We had the good fortune of connecting with Machelle Glassburn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Machelle, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I’m a clinical hypnotherapist and I’m constantly surprised at the misconceptions and myths that surround hypnotherapy. I can’t tell you how many times I get asked if I’m going to make you bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken, and I always reply, not unless you want to. Hypnotherapy is nothing like the stage hypnosis shows that you see. It is not mind control or brainwashing, I can’t make you do something you don’t want to do or control you in any way. So many people are afraid of hypnotherapy because they think they are going to reveal deep dark secrets or do something they don’t want to do and that keeps them from utilizing an incredibly powerful tool for healing and self awareness. I’m constantly surprised at the resistance I encounter while trying to promote hypnotherapy as a self help modality. When I received my training in hypnotherapy in 2010 the current belief was that your subconscious controlled approximately 85% of your total mind, research now shows that number to be closer to 97%. Everything is stored in your subconscious mind, all of your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and experiences. The fastest and easiest way to make profound changes is to work with your subconscious mind directly through hypnotherapy. The possibilities of what hypnotherapy can help you with are truly endless. Everyday more and more information is coming out about how powerful the mind-body connection is. One of the biggest things hypnotherapy is perfect for is stress management. Stress is the number one cause of illness, it affects every system of your body and it lowers your immune system, so it’s more important than ever to manage stress. 80% of American workers claim they are stressed and American businesses lose 300 billion dollars a year to employee stress related illnesses and absences. Corporations could save a lot of money adding hypnotherapy practices to their employee health and wellness programs. Sessions don’t have to be long and drawn out to be effective. So many people think that a hypnotherapy session is staring at a watch or a spinning spiral and going into a deep trance where you are unaware and will do anything and that is so far from the truth. A hypnotherapy session can include many different things. You are put into a state of relaxation since that is the best way to work with your subconscious mind, but most people enjoy this state of relaxation very much. As a clinical hypnotherapist I have many different tools that I can use to help you achieve your goals. Guided meditation, guided visualization, NLP and life coaching are just a few of the tools I have in my toolbox. You don’t have to go into a deep trance like state for hypnotherapy to be effective. I’ve worked with many different clients on a variety of stress related challenges. I’ve worked with actors, public speakers and athletes on performance anxiety, I’ve worked with pilots to help them overcome anxiety related to proficiency checks, which also works well for anyone who has a job related proficiency check or has to take professional tests and has test anxiety. The one thing I would like the general public to understand is hypnotherapy is safe, you are in control at all times! It is fast and effective and it’s very relaxing. There really is nothing scary about it, you have nothing to lose by trying it and everything to gain.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am owner and sole practitioner at Thoughtful Healing. I never intended to have my own practice. I actually wanted to run off to Hollywood to be rich and famous, that hasn’t happened yet, but I’m quite confident that one day they will realize they need me, want me, have to have me.! I use my visualization skills I learned to work on creating that. I got my training as a hypnotherapist for my own personal use. I was going through a very traumatic experience, my husband of many years was having and affair and the stress and loss of self esteem from that experience was too much to handle. A friend recommended the program at SWIHA and so I went to save myself. I was amazed at what I learned. Once my marriage ended I realized I needed a career and so I started working with my fellow actors that suffered from performance anxiety to help them overcome that. That led to a program for actors to help them achieve truthful performances using the power of visualization. I was married to a pilot and I watched him struggle for years with anxiety related to the proficiency checks he was required to do, so I started working with pilots and other professionals that deal with work related stress. I am working to get corporations to add meditative practices to their health and wellness programs so that they can save money and have healthier, happier employees. I’ve just recently started working with spouses who have been betrayed. Using my personal experience and the information I wish had been out there for me, I want to help betrayed spouses find their self worth and reclaim their personal power so that they can make the decisions they need to make from a place of strength and confidence and no matter how it works out, they will be prepared to move forward in the best way possible. I’m still working on creating the practice that I really want to have. There was a saying at SWIHA and it went “create and adjust” and that is the guiding principle of my practice, I am continually creating and adjusting to better fit my needs and my clients needs.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There is so much to do and see in the state that I don’t think I could keep it to just Phoenix. I would definitely take them hiking, we have some of the most beautiful hikes, weather permitting, You can’t beat the trails in the Superstition Mountains or in the Dreamy Draw. I’ve really enjoyed taking the steamboat tour on Saguaro Lake. Downtown is fun with the Science Center and the Rosson House and it’s ghost. There are fun places to eat there too, Jackson’s on 3rd and Alice Cooperstown. I like Macayo’s, The Depot in Tempe for good food and a fun patio. Paddle boats on Tempe Town Lake. Rawhide is always a fun experience. Top of the Rock is a great place to have dinner and watch the planes land and take off while enjoying the lights of the city. Trail rides and cowboy cook outs are always fun. I would take them to see Frank Loyd Wrights architecture. These are just some of the things I would want to share. We always seem to have great events every weekend along with music festivals so it would depend on what was going on when they were here, since there is always something fun going on!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. This is a nationally accredited holistic college where i received my training. They have a wide range of wonderful classes and programs for anyone looking for a holistic career or just to take some classes for self improvement. I highly recommend them.
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