Kristin Rivas

What idea can transform your world? Through two sentences that changed her life, Kristin Rivas, a hypnotherapist, recounts her journey from crippling mental illness following the death of her sister to healing and liberation, all through the life-changing power of words.

Kristin Rivas is gifted professional speaker and Certified Hypnotherapist practicing in Seattle. She counts as her greatest accomplishment to date making a full recovery from life threatening illness and using that experience to help heal others. During her senior year of college in 2008, Kristin suddenly began to experience an array of debilitating symptoms which included seizures. She had to wear a helmet for safety and move with the aid of a cane or wheel chair. After over a year of diagnostic testing, the Mayo Clinic diagnosed Kristin with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Conversion Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder. Medications and traditional therapy yielded no relief until, just as suddenly, her life changed again. After a single session of hypnotherapy all her troubling symptoms disappeared.

Kristin went on to become a hypnotherapist, training with the therapist who treated her, Dr. Jon Connelly, founder of Rapid Trauma Resolution Therapy. She became a qualified member of such prestigious organizations as the National Guild of Hypnotists, the International Medical, Dental, and Hypnotherapy Association as well as the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. She now has over 700 hours of training from the world’s leading hypnotists and has hypnotized over 500 clients. She also hosts Mind Talk radio on KKNW 1150 AM, Chat with Women Network.

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