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1. Thomas R. Goforth, M. Div., Chicago, and Online!
Exceptional 5.0

(27)

Exceptional 5.0

(27)

Family Counseling, Therapy and Counseling, Hypnotherapy, Marriage and Relationship Counseling

In high demand
Offers remote services
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Skokie, IL
Hello I am Thomas Goforth. I work in person in the greater Chicago area, and I also work using the Internet and the telephone. I am doing the work that I love to do. I enjoy helping people reach their goals and solve their problems, and I am well trained and skillful in my approach to each individual person or couple. I approach my work on an individual basis. I believe each person and each couple is unique. I want to get to know my clients as the people that they are rather than fitting them into diagnostic categories. From there my goal is to facilitate a process that will be individually tailored to each person, couple or family. Helping people understand themselves better, resolve conflicts and difficulties, and bring love, joy, and satisfaction into their lives gives me a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction. I also greatly enjoy problem solving and helping people fulfill their needs and desires. I really like co-creating with my clients so that they find happiness and fulfillment in their lives.See more

$80/session

estimated cost

$80/session

estimated cost

Hello I am Thomas Goforth. I work in person in the greater Chicago area, and I also work using the Internet and the telephone. I am doing the work that I love to do. I enjoy helping people reach their goals and solve their problems, and I am well trained and skillful in my approach to each individual person or couple. I approach my work on an individual basis. I believe each person and each couple is unique. I want to get to know my clients as the people that they are rather than fitting them into diagnostic categories. From there my goal is to facilitate a process that will be individually tailored to each person, couple or family. Helping people understand themselves better, resolve conflicts and difficulties, and bring love, joy, and satisfaction into their lives gives me a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction. I also greatly enjoy problem solving and helping people fulfill their needs and desires. I really like co-creating with my clients so that they find happiness and fulfillment in their lives.
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2. Remote Therapy by Laura
Top Pro
Exceptional 5.0

(62)

Exceptional 5.0

(62)

Therapy and Counseling, Family Counseling, Marriage and Relationship Counseling, Hypnotherapy

In high demand
Offers remote services
Discounts available
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Skokie, IL
Remote service, Self-Pay only. Sessions via Zoom, Facetime or Facebook” Laura has been working as a Family/ Marriage Coach, Theta Healer therapist, Master Reiki and Meditation about 15 years throughout the world with thousands of clients. "I help people become more successful, self-confident, overcome fears and phobias, deal with depression and grief, solve problems in a family with relatives, marriage and relationship issues, divorce therapy and career issues. ​ I help build personal goals, overcome personal and psychological crises and work to help people realize their unlimited potential. ​ I believe in the power of healing, of positive thoughts, of emotional and mental wellbeing to strengthen the body, mind, and soul. If you’re feeling under the weather or would like to have more control over some issues in life, or if you just want to talk, I’m here for you. Let’s connect online now!See more

$99/session

estimated cost

$99/session

estimated cost

Remote service, Self-Pay only. Sessions via Zoom, Facetime or Facebook” Laura has been working as a Family/ Marriage Coach, Theta Healer therapist, Master Reiki and Meditation about 15 years throughout the world with thousands of clients. "I help people become more successful, self-confident, overcome fears and phobias, deal with depression and grief, solve problems in a family with relatives, marriage and relationship issues, divorce therapy and career issues. ​ I help build personal goals, overcome personal and psychological crises and work to help people realize their unlimited potential. ​ I believe in the power of healing, of positive thoughts, of emotional and mental wellbeing to strengthen the body, mind, and soul. If you’re feeling under the weather or would like to have more control over some issues in life, or if you just want to talk, I’m here for you. Let’s connect online now!
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3. Emotional Healing: Dr. Karoline Fischer, MD
Exceptional 5.0

(28)

Exceptional 5.0

(28)

Therapy and Counseling, Family Counseling, Marriage and Relationship Counseling

Responds quickly
Offers remote services
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Skokie, IL
If you are unhappy, entrenched in old habits and aren't living up to your full potential: I can help. Together, we will discover what is blocking you from living a rich, fulfilling and productive life and work through the root issues so that you can achieve a deep transformation. My Background Information: I was trained as a medical doctor in Vienna, Austria. I have been successfully working with clients in the capacity of an emotional healer for the past years. I have always had an interest in holistic ways of healing, incorporating both my medical knowledge (western medicine) and alternative medicine because these areas complement and enhance one another. My therapy incorporates a range of techniques including drama therapy, feeding your demons (exercise), family constellations and meditation that have been demonstrated to be effective and transformative. Behind our physical ailments, there is almost always a psychological or emotional disturbance and that is where my focus is. Together, we will heal, starting with the root and not the symptom, so you can come closer to leading the life you want.See more

$150/session

estimated cost

$150/session

estimated cost

If you are unhappy, entrenched in old habits and aren't living up to your full potential: I can help. Together, we will discover what is blocking you from living a rich, fulfilling and productive life and work through the root issues so that you can achieve a deep transformation. My Background Information: I was trained as a medical doctor in Vienna, Austria. I have been successfully working with clients in the capacity of an emotional healer for the past years. I have always had an interest in holistic ways of healing, incorporating both my medical knowledge (western medicine) and alternative medicine because these areas complement and enhance one another. My therapy incorporates a range of techniques including drama therapy, feeding your demons (exercise), family constellations and meditation that have been demonstrated to be effective and transformative. Behind our physical ailments, there is almost always a psychological or emotional disturbance and that is where my focus is. Together, we will heal, starting with the root and not the symptom, so you can come closer to leading the life you want.
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5. BetterHelp - Online Counseling Service
Exceptional 5.0

(20)

Exceptional 5.0

(20)

Therapy and Counseling, Marriage and Relationship Counseling

Offers remote services
  • Serves Skokie, IL
I’m Nicole, an independent service provider for BetterHelp, the leading online counseling platform. I’m here to answer your questions about the company and help you get started with therapy in 24 to 48 hours without leaving your home. BetterHelp is the convenient way to get professional help from licensed therapists and counselors online, and our cost averages $65 per week (billed monthly). BetterHelp has over 10,000 trained, experienced and accredited counselors covering a wide range of areas – from couples and family therapy to depression and anxiety. It’s never been easier to receive personal, professional help when you need it! Please note, I am an independent service provider to BetterHelp and I am compensated for facilitating referrals.See more
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I’m Nicole, an independent service provider for BetterHelp, the leading online counseling platform. I’m here to answer your questions about the company and help you get started with therapy in 24 to 48 hours without leaving your home. BetterHelp is the convenient way to get professional help from licensed therapists and counselors online, and our cost averages $65 per week (billed monthly). BetterHelp has over 10,000 trained, experienced and accredited counselors covering a wide range of areas – from couples and family therapy to depression and anxiety. It’s never been easier to receive personal, professional help when you need it! Please note, I am an independent service provider to BetterHelp and I am compensated for facilitating referrals.
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6. Igniting Your Excellence
5.0

(3)

5.0

(3)

Family Counseling, Therapy and Counseling, Marriage and Relationship Counseling

Offers remote services
  • Serves Skokie, IL
Hello, my name is Stephanie James. I am a certified life coach, relationship coach, and executive coach. I am the founder of Igniting Your Excellence, a life coaching practice that partners with individuals and professionals who want to ignite their growth for greater fulfillment, satisfaction, and quality of life. I have over 15 years of experience in helping people find more fulfilling purposes for their lives. Would you like to build a road map that leads you to healthier relationships with both self and others? Do you want a more satisfying personal and professional life? As your life coach, I will help you tap into your potential to become the best you. I want you to overcome those obstacles that stand between you and the way you truly want to live your life. It is a priceless feeling when you successfully create goals you believe in and watch yourself achieve them! I assist my clients to move from: stuck to unstuck, stumbling blocks to steppingstones and searching for break-through to discovering the purpose-filled lives they want to lead. As your coach, I would provide you with proven tips, tools, exercises, and processes to help you score success in: - Your Personal Growth: o Self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-esteem o Clarify your personal desires, purpose and meaning o Develop self-compassion and compassion for others o Manage and resolve unfinished tasks and conflicts o Enhance your coping skills, stress-management, and resilience o Enhance your communication skills and relationship building skills o Emotional awareness and emotional intelligence o Identifying and building your strengths and values o Increasing motivation and an optimistic mindset o More... - Your Relationship Enhancement: o Stay in a relationship or be single o Concerned about romantic relationships, family relationships or friendships o Have a history of troubled relationships o Have difficulty knowing what you want from a significant other or o Just want to stay on track in a fulfilling relationship o More... - Your Professional Growth: o Enhancing effectiveness, communication, and leadership skills o Becoming more self-aware and confident o Managing challenges and difficult personalities o Identifying and overcoming limiting beliefs o More... I offer pay-as-you-go sessions as well as packages. Contact me for your complimentary introductory session today. I look forward to connecting with you soon and being a part of your journey!See more

$150/session

estimated cost

$150/session

estimated cost

Hello, my name is Stephanie James. I am a certified life coach, relationship coach, and executive coach. I am the founder of Igniting Your Excellence, a life coaching practice that partners with individuals and professionals who want to ignite their growth for greater fulfillment, satisfaction, and quality of life. I have over 15 years of experience in helping people find more fulfilling purposes for their lives. Would you like to build a road map that leads you to healthier relationships with both self and others? Do you want a more satisfying personal and professional life? As your life coach, I will help you tap into your potential to become the best you. I want you to overcome those obstacles that stand between you and the way you truly want to live your life. It is a priceless feeling when you successfully create goals you believe in and watch yourself achieve them! I assist my clients to move from: stuck to unstuck, stumbling blocks to steppingstones and searching for break-through to discovering the purpose-filled lives they want to lead. As your coach, I would provide you with proven tips, tools, exercises, and processes to help you score success in: - Your Personal Growth: o Self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-esteem o Clarify your personal desires, purpose and meaning o Develop self-compassion and compassion for others o Manage and resolve unfinished tasks and conflicts o Enhance your coping skills, stress-management, and resilience o Enhance your communication skills and relationship building skills o Emotional awareness and emotional intelligence o Identifying and building your strengths and values o Increasing motivation and an optimistic mindset o More... - Your Relationship Enhancement: o Stay in a relationship or be single o Concerned about romantic relationships, family relationships or friendships o Have a history of troubled relationships o Have difficulty knowing what you want from a significant other or o Just want to stay on track in a fulfilling relationship o More... - Your Professional Growth: o Enhancing effectiveness, communication, and leadership skills o Becoming more self-aware and confident o Managing challenges and difficult personalities o Identifying and overcoming limiting beliefs o More... I offer pay-as-you-go sessions as well as packages. Contact me for your complimentary introductory session today. I look forward to connecting with you soon and being a part of your journey!
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7. GRIT Kids & WELL COACHED LIFE
Exceptional 5.0

(38)

Exceptional 5.0

(38)

Therapy and Counseling, Family Counseling, Marriage and Relationship Counseling, Hypnotherapy

Offers remote services
Discounts available
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Skokie, IL
RELATIONSHIP, INDIVIDUAL, YOUTH AND FAMILY COACHING If you want better in life and relationships, we can help. Our team of coaches is formally trained in approaches-- supported by clinical research to be effective-- for individual, couples and families. See out GRIT Kids Program to meet the needs of kids ages 2-12. See our website, WellCoachedLife. com to learn more. RELATIONSHIP COACHING: Let me guess. One partner feels alone and like they don't matter and the other feels they are always being criticized and can't get anything right. The more one asks for the other to show up, the more the partner disappears physically and emotionally. You both bicker and fight and the idea of sitting and just hanging out seems elusive, if not impossible. Something like this? Often we crave connection but are blocked by the pain and the history that gets in the way. Small fights about little things become battles that highlight our struggle to have our basic relational needs met. If you are struggling in your relationship, we can help you get under the bickering to the wounded and guarded parts to allow you to reconnect to the person you fell in love with. We pull from relationship models proven to be effective in helping relationships through research. If you are ready to do the work, we can help you cultivate a relationship beyond "fixes." A healthy relationship is one of the most life-giving experience we can have. We offer a free consultation appointment. Message me for my calendar link or schedule a free consult through our website, wellcoachedlife. com INTEGRATED HEALING/PERSONAL COACHING: Dysfunction is often rooted in stressful or traumatic events—whether egregious affronts or less overt encounters— whether we lived it or it is trauma passed down intergenerationally. These events can arise from, and manifest in, various areas of our life. It feels like anxiety, stress, depression, or even failure. We feel it in our bodies as pain, medical, issues and more. Our team or expert coaches pull from various evidence-based models to work with your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self, to allow you to find deep, authentic, and meaningful relationships and create and preserve a whole, happy, and thriving life. Message me for a link to schedule a free consultation session to see if you would be a good fit. GRIT Kids: Our Youth and Family Program: GRIT is the ability to sustain long term goals in the face of adversity. Resilience becomes the byproduct, which is necessary for independence— and what more could we want for our children. Through curiosity about our thoughts and feelings, we grow the insight to develop, evolve, adapt and transform. GRIT is an in-home coaching service to help you and your child cultivate self-awareness, to target behavioral goals, develop emotion management, resolve stressful or traumatic experiences and more. See Wellcoachedlife. com/Grit to learn more SPIRITUAL COACHING: Often, when people reach out to me for spiritual coaching, it is because they have experienced a trauma that is fundamentally blocking their ability to fully exist in their body, in this world, and connect with their greater purpose. Our coaches hold Master's degrees in Theology to support the deeper questions of meaning and theodicy. This helps us support our clients' work through the traumas to use their faith/spirituality to connect into all levels of their existence and live into their greater purpose. This is the hardest- and most rewarding- work my clients do. Message for a link to schedule a free consultation session to see if you would be a good fit. LIFE COACHING: Life Coaching is a collaborative way to help identify and shape goals, formulate strategies to achieve these goals, and develop a plan to successfully implement these strategies. A coach is the person who holds you accountable to yourself by providing you practical steps to move forward and concrete solutions to the barriers. Most importantly, I am the person who says, “Nope, no way. Not gonna happen” when the part of you that sabotages yourself tries to thwart your efforts. Some of our clients have received coaching to: start a new business; manage balance between work, family and school; identify and develop skill deficiencies; develop relationship and dating skills; develop organizational skills or time management skills; develop clear communication skills; and much more. Message for a link to schedule a free consultation session to see if you would be a good fit. COLLEGE PREP: I have a team of coaches. Combined, we have 9 Masters degrees, 2 completing Doctorates, a professional speaker and a professor. We can help with essays, interviews and other elements of the college application process. POPULATIONS: I am an inclusive provider. We have special training, experience, and education to work with Veterans (Vanessa is a USMC Veteran), BIPOC and other marginalized populations, and those with disabilities. Our team holds Master's degrees in: Intercultural Studies, Theology, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Clinical Psychology.See more

$175/session

estimated cost

$175/session

estimated cost

RELATIONSHIP, INDIVIDUAL, YOUTH AND FAMILY COACHING If you want better in life and relationships, we can help. Our team of coaches is formally trained in approaches-- supported by clinical research to be effective-- for individual, couples and families. See out GRIT Kids Program to meet the needs of kids ages 2-12. See our website, WellCoachedLife. com to learn more. RELATIONSHIP COACHING: Let me guess. One partner feels alone and like they don't matter and the other feels they are always being criticized and can't get anything right. The more one asks for the other to show up, the more the partner disappears physically and emotionally. You both bicker and fight and the idea of sitting and just hanging out seems elusive, if not impossible. Something like this? Often we crave connection but are blocked by the pain and the history that gets in the way. Small fights about little things become battles that highlight our struggle to have our basic relational needs met. If you are struggling in your relationship, we can help you get under the bickering to the wounded and guarded parts to allow you to reconnect to the person you fell in love with. We pull from relationship models proven to be effective in helping relationships through research. If you are ready to do the work, we can help you cultivate a relationship beyond "fixes." A healthy relationship is one of the most life-giving experience we can have. We offer a free consultation appointment. Message me for my calendar link or schedule a free consult through our website, wellcoachedlife. com INTEGRATED HEALING/PERSONAL COACHING: Dysfunction is often rooted in stressful or traumatic events—whether egregious affronts or less overt encounters— whether we lived it or it is trauma passed down intergenerationally. These events can arise from, and manifest in, various areas of our life. It feels like anxiety, stress, depression, or even failure. We feel it in our bodies as pain, medical, issues and more. Our team or expert coaches pull from various evidence-based models to work with your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self, to allow you to find deep, authentic, and meaningful relationships and create and preserve a whole, happy, and thriving life. Message me for a link to schedule a free consultation session to see if you would be a good fit. GRIT Kids: Our Youth and Family Program: GRIT is the ability to sustain long term goals in the face of adversity. Resilience becomes the byproduct, which is necessary for independence— and what more could we want for our children. Through curiosity about our thoughts and feelings, we grow the insight to develop, evolve, adapt and transform. GRIT is an in-home coaching service to help you and your child cultivate self-awareness, to target behavioral goals, develop emotion management, resolve stressful or traumatic experiences and more. See Wellcoachedlife. com/Grit to learn more SPIRITUAL COACHING: Often, when people reach out to me for spiritual coaching, it is because they have experienced a trauma that is fundamentally blocking their ability to fully exist in their body, in this world, and connect with their greater purpose. Our coaches hold Master's degrees in Theology to support the deeper questions of meaning and theodicy. This helps us support our clients' work through the traumas to use their faith/spirituality to connect into all levels of their existence and live into their greater purpose. This is the hardest- and most rewarding- work my clients do. Message for a link to schedule a free consultation session to see if you would be a good fit. LIFE COACHING: Life Coaching is a collaborative way to help identify and shape goals, formulate strategies to achieve these goals, and develop a plan to successfully implement these strategies. A coach is the person who holds you accountable to yourself by providing you practical steps to move forward and concrete solutions to the barriers. Most importantly, I am the person who says, “Nope, no way. Not gonna happen” when the part of you that sabotages yourself tries to thwart your efforts. Some of our clients have received coaching to: start a new business; manage balance between work, family and school; identify and develop skill deficiencies; develop relationship and dating skills; develop organizational skills or time management skills; develop clear communication skills; and much more. Message for a link to schedule a free consultation session to see if you would be a good fit. COLLEGE PREP: I have a team of coaches. Combined, we have 9 Masters degrees, 2 completing Doctorates, a professional speaker and a professor. We can help with essays, interviews and other elements of the college application process. POPULATIONS: I am an inclusive provider. We have special training, experience, and education to work with Veterans (Vanessa is a USMC Veteran), BIPOC and other marginalized populations, and those with disabilities. Our team holds Master's degrees in: Intercultural Studies, Theology, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Clinical Psychology.
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8. Conscious Coaching, LLC.
Exceptional 5.0

(13)

Exceptional 5.0

(13)

Therapy and Counseling, Family Counseling, Marriage and Relationship Counseling

Offers remote services
Discounts available
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Skokie, IL
My name is Christa Knappen. I work very conveniently and exclusively through ZoomChat or traditional audio calls. I am a practicing Certified Conscious Coach. I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist. The coaching method I am trained in was created by Dr. Shefali Tsabary, a New York Times best selling author and touted by Oprah as revolutionary. Conscious Coaching has radically transformed lives, marriages, friendships and parenting relationships. What is conscious coaching? Conscious Coaching is a process of healing that stems from a connection to who it is we truly are. Once we connect to our deepest selves we begin to make healthy, conscious choices in every aspect of our lives. I will guide you to heal your relationships with partners, children, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers etcetera by first healing yourself. You will see a shift in your relationship with food, alcohol, sleep and general self care by connecting deeply to your authentic self. My clients experience massive inner shifts by using a specific set of questions and practices tailor made for each individual client. It is my greatest pleasure to guide my clients to uncover their true inner spirit and connect authentically to their deepest desires so they can begin living their most joyful, authentic lives abounding with rich, rewarding relationships. My coaching sessions are 1 hour. I Look forward to beginning this journey together.See more

$115/session

estimated cost

$115/session

estimated cost

My name is Christa Knappen. I work very conveniently and exclusively through ZoomChat or traditional audio calls. I am a practicing Certified Conscious Coach. I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist. The coaching method I am trained in was created by Dr. Shefali Tsabary, a New York Times best selling author and touted by Oprah as revolutionary. Conscious Coaching has radically transformed lives, marriages, friendships and parenting relationships. What is conscious coaching? Conscious Coaching is a process of healing that stems from a connection to who it is we truly are. Once we connect to our deepest selves we begin to make healthy, conscious choices in every aspect of our lives. I will guide you to heal your relationships with partners, children, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers etcetera by first healing yourself. You will see a shift in your relationship with food, alcohol, sleep and general self care by connecting deeply to your authentic self. My clients experience massive inner shifts by using a specific set of questions and practices tailor made for each individual client. It is my greatest pleasure to guide my clients to uncover their true inner spirit and connect authentically to their deepest desires so they can begin living their most joyful, authentic lives abounding with rich, rewarding relationships. My coaching sessions are 1 hour. I Look forward to beginning this journey together.

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What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is a wellness technique that works by promoting positive behavioral or cognitive changes. During successful hypnosis, the client should be eased into a state of deep relaxation in which the conscious mind takes a back seat and the subconscious mind becomes more active. The client is often able to let go of critical thoughts and become receptive to the therapist’s suggestions. In this state of hypnosis, motivating suggestions can bypass your usual mental resistance and internal defense mechanisms. For example, even if you want to quit overeating cupcakes, you may have some level of resistance that your rational mind can’t overcome. During hypnosis, the positive suggestions made by the hypnotherapist can bypass your usual blocks, helping you to achieve the formerly unachievable: stopping overeating, quitting smoking, mastering public speaking, or losing your fear of heights. The goal of hypnosis is to strengthen and empower the client’s motivation, commitment and focus. Consider working with someone who is not just trained in hypnosis but also is a licensed therapist or psychotherapist who can bring their academic background into your session.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

How is hypnosis used in therapy?

Hypnosis is a powerful tool to help clients overcome challenging issues such as anxiety, phobias, pain management, hot flashes and more. Hypnosis is also a way to help let go of addictions like smoking, overeating and gambling. In and of itself, hypnosis is not a therapy, but it can be used in conjunction with therapy to empower and encourage the person receiving it to make positive change. Some people are more susceptible to hypnosis and will benefit more from hypnotherapy than others.

According to Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus, speaking for Psychology Today, hypnosis is a “genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice … hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention or concentration, often associated with relaxation, and heightened suggestibility. While under hypnosis (i.e., in a hypnotic trance), it seems many people are much more open to helpful suggestions than they usually are.” The suggestions made in a therapeutic setting get deep into a person’s brain, beyond their conscious thinking, leading to behavior change and the ability to overcome challenges that might otherwise seem insurmountable.

What is the effectiveness of hypnosis?

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recognizes the healing power of hypnosis and its proven effectiveness for anxiety, pain control, smoking cessation, headaches and more. Hypnosis may be safe and complementary way to augment medical attention you are receiving for a chronic illness or pain, or a way to resolve an addiction or phobia that you are otherwise unable to control. Hypnosis does not work on every person. When scientists began studying hypnosis in earnest, a report published by Stanford University titled “The Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale” demonstrated that different brains respond to hypnosis in varying degrees, and a very few do not respond at all. Working with a trained psychologist, you’ll soon determine whether you are a good candidate for the healing benefits of hypnotherapy.

During a hypnotherapy session, the therapist will bring you into a state of deep relaxation in which the critical, conscious part of your brain recedes and the subconscious mind becomes alert and focused. The therapist will make suggestions, based on your intended goals, that will take root in your subconscious mind. These suggestions should affect your thinking in a positive way and empower you to make change.

 

What can hypnosis help you with?

According to many sources including the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) which is part of the United States National Library of Medicine and a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hypnosis is scientifically proven to help relieve both mental challenges and physical pains. Hypnosis can alleviate stress and reduce pain after surgeries, has been shown to relieve anxiety in children in the emergency room, and can be useful for managing pain associated with everything from arthritis to migraines. Hypnosis is non-invasive and gives you a way to control pain or discomfort that might otherwise seem out of your hands. Hypnosis shouldn’t be used as a substitute for medical care, but may be an excellent complementary tool that is best provided by a trained therapist or licensed medical provider. The University of Maryland Medical Center shares many conditions for which hypnosis can be useful:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Tension headaches
  • Alopecia areata
  • Asthma
  • Phobias
  • Insomnia
  • Addictions
  • Bedwetting
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Labor and delivery
  • Skin disorders, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Stress
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Weight loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Warts
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Smoking cessation
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