By Liz Waldron

Survivors and victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault will soon have a safe place to heal in the neighborhood. Stacey Giovanni is about to open her new office in Brandon using hypnosis to help her patients deal with traumatic life events. Her specialty practice is abuse and addiction issues, but she also works with emotional eating, test anxiety, relationships, fears, and getting past obstacles such as public speaking.

Giovanni has worked with abuse and addiction issues as an addiction counselor and consultant for the last 21 years in the Chicago area. Among other things, she is a board certified consulting hypnotist, professional keynote motivational speaker and published author. Her book No Time For Tears, A Survivors Toolkit for Healing and her monthly newsletter are available to interested individuals.

Being a survivor herself, Giovanni uses her past experiences to heal clients.  Instead of masking the problem or making the client forget about events, Giovanni uses a combination of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), hypnosis, and Neuro-linguistic Programming (N.L.P) to help the client eliminate the emotional impact of the event.

“I also teach my clients EFT and self-hypnosis to be able to help themselves,” Giovanni said. “I am only the road map, they are the actual traveler. I just show them the way.”

Most of all, her patients leave her care knowing there is hope to get through everyday life.

“It is all about helping my clients regain their control and empowerment,” she said.

Giovanni’s hours of operation are 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday – Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The hourly rate is $120 with discounts given in special cases. Currently, Giovanni is only a single practice, but she hopes to expand to multiple people in a clinic type environment in the future.

A physical location in Brandon, which Giovanni chose for its sense of community, will be opening shortly.  For now, appointments can be made by calling 888-205-0075 or by visiting www.eftandnlp2.com, as well as additional resources for abuse education and in-service training.