What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a state in which you have heightened focus and concentration, and greater-than normal openness to suggestion. Hypnotherapy is a modality that makes use of hypnosis to help clients achieve desired goals such as coping better with pain and anxiety, ending self-sabotage, quitting smoking, and more. When you're under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, but contrary to popular myth, you don’t lose control over your behavior.
Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective in helping with many conditions, including:
- Behavior change. Overeating, insomnia, bed-wetting, smoking and self-sabotage all have been shown to respond well to Hypnotherapy.
- Mental health conditions. Hypnosis has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of flashbacks, panic attacks, anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress.
- Pain control. Hypnotherapy may help relieve pain from childbirth, irritable bowel syndrome, TMJ, burns, headaches, fibromyalgia, dental procedures, and cancer.
- Chemotherapy or Radiation Treatment side-effects.
Common Questions about Hypnotherapy:
Q. Can you make me quack like a duck?
A. Only if you want to quack like a duck.
Q. Is Hypnotherapy only useful for people who are weak-minded?
It’s the power of the client’s mind that makes the modality work, as well as the willingness to experience oneself in a different way. This implies flexibility rather than weakness, and the ability to learn something beneficial that can take one beyond current challenges into another way of being.
Q. What are some common misconceptions about Hypnotherapy?
A. Misconceptions abound; some of the most common ones are that you’ll go unconscious; that you lose control of your will or be caused to reveal something about yourself that you wouldn’t want anyone to know, and that you go to sleep.
None of these are true; clients retain their ability to choose according to their ethics and intentions, and are very much awake — in fact, studies show that neurological activity seems to increase. As a result of a deep encounter with their inner mind, many clients experience a deeper awareness of their authentic desires and underlying motivations, which gives them great edge when going about making positive changes in their lives.
My deep appreciation for what hypnosis can do began in 2007 when I gave birth to my second child using childbirth hypnosis. I was blown away by how much better the experience was from the birth of my first child -- having the ability to deeply relax and to turn off the pain the moment I chose, without the use of artificial chemicals or invasive procedures, empowered me in ways I never would have guessed. And these were skills I was able to use not just during labor but that came in super handy for years afterward as I became a working single mother of three, and needed effective, inexpensive (or free) strategies for self-care.
Later I used hypnosis to address deep depression and stage fright with wonderful results. The ability to so quickly and completely relax and enter into a state that was focused toward effectively dealing with issues that had previously challenged me really got my attention. The ability to change my life in such a powerful and meaningful way fueled a desire to learn how to help others experience the same benefits, and so I'm honored to get to share this gift with you.
Philosophy, Background & Training
I see Hypnotherapy as a very effective way to access the power of the unconscious mind, giving us opportunities to come into greater alignment with our deepest intentions and to clear a path towards living more authentically and in accord with our deepest desires. I feel that Hypnosis has the potential to give us glimpses into a greater, more expansive perspective of who we are, having a direct experience of our own inherent wholeness and purity, making it much easier to drop damaging beliefs and limiting behaviors that keep us in the same tired old patterns that kept life from feeling worthwhile.
In the form of Hypnotherapy that I offer, I may help guide a client into a therapeutic trance, but the work is more about helping clients recognize and awaken from the self-limiting trances they're already in, emerging into the fullness, wholeness, power and beauty that they are.
Whether your goal is to take control of the stress in your life, to stop smoking, heal phobias or anxiety, stop getting in your own way, or to simply experience your deeper nature in a very unique and direct way, I would be honored to accompany you on your journey and show you a few hidden doorways to truly profound positive change.
Professional Background & Training
Trina Brunk, Intuitive Consultant and Hypnotherapist, brings over two decades' experience in bridging between the conscious mind and the unconscious aspects of ourselves to help clients create gentle but powerful positive change. Her outside-the-box approaches tailored to the individual combine both lightness and depth that acknowledge the dignity and power of each client to create positive change in their life.
Trina received her Reiki I, II and III training from 1993 to 2000 and integrated Reiki into many different aspects of her life.
From 2000 to 2013, as a freelance graphic and web designer, she helped small business clients access a bigger picture of themselves and their ability to bring their authentic selves to their professional work. In 2013 she began offering services as an Intuitive Consultant, helping clients have direct experience of their own innate power to make their lives more fulfilling. In 2018 she completed her hypnotherapy and NLP certification training at the Institute for Therapeutic Learning and continues to expand her skill set through ongoing study and collaboration.
As a musician and facilitator of kirtan and toning and chanting circles, she often integrates the power of music into the work, and is interested in exploring the power of our voices to help access deep healing and liberate our creativity and authenticity while reducing stress and enhancing overall wellbeing.