Feeling sick? Just rub some (Robi)’tussin’ on it! Leg broke? ‘Tussin. Everybody knows that infamous Chris Rock joke from his 1999 stand-up comedy film Bigger and Blacker or if you are Greek you might remember that catch phrase from My Big Fat Greek Wedding with spraying Windex on everything. Although it had us holding our sides in laughter, the truth behind the comedy isn’t exactly such a laughing matter. For centuries, African Americans have been perpetuating an outdated outlook on overall health awareness and practices, skipping important doctor check-ups, and downplaying the importance of possibly serious symptoms (hence cough syrup Robitussin becoming the household remedy for any ailment, and the butt of Chris Rock’s joke). Even more alarming is that African Americans for the past few centuries have been so caught up in a fury of survival that they often do not give any thought to nurturing their mental and spiritual well-being.
I believe that many illnesses come from oppressed or unresolved issues. I want to work with people on what is happening to them on their mental world and spiritual world as well so that they can have a full total body healing. I believe that I was born to change that. As a now certified hypnotherapist and lecturer, It is my calling to bringing spiritual healing to all communities, especially the Black community through the often uncharted medium of hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy is not what you might be thinking — you lie down on a long couch, a swinging pendulum puts you into a trance, next thing you know, you’re barking like a dog like you’re in Coming 2 America or many people think that they will forever be in the “sunken place” like in the movie Get Out. Actually the real thing is a lot less intimidating. Hypnotherapy is not something that is meant to be frightening or controlling. The method is really much more relaxing and serene; the idea is to look inward, tapping into a universal wealth of self-knowledge to deal with problems that are manifesting in your physical life.
My goal and purpose for hypnotherapy to help my clients face and overcome a variety of issues, from smoking and phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and loss, anxiety, sleep issues, weight loss, and chronic pain, to name a few. Also many see results as soon as 1-4 sessions. I have always had a passion for helping people, especially individuals who struggle with trauma, substance use, and mental illnesses. I have always been intrigued with exploring different treatment modalities that can help people. I am very client center and many of my colleges and friends often laugh with me when I say I am off to a new training and exploring something new that will help people overcome any hurdle they may be facing. Researches shown that hypnotherapy is effective and successful. As a Psychotherapist that also specialists in Mental Health, Addiction, and Trauma, I feel that hypnotherapy marries the three quite well.