James M. Hislop, LCSW, BCH
6 Executive Park Dr.
Albany, NY 12203
"It is by no means certain that our individual personality
is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames.
We all do things, both awake and asleep, which surprise us.
Perhaps we have co-tenants in this house we live in,"
Oliver Wendell Holmes, quoted in The Myth of Sanity, by Martha Stout, PhD
"We humans are anatomically and behaviorally two different people, in constant conflict...."
John Sarno, The Divided Mind
Ask yourself, “What would it feel like, if I didn't feel so afraid, or angry, or
discouraged. What would I be doing?” Perhaps the medication that seemed to be
helpful before has grown tired, and that the old therapy hours of talking about the
feeling haven’t recently improved anything. It’s even hard to identify that lousy
feeling, but it continues to return the more you try to fight it. The past is still
controlling the present. It feels like you are running from yourself. The old
distractions have stopped working. What would it be like, instead, to be fearless
about this unwanted feeling, to say,” Bring it on”, and resolve the feeling every time
like defeating an old bully.
I am a psychotherapist, family therapist, and hypnotist devoted to helping individuals
and families move past the self-imposed limitations often handed down through our
previous generations. My dual expertise as a psychotherapist and a hypnotist
leaves me in an excellent position to determine the most effective blend of
techniques based upon any individual mental health concerns or diagnosis.
The most frequent complaints are about persistent, irrational worry, seemingly
inappropriate, unmanageable moods, and behavioral compulsions. I have
developed special interests in neutralizing self-hatred, changing the inability to
recognize love, resolving that intense loneliness that relationships cannot fill, easing
psychosomatic illnesses, resolving the effects of inadequate or inconsistent
fathering, movement through blocked grieving, and desensitization of high anxiety
states. I am also certified for using hypnosis techniques for managing physical
pain. My work is essentially about decontaminating the present from the past,
neutralizing the old, unwanted feeling, and restoring the process of growth.
I am an active member of the National Association of Social Workers [NASW], The
National Guild of Hypnotists [NGH], The National Board for Certified Clinical
Hypnotherapists, and a past member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Most local insurance plans are accepted. My office address is door letter “F”,
Building 6, Executive Park Drive in Albany, which is easily accessible from Fuller
Road and/or behind Stuyvesant Plaza Shopping Center. Office hours often vary
with the school calendar. Out of courtesy for others, any cancellations must be 24
hours before the appointment.
|Different clients start from different
places. For some, medication
dulling the feeling is sufficient.
Others are willing to inquire into the
present feeling to identify the old
mis-perceptions that maintain the
Still others are willing to identify the
source of the feeling, and correct
the original disillusionment or
trauma. The job is to experience
emotions now that were not allowed
We may find yet another feeling,
from yet another experience, that
also is appropriate to address.
Ultimately, the healing and growth
process is to cycle deeper and
deeper into a given issue,
sometimes now, sometimes later,
with the same or sometimes
different therapist. We're done
when there's an experience of
acceptance and peace.
James M. Hislop, LCSW, BCH
|MEMBER SINCE 2002.
|".... To put the matter metaphorically, as long as your attitude is one of actively trying to get rid of
an anxiety-provoking feeling, you are seeing
only its dark emotional surface. At that level of awareness, the emotion looks like dirty bath water.
You can't see through the anxiety, guilt or shame that it stirs up. As you let yourself have the
feeling....experience the emotion fully....your attentiveness deepens, and you begin to notice the
baby in the bathwater, the previously disowned awareness that has been there all along, obscured
by the inner conflict that it provoked. The process is a subtle but also a very natural one. Whether
you prefer to think of it simply as getting in touch with a feeling, or more profoundly, as
listening to the soul, you will realize once you experience it that you have
always known how to do it."
Elio Frattaroli, MD, Becoming Conscious in an Unconscious World,
|".......If we're committed to
comfort at any cost, as soon as
we come up to the least edge of
pain, we're going to run; we'll
never know what's behind that
particular barrier or wall or fearful
Pema Chodron, Awakening
This is the exterior
door on the north
side of Building 6
on Executive Park
Plenty of parking
right across from
Please arrive just before the
appointed time. I do my best to
begin on time, and schedule
sessions at 60 minute intervals.
My weekly schedule often
changes with the schools
vacation and holidays.
Thank-you for visiting my website. There's lots of information about psychotherapy, counseling, and hypnotherapy for your here. For the For
the most influential books on my work and information for students and hypnotists, visit my Bibliography page. Listed are several dozen of the
most informative books on hypnosis, trauma, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, family therapy, and spiritual matters. The page on my
Alcohol Course describes an informative, healing based educational course applicable to compulsions of all kinds, with or without
substances. Our family's history, going back generations to the behavior of people we never knew, often has a powerful current effect, living
on unhealed in our reactions, dreams, emotions and influencing our choices. The Family Tree, or Genogram diagram is like a road map back
into history. On the Frequently asked questions page, I answer several important questions distinguishing hypnotherapy from
psychotherapy. Several prominent researchers and theorists, Peter Levine, PhD. and Marianne Eckberg, PhD. have described Grounding,
Centering and Breathing exercises to calm intense anxiety and emotional overwhelm.
For Lectures and demonstrations, I am available to speak to any appropriate group as described on the corresponding page. Links are
provided to the sites of my most recent teachers and mentors, providing additional information on psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.
The Thank-you page acknowledges some of my most influential teachers and mentors with gratitude.
For my related education, training, experience and qualifications, visit my Resume page.
Distinct from abuse, Neglect is uncountable, subtle, subconscious, and lives on long after that period of life has passed, yet is especially hard
The Pain Page; Pain is often very responsive to hypnotherapy, especially when the subconscious emotions beneath the pain can be identified.
The work of John Sarno, MD. is especially relevant and valuable here. Finally, my Hypnosis page describes the process of healing through the
evolution of modern techniques from the original masters.
OnFathering reflects the observations of several authors and my own findings on the tragic absence of the essential fatherly influence on
growing boys and girls in our culture. For Therapists suggests referring psychotherapy clients who seem bogged down and would benefit
from a precise identification and resolution of the subconscious origin of the impediment as a supplement. Not Good Enough specifies the
childhood misconceptions and shame is actually a powerful post-hypnotic suggestion. The Anxiety Page describes how one of our most
difficult feelings is actually a signal of obsolete danger, but from within.
...:The job of the
hypnotist was no
longer to induce a
individual out of
the trance he/she
Waiting room inside
on the right
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