Tarot for Ancestor Healing

 

I want to share some tarot pulls I was guided to work with when I was using the same ancestor healing techniques I use with my clients to heal my own lineages. 

I use two terms to describe the ancestors. These terms were popularized by psychotherapist Daniel Foor, PhD in his research into lineage healing. Your deceased relatives are either:

  • Loving and wise, AKA "ancestral guides", or "elevated dead", or
  • Troubled or unwell dead

The loving and well ancestors are the ones that are supporting your journey, offering guidance, offering blessings and healing, and working with you to help you align with your personal destiny. 

The troubled dead are your ancestors that still have stuff to work out. They are often earthbound spirits and often very well deserve the term "hungry ghost". In fact their hunger, and low vibes, can be a source of illness, distress, blockages, and can cause all kinds of other problems for the living. 

So how can we find out which camp our deceased relatives fall into?

One way is to use the tarot.

The first question I ask when I am curious about the wellness of a deceased relation is, "What can I know about the wellness of the spirit of my relative [Insert name here]?

Some tips: It's very important to say, "spirit," as you are not asking after the wellness of their physical body. Using the full name of the person you are asking about is best but if you do not know a name than saying, "my great-great grandmother" works fine too. If you knew the person when they were living you can also just connect their essence or energy when shuffling your deck. 

Here is an example of the card I pulled when I asked after my paternal grandfather BEFORE doing any healing work with him:

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I was not surprised to pull that card as he had a hard life and death. 

One card I get often when asking about the wellness of deceased spirits, (I now use this pull to check up on any deceased spirits, not just ancestors), is the four of pentacles.

 

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This card is how my deck communicates to me that the spirit is earthbound and stuck on the material plane. For whatever reason they are holding on too tightly to the realm of the living and have not successfully crossed over. I have found this more with my deceased American relatives than with my relatives from the French countryside who lived were honored more traditionally and spiritually when they died. Many times American culture can be disconnected from more ancient processes of fully honoring the dead so the dead are more likely to get "stuck". 

AFTER you have worked with your deceased relatives to find healing, and to cross over to the realm of the elevated Ancestral Guides, the cards you pull will look much different. Below is the cards I pulled after finishing my work healing all of my relations in my four core lineages through the beginning of time: 

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These cards showed me that my work was successful and complete! My maternal grandmother is the Empress card, maternal grandfather the Emperor, paternal grandmother is the Star, and my paternal grandfather is the Fool. Imagine my joy on receiving this confirmation that my beloved ancestors were now elevated, vibrant, and well in spirit. 

Next I will share the tarot spread I use to gain insight into the wellness of an entire lineage and how the lineage is effecting the living relation. 

We each have four core lineages that have the most influence on our lives. These are  the lineages of our four grandparents. For instance, the lineage of your father’s mother includes your father’s mother’s mother + her mother’s mother + her mother’s mother, all the way to the beginning of time, back to the first womb that birthed the first woman in this lineage. Kind of like this picture: 

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To get inquire about the influence that one of your particular lineages has on your life, ask your deck this question, "What are three blessings I have inherited from my __________ (paternal/maternal grandmother, ect's...) lineage?"

Pull three cards to form the top row of your spread.

Then ask, "What are three burdens I have inherited from this lineage?"

Then pull three more cards to form the bottom row.

Below is an example of the cards I pulled for one of my lineages BEFORE I did any healing with this lineage. You can see that this lineage got some tough cards even under blessings. This showed me that there was a lot of work to do here, as of course, I did not want these energies influencing my life and phyche!

 

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Ideally, you would like all the cards you pull to feel like blessings that you have inherited from you ancestors instead of burdens. So that even the burdens row feels energetically like blessings. When we take the time to do healing work and rituals for our lineages we can greatly shift the cards. Take a look at a follow-up spread I did on a lineage AFTER I did healing work on the lineage and made sure all of my ancestors had become elevated Ancestral Guides. 

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You can see that these are all cards that feel energetically to me like blessings instead of burdens, even in the bottom row that I asked to represent burdens. This shows some of the incredible results you can get from doing this work! I especially loved seeing the blue butterfly as this was a symbol I saw often when doing deep healing work with this particular lineage. 

Although I am finished healing my core lineages, I still use the cards to check up on my ancestors periodically. With one particular ancestral spirit I am finding it interesting to use the cards to follow the journey of his soul's evolution through the realms beyond death.

In my next blog I will share more about what concretes shifts, changes, and benefits I saw in my life after completing this profound healing work with my ancestors. 

Till then, I wish you great insight and clarity if you chose to bring these questions to your own tarot deck. May your curiosity and compassion lead you on a path to greater harmony with all your relations.  

 

Healing for the Ancestors

 

When I first began my practice I had no idea how much work I would be called to do specifically around healing my client's
ancestors (and therefore healing the client).

It is clear that in our modern society the ancestors are largely ignored and that they are pleading for our individual, and collective, attention. Since they do not receive the awareness and healing they need in many cases the ancestor's can be found as the root cause of blockages in our present lives.  


Here is a share from a recent client: 
 

"My experience in session with you was viewing the life and pain my grandmother, and then later what my mom experienced in their own lives due to being Jewish, exiled, shut out, and therefore living with loneliness and grief. When I was in the altered state it felt like I was given the opportunity to be in their shoes, and therefore heal the darkness bestowed upon them and inherited by me."

- Diane 38, Oakland, CA



How do we heal the ancestors using the altered state?

My client, Diane, had gone into the altered state simply holding the intention to work on her life-long feelings of disconnect and loneliness.

When she allowed her body wisdom to guide her to the root source of this issue, she found herself journeying into the body of an older woman who was braiding her daughter's hair. The woman felt incredibly sad and disconnected from her daughter as she braided her hair. Her emotions were vast and deeply connected to her traumatic life experiences.

Diane suddenly realized she was embodying her grandmother. She was then able to release trapped emotions and energy from the very core of her DNA in this process, and also heal the same in her grandmother. 

I then guided Diane into a situation in her own life that was connected to her ancestor's experience and she found herself in a swimming pool as a young child. She was looking at her own mother from a distance who was standing at the edge of the pool staring sadly into space. Diane could feel her mother, and herself, as they both felt the same depth of emotional disconnect and loneliness in relation to the mother-daughter bond, and in their emotional terrain in general. 

Here Diane could clearly see how this pattern was passed down from daughter to daughter and through the lineage due to heavy trauma. 

Diane was able to experience viscerally that our ancestors live inside of us, their experiences held both in our DNA, and in our energy bodies.


When we step forward, holding the courage to heal ourselves, our ancestors are all standing behind us receiving the same healing through the realms. The effects are profound and result in multi-dimensional healing for all.  

After a healing I am often overwhelmed with the love and gratitude expressed from the ancestors for finally being seen.

The above picture is of my own great-grandmother, Emma. Her first-born son on her lap was killed in WW2 at just 21 years old. Shortly thereafter Emma suffered an aneurysm while cooking dinner for her young daughters and died instantly, the frying pan clattering to the floor with her. As you can imagine I have done a lot of work in the realms providing healing for Emma, and the entire lineage behind her. She has transformed from an ancestor who once caused hard patterns and blockages to appear in my life, to a guide who now assists me in my work and self-expansion. 
 

Soul Parts Exchange and Ending Relationships

 

Clients often ask me what they can do after getting out of a relationship, whether long term or otherwise, to assist in closing the chapter, healing/clearing their own vessels of the energy of the relationship, and expanding their opportunities for new things to come into their lives.  

This is when I always utilize a shamanic process called Soul Part Exchange, combined with a cord-cutting ceremony. 

This process is also extremely helpful for clients who may have a past relationship that they never fully got over, or stopped thinking about that person. In most cases this is because their energetic system was never fully disconnected from this person, and any parts the two parties may have been holding, exchanged. 

This process is not limited to romantic relationships, I am often guided to do this work between family members, siblings, and even close friends. 

What  exactly is a soul exchange?


Your soul is your pure essence. It is common between people to exchange parts of their soul unconsciously, when they are really attached to each other. As your lives are entwined together this may be fine, but when you part company, either through a relationship breakdown or death, then it becomes problematic when you hold parts of each others soul.

As a shamanic healer our job is to help you give back what you are holding onto from the other person, and help them return to you what is yours. You can compare it to this reality, when you end a relationship then there is a process of returning each other’s belongings. We do this with the things that we can see but we don’t necessarily tend to the things that we can’t, deep inside us, either because we don’t know how to, or it doesn’t cross our mind to.

How would you know if you needed one?


Here are some suggestions to help you decide if you might need a soul exchange:

  • You just got out of a relationship and want to fully move on, and open room for new connections and opportunities to come into your life.
  • No matter how you try you just can’t seem to get over a relationship. There is something happening which you can’t put your finger on – they have a hold on you and you can’t move on.
  • Someone you have had a relationship with can’t move on with their life. They are attached in some way but you can’t describe exactly why
  • You are dreaming a lot about an ex-partner who keeps on coming into your dreams regularly.

Let's Talk About Family Dynamics and Karmic Patterns! 

 

In Depth Hypnosis we work with karmic patterns.
 
Karmic patterns are your own unique patterns of how you relate to the world, and how you relate in your relationships. These patterns can follow you from lifetime to lifetime unless you decide to learn from and transform them.
 
A fantastic way to discover your karmic patterns is to look deeply at your role in your childhood family relationships.
 
We chose our family members before coming into this lifetime in order to tease out certain karmic patterns that we intended to learn from.
 
Every person has their own unique karmic patterns. That is why you may have siblings that had completely different experiences, perceptions/reactions to your parents, or memories of your childhood than you did.

Your siblings may have all had different reactions to certain family dynamics. One sibling may have withdrawn, or shut down, in response to conflict, or one sibling may have been aggressive/angry in response. Each person reacts differently.

An excellent way to look deeper into your own karmic patterns is to look deeper into your reactions/responses in your family relationships.

Also look deeply into whether you match, or do the opposite, of your parent’s behaviors.
 
Because your subconscious mind creates your reality based on the conditioning of your early childhood/family dynamics...

...And this sets the foundation of your relationships with others for the REST OF YOUR LIFE...
 
This means that even as an adult you will find you have the same patterns of relating in your adult relationships, as you had in your childhood family dynamics.

This is why people sometimes notice they seem to always attract the same type of date, or no matter who they date the same type of issues and conflicts arise in the relationship.

When we look closer, these relationships often match our childhood family dynamics, or wounding. For instance, take the classic scenario of a woman who had an abusive father, who grows up to marry an abusive husband… 
 
In Depth Hypnosis sessions I work with my clients to find their Karmic Patterns so I can guide them into transforming them.
 
Finding these patterns can often be the hardest part because they are elusive, slippery little things that are buried in you subconscious mind programming!
 
But once we find them and become conscious of them they lose a lot of power, and we can work together to TRANSFORM them!
 
…which is why I believe we are all here, playing this often intense game of relating with one another on this crazy planet….
 
To transform our tired old karmic patterns... that have often been playing over and over from lifetime to lifetime like a darn broken record…
 
...so we can grow, learn and, EVOLVE!!!
 
So this holiday season go ahead and feel thankful if someone in your family seems to cause you to react in a way that is familiar to your childhood dynamic (even though, whoa, you thought you were a grown up now).
 
Because each member of your family, however perhaps dysfunctional your relationship to them might be, is holding a Golden Key
 
…a key that allows you to look deeper into your inner world, and karmic patterns, and do the work you incarnated to do!
 

Depth Hypnosis and The Emotional Pain Body

 

 

In a Depth Hypnosis session, the client is not only able to access the subconscious mind, but also their subtle body memory.

This subtle body memory often contains imprints that a client may, or may not, even be aware of, that are effecting what is currently manifesting in their life and effecting their emotional state. Spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, refers to such imprints as the, "Emotional Pain Body".

Unfortunately, many people are unaware that this Pain Body is typically the one in the in driver's seat of their life and has a massive effect on what is, or is not, manifesting in the current moment.

People are often surprised at how much is actually stored, and un-processed, in their Pain Body that they were unaware of.

A reason an imprint remains stuck in the Pain Body is often just as simple as the fact that many things that happen to people in childhood are too emotionally complex for a child's brain to fully process.

Or in the case of past-life imprints, in Depth Hypnosis we find that the original cause of an imbalance may have occurred many lifetimes ago and is simply repeating the same energetic pattern in the current lifetime. 

Such imprints can often be the cause of illness, or imbalance, in the body. 

What is considered traumatic is different for every person. Many people are highly sensitive souls and the current state of planet Earth in general is traumatic in itself!

Or many people find they have trauma stored that is from previous lifetimes and is simply presenting itself in this lifetime to be fully integrated and the learning associated completed. 

So how can we heal the Pain Body when we may not even conscious to all it contains?

With Depth Hypnosis! 

The model is absolutely unprecedented in its ability to make the unknown, known, so an issue can be fully healed and integrated.

And unlike traditional suggestion hypnosis, which tends to merely put a temporary band-aid over an issue, Depth Hypnosis is a powerful tool for locating the original cause of an imbalance (no matter what lifetime it began in), and healing at the root using ancient shamanic healing and energy medicine techniques that heal on a deeply powerful soul- level.  

This root-based healing causes what can be described as a domino effect in a Depth Hypnosis client's life.

As clients move deeper into the work they find they are shifting out of a state in which their subconscious Pain Body is calling the shots on what manifests in their life, and rather they begin manifesting what they truly want for themselves.

Depth Hypnosis is foremost a tool for integration, and with every new integration comes new gifts and expansions of consciousness and spirit.

As clients move into greater, and greater, wholeness they find they have more access to their own core-life energy.

They shift into deeper alignment of body, mind and spirit and embody the fullest expression of their soul's capacity for health, happiness, abundance, and joy.   

When Your Life Shifts Like Magic

 Artwork: Isabel Bryna Mariposa Galactica

Artwork: Isabel Bryna Mariposa Galactica

There are moments in life when all the right pieces suddenly seem to fall into place like magic. A new opportunity emerges and it’s like a doorway appears before you that didn’t seem to be there before, and you gracefully step through this doorway, and it all feels so easy…

Like the universe is presenting your dreams to you on a silver platter.

You may have been trying to manifest these dreams for what feels like ages but in that moment everything is suddenly so utterly easy to obtain that your whole being just quivers with how right it feels.

So if it feels so right than why didn’t it manifest in your life earlier?

Let’s talk about the power of your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind holds many things, including feelings, perceptions, beliefs about yourselves and others, and beliefs and perceptions about who you believe you are.

…and your subconscious mind is creating your reality.

And most of your beliefs about who you are, and how the world operates, are pretty much solidified in your early baby years, like before the age of four years old.

Dang!

So what’s currently creating your reality is a pretty outdated software system. It’s like your subconscious mind is still using a rotary telephone, and playing Oregon Trail on a dinosaur era clunky PC.

Ok, so how do we update this outdated software that is typically hung up on negative, or painful experiences, or even just charged emotions from our childhoods?

By the way, intense emotions experienced as a child often get “stuck” in our subconscious mind because we are unable to fully process them with our child brain, and then these painful situations just repeat and repeat in our lives in attempt to re-trigger these emotions in order to fully integrate them. Whew, sounds exhausting… Ever feel like your life is a broken record because the same events, triggering the same emotional responses, keep happening? Or you keep dating the same type of person who triggers you the same darn way? Well, this is why.

Fixing, or rather healing, these types of repetitive broken-record-type situations is part of the core work we do in Depth Hypnosis, (I say “part-of” because we also do past-life work, and other fun stuff, but that adds more layers of complexity to this subconscious mind talk so we can get into that stuff in a future blog).

In Depth Hypnosis we journey into the subconscious mind to find stuck emotions, negative beliefs and perceptions, and we heal them (or update them to know what we know now about the world now that we are cool adults who know how to process, and integrate, emotional stuff and we don’t have a bunch of limitations on who we can be, and aren’t at the mercy of our birth family dynamics!). Yay, there are so many more fun possibilities when you’re an adult and can be whoever you want!

To demonstrate all of this in action I want to share my client Anna’s story. She gave me permission to talk about our work together since she was so inspired by the results. You see, Anna recently had one of those moments, like the one I described earlier about your life shifting like magic.

Anna had a series of moments unfold right before her, a beautiful sequence of synchronistic moments that totally changed her life.

These shifts occurred pretty quick for Anna, after only a few Depth Hypnosis sessions, so I feel a disclaimer may be necessary here. Every single one of my clients is different, some shifts might be perceivable right away to them (especially if you are sensitive to energy), and other shifts occur on a more subtle level, and may take time to manifest in the material realm. So it’s hard for me to answer the question, “How many sessions will I need?” because Depth Hypnosis is a surrender into the unknown, where we allow the work to be guided by spirit, trusting that each session is the most perfect healing for the next step on your journey.

Anna spoke in our first session of being completely frustrated and fed up with her lack of a fulfilling career. She’d been waitressing at trendy restaurants for the better part of 15 years and was exhausted. Her tips were varied so she never knew if she would be able to make ends meet that month and she felt like she was always desperately treading above water. This caused her a significant amount of anxiety as a single mother trying to support two young children.  

Anna wanted a real career, one where she could use her creative skills and have fun at work, while also supporting her family. She’d done some training and created a design portfolio some years earlier, but had found it impossible to break into the industry with no experience under her belt.

Anna asked for spiritual guidance every night and always told the universe exactly what she wanted in a new career. Yet she expressed frustration that she found no opportunities for upward mobility in her life. She felt incredibly stuck.

In our first session I guided Anna to make a connection with her own personal spirit guides so she knew exactly where she was directing her energy when she made her nightly requests to the universe. This is very important! You always want to make sure you are not barking up the wrong tree when working your manifesting magic. (More on spirit guides and the importance of enlisting their help and stronger guidance in a future blog.)

In our second session we explored some issues that might be holding Anna back from living her highest potential. Anna spoke of what she described as, “a lack of trust.” She often felt a deep trust of her herself, her loved ones, and the world in general. She described this distrust as causing her to feel negative emotions, and holding her back from believing in herself, and what she deserved in her life.

I led Anna into a hypnotic regression to investigate the nature of this distrust and learn more about when this negative perception of the world was first formed in her subconscious mind.

In the regression Anna found herself being held in her mother’s arms as a baby. Her mother was standing in the street in front of their apartment watching Anna’s father load up his car with his belongings and move out for good.

Anna felt the profound sense of emptiness and sadness her baby-self had experienced when her father had abandoned them. Because she was so young when this event had happened (less than two-years old) there was a part of Anna still “stuck” in this trauma, unable to understand and process it completely, in order to be able to heal and move forward.

Now as an adult, the negative perceptions and beliefs the event had formed in Anna’s baby brain were still a part of her subconscious.

And unbeknownst to her they were limiting her perception of reality and affecting what type of life events her unconscious thoughts and beliefs attracted to her life.

By healing the part of Anna that was stuck in this negative situation she was able to change outdated beliefs regarding her sense of safety and security that was shattered at such a young and impressionable age.

So now this unconscious trauma, was now conscious, and could no longer hold her back.

Essentially we updated Anna’s software so she could now run the most powerful, most fast, and most awesome manifesting apps available on her smart phone!

 

…and in less than one week after this session Anna landed her dream job.

A series of synchronistic events occurred in Anna’s life and she was immediately hired at a downtown design firm working for a designer she greatly admired. The job paid exactly how much she’d been asking the universe for in her nightly requests, and provided great health benefits that she really needed for her kids. To top it off the job was creative, fun, and involved travel and other exciting opportunities.

It was everything Anna had been wishing for.

When Anna emailed me to tell me the news, she said...

“When I found out I got the job, I just knew in my bones that it was because of the work we'd been doing in session.”

Anna felt like her life had shifted like magic. She told me she hadn’t even applied for a new job or even updated her resume. She described the opportunity as literally “falling out of the sky”, (like a doorway opening that she effortlessly and gracefully just stepped through). She had even been super honest in her interview with the CEO about her lack of certain skills that made her under-qualified for the position… but like magic she still landed the job.

The universe clearly had Anna’s back.

By using the Depth Hypnosis method, Anna was able to free up stuck energy in her subconscious so that it could be cycled in a new way and now work with her to manifest consciously chosen life goals that were relevant to her adult life (not the stuck beliefs of a two-year-old). She was able to successfully align her subconscious and conscious minds so that her will was undivided. Her undivided will then had the major horsepower it needed to fuel her heart’s desires and create manifestation magic in her life!

 

Ps. I did not include the whole detailed story of exactly how Anna landed her dream job (although it’s a pretty good story!) because it made this blog pretty darn long. But I will share it in another blog next week (also some simple money-magic tips I shared with Anna in our first session). So if you are interested in the juicy details make sure to sign up for my email list below so you can be notified whenever new blogs are posted!)

 

 

 

 

Can Depth Hypnosis Heal Mood Disorders?

 

The results of an exciting study by Joanna Foote Adler, PsyD and Isa Gucciardi, PHD, have found that Depth Hypnosis counseling may have better outcomes in the treatment of depression than cognitive behavior therapy. The study sampled a total of 39 Depth Hypnosis clients who sought treatment for symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD. The study followed these clients over the course or 8 sessions. The results were fantastic, as it was found that depression symptoms went down 56%, anxiety 58% and PTSD 45%. Overall wellbeing went up 15 %. It was found that the most significant improvement occurred after 4 sessions, with even more improvement after 8 sessions. 

From the study: 

Why is Depth Hypnosis so effective?
Depth Hypnosis draws from the Buddhist Psychology in understanding that problems occur when people twist away from their authentic nature. This twisting away can happen if parts of the self are disavowed, or if experiences occur that feel impossible to tolerate on one's own. In Depth Hypnosis wholeness is cultivated through connection to one's own experience of higher self. A sense of agency is created as one co-participates in tracking the roots of their own unique problems and changing their relationship to them. Clients learn how to rely on themselves, knowing that they have the key to healing within them. Thus, Depth Hypnosis techniques bring people back into the innate sense of wholeness that exists within everyone. (Gucciardi, 2004)
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Depth Hypnosis FAQ

 

 

How is Depth Hypnosis different from talk therapy?

In talk therapy we use our conscious mind to "think" about our problems. With Depth Hypnosis we talk about the issues but we want to find out what is causing the conflict and fix it. Old beliefs and thought patterns are stored in our subconscious mind. Depth Hypnosis accesses those memories to allow healing of the initial wound to create change in our present lives.

 

How is Depth Hypnosis different from regular hypnotherapy?

Most hypnotherapy only use Ericksonian suggestion techniques, which involve making suggestions while in an altered state to change your relationship to a bad habit or issue. Often such techniques do not get to the root of the problem and only offer a temporary fix. In Depth Hypnosis we use the altered state to go deeper into investigating the root issue of a presenting problem, in this way the shifts that occur are deep and long lasting. 

 

Is Depth Hypnosis just as effective over the phone as in person?

Yes! Because a fundamental aspect of Depth Hypnosis is energy medicine, practitioners are able to work distantly with the same powerful results. Many clients live across the country and still achieve the same fantastic results from phone sessions as in-office clients do. 

 

How many sessions do you recommend for Depth Hypnosis Counseling?

How many sessions you need is always up to you. Sometimes we just need a mental or emotional tune-up,  other times we require ongoing support, whether it means meeting weekly, bi-weekly or monthly sessions, or however long you need to get the support you need. Initially, a minimum of three sessions are often recommended for someone to determine whether or not the approach is right for them.

In regards to certain mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety and PTSD, a recent Depth Hypnosis study found that subject's symptoms and moods improved dramatically after four session, and improved even more significantly after eight sessions. The findings of this study were highly significant statistically as counseling models rarely demonstrate these sort of results without the use of psychiatric medications. You can see the full results of this study here

 

I have my own spirituality, or I am not spiritual at all, is Depth Hypnosis right for me?

The DH Method's approach to spirituality is completely non-dogmatic and the model itself it designed ultimately to help people discover, or navigate their own path to spiritual understanding to heal completely on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. The DH method subscribes to Carl Jung's statement: "There is not true healing without the participation of spirit."

 

Do you work with children and teens?

Yes, Depth Hypnosis has been found to greatly benefit children and teens. 

 

Do you accept Insurance?

We don’t accept insurance directly, but can give you an invoice for your sessions, which you can submit to your insurance provider. Check with your health plan, as a doctor’s referral may be necessary for reimbursement.

 

Where can I find further information about Depth Hypnosis?

Depth Hypnosis Website

Association of Depth Hypnosis Practitioners

The Foundation of the Sacred Stream