What you'll Gain from a Session
At the core of my practice is the strongly held belief that suffering is a universal experience which, when approached mindfully and with compassion can provide us with the opportunity for growth and healing. I strive to help people see this opportunity for growth whether created by past difficulties, or by their current circumstances. By working together in a collaborative and gentle way, we transform negative experiences of the past into positive transformation, inner peace, and the confidence they need to resolve issues and create the life they want.
My role as therapist or coach, depending on what approach is preferred, is to be a catalyst for change, a guide and a partner to help client close the gap between where they are now and where they want to be. Establishing trust and rapport are essential to the process and to the client's success as it creates a sense of safety and a resonance between us which allows for discoveries and breakthroughs to happen.
Sessions are an opportunity to shed what no longer serves us while being fully supported through the process. This can start with identifying and defining what clients' goals mean to them. Simply defining a goal or a word like "success" for example, can reap surprising insights as one's version of what they want, or how they want to feel becomes clearer. We explore long held beliefs about themselves and replace them with updated ones that are based on who they really are, not on outdated conclusions and expectations of them made by others long ago. Energy medicine can enhance the process by clearing away the old and helping to refresh and rebalance the entire system.
What to Expect
Rather than focusing on the story alone, the verbal, physical, spoken and unspoken dimensions of the self all play an important role in the therapeutic process. This allows us to tap into a greater range of experience of ourselves. As we expand our range of experience we gain new insights that were previously outside of our conscious awareness.
My goal is to treat the whole person, not just the part telling the stories. In sessions clients are invited to notice what's happening in their bodies as issues arise. The use of energy medicine helps clients to release pent up, stuck energy that has served to block their best efforts in the past. The results are a feeling of lightness, freedom, and expansiveness. Suddenly, the problem isn't a problem anymore! As our perspective and our relationship to the problem shifts, we are able to see it through a new and different lens where possibilities inevitably emerge.
Clients can choose to come in once for a spiritual reading, or incorporate different approaches for long term therapy. If you're looking to address specific goals then life coaching may be for you. Regardless of the approach we go beyond talk therapy and focus on permanent change and on healing the entire person - body, mind and spirit.
Somatic Psychotherapy allows us to tap into to the wisdom of the body in all its expression. We work with the five senses and sensations in the body to access the feelings underneath the story. This enables us to address emotional pain and past trauma in a slow and gentle way. This work is creative and collaborative as we track the body and allow it to incrementally release stuck energy that has been frozen in time since the original incident caused it to be there. Once the energy is released, the body no longer needs to express it or avoid it, and healing can occur.
Energy Medicine is increasingly being referred to as the medicine of the 21st century. Similar to Reiki, Energy Medicine is a subtle and profound approach that has the power to create shifts in our energy fields and our bodies. These shifts can change our emotional and physical states by creating more space, clearing negative energy, balancing chakras, and healing parts of the body that need healing. This can substantially change our relationship to ourselves and our attitude towards the issues being addressed.
Akashic Soul Reading for People and Pets Akashic Soul Readings are similar to psychic readings, but more general and not predictive. Reading ones Akashic Records gives us a bird’s eye view of our lives and can shed light on what is blocking us and keeping us stuck. Readings create shifts in our relationship to issues, allowing us to see them from different angles. Often referred to as the Book of Life, the Akashic Records are fifth dimensional energetic database much like a search engine, containing vibrational information of the entire history of one’s soul, throughout all time and can include past lives. This celestial view of ourselves can reap simple yet profound information about who we really are and how we can live a more authentic life. Readings for our beloved pets are no different than readings for humans, and can address a wide range of behavioral and health issues, or simply help you get to know your pet in a more intimate, bigger picture kind of way. To enhance the experience and assist in moving stagnant energy, energy medicine can be added to readings. Clients report feeling more relaxed, inspired and at peace following a session.
Transformational Life Coaching If you’re looking for a more goal-oriented, solution focused approach to changes you want to make in your life, then coaching may be for you. Life Coaching differs from therapy in that it focuses on your present to help create the future you desire, while therapy looks at the past to help you thrive in the present. Coaching is more structured and directive, while therapy is more exploratory and open ended. In Life Coaching we establish goals, discuss solutions and put a plan into place that is monitored and measured, while therapy is more about personal growth and healing by gaining deeper insights into our lives and ourselves. Sometimes people seek coaching alongside or after therapy as it can build on the insight and healing that takes place during the therapy process.
Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy allows us to travel back in time to the source of long term, self-limiting, negative patterns that are at the root of our emotional and physical distress. Feelings can be expressed and long held beliefs that no longer serve us can be released, allowing us to form more positive and updated conclusions about ourselves. The opportunity to heal our inner child is a powerful part of the hypnotherapy session as well. This can lead to profound shifts in our emotional and physical health, and our lives.
Virtual Touch Covid’s arrival has disrupted our experience of contact, closeness, and touch in our lives, which can cause us to feel disconnected from others and ourselves. These uncertain times have also left us feeling un-safe and disoriented in many ways as well. While touch via bodywork can be very beneficial to helping us to feel safe and cared for, Virtual Touch’s calming effect can offer the same benefits without the risk. Virtual Touch has a soothing effect on our nervous systems, and helps us to breath more easily while feeling more expansive in both body and spirit. It can even address imbalances that contribute to discomfort, pain and stiffness. Even after Covid is long gone Virtual Touch will remain, and is already being used worldwide because of the many benefits it has to offer.
Oracle Card Readings Oracle cards are an ancient divination tool used throughout many cultures, religions and traditions. They are a powerful way to connect with the Angelic realm to help answer questions one may have about a situation they are experiencing. It allows the reader to glean information not only from the cards that are chosen, but from the Angels who are called upon and with whom the readings are given. Though simple and often brief, the information received during a session can create powerful shifts in perception and often give the client exactly what they need at the time whether it be resolution to important decisions or peace during stressful times. Energy Medicine can be added to the session to remove stagnant energy connected to the situation the client is addressing while bringing in fresh new energy and beliefs.
The Trim - Life Weight Release Program
A Six Week Program for Individuals or Groups
Want to Permanently Change your Eating Patterns and Improve your Health?
The Trim-Life program is designed to train your subconscious mind to release weight by creating a new relationship to food and our bodies. This six week group program helps participants discover the emotional triggers that create unhealthy eating patterns and guides them to change them where they reside - in the subconscious mind.
*Trim-Life is the ONLY weight management program utilized by the Integrative Medicine Department of the Cleveland Clinic*
Trim-Life is an integrative medical weight management program that will empower you to manage your hunger and your weight through the power of mindfulness, relaxation skills, and hypnosis. Psycho education, discussion and group support are integrated into the 2 hour sessions. Each participant will receive a book, workbook and hypnotic recordings to help continue the work at home.
Group sessions are held for six weeks with individual follow-up support sessions greatly encouraged. Individual sessions are also available.
*Create your own group! Sign up with a friend or friends and get a $50 discount for each one! *
See "Events & Workshops" page for pricing. Contact Leslie to register.
*The four week Clean Break Smoking Cessation Program, group or individual, is also available. Contact Leslie for details.
Vision Board Workshops
Vision Boards are a collage of visual images, words and phrases that represent a clear vision of the life you want to live. They are not only fun to make, but are one of the most powerful tools you can use to help start creating the life your heart desires. We explore how manifestation and transformation occur through not only having a clear vision of what we want, but through the vibration of the vision as well.
To help participants understand this process, I introduce them to the art and science behind Vision Boards. I provide participants with informative handouts about the Invisible Laws of the Universe, as well as instructions for continuing the work at home. Using guided imagery and experiential exercises, participants get to discover and experience how different thoughts, colors, and words carry different vibrational responses and how to create an internal flow towards abundance. Workshops are offered throughout the year. Contact me for details and with interest. Perfect for girls night out, fundraisers and celebrations!
"I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for our session on Saturday....it was very helpful...you have a special gift for putting people at ease...your enthusiasm, kindness and ability to convey your heartfelt messages shines through.
The techniques you shared...were very helpful. You have the total package which makes it clear that you love your work.
Having done counseling and motivational work with people throughout my career, I see what a special gift you have!! ...you are a lovely person and a true healer. I saw this with my own eyes! Thanks again!"
Anonymous, Western MA
"I had my first hypnosis session with Leslie. I wanted to clear some self limiting beliefs without clear origins, and was curious about hypnotherapy. Leslie had a nice structure to the session, let me record the beginning and end of the session so I would have something to go back to later. She also took notes for me while she took me back to earlier moments in time that I hadn’t even really thought about for a long time, but matched the feeling around some of my current concerns. I definitely got insight and immediate relief, as well as a tools to use for the future. I’m looking forward to working through additional emotions, and clearing any blockages that stand in the way of my success. Thanks, Leslie! I see a lot of patients with dental anxieties and am excited to have another resource for the ones who wish to reduce/release their anxieties and move forward in their dental wellness."
SK, Florence, MA
"Leslie is a skilled hypnotherapist. After many years of trying many modalities, I was incredibly impressed with the structure of the session and how much was addressed and accomplished so quickly. I left feeling empowered and returned to my self in the most beautiful way. Her guidance was excellent and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an effective pathway towards deeper healing and integration of the mind, body and heart. I am so thankful I met Leslie and worked with her!"
LN, Northampton, MA
“Leslie is doing what she loves. Helping people become more than they would have ever realized possible themselves”
JR Northampton, MA
“This (Akashic Record reading) has gotten to the essence of my issues a lot more quickly than years of therapy.”
RS Hatfield, MA
“I was looking for guidance direction and Leslie amazed me with her ability to get to the root of the situation through Akashic Records and Matrix Energetics for healing and support for my next steps. She is professional, warm and I would recommend her to anyone looking for alternative therapy for navigating this chaotic world of ours. thank you Leslie.”
JH, Amherst, MA
Here is a testimonial from William the cat’s satisfied owner.
“The wise and wonderful Leslie performed a reading for our loveable grumpy cat, William, and changed his life! She told us William felt rejected and excluded from our family because we let the dog sleep with us but not the cat, whom we had kept him out of our bedroom because he sheds like crazy. She said the dog was dominating the cat and being aggressive with him because the dog felt superior because she was allowed in our bed (as she doesn't shed). So... we started letting William come to bed with us every night and he is so, so much happier, and the dog treats him with greater respect, too. Also, he somehow doesn't shed a bit in our bed!”
LS, in MA