I consult with successful individuals who struggle with a specific problem area at work or home. Often they have an addiction that needs addressing, or already are recovering from an addiction and the trauma typically associated with addictive/dysfunctional families. Some have already established long-term recovery and want to align more with “to thine own self be true.” My calling is to help them commit their life energy to things that really matter to them and to navigate the pressures in life that keep them distracted or trapped.
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 faced with the consequences of an addiction, whether our own or someone else’s. I know this because I was raised by two excessive substance users, became one myself, and then started a lifelong recovery path predicated on abstinence over 37 years ago.
People addicted to substances or to process addictions (e.g. work, gambling, sex and love etc.) typically are sensitive and sometimes extremely gifted. The root cause for addiction issues typically can be found in childhood, genetics, or enough trauma that we conclude that responsibility for survival solely rests within ourselves and our own ingenuity. Our survival options may be further limited by our young age and/or dependency on others who harm us and themselves as well.
Substances and/or the development of self-soothing obsessive or compulsive behaviors is the ticket for many of us to psychological and emotional survival. For those of us who are genetically or in other ways susceptible to addiction, the initial solution (e.g. drinking, excessive fantasy, all-consuming work to escape dependency and remain independent etc.) becomes the thing that, over time, turns on us. What was once a solution becomes a problem as we prioritize our need to drink or work or pursue sex and romance over declining health and relationships. Understanding that the solution ultimately became the problem is the crux of recovery work.
Some of us do NOT engage in substance use or process addiction and instead shift our attention to what other people are or are not doing “properly.” A focus on “them” and our attempts to control “them” can also bring us to our knees.
I provide consultation on a short or longer-term basis to people looking for recovery or who want to deepen their emotional recovery. Some look for harm reduction assistance; specifically their desire to use psychedelics or other chemical compounds to achieve or maintain physical and emotional recovery. In the instance of harm-reduction, I provide support to clients while they integrate their experience.
These consultations turn insight and discovery gained from conversation and client self-reflection into practical action. It is a process by which we start determining what is important and essential, and answering questions like: what is my addiction/recovery asking me to face? what is possible right now? what is the next right step I can take? how and where am I willing to try something new or change my behavior? what actions and activities can move me toward my heart’s desire or deepest longings? where do I need to say yes or no to myself or others?
I use hypnotherapy, specifically transpersonal hypnotherapy, either as an adjunct to consultation or as a stand-alone method of personal discovery. Transpersonal hypnotherapy takes place at the unconscious level. My responsibility is to create the ambiance and relaxation necessary for a client to retain his/her own awareness and ability to speak in the alpha or theta state of consciousness. I do not “insert” ideas into the client in this altered state: I guide them toward seeing, sensing or experiencing the parts of themselves, or metaphorical representations, that hold important information.
Once in that deeper state, clients are ably to bypass their normal everyday consciousness and internalized cultural belief systems. Time is no longer fixed. By exploring memories and other images that emerge to point the way, clients are able to access important unconscious information to perceive and unlock persistent blocks. Please see my blog page for videos that provide more in depth discussion on these topics.
Substance Use | Emotional Recovery Consultation:
$275/hour (some partial scholarships available)
All sessions are offered via Zoom typically between 10am-5pm EST.
I offer a complementary 15 minute session to determine whether hypnotherapy can be a good fit and high level discussion of the issue at hand. If you do not have experience entering into altered states through meditation, visualization, or some other means, a shorter introductory practice session is recommended . Reach out here.
- Transpersonal hypnotherapy session: $375 @ 1 and 1/2 hours
- Introductory practice session for people new to altered states: $275 @ 1 hour
Please reach out to me with your goals and target audience. Together we will determine the scope of the project and discuss pricing based on your requirements.