Transcript: "So I got my degree in psychology — it's a bachelor's degree in psychology — with the intention that I wanted to help children and families. And when I first came out of college, that's what I did. I was a children's caseworker in a very traditional setting. Within the first year out of college, I felt actually a little frustrated because I really wanted to see change. Like, I saw people struggling in their lives and I felt like we were offering them a glimmer of hope by therapy and behaviorists and even medication management, but, in my opinion, I didn't see the change happening like I thought or to the level that I really wanted. So I started dabbling in all different things professionally. Different jobs, different careers, all still related to children. Big Brothers, Big Sisters, I was a child victim advocate with the state attorney's office. But in my personal life, I'm a very spiritual person. So I'm actually quite obsessed with trying to understand the spiritual side of things and who we really are, what we really are, and what we're really capable of, and all different things like that from more of a spirit having a physical experience. So that's my full time obsession, and I came across a book. It was a true story. It’s a psychologist who was working with this woman for several years in traditional therapy and she had social anxieties and relationship issues and some different fears, and he felt that they would make progress in their therapy sessions. But then the next week she'd come in and she still report a lot of the same kind of problems. And so he was getting pretty discouraged and it had been several years of that. And so he just thought, “What the heck. I'm going to try hypnosis.” And it's not something they did regularly but he had some training in it, and he did and she immediately started having successes and changes. And that just spoke to me because by then I was already out of college and in the traditional therapy world for, I don't even know, eight years or something like that. So that was the kind of impact I wanted to have on people's lives. It made me excited. I did all the research. I found the best and most recommended hypnosis training school, and I went to Omni Hypnosis Training. I got a hundred hour course program to learn to be a certified hypnotist and opened up an office immediately. And that was right before 9/11. And I was helping people with quitting smoking and losing weight and sleep issues and confidence issues. 9/11 happened, and I'm not kidding, my 9:00 appointment was a guy who had fear flying and that all happened. He didn't have his appointment because obviously the news was releasing what was going on. So my business slowed down a bit, but over the next few years it grew more. And it's up there in Amelia Island, small town. It became my full time work. Within a few years because I do live in a small town, I would run into a lot of my clients out and about and some of them would say, “Hey that was super cool” and “you saved my life” and “I haven't touched cigarettes since” or “I haven't touched soda since” or “I've been sleeping great ever since.” And, of course, that makes me feel really good because that's what I want to do, right? And then I would run into other people who would say “it worked really great until… until I got fired, until I got in a huge fight with my husband, or until you know something.” And ultimately, I felt like the “until” was related to stress and anxiety and anger and whatever else. So I started using my understanding of the mind and what would help someone be successful over the long term and started what I call mental training, and I also stopped doing hypnosis as a drive by. Some people would come in and they would think ‘oh hypnosis and finally I'll be done with all my problems.’ So I immediately stopped doing one session, instant in-and-out type things because I wanted people to be successful for the long term. So I did a combination of mental training with hypnosis. I started teaching people how to use their mind better and that's not ever stop. So now, hypnosis to me is a tool not only for the topic and the subject they want to change but — like my 20 minute hypnosis for transformation — I call it an invisible tool belt of skills that a person can use to quiet the chatter in their mind. I work a lot with athletes and just regular folks. But, ultimately, it's all the same. You can't have the type of thoughts that are making you angry. You can't have the types of thoughts that are making you regretful. You can't have the type of thoughts that are stressing you out. Whatever the dysfunctional chatter is, there's an instantaneous cause and effect relationship between the mind and the body. So if you're having dysfunctional thoughts, they're actually then creating what we call stress in our body or anxiety. You have high blood pressure. You can have disease in your body. You can have depression. There's all these kind of cause and effect type situations. So if somebody learns how to manage their mind and their thoughts and quiet their mind and — almost I teach them to have kind of like a third person perspective in watching their thoughts — and then if they have the tools to not only watch and manage and supervise their thoughts but also quiet them, then they eliminate things like stress and anger and regret and all that genuinely from their lives. So I do hypnosis and mental training at this point and then have developed products springing off of both of those. So I've mental training products like online courses and clinics and lectures and workshops. I have downloadable things like mind mastered. There's many different ways to give people the tools to help them make really profound, positive, and permanent changes."