CAM Practitioner Interview - Amanda Pressley

Today’s post is an interview with alternative medicine (CAM) practitioner Amanda Pressley of Ananda Hypnotherapy.  The goal is to provide you, as a reader, the opportunity to learn about alternative forms of medicine that are available to you in your journey of wellness.  

I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda at the Applied Kinesiology workshop a few weeks ago.  She is a lovely and soft spoken lady whose presence makes you instantly comfortable, knowing that you’re in good hands.  One thing you can’t miss is her infectious smile.  Amanda was gracious enough to sit down for an interview.  



1.    What is hypnotherapy?
It’s therapy used under hypnosis.  Hypnosis is a natural state people enter in to everyday; either when on the internet, driving, etc.

2.    What made you interested in hypnotherapy?
I love hypnotherapy as it gave me the opportunity to tap into the subconscious mind and emotions.

3.    What kind of training or background is necessary for this type of profession?
The best background is a desire to learn more and expand your mind.  You need 150+ hours’ course and need to be licensed with the state of WA before you can practice.  

4.    What benefits can be expected from this therapy?
Relaxation; people walk out feeling more relaxed.  There is a diminishment of habits, fear.  People have also experienced: improved time management; enhanced self esteem; an overall positive outlook; soul expansion; and a higher vibration, consciousness.  

5.    What are the risks, if any, associated with this therapy?
You may: 
-Be at risk of feeling better about yourself
-See things that you may not want to see
You are opening up to your subconscious and emotions and need to be open to take a hard look at what you may have been suppressing for a long time.  

6.    How long would an individual need to undergo treatment, or how many office visits would they need? 
Generally I see people on average of 3-5 visits.  The first appointment is to establish trust. The second is to work on issues.  Hopefully the third appointment is a follow up.  If it's an ongoing issue someone is working on they may need 5 or more sessions; some people need more.  

7.    What are the most common concerns that people come to you for in your practice?
The most common concerns people come to see me are for trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suppressed memories.  PTSD is common with most people and they often don't know what it is; it’s not something exclusive to those in the military.

8.    Do you use other CAM therapies in your practice?
Yes I do, I incorporate wellness kinesiology which is muscle testing to check their muscle response.  (For more information on kinesiology see the CAM interview with Lloyd Zimmerman.)  It helps to get in to where they are thinking.  I’m also a Reiki master and utilize Reiki energy work.  I incorporate Ama-Deus healing which is a love healing or heart centered energy from the person’s life.

9.    How is your practice similar to conventional medicine?
I am a licensed practitioner and have to renew my license every year with the state, which I supply that information to the public.  I have an intake process where we talk about what’s going on with the individual and we list out goals and benefits.  I also have handouts for patient confidentiality including disclosure statements on hypnosis, the pros and cons and they have to read through it.  There is also a treatment plan outline.  In no way does my practice replace a doctor.  I am open to referrals from/to doctors as it’s for the best of the clients.

10.    How is your practice different from conventional medicine?
Hypnotherapists cannot prescribe or recommend anything and we are not counselors.  People need to remember that they have the answers they are searching for.  I encourage people to trust their own inner voice and foster that belief that they do know best.  

11.    What are the barriers you see existing between conventional and complementary medicine?
Conventional medicine doesn't know that we're here.  Western trained doctors may have taken only 2 hours to learn what I have; they don't know 100% what we're offering and it can be hard to reach out to them.  The two practices don’t flow over each other.  CAM practitioners work closely with patients to make them feel safe.  

12.    How do you think alternative and conventional practitioners can work together better?
First of all it would be having a mutual respect across the board for each other.  Clients would enjoy me as a hypnotherapist as they would enjoy a western doctor.  Hypnotherapy can help clear the mind, especially prepping for surgery.  We each treat the same patient; it’s just that we have a different set of tools to do so.

13.    What is your vision of the optimal health care system?
That hypnotherapy was accepted by insurance.  An ideal setting would be to have a comfortable and eclectic blend of providers, such a hypnotherapists, acupuncturists, Reiki practitioners, etc., all in one office together.  This set up would be no different than a primary care office that has several doctors available to people.

14.    Any words of advice for my blog readers?
Come see me.  Hypnotherapy is a cool and amazing tool to help people.  We can work on something that's been nagging at you. It’s worth it and it’s a fun way to explore what your mind is really thinking.  And you get to feel relaxed afterwards.  

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Amanda (Skype sessions available), you can reach her via her website:

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