Why I chose HeartLight Wellness ...


“I found Dr. Brady while doing a google search for remedies for anxiety. I was skeptical, but he had great reviews. I have had crippling social anxiety for over 15 years, and I was willing to do just about anything to overcome my fear. I signed up for several sessions and have to say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! 

Dr. Brady works with Dr. Irene Dougherty, Doctor of Oriental Medicine to combine clinical hypnotherapy with acupuncture to increase the effectiveness of the treatments. I've never experienced such warm, personalized care I received from John and Irene. They're never in a rush, and I'm always totally rejuvenated and relaxed after each session.

I am happy to report that I'm back! I haven't had a panic attack since starting this therapy. Honestly, I have tried it all, and John and Irene were the only ones who took the time to get to know me and find the source of my anxiety. They help me regain my confidence and improve my peace of mind. They’re amazing, and I highly recommend them to anyone suffering from any problem they face!” – CS, Santa Fe


"When I was deep in the throes of despair and panic and could not find a way out, Dr. John Brady and Dr. Irene Dougherty came to my rescue ...

They literally 'talked me down' from the ledge. John's affirmation process put me on a healing path that continues to this day. I am grateful to this remarkable wellness team for their ongoing support, positivity, friendship and connection." ~ BJL, Datil, New Mexico

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First, Clinical hypnotherapy is NOT Stage/Entertainment hypnosis. Stage hypnosis is performed in front of an audience for entertainment and typically delivers a comedic show complete with embarrassing performances by audience members.

Clinical hypnotherapy, by contrast, is a clinical approach used by highly trained and licensed clinicians (e.g., psychologists, MDs, etc.) to treat physical, emotional, and psychological conditions. It requires clinical skills that facilitate a natural, altered state of consciousness called therapeutic relaxation that helps restore patients to improved well-being.

Dr. John Brady and other highly trained clinical hypnotherapists are certified Medical/Dental practitioners who assist acute and chronic cases.

How does clinical hypnotherapy work, and what is it good for?

During a clinical hypnotherapy session, the conscious, critical mind is relaxed and relatively inactive. This allows the subconscious mind to access resources, skills, and abilities otherwise unavailable to the conscious mind.  As therapy progresses, physical, emotional, and psychological balance is restored as new positive behaviors replace mental barriers and negative, limiting attitudes and beliefs.

What’s Clinical Hypnotherapy good for? It is employed for a wide range of issues, from chronic pain to anxiety to weight loss. Stress, depression, sleep issues, and trauma to name a few,  according to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. There are virtually zero side effects to hypnotherapy, unlike certain medications, so there’s little downside to trying it.

Clinical Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Stress

Nearly one in five Americans, or 40-million adults, deal with anxiety issues (it’s the most common mental health issue in the U.S.). If you are a teenager, you may be one of the 15-million of your age group suffer from high anxiety. Your anxiety might be mild (job worries keep you up at night), and you’re able to deal with it by meditating, or it could be crippling (fear prevents you from leaving the house), and you take meds to help cope.

Either way, if you worry a lot, you just might make an ideal hypnotherapy candidate. “People who are highly anxious are already using their imagination to project into the future in a negative way,” says Willmarth. “That makes them a good candidate for hypnotherapy, where a key part is asking people to imagine the future—but in a more positive way, with more confidence and less worry.”

Stress and anxiety go hand in hand, so perhaps it’s not surprising that research also shows hypnotherapy is beneficial in lowering stress levels. Scientists at Baylor University in Texas found that one hour of hypnotherapy, once a week for eight weeks, reduced people’s stress levels by 40 percent, while a review of nine separate studies in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that hypnosis was an effective stress management strategy.

Clinical Hypnotherapy for IBS

Do you have irritable bowel syndrome? Then you know all about the awkward, uncomfortable, urgent trips to the bathroom at the most inconvenient times. You’ve probably explored probiotics and learned more about improving gut health than you ever thought imaginable.

If none of that has brought relief, this might: A seminal 2003 study found that 71 percent of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) saw an improvement in their condition after 12 weeks of once-a-week hypnotherapy, and an impressive 81 percent maintained that improvement for at least six years. Since then, numerous studies have repeated these findings, making IBS one of the best-studied conditions for successful hypnotherapy treatment.

Clinical Hypnotherapy for Depression and Trauma

If hypnosis is successful at helping people overcome struggles with stress and anxiety, perhaps it’s not a far leap to see how it could benefit those with depression as well. And in fact, a large analysis by researchers at the University of Hartford of 10 existing studies and 13 clinical trials involving depression and hypnosis found that people with depression who underwent hypnotherapy sessions experienced a greater improvement in their symptoms compared to 76 percent of depressed people who did not receive hypnosis.

In another study, scientists determined that patients who were treated with hypnotherapy in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) had a 6 percent greater improvement in symptoms of depression over those who only received CBT.

Hypnosis is one of several mind-body approaches, including mindfulness and meditation, that is used to ease varying types of depression. But while the end goal is the same (improving your mood), hypnosis and meditation go about it in different ways. “In meditation, you’re working to open your mind and not think about anything,” explains Willmarth. “Whereas hypnosis is about creating a highly focused lens that lets you think intensely about things.”

Clinical Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss

Around the holidays, weight-watching food lovers everywhere have a fantasy: They lie down on a couch, a hypnotherapist waves a magic wand … and next thing they know, they wake up and have zero desire to attack the (fill in the blank: fruitcake, biscotti, gingerbread cookies) on the kitchen counter. Well, as my Irish grandmother use to say, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride!" We all know better!

Losing weight is a challenge and clinical hypnotherapy is an valuable tool along with diet and exercise for people looking to shed some pounds. Hypnotherapy for weight loss has been validated in a number of studies, and the research available on the subject suggests that it is a positive approach.

Early studies from the 90s found that people who used hypnotherapy lost more than twice as much weight as those who dieted without it. A 2014 study worked with 60 overweight women, and found that those who practiced hypno-behavioral therapy lost weight and improved their eating habits and body image. And a 2017 study worked with eight overweight adults and three children, all of whom successfully lost weight, with one even avoiding surgery due to the treatment benefits.

At HeartLight Wellness we have found that results depend on the motivation and commitment of the patient. Dr. John Brady and Dr. Irene Dougherty use a variety to approaches including hypnotherapy, acupuncture, and counseling to ensure that every individual reaches their weight loss goals.

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DCH, Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy ~ Ph.D., Applied Psychology

DR. JOHN BRADY is New Mexico's only certified medical/dental/clinical hypnotherapist holding a Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy and a Ph.D. in Psychology degrees. His private and corporate clients have nicknamed him "Yoda" because of his keen insights and wisdom to help individuals live happier, healthier, more successful lives.

Red Check v1png Ph.D. in APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY (1982) specializing in Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). SFT is a positive approach, emphasizing the resilience, strengths, and resources a person possesses and how they can be utilized in purposeful, positive change.

Red Check v1png DCH, DOCTOR OF CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY (1984) from American Institute of Hypnotherapy. A DCH specializes in using clinical hypnosis and Solution Focused Therapy to treat a comprehensive range of acute and chronic physical, mental, and emotional concerns.

Red Check v1png CERTIFIED MEDICAL/DENTAL HYPNOTHERAPIST (C.HMD) by The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association, and CERTIFIED CONSULTING HYPNOTIST (CI) by the National Guild of Hypnotists.

 Red Check v1png MASTER COACH: John is a Certified Master Coach and Consultant (C.Mc.) who is a trusted advisor who has helped hundreds of individuals and organizations to make meaningful and profound transformations.

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 How To Guide: Choosing a Hypnotherapist

NEW MEXICO HAS AN ABUNDANCE OF HYPNOTHERAPISTS! ~ Like all professions, not all hypnotherapists are created equal. Finding the right one to meet your needs can be like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.

CHECK THEM OUT ~ Your situation is unique so choose a hypnotherapist that listens and takes the time to understand your situation, goals, and objectives. Read their reviews, ask your friends, and check them out as best you can.

CREDENTIALS ARE IMPORTANT ~ Typical hypnotherapists have some level of certification designated by a "C" in their title. A C.Ht. means a Certified Hypnotherapist. 

There are different levels of certification, and most hypnotherapists get their certifications from commercial hypnotherapy schools or online training. Certification is important, however it is not an academic degree.

The highest academic degree in hypnotherapy is Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy (DCH), and they are rare. Achieving DCH status requires Graduate School training including a medical or psychological clinical residency.

COMPETENCY LEVELS ~ Following is a general synopsis  of some (there may be more) of the most common hypnotherapy competency levels and titles:

    > Level 1 - Basic Practitioner = Certified Hypnotherapist (C.Ht.)
    > Level 2 - Intermediate Practitioner = Certified Master Hypnotist, (C.MHt.)
    > Level 3 - Clinical Practitioner = Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (C.CHt.)
    > Level 4 - Clinical Doctor = Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy (DCH)

If you suffer from acute or chronic conditions such as anxiety, phobias, childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress, RTS (Religious Trauma Syndrome), insomnia, substance dependency, pain, digestive issues, menopause, ageing issues, cancer treatment side effects, etc., the Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy (DCH) is your best option.

Dr. Brady is the only clinical hypnotherapist with dual DCH and Ph.D. degrees is New Mexico with forty years of experience. He treats patients with his partner, Dr. Irene Dougherty, DOM, who provides complementary acupuncture therapy that deepens and accelerates clinical  hypnotherapy treatments

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