Nancy is a counselor, clinical hypnotherapist and life coach serving the Seattle area since 1993. She is dedicated to helping people thrive and live better lives.
The foundation of Nancy's approach to working with clients developed from her personal path of healing, and the life experiences of marriage, divorce, motherhood, blended families, the joys and trials of owning businesses, plus overcoming cancer.
With a passion for holistic health and wellness her areas of study have included: Sciences, Psychology, Hypnotherapy, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Counseling, Coaching, EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique), PSYCHE-K, Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Herbology, and Energy Psychology. As well as her studies and work in the area of pregnancy and childbirth, and attending close to 500 births.
On her work with clients Nancy stated: "I have come to deeply trust the human spirit, and the power of the mind-body connection, for healing and living more effectively in this complex world. What I believe my work ultimately is about is nurturing. Nurturing clients, through the changes and challenges of life, while seeking to support people in uncovering and expanding on their strengths, talents, and developing greater skills."
A couple months ago I was looking to try hypnotherapy and I found Nancy when I was searching online. After looking at her website, I just had a feeling she would be a perfect fit for me and I was right! Not only has she helped me out immensely with dealing with all of life's stresses with hypnotherapy, she is also an amazing counselor and someone who really listens. I immediately felt at ease with Nancy as well, like I had known her for years. I highly recommend her!
The short answer is YES. This is probably the biggest question most people have. Usually because of stage hypnotist shows and movies people have seen. At no time does anyone give up control of their mind while using hypnosis. So that means that even in stage hypnosis, everyone is in agreement with what they are doing. If at any time someone were to suggest something that was not ok with your bottom line core beliefs, you would either just pop back to full awareness and/or not participate.
All hypnosis is self hypnosis, and is a natural state everyone goes in and out of frequently. Who hasn't had a moment of pulling into the driveway and not remembering the last 10 minutes of driving, or zoning out the window during a meeting or class?
This natural state is most commonly experienced in times of creativity, athletic events (the Zone) focusing, meditation, flow, daydreaming, etc. Hypnosis is at its core a heightened state of focus and awareness (not going to sleep), that with some practice, is accessed and controlled by you.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool in building new life skills; breaking free of old patterns, flowing in life more smoothly, improving concentration, increasing confidence, improving sports performance, and much more.**
Ultimately everyone can benefit from the skills learned. The level achieved depends on the individual's participation and commitment to follow through. Of course everyone is also unique in what works for them and how they move through making changes, transitions and healing.**
All hypnosis is self hypnosis. In using hypnosis, the conscious mind is focused to such a degree that everything else fades away. This focused state is reached using the imagination with relaxation methods similar to what is used in meditation, biofeedback, or guided relaxations or visualizations.
The process of visualizing and relaxing is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and access the mind-body connection. This allows you to step out of the ruts in life, and see a new horizon of options and possibilities. Imagine sitting on top of a mountain. You naturally have a much wider perspective sitting on top of the mountain vs. sitting down in the bottom of a canyon. Focusing with hypnosis helps you access this wider perspective and see new choices and options, and plant seeds for new habits and reactions.
Connecting to your mind-body connection also provides an access point for you to connect deeply within and access your own inner guidance and compass more fully. From this space it is easier to shift perceptions and responses, and release habits and patterns that no longer work.
People also learn stronger coping skills, how to increase their concentration, intuition, and clarity as they access this focused state more readily. These skills build greater confidence and calmness in a wide range of life experiences.**
Research has shown that once you are in the relaxed focused state of hypnosis or meditation, the same areas of the brain are activated. Hypnosis uses this focused state proactively to pull the weeds of old habits/patterns/responses, while planting and supporting seeds for new responses. It really isn't magic, but it can seem that way.
Just as each person is different, each session can be different. Sometimes it is more about talkingthrough an issue (counseling/coaching) to reach clarity on how we will work together towards your goals. Other times we may use some of the other healing approaches including tapping and EMDR type techniques, among others. We collaborate on what is going to work best for you always.
The number of sessions varies on the person and what we are working on. For many 3-4 sessions are enough, others need more. Clients are welcome to return periodically for "tune ups" as needed.
Sessions are available for older children - teenagers, and adults.
In keeping with the focus on individual needs, sessions are tailored the same way. Often hypnotherapists charge by the session, based on a 90 minute session. Instead of charging by the time used.
Session fees here are set so you only pay for what you need: $110 for first hour with $25 for additional 15 minutes segments. Session under an hour are $30 per 15 minute increment.
(There is package pricing available for Stop Smoking, Weight Loss, and Pregnancy/Birth services.)
Payment is expected at the time of a session. Cash, checks, and all major credit cards are accepted, as well as HSA and flex spending cards.
Nancy is "out of network" with the insurance companies. However, receipts are available for billing, and many clients have been able to get reimbursement through their counseling benefits. Insurance reimbursement varies by plan (check with your insurance for questions).
**Please note: There is a charge for sessions cancelled with less than 24 hour notice.**
Nancy's skills in life coaching are truly special. After one session with Nancy I was able to release lifelong negative self talk. The result has been miraculous. I have allowed myself true health and as a result I have lost 50 pounds and counting in 5 months! I'm amazed and grateful. Thank you Nancy!
Having you at our baby's birth and all the work before was such a blessing. I am thankful to have had you present for the birth of both of my children. Your ability to inspire calm, peace, and well being is a gift and I thank you for sharing it with me.