Blogger, Victoria Bresee, MA, CHt. is a clinical hypnotherapist and wellness educator, specializing in clinical hypnotherapy, addiction recovery support, pain management, weight loss, inner child healing, and stress/anxiety.
For the past 30 years, Victoria has had a private practice in Wellness and Spirituality. While at Iliff School of Theology, she earned a Master’s of Religion degree in Women’s Studies, studying Spiritual Direction, meditation, and Psychosynthesis with Rev. Jane Vennard.
Her spiritual counseling practice also draws on the work of Hal and Sidra Stone (Voice Dialogue), Brugh Joy, Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating (Centering Prayer), Harville Hendrix (Imago couples counseling), Luana Veo (Breathing Awareness) and Energy Psychology.
She is a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado, holds a Diploma in Hypnotherapy from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, in California and is a member of the American Hypnosis Association (AHA).
In her 20’s, she found that alcohol quickly numbed the pain from some early traumas and continued to drink through the years to cope with the ups and downs of life. In her 30’s and 40’s, she occasionally tried recovering with the help of AA.
While it was somewhat helpful, she needed something more, so as a last resort went through medical detox. It, combined with a 12-Step program was emotionally and physically destructive and set her back for a while.
For the next 10 years, she tried a number of medications and participated in Moderation Management and Women for Sobriety meetings, which she found beneficial. She especially loved WFS’s affirmations. Finally, through the new evidence-based programs, such as SMART Recovery and CRAFT, she was able to find empowerment and the freedom she had been seeking for years.
She saw that the new methods used many of the same positive, life-affirming approaches that she used with her hypnotherapy clients, so received specialized training in the use of hypnosis for addiction recovery.
For the last four years, she has been integrating the best tools and resources from this learning with those she has developed in her work with individuals, and with what made the biggest difference in her own recovery. She learned the hard way, and then from evidence, that the journey to recovery from alcohol for women can be quite different than for men, so is creating the program, “She’s on the Way Back-Alcohol Recovery for Women” to fill the need.