Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
My name is Marcia Proctor and I am a certified hypnotherapist serving the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area and beyond with in-office or TeleHealth sessions. I received my initial certification in April 1997, and I'm currently certified by:
The National Guild of Hypnotists
The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
I have additional certifications in Emergency Pain Management and am a Certified Hypnotherapy Instructor, teaching students how to become hypnotherapists. I love educating interested people on hypnosis and have provided an informational page as well as a FAQ page.
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
One definition of hypnotherapy is using hypnosis in a therapeutic environment to help clients to effect a meaningful change in their lives. While it might resemble sleep, hypnosis is not sleeping or relaxation, but it does create a state of deep relaxation and heightened, focused awareness in which mental stress and physical tension are greatly reduced and the subconscious mind can accept suggestions for change. In hypnosis, the mind is more receptive to the process of change. The hypnotherapist and client work together as a team to achieve the goal of resolving the client's specific needs
IS HYPNOSIS RIGHT FOR EVERYONE?
Good mental health is critical in these trying times. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be effectively used for many purposes. It's ideal for natural stress relief or stress management, or to assist with goal setting, school performance, sports enhancement, pain management, self-esteem issues, fears associated with public speaking and phobias, some dysfunctional issues, past lives, and other regressions. Quit smoking hypnotherapy and hypnotherapy for weight loss are very successful.
Some people are leery of hypnosis. Why? Mainly because they have a set of expectations they have received from what they've seen on TV or in the movies. They think they will bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken. Or, they think that the hypnotist will gain some mysterious control over them or learn their deepest dark secrets. Not so! Actually, being in hypnosis can give you a sense of strength and empowerment.
HOW MANY HYPNOTHERAPY SESSIONS ARE NECESSARY?
For most people, depending on the issue, only a few sessions are all that is necessary to effect change. Some issues may require additional sessions. Since hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind rather than the conscious mind, change is affected at a far deeper level. Change is thereby rapid and does not require many, therapeutic sessions.
Also, if you have a Doctor's referral, we can help you cope with many medical conditions.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
I walked into the session feeling the weight of the world. I couldn't even get a sentence out without tears starting. I had reached my breaking point. I felt stuck and was just lost. It was time to regain myself and take control back. The hypnotherapy was something I had never heard of but was willing to try. As the session progressed, I slowly felt a clam come over me and I was able to breathe. The words Marcia spoke hit me deep inside and I was finally able to become free. I learned 'I am me' and I control how I feel, no one else.
When I left there, I felt a weight had been lifted. It was as I could see clearly for the first time in a while and that was the first time in a long time. I felt like I had control of my emotions again. A heartbreak can shake you to your core but how we rise from it will define your and I believe I am stronger for it. Thank you Marcia and her amazing daughter. I appreciate you. I am me!
- Jennifer M.