Synergy of Spirit Counseling provides a plethora of services including individual, couples, and family counseling. Gina works with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression, anxiety, addiction, phobias to parenting support, couples counseling, and beyond.
In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, Gina offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each of her clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for. Our services include:
The therapist uses talk therapy to treat cognitive or behavioral issues. Through talk therapy, the client is able to alleviate stress and depression associated with life disturbances. The therapist and client work together on an individualized treatment plan, where goals are realistic and achievable. Monthly assessments are evaluated and different treatment interventions may be determined.
A safe, non-judgmental environment is provided, where the client's emotions are contained. The therapist may give relevant referral information, educational techniques, and offer advanced services. All age ranges are treated. Children under ten years of age can be referred to an outside specialist by the clinician.
This type of counseling is used as a method for engaging the client in some form of spiritual connection o r awakening. Various religious and spiritual practices are explored. The goal is to connect the client to a healthy integration of spirituality, that promotes healing and unity. This service provided educational material, meditation, guided imagery, and personalized tapes. Course In Miracles, Science of Mind and various metaphysical literature is shared.
Hypnosis is a technique used to guide a client into a deep state of relaxation or altered state of consciousness. In this state, the client becomes highly responsive to suggestions made by the hypnotist. All senses are engaged, where the client can still be attuned to their environment. The client should not expect to black out. This type of practice is used for clients who wish to accelerate their personal healing process. Hypnosis bypasses talk therapy as it gets to the root of most subconscious issues, and disturbances. Results may vary, according to the individual. Hypnosis can be used in addition to talk therapy. It is very effective in stress disorders and addictions.
Hypnosis is also effective with pain management, medical illness, phobias, academic success, business success, and natural childbirth Insomnia, Infertility. Seminars and programs* are available for stress/anger management, weight loss and smoking cessation. Thinner band bariatric hypnosis (for clients who do not qualify for Bariatric Surgery). Sessions typically include self hypnosis techniques and breathe work.
*Learn more about Synergy Hypnosis programs.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP is an advanced Hypnosis or Programming technique to determine the (neuro)thinking patterns, by analyzing the (linguistic) actions of eye movement, breathing use of vocabulary, and body language to help client achieve goals. Visualization is used to develop more congruent or harmonious behavioral patterns. This technique is often used for clients with phobias, compulsions, and additions. More desirable and constructive patterns are utilized to create positive life changes.
Inner Child Work
Often with childhood abuse and neglect, the inner child remains developmentally regressed (stuck) at the age of trauma. The post-traumatic stress symptoms prevent the true adult self from emerging. As a result, anxiety, social phobia and depression manifest. Often one will procrastinate or have addictive tendencies to quell intra-psychic pain. The therapist provides imagery and regressions to connect with the inner child. Healing and integration occur as one reunites with the inner child. Previous roles of victimization, codependency, are explored in a safe setting. This process promotes self nurturance and higher self esteem.
The practitioner can suggest homeopathic methods for self healing. Some examples are nutritional healing, yoga, aromatherapy, flower remedies, herbology, meditation, Reiki, and charka balancing. Referrals will be given for Naturopathy/Holistic doctor's holistic remedies/ treatment. It is prefaced that this is not a substitute for medical treatment. In regards to clients who are unable to continue psychotropic treatment (pregnancy, menopause/lnfertility). Referrals to holistic doctors and yoga specialists are available by appointment. Yoga individual and class sessions are also available.
Chakra Balancing/Reiki Healing
Charkas are storehouses and transmitters of universal energy that circulate throughout o ur body. These vortexes of spinning energy are located in our body (along the spine to the crown of our head). There are seven energy centers (charkas) in the body which interact with the universal life flow. When there is imbalance or blocks within the charkas, mental, physical imbalance may occur. Within each charka, there is an emotional component attached. When emotional or physical issues arise, imbalance may occur in a particular charka.
Cleansing and balancing the charkas is vital to body mind and soul harmony. Meditation, breath exercises visualizations, and affirmations are used to balance the charkas. Reiki sessions can also align charkas to healthy restoration. Individual sessions and Seminars are available. An example is when your creativity is blocked, and then you are blocked in 5th charka. Releasing this chakra will allow authenticity to emerge.
Reiki healing is a method that allows for hands on approach, in which hands are placed one-six inched above the main centers. The client may choose to have methods that include crystals, or aromatherapy. Any individual with severe psychosis or mental health issues may not be deemed appropriate. All clients under the age of eighteen will require an adult to accompany them during the process.
The clinician uses breathing techniques for physical, mental, and spiritual health. Calm methodical breathing techniques are used for relaxation and forceful breathing is used for emotional releasing. Breath work is used to manage stress, enhance the immune system, manage pain and uncover suppressed memories. Breath work can alleviate fatigue and enhance meditation and hypnosis sessions.
HypnoBirthing is a complete birth education program, which teaches simple but specific self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better birth. HypnoBirthing is much more than just self hypnosis or hypnotherapy for childbirth. With HypnoBirthing:
• You will discover that severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.
• You will learn how to release the fears and anxieties you may currently have about giving birth, and how to overcome previous traumatic births.
• You will discover and experience the joy and magic of birth - rather than the horrific ordeal everyone else seems hell-bent on telling you about.
• Most importantly, you'll learn how to put yourself back in control of your birth, your doctor, dula, or midwife.
HypnoBirthing doesn't mean you'll be in a trance or a sleep. Rather, you'll be able to chat, and be and in good spirits - totally relaxed, but fully in control. You'll always be aware of what is happening to you, and around you. HypnoBirthing doesn't require any particular belief system, or prior experience. Some of our Moms (and especially their husbands) have been very skeptical at first - until they experience it for themselves.
In fact, the more skeptical a client is to start with, the more evangelical they are when they discover the power of HypnoBirthing. In short, HypnoBirthing allows you to experience birth in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension.
Gina worked with the Weight Loss Center, taking referrals for weight loss surgery assessments. She worked collaboratively with the Weight Loss Team, Dr. Holup, and Laura Greeny. A comprehensive psycho-social assessment will be conducted to rule out any psychological issues that would prevent a successful Bariatric surgery result (eating disorder, psychosis, psychosocial life stressors). The patient will be offered psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, and Reiki to manage symptoms and as an alternative to weight loss surgery.
Patients who qualify will work with the team to prepare pre-op, for this grand lifestyle change, and for a long-term success in managing weight post surgery. Group therapy will be encouraged post surgery along with periodic assessments, and the reinforcement of personalized digital files.
New Referrals are sent to Elaine May, CSW. Patients who do not qualify for bariatric surgery will be referred to the THINNER BAND HYPNOSIS PROGRAM.
Beta-Theta Wave Machine Sessions
In the 1940s researcher Gray Walter discovered that brainwave activity tends to mirror flickering light, particularly in the alpha and theta frequencies. This effect has become known as the frequency-following effect. A familiar example is the tendency to slip into a relaxed or dream-like state while gazing into a fire-the flicker rate of which happens to average in the alpha/theta range.
More recently, sound has been shown to produce similar results, particularly pulsed sound and binaural beats. This last effect, binaural, results when one ear hears a pure tone of a slightly differing pitch than the other ear. The brain then actually synthesizes the difference between the two and then falls into step with these pleasant, gently pulsing rhythms. This machine can enhance hypnosis suggestions, and allow for decreased clinical symptoms, decreased pain, and addiction.
Use of beta-theta wave machine is available in the hypnosis, reiki or individualized sessions.
Group therapy can be provided for women's/men's empowerment, GLBT support, or medical/pain management.
Group Therapy for Weight Loss
Weight Loss group therapy will ultimately be included in the weight management program, where the client will learn behavioral management techniques, independent practice techniques, and offered resources for reading. Weight management groups will allow for clinical support, and some components of DBT/CBT. Meditation/Mindfulness exercises will be offered in every session. The Bariatric follow up visits, and groups will provide a workbook, and hypnosis may be an added option.
Adolescent Group Therapy
Anger/Stress Management groups including DBT may also be provided with parental consent. Oppositional behaviors, academic problems will be addressed. Gang Awareness/anti-Bullying are usually discussed. High Risk behaviors and information on Substance Abuse also available to decrease anxiety of peer pressure. All teens will be provided workbooks to decrease maladaptive behavior, impulsivity and general thought distortions.
GLBT Adult/Teen Groups
This group is to desensitize the overwhelming social stigma associated with sexual orientation, and identity confusion. Transgender patients will require psychological referrals, and direct correlation with the endocrinologist. Clients will be referred to various spiritual centers, and social areas that promote safe socially.
Senior Group Sessions
These sessions will be coming soon!
Thinner Band Hypnosis Program
The Thinner Band Hypnosis Program is a bonified hypnotic program that takes the patient into a hypnotic trance into visualizing stomach decreasing its ability to take in more than a fistful of food at one sitting. There are 15-20 digital files, which address shame, social stigma, eating habits emotional blocks, stress management and an abundance of proven weight loss methods.
Smoking Cessation Hypnosis Program