Kathleen Starr Vagt studied hypnotherapy under Lorna Cutler, PhD at Sonoma State University in Santa Rosa, California. Lorna studied with Milton Erickson and taught her students a highly ethical practice with a spiritual perspective.
Milton H. Erickson was one of the most influential hypnotherapists of the 20th century. From around the 1950s onward, he developed an approach that makes use of an informal conversational approach, using complex language patterns and therapeutic strategies. His style was gentle, permissive, and respectful of the client and his work continues to be one of the most influential forces in modern hypnotherapy.
Trance is a naturally occurring state in which one's attention is narrowly focused and relatively free of distractions. Hypnosis can help clients enter a relaxed, comfortable, trance state for obtaining specific therapeutic outcomes. With clinical hypnosis, the therapist can make suggestions designed to help the client formulate specific internal processes (feelings, memories, images and internal self-talk) that will lead to mutually-agreed-upon outcomes.
Hypnosis has many applications including the following:
* Building Confidence and Motivation
* Treating Phobias, Fears and Anxiety
* Addiction and habit control
* Addressing Sleep Disorders and Disturbances
* Addressing Interpersonal Problems
* Relief from Depression
* Assistance with Sexual Difficulties
* Treating Psychosomatic Complaints
* Post Trauma Relief
* Pain and Stress Management
* Increased Academic Performance
* Increased Athletic Performance
* Help with Life Transitions
* Preparation for Medical/Dental Procedures
* Help with Grief and Loss