Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation. We experience it while losing ourselves in a great movie, or in those moments just before waking or falling asleep. In this state of relaxation, the subconscious mind takes precedence over the conscious mind. The subconscious is the reservoir of our memories, emotions, beliefs, habits and dreams. Any profound and lasting change must therefore involve the subconscious.

Hypnotherapy is the practice of inducing relaxation so that the subconscious mind is open to positive suggestions that promote growth, progress toward goals and healing.  Because it works directly with the subconscious, Hypnotherapy is often faster, more effective and longer lasting than traditional therapy modalities.  It is safe, requires relatively few sessions, and. most importantly, utilizes your own inner resources so that progress continues long after that last session.

For more information and to set up and appointment, contact me.


Will you make me cluck like a chicken?

Only if you want to. Hypnosis is a state of relaxation, but you are always in control. I can make suggestions in alignment with your goals, but your subconscious will reject any suggestion that is not authentic for you or in your best interest.

For what kinds of issues might Hypnotherapy be helpful?

  • Ceasing unhealthy habits and addictions like smoking and overeating
  • Pain relief
  • Addressing symptoms related to illness and medication (e.g., chemotherapy)
  • Encouraging habits, beliefs, and thought patterns that support the healing process
  • Reframing and updating beliefs
  • Phobias and common fears
  • Self-relaxation
  • Reconciling conflicting parts of yourself
  • Regressing to an earlier positive time in life to reclaim that positive energy/experience
  • Regressing to an earlier painful event to release aspects of it that still affect you today
  • Replacing an old habit/belief/energy/addiction with a more positive choice
  • Creating an inner sanctuary
  • Forgiveness and self-forgiveness
  • Working with your “inner child” that is still stuck at some developmental point in the past
  • Working with your dreams to understand these messages from your subconscious mind
  • Clarifying life purpose and envisioning the future
  • Opening more deeply to the Source of Higher Wisdom within you
  • Gaining confidence in your decision-making abilities
  • Enhancing motivation for positive goals (exercise, seeking employment, healthy eating, etc.)

Can Hypnotherapy be used for medical conditions? 

Hypnotherapy is not a panacea. Hypnotherapists do not diagnose, prescribe or treat any physical or mental ailment. Hypnotherapy, however, can be an effective complementary support to the care you receive from a health professional.  Why? Because it works with the subconscious to align your motivation, mental focus, habits, thought patterns, and belief systems with your conscious goals for wellness and wholeness. The subconscious is key because it regulates the body’s involuntary functions, carries out ingrained habits, and houses our memories, deeply-held beliefs, emotions and imagination.

What is your training?

I received my Hypnotherapy certification from the Hypnotherapy Training Institute, which is one of the oldest and most highly regarded schools of hypnotherapy in the country. The Hypnotherapy Training Institute is licensed by the State of California and approved by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, the professional organization through which I also have certification as a hypnotherapist.

How long do sessions last?

After an initial phone interview to make sure we are a good fit to work together, the initial session is generally 60-90 minutes. The initial session is primarily a discussion about the issue you want to work on and may or may not include hypnosis. Most subsequent sessions are 60 minutes with the exception of regression sessions, which require 90-120 minutes.

Are sessions confidential?

Yes, everything you say in a session is confidential. This is my commitment to you so that our work together can be honest, deep and not waste time beating around the bush. Confidentiality is also part of the professional code of ethics for hypnotherapy.

Where do sessions take place?

At my office in San Rafael, California, which is located in the center of town between Sun Valley and the West End, or at another office in San Francisco, California. Because hospitality is an important part of any therapy, hot tea is always available.

What is the cost?

$75 per session.

Unlike psychotherapy, sessions tend to be far fewer in number, which makes this kind of work a great value. Discounts and packages are also available.

If you cannot afford one-on-one sessions, other options include attending group meetings, most of which are without charge (donations welcome), or enrolling in a class.

What have clients said about working with you?

Check out my page of testimonials.

For more information and to set up and appointment, contact me.

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