About Jen

Training

I received my Hypnotherapy Certification through the National Guild of Hypnotists after training with award-winning hypnotist Linda Williamson, CHI at Garrett Wellness Center, the largest hypnosis center in Chicago. My training consists of a wide variety of hypnosis techniques, including Ericksonian, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique which is akin to Thought-Feel Therapy). I am also familiar with and utilize an understanding of our Biocognitive model (Mind-Body Code) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). I  hold additional certification in Pain Management through Ron Eslinger’s Pain Management (Healthy Visions Wellness) program.


Background

In college I studied both acting and music. After receiving a B.A. in Theatre Performance (Huntington University), I worked as an actor and playwright in addition to various jobs as a substitute educator (grades K-12) and also jobs in the corporate world before I began asking myself some important questions that brought about breakthroughs in my own personal development. Questions like: Why is it that I can effectively portray characters on stage or on the page that are so very different from myself in real life, and yet, in real life I felt very limited in the choices I could make for my own character, roles, scenes and story? It seemed strange to have significantly fewer inhibitions onstage than I had off stage – as if I experienced fiction and reality in reverse. I felt more alive when I acted or was engrossed in writing than when I wasn’t acting or writing because I felt these avenues offered me more freedom of expression and experience. So, I set out to explore ways to approach my life with the same artistic processes I used in acting and writing, which led to a litany of self-help resources, giving way to further exploring a long-time interest in the science and studies of human behavior, neurology, epistemology, worldviews, body/mind connection, behaviorism, belief systems, body mapping, how perception shapes our reality, the distinction between roles of the conscious and subconscious minds, the blessings and curses that come with a well-developed imagination and useful techniques that produce positive behavior modification in a short order.

Reluctantly, I ended up at the doorstep of hypnosis thinking I might be in the wrong place – thinking that it might be a crock, or worse, a crock that’s also a breeding ground for Svengali wannabes because, like most people, I had a view of hypnosis that was shaped by Hollywood films and fiction stories. As it turns out, hypnotists have long been acknowledging processes that scientific and medical communities are just now getting around to seeing value in.  And, while it’s highly likely that there are some Svengali types are attracted to this work, true professionals in the field are focused on wellness and education for positive personal development of individuals. I am happy to have discovered the connection between  what the field of hypnotherapy has to offer people and its relation to my personal journey and interests.

Approach

My approach to hypnotherapy involves guiding and coaching clients in processes to enhance the quality of their lives by providing a new conscious awareness of the workings of the subconscious mind and how we can easily change our subconscious scripts to influence desired results. Just as an actor considers choices in constructing a character or a writer considers choices of constructing a story, I guide my clients to  experience a new sense of creative freedom to apply to their life experience.

Although I love working with and often attract creative types, you don’t have to consider yourself one of them to benefit from my hypnotherapy.  And, although I love talking with people who already understand and believe in the power of the mind and merits of hypnosis, I equally enjoy talking to and working with skeptics. It’s healthy, after all, to approach new ideas and information with a certain degree of skepticism.

I call my approach to hypnotherapy Scripting Your LifePlay because of the association the word scripting has with both the creative writing of stage and screenplays and also the writing of computer programs. I feel this is appropriate because the conscious mind operates as a writer, actor or programmer and the sub-conscious mind operates very much like a computer program that is running the performing the script automatically.  Once you have an awareness of this, the results can be life-changing. Behavioral scientists might call this conditioning, and the way I use the word scripting could also be  referred to as  conscious conditioning.

 

 

 

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