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Common Questions


What is NLP? What does it stand for?
What is TPM? What does it stand for?
Are you a therapist?
What are your credentials? What training have you had?
Do you do EMDR? How does it work? Is it effective?
How long have you been practicing NLP?
What issues and age groups do you work with?
How does it work? What are the sessions like?
What is the length of a private session?
How many sessions will I need?
What are your fees?
How does it work to do a session with you by telephone?
How do I pay you if I work with you by telephone?
Do you accept any credit cards?
What are your hours? Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?
Are you experienced with working with people from diverse populations?
Is your location wheelchair accessible?
Are your sessions confidential?



Q. What is NLP? What does it stand for?
A. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a way of understanding the way that your mind and body is storing your information such as memories, emotions and conditioned responses. Each piece of information is stored in a pattern that is comprised of the five senses (pictures, sounds, and sensations). With this understanding we can access those patterns and enhance or change them if we wish to. NLP is very goal-oriented and has a reputation for working quickly on most issues. More about NLP.

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Q. What is TPM? What does it stand for?
A. Thought Pattern Management (TPM) offers powerful techniques and approaches for educating the mind and communicating internally to create changes at the unconscious level of the mind -- the level that runs the body, stores the memories, and produces the mental and emotional states. I have found that TPM works even faster than NLP on many issues. More about TPM.

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Q. Are you a therapist?
A. I am a personal development consultant. I am not a California licensed mental health practitioner, and I do not provide psychotherapy or any other form of mental health service which would require a California state license. I provide individualized teaching and coaching designed to help people learn how to commit to and achieve their performance goals, and remove any barriers they have to success. My approach is supportive and compassionate as well as results oriented.

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Q. What are your credentials? What training have you had?

A:    Certified Hypnotherapist, Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy, 1990.
Certified NLP Practitioner, NLP Comprehensive, 1995.
Certified NLP Master Practitioner, NLP Institute Of California, 1996.
Certified NLP Health Practitioner, NLP University at UC Santa Cruz, 2001.
Certified TPM Master Practitioner, Thought Pattern Management, Inc., 2005.
Certified TPM Advanced Master Practitioner, Thought Pattern Management, Inc., 2006

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Q. Do you do EMDR? How does it work? Is it effective?

A: The woman who created "EMDR" is Francine Shapiro. Francine Shapiro is an NLP Practitioner who learned Eye Movement Integration from one of the top NLP trainers in the world, Steve Andreas. I studied Eye Movement Integration from the same person she did. I am not allowed to use the term "EMDR" because I wasn't trained or certified by Francine Shapiro. I was certified by Steve Andreas and have been practicing Eye Movement Integration with clients since 1994. It is a powerful healing tool that I have had amazing results with, particularly with issues related to trauma and deep emotional wounding. For more information see EMI article.

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Q. How long have you been practicing NLP?
A. I have been a Certified NLP Master Practitioner with a full time NLP practice since 1996. I have been a Certified Hypnotherapist since 1990.

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Q. What issues and age groups do you work with?
A. I am experienced with working with adults and young adults of all ages, including older teenagers. I am available to work with people of all ages.

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Q. How does it work? What are the sessions like?
A. The first session will be a thorough information gathering session. I will be identifying how your inner world is organized around the issue that you are coming to me with. In that first session we will clearly identify your goal(s) and create a plan to use NLP most effectively for achieving your goals. I will be looking for the obstacles and anything that is limiting you or stopping you from achieving your desired outcome.

Incongruencies are parts of you that are either in conflict or in disagreement about your goal. Usually the second session addresses those incongruencies so that every part of you is in agreement with your goals. I will identify and use NLP to help you work through any past experiences that have affected your ability to achieve what you wish for.

In each session we will work methodically towards your stated goals. If you aren't clear on what your goals are then that is what I will first begin helping you with. Your goals can be general or specific but, like a taxi, we have to know where you want to go in order to get there.

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Q. What is the length of a private session?
A. All sessions are two hours. Two hour sessions allow us to have plenty of time to talk about your issues as well as work directly on them.

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Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. I usually recommend that new clients plan to work with me a minimum of four times. If you are working on a simple and straightforward goal, such as overcoming a fear of flying, you will probably achieve that goal within four sessions. If you are working on something more complex then four sessions will give you an appreciation for the value of continuing with such a quick, direct and powerful tool. NLP has a reputation for working very quickly on many issues. Even more complicated issues can respond more quickly to NLP than to other modalities. If you have a specific number of sessions that you wish to work within I can tailor our work to accommodate that.

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Q. What are your fees?
A. I offer my fees on a sliding scale to make my work accessible to as many people as possible. I prefer to discuss my fee with you directly to find a financial arrangement that is compatible for you. My rates are intended to be competitive with other professionals as well as reasonable for a wide range of clients.

Payment plans are also available.

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Q. How does it work to do a session with you by telephone?
A. I will call you at the time of your appointment. I pay for all phone calls to the United States and Canada. International calls can be arranged through the Internet.

Everything that I can do with you in person I can do by telephone. I will guide you through the NLP processes in a way that is very pleasant and easy for you.

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Q. How do I pay you if I work with you by telephone?
A. Payment by check is mailed to me on the day of the session. Payment in advance is accepted but not required.

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Q. Do you accept any credit cards?
A. No, I'm sorry, I do not normally accept payment by credit card. However, a special arrangement by credit card can sometimes be made.

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Q. What are your hours? Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?
A. Typically my appointment times are 2:00-4:00, 4:30-6:30 and 7:00-9:00. Sometimes I can offer flexibility within that schedule depending on how full my schedule is.

I normally offer sessions on Mondays through Fridays but weekend sessions can be arranged for an additional fee.

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Q. Are you experienced with working with people from diverse populations?
A. Yes. I am very experienced with working with people from all cultural and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, different abilities, sizes, class backgrounds, genders and gender orientations. I identify as an ally to all people from diverse backgrounds and orientations.

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Q. Is your location wheelchair accessible?
A. My location is not wheelchair accessible. Telephone sessions are well suited to the special needs of a client in a wheelchair.

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Q.Are your sessions confidential?
A. All sessions are strictly confidential. I do not reveal session content even to family members who hire me to work with their spouse or child. No information is ever revealed without explicit consent from the client.

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