I was excited to meet Cinda Roffman at a recent networking group after witnessing my husband's overnight success with smoking cessation after his first hypnotherapy session. At age 60, and having been a smoker since his early teen years, he had tried every way imaginable to quit, unsuccessfully. Hypnotherapy seemed to be the last option for him. It turned out to be the only option that worked!
I know very little about the process of hypnotherapy, so meeting Cinda was a delightful surprise. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist with 15 years of experience helping clients in our community. Here she shares a personal story:
"A few nights ago I went to bed an hour later than my usual routine and fell asleep thinking about the busy day ahead of me. Several hours later, around 3:00 a.m., I woke up with my mind in a whirl of stress and worry. What if tomorrow goes wrong? What if I forget something important? When will the pandemic ever end? What if I can’t get back to sleep now?
Insomnia is a significant problem for many of my clients. For some it is debilitating, for others it is an annoyance. When it becomes a significant problem, we can address it effectively through a few focused hypnotherapy sessions.
We start by developing an evening ritual. What makes you feel relaxed and restful? I usually suggest cutting out violent television and the news close to bedtime. Watching a comedy or reading are good activities for just before bed. It’s important to stick to a ritual so that your mind and body become accustomed to knowing that it is bedtime. You will get a personalized recording that you can play the help to drift off to sleep easily. You will also develop a personal anchor to your naturally relaxed state that you can use to get back to sleep if needed.
As I lay in bed at 3:00 a.m. unable to sleep, I was clearly experiencing an episode of insomnia. I decided to take my own advice to my insomnia clients: Focus on your anchor, your special place that always makes you feel good, positive and happy. I went to my favorite beach in my head and imagined sitting there with my son and grandson. I remembered what time of day it was, what the temperature was, the sounds and the smells of that special day. Before I knew it, the sun was peeking through the window and I had had a good night’s sleep after all.
If you would like some tools and training to help you get a good night’s sleep, please call 818-929-4944 to arrange for a free, private, personal consultation or check out my website: www.cindaroffman.com. I see clients in person and over zoom."