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Feeling Stuck with Anxiety, Depression or Pain?

Attachment and Experiential Therapy will help you access, identify and process the negatively charged core emotions that have been leaving you feeling stuck with anxiety, depression, pain, relationship issues and other difficult problems.  Evidence-based attachment and experiential therapies use trauma focused and emotional focused methods that will help you realize effective and life affirming change. These methods are different than more commonly used cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) "top-down" techniques. When the core issue is not addressed, people can feel as if CBT is requiring them to "manage" stress and "control" anger rather than addressing the root cause. 

As a attachment and experiential therapist, I like to use a "bottom-up" approach that helps you access the non-verbal emotional centers of your brain to identify core issues. Once you are able to access and identify feelings (rather than just intellectualize about them), you will be able to truly process and resolve them. When core feelings are addressed and cease to be "highly charged", CBT approaches are also highly useful. During our consultation meeting, a plan that is customized to meet your needs will be discussed and developed.

While we can't change the memory of difficult past situations, we can work to help you reduce the painful emotional charges assigned to them. 
You will gain cognitive complexity; i.e you will be on the path to becoming truly wise.  By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Hypnosis Option

Hypnosis is a high learning state and strategic therapy complements the use of it. Hypnosis is not a form of therapy; rather, it is a highly useful tool when utilized by a skilled psychotherapist. Since hypnosis is a natural state in which people go in and out on a daily basis, it is not difficult to learn to hypnotize someone or learn self-hypnosis.  It is when hypnosis is used in conjunction with a sound therapeutic treatment plan provided by a licensed psychotherapist that the benefits of becoming highly focused through hypnosis can be realized.

How Hypnosis Can Help You

  •           Be a tool for relaxation, learning and integration
  •            Develop resources – e.g. comfort, security, confidence and so forth
  •           Reframing negative beliefs into positive more helpful frames of reference
  •       Change troublesome belief systems/self-image
  •       Empower you 

Medical Hypnosis to change anxiety and depression related symptoms including:

  •          Smoking
  •           Mind –altering drugs
  •           Performance anxiety
  •           Floating anxiety
  •          Phobias
  •           Compulsive sex
  •           Chronic Insomnia
  •           Panic Attacks
  •           Irritability
  •           Perfectionism
  •           Self-Blame
  •           Feeling Stuck
  •           Racing Thoughts
  •          Feeling out of control
  •          Weight
  •       Relationship problems

Self-hypnosis is a skill that can be developed by anyone, but it needs to be practiced regularly. Hypnosis in therapy is guided and therefore, benefits from the input of the therapist.

Some Common Myths about Hypnosis

       Hypnosis is caused by the power of the hypnotist

       You’ll say or do things against your will

       Hypnosis fosters dependency

       You can get “stuck” in hypnosis

       You’re unconscious in hypnosis

       Hypnosis is simply relaxation

       Hypnosis bypasses critical thinking


If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.  


Please call or email Lori Olson, LCMHC for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today. Find out what a humanistic experiential approach to therapy can do for you. Lori's training in clinical hypnosis includes instruction by Dr. Michael Yapko, a recognized psychologist, world leader, and writer about hypnosis.

Empowering clients to recognize and use more of their abilities or personal resources skillfully is the foremost goal of hypnotically based therapeutic  interventions” Yapko, 2015


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