Frequently Asked Questions…
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of being in complete comfort and relaxation. It can best be described as "concentrated attention" and characterized by an awake-sleep state (also known as the alpha- or theta-dominant brain wave state). Hypnosis is usually experienced in trance, where a high level of change can be experienced at an unconscious level.
Just as you go to sleep and just as you wake up, you are naturally in the alpha and theta brain wave state. You are also in this state when you are watching TV or a movie, especially if you lose track of time or your surroundings. When you are doing something you love and you lose track of time, you are also in the alpha state. In fact, you enter the hypnotic state more often than you think. So why not use it constructively to design the life you want?
Whether you are working with Krista in a private session, or using one of her online courses, you are always in complete control of your conscious state, just as you would be during meditation, or being in a state of high concentration. For example, have you ever been so engaged in an activity, such as being glued to a movie, enthralled in a book, or super focused in a sport or project, that you don't notice anything else around you? Hypnosis is no different. As you are guided to deepen your awareness of your unconscious mind, you will begin to lose involvement in your external surroundings. However, just as you can break your focus from any activity, you can also come out of hypnosis at any time you desire. Therefore, you are always in control of being in trance.
The primary state of consciousness that is most referred to in hypnosis/hypnotherapy is the alpha state. This is the state of mind where one is half-asleep, half-awake, and is in a state of relaxation or meditation. Once you allow yourself to enter an alpha state, your inner-talk will begin to slow down and you will begin to become more image-oriented, thus being guided to make positive changes in your life.
In hypnosis, some may also experience the theta state, going into a very deep relaxation. Many people meditate for hours to get to this state of deep calmness in the mind. Many consider that being in the gamma state (higher brain activity in the consciousness revolved around perception) or theta state is a favorable state to produce instant healing.
Clients often have concerns that they may not be able to be hypnotized or wonder if it is safe. It's completely "normal" to have concerns and be skeptical at first, especially because of how hypnosis has been portrayed in movies and TV. Clients have often also tried various methods to produce behavioral change but have not gotten the results they wanted. However, since this is a natural state and a relaxing one, where the client is in control, they most often find that once they allow themselves to tap into their ability to enter this unique state of consciousness, they open the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration, and positive change.
HeartMath Techniques: Tap Into a New Potential
Founded in 1991, the HeartMath Institute is dedicated to help people bring their physical, mental and emotional systems into balanced alignment with their heart’s intuitive guidance. Since its inception, HeartMath has been researching and developing reliable, scientifically based tools that bridge the connection between heart and mind and deepen people’s connection with the hearts of others. This empowers people to greatly reduce stress, increase resilience and unlock their natural intuitive guidance for making better choices.
HeartMath’s simple, user-friendly mental and emotional self-regulation tools and techniques provide benefits in the moment and over sustained periods. They enable people everywhere to break through to greater levels of personal balance, creativity, intuitive insight and fulfillment. When we align and connect our hearts and minds and connect with others, we awaken the higher mental, emotional and spiritual capacities that frequently lie dormant. In fact, studies conducted with over 11,500 people have demonstrated improvements in mental and emotional well-being in only six to nine weeks using HeartMath tools, techniques, and technology. Overall, participants reported a 24% improvement in the ability to focus, 30% improvement in sleep, 38% improvement in calmness, 46% drop in anxiety, 48% drop in fatigue, and a 56% drop in depression.
HeartMath’s groundbreaking research, tools and techniques form the basis for their training and education programs worldwide among diverse cultures. They have published over 300 independent peer-reviewed studies. The Institute has worked with major corporations, government and social-service agencies, all branches of the military, schools and universities, hospitals and a wide range of health-care professionals and law enforcement agencies.
As a Certified HeartMath Trainer, Krista has been using the HeartMath techniques both with individual clients and also teaching and working with groups to help facilitate deeper levels of heart-brain coherence, balance, stress-reduction, focus and insight. Teaching clients how to consciously accessing their heart’s intelligence using the HeartMath techniques is a passion of Krista's. The HeartMath Institute, along with scientists around the world have been making incredible discoveries about how powerful our heart is and how our innate ability to regulate our heart increases not only the physical, mental and emotional quality of our life but affects our ability to connect with others, and even benefit the planet as a whole.
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Explained
NLP is the study of successful behavior. It incorporates methods of retraining the mind in order to produce consistent, desired behavioral results in your life. "Neuro" defines the mind, "linguistic" refers to language, and "programming" means retraining. Hence, NLP is retraining the mind to communicate the most effective language towards ourselves and others. It has also been coined, "the study of excellence."
NLP processes can be used for success in health, relationships, business, and all other areas of your life. It is extremely effective at producing positive changes quickly and comfortably to match your specific needs, drive your personal growth, and enhance your role in any particular areas you'd like to address. NLP is a great way to help you delve deeper into the root cause of your issue, by guiding a series of specific questions, visualizations, or changes of perception.
NLP techniques can be used alone on a conscious level, but can also be highly effective when combined with hypnosis, Time Line Therapy™, HeartMath techniques, and other tools to gain breakthrough changes and achieve your desired results.
What is Time Line Therapy™?
A gentle way to heal from the past, freeing up energy and increasing vitality…
Time Line Therapy™ (TLT) was created by Dr. Tad James, and is a method to help free you from issues in your past so that you can move forward with your desires and goals for the future. Time Line Therapy™ has become widely known over the years as a very effective way to help clients achieve their desired results quickly without trauma or distress, while creating comfortable and lasting changes.
Krista effectively merges Time Line Therapy™ techniques, in combination with hypnosis, NLP, and HeartMath techniques in order to enable you to be free of issues from your past that have been blocking you from living your best life in the most successful way possible. Issues and traumatic events that have persisted since as early as childhood can suddenly be neutral memories, freeing you to live your life more powerfully and gain emotional control over your life.
Lasting behavioral change begins at an unconscious level. By becoming aware of your "time line," you will learn how you store all of your unconscious memories at a subconscious level. Conscious decisions to change are most effective when conducted at this level. Time Line Therapy™ does not erase or suppress memories. It also isn’t about reliving a traumatic event. Instead, it is gentle yet incredibly effective method for helping you gain more freedom, energy and direction over your emotional state and overall energy levels on a daily basis.
As best described by Dr. Tad James, The Time Line Therapy ™ process allows you to work at the unconscious level to release the effects of negative beliefs, decisions and emotions arising from past experiences. It brings about changes in “inappropriate” programming in minutes rather than days, months or years.
Unwarranted emotional reactions such as unreasonable sadness, anger, depression, anxiety and fear or phobic reactions are responsible for preventing people achieving what they want in life. Krista uses Time Line Therapy ™ in combination with NLP, hypnosis, and HeartMath techniques, as an extremely effective way to help you gain emotional control over your life.
How Many Sessions Do You Recommend?
My goal working with you is to help you discover your own inner-resources and share powerful tools to overcome the mental or emotional challenges that are holding you back.
I use a variety of evidence-based techniques, including hypnosis and NLP to help you let go of self-sabotage, limiting beliefs/behaviors, physical discomforts, anxiety/depressions, and fears to be happier, courageous, and more mindful in just 6 sessions.
So what's the catch? Your 100% commitment to step up your life and live the life you desire. Without your full desire to make changes in your life, you will not achieve the your full results.
Despite my wish to be a magician, I am (sadly) not. I cannot just make your issues disappear in a poof, but I can help you access your subconscious and create deep-level change.
The only thing required is your deep personal commitment to allowing self-transformation to happen. In return, I will give you my full, 100% commitment to giving you a customized program to inspire change too.
I customize each session specifically to your needs & desires. All of my techniques are delivered very methodically, and each session builds upon the work from the previous session. No two sessions will ever be exactly alike.
Session 1: Should we both decide to work with each other, then we will identify your core limiting beliefs that are holding you back from being the best version of yourself. We will utilize both conscious and unconscious processes for deep level change. The first session builds the framework for your subsequent sessions and you will be given weekly exercises to complete prior to your next session. 90 minutes.
Session 2: Measuring your progress from the previous session, we will begin building unconscious strategies to begin creating success on auto-pilot. 60 minutes each session after the first.
Sessions 3, 4 and 5: Again, measuring your progress from the previous sessions, we will continue building unconscious strategies, getting your mind to discover how to create significant change at a deep level. Conscious coaching may be implemented to shift negative mindsets for a holistic approach to change, for both the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind.
Session 6: The best session! Here we will tie in all of the work from the beginning, and deepen the reprogramming of your mind, to lock in your transformation at the core level. We will measure your progress and if you feel you have all the tools you need to continue your progress on your own, then off you go into your new life! Most clients feel a dramatic shift in their lives at this point; however, if we decide you're not quite where you want to be yet, then we will continue our work for another session or two.
Hypnosis Versus Traditional Therapy
Krista uses a a powerful and unique combination of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy™, HeartMath techniques, hypnosis, and other methods to create a complete level of change at both the conscious and unconscious levels. With all methods combined, you will gain the clarity and motivation you need in your life to be free of negative behaviors and thought patterns, while gaining focus and strategies to reach your goals effectively.
Similarities between therapists and hypnotists:
Both client and coach enter relationship with a goal to produce positive changes.
Both professions are based on an ongoing, confidential, one-to-one relationship between client and professional.
Both professions assume that significant change will occur over time.
Differences between therapists and hypnotists:
Krista works with those who are:
Highly motivated to change
Eager to move to a higher level of thinking and functioning in the world
Seeking focus, strategy, and motivation
Asking "HOW" questions
Wanting more out of life
Designing their future
Learning new skills
Ready to take charge in their lives with massive and inspired action
Ready to take responsibility over their behaviors and mindsets
Seeking more balance in life
Ready to focus on what is going right in their lives
Therapists work with those:
Asking "WHY" questions
Who are struggling with severe, quantifiable psychological challenges
Krista has worked with many clients who are simultaneously working with therapists, doctors or other health care professionals in order to get the best personalized care for that person. She insists that anyone working with her inform the other professionals involved that they are working with Krista.
There are very few instances where Krista will not take on a client. These are:
Clients who show very little commitment and do not complete their assignments
Smokers who do not really want to quit
Those who have been forced to attend sessions with her by a spouse or parent, who don't really want to change
Severe alcoholics and addicts
What is Trance and What if I Don't Come Out of It?
Trance is the state in which you allow yourself to enter during hypnosis. It is a state of being half-conscious and in complete relaxation. It is a natural state that you enter multiple times every day without effort. It can also be described as being in an alpha state, an awake-sleep state.
You have ultimate control in choosing whether to be in trance or not. Once you choose to use hypnosis to improve your behavior, or be rid of an issue, you will find deep, lasting change.
It is impossible to be "stuck" in trance. Again, you are totally in control of your session and your state. Once you come out of hypnosis, you will simply feel refreshed and awake, having experienced a great sense of achievement.
Will I Lose Control? Do I Have to Reveal Private Issues?
Whether you are working with Krista one-on-one, in a class or going through an online course, you are always in control. It is not possible for anyone to be forced into trance. Hypnosis simply allows you to become fully relaxed and comfortable, which makes you acutely aware of your surroundings and what you are doing. You have complete control to come out of of trance at any time, whenever you wish.
Additionally, Krista does not try to control your thinking, but instead empowers you to discover your own inner resources, and supports you in taking responsibility for your own thinking and behavior. Therefore, change is initiated and followed through on by you.
The great thing about most all of the techniques Krista uses is that they can be completely content-free. You are at total liberty to reveal as much or as little about your issues as you'd like. Your privacy is respected and Krista will never ask you to discuss something you don't feel comfortable talking about. It is still very possible to have an effective session through the various processes that she uses. However, providing some content allows her to help you further.
Working with Teens and Kids
One of Krista’s primary passions is to work with more kids and teens, especially as anxiety and stress levels have risen dramatically over the last decade. Krista has had some great results working with youth. The key is that the child/teen is willing to explore new ways to feel better about his/her life, and is not forced to attend. In addition to the in-session techniques, Krista teaches the child/teen age-appropriate tools to use on an ongoing basis to help them navigate an increasingly complex and demanding world.
Issues Krista works with children/teens are:
Academic & Sports Performance
Releasing negative emotions from past experiences
Krista is currently developing an online course for anxiety for both teen boys and teen girls. This course will be posted on the Courses page here.