An intervention that induces the client into a trance state similar to the relaxation experience that occurs naturally in every person just before he/she enters into the sleep state.  The therapist then provides post-hypnotic suggestions to achieve desired goals.  In hypnosis, an individual is never unconcious, but completely conscious and aware at all times.

                                                                                                     Heart-centered Hypnotherapy

A form of regression therapy.  THe client is placed in a hypnotic state where they are able to identify the source and beginning of their unhealthy thought and behavior patterns.  THe therapist facilitates the release of the emotional energy contained in experiences, allowing the client to reframe their unhealthy patterns.  This modality provides for a deep sense of healing due to the high level of insight attained.  It is a therapeutic approach where the client is in charge of his/her "work" and healing process.



A tool used to move beyond the mind's busy activity and emotional turbulence.  There are many different types of meditation.  Scientific research shows when you participate in a regular meditation practice your breathing slows down, pressure decreases, stress hormone levels fall and the immune system strengthens.

                                                                                                           Integral Breath therapy

Teaches and utilizes specific breathing techniques to clear physical, mental and emotional blocks that lead to imbalance.  The theory of breath work, a mind/body technique, uses the metaphor that how we breathe is the way we live our lives.  Clients may experience deep physical relaxation, release of repressed thoughts and emotions, psychological understanding, and expanded spiritual awareness. 


      Holistic Approaches

Today, holistic approaches to mental health treatment are becoming more and more acceptable.  At The Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake, we offer an array of holistic therapies that aim to create a fuller integration of mind and body.  The theory is that "the mind is not separate from the body, that acts as chooser, controller, and governor...your state of awareness plays a huge part in how your cells function..." (Deepak Chopra).

Holistic approaches alone or in combination with traditional methods are found to be effective in treating many of the following issues:


*Anxiety and stress

*Psychological and emotional trauma(s)

*Grief and loss



*Pain management

*Smoking cessation

*Weight loss


*General dissatisfaction and unhappiness

*Transitional life experiences





Holistic psychotherapy utilizes traditional talk therapies and non-traditional therapies such as hypnosis, heart-centered hypnotherapy, breath therapy, guided imagery, progressive relaxation skills, creative art and expressive therapies.  Most of these therapies provide a strong spiritual component that use different levels of consciousness and spiritual awareness.

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