The session was incredibly powerful for me and I was able to make so much more progress than I had in traditional therapy.
I’m a mom of 4, including one transgender child, currently going through a custody battle with their dad. I’ve been under a lot of stress, and I was hoping a session with Iris would help complement some of the goals I’ve been working on in traditional therapy, related to symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress eating, and PTSD.
As a psychologist myself, I was familiar with the benefits of hypnosis generally, but I’d never had a personal experience with it. To be honest, I was afraid it might be “hokey” or just not work. I had a lot more insight into some of the challenges I’ve been having and how they tied into some issues earlier in my life. I felt more in touch with my feelings, and while that was difficult, it also helped me work on the issues more. The “safe place” visualization was amazing and I’ve used that since the session when I’m experiencing stress or anxiety.
Also, as a mom of a transgender child, I know that when I’m at my best then I can best support my child as well with their unique challenges. I think it’s really important for my own emotional issues to not be weighing me down or interfering with my ability to help my child. I’m really excited to have another session!
Working with Iris helped me work through all of the fears that came up when I got my first book deal, which felt like both a huge gift and an invitation for total failure.
As someone who lives with chronic illness, I had fears around physically being able to do this. What if I wrote a horrible book?! Or just couldn’t do it at all? In order to have the energy to write, I was going to spend three months in the woods in a house alone — what if I was horribly lonely or afraid? What if I was sicker by the end? What if I failed at everything?
We envisioned each circumstance so I could better plan the journey. We pulled out emotional and practical tools I already had or created new ones I could tap into. I envisioned my ideal book-writing scenario, seeing myself working in joy and love, and confidence. And so when I was finally alone in the woods, I knew to take a dance break or do a meditation or whatever to get me where I needed to be, day after day, as pages unfolded. I had so much more fun writing, because of that! I was far more creative than I would have been otherwise! I reveled in my weirdness! I was a braver writer! I was kinder to my body, too.
During sessions while there and since I’ve come back home and continued to edit and now market the book, Iris has continued to help me nurture my body and fortify my confidence. New experiences are scary, especially when you live in a body that asks you to play it safe. But because of hypnotherapy sessions with Iris, I’ve been able to truly be present for this experience and enjoy it, too.
Immediately after the session, I felt super relaxed and peaceful, and I noticed a sense of inner calm throughout the rest of the week.
As a mom of 4 children, two of who are LGBTQ+, I find myself feeling easily triggered, both by my own kids when they’re not listening to me and my family members who say hurtful things about our support of our transgender child. I was hopeful that a hypnosis session would be a way to process some deep emotions and find relief from the anger I’ve been feeling. I was a little nervous about hypnosis, having never done it before, but Iris put me at ease by explaining the process first. During the session, I found myself tearing up and smiling really huge at times. I was surprised at the depths of emotion I experienced. Overall, this was a very productive and helpful session and I feel like it will support me as I support and love my family.