Helmed by psychotherapist Sally Sacks, Sacks and Associates Counseling Center helps clients develop plans for their future through counseling sessions for families, couples, teens, and individuals. The center also offers therapeutic hypno-yoga classes that blend yoga poses with meditation exercises, as well as hypnosis sessions that seek to break undesirable habits.
A registered nurse for 10 years, Paul Gustafson went on to clock another decade championing and practicing hypnosis through books, television, and private sessions. During free 30-minute phone or in-office consultations, Paul explains his process and helps patients decide if hypnosis suits them. In sessions, he probes each client's subconscious to uncover and then alter his or her attitude toward habits such as emotional eating, substance abuse, or smoking. His hypnosis can also relieve conditions and phobias such as stress, insomnia, nail biting, and fear of public speaking, which afflicts up to 35% of Americans and 100% of silent-film stars. He gradually teaches clients to perform self-hypnosis and supplies them with recordings of each session to aid in home reinforcement.
Marisa Fanelli's first close-up encounter with Western medicine was at the age of 17, when her mother fell ill, and it was riddled with disappointments. Misdiagnoses, ineffective medications and surgeries, and most importantly, doctors' apathy toward her mother's personal well-being, discouraged Marisa. But her negative experience with modern medicine culminated in something positive: an exploration of acupuncture. At Healing Point Therapeutics, Marisa not only uses acupuncture to heal her clients mentally and physically, but she also offers other treatments in the same vein. These treatments include hypnotherapy—which she sometimes blends with acupuncture—cupping, and Gua Sha, a massage-like practice.
Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, Bob Martel helps his clients to reach their full potential by guiding them to a heightened mental state of awareness and relaxation. By building a rapport with clients, Bob is able to make the positive suggestions that help them to address ailments such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and fears. Hypnosis can also mitigate specific urges such as overeating or smoking. For skeptics, Bob willingly debunks common stereotypes about the practice, stressing that people cannot be hypnotized against their will, get stuck in a daydream-like state, or reveal the secret combination to their dream diary.
Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, Awake Hypnosis proprietor Linda Plamondon helps patients clear their minds of chatter and slip into a relaxed state, preparing them to face down their mental blocks and insecurities. Safe and cozy in a comfortable chair, patients brush away the worries of the day as the seasoned hypnotist helps them tackle everything from quitting smoking to losing weight to managing stress, or even improving their golf game.
Hypnosis strives to reach the root of mental bothers and achieve long-term results. If this is your first foray into the world of this alternative healing method, use your Groupon to learn about the process by discussing goals with a certified holistic practitioner. The hypnotist at Open Hearts, Jessica Buckley, CHt, is certified to practice hypnosis through the IACT (International Association of Counselors and Therapists) and NGH (National Guild of Hypnotists). She'll lend her expertise toward any ailment, including but not limited to: weight loss, smoking cessation, stress, anxiety, and phobias such as novercaphobia, the fear of one's stepmother. After the gentle probing is complete, you'll receive an end-of-session review to sum up the results and recap the 75 minutes. You must call ahead to schedule your appointment.