Hypnosis and EMDR

Stephen Willis, M.MFT., LPC, LMFT

If you’ve experienced a traumatic or disturbing life event that is causing you problems in every day functioning, therapy can help. There are various therapeutic approaches that can be used when helping those who suffer from trauma. Two of these approaches are described below.


Amy received training in hypnotherapy from Stephen Willis during her graduate studies, and has pursued additional post-graduate education and supervision in hypnosis. She sees hypnosis as a valuable tool for turning down the conscious, critical mind and utilizing clients’ creativity and capacity for change in therapy.

Amy uses hypnosis with a variety of presenting concerns, including:

  • Stress and anxiety disorders
  • Phobias
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Sleep problems
  • Trauma and PTSD


Janet Jergins practices EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro in which the client and therapist work together to modify the emotions associated with traumatic memories. The use of bilateral stimulation of the eye or tapping allows traumatic memories to dissolve for many who suffer from Post-traumatic stress, grief, anxiety, or other complaints.

Janet also practices IFS – Internal Family Systems Therapy Visualization. IFS is an approach to psychotherapy that identifies and addresses personality parts or strong emotions within each persons mental system. This form of visualization offers many clients relief from internal emotional parts that cause clients to behave in ways that are unproductive or have traumatic responses to past events.

Janet utilizes EMDR and IFS Visualizations for:

  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Traumatic memories


Stephen Willis has been working in hypnotherapy for more than 25 years. He is a member of the American Society of Hypnotherapy (ASCH) and the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). He has trained and supervised graduate students and professional therapists in the use of hypnosis.

Hypnosis or trance is a natural process. People go into a trance when they daydream, listen to a fascinating or really boring speech or get all involved in their music. Most people enter what is called naturalized trance about every 90 minutes or so. Hypnotherapy is psychotherapy that takes place in a trance. It can speed up the process of dealing with issues and has the added benefit that once a client learns to enter a hypnotic state, they can utilize that skill after they leave therapy.

Stephen utilizes hypnosis with a variety of issues:

  • Habits
  • IBS
  • Phobias
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress and anxiety disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD