A Relaxing Invitation to Hypnosis, offers a brief hypnotic experience in a unique style.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring human state. It's experienced in the following life situations:
The focusing and dissociation of attention which takes place at these times aide us in survival of shock and pain, concentration on narrow goals, and imaginative exploration.
In hypnotic therapy, hypnosis is placed at the service of the patient’s goals. The relationship guides hypnotic trance and the therapist collaborates with the patient to utilize his or her resources, both conscious and unconscious. Each therapy is meant to be highly individual.
You are probably familiar with the uses of hypnosis to help people stop smoking, lose weight, restore sleep in insomnia, overcome phobias, and help realistic positive thinking. Many of these problems attach themselves to other areas of life, so it helps to have hypnosis done by a licensed professional therapist.
MHEIBA’s therapists, male and female hypnotists of great experience, practice throughout the SF Bay Area. You can see their photos, bios, and contact information. Some specialize in using hypnosis with addictions, others in the hypnotic treatment of children or couples. Some of our licensed therapists emphasize habit and phobia treatments. Others practice body-based therapies such as Feldenkrais Method.
For complete contact information and office locations, refer to our page "Find a Hypnotherapist in your Area"
CATHY BENNETT, MFT
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Cathy began her career serving SF Bay Area families as a teacher, specializing in learning disabilities, ADHD, and the emotional and behavioral problems of children. In private practice as a licensed psychotherapist since 1990, she currently works with children, adolescents, couples and individuals on issues related to emotional health/well-being, relationship matters, academic, career and lifestyle challenges.
Her professional background and training blends the complementary functions of traditional psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, psych- education, mediation and personal coaching to engage clients in self determined change. Utilizing a range of theoretic "Best Practices", clinical tools and strategies, keeps the work client centered, strengths based, and culturally competent. Cathy is featured on the Contra Costa County T.V. series, "Get Ready, Get Healthy"presenting on PTSD, and on Marin CMCM.TV on "Healing From The Ground Up," where she presents "Animals as Healers- Working With Therapy Pets."
She can be reached at (925) 798-9443
"Maggie" is Cathy's Certified Therapy Pet, who accompanies her whenever the affection and calming attention of a playful and gentle animal is appropriate. Cathy and Maggie regularly provide services to SF Bay Area hospitals, schools, juvenile facilities and the Contra Costa CountyDepartment of Mental Health.
I am founder and director of The Center for Family Solutions in Walnut Creek, and teaching/training at multiple universities allows me to join clinical practice with current research and innovations towards successful outcomes for my clients: problem resolution ; enhanced quality of life, and perhaps most importantly, new skills and competencies which allow for clients to become problem solvers for future life challenges on their own
I was a high school and elementary school teacher, spent several years as an artist and sculptor and was one of the original founders of the Berkeley Pottery Guild.
JOANN DEPETRO, MFT
I am trained in Strategic therapy, Solution focused therapy, Narrative therapy, Social Constructionist therapy, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing). All of these models have a common theme: joining with clients in a search for competency, personal resources and strengths towards problem resolution and enhanced joy and vitality.
I welcome the opportunity to work with you and/or your family. I work with individuals, couples, families, children and teenagers. I can be reached at: 925-945-0167 x1 and at 2099 Diablo Blvd. in Walnut Creek.
JOHN M. DYCKMAN, PhD
author of Scapegoats at Work, John Dyckman is a psychotherapist in a private clinical practice in Berkeley for the past 25 years. He did clinical work at a large Health Maintenance Organization, has been a professor of psychology, and has conducted research.
He can be reached at (510) 527-2330.
BETTY ALICE ERICKSON, MS, LPC, MFT
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Betty Alice has authored numerous professional articles and chapters, and co-wrote and edited Hope and Resiliency and Milton H. Erickson, MD, An American Healer. She has served as Editor in Chief of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter and as Keynote Speaker for national and international conferences. Betty Alice was the first recipient of the Franco Granone Prize of the Centro Italiano di Ipnosi Clinica Sperimentale. She practices in Dallas, Texas.
GWYNNE GILSON, MFT, SEP
Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing® for adults, children, families and couples. My approach to healing integrates Somatic Experiencing® techniques with traditional psychotherapy for an outcome that is more effective than talk therapy alone. In addition to addressing trauma, these techniques can also help to relieve common symptoms of stress, depression, irritability, and anxiety.
Contact Gywnne at (925) 236-0826 and visit her website at: www.gwynnegilson.com
MARY TOTH GRANICK, M.Ed., MFT
Mary Toth Granick practices psychotherapy with offices in San Francisco and Berkeley, where she works with individual adults, couples, and adolescents and their families. She also has extensive experience and a background in school-based counseling services in various settings in the Bay Area. Mary particularly enjoys helping people unfold their creative process. Mary approaches therapy as a holistic experience, incorporating Ericksonian hypnotherapy, mindfulness, and gentle humor, with a deep respect and empathy for the clients’ process in healing and growth.
Mary can be reached at (415) 273-1310.
LESLIE GRAY, PhD
Leslie Gray practices psychotherapy in San Francisco, CA, and has taught ecopsychology and cross-cultural shamanism internationally. Her innovative work blending ancient and modern healing modalities has been featured in numerous publications including Re-Vision Journal, East West Journal and the Sierra Club Books anthology, Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. Dr. Gray is Executive Director of Woodfish Institute, an educational foundation which promotes traditional knowledge in original ways. (www.woodfish.org ) Leslie can be contacted at 415-263-0423
ERIC GREENLEAF, PH.D
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Eric has treated with, presented and written about hypnotherapy for forty years. He has studied Balinese healing trance in Bali for twenty-five. Eric teaches internationally, and wrote The Problem of Evil: Ancient Dilemmas and Modern Therapy.
Dr. Erickson chose Eric to receive the first Milton H. Erickson Award of Scientific Excellence for Writing in Hypnosis.
He practices in Albany CA, and can be reached at 510 464 1140.
LORI GREENLEAF, PH.D, MFT
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practices in Albany CA, using art therapy, hypnosis, and EMDR. She works with adults, adolescents, and children, emphasizing communication and self expression in the resolution of problems. Lori has given art therapy and creative expression workshops in America and Europe. She can be reached at 510 464 1140.
PAT MURPHY GRUBER, MFT
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A founding member of MHEIBA, Patricia Gruber, MFT, is currently President of The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, a philanthropic organization that offers international prizes in the fields of cosmology, genetics, neuroscience, justice and women's rights..
JAMES H. JACOBS, PhD
Jim has been a UC Berkeley research psychologist, an Alameda
County family court counselor and a founding member of IPRIDE,
a Bay Area association supporting interracial and intercultural families, children and adults. He has been in private practice for over twenty-five years,seeing individuals, couples and families. Dr. Jacobs specializes in hypnosis, health psychology, divorce related therapy and family mediation. He sees children and adolescents as well as adults. Jim's office is in Berkeley, and he can be reached at (510) 841-6058.
DEBORAH JOY-HARGER, PH.D, MFT
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A founding member of MHEIBA, Deborah Joy-Harger is co-director of the Center for Non-Abusive Relationships, teaches counseling psychology and hypnosis at Bay Area colleges and leads workshops internationally on hypnotherapy, intimacy, divorce recovery, and domestic violence. She practices psychotherapy and hypnotherapy in Albany CA.
Rachel Ho is a licensed, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner currently working as a Clinical Research Associate for UCSF in the Dept of Cardiology. Her nursing experience has included Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Adult Bone Marrow Transplant, Psychiatry, and Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease. In recent years, interest in alternative/holistic healing has led her to pursue studies in energetic healing modalities (Reiki and Reconnective Healing) and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and to study crystals and their role in healing.
Rachel joined the Scleroderma Foundation and is now a Support Group Leader for the Palo Alto Area Support Group. 415 606 5213.
II offer an integrated treatment approach focusing on the unique needs, interests and vitality of each person. I am committed to helping individuals discover and actualize their potential by providing positive realistic therapeutic support.
I use a variety of complementary approaches to help individuals visualize their unique strengths and move with greater ease beyond the negative self-perceptions that undermine new opportunities for growth and success. What you should also know about me is that I am curious about the potential that lies in each moment and in every encounter, and see every experience as an opportunity for learning. Above all, Iam dedicated to helping individuals discover that special spark inside that is on the verge of awakening.
Whether you are looking for guidance and support during a challenging time, are seeking relief from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, school or career-related stress, ADHD-related symptoms, or would like to explore a new direction or relate to others in deeper more satisfying ways, I look forward to working with you to help you clarify and achieve your goals and dreams.
Please feel free to call or email me to schedule a consultation for individual or couples therapy or for information about group therapy for adults with ADHD.
Pamela S. Levy, LCSW
530 Bush Street, Ste. 700
San Francisco, CA 94108
MARTHA LUNNEY, MFT
Martha Lunney is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco who incorporates EMDR and Ericksonian hypnotherapy into her practice, as well as the tools of Narrative Therapy and a strong sense of social justice. Martha works with individuals and couples and also provides consultations or adjunctive services for clients or therapists who want assistance moving through trauma that is not resolving in the course of ongoing outpatient therapy. Martha has been a consultant with Haight Ashbury Free Enterprises, supporting staff in the Youth Outreach Program. Martha's strong background in fine arts fuels much of her work in private practice, including work with clients around their creativity
issues and passion for life.
She can be reached at (415) 675-5665 or at the email address above.
CAROLYN FINN MITCHELL, PhD
In Carolyn’s private practice in San Jose, CA, she works primarily with diverse and multi-ethnic populations, military personnel and their families, Silicon Valley high tech employees, and artists. She approaches therapy holistically (mind-body medicine) and transpersonally, using Ericksonianhypnosis, talk and narrative therapies, cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT) and bibliotherapy, depending on the individual client's needs and interests. She holds certification as an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).
Dr. Mitchell has conducted research on animal-human interactions with women in Ireland. She has developed and taught reading and writing classes for college and high school students, how-to-manage depressiion and anxiety courses for HMO patients, and team-building and corporate problem-solving courses for high tech employees. She also managed programs and wrote numerous publications. She was a psychologist at The American Indian Health Center of Santa Clara County and recently completed a three year term serving on her county and state psychological association boards.
Carolyn can be reached at (408) 235-1566. Her practice is at 1101 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite A-105,
San Jose CA 95128. Visit my website at springforthpsychology.com
JOHN CONNORS MCCONVILLE, MDIV, MFT
Connors McConville is a Spiritual Care Counselor for Pathways Home Health and Hospice.He works with the dying and the bereaved, children, teens, adults and the elderly. His hope is to help people find peace as well as to facilitate growth and healing as they face the challenges of life and death.
Connors is a psychotherapist and has a private practice in San Francisco.
2009 recipient of the Star-Caregiver Award presented by the Wellnesss Community of Silicon Valley for exceptional work caring for cancer patients.
RALPH NOTOR, MFT
Ralph is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in private practice in San Francisco. He is also a part-time lecturer in the Counseling Department at San Francisco State University where he most recently taught a graduate survey course on theories of couple and family therapy. He is a past President of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In addition to his work with adults and couples, he offersworkshops on anger, stress, shyness and
He can be reached at (415) 421-2939.
There is more information about his work at: www.ralphnotor.com
SANDRA PAOLINI, MFT
Sandra believes the ultimate goal of psychotherapy is to increase joy and alleviate suffering. She is profoundly interested in the change work strategies that move us toward this intention. She integrates a variety of treatments, among them ACT Therapy, NLP, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Sound-Voice-Music Healing Practices and Mindfulness Awareness Practices. Theset get to the core of the habits, patterns and beliefs that keep us stuck, as well as those that energize, motivate and inspire.
Sandra is in private practice in Antioch CA. In addition to seeing individuals, couples and families, she runs a group focused on unwanted emotions, and a series of mini psycho-educational presentations on developing skillful means. She is currently working on a blog/vlog project investigating strategies for change.
Sandra can be reached at 925-457-7230 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
See her website at www.sandrapaolinimft.com
JOHN PARKE, PsyD
Dr. Parke brings more than 19 years of experience to his private practice in Belmont California.
He began his practice in Massachusetts, where he provided hypnotherapy for artists and other clients interested in using creativity to solve problems. He specializes in the treatment of Chronic pain, Post Traumatic Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Phobias
Dr. Parke has provided psychological consultation for the Pain Management Clinic at Stanford University, and is currently a psychologist on staff at the Native American Health Center in Oakland, CA. He has assisted with hypnosis research at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA one of the oldest and foremost research and psychiatric hospitals in the U.S.He holds a bachelor's degree in fine art, a master's degree in counseling psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Dr. Parke holds a diplomate in pain management from the American Academy of Pain Management and is a licensed psychologist in the State of California.
585 Mandana Blvd. Suite #1, Oakland CA 94610
RULIK PERLA, MFT
Rulik is a profoundly patient, accepting and skilled practitioner, who is committed to real change. He is especially adept at addressing the psychological concerns of people who endeavor to travel a spiritual path. He draws on a life of practical spirituality, decades of business experience and a wealth of diverse cultural interests. In his work with couples, Rulik emphasizes learning the communication and listening skills that so often can transform a downward spiraling relationship into an ascending and loving one.
Currently, Rulik offers an eight-week group for fathers of teenage daughters.
Rulik's life and work continue to be inspired by a passion for music, mythology, sailing, and deep friendships.
See his website at www.soulfulcounseling.com
PATRICIA ROBINSON, MFT
Patricia Robinson, MFT in Danville, CA, focuses on psychotherapy for individuals of all ages with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s and ADD, ADHD. Her practice includes children and their parents, teenagers, transitioning young adults, adults and couples. Using a variety of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Hypnotherapy, issues such as anxiety, repetitive thinking and stuck thoughts, depression, social skills deficits, and executive function difficulties are addressed.
Tasha B. Pera, LMFT
Tasha offers individual, relationship and family therapy to adults, adolescents and children. Her specialties include anxiety, depression, relational difficulties and eating disorders. She treats with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy and EMDR. Tasha was an acupressurist as a younger adult, and she has learned to integrate the positive aspects of "mind-body connection" in her work as a therapist. She has a genuine interest and appreciation for the uniqueness of individuals, a strong sense of empathy, and is optimistic that healing and resolution are possible for all human beings.
Patricia can be reached at (510) 612-0284 or by visiting her website www.tashapera.com
STEPHEN SCHOEN, MD
Stephen Schoen, M.D. Has been in private practice in San Francisco and San Rafael since 1960. He specializes in Gestalt Therapy, uses hypnotherapy, and provides auxiliary prescriptions when helpful.
Since 1990, he has lectured and led workshops throughout the United States, Germany, Poland, and Russia in Gestalt and Ericksonian approaches to inward and relational freedom.
Dr Schoen offers very low cost psychotherapy where appropriate.
He is the author of Presence of Mind: Literary and Philosophical Roots of a Wise Psychotherapy, and of many articles in The Gestalt Journal and The Milton H Erickson Newsletter. Available only in German translation are If the Sun and Moon Should Doubt: Collected Essays on Psychotherapy and the Spiritual, and Greenacres, a novel.
For more information see his website at mind-and-heart.com
HEIDI BERRIN SHONKOFF LCSW
Heidi Berrin Shonkoff works primarily with couples in her Berkeley practice. She brings to her work nearly 30 years of experience and extensive training in couple dynamics, attachment, sexuality, hypnotherapy and family systems. She works in a warm and collaborative manner to help couples move through painful obstacles to find a deeper and more enduring emotional and sexual intimacy.
2340 Ward Street Suite 102
Berkeley, CA 94705
LINDA SILVER, MFT
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A psychotherapist with practices in San Rafael and San Francisco, Linda Silver sees individuals and couples. Her work with couples includes those of all sexual orientations and types of relationship She frequently integrates EMDR and Hypnotherapy in her clinical work.
With a background in nursing and Hospice care, Linda has a special interest in health and healing, as well as illness. She has many years of experience as a grief counselor and educator. Linda helps people learn to become aware of their reactions to events of change and loss. This gives them a rich ground from which to learn new approaches and patterns, and ways to integrate and resolve difficult feelings.
Periodically, Linda offers groups and workshops on grief and loss, and for special populations. For example: A Daughter’s Grief Group (about parental loss); Lesbian Couples Group; A CEU course for MFTs, nurses and social workers. She also supervises therapists-in-training for California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and in private practice. Some insurance and Employee assistance plans accepted when possible.
FRAN STOTT, PhD
Fran practices in downtown San Francisco. She recently retired as the Director of Program Services for the San Francisco Chronic Pain Management Center, Kaiser Permanente, and, before that, as Director of Training for the South San Francisco Chemical Dependency Program. Her professional work over the past thirty-five years has included private practice settings, University Counseling Centers, Medical Residency programs, and health psychology programs.
Fran works with adult individuals and couples, using both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. While specializing in chronic pain management and addiction recovery, she also helps deal with anxiety, depression, insomnia, phobias, loss and grief, stress, relationships, and adjustments to life transitions.
Fran provides professional consultation in the development of multidisciplinary pain management programs, and consults to therapists working in the area of chronic pain management.
CECELIA THORNTON, MA, MFT
Cecelia is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a full time practice in Sacramento,CA. To all of her clients, she says " thank you for teaching me." Her belief is that each of us has a unique gift of their person to give to themselves and their community. To achieve this end, her practice involves the use of Ericksonian hypnotherapy, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic techniques. She is unabashed in her use of spirituality and humor to facilitate the goals of her clients. Cecelia has extensive background in recovery from addictions, mood disorders, and trauma. She has lectured extensively on: Addiction and Recovery,
Families of Alcoholics, Mood Disorders and PTSD.
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ILENE WOLF, MFT, RDT
415 263 6744: Offices in San Francisco and Marin
I am here for you to make the kind of changes necessary to allow you be the person you very much want to be, experiencing more joy, more happiness in your relationships. I can help you overcome day-to-day anxiety, defeat negative thoughts that too often lead to depression. If you struggle with problems in relationship or within yourself, with addiction, compulsion, or phobias and fears, you can call me.
Ilene Wolff, MFT, has helped hundreds of individuals, children and couples for over twenty years in San Francisco and Marin. She has trained at Stanford University in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Approaches with David Burns, MD. Ilene is also the director of The Drama Therapy Institute. A solution-focused marriage and family therapist, she has lectured widely, given workshops, and worked extensively as a consultant and facilitator to institutions including Walnut Creek Hospital, Kaiser and Stanford University. Ilene Wolff graduated and has taught at UC Berkeley, training psychotherapists and business leaders nationwide. Ilene won The California and Marriage Family Therapist Education Foundation Award (2012).
510 525 3529
Dr. Helena Weil has been in practice for over 25 years specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, pain and weight management, biofeedback, EMDR, hypnosis, and sports psychology. Dr. Weil works with children, adolescents and adults incorporating pet assisted therapy into her psychology practice with her licensed therapy dog, "Lanaturner". HELENA WEIL, PhD
Dr. Weil has offices in Albany and Castro Valley. & Lana Turner, CTP