The Summit Center
Clinical Hypnotherapist, Peak Performance Coach
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”
The Highway to Success
My goal is to provide services to individuals and small groups through my unique programs, using the Mind Power that is innate within us.. By teaching evidenced-based tools and techniques to attain success, including the experiential use of self-hypnosis and cognitive methods, such as CBT and mindfulness, I facilitate the process of goal attainment for those interested in self-discovery and self-improvement, so clients can reach their true potentials. In addition, I offer resilience training to those who have experienced past negative emotional traumas in life and help them to bounce back from adversity. Once the traumatic roadblocks are broken through and released, the highway to success has free access.
Effective change can be accomplished in the introductory programs that consist of six-1.5 hour individual sessions. The sky is the limit on how much client's actually achieve, depending on their spirit of commitment, determination, and sheer untapped talent, that already dwells in the subconscious mind, where all healing takes place..
My approach to assisting women with fertility issues is based on my personal experience and my professional work of 24 years. The challenges and traumas relating to pregnancy that I encountered were not about conception itself but were with the maintenance of a full-term pregnancy. Eventually, I had four live births but had a history of miscarriages, having three prior to my first born and one after my second child was born.
Each miscarriage was traumatic in its own way. The memories relating to them were painful. The first miscarriage occurred in the bathroom of an assisted living facility for the elderly in the Bronx. At the time I was a visiting nurse and was scheduled to meet with patients there that day. I must hold the Guinness Book of World Records, being the only woman to have a “spontaneous abortion” in a senior citizen home. It was such a horrifying experience for me that I did not talk about it and repressed it for years. I believed that I had caused it during a skiing accident.
On another occasion with the fourth miscarriage, I knew I was pregnant after two missed periods, although I had not yet been tested at the doctor’s office. (In those days there were no home pregnancy tests available). It was a holiday weekend, and I began to bleed. I rushed to the emergency room, but upon examination, the male MD told me that I was not pregnant and that I showed no signs of pregnancy. He emphatically expressed that my bleeding was just another “bad” period and that I should go home to continue with my usual schedule.
There was a part of me that wanted to believe the MD, for there remained the haunting memories of the other 3 miscarriages. I remember ending up at a pumpkin patch that afternoon, my children insisting on purchasing a pumpkin for carving at Halloween. During this time I continued to hemorrhage, and the severe cramping got worse. I went home and managed to fall asleep after midnight. The next morning, I woke up feeling better, but upon entering the bathroom, I felt a sudden urge to push and aborted a fetus into the toilet. When I called the doctor to report the “miscarriage,” he reiterated that I was not pregnant and that many women discharge large amounts of tissue during menstruation. How dumb was I thinking I was pregnant! However, after the lab analysis confirmed the pregnancy, the doctor became the “Grim Reaper,” bearing the bad news that I had aborted. He apologized for his error in diagnosis.
After the third miscarriage, I felt like such a failure. I went through a series of genetic testing, D&Cs, and doctor examinations to find out why this was occurring. One physician wanted to prescribe DES, a known dangerous drug, for me and told me that was the only way I could have children. I rejected his recommendation, knowing full well that it caused birth defects and cancers in the offspring. I could never live with myself if I harmed my children in utero. But I did not know what to do. It seemed I was all alone, with no one to speak to about my challenges. There were no support groups, and I was told to get over it and try again.
Never Found The Cause, But Found Peace Of Mind
Although I never found out what caused the miscarriages, I have released the trauma of them and have moved forward with my life, but it was not easy for me at first. I did not know where to look, but I knew I had to re-balance myself and find my way to childbirth, which I did. But the traumas remained with me long afterwards, creating new obstacles to success in my life.
Even after the birth of my children, I had nightmares on the dates of the miscarriages. The screams and the agony were acted out in my subconscious dreams when my conscious defenses were off duty. Years later, peace finally came through the assistance of my hypnosis colleagues and inner-child work using self-hypnosis, and, ironically, through a D&C, which served as a catharsis for me and helped me to heal emotionally, in body, mind, and spirit.
Today, I am thankful for this experience of miscarriages and for my trials of birthing a baby because I now understand how they helped me to know myself as a woman , to believe and trust in myself, and to honor who I am. My goal was to give life to children, so I found the strength, the power within, and the courage through the use of self-hypnosis, mental rehearsal, positive self-talk, mental recall, and other mind-body techniques, as well as prayer.
Please visit my websites for more information:
www.idealperformance.net and www.fertilebodyhypnosis.com
When I was 15 years of age, I witnessed my friend having a grand mal seizure in the middle of a busy street. I did not know he had epilepsy, for he kept it a secret. Nor did I know what to do to help him. The following year, when I turned 16 as a high school senior, my mother first introduced me to the idea of nursing as a career. My mom encouraged me because she did not have the opportunity, having to work after completing high school to support her family. When I went for my entrance exam and interview at the nursing school, I was scared and did not know how to answer when asked: "Why do you want to be a nurse?" I remember saying that I wanted to know what to do to help someone with epilepsy. I wanted to learn how to help people get well. The director of the school commented that I had to be 18 to enter nursing. When asked why I was graduating at 16, I had the presence to add that I was smart, and it was the smartest comment I could have made because it got me through the door. I knew nothing about nursing, except I had a traumatic surgery at age 12. The most important lesson in my education at the nursing school took place on the first day of class when the instructor drew a triangle on the blackboard and stated that nursing was holistic in body, mind, and spirit, as she emphatically wrote these words on each line with chalk. Another important statement made by the instructor has been imprinted on my mind for my entire career when she said: "The patient is a person.." I thought the comment odd then, asking what else would a patient be? I now understand that, within the medical model that has been in existence since the 17th century, the patient is often identified as a diagnosis not as a human being.. In my work, throughout my career as a nurse and health educator, working in the community and in hospitals, and throughout my years as a peak performance coach in private practice, I hold the holistic message of my first instructor in the forefront of my mind that all healing takes place on four levels: in body, mind, spirit and emotionally. Thus, I endeavor to help my clients get well and achieve their goals "in the zone" accordingly by using mind power, in conjunction with traditional allopathic medicine as primary care in the 21st century..
Not one client in nearly 25 years of practice as a peak performance coach and clinical hypnotherapist has visited my office for the first time feeling perfectly confident, relaxed, and in control. However, after the first session of experiencing the "awesome" positive effects of hypnosis, they leave my office stating that they feel uplifted, confident, energized, relaxed, and in control, and are eager to learn more about how to help themselves to use the power of their minds during the next session.
What would I say to those who believe they have never experienced a form of hypnosis before? I would say to them it is impossible to never experience a state of hypnosis, at least not informally. I would direct them to their frequent experiences they have of driving on a highway to go to work, only to pull into the office parking lot not consciously remembering any exits or roads traveled to get there. This is referred to as "highway hypnosis." Another experience you might have had with informal hypnosis is when you watch a scary movie and are entranced in the scenes, unaware that you are.. As parents we strive to talk to our children who are subconsciously engaged in playing video games, and we are unable to call them away for dinner. Their entrancement in gaming is informal hypnosis. Then there are athletes and performing artists, students and surgeons, financiers and entrepreneurs who engage in using their imaginations in a form of self-hypnosis. They see themselves "getting in the zone" by winning and reaching their goals through mental rehearsal. In other words, hypnosis is a natural, normal process that we, as humans, experience daily because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. In the formal setting, I, as a qualified and licensed clinical hypnotherapist, facilitate the process of hypnosis by using proven hypnotic interventions, with your permission, that help guide you towards your goals and overcome blocks to your success, so you can feel confident in your abilities.