Certified members of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the husband-and-wife team of James D. and Lynn C. Swearingen have been tapping into patients' subconscious since 2006. The duo delves into clients’ minds to discover causes of anxiety, low self-esteem, and emotional trauma before taking steps toward behavioral change. Their treatments also help guests quit smoking, navigate 12-step counseling, or overcome their fear of taking tests while submerged in a shark tank. During each personalized appointment, the Swearingens train patients in self-hypnosis, which requires a minimum of four 50- to 90-minute sessions to master.
More than 20 years ago, Susanne Runion was working a high-stress job in the technology industry, suffering from food addiction, weight issues, and a binge-eating disorder, and reeling from the devastating end of a relationship. While wandering through a new-age bookstore, she stumbled upon a self-hypnosis book, using the information therein to gradually transform her life and heal herself from the inside out. Runion went on to practice reiki and massage therapy for years, but her fascination with hypnosis and the power of the subconscious ultimately led her to focus her career on hypnotherapy. At San Francisco Hypnosis Clinic, she facilitates other peoples' journeys toward self-awareness and physical and emotional health, using both a holistic treatment approach and instincts guided by personal experience.
Runion has created a multi-faceted weight-loss coaching program that combines hypnotherapy with the law of attraction, a theory emphasizing the power of positive thought, and the emotional-freedom technique, a method incorporating the stimulation of acupressure points with the repetition of helpful mantras. In addition to aiding weight loss, this potent cocktail of positivity can reduce other types of limiting beliefs, reprogram the subconscious mind, and allow clients to pursue the life of their dreams, whether that be to succeed in business or finally build a home entirely out of lincoln logs.
Rochelle L. Cook, a hypnotherapist with a master's degree in spiritual psychology, draws on training in gestalt therapy, dream tending, and other healing practices to increase the well-being of children, teenagers, and adults. Rochelle also works with the film industry to coach and has been featured in a documentary helping patients with diabetes. Visitors to Transformational Hypnosis can target issues ranging from nail biting to depression or attend weight-loss hypnotherapy sessions that help define and prevent the triggers of overeating. With MP3 downloads of guided hypnotherapy imagery, clients can continue treatment at home.
An interest in computer systems brought Martin Canovas to California from his native country of Brazil in 2001, but it would be another complex system that would keep him here. Following his heart, Martin made the move from systems engineer to holistic healer, earning both a master's in traditional Chinese medicine and certification in orthopedic sports medicine. Today, the licensed acupuncturist and herbalist strives to treat people, not their symptoms, by determining root causes before recommending a treatment path that will spark the body's innate healing abilities and latent superpowers. Plans may include the insertion of sterile acupuncture needles to unblock bodily energy as well as herbal supplements to bolster healing. Martin also offers tui na, a blend of massage and acupressure, in his attempts to assuage maladies such as fatigue, gastrointestinal conditions, and allergies.
Hypnosis shatters the barrier between the conscious and the subconscious, allowing thoughts to flow freely between the two. Hypnotherapist Rosie seizes this brief opportunity to plant new ideas deep in the subconscious, where she hopes they’ll snowball into conscious thoughts and actions. At HypnoRosie, she uses her unique gift to help her clients stave off addiction, bad habits, stress, and even pain. By remolding the way they think about food or creating a phantom gastric lap band, Rosie can jump-start weight loss. She strives to replace cravings for cigarettes with ones for lungfuls of fresh air. She can even ease the trauma of childbirth or help old souls access their former lives, all without surgery, medication, or snapping a rubber band on your wrist every time you reach for a smoke.
Doctor of Chiropractic Ginger Mills doesn’t define her patients by what ails them. Specializing in care of the spine and nervous systems, Dr. Mills treats every client as an individual by performing gentle, specific corrections without resorting to twisting, cracking, or popping techniques. She uses a whole-body approach to treat chiropractic issues including headaches, sleep trouble, anxiety, stress, and neck, jaw, and back pain. In addition to chiropractic services, the clinic performs Electro Interstitial Scans to assess health and administers massages.
For Rebecca Berke, the key to understanding common personal struggles such as weight loss or smoking cessation doesn't exist externally in the form of a pill or self-help book, but deep inside the mind. As a certified hypnotherapist, Rebecca guides her clients on journeys through their subconscious selves, identifying the roadblocks and construction zones that prevent positive change. Rebecca then helps clients eliminate the revealed impediments, and builds on their personal progress toward healthier habits and self-improvement goals in subsequent sessions.