WHAT IS TRANSPERSONAL HYPNOTHERAPY AND MENTOR COACHING?
Merriam-Webster transpersonal definition- 1: extending or going beyond the personal or individual; 2: of, relating to, or being-psychology concerned especially with esoteric mental experience (such as mysticism and altered states of consciousness) beyond the usual limits of ego and personality
Transpersonal methods are beneficial, even necessary, when conventional therapies and mainstream problem-solving strategies provide some but not enough healing, insight, self-confidence, or relief. Transpersonal strategies bypass our ego and the common everyday knowledge and conditioning we have absorbed through our culture. Instead they tap through us into deeper levels of “God,” “Higher Power,” or “Higher Self” consciousness.
Conventional practices (think most psychotherapies, self-help and how-to literature and videos) can work well with the day-to-day challenges that most of us face at one time or another. Yet some of us are forced out of the mainstream into much deeper waters when possessing exceptional talents or abilities, in long-term recovery from addictions or trauma, when facing life-threatening health concerns, when feeling an unrelenting heartfelt desire to live a fully-embodied life, while being stigmatized or attacked for being perceived as “other,” when thinking consistently in non-traditional ways, and when hearing an urgent but ill-defined calling to heal ourselves and our global, planetary issues.
Changing our thoughts and adopting new behaviors can always help at some level. But what happens when it is not obvious what type of new thinking or new behavior is necessary? When widely accepted spiritual or psychological practices do not provide the growth or expansion they promise? When we have tried everything possible we can think of to make progress, yet our progress is stymied or slowed by some internal or cultural barrier that we cannot articulate or grasp? When we have lost our sense of who we are or what really matters after a life-altering transition?
Transpersonal hypnotherapy allows us to uncover new information already inside us, and mentor coaching helps turn that insight into practical action.
WHY TRANSPERSONAL METHODS MATTER
They give us access to our natural inner wisdom, to our spiritual self. This capability is latent in each of us, and is accessible when we want to find it.
Our culture promotes the value of experts: people who can explain us to ourselves and help us live our best lives. They persuade, influence, and monetize us through social media. They create “best practices.” Sometimes these best practices work and sometimes they don’t. The further away we are from the average, the less likely these best practices will fit our specific needs.
In recent years we have witnessed the crumbling and underbelly of some religious, economic and other once highly-respected institutions that provided expertise and meaning. Many of us are are now aware that external authorities and experts do not have all the answers, despite their strong assurances that they still know much more than we do. Many of us are reclaiming our right and responsibility to seek and find our own answers, both outside and within ourselves. Those of us who burn with a talent or impulse or creative urge to bring something fresh and evolutionary into the world recognize ourselves here.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
My sweet spot is facilitating greater awareness and insight through guided-visualization and hypnotically-induced meditative states. The client has firm control throughout the process and sets the agenda for each session. Transpersonal hypnotherapy allows direct access into the center of perplexing questions. Once in that deeper state, clients are ably to bypass their normal everyday consciousness and internalized cultural belief systems. Time is no longer fixed. Using age regression methods, I facilitate access to root cause events in this life or past lives that create difficult challenges. By exploring memories and other images that emerge to point the way, clients are able to use their inherent deeper awareness to unlock persistent blocks. Please see my blog page for videos that provide more in depth discussion on these topics.
For those who already have a fairly clear idea of the challenges they face, but do not yet have practical ideas for navigating the problem, I provide mentor coaching. Through deep listening and questioning, I mirror what I see and hear so that clients can come to see themselves or the problem in a new way. This shift in mindset is necessarily accompanied with practical steps that clients know they can to make to improve the situation, or at minimum their reaction to it. This space for safe questioning and exploration helps clients align their conscious and unconscious needs for self-expression, inner-balance, authenticity, and impact.
My practice is client-centered. The goal of the work is: 1) discovery of inner-knowing and guidance; 2) harnessing the will to explore, experiment, and become more aware of alternate skillful options; and 3) deliberate choice of more intentional, precise action.
Most of my work is awareness and solution-focused. Typically I attract people who are already highly effective in their areas of interest and expertise. The healing and insight they require allows them to bring even more of their already substantial gifts into the world. Since there are far fewer effective resources available for them than there are to those on more traditional life paths, I limit my practice to this group.
If mental health/substance use issues emerge that require unpacking and processing, I refer out to seasoned psychotherapists.
I create bespoke seminars on request.
SERVICES AND TIMEFRAMES
Hypnotherapy: I typically batch hypnotherapy sessions into groups of 2 or 4 based on the breadth of the issue or issues the client would like to address. Be prepared to spend up to 1 and 1/2 hours per session. A past life hypnotherapy session typically lasts up to 2 and 1/2 hours. There are many issues that can also be explored and shifted within 1 session.
Mentor Coaching: I offer mentor coaching sessions in groups of 4. Each session lasts 1 hour. There are a handful of clients who work in high pressure environments that are looking for a sounding board. In these cases I generally schedule 1 hour weekly or bimonthly sessions.
Seminars: Please contact me directly for more information.
Cost: Fees vary depending on whether a client chooses a free standing session, a group of sessions, or an ongoing series of sessions. Please contact me for more detail.
ABOUT ELIZABETH SUDLER
I am a person in long-term recovery with considerable depth of knowledge in 12-Step and emotional recovery programs. I have substantial business/leadership experience and years of practice with a wide variety of psycho-spiritual healing methodologies. A path of lifelong multi-disciplinary learning forms the basis of my current mentor coaching and transpersonal hypnotherapy practice.
I have held strategic roles in health and wellness divisions at both Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. As a senior leader at Magellan Behavioral Health and HealthNet, I had profit and loss responsibility for large clinical and call centers, one of which won a company-wide Distinguished Service Center of the Year for outstanding quality indicators.
I launched the first fee for service coaching program for US employees at Goldman Sachs’ corporate headquarters. I also helped design, deliver and incorporate resiliency and mindfulness training into all levels of Goldman Sachs Americas leadership and development programs. Over a period of 30 years, I provided thousands of hours of clinical, coaching, and consultation services to managers and leaders across multiple industries. I’ve conducted hundreds of seminars in a wide variety of industries on topics related to change management, strategic self-care practices in the workplace, and mental health/substance use awareness. Most recently I re-implemented and directed a large recovery coaching program in western Massachusetts.
PARTIAL CLIENT LIST
Previous clients include people in recovery, change agents, and employees and leaders in corporate, union, NGO and military settings, including: Bank of America, Towers Watson, Columbia University, B.F. Goodrich, Coca Cola, Deloitte, Oracle, EY, The New York Times, Coach, Carnegie Hall, World Bank, Kate Spade, US Army, US Coast Guard, Dunkin’ Donuts, National Hockey League, the International Coach Federation, the National Council for Behavioral Health and others.
DEGREES, LICENSES & PUBLICATIONS
I received performance-coaching training in London, England from Sir John Whitmore’s Performance Consultants International, and also from W. Timothy Gallwey, creator of the Inner Game coaching brand. I have been a long-term student at the New York Psychosynthesis Institute and the Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center.
I earned a master’s degree in community organization from Hunter College School of Social Work, and a BA in history and psychology from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to being classified as an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Coach, I hold certifications in Transpersonal Hypnosis, Clinical Meditation and Imagery, and Transpersonal Coaching. I am licensed in New York state in clinical social work, with a specialty in substance use and recovery. I am also a National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid at Work.
Although I maintain a clinical license, I no longer provide traditional insurance-covered psychotherapy. My practice is focused mentor coaching, transpersonal hypnotherapy, and seminars.
The Children of Alcoholics Foundation published a series of remedial work skills training programs I developed for children from dysfunctional families. My corporate work has been featured in Fortune, Bloomberg, and Crain’s.