Hypnotherapy / Hypnosis

Lisa Torbert is the owner of Heathers Holistic Health, LLC. Lisa is a graduate from DTCC (Associate in Drug & Alcohol) and Wilmington College (Bachelors in Behavioral Science and Masters in Community Counseling). She has achieved her certification as a Certified Addictions Specialist (CADC) and as a Certified Hypnotherapist and a member of the National Guild of Hypnotist.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a powerful, proven program which taps into the power of the sub-conscious mind. You can re-program your sub-conscious to help you change your behaviors, and give you motivation to change a habit and enjoy doing it. Hypnosis is the perfect tool for re-educating your sub-conscious mind, the part that creates cravings and impulses. . Hypnosis can help you make those changes, quickly and more easily than you ever imagined possible.
  • Weight loss
  • Stop smoking
  • Study habits
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Drugs & alcohol
  • Memory
  • Fear of
Can anyone benefit from using hypnosis?
There is good news! Hypnosis can work for everyone. Using modem hypnosis techniques anyone who can listen and follow instructions can experience the benefits of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind that you have already experienced it many times. Hypnosis happens spontaneously when we find ourselves daydreaming or the time right before we fall asleep. Another common example is what is called highway hypnosis. This occurs when you find that you have been driving for a while and you almost miss your turn off. You had been so focused on some other idea that you almost forgot you need to make that upcoming turn. I will simply help you to use these natural human abilities to make the kind of changes you want to make, like breaking habits, improving how you feel, or working to get rid of pain.

What is a hypnosis session like?
Please remember that Hypnotherapists are professionals. I will always treat you with the utmost respect. Your hypnosis session is confidential. It is a time for you to use the training that I will provide to you to enable you to make some important changes.

First, you will learn about hypnosis. It has been demonstrated when people know more about hypnosis, they tend to do better in the hypnotherapeutic process. After I have answered all of your questions about hypnosis, then and only then, you will be guided into a state of hypnotic relaxation, where you will begin the process that will help you to rapidly achieve your desired results. After you emerge from hypnosis, I will spend some time with you to talk about your experience and answer any further questions. Then you can discuss whether any further sessions are recommended.

What do medical experts think about using hypnosis?
Be assured, hypnosis is safe. In over two hundred years of modern hypnosis, no one has ever been hurt by the use of hypnosis. The American Medical Association sanctioned the use of hypnosis in 1958. Since then, it has been used by millions of people worldwide. Hypnotherapists commonly receive referrals from medical and psychological professionals, in order to help their clients and patients.

Because hypnosis is a consensual process (no one can be hypnotized against their will), the client is always in control and can emerge from the process at any time.

Rhonda Quin, M.A., C.Hy., has been practicing hypnosis for over twenty five years. Rhonda brings a wealth of experience with her. Rhonda is a certified instructor for both Basic and Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy receiving her certification through the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Hypnosis and Weight Loss

Problem with Diets
They are a major change of eating habit patterns. The main goal is to achieve what we feel is that perfect size. Anyone who has been on a diet knows the powerful motivation you feel when you first start out. Then, as time goes on, the rate of weight loss slows down; you lose weight more slowly, and may even gain a bit. And suddenly, it isn’t quite as easy to stay motivated anymore. Hypnosis helps maintain the motivation for weight loss, keeps you feeling confident that you can achieve your perfect weight goal. After the diet, most of us just want to return to what we call normal eating. So the celebration begins, we reward ourselves with cookies, pasta, pizza, chocolate, etc. At this point, there often begins an upward weight trend which can recover all of the lost weight and even pick up a few extra pounds. (Example: Atkins diet, no carbs to every carb in sight). What if we could continue to eat foods that we enjoy? If you are struggling with weight loss, hypnosis can provide the extra motivation and enable you to escape the many food traps that get in the way of weight loss. Permanent weight loss occurs with a change in lifestyle, not through unnatural diets that are impossible to maintain.

Why do we overeat?
Overeating usually fills a need. Some people overeat to compensate for an unpleasant experience. Others eat excessively to reward themselves or simply for self-entertainment. Some want to be noticed, feel a lack of love, to offset fear, overcome frustration, boredom, and stress or even to avoid sex.

It's not the diet but our attitudes & thoughts!
Changing thoughts and attitudes of the mind can lead to major changes in our life. Our program will deal with such behavioral matters as establishing times, places and patterns for future eating, elimination of harmful habits and positive reinforcement for changing what our particular overeating problems are. During hypnosis, your food interests and tastes will be modified to increase the desire for healthy foods, for extra energy to start an exercise program, or to help eliminate craving foods such as carbs. chocolate and/or sugary teats. With HYPNOSIS clients desire and consume a much lesser amount of food without giving up their favorite foods and drink. Hypnosis can help clients feel more full, more satisfied after eating a small amount of a desired food, enjoying the quality, not the quantity.

Overcome Addictions with Hypnosis
Hypnosis, Meditation, Prayer - What’s the difference?

An individual goes to that very special place within to:
1) Talk to God (Prayer),
2) Just to be (Meditation),
3) To change a behavior (Hypnosis).

Habit Control through hypnosis is highly effective. Using hypnosis for weight loss and smoking cessation programs is well recognized for its success. Obstacles encountered when attempting to change habits to cause a weight loss or to stop smoking respond rapidly to hypnosis and melt away.

Those obstacles are often a result of an individual’s lack of motivation. In many instances a person who lacks motivation for self-improvement will also be suffering from low self-esteem. It is difficult to fire up your ambitions in any area if you see yourself as a failure.

Fortunately developing motivation is a key component of hypnosis. Motivation helps develop a successful action plan. Successful action leads to elevated esteem and a general feeling of well -being. With high self-esteem and a positive attitude, one can accomplish anything they choose!

Hypnosis is therefore successful in the following areas:
  • Weight Management Smoking Cessation
  • Tobacco addictions Dental anxiety
  • Surgery Preparation Phobias
  • Assertiveness Sleep Difficulties
  • Pain Management Stress management
  • Memory& Concentration Test anxiety
  • Sports improvement Sales Motivation
  • Substance Abuse Relationship difficulties

What is Addiction?

It may be that uncontrollable urge to consume an entire bag of cookies, the jolt you get from a can of soda or coffee, the high from cigarettes, a shopping spree, the compulsion to work long hours, or a 3-mile run. These addictions are frequently overlooked because they are relatively mild compared to the effects of crack cocaine, heroin and alcohol addiction. Addiction can be defined as various behaviors of a chemically dependent individual (CDI) who is addicted in BOTH a biological (physical, mental, emotional) and psychological (environmental, societal plus other outside influences) way and the intricate interaction of the two. My five-year studies into brain chemistry imbalances have shown me the importance of treating a chemically dependent individual in a physical way as opposed to conventional methods that only focus on the psychological aspect of the disease.

What can I be addicted to? The "brain reward region" is the part of the brain, which is sensitive to addictive behaviors involving the use of illicit drugs (heroine, cocaine), prescription drugs (amphetamines, barbiturates, antidepressants), legal drugs (nicotine, alcohol, caffeine) foods (chocolate, sugar and carbohydrates), but also to compulsive and destructive activities and behaviors (sex, exercise, work, shopping, gambling).

What makes an activity, food, and/or drug an addiction? Craving (excessive physical need ), Salience (thinking about the next high), Euphoria (produce a stimulating feeling), Tolerance (the need for more), Withdrawl (produces stress, depression, anxiety), Conflict (causes health problems), Relapse (quit and start over), Guilt (feeling bad afterwards).

Why are we addicted?
Many scientists are now convinced that what ties all of the mood-altering drugs and behaviors together are the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, serotonin, GABA and endorphins. These neurotransmitters are responsible for the way we feel, think and act. It has been theorized that chemically dependent individuals are born with a lower number of receptor sites to produce adequate amounts of the (feel good) neurotransmitters. This may explain why a person starts using drugs to begin with, just to get high, but in the end they take them to avoid feeling low. Drugs are the quickest and strongest way to boost our neurotransmitters, however the cycle of drinking, drugging and poor food choices fools the brain, the result being the slowing down of the cell's production of theses neurotransmitters, leaving the brain starved for its natural amino acid (protein) fuel. Research has shown that successful treatment of addiction requires raising these deficiencies with natural amino acids and mood altering activities to give us that "natural high" we are lacking.

Dopamine - excitatory or energy neurotransmitters help us to experience excitement and pleasure, regulates short-term activities, feelings of euphoria.
Norepinephrine- excitatory neurotransmitters that causes generalized, sustained alertness, a baseline level of awareness and vigilance.
Serotonin - inhibitory neurotransmitter exerts a soothing influence, an emotional relaxant.
GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) - inhibitory neurotransmitter, mental relaxation, alleviates anxiety and worry, influences intellectual activity, "the natural tranquilize of the brain".
Endorphins - inhibitory neurotransmitter, powerful natural pain relievers, overproduced in brain in response to pain or exertion.