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Brian’s innovative spirit and compassionate insight clarify the power of hypnotherapy as compared to other mental wellness disciplines. Search here to learn more about a specific concern.

Connecting to Wellness

Connecting to Wellness

As infants, we associate isolation with hunger, discomfort, and disorientation. Those outcomes are so powerfully ingrained in the subconscious that we anticipate them when suddenly cut off from those we depend upon. That ache in the pit of the stomach, the tingling in...

The Sacred Feminism

The Sacred Feminism

For two years, I attended Saturday Torah study at the Reform congregation in Westlake Village, Adat Elohim. As we struggled through Genesis, a recent college graduate plead for her sisters, “What does this have to do with women?” I leaned over and whispered in her...

We Are One

We Are One

All therapy is an invitation to take refuge with love. In hypnotherapy, that introduction occurs at a depth that is difficult to attain in talk therapy. In my practice, I consciously seek to rekindle of a love affair with the self, a reconnection to personal unity...

The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth

The twentieth century was the age of commercialization. The century opened with industrialization that undermined agrarian independence and wrought destruction on a global scale. The tonic was the media revolution that eroded cultural disparities and gave the working...

Designed to Love

Designed to Love

One of the keys to mental healing is the belief that experience has meaning. From my book, "The Foundations and Practice of Lay Hypnotherapy," I offer this insight: We hurt and then heal each other because we are still learning how to express our capacity to love....

ACTing Up?

ACTing Up?

Starting with Freud, psychiatry tried to convince us that happiness unfolds from understanding the cause of our unhappiness. Freud proposed sexual frustration in childhood, Eric Erickson focused on crises of socialization, psychopharmacology focuses on chemical...

Why the “Third Eye?”

You may have seen people get "hacked" by a stage hypnotist. That is how many think about hypnotherapy. This video explain why I focus on strengthening the social identity, helping a client "Bring Your Whole Self to Life." ...

Befriending Your Subconscious

Befriending Your Subconscious

Some hypnotherapy skeptics look at brain activity scans and ask "where is the subconscious?" That's the wrong question, because your conscious mind is only a small part of your brain - some say less than 10%. The conscious mind resides in the prefrontal medial cortex...

From “Don’t” to “Thank-you”

From “Don’t” to “Thank-you”

Did you know that a pool life guard gets better results from "Walk, thank-you!" than from "Stop running!" The first says "Let's be joyful together," the second says "Don't do what you want." Most people come to a hypnotherapist because that want to stop a behavior....

Taught by the Children We Heal

When it was discovered that syphilis progressed to mental illness, psychiatry was grandfathered into medicine. Surgery and drugs became the preferred interventions. These were applied when the psychosis was fully evolved, as desperate measures for those that could no...

Foundations and Practice

Seeking any type of support for mental wellness carries a stigma. My experience of hypnosis, however, is for liberation of hidden resources that improve life. Sharing that experience is the focus of my work as a hypnotherapist. While I may start with a client in...

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