is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis.
A person who is hypnotized displays certain unusual behavior characteristics and propensities, compared with a non-hypnotized subject, most notably heightened suggestibility and responsiveness.
Blackwell, Willey (2015). The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis: Theory and Practice
The following article about pornography was included in the April 11, 2016 issue of TIME. Pornography is a debilitating and maladaptive behavior centered in the subconscious that can be conquered through clinical hypnotherapy. Pornography not only restricts and destroys the individual’s life, it also negatively affects the spouse, the family and society in ways never before imagined.
Porn and the Threat to Virility, by Belinda Luscomba, April 11, 2016 issue of TIME.
The first generation of men who grew up with unlimited online porn sound the alarm
Excerpt: A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic–more prone to permanent change–than in later life. These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning. The results of the experiment, they claim, are literally a downer.
Excerpt: “There was a disconnect between what I wanted in my mind and how my body reacted”, he says. He simply couldn’t get the necessary hydraulics going
He put it down to first-time nerves, but six years went by, and no matter which woman he was with, his body was no more cooperative. It responded only to the sight of porn. Church came to believe that his adolescent Internet indulgence had somehow caused his problems and that he had what some are calling porn-induced erectile dysfunction (PIED).
Excerpt:…….compelling new research on visual stimuli is offering some support to the young men’s theories, suggesting the combination of computer access, sexual pleasure and the brains mechanisms for learning could make online porn acutely habit forming, with potential psychological effects.
Excerpt: One independent web-tracking company clocked 58 million monthly U.S. visitors to adult sites in February 2006. Ten years later the number was 107 million. One of the worlds largest adult sites, Pornhub, an explicit-video-sharing site, says that it gets 2.4 million visitors per hour and that in 2015 alone, people around the globe watched 4,392,486,580 hours of its content, which is more than twice as long a Homosapiens has spent on earth.
The story above appeared in the April 11, 2016 issue of TIME.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
There are several levels of trance that we go in and out of every day. If you can fall asleep, you can be hypnotized. When we daydream, get very engrossed in a movie, or caught up in a video game, we are in trance, or a level of hypnosis. So, yes, anyone can be hypnotized. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation we enter into every day — while we’re reading, watching TV, falling asleep, waking up, and daydreaming. It is a state of highly focused attention. Being in hypnosis is incredibly relaxing and usually brings a sense of peace and well-being. After the session is over, you will typically feel relaxed as if you’ve just had a full body massage. You you will feel calm, peaceful, and centered. Hypnotherapy clients are aware of their surroundings, and in complete control of their thoughts and actions throughout the entire session. The terms meditation and pondering are names that are often used to describe states of hypnosis.
What does hypnosis do?
Hypnosis allows the body to relax, and brain waves slow, allowing the conscious and the subconscious part of our mind to be able to ‘communicate’ with each other. The conscious part of our thinking can discover what the subconscious part of our mind really believes. The subconscious is the ‘driver’ part of our mind, driving our behavior. Once those beliefs are in agreement, we can move forward with single-minded purpose.
What makes hypnosis so effective in changing behavior?
Hypnosis is the key to allow access to our conscious and subconscious minds at one and the same time. In this state we can recognize self defeating beliefs, which manifest as behavioral and emotional issues. We can then redirect the subconscious to accept new and and more appropriate beliefs. The subconscious can now work in harmony with the conscious, resulting in new behaviors.
Is hypnosis mind control?
Using self-hypnosis in Hypnotherapy sessions, actually allows you to be in control of your own mind. You can recognize and change behaviors that are not serving you well. In trance, you are aware of everything that is going on around you. You do not do or say anything that you would not normally do or say.
So what makes hypnosis so powerful?
Hypnosis opens up the subconscious mind the way it was when we were children – malleable and open to changes in belief. This is extremely powerful since it allows a skilled therapist to literally undo damage that was done through a person’s misinterpretation of earlier life experiences. While regular psychotherapy (talk therapy) allows a client to understand on an intellectual level how an earlier life experience affects their current psychology (and in the process provides some empowerment), hypnotherapy targets the actual experience, reframes how it is perceived, and completely changes the associated emotional context and belief. Working with the subconscious mind directly also allows incredible changes to occur physiologically. There exists a very strong connection between the subconscious mind and our physical body. Science is only beginning to understand the mechanisms of these connections, yet in the meantime we have found that simple hypnotic and visualization methods can improve or eliminate non-organic pain and health issues.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the name for applying therapeutic techniques while in a state of deep relaxation, or “hypnosis”. Hypnotherapy allows you to access the beliefs held by your subconscious. Once you become aware of a strongly held belief which is no longer valid, a new, more appropriate belief can be accepted. This collapses the negative emotion, freeing up energy and allowing the conscious and subconscious to be in agreement.
How can hypnotherapy help with my physical pain?
Using hypnotherapy allows the mind to alleviate pain and discomfort. It is important to have eliminated any organic or physical causes of the pain. Hypnosis is used by women during childbirth, for dental procedures, etc. When we are in trance, we can access our subconscious, where our imagination, emotions and memory are located. Our imagination is more powerful than our current moment in time. The thoughts we generate, are translated by the brain into electrical impulses. As we change our thoughts, we can change the brain frequency, and reduce the level of pain. We can detach from the pain, and using suggestion therapy maintain the reduced pain level once back in full consciousness. Often there is an emotional component to physical, which when addressed can significantly reduce the level of pain and discomfort.
What is the conscious mind?
The conscious mind is the analytical part of the mind — it is the part of us that judges, analyzes, scrutinizes and filters the information and experiences we encounter. Our conscious mind is where we experience our running “stream of consciousness”, our self-talk, our fears, our doubts, and our sense of limitations. The conscious mind is rooted in what we generally think of as “reality” and generally only believes things to be possible when they make logical sense in the context of our past experiences.
What is the subconscious mind?
The subconscious mind does not judge or filter experiences. It believes what it is told and generally holds onto those beliefs permanently. The subconscious is where all our memories are stored, where our emotions are generated, and where our imagination lies. As children, we generally don’t have very developed conscious filters before the age of 10, explaining why children believe much of what they are told. Children don’t yet have enough life experience by which to judge or filter new information as being correct or reasonable. This is why so many of our emotional challenges as adults lie in events or circumstances from our childhood.
How many sessions will I need?
That depends on what you are wanting to accomplish. In an average of four – six , 1 1/2 hour sessions, you learn new skills and create new behaviors. You will clear out subconscious thinking errors and replacing them with new beliefs that you already consciously believe, unaware your subconscious was sabotaging you.
Many issues, such as nail-biting and bed-wetting can be resolved in 2-3 sessions.
Along with my client success stories, I have included a few of the success stories from the Certified Hypnotherapy Training School (CHTS) website that inspired me when I was looking into hypnotherapy for the first time. Through its founder, W. Dennis Parker, the school teaches the methodology, tools and the proprietary Spiritual Mind Management Protocols of the “hands on, get it figured out from the inside out” used by Dennis in all his personal sessions with clients.
As a graduate of CHTS, I also conduct all my client sessions using the same methodology, tools and Spiritual Mind Management Protocols used by Dennis. The same life changing results can be yours.
First of all, I want you to know that I was a huge skeptic before I saw your work. I was relating hypnotherapy too much to what you see in the stage shows. At our office we provide counseling to children, adolescents, and adults, most of whom have suffered great traumas in their lives. In many cases, the mental health therapies we were using were not helping them overcome their trauma symptoms as quickly as we would like. When you offered to come to our office once a week, although I didn’t have high expectations, I agreed.
I was so surprised at the rapid and amazing results I saw on that first day. My husband had struggled with guilt and extreme sadness due to the death of his son eight years earlier. This was the first thing he chose to work on. In less than a half-hour his sadness was replaced with a sense of peace and acceptance. The guilt was gone and he was able to think of his son without reliving the trauma of his death. This is just one example, but there are many others just as dramatic.
Thank you Dennis, for opening my eyes to a very useful and effective treatment approach. I have changed from a skeptic to a believer and am delighted with the results I have seen with the clients that you worked with as well as the ones that I am now, working with using hypnotherapy. I appreciate your hypnotherapy school and the in-depth training that you give.
Patricia Sutton, CMHC Sutton Clinical Services
I have done many different therapies over the years. Trying to find something that actually worked. After many other sessions I felt like I understood my problem, but it didn’t feel like it was fixed or better. I was just given tools to learn to live with the problem. But when I found hypnotherapy everything changed. Nothing has been as effective or worked as quickly as hypnotherapy. Eltie is phenomenal at what she does! She possesses a professionalism that makes it very easy to process thru the issues. I was able resolved issues I had been struggling with for years with just a few sessions. I would recommend her to anyone