He who looks outside, dreams; he who looks within, awakens." - Carl Jung
Hypnotherapy is a different approach than traditional talk therapy. With Hypnotherapy you need to work with a mental health clinician that is trained to perform hypnosis. The mental health clinician must have a doctorate level degree in medicine, dentistry, or psychology, or a master’s degree in nursing, social work, psychology, or marital/family therapy plus a specific number of hours of approved training in hypnotherapy.
I am happy to provide a separate service just for clients interested in Hypnotherapy. With these sessions I will blend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with the hypnosis so that each client can work toward reaching their goals.
Hypnotherapy - 1 Session plus 1 Pre-Hypnotherapy Phone Consultation
Individualized Treatment I assess each client, hear their story, discover their needs and desired goals and then create an individualized hypnotherapy plan just for them. I blend Hypnotherapy with my Cognitive Behavioral therapy skills to help people heal from their obstacles.
Recording Your Session I encourage you to arrive with a fully charged smart phone or recording device. It will be beneficial for you to record your session so that you can utilize is outside of your session time.
Arrival Time It is best if you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. If you arrive late I can not extend time at the end as I will most likely have an appointment after yours. When entering the lobby you will see my name on the wall with a switch by it. Just flip the switch. Have a seat and relax! I will be notified of your arrival and will come and get you at your scheduled time.
Fees and Information My fee for Hypnotherapy is $195.00 per session. However, when packaged that single session rate is reduced. All my fees for Hypnotherapy include one phone consultation prior to our meeting. During the phone consultation I will gather preliminary information and answer your questions. This will help us determine if hypnotherapy is for you. After our phone consultation, you will also be asked to complete an online intake form.
Payment A credit card will be required to hold an appointment, as there is a 24-hour cancellation policy that is industry standard. Under 24-hour notice prevents another individual from utilizing that hour. I appreciate your understanding. If you'd like to speak with me prior to making a purchase please schedule a "free 15-minute consultation" which can be found on most of the other pages.
Are there Guarantees? There is no guarantee with any type of therapeutic or medical intervention, whether it is hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, prescribed medicine, faith healing, alcoholics anonymous and so on. Each of these interventions can work differently with different people at different times. As evidence based practitioners, we attempt to employ interventions that are supported by research to responsibly offer up what is seen as the best choice for the client and give the highest chance of that change occurring, but nothing is guaranteed.
I cannot make a guarantee that essentially involves the client, as well. Hypnotherapy is not just about me as therapist. As therapists, today we learn to be client-centered and client focused while bringing our skills, knowledge and manner to the table and being a good motivated role-model for the change process that the client is to engage in. Each individual is different. Each person has their own take on the issue at hand and a number of variables that we need to take into account before we make decisions about the therapy.
I do not bill insurance companies for my Hypnotherapy services.
About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis is a natural, familiar state. We all move in and out of the hypnotic state at various times during the day. For instance, sometimes we go into this state when we're driving, watching TV, listening to music, just before we fall asleep or working on a project that we are passionate about.
Myth: The Hypnotherapist has control over you. Fact: A certified hypnotherapist’s treatment is only as strong as the client’s allowability. You are always in control of your actions. You will never do something against your will. If at any point something was done that you didn't like you will immediately have a reaction and not do it. We call this “abreaction.” If a hypnotherapist gave you an undesirable suggestion, you would come out of the state. Essentially, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A knowledgable hypnotherapist merely guides or facilitates the process for you.
Myth: You give up your free will. Fact:A client cannot give up his/her free will in hypnosis any more than he can give up his/her free will when he is asleep. Actually, a client uses his/her free will to go into hypnosis, which is simply a heightened state of concentration and focus – – something most of us experience quite often throughout the day. In hypnotherapy, we isolate an area of a client’s life that he/she wants to change, where he/she has not been able to change on his/her own. So essentially, you gain self-control. When one has not been able to quit smoking on his own and quits smoking with the aid of hypnotherapy, that is gaining enormous self-control and personal power!
Here's some research you may be interested in:
This research shows that self-hypnosis training represents a rapid, cost-effective, nonaddictive and safe alternative to medication for the treatment of anxiety-related conditions. The tremendous volume of research provides compelling evidence that hypnosis is an efficacious treatment for state anxiety (e.g., prior to tests, surgery and medical procedures) and anxiety-related disorders, such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20136382
In terms of weight loss, some of Kirsch’s research has found that, compared to people undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—one of the most evidence-backed non-drug treatments for weight loss, depression and many other conditions—those who undergo cognitive behavior therapy coupled with hypnosis tend to lose significantly more weight. After four to six months, those undergoing CBT+hypnosis dropped more than 20 pounds, while those who just did CBT lost about half that amount. The hypnosis group also maintained that weight loss during an 18-month follow-up period, while the CBT-only group tended to regain some weight. https://psycnet.apa.org/buy/1995-26166-001
When it comes to pain management, anxiety, and other challenges, relief may come down to mind over matter: a technique called hypnotherapy. It works by helping you enter a trance-like state where attention is highly focused, so you're more responsive to suggestions. "It's most effective in treating problems that require stronger control over the body's responses," says Dr. Max Shapiro, a psychologist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "Insomnia and pain are primary examples. It is now known that the brain has greater ability to influence the body than previously acknowledged." https://www.health.harvard.edu/alternative-and-complementary-medicine/could-hypnotherapy-help-you
Liz Birch, LMFT, CHt is a Marriage & Family Therapist who holds a license with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the State of California. She is also trained in Hypnosis and provides Hypnotherapy services. Her office is located in Tustin, Orange County, CA.
Liz Birch, LMFT, CHt ~ 238 W. Main Street, Suite 101 Tustin, CA 92780 ~ 714-584-6047 ~LizBirchMFT@gmail.com