Rebekka Putnam

Rebekka Putnam is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and the founder of inHypnosis with offices in Santa Barbara and Burbank. With hypnotherapy becoming more and more mainstream, Rebekka engages in the connection of the mind and body while improving health through relaxation and hypnosis.

Occupation:Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Resident of Santa Barbara since: I was born and raised in Santa Barbara. I left for eight years to go teach in LA, but now I’m back in Santa Barbara.

Favorite Local Restaurant: Zen Yai, because they have the best Thai food. They have a great, attractive environment with an artistic, urban style. I also love going to Dargan’s Pub and Restaurant. I have Irish heritage, and my husband has a Scottish heritage, so we both love going there to enjoy some good food.

Music I am currently listening to: Tracy Chapman

Favorite sports/hobbies: Going to the gym, going on long walks, gardening and traveling.

How I spend a typical Sunday: On the weekends I like relax by taking yoga classes, going on lots of walks with my husband, having some social time with my friends, watching movies, and sitting out in the sun. I also make time for spiritual practice, by meditating and writing.

How I got interested in hypnosis:When I was teaching in LA, I had a dream about past life regression. My undergraduate study was in psychology, but I had never considered past life regressions before. Around the same time, three or four unrelated people came up to me and said, “you’d be a great hypnotherapist.” So I thought that must be some sort of a sign. I started practicing surrendering, and started researching about hypnotherapy. I found out that John Zulli Ph.D., a leader in the field, was teaching classes at Curenter University in LA, so I went to school for 20 hours on the weekends, while I taught full time during the week. I was always interested in psychology, but I didn’t know how to apply it. I knew hypnotherapy was the route for me, because it is the direct access to the mind.

My inspiration behind inHypnosis: I became certified as a clinical hypnotherapist in 1998, and started working and dabbling in hypnotherapy. But I was always working under someone else’s parameters. I started my own business about two and a half years ago, because I saw potential for growth, and I wanted the freedom to utilize all my skills and knowledge, and be my own boss. I started my business in Santa Barbara by going to WEV (Women’s Economic Ventures), an organization that helps women achieve equanimity. A year after I started, I was able to set up another office in Burbank. This year, I have started a production line, selling pre-recorded CDs as tools of self-improvement.

The primary uses for hypnosis: Hypnosis can be used for a whole range of things; such as alleviating pain, quitting smoking, improving sleep, reducing anxiety and stress, improving memory, and changing habits. Hypnotherapy can also be used for cancer patients going through chemotherapy. For many people, the experience can be difficult, and the side effects of nausea, pain, and fatigue can be overwhelming. Hypnotherapy can lead patients into a state of relaxation and help them feel calmer, and less painful.

The benefits of hypnotherapy and inHypnosis: We take actions from our subconscious mind, and so by removing mental blocks, we can realize our full potential. Hypnosis is a safe and effective way of unlocking the power of the subconscious mind. It helps you change your limiting beliefs and pre-existing assumptions. Hypnotherapy helps you enter an altered state of consciousness with a heightened responsiveness to suggestions.

Why hypnotherapy is useful in the realm of health and fitness: Stress is a major cause of health problems. Hypnotherapy can help release stress and all the negative energy to create relaxation. When you are in a state of relaxation, it can help you reach your optimal health. Hypnosis can accelerate your body’s healing processes. It can help you lose your addictions too. I haven’t smoked in eight years, and started exercising by hypnotizing myself. It can also help with sports enhancement; I work with a lot of golfers whom I help to visualize achieving goals. I tell them “you can, if you believe it,” and by removing mental blocks, you can achieve your goals. By addressing the mind-body connection, you can create physical changes by changing your mind-set into a positive expectancy.

The changes I would like to see in the health and fitness industry in the next ten years: I would love to see insurance benefits for hypnotherapy. Currently, there are only rare cases for reimbursements for hypnotherapy, so the cost has to come out of pocket expenses of patients. So I would love for hypnotherapy to be more affordable for clients, and be covered by medical expenses.

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