Laura Snyder | BS, CHT, CRMT
People don’t always need advice. Sometimes all they really need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen, and a heart to understand them.
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Welcome . . . and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Laura, and I’m passionate for conversation, especially listening to your stories, experiences, and adventures. I love learning about and helping others . . . from casual connections while running errands . . . to learning a tad about the restaurant server . . . to the not-so-random person on the airplane . . . to you and your wonderful self! It’s amazing how we’re all connected and can relate to one another’s journey.
I’m a people person and observe that throughout my entire life, my energy naturally encourages people to open up and share. Along with a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) Degree in Family Studies, I’m a certified Hypnotherapist (CHT) and Reiki Master & Teacher (CRMT) with a professional background based in marketing and non-profit management. Plus, I’m an INFJ, a significant bit of trivia in this context because I have a strong intuition with emotional understanding. My empathic nature instinctively yet subtly interprets your energy and emotions. All of this explains my ability to take an ideal and translate it into action, meaning I’m capable of helping you shape your values into positive and lasting change.
Putting aspects of my education, background, and personality together makes me a dynamic listener and observer who, if you’re interested, can also offer feedback, encouragement, coaching, Reiki energy, and/or hypnosis therapy.
Please continue reading below to learn a little bit more about each of my services and how together we can work toward your goals.
More About My Services
As a person who enjoys connecting with others, I have seen how the power of listening to another person works wonders for him or her. There is often great relief felt from being heard by someone who listens with an open, non-judgmental heart. Often our close friends and family intend well but they also know us well and, without mal intention, may project solutions and recommendations that simply don’t align with our own. And, the bigger the feelings, the more sensitive the conversation may be for everyone.
I will hold a calm and confidential space for you to speak freely about everything on your mind. I offer kind, compassionate, and patient listening as you process out loud that which lays heavy on your heart. Everyone interprets their life differently and if you are one who needs to vent or share or talk it out, then I am here to support that for you. The emphasis will be on providing you a forum by which you are the speaker with total control of the subject matter.
Listening & Coaching
Include everything in the listening section then add coaching which means I will respond with validation, encouragement, and feedback. Furthermore, should you desire a more in-depth partnership around setting and achieving your goals, then I would be honored to collaborate with you. We’ll talk about where you are versus where you want to be. Then we’ll make a plan.
Here our conversation will include my actively listening, which may include clarifying questions, plus moving more in depth on certain topics, guided by you, where we discuss areas you perceive need improvement. With clients, I learn a lot through our conversation and my intuition will guide me through questions or interpretations I may have for you. The process will be gentle and respectful yet productive and you can decide how many sessions best serve your needs.
Reiki Energy for People & Animals
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words: Rei which means “Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy”. While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Any modality that moves the body from a stressful or fight-flight-freeze state, using the sympathetic nervous system, to a peaceful state, using the parasympathetic nervous system, aids in the body’s natural ability to heal itself on many levels: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Reiki as well as meditation, hypnosis, deep breathing, positive affirmations, yoga, massage, sleep, and more help the body achieve a more peaceful state.
Reiki treats the whole person (or animal) including body, emotions, mind, and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Many practitioners prefer to work in person with a client – person or animal – yet it has been my experience that as long as the client, or client on behalf of an animal/pet, intends to receive the Reiki energy and the practitioner intends to send it, the energy’s infinite intelligence honors those intentions. Therefore, a Reiki session can take place from a distance. As a Reiki Master, I am trained in the nuances for how to do this and create the intention for where to direct the energy. The wisdom of Reiki guides it to where the client’s physical and energetic body needs it most. Reiki always serves a person’s or animal’s highest and best outcome.
I personally use Reiki on my self and cats daily and have found that my kitties absolutely adore the energetic gift as well. They lay down, relax, purr, and even lick my hands as I direct the energy their way. My oldest kitty is nearly 15 and still runs around, climbs, and tussles with his 6-year-old brother which I attribute to his regular Reiki sessions. Other pets such as dogs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, horses, and more respond favorably as well.
There are many myths around hypnosis which turn people off because they think the therapist has total control and will make them squawk like a chicken. That is stage hypnosis and I’m turned off by it, too. With therapeutic hypnosis, you have total control because the so-called trance state you’re in is simply a relaxed state much like the autopilot state you may sometimes slip into while driving or watching TV or the calm, sleepy state you experience before nodding off.
The purpose of hypnosis is to guide you into a relaxed brain wave pattern to bypass your critical mind and access your subconscious mind where all your memories and conditioned responses are stored. Here we can suggest positive changes for lasting effects on your life. It’s a wonderful process to experience because many people report it’s the best state of relaxation they’ve ever felt plus we’re working with your subconscious to suggest the formation of new beliefs, patterns, habits, and/or values.
For those who are new to the process, it can be daunting and I completely understand that you may have questions before diving in. Please e-mail me and we’ll set up a time for a free 15-20 minute Q&A session to determine if hypnosis is a good fit for you.