Real Client Journeys

Real Client Journeys

Everyone’s story is different and beautiful.

Although there are evidence based techniques that lend themselves to certain issues, we never know quite know how sessions will unfold. There is so much more to the process than hypnosis, coaching or therapy. This makes it a little challenging to explain how I’ll will show up for you, because you might not know yet how you want me to!

So if you’re here, you’ve probably read all about me, my specialisms and how I work and are curious about how hypnotherapy would work for you.

A huge thank you to our inspiring clients below who have volunteered to share their experiences to better help others see what real life hypnotherapy journeys look like.

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Joanne is ultra-calming, grounded, and really takes the time to listen to the root of your pain and then somehow makes the ‘work’ of sorting through it all and healing your mind feel like a vacation rather than exhausting.”

Courtney, 30, NYC

Courtney. Broadway jazz

Tags: Burnout, LGBTQ+ Affirming

Courtney was charming, dynamic, driven but burning out (yes she’s still the first 3 in that list!) She wanted help finding balance, asserting herself before her emotions ravaged her and dealing with some imposter syndrome and trauma carried over from a toxic prior work experience. With limited hours to relax at home and few opportunities for time out at her disposal, we created a virtual sanctuary where Courtney could escape and instantly go to wind down and reconnect to herself and her peace. We worked on practical ways of asserting her needs and boundaries in her current work before they became too much, finding perspective that came from healing her previous experiences and integrating the work she had already done so much of on her own. Courtney regularly remembers to water her metaphorical plants in her virtual sanctuary and this year came out as lesbian to her parents. She continues to thrive in her work.

“I found Joanne when I was more than 10 years out of traditional therapy and was in a pretty dark place but with enough light to see the doorway to get out. Everything about the way she described hypnotherapy just felt right to me (no swaying pocket watches here!), and I’m so glad I decided to give her practice a try. The very first session I left feeling more understood, deeply connected, and lighter than I ever felt after years of traditional talk therapy. She’s ultra-calming, grounded, and really takes the time to listen to the root of your pain and then somehow makes the ‘work’ of sorting through it all and healing your mind feel like a vacation rather than exhausting. More than a year after our last official session I still have the tools I need to succeed, based on the foundation we built together, and we’ve stayed in touch as she really cares about her clients. Can’t recommend Joanne enough!”

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“You could see something in me that I always wanted to believe was there but never had the courage to accept. “

Ayan, 23, Brooklyn

AyAN. Student. Writer.

Tags: New to New York, Anxiety, Self Esteem

Ayan decided to try hypnosis to alleviate her anxiety. By the end of the first session it was clear that Ayan was wise beyond her years and qualities she had been led to believe were negatives, were going to become strengths. She had a level of personal insight and compassion that was turning in on itself as people often failed truly see her warmth, confusing her social anxiety as disinterest, or her natural elegance as coldness. Her self esteem was damaged by years of unmet needs and self doubt and difficulty admitting that she wanted more from her intimate relationships. She had questions about her attraction to men and women and how much of that was dictated by her her father’s negative influence. First we worked on all the worries that went around in Ayan’s thoughts. We worked on ways to manage her energy as a creative person and how to honor her needed for a greater amount of alone time and rest time than other people she knew. Particularly while she was in this recovery phase from years of chronic anxiety and depression that had silently dominated her life. We came up with language around communicating with her lover at the time and being vulnerable, just for her own self development more than the end goal of being with him. Ayan managed to break some really deeply entrenched habits that in her next dating relationship she did not repeat. We also explored feelings around outgrowing friendships. Slowly but surely Ayan learned to love herself more and be there for herself in ways that she had wished others had been during her life and looks forward to more of the connections she deserves. Ayan was was able to visualize a positive future and took extra classes at school and will undoubtedly be a successful writer. Ayan is now starting psychodynamic work to explore her relationship with her father in more detail. From a place of self love and belief in the gifts she has to offer others.

Working with you has been such a powerfully transformative part of my life. You once said to me, “think of yourself as a block of clay. as you move through life, you’re not changing. you’re chiseling away the parts that aren’t true to you.” I think about that a lot. You’ve always shown how dedicated you are to our sessions whether it be by talking until the conversation comes to a natural end instead of capping it off at exactly an hour, or the way you seem to remember the details of my life in a way that even i can’t. I don’t think you’ve ever given me advice that hasn’t worked. I think you know me better than I know myself. You could see something in me that I always wanted to believe was there but never had the courage to accept. You have taught me about a “higher self.” sometimes i can reach my higher self through everything you’ve taught me. if i ever can’t, I ask myself, “what would Joanne say?”

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“I still don’t know HOW you did it but you’ve helped me in a way I never thought I could be helped.” 

Samantha, 30, NYC

Samantha. Catering Company Owner

Tags: Heartbreak, intrusive thoughts, boundaries

Samantha was stuck in a loop after the breakdown of a relationship that simply made no sense. Her best friend and ex had behaved in ways that defied logic and Samantha just couldn’t stop thinking about it. In this space of frustration and pain, Samantha realized that she had a lot of other stuff that she hadn’t dealt with. She had woken up to the ways that the behavior of other people in her life was also far from acceptable. Together we found ways to ‘train them’ to relate to her better and over time took the sting out of the times they didn’t. Samantha mastered a technique for instant relief where she could show up for herself in those moments of distress or confusion with love and strength. Like so many people in New York who worked in the hospitality and entertainment industry, covid put the breaks on so many of her plans and passions. Yet some how she has kept going, deleted that ex from her heart (and social media), trusts herself to maintain her boundaries, allows herself to celebrate all the small wins, and is ready to relaunch in 2021.

“As the year is coming to an end I am in shock that I went on my therapist hunt a year ago and am so beyond grateful that I found you (especially after that horrible session with that lady who I can’t even remember what her name was). Before this year sucked for everyone it had already majorly sucked for me-  I felt dead, empty, unbelievably sad, and filled with constant anxiety. Some anxiety that I already had swirling in me for years and other anxiety that I didn’t even know existed! Also I could not understand that someone who I LOVED, or thought I loved just… left, for no reason? That thought is still sometimes so hard for me to think about- which is why I don’t, because you can’t make sense out of things that don’t make sense!! I still don’t know HOW you did it but you’ve helped me in a way I never thought I could be helped. The way I  manage and train people in my life now has made such a difference with anxiety and my overall mental health. If I did not find you pre pandemic, everything that happened during the pandemic with the former, with MY FAMILY, with the world, would have been completely unmanageable. At times I still find it all unmanageable but somehow, I always come back to figuring it out even if it is with tiny wins.I know without our time together this would not be possible. For example, I had a full training session last night with my mother and she didn’t even know it- this is something I would have been too fearful to do prior- and really it’s just me sticking up for myself. Also, who else in the world would let me go on a payment plan, without knowing anything about me at all. Maybe it’s because of how incredibly broken I was- or you are just a kick ass genuinely good human. A year ago I never thought I’d wake up and not think about the former or stalk his stupid ugly social media- but I can say that until this email I can’t remember the last time I thought about him (well on my own becuase yesterday some stupid ass press release came out involoving him). I still pinch my fingers together,close my eyes and tell myself “I love you”- and wow it still brings me back to that place of being calm.”  

“I still don’t know HOW you did it but you’ve helped me in a way I never thought I could be helped.” 

Samantha, 30, NYC

Delisabeth. Medical office angel. Cancer survivor

Tags: health, emotions, spirituality

Lisa had a strict regimen for maintaining optimum health as she fought breast cancer. She sought out hypnotherapy for some extra support in processing her emotions and maintaining the positive healing mindset that had served her so well. With a heart and smile that could light up the darkest room, even in the first session Lisa was giving, sharing resources and her care. It was clear that Lisa deserved to receive more, and become more comfortable with that. The winters, long hard work days, the loss of loved ones or others who had been fighting cancer, were taking their toll. So we got to work finding her the perfect beach to vacation to in her mind. A place she could receive unconditional appreciation, receive wisdom and charge up to take in to work and family situations where we were making some tweaks. Lisa also used this place and our time together to integrate some of the beautiful messages she received in her daily life and to reaffirm her spiritual faith.

“As the year is coming to an end I am in shock that I went on my therapist hunt a year ago and am so beyond grateful that I found you (especially after that horrible session with that lady who I can’t even remember what her name was). Before this year sucked for everyone it had already majorly sucked for me-  I felt dead, empty, unbelievably sad, and filled with constant anxiety. Some anxiety that I already had swirling in me for years and other anxiety that I didn’t even know existed! Also I could not understand that someone who I LOVED, or thought I loved just… left, for no reason? That thought is still sometimes so hard for me to think about- which is why I don’t, because you can’t make sense out of things that don’t make sense!! I still don’t know HOW you did it but you’ve helped me in a way I never thought I could be helped. The way I  manage and train people in my life now has made such a difference with anxiety and my overall mental health. If I did not find you pre pandemic, everything that happened during the pandemic with the former, with MY FAMILY, with the world, would have been completely unmanageable. At times I still find it all unmanageable but somehow, I always come back to figuring it out even if it is with tiny wins.I know without our time together this would not be possible. For example, I had a full training session last night with my mother and she didn’t even know it- this is something I would have been too fearful to do prior- and really it’s just me sticking up for myself. Also, who else in the world would let me go on a payment plan, without knowing anything about me at all. Maybe it’s because of how incredibly broken I was- or you are just a kick ass genuinely good human. A year ago I never thought I’d wake up and not think about the former or stalk his stupid ugly social media- but I can say that until this email I can’t remember the last time I thought about him (well on my own becuase yesterday some stupid ass press release came out involoving him). I still pinch my fingers together,close my eyes and tell myself “I love you”- and wow it still brings me back to that place of being calm.”