Meet Our Therapist

Hypnotherapist Diane Carlin, RN, Master of Science in Nursing, Certified Hypnotherapist by the National Guild of Hypnotists has practiced hypnotherapy since 1981, when she founded The Carlin Institute of Wellness, Inc. Before beginning her private practice, she taught nursing at The University of Louisville. In addition, Diane has taught over 2,000 attendees at her continuing education courses. She has conducted corporate and one-on-one stop smoking, stress management and weight control sessions. She is also a second-degree Reiki practitioner.

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2607 Preston Highway ~ Louisville, Ky ~ (502) 636-DOIT (3648)
2002-2005 Carlin Institute of Wellness
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Hypnosis is a safe, natural, and easy way to make the changes you desire. Hypnosis works because it engages your emotions and your subconscious mind in a positive way to overcome subconscious resistance to change. Whether you wish to stop smoking, control weight; overcome anxiety, panic, or depression; or control pain; hypnosis empowers you to discover, access, and utilize your internal resources to accomplish what you want to accomplish.


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Hypnotherapist Diane Carlin, RN, Master of Science in Nursing, Certified Hypnotherapist by the National Guild of Hypnotists has practiced hypnotherapy since 1981, when she founded The Carlin Institute of Wellness, Inc. Before beginning her private practice, she taught nursing at The University of Louisville. In addition, Diane has taught over 2,000 attendees at her continuing education courses. She has conducted corporate and one-on-one stop smoking, stress management and weight control sessions. She is also a second-degree Reiki practitioner.

Self Healing- I have worked with individuals with chronic illness for stress management, enhancement of chemotherapy and radiation, and other treatments. In this way, hypnosis is complementary to mainline medical care.

Pre and postoperative care- research shows quicker recovery, less pain and fewer infections in individuals experiencing surgical interventions using hypnosis pre or post operatively.

Stress management - hypnosis, coaching and counseling are effective in helping individuals change thinking patterns that result in physical and emotional stress. Hypnosis tapes are made to help the client learn self relaxation

Relationships -Though I am not a marriage counselor, I work with individuals in troubled relationships around issues of jealousy, grief, assertiveness, conflict, etc.

Grief- Sometimes individuals experience prolonged grief over various losses (friends, family members, pets, relationships, jobs, etc.) Hypnotherapy can help the individual move through the grief process easier.


What is Hypnosis or Trance?

Hypnosis is a method of communication that induces a trance or a trance-like state. Hypnosis can be conducted by one individual addressing another, or it may be conducted with the self (self-hypnosis). Trance is a naturally occurring state in which one's attention is narrowly focused and relatively free of distractions. The attention may be focused either internally (on thoughts---internal self-talk or images or both) or externally (on a task, a book, or a movie, for example). The focus of attention is so narrow that other stimuli in the environment are ignored or blocked out of conscious awareness for a time. Examples of trance states are daydreaming and some forms of meditation.

As an adjunct to psychotherapy, hypnosis can help clients enter a relaxed, comfortable, trance state for obtaining specific therapeutic outcomes. With clinical hypnosis, the therapist can make suggestions designed to help the client formulate specific internal processes (feelings, memories, images and internal self-talk) that will lead to mutually-agreed-upon outcomes.

Hypnotic suggestions can influence behavior when the listener is

(a) relaxed, receptive and open to the suggestions
(b) experiences visual, auditory, and/or kinesthetic representations of the suggestions
(c) anticipates and envisions that these suggestions will result in future outcomes.
These three criteria are facilitated through the use of "hypnotic language patterns." Hypnotic language patterns include: guided visualization, stories, guided memories, analogies, ambiguous words or phrases, repetition, and statements about association, meaning, and cause-effect.


Myths and Misconceptions about Hypnosis

Hypnosis is not mind control or brainwashing. People change their minds and actions throughout their lives. When such changes occur as a result of exposure to specific information, it is because this information has been presented through persuasion and influence. A hypnotherapist uses communicative methods of persuasion and influence; so do people who advertise and market goods and services; so do teachers, politicians, lawyers, entertainers, parents, and ministers.

During trance, you are not immobilized. You know exactly where you are the entire time. You can adjust your position, scratch, sneeze, or cough. You can open your eyes and bring yourself out of trance at any time you wish. During trance, you can still hear sounds around you, like a phone ringing. You can alert yourself and respond to any situation that needs your immediate attention. You remain oriented as to person, place, and time. You can even hold a conversation in trance.

Trance is not sleep, although some people get so relaxed in trance that they may fall asleep. This is no problem because some part of the mind continues to listen to the voice of the hypnotherapist. In trance, sleeping subjects can still follow instructions such as moving a finger, taking a deep breath, or awakening themselves when they are told to do so.

There is no "right" way to experience trance. One person may experience it as a deep, heavy restful feeling, while another may experience it as a light, floating sensation. Some people hear every word spoken by the therapist, while others allow their minds to drift to other thoughts. Some experience vivid imagery, while others do not. Some people remember the suggestions they hear, and some do not. Every person's experience of hypnosis is unique.

Hypnosis cannot cause anyone to do something against their will or that contradicts their values. First, a hypnotherapist is ethically required to make only those suggestions that support agreed-upon outcomes. Second, clients are not receptive to suggestions that go against their morals or values---because receptivity is one of the ingredients of success in hypnosis.

Remember: hypnosis cannot solve every problem. Even with hypnosis, it may still be necessary for you to do some conscientious planning and research about the types of changes you want to achieve. You must still take action to get results. Hypnosis is not a cure-all. Hypnosis can be effective in many cases, but there are no guarantees that hypnosis will work for you.


Risks and Precautions

Hypnosis carries very few risks. Hypnosis may be contraindicated for individuals with certain medical problems, or who are actively abusing drugs or alcohol, or who are delusional or hallucinatory. Hypnosis should not be used for physical problems, such as pain, unless the client has first consulted a physician to determine underlying physical causes.


Applications of Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis has many applications in therapeutic settings. Among them are:

  • Building Confidence
  • Treating Phobias, Fears and Anxiety
  • Sleep Disorders and Disturbances
  • Interpersonal Problems
  • Depression
  • Psychosomatic Complaints
  • Post Trauma Relief
  • Pain Management
  • Stress Management
  • Habit Control
  • Academic Performance
  • Athletic Performance
  • Help with Life Transitions
  • Preparation for Medical/Dental Procedures
  • Blocks to Motivation and Creativity
  • Treatment of Grief and Loss


2607 Preston Highway ~ Louisville, Ky ~ (502) 636-DOIT (3648)

At Carlin Institute we offer Louisville Kentucky Hypnotherapy, Kentucky Smoking Hypnotherapy, Kentucky Addiction Hypnotherapy, and more. Diane Carlin is a professional Louisville Kentucky Hypnotist, and is here to help you with any problem you want to tackle.