Ericksonian hypnosis is a form of trance work, wherein the hypnotist provides structure and supervision to help clients learn the skill of exploring their unconscious/subconscious mind, and using that process to tap into inner resources, groundedness, creative flow, self-knowledge and increased focus. Hypnotherapy can be used for a variety of purposes, including changing habits, resolving unconscious blocks and rigidity, and relaxation, and does not require any previous experience. It can be used alone or combined with other modalities, and is a supportive tool to enhance meditation practice. The style I practice is collaborative and the client is in control of the process at all times.
My particular focus as a hypnotherapist is helping clients develop greater self-worth, cultivating tools for management of anxiety and fear, and helping to integrate conflicting or conflicted parts of the self (including inner child work). I weave somatic practices, visualization, and cultivation of personal symbols in each session; hypnotherapy can be structured and goal directed or free flowing without a specific plan. Email me if you have questions about how hypnotherapy can work for you.
I also offer a monthly hypnosis group called Inward Vision which provides a financially accessible way to engage in trancework.
Reiki is translated as Universal Lifeforce Energy, and is a gentle and supportive form of energy work. It can be used in conjunction with any of the aforementioned services. During a reiki session the client is lying down while the reiki is transmitted using a variety of hand placements, or can be done without direct touch. It is a great support for physical ailments, as well as emotional and somatic challenges. It can be especially useful as an adjunctive service to support medical treatment or somatic psychotherapy. Reiki can also be experienced virtually over distance!
Most people describe receiving reiki as a physically enjoyable experience, which may include sensations of radiating warmth, vibration or pulsing, or the sense of “movement” within the body. Some people do not feel much physically at the time of treatment, but experience shifts later. In both cases most people feel relaxed and at ease during the session, sometimes even falling asleep! I use essential oils, sounds, and crystals to support the process, and there is some time before and after for discussion of your needs and experience.
I am especially committed to providing a safe, affirming space for LGBTQIA+ individuals, who are looking for bodywork that is respectful and inclusive of all identities.
I facilitate a Restorative Reiki group online over Zoom on Wednesday nights from 7:30pm-8:30pm EST which is offered on a donation basis, which can be a cost effective alternative to individual sessions or a way to practice in between appointments.
"Mikella has a warm, welcoming, and grounding energy about her as a person and healer, combined with a stabling confidence that makes her a wonderful guide for those on their wellness and healing journey. Of the many modalities Mikella offers I have received Reiki and guided meditation. Both of these approaches felt safe, thoughtful and effective. In particular, after our full Reiki session we reviewed our individual observations and a constructive and personalized discussion ensued that then informed subsequent energy openings that I experienced, as well as gave me insight into areas in which I may need to focus. Mikella has a way of letting the individual be at the helm of their own experience with the assurance that she is there to guide and support. I look forward to continuing to work with her."
"I really feel so relaxed after the Reiki sessions. I find that I’m often making art in my mind and go deeply into the colors or textures, then it’s as if I fall into a very deep sleep"
-Restorative Reiki group participant
The style of Breathwork I practice is frequently called pranayama Breathwork or two-part breathwork which rapidly and deeply oxygenates the body, activating the nervous system and allowing for somatic release of stored trauma. There are many types of breathwork, and the practice is ancient in its origins. This particular style was taught to me by David Elliot and Erin Telford, and I have integrated my understanding of trauma as a psychotherapist into my framework of understanding the practice. I do not endorse the approach of either of these teachers and have since parted from working with them, but feel it is important to acknowledge the lineage of training.
Within the Breathwork community there has been a greater call for clarity about the origins of the practice, which you can learn more about at Breathwork for the People. Like many others, I have found the practice personally transformative as well as witnessed its profound effects for others; it is ultimately a self-healing practice that I believe has so many benefits and for this reason I continue to facilitate this work while seeking to further honor and learn about its lineage and history. Working with the nervous system can sometimes produce strong emotional reactions concurrent with physical sensations, and this practice works quickly to provide relief and healing from trauma and pain. Frequently one may also experience altered states of consciousness that can provide clarity and insight into both blocks and paths forward. It can also be a tool for enhancing creative process and cultivating intuition.
My extensive experience as a trauma-focused mental health provider allows for sensitive and skilled facilitation of breathwork for individuals with complex trauma histories. Breathwork is offered as a standalone treatment, and can also be incorporated into psychotherapy if desired.
Group breathwork is offered on a monthly basis on Zoom, with changing themes and a tiered sliding scale.
Please note that Breathwork, Reiki, and Hynosis are not a substitute for Psychotherapy or treatment for medical illness. If you have concerns about whether you can safely practice Breathwork or receive Reiki please consult your doctor.
Supportive modalities have the potential to be hugely therapeutic, however they are not a substitute for therapy. But there are a number of reasons why the structure and qualities of these methods may be preferable. The first is they do not require the standard “once per week on the same day and time” format. Supportive work can be weekly for a short period of time, periodically, or as needed. Some people find that even one session can be hugely beneficial, although at least few sessions are suggested. This may be a better fit for those with irregular schedules, who travel frequently, or who are not financially able to commit to a weekly ongoing appointment.
The second is that this type of work can be very helpful for those who have already been in psychotherapy, and are ambivalent about “starting over” or how they will make progress without hashing over the same material and memories. Sometimes the result of this work is that an individual does decide they wish to return to therapy, in which case I can make a referral using my wide network of talented therapists. All of these modalities are primarily non-verbal or subconsciously oriented, so there is no need for a long intake process; we can dive right in to the core issues without needing to disclose details.
Sometimes in body-based work, powerful emotions can arise particularly as they relate to attachment wounds and trauma. Over 10 years of experience working directly with complex trauma and grief make me uniquely prepared to respond and assist in a sensitive way should such material surface during a session. My background in psychotherapy and clinical neuroscience also allows me offer information about how the body may respond to certain experiences and treatments, which some people find helpful and grounding.
These practices do not necessarily need to abide by the once per week structure common of psychotherapy. Like most challenges, the length of treatment depends on the complexity of the problem. Both Reiki and Hypnosis can be used periodically as a supportive and relaxing service, much like a massage or meditation group. For deeper conflicts or chronic issues it is useful to plan on 3-5 sessions to see tangible results beyond the experience of the session itself.
Use my scheduler below, or email me for availability. Most sessions are about an hour and cost $175. You can purchase a package of sessions as well which offers a discount to the overall rate.
Please feel free to send me a message regarding appointments via the contact form. I can also be reached at +1-917-756-5540
I am located at 302 5th Ave, 11th Fl NY, NY between the 34th St-Herald Square stop, serviced by the B, D, F, M, N, Q, R and W trains; and the 28th St. R/W local stop.