“Imagine Success” – Hypnosis for
Change - Betty Havey, MA, Mht.
I am glad to be able to introduce you to
the concept and benefits of hypnosis. First, allow me to
introduce myself. I have recently re-located to St. Pete
Beach/Gulfport having come by way of living for a time in North
Florida. I spent 25 years in the wonderful town of Santa Cruz,
CA. where I was a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working
with clients across the spectrum of individual, family and
The “left coast” allowed me to work
holistically and collaboratively with practitioners across the
spectrum of healing including with hypnosis/biofeedback/anxiety
and pain control issues. Following the earthquake in 1989, I
became trained in working with clients with PSTD (post-traumatic
stress disorder) by a well-known Santa Cruz psychiatrist. So
began my fascination with working with the mind and
I have since become certified as a
Certified Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness Consultant offering sessions on an individual basis
to treat stress, weight issues, smoking cessation, pain,
chronic health issues and PTSD to name a few. I
am also a Certified Health and Wellness Promotion Specialist
(University of Southern Indiana School of Nursing, 2012)
The mind is a habit machine. Most of our
time is spent in repeating familiar habits of thought that have
formed over many years. The mind operates largely on
“auto-pilot”, a kind of thought repetition that allows us to
“cruise” though life in the familiar by habit.
If it were not for this, we would
constantly be exhausted from having to think about each behavior
we perform. That is the good news. The not so good news is that
these mind habits come easily and become templates for our daily
existence. Notice, for example, the thought that you might be
having right now. It may be something like this: “hypnosis
sounds too different, I do not feel that something so unknowable
could benefit me.”
And yet, it is the willingness to be
flexible and find new ways of thinking that allows us to make
changes in life. In order to disrupt our quick mind conclusions
about new opportunities, feelings, thoughts and the habits that
accompany them, we have to find new pathways of thinking.
Easier said than done! Let me expand.
The mind repeatedly takes us back to
what we know:
“I’m too tired, I like doing what I know, I like the
comfort of my eating, smoking, drinking, feeling invisible,
not being noticed, so that I do not have to feel too challenged.
It serves me to do things the same way. Still I want to make
some important changes for my health and well being, but I have
not been successful”
Exactly. Actually in order to effect
change, we do have to find ways to stretch and become flexible
in our thinking. Guided Hypnosis is a perfect vehicle to do
So, what would hypnosis do for you?
After an initial interview session of learning about how you
think and which of your unconscious thought patterns are
impeding you from moving forward with the changes you desire, a
hypnosis session is conducted together.
In a hypnosis session you will be
guided to a deep state of relaxation in which your subconscious
mind is more easily accessed. I utilize images and suggestions
to help you construct new mind patterns to better help you to
reach your goals.
In hypnosis, you are completely in
control at all times and will experience a state of deep relaxation and an accompanying openness which will enhance our
work together. Hypnosis is most effective if repeated at some
regular interval until your conscious mind begins to pattern new
thoughts more easily. This is essentially what we do together.
I look forward to your inquiry and an
opportunity to set up an appointment to get to know you and how
we can work together!
I promise it is a creative and powerful
way to approach old problems. One of the things I enjoy most
about hypnosis is the wonderful results and the creativity of
working with each client as an individual. I look forward
assisting you with realizing your goals.
Betty Havey, Certified Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness Consultant, MA.