Hypnosis Success 2015 Recap Video

It’s such an honor to help people make changes with hypnosis. Here’s the 2015 video recap of Hypnosis “wins” in our office this year. I hope you enjoy it.

Here are some of the highlights included in the video :

“I didn’t eat the desert”

“I quit smoking cold-turkey”

“No more panic attacks”

“I can wear jeans for the first time in 5 years!!!”

“I slept good for 6/7 nights!!”

By |January 1st, 2016|hypnosis|0 Comments

Local Hypnotist and Hypnotherapy Instructor Erika Flint Achieves Accreditation for Hypnotherapy Instruction

Erika Flint, BA, BCH, A+CPHI

Erika Flint, BA, BCH, A+CPHI

Bellingham, WA, November 16, 2015. — Local Board Certified Hypnotist, Erika Flint was recently designated as an Accredited Certified Professional Hypnotherapy Instructor.

The designation was presented by Calvin D. Banyan, CEO of the Banyan Hypnosis Center for Training & Services (Tustin, CA, hypnosiscenter.com) in Tustin, CA on November 9, 2015.

Erika has been a hypnotherapy instructor since 2014. The 5-PATH® IAHP Professional Accreditation indicates the instructor has demonstrated a very high commitment to the profession, students and the 5-PATH® System, and has also undergone extensive review and evaluation of knowledge and ethics in order to receive this professional status and recognition.

Erika Flint is a Board Certified Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, an Accredited Certified Professional Hypnotherapy Instructor, contributing writer for the 5-PATH ® journal and a co-host on the popular hypnosis educational program Hypnosis, Etc.

In the Bellingham area, Erika Flint serves as a hypnotherapist, hypnosis trainer and works with people to help them deal with many of life’s everyday problems including overeating, smoking, fears, anger management, stress management, relationships, sleep issues, chronic pain, nail biting and the stress of speaking in public.

To contact Erika Flint, call 360-392-8723 and/or email erika@CascadeHypnosisCenter.com.

Local Hypnotist and Hypnotherapy Trainer Erika Flint Awarded Hypnosis Leadership Award for 2015

Bellingham, WA, August 14, 2015. — Local Board Certified Hypnotist, Erika Flint was awarded the 5-PATH® Hypnosis Leadership award for 2015.  The annual award was presented  by Calvin D. Banyan, CEO of the Banyan Hypnosis Center for Training & Services (Tustin, CA, hypnosiscenter.com) during the  National Guild of Hypnotist’s (ngh.net) annual Conference held in Marlborough, Massachusetts August 9-11, 2015.

Erika Flint, President and Owner of Cascade Hypnosis Center and Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Professional Hypnotherapy Instructor was awarded the 5-PATH ® Hypnosis Leadership award for 2015

From left to right : Erika Flint and Cal Banyan. Erika Flint,   was awarded the 5-PATH ® Hypnosis Leadership award for 2015.  Presented by Calvin D. Banyan, CEO of Banyan Hypnosis Center for Training & Services.

The recognition is awarded to a 5-PATH® Hypnotist for their leadership and guidance in the profession of hypnosis.

“I’m honored and delighted to be recognized with the 5-PATH®  hypnosis leadership award ” said Erika Flint, President of Cascade Hypnosis Center.

Erika Flint is a Board Certified Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, a Certified Professional Hypnotherapy Instructor, and she also writes for the 5-PATH ® journal and is a co-host on the popular hypnosis educational program Hypnosis, Etc.

In the Bellingham area, Erika Flint serves as a hypnosis trainer and also works with people to help them deal with many of life’s everyday problems including overeating, smoking, fears, anger management, stress management, relationships, sleep issues, nail biting and the stress of speaking in public. 

To contact Erika Flint, call 360-392-8723 and/or email erika@CascadeHypnosisCenter.com.

New Hypnosis Audio Downloads and Cyber Monday Deal

It’s Cyber Monday again, and so I’m offering a 50% off coupon deal for all hypnosis audio mp3 downloads! These hypnosis audios are based on years of experience as a hypnosis professional, and they were recorded locally in Bellingham, WA. It was a lot of fun creating these hypnosis downloads, and they’re based on working with hundreds of clients in the office. There are tracks for weight loss, relaxation, and falling asleep easily.

Here’s the coupon code : CyberMonday

And a link to the audio products – their all virtual so you don’t have to wait to experience the power of hypnosis immediately : view all hypnosis downloads.

The best deal is probably the Lose Weight with Hypnosis Super Bundle, 6 weight loss hypnosis recordings, plus 2 bonus tracks. Regularly $69, it’s a steal at only $34.

Here’s a sampling of the new hypnosis download products :

Happy Shopping!

By |November 30th, 2014|announcement, hypnosis|2 Comments

Top 5 Ridiculously Simple Ways to have a Stress-Free Holiday

November 1 is the official start of the holiday season, at least in the US according to stores like Starbucks and Walmart that immediately start playing christmas music and serving eggnog lattes. But the Holiday season is not enjoyable for everyone, it can be one of the most stressful times of the year for many and there are a variety of reasons that can lead to people feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and just hoping for January to arrive.Holiday Stress Buster Workshop

The Holidays mean different things to different people, for some it’s a constant reminder of lost loved ones, or financial hardship. For others, it can be full of fond memories. It’s challenging to navigate the numerous possible emotional response that the Holiday season can bring about, so here’s a list of the top stressers of the holiday season.

  • Financial: The holiday season, full of gifts, parties, and travel is too expensive for many people.
  • Too Many Activities: It seems like there are more things to do every year, and it’s not always possible or desirable to participate in all of the activities. But saying “No” isn’t always easy, and some people tend to feel guilty if they do.
  • Being Alone: The holidays are especially difficult for people who aren’t able to be with their loved ones, whether they’ve passed away or are out of reach.
  • Memories: Holidays bring up memories for most people: some good, and some bad. If there are unresolved issues with past memories, this can often bring up uncomfortable feelings.
  • Time with Family:  This time of year is often spent with family, and some people find time with family members to be stressful or challenging.
  • Overindulgence: The holiday season is full of opportunities to overindulge, which some people might worry about. If they do overindulge, it can lead to a sense of guilt and of being out of control, which can snowball into other uncomfortable feelings.

Yes it would be nice if we could just all focus on the true meaning of the holiday season and just take time off work and volunteer, give to charity, and eat healthy and exercise daily, but for most of us, that’s just not feasible. So below I’ve listed the top ways that you can have a stress-free holiday that are ridiculously simple.

These are time and client proven techniques that really work. Here’s a really important tip and it has nothing to do with stress, change does not need to be difficult or take a long time. As a matter of fact, our brains work lightning fast – so the techniques below can work lightning fast for you too. These are not all of the techniques – they are the simplest and easiest to implement now. If you’re curious about how to implement this and other techniques in your life join me for The Holiday Stress Buster Workshop on November 18, 6-8:30 pm.

Top 5 Ridiculously Simple Ways to have a stress-free Holiday :

  1. Memorize this phrase : “Let me check my calendar and I’ll get back to you on that”

    Be honest with yourself and your commitments. The most important thing to remember is that you literally can not be in two places at once, so when you say “Yes” to one thing you are saying “No” to everything else. Before you commit to something, think about it first. If you are asked in person to : bring food / attend a party / be part of a committee , the best response is : Let me check my calendar and I will get back to you on that. Then actually check your calendar and get back to them. When you say ‘Yes’ to something, you are saying ‘No’ to : your family, friends, relaxing with a good book, and other self-care.

  2. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

    One of the qualities of happy people is that they don’t compare themselves with others. No one wins when you compare your experience with someone else’s. There is no possible way to do a fair comparison, so it’s always unfair. Instead practice gratitude, and learn to be thankful for and accepting of all the wonderful things you already have.

  3. Start and End Each Day with Gratitude

    Gratitude gets a lot of focus over the holidays, some people  may even call it a cliche, but there is a reason that people talk about gratitude – it actually works and there’s a reason for why it works. Focus on what you do have, not what you don’t. Here’s a great mind-hack that can help you understand why gratitude works:

    What we focus on grows. Try it right now : focus on the last time you laughed, or felt good inside, and let it grow for 1 minute (I’ll wait…..keep focusing on it), it will grow. This is an important aspect of our consciousness, what we focus on grows. When it grows it pushes out everything else, all negativity and other feelings you don’t like. This is such a simple and important concept so I challenge you to begin using it in your daily life. What we focus on grows, focus on gratitude and your day will be full of things to be thankful for.

  4. Transform negative self-talk

    Negative self talk is damaging and unproductive. Most of my clients that suffer with negative self talk report that they are using it as a motivator to improve, so I’ll ask them “would you ever talk like that to someone else, like a good friend?”, and “would that motivate them to do and be better?” Most will say no, so then I ask, then why are you saying it to yourself? Be kind to yourself. There are better ways to motivate yourself to do better!  Hint… they are the same ways you use to motivate your loved ones – with encouragement and love.

    Keep in mind that there’s always a positive intention behind every “negative” thing we do, and for most the positive intention behind negative self talk is to motivate ourselves to be and do better. Transform any negative self talk into compassion and encouragement. Here’s how : every time you catch yourself saying something negative or limiting, cancel it out. That’s right, think in your head “cancel”, and imagine that you’re erasing or “back spacing” back across the negative self talk and erasing it. Then replace it with a positive encouraging phrase. If you don’t have a positive and encouraging phrase use this one, it’s used by thousands of people every day to promote positive growth : “Every day in every way, I get better and better”.

  5. Do a little planning

    Most people will do some planning for the holidays. They will plan where they’re going for Thanksgiving and Christmas, buy gifts and send Holiday cards, and if they’re hosting they’ll plan the meal and prepare their home. Some of these plans can be very detailed, time consuming, and expensive. But many people won’t take the time to plan out some of the most important things – how are they going to be during these events. And by be I mean, how are they going to feel when they :  [ see the person who hurt them / interact with the parent that never said I love you / are around someone difficult / are dealing with the “stress” of having so many people in your home / etc. ].

    If you are anticipating a challenging or stressful encounter take a few minutes to plan it out in your head how you want to be. Here’s how : imagine that you’re sitting in a movie theatre watching yourself on the big screen. In walks the person or the event happens and imagine yourself acting exactly as you want to act. Completely embody this moment – how you look, how you feel, what it smells like, sounds like, and even tastes like. Do you want to remain calm and in control? Then imagine it as being so. Do you want to be mindful and not get lost in the hustle of the day? Then imagine yourself taking time with guests and loved ones. Once you have it exactly as you want, step into the scene. This does not need to take much time – 3 minutes of planning can make all the difference. For more about this technique, you can read a previous post of mine called YOU as the director Self Hypnosis Technique.

Holiday Stress Buster Workshop

By |November 4th, 2014|hypnosis, self hypnosis, stress|0 Comments

What’s the Difference Between an Hypnotist and a Hypnotherapist?

Erika Flint, BA, BCH, A+CPHI

Erika Flint, Board Certified Hypnotist and Accredited Certified Professional Hypnotherapy Instructor

I’m often asked “What is the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist”?

The short answer is “it depends”.  At one time these may have meant different things but today they are basically interchangeable.  However, differing laws in each US state govern the titles that can or cannot legally be used by hypnotism professionals.

Because of these laws, and the fact they tend to become stricter over time, the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH, which is the oldest and largest organization of hypnotism professionals) is working to avoid confusion and legal issues by encouraging its members to use only the title of “hypnotist“.

According to the NGH’s State Law and Legal Issues:

 “It is the explicit policy of the National Guild of Hypnotists to consider the traditional title of ‘hypnotist’ to be an old, proud and distinguished title, and it is the title voluntarily used by many Guild officers. Many members do the same even if there is no legal reason to do so. It avoids legal entanglements with overly zealous governmental agencies and the Recommended Terminology of the National Guild of Hypnotists allows us to do everything we need to do under the ‘nontherapeutic’ banner.”

In the State of Washington where I practice we are called Hypnotherapists because in order to practice in the state one must obtain a “Hypnotherapist Registration”.  But in other states the word “therapist” is a protected word.  For example, in the State of Texas hypnotists cannot call themselves hypnotherapists without special therapy licensing.  So in Texas many professionals practicing hypnotism are called Hypnotists.  A similar situation exists in New York.

To remove possible confusion, and to help the profession avoid using legally protected words, the National Guild of Hypnotists recommends these titles:

  • Consulting Hypnotist
  • Board Certified Hypnotist.

If you are interested, the NGH’s recommended titles of practice discusses their thinking on this issue and also lists the recommended titles, all of  which include hypnotist instead of hypnotherapist.

I Use the Title of ”Board Certified Hypnotist”

I use the NGH’s recommended title of “Board Certified Hypnotist” because I am Board Certified. Only 2% of NGH members are board certified, so it is a title that I am proud to use. When people ask me if I’m a hypnotherapist or hypnotist, I explain to them that I am both, but I use a recommended title from the NGH to avoid confusion.

Does it Matter if I See a “Hypnotist” or a “Hypnotherapist”

Instead of using a title to choose your hypnotist I recommend researching their training and professional practice. Unfortunately there are many “quick and easy” hypnosis training programs that are not of good quality. Check to see if your hypnotist is a member of a reputable professional organization like the National Guild of Hypnotists, and how often they practice. A full-time hypnotist will be seeing clients daily nearly all day, indicating dedication, experience and a good reputation.    But even if a hypnotist is practicing part time that can be fine – I started out part time and later transitioned to full time. Take a close look at their website to get an idea of their practice – where their office is located, and the overall message and mission of their practice.

The mission of Cascade Hypnosis Center is to provide local, professional and compassionate service to all clients by effectively and efficiently using the best techniques of hypnosis.

I hope this article has cleared up any confusion about titles.  Over time I expect that more professional hypnotists will use titles recommended by the National Guild of Hypnotists, so that there will be less confusion.


By |September 4th, 2014|hypnosis|1 Comment

Erika Flint is now a Board Certified Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists

Board Certified Hypnotist Erika Flint

Erika Flint, CH

I’m very excited to announce that today I found out that I am officially a Board Certified Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists. NGH Board Certification is the highest and most prestigious in our profession, and I’m honored to have passed all of the requirements.

If you’re a hypnotist and have questions about becoming Board Certified, I invite you to ask me any questions. Details about it are outlined on the NGH website.

Why become Board Certified ?
It demonstrates a level of commitment and professionalism beyond common NGH membership. Only 500 out of 14,000 NGH members are Board Certified. When your hypnotist is Board Certified by the NGH that means he or she has passed the highest standards of training, professional practice, understanding and employment of ethics, and an overall moral character.

For me it demonstrates that I am fully and completely committed to this profession which I love so much, and I want all my clients and colleagues to know that I am working at every level to be the very best hypnotist and hypnotherapy trainer I can be.

By |August 27th, 2014|announcement, hypnosis|0 Comments

Join Erika Flint at the 2nd Annual Women’s Health Forum

Certified Consulting Hypnotist Erika Flint

Erika Flint, CH

I’ll be speaking at the 2nd Annual Women’s Health Forum on May 8, 2014. This should be a great event again this year – and it sold out last year so don’t wait long to register. I’ll  share my experience as a stress reduction specialist and certified hypnotherapist and provide helpful takeaways on reducing the stress in your life. The event includes wine, appetizers, and some heart-to-heart dialogue about current trends in women’s health.

Yes I will be teaching everyone 2 fascinating and easy to learn stress-reducing techniques that you can use for the rest of your life!

Other panelists include Connie Feutz, MA, LMHC from The Gottman Institute, Christy Smith, MD, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at PeaceHealth Medical Group, and Casey Shillam, PhD. , RN, Director of the new Nursing Program at Western Washington University.

Register now here : http://www.peacehealth.org/womenshealthforum

All event proceeds will support Women’s Health Services at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

For questions, contact Erika at :
Cascade Hypnosis Center

The 2nd Annual Women's Health Forum is on May 8th

Join Erika Flint at the 2nd Annual Women’s Health Forum on May 8

By |March 12th, 2014|event, hypnosis, stress|0 Comments

YOU as the director Self Hypnosis Technique

Self Hypnosis empowers you to achieve your goalsYesterday to celebrate World Hypnotism day on January 4, I offered a free workshop on self hypnosis.

One of the two self hypnosis techniques I taught in the class is called “YOU as the director”. The details of this technique are listed below. It can be used to support you in making a change you want to make in your life. It starts with the first four steps of The Easiest Self Hypnosis Method:

  1. Sit Down in a comfortable position
  2. Find a spot on the ceiling or wall to focus on
  3. Count down from 10 to 1 taking in nice deep breaths, and opening and closing your eyes with each number. Imagine erasing the number each time, like on a chalk board.
  4. After you get to 1, continue breathing normally and naturally allowing yourself to go deeper with each exhale, and
  5. Imagine that you are starring in a movie AS IF you have already made the change you want to make in your life:
  6. Use multiple senses to make your movie as real as possible:
    • Sight : look around noticing everything you can, how do you look, how your surroundings appear? Take a look in the mirror and notice what you look like, and what you’re wearing, do you see a sparkle in your eye? What is new in your life since you’ve achieved this goal?
    • Sound : what does it sound like, what can you hear ?
    • Feeling: what does it feel like inside to have achieved your goal? Are you lighter, healthier? How does it feel to move and breath?
    • Taste and Smell : are there any particular smells associated with achieving your goal, or anything you can taste?
    • Are there any specific colors or sounds associated with achieving your goal?
  7. Continue to imagine yourself already achieving your goal and capturing as much of it as you can. Recognize that the spark it takes to achieve your goal is already inside of you.

When you’re ready, simply count from 1-10 and emerge feeling great in every way – hopeful and energized to everything you need to in order achieve all of your goals.

This technique works because it gives our subconscious mind a future expectation of success, so you will begin living your life AS IF you have already achieved your goal.

Welcome to the new you.

By |January 5th, 2014|hypnosis, self hypnosis|1 Comment

The Power of Vulnerability

Have you ever tried to block, or numb an unwanted feeling or emotion like sadness or anger? Unfortunately when we try to numb a painful or unwanted emotion, we end up numbing them all (like happiness, joy, and love) because we can’t selectively numb unwanted emotions.

Trying to block or numb unwanted emotions is a very dangerous and unhappy way to live. Whether we realize what we’re doing or not, attempting to numb one emotion with distractors like food or alcohol leaves us feeling empty and looking for purpose and meaning in life. A few days of this leaves us feeling as if we’re just “going through the motions” day after day, with little direction. Some people have lived their lives like this for years, without allowing themselves to feel anything at all.

Instead, allow yourself to be vulnerable - unleashing your authentic self and open to all the possibilities of this life including love, sadness, joy, and happiness.

I regularly see clients in my hypnosis profession that are blocking emotions because they’re afraid of being hurt, saddened, or embarrassed again. So they hold back, even to the extent of not allowing themselves to feel anything at all. Thankfully hypnosis and hypnotherapy are very effective at helping people feel again, and if this sounds like you please consider seeing a trusted hypnotist or hypnotherapist in your area. If this doesn’t sound like you I still recommend choosing today to allow yourself to be more vulnerable – take that chance, be your authentic self even if there’s a chance at being hurt, saddened, or embarrassed, because the payoff of feeling joy, happiness, and the love of feeling understood and connecting with another human being is worth the risk.

I recommend that instead of blocking, or numbing emotions, allow yourself to fully embrace your authentic self and be vulnerable. When you experience painful or unwanted emotions (because the reality is you will feel painful or unwanted emotions, it’s not a question of if, but rather when), then you use the power of hypnosis and your mind to focus on the good instead. As humans, we have a tendency to focus on the negative because we’re constantly striving for perfection. Instead focus on the courage it took for you to be authentic. You will likely inspire others to do the same. If you’d like you can even close your eyes and allow yourself to fully absorb the feeling of being you – the true, authentic you. That’s the most important thing you can ever BE in this life, because you are the ONLY ONE that can do it. That is your uniqueness, and special gift to this world. Just being your true, authentic, and vulnerable self.

So go ahead, be vulnerable, and your courage in doing so will enlighten everything that it creates.

I was inspired to write this after seeing this highly recommend TED talk, where Researcher Brené Brown discusses her research into human connection.

“When we numb [hard feelings], we numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness.” Brené Brown