Gina Orlando

Gina Orlando, MA, CH

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Oak Park (708) 524-9103 website
I offer adults and children caring, professional support to make positive personal changes. Since 2001 I have successfully helped people through hypnotherapy and other natural healing modalities, working WITH them by using their own inner resources. I also serve as a wellness coach and consultant.


Services and products

Which tools I use depends upon the needs of each client. I employ hypnotherapy and a variety of other modalities for:
Health enhancement
Personal growth
Relief of fears, anxiety*, phobias*
Stress management
Sports/golf improvement
Sales motivation
Support for various medical conditions, and for
Moving through "stuck stuff."

Hypnosis will feel very familiar and comfortable to you, similar to deep relaxation, meditation and guided imagery. It is more deep, it's guided and you are always in control. Therapeutic hypnotherapy is not at all what you see on movies, cartoons or stage. I use a biofeedback device to give me and the client feedback showing the relaxation response and the depth of hypnosis. It's fascinating, interesting and effective!

Since different people respond to different modalities, here are some of the possible routes to healing and calmness:
• Hypnotherapy, Self-Hypnosis
• Breathwork
• EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
• Biofeedback
• Negative Thought Stopping
• Energy balancing and trauma relief
• Support for restful sleep
• Forgiveness work for peace of mind
• Coaching for healthy food choices
• Wellness Coaching for healthy habit changes
• Holistic Health consulting.
I offer a free email newsletter with helpful hints and a list of my class offerings.

* As with any medically diagnosed condition, Gina needs a written referral from your licensed health professional for hypnotherapy for anxiety, phobias or panic.

How does your healing modality work?
Your mind is very powerful since it is created by a Source greater than yourself, and we tap into great wisdom, support, goodness and healing.

Hypnosis is a shift in mind-state (to alpha and theta states) where we connect with the subconscious mind, the part of your mind that runs your body, the place where your habits live, the place where your emotions reside. Through hypnosis your subconscious mind becomes available and more receptive to accept new positive suggestions to manifest the desired and deserved changes in your life. The subconscious mind is a missing piece in conventional therapy. When the subconscious mind picks up a suggestion, change can happen quickly and easily. We can also connect with the Superconscious mind, that place where wisdom, peace, enlightenment, forgiveness, compassion and love reside.

I act as a facilitator for your process. I love my work and get wonderful results with my clients. I feel blessed because I attract great clients who have the desire to change. Even though hypnosis is mind-based, we also connect with body, emotions and spirit, too. It's a holistic modality… gentle, yet powerfully effective.

How do you see your services evolving over the next three years?
I love working with kids (age 7 and above) and am intrigued with various ways to help kids with fears, self-esteem and performance issues. They respond so well to hypnosis and EFT!

Issues / Benefits

Presenting issues and problems or types of clients

Why do people come to see you?
Clients are pulled to me because they are intrigued with hypnosis and have heard how very effective it is. I also get a lot of referrals from previous clients and local physicians and therapists. Clients are grateful that I am skilled, genuine, caring, non-shaming and experienced. I'm told that I also have a great sense of humor. I have a specialty in addressing anxiety issues, seeing private clients and occasionally leading groups for stress reduction and golf/sports performance enhancement. Many people see me for these issues and for issues mentioned above. I also see teens, and children age seven and older.

Who is an ideal client?
A person who wants positive change and is willing to be involved in a process to work on their issue. Also, it's important to listen every day to the hypnosis CD created in the sessions and to do the other mind-body techniques in order to facilitate positive changes. Many people come to hypnosis after gaining awareness about their issues in therapy and then seek a modality to break through these issues. Even though hypnosis is very powerful, it's not a magic pill, so I ask for a three-session minimum from clients. Most people will see some positive change within this time span.

Benefits and results people see

People know it's working because they see/feel positive shifts with their issues. These include stress reduction, relationship enhancement, blood pressure reduction, IBS symptom reduction, pain reduction, improved sleep, release of panic, anxiety, fears, bad habits (nail biting, etc.), diabetes support, performance and learning enhancement, confidence and self-esteem building. The vast majority of clients experience positive results. With any medical issue I need a written referral from the treating physician.


Healing philosophy or mission

As my Italian grandmother said, “Ev'ry body gotta some-a-ting.” And I believe that healing is possible. We are complex and mysterious beings comprised of body, mind, heart and soul. With hypnosis we tap into the power of the mind, created by a Source greater than ourselves. And through the mind we also tap into spirit, emotions and body. I love that I found a healing modality that is so holistic, non-invasive, supportive and powerfully effective.

Uniqueness and what makes you good

Describe your style or approach:
Supportive, facilitative, caring, engaging. The hypnosis process, and the biofeedback after the session, is very interesting, relaxing, effective—and fun. Reiki energy healing is another way to support the client.

What makes you different/good at what you do?
I have over 30 years experience in the holistic health and personal growth field. Because I also have experienced pain in my own life and have been drawn to a search for health, wholeness and healing, I am very compassionate. People quickly feel comfortable with me.

Why do you do what you do?
I was led to the healing arts several decades ago as a call to something deep within. I decided on hypnotherapy as a specialty since I made such breakthroughs in my own issues by seeing a hypnotherapist during a particularly dark time of my life, including a difficult health issue. And since I'm always looking for new ways to serve clients, I've learned many helpful new modalities in addition to hypnotherapy.


Education and training

-Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago, IL as an Educator and Consultant in Holistic Health Promotion and Alternative Medical Therapies
-C.H. (Certified Hypnotherapist) from the Leidecker Institute, Elgin, IL
-Also certified in Complementary Medical Hypnosis through the National Guild of Hypnotists, Nashua, NH, 2002
-Continuously training in Emotional Freedom Techniques since 2001
-Certified in the Transformational Healing Method (TM), 2002
-Certified in Holographic Memory Resolution (TM), Level II, 2005
-Certified as a Reiki Master, 2007

Years Professionally Practicing:
I've been in the holistic health field since 1981 and have been a certified hypnotherapist since 2001. I received my Master's degree in 1998. I have 30+ years experience in the holistic health field as an educator, consultant, workshop leader, facilitator and writer.

As a faculty member of the National Guild of Hypnotists Convention, August 2003, 2005, 2007 and the Mid-America Hypnosis Conferences, 2003-14, I get an opportunity to help train my colleagues in the hypnosis field.


Appointment length and fee range

How long is a typical session?
The first session is 75 minutes. Other sessions are an hour or longer (prorated based on the hourly fee) if the client desires this extra time.

Fee Range:
$100 per hour hypnosis session. The first session is 75 minutes and is $125. I ask for a three-session minimum commitment for all clients. You may pay for all three sessions at once. I do ask for payment in advance of scheduled appointments. More than three sessions are often needed and desired if the issue is complex. Longer sessions are also available and prorated. I prefer to be paid by check or cash, but I do accept VISA/MC. (Note: In individual cases, a client can choose the three sessions or contract for six sessions at the reduced package price of $495.)

Reiki sessions are $85 hour.

Typical session and how to prepare:

Describe a typical session:
The first session includes an intake time of 15 minutes, an introduction explaining what hypnosis is and isn't, and doing suggestibility testing. (Of over 2,000 people that I have tested individually and in groups, only several were not suggestible at all.)

Then we have the hypnosis session using the biofeedback monitor, with the client seated in a very comfortable reclining chair with their eyes closed and great relaxing music in the background. They have a relaxing job! The hypnosis lasts about 25 minutes or so. I make a CD of the session for the client to listen to at home for additional support and to facilitate change more quickly. We take a few minutes to wrap up the session and talk about the experience, including viewing the biofeedback graph to show the body relaxation response and see which hypnosis level was achieved.

Subsequent sessions would include discussing their progress and issue(s), sharing a mind-body technique to help facilitate the change, doing some style of hypnosis and wrapping up.

How should someone prepare for a session?
Be open, relaxed and arrive on time with your intake form completed and Client Bill of Rights signed. (I send these out to the client in advance).

IMPORTANT: Please refrain from wearing perfumes/fragrances of any kind (even in lotions and hair products) since I have an intolerance to these chemicals, and avoid caffeine for at least three hours before our session. Not following these guidelines may require that a session be rescheduled.

Insurance, cancellation policy, office hours and other logistics

Take Insurance?
No, because insurance companies normally do not reimburse for hypnosis. I give a professional receipt which a client can submit to their insurance company.

Cancellation Policy?
I require 24 hours notice of cancellation, and I do charge for missed appointments, as is customary. This is my livelihood.

Office hours/days of the week:
I have day and evening hours, Monday - Friday. My evening hours are at 6:30pm and 7:45pm. My office is about two blocks from both the CTA Green Line (Oak Park) and the Metra Union Pacific West line Oak Park station. My email is .

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Tips For You By Gina Orlando

Anxiety - Panic - Fear
AddictionsYour conscious mind knows you should quit, for health and social reasons. The subconscious mind is where your habits and beliefs live. Your subconscious mind holds the key to your success. Hypnosis is powerfully effective to help you quit habits that are not serving you well. You can be free!
DigestiveIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common illness, resulting from your digestive system “forgetting” its natural rhythm and flow. Since your mind is powerful and controls your body, you can teach your mind to re-regulate your symptoms. Hypnosis is powerfully effective to support and manage IBS symptoms. The six session program I use has supported the elimination of all symptoms in 85% of the clients, and a reduction in a total of 93% of the clients.