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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.

Relationships in the Middle Ground

Relationships in the Middle Ground

Sex is the spice of life, but does it make a great relationship? We are built to feel that it should. As animals, everything that we do is designed to serve the survival of our genes. When that urge is frustrated, we feel frustrated. But, you know, society...

A Bridge to Yourself

A Bridge to Yourself

What is the Hypnosis Rising difference? A client with fear of bridges would like to run and drive without anxiety. Most therapists use a form of desensitization to reduce the anxiety, empowering the client to achieve their goal. At Hypnosis Rising, I explain the...

Finding Mental Balance

Finding Mental Balance

To those trying to manage mental imbalance, reliance on prescription and non-prescription substances is too common. Hypnotherapy is a sustainable, holistic alternative.TranscriptHello, Brian Balke of Hypnosis Rising. Mental discomfort, whether temporary or chronic,...

Growing Outward

Growing Outward

Adolescence and early adulthood involve huge changes in the brain. The objective is for us to take control over who we are. This video considers two technologies for accomplishing that goal: the Scout Law – and hypnotherapy.

Refuge of Love

Refuge of Love

Sensitive people have a special kind of self-awareness. Others can abuse that - until we learn to love ourselves!TranscriptWhen my father was teaching me how to program, he would sneak into the office and sneeze loudly. My reaction might be familiar to anyone startled...

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...

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