Katie Romano Griffin began her health career as a nurse. After observing the powerful effects of hypnotherapy at the integrative medicine practice she ran, she believed she could make more of a difference in people's lives through working with the subconscious mind. Griffin embarked on a two-year study of hypnotherapy. She integrated her findings into a broader life coaching methodology designed to treat issues ranging from paralytic social anxiety to a fear of bridges.
During her healing sessions, Katie combines the breadth of life coaching with the depth of hypnosis. She examines the patient's life from infancy to adulthood with questions and mental exercises, while delving into the subconscious with the help of relaxation techniques that the patient can repeat at home. Through these methods, Griffin has successfully treated smoking addictions, issues with overeating, and stress. “It is amazing to see someone light up,” she says of her newly liberated patients.
In addition to helping people through one-on-one sessions, the Griffin reaches a wider audience as an inspirational speaker and an author.
The entire staff at Zen Wellness Studio is focused on overall wellness, uniting mind and body in a search from peace. Lead massage therapist, Dr. Amy Emme, smoothes tension from muscles with a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, and medical massage. Massages are designed to soothe aching muscles, as well as promote restful sleep, reduce stress-inducing cortisol, and decrease pain. Also at the center are certified hypnotists, reiki masters, and a health coach who advises clients on attaining healthy lifestyles and which color M&M has the least calories.
The team at Wellness and Life Solutions takes a multifaceted approach to awakening and balancing the body's innate capacity for healing. Certified hypnotist Shana Rosenthal assists people with their weight-loss or smoking-cessation goals, and stress-management expert Marc Rosenthal uses techniques such as neurolinguistic programming to help people improve their ability to socialize, negotiate, and manifest more legible thought bubbles. To unblock bodily energy and address pain or illness, guests turn to licensed psychologist and acupuncturist Maritza Kerekes, while Cindy Heard, a licensed massage therapist and certified reflexologist, restores clients' physical homeostasis.
At the Center for Integrated Therapies, Curtis Schindeler uses hypnotherapy to treat everything from addictions to depression. In the past, Curtis has helped his clients successfully overcome conditions that include posttraumatic-stress disorder, smoking addictions, and relationship problems. Unlike the way hypnosis is commonly portrayed in popular culture, the client remains in total control throughout the session. He or she is fully capable of ending the hypnosis at any point, and any chicken clucking that occurs is entirely voluntary. Curtis is also a Mental Health Counselor Intern who works under the supervision of a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
While some hypnotherapists work by conditioning the psyche to reject bad habits, Andrea Crouch prefers to open the psyche to its power of choice. Her affirming intonations dissolve feelings of obligation and frustration, replacing them with a sense of agency and self-worth. She believes that people who "love themselves fully" are less likely to find solace in addictions, unhealthy diets, and snuggling with grizzly bears. Andrea also directs her mesmeric voice toward helping people enjoy exercise and excel in the workplace; in addition, she teaches mothers self-hypnosis techniques to ease natural childbirth.
An integral part of Andrea's support team, Maryanne Everett, certified hypnotist and holistic health coach, helps clients attain their weight loss goals or assuages aches with pain management therapy. Maryanne's ability to unfurl tension through licensed massage therapy complements her hypnotherapy background, which includes 400-plus hours of training she completed at Florida's first official licensed hypnotherapy institute. She applies her knowledge by conducting hypnosis for pain-management treatments as well as holistic coaching hypnosis sessions.