MY HYPNOTHERAPY-BASED HEALING PRACTICE
I am a Certified Clinical and Alchemical Hypnotherapist in the greater San Francisco Bay, CA, area. My practice is eclectic, incorporating, in addition to hypnotherapy, a variety of other healing and self-help modalities. These include coaching, 'inner soundtrack' reprogramming, energetic and shamanic healing, and much more. My 'toolbox' is continually expanding! I find that a multidisciplinary approach works synergistically, creating a powerful system of change that you can apply to every area of your life.
I use a variety of techniques to gradually bring you into a state of deep relaxation. You are conscious the entire time, and able to speak if you wish. I am happy to work at your own pace; there is no pressure, and you cannot do it 'wrong!' It's common for new clients to want to establish a basic level of trust in this process--to see what it feels like, and what will happen. But nearly all clients soon discover that the hypnotic state is profoundly relaxing and enjoyable.
I work with you to uncover limiting belief systems, obsolete thought patterns and worldviews, and anything else that interferes with your ability to live life to the fullest. I then use both direct suggestion and Alchemical hypnotherapy to replace limiting patterns with empowering, liberating, and healing ones.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
What is hypnosis? Misconceptions abound! Hypnosis is NOT 'mind control.' A person under hypnosis will not do anything they would not normally do in waking consciousness. What hypnosis IS is a deep, conscious state of relaxation which allows easy access to the subconscious and to expanded states of awareness. Such deep, slow-brainwave states are ideal for replacing old, obsolete patterns with healthier ones, because the subconscious is open and highly suggestible.
Hypnosis has a huge range of practical applications for problem-solving, healing, and personal transformation.
WHAT IS ALCHEMICAL HYPNOTHERAPY?
Alchemy, in psychologist Carl Jung's view, is the practice of transforming the base emotions--the wounded parts of ourselves--into the gold of self-realization. Uncomfortable feelings of any kind really can be powerful fuel for change, because we humans want to feel good! Alchemical Hypnotherapy, the brainchild of David Quigley, is a dynamic, results-oriented synthesis of alchemy and hypnosis. Alchemical hypnotherapy is usually interactive, whereas standard, direct-suggestion hypnotherapy is generally not. I use a combination of both types of hypnotherapy for maximum effectiveness.
Examples of ideal situations for Alchemical hypnotherapy would be for inner conflict resolution or decision-making. Often, when someone is dealing with such an issue, there is a sense of ambivalence or 'mixed feelings.' Alchemical hypnotherapy is extremely effective in such a case. The deeply-relaxed state of hypnosis allows one to directly interact with the conflicting parts of the personality, in order to resolve the issue with a much more complete understanding of the inner dynamics that are at work. The conflicting parts can be worked with to come to a 'win/win' solution, with all inner aspects working together, much like an inner support team.
Many issues, such as healing from trauma, lend themselves ideally to a combination of both styles of hypnotherapy.
HOW HYPNOTHERAPY CAN HELP YOU
REPROGRAMMING THE INNER SOUNDTRACK
Our thoughts and consciousness are tremendously powerful. There's a wealth of research which supports this concept. The recent movie, 'What the Bleep Do We Know?' explores the idea that we may be influencing our very realities by the ways we think. So--if our thoughts are anywhere near as powerful as studies suggest, the implications are clear. We'd better pay attention to what we think, because we are creating, or at least influencing, our reality all the time, whether we do it intentionally or not. It makes sense to retrain our automatic thought processes so that they work optimally to help us create productive, fulfilling lives.
Most of us have an inner soundtrack of self-talk. A part of the mind generates a running commentary on the condition of our lives, regularly assessing our own performance in every area. The news from this commentary is not always good! Some aspect of ourself, or our life, is usually deemed faulty in one way or another. This becomes a habitual mental 'conclusion', which tends to be self-fulfilling, causing us to act in ways that sabotage that area of our life. It remains lodged in the subconscious, surfacing often enough to remind us of our 'failure.'
Being forced to listen to a harsh, judgemental person criticize us on a regular basis would eventually create a depressed or anxious emotional state. Our inner dialogue has exactly the same effect, only worse! If it's coming from our own mind, the judgements must be true--right?
Not necessarily. The inner voice tends to be a conglomeration of conclusions drawn about life, ourselves, other people, and 'how the world is.' Many of these conclusions were drawn at a young age, based on our understanding, at that time, of our experiences. A young child does not usually have an understanding of complex social dynamics and adult issues, so the conclusion that is drawn is often simplistic and inaccurate, such as 'Daddy left, so something must be wrong with me.' This occurs largely at a subconscious level. The thought pattern acts as a filter through which we interpret--or misinterpret--further interactions with people. Any interaction that smacks of our erroneous model of the world adds fuel to the fire. Since it appears to us that a similar dynamic is repeating itself, we have more 'data' to support the validity of our mis-concept, which continues to be ever more stubbornly embedded iinto the inner soundtrack.
The inner dialogue continues, regularly reporting inaccurate information about us, in a negative-programming feedback loop. Since it's such an automatic process, we tend to accept, rather than challenge, the core assumptions. Unpleasant emotions result, and exacerbate the situation.The severity of the outcome depends on the persistance and the negativity of the thoughts. At the very least, our sense of well-being is compromised.
easy to see the value of retraining and updating the thoughts that make up our
inner soundtrack. For this to have a lasting effect, however, the new information
needs to be as firmly embedded into the subconscious as was the original message. Hypnosis provides a reliable method for gaining control of runaway inner dialogue,
thoughts, and emotions, and replacing negative and unproductive thoughts with empowering, positive ones. In conjunction with hypnosis and hypnotherapy, I also use a variety of techniques which the client can practice at home to help retrain the inner soundtrack even more effectively and quickly.
THE THETA BRAINWAVE STATE
Most hypnosis brings the brain into a slow-brainwave (about 3-7 hz) state called 'theta.' The Theta brainwave range has a number of unique properties. It's a highly receptive state, which bypasses the analytical mental state of Beta, making it ideal for reprogramming the subconscious. The 'direct suggestion' method of hypnosis utilizes this receptive property of the Theta state. The subject simply remains in a deep, relaxed state, while the hypnotherapist repeats a series of positive statements, affirmations, and guided visualizations related to the desired change. A similar process occurs with the use of self-hypnosis methods, such as guided visualization tapes and CDs.
Theta is also associated with vivid mental imagery. For example, it is possible to clearly access memories of which the conscious mind has little or no recollection. With the client able to clearly recall an incident, and directly experience the conclusions which were drawn at the time, the hypnotherapist can work interactively to heal any resultant trauma, and transform the incorrect conclusions.
The mental vividness of Theta allows the subconscious to communicate its needs and issues, which can then be addressed. Symbolic imagery will often occur, clarifying the circumstances surrounding an issue. A bodily sensation, such as a 'knot in the stomach,' will sometimes provide a clue. The rich imagery of the Theta state could be thought of as a symbolic language which the subconscious uses to communicate with us. This allows for a tremendously powerful interactive method of hypnotherapy.
In addition, while in a Theta state, many people report a sense of being in touch with a greater source of wisdom, healing, inspiration, and creativity--in other words, a source of increased personal power. Interestingly, the Theta range is what the shaman enters, while 'journeying' to alternate, mentally-accessible realities in order to change this reality. These inner worlds are considered by the shaman to be every bit as real as the external world; they simply exist beyond the bandwidth of what our physical senses perceive. And quantum physics continues to observe unusual properties of the subatomic world which suggest a framework within which the shaman's worldview makes sense.
Whether the mental imagery of the hypnosis-induced Theta state is viewed as a symbolic-language communication with the subconscious, or a modern-day form of shamanic journeying to other dimensions, it's equally effective. The question is often asked, 'Am I making this up?' Does it really matter? If whatever is experienced helps one to live a happier, more fulfilling life, that's powerful stuff. The placebo effect is well accepted by the medical mainstream, giving us solid evidence of mind over matter. So the effectiveness of hypnosis should come as no surprise.
A common question is, 'Couldn't a hypnotist, either intentionally or accidentally, insert harmful information into the subconscious?' The answer is both yes and no. Yes, a hypnotherapist or hypnotist should obviously be ethical in their intentions, and ought to also be careful with phrasing so as not to inadvertently cause a negative response. 'False memory syndrome', where the client is triggered to experience a memory of an event which did not actually happen, is one such concern. A major emphasis is placed on these areas in hypnotherapy training, and a thorough understanding is required in order to pass certification exams. When performed by a certified hypnotherapist, hypnosis is extremely safe.
I received my Clinical Hypnotherapist certification from the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners in 2001, and Certification as an Alchemical Hypnotherapist from the Alchemy Institute of Healing Arts in early 2002. I've studied Pranic Healing, Reiki and other forms of energy healing, and a variety of shamanic techniques. Having had a lifelong interest in Human Potential, holistic health, shamanism, consciousness and related areas, I've done a large amount of reading and self-study.
I also have Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Boston University, and a 16-year background as a successful computer engineer. Additionally, I have a veritable Ph.D. in the School of Life! I'm a survivor of a very challenging childhood and adolescence. Finding myself a single mother at age 21, I managed to work my way up from being a high school dropout to a well-paid engineer. Along the way, I've experienced healing from addiction, divorce, and other common life challenges.
I draw particularly strongly from the wealth of wisdom and healing gained during a 7-year personal quest, which included a solo cross-country move and 'comprehensive life reinvention.' This has led me to where I am now. At long last, I've realized my two lifelong dreams: Becoming a successful, effective healer, and a performing singer, songwriter, and guitarist. I bring the myriad of lessons gained from this wide variety of life experiences together, into my practice, to help you become your Unlimited Self.
"Annie is a Spiritual Warrior through and through. With gentle tenacity, she guides, probes, and encourages absolute honesty and integrity with Self. I recommend Annie's work to anyone ready to explore the depths of their being!" G.L, CMT
Having a bad childhood can really create major problems in one's life. These problems can manifest in many different ways and at many different points in life. However, if addressed properly, a rough childhood can be turned into a source of strength and wisdom for one. For me, things came to a head in my early twenties. Due to my childhood experiences, I was convinced that I was worthless and that I'd never be able to fullfill any of my dreams. Believing these sorts of things caused me to hate and abuse myself in many ways. My back was against the wall. I randomly saw Annie's hypnotherapy flyer one day and grabbed it. It floated around my car and bedroom for a few months before I decided to call her. I can honestly say that my first session with Annie was a breakthrough; We unearthed some things that I knew were there but that I hadn't given a voice to.
Healing through hypnotherapy takes personal effort, but it works. Annie helped me to get past my self sabotaging beliefs and behaviors and to find self love. I am now enjoying tremendous personal success in the pursuit of my dreams. Life still throws me curve-balls and I'll always have room for improvement, but I am so much better able to handle life's inherent challenges now. I don't know where I'd be now if I hadn't found Annie.
Sincerely, D.F. , Student
"After many years, a variety of techniques, and several therapists, I was still unable to remove some self-imposed limitations. But in just one phone session using hypnotherapy and guided visualization, Annie Chase freed me from some of the old programs and created a sustaining healing avenue and a virtual paradise that I now return to at will. It is no exaggeration to say that I felt a tremendous lifting of emotional and psychic constraints after her work. A second phone session involving chakra work cleared a blockage that persisted for 6 years. In spite of the distance, she pinpointed every problem area with complete accuracy. I highly recommend this marvelous therapist to anyone who truly desires healing on a physical, emotional or spiritual level. Annie's talents go beyond what certification requires; there is a magical quality to her work, and she gives new meaning to the words, Positive Energy." L.L.,MA
Annie Chase was very caring all through my process. She gave me the freedom to express my feelings; all the while knowing she would never criticize me for seeing a grown man cry. Annie is always supportive and I feel like I have reached new heights after having a hypnosis session with her. She helped me find my love for guitar music which I thought would be lost forever. D.R.
Hypnotherapy with Annie helped me to realize I don't have to do everything perfectly the first time- and this sets me free to learn and grow. I am playing drums in a school ensemble for the first time and have learned a lot. Thanks! D.M., Student
If you would like to talk with me about hypnotherapy and how it can help you,
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a phone consultation.
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