Potato, Potatoe, They both taste great!

September 21, 2016

I recently worked with a new client who drove more than 60 miles to come see me! This person wants help with some self perception issues and habit control. During intake, she specifically requested that we do not use hypnosis. She preferred that I use NLP with her, and explained that years ago, a relative had successfully removed a phobia of hers with an NLP process.

I told her that was wonderful; I love to work with people who have already experienced success with changing how they think and feel. I asked if she had any past experience with hypnosis and she went on to describe two separate occasions with psychologists that were dissatisfying to her. She stated that during each one, she felt relaxed but had no resolution to her problems.

I mentioned that of course I would honor her request to NOT use hypnosis, but I did want to mention that when a person is doing a remodel of their house, they might hire a fine contractor who has knowledge of construction and design but when it is time to do the electrical work, it's best to call in an expert in that area. I'm an expert in hypnosis, focusing only on that art, which includes NLP.

An hour later, my client happily exited, exclaiming that she felt like a new person and looked forward to our next appointment. I silently giggled. Hypnosis or NLP? I'm not sayin'!

 

Who, me, worry?

September 21, 2016

When I was a kid, my dad introduced me to my very own "worry" rock. I was about 6 and we were skipping stones on the beach when he reached down, found just the right stone and presented it to me. He showed me how to hold the stone in one hand and rub my thumb against it. He told me that if I were ever worried about something, I could just hold that stone and rub the concerns away.

Over the years, my dad and I have exchanged different worry stones. For his recent 88th birthday, I gave him a...


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Why Do Hypnotherapists Use Physical Relaxation Techniques?

July 22, 2016

Although relaxation is not required for hypnotic states (think of accident victims, attendees of rock music shows, tribal drumming participants, athletes, etc.) there are several reasons why I might use a relaxation approach when you come in for hypnosis.

Relaxing the body feels good. Relaxation is pleasure. When muscle tightness and tension leave, circulation improves and comfort levels usually rise. Simply allowing the body to relax instigates what is known as The Relaxation Response.

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A Little Change Can Do a Lot

June 26, 2016

I helped a man move away from his 45 year long cigarette habit. It took three hours, longer than most, because of the complexity of this person. At one point, as I was suggesting during the intake that he remove all smoking paraphernalia from his home and car, in addition to even moving the position of his "smoking chair" and end table, he sat upright and started laughing. He then told me this story:

When he was young, he got tangled up in the drug scene and found himself, a skinny white k...


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My clients teach me

June 26, 2016

I love my clients...all of them; I appreciate their unique personalities and problems...each and every one. But sometimes, one particular person enters our life who is very special, who almost makes me feel like I should be the one paying them!

Today I had the joy of working with such a client; a spry 85 yr old woman who sought me out for pain relief. In recent years, due to an increase in deaths due to prescription drug overdose, the powers-that-be have imposed restrictions on pain med us...


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Tapping Inner Resources

March 4, 2016
Driving in town this weekend, I noticed a bumper sticker on a work van ahead. It asked, "GOT SISU?" I smiled because I do have sisu. It's actually part of my Finnish ancestory.

"Sisu" (see-su) is a Finnish word that describes an element of Finnish culture which represents a dogged perseverance. To the Finnish people, "sisu" has a nearly mystical, magical aura, bordering on the spiritual.

"The Finns have something they call sisu. It is a compound of bravado and bravery, of ferocity and tena...
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Your Hypnotic Intelligence Quotient

July 25, 2015


One of the most powerful benefits of using hypnotic principles in life is an increase in Emotional Intelligence – the ability to sense and understand not only one’s own emotions, but also those of other people and even animals. Additionally, being able to respond appropriately to these inner senses affords us autonomy over reactions, behavior and overall mindset.

Those of us who practice mindful hypnosis regularly find that we live with a certain attunement of attention that is not onl...


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Stop Trying to Think Your Way Out

May 1, 2015

(Originally published on Soberistas.com )

You are an intelligent person. You have learned a lot in your life and you like to think that you generally pay attention to what’s good for you. Unless you are living under a rock, you know that the consumption of alcohol has little to no benefits and a whole truckload of detriments. Compound all of this wisdom and then add your own personal experiences (it is said that we are destined to be presented with life’s lessons until we learn them) t...


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Paint On, Paint Off

July 27, 2014
I thought it was time for a word about the value of perseverance, with some caveats. Here's a personal story:

One of my projects (I have several ongoing because we creative types like it that way) is re-painting my 120 yr old farmhouse and adjacent garage. Now, I could have either hired a contractor to do this for many thousands of dollars or recruited some friends to help me, but I chose largely to do it myself. Why? Why would a 55 yr old woman take on such a task?

The answer to that is that I...
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Get in Touch With Your Inner Monster and Moan Your Troubles Away!

October 27, 2012
Many people are annoyed by someone who moans and groans...for a variety of reasons, some of which may be that these irksome sounds are a reminder that a person is in some type of pain, or perhaps the moaning is frightening, triggering an association to some scary character, a monster in a movie. Some may even recall a disappointed or frustrated parent or teacher moaning at our undesirable behavior or attitude.

If you also feel this way about moaning and groaning, here is some surprising...
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About Me


Kelley Woods I'm a hypnotist living and working here in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Northwest Washington. Besides helping people improve their lives through hypnosis, I love studying karate, playing in the outdoors and being a mom!