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Is pain, anxiety, or insomnia interfering with your life? Do you wonder what it would be like to awaken each day feeling energized, calm, and focused, in a body that works the way you want it to? If you answered yes, you are a candidate for acupuncture.


Do you have habits that are getting in the way of you living as your best self? The subconscious mind is a powerful force, and if certain behaviors become ingrained, they can affect all areas of your life. Are you ready to create permanent changes in your weight, sleep, anxiety, or phobias?


Are you looking for a therapy that promotes transformation on every level? This is it. While the acupuncture induces balance in mind and body, hypnotherapy is incorporated to shift the habits that are holding you back from reaching your highest potential in health and well-being. 

Most people are aware that acupuncture is highly effective for reducing pain and inflammation, but did you know that acupuncture can promote systemic self-healing, regulating your energy levels and sleep, digestion and mood?

The truth is that EVERYONE is a candidate for acupuncture, because consistent treatment can, quite simply, make your life better. We are all at our best when we feel light, relaxed, and our systems are functioning at optimal levels.

Worried about the needles? I treat patients from 6 to 86, many of whom have actual needle phobias. Time and again, I get the same response at their first session: fearful anticipation followed by a chuckle, and a “Oh, that’s all?” I myself am needle-phobic, and I get acupuncture all the time (sometimes even giving it to myself!)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest health modalities that I know of. During a session, I use sterile, single-use needles, so there is no chance of cross-contamination. A licensed and certified practitioner is well-trained in giving a safe and effective treatment. It's the only medicine I am aware of that has POSITIVE side effects, such as better sleep, relaxation, and mood-enhancement.

What should I wear to my acupuncture session?
I ask patients to wear comfortable clothing that gives me access to the knees and elbows, and is loose enough so that I can get to their backs. I always have drapes on hand if someone is not appropriately dressed, so be assured that your modesty will be respected here.

Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
Do you know exactly how aspirin works? Probably not. Does that stop it from easing your headache? The mechanism of action in acupuncture has many theories, but the truth is that there is nothing to "believe" in. It's simply another form of medicine.

How often do I need to come for acupuncture?
This is a question that depends on what your issue is. During your first session, I will let you know the treatment frequency that will best serve you.


Marisa is an absolute genius! She takes the time to listen to what you have going on, and then walks you through the treatment in terms that you can understand. Marisa’s acupuncture treatments have changed my life, and I recommend her to everyone I know!
— Molly
Marisa is gifted at acupuncture. Every time I go she listens to what my current issues are, and is able to address all of them. The best hour of my week!
— Terry
Marisa is amazing! I only had one session and feel soooo good, relaxed and in control of my body and my thoughts. I am going back and I cannot wait. Acupuncture + hypnotherapy = a great combo! Try it and you will love it!
— Alesia

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Hypnotherapy, or hypnosis, is a way to bypass the conscious mind to access the subconscious, which is where permanent positive changes take place. During hypnosis, you will enter a state of relaxation that is deep enough to allow your subconscious to take over. While you are in this state, positive suggestions are given. These suggestions will become ingrained behavior, if you desire this to be so.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What can I use hypnotherapy for?
Hypnotherapy can be used to either create positive habits, or to end negative ones.  It is most commonly used for smoking cessation and weight-loss, but truly, the possibilities are endless. Hypnosis can conquer habits such as nail-biting and hair-pulling, fears and phobias, and self-defeating behavior patterns.  It can also be used to build confidence and self-esteem, help with learning, and boost the memory.

What do I wear to my hypnosis session? Am I lying down or seated?
I ask patients to dress comfortably. You will be lying on a table during the session.

Will I be unconscious? I’m nervous about someone having control over me!
You are fully in control of your body and mind throughout the entire session.  Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation; it is very deep relaxation, but you never lose awareness of what is going on. You are not sleeping, and you are not unconscious. It is not magic, or mind-control; it is simply a way to utilize the most powerful tool at your disposal: the power of your mind.

Is hypnotherapy safe?
Absolutely! Again, you the one in charge of the session. As the recipient of hypnosis, you retain your free will, and can choose to accept or reject any suggestion given to you. You cannot be made to do anything that you are unwilling to do, and you are in a safe, secure environment during the session.

What does being in hypnosis feel like?
People LOVE being in hypnosis! Many people think that they are either going to leave without any memory of the session, or that they will be doing things against their will. Neither of these is the case. It feels quite similar to the dreamy state that you reach just before drifting off into a peaceful sleep.

What do you use to hypnotize me? Is it like what I've seen on TV and in movies?
I use nothing but my voice. There are hypnotherapists who use visual aids, but we all have our own styles and techniques, and I don’t use those types of tools in my practice. All you need to be put into the hypnotic state is the ability to listen. I, too, have seen movies and television shows about the evil hypnotist who puts his subjects into trance and makes them do terrible things while they are helpless not to submit. This is 100% pure fiction. I cannot stress enough, that you are always in full power and control over your actions throughout the hypnotic process.

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Marisa is absolutely amazing!!! I’ve done 2 sessions of hypnotherapy and it has been life altering. I highly recommend her.
— Heather
I must admit I was completely skeptical of hypnosis prior to meeting Marisa. Based on what I had seen in films/television, I honestly thought of it as a bit of a magic trick, not actual medicine. Having had two sessions with Marisa, I must admit I’m a total believer now. Unlike what movies portray, the actual hypnosis is gradual and done with incredible care and consideration.
— Kevin
I also do hypnotherapy regularly with Marisa and I love it. After a session of hypnotherapy I am able to be stress free and extremely focused which really helps me in the line of business I’m in.
— Matthew

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Why would you opt for Hypnoacupuncture?

In most cases, the combination of acupuncture and hypnosis will propel you forward into positive changes more quickly than either would alone.

Many issues such as insomnia, anxiety, and weight loss are best treated with a multidimensional approach. While the acupuncture treatment is initiating physiological changes, the hypnosis is shifting deep-seated beliefs and generating new neural pathways, which in turn creates new behaviors and thought patterns.

Combining acupuncture with hypnosis also brings the session to a much deeper level; acupuncture is incredibly relaxing, and this state of induced relaxation helps you to go into the hypnotic state more easily.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

How does this work?
During the first session of Hypnoacupuncture, I will spend a great deal of time going over a health intake, followed by a hypnotherapy intake. After I formulate my treatment plan and point prescription, I insert the needles, and then hypnotize you with the needles in.

Is it harder to go into hypnosis when I have needles in?
On the contrary, the needles will generally help you to go into hypnosis more quickly. Hypnosis is deep relaxation; acupuncture is so calming, it helps you to reach those deep levels of relaxation more quickly.

Can this be used for children and teenagers? 
YES, and very often their response to this modality is nothing short of miraculous! I absolutely adore working with this clientele; watching them let go of their anxiety and become empowered and self-assured is the best feeling in the world. Starting them early is a fantastic way to give your kids the tools they need to become resilient and self-confident as they grow older.

What does Hypnoacupuncture treat?
Although the majority of my patients come in for anxiety, insomnia, depression, and weight loss, Hypnoacupuncture can be used to create changes in any patterns you are holding on to that do not serve you. This modality is particularly helpful for issues with low self-esteem, lack of confidence, and negativity.

What do I wear to my session to my Hypnoacupuncture session?
I ask patients to wear comfortable clothing that gives me access to the knees, elbows, and is loose enough so that I can get to their backs. I always have drapes on hand if someone is not appropriately dressed, so be assured that your modesty will be respected here.

How will I be seated?
Similar to a acupuncture session, you'll be lying down on a table in one of my treatment rooms.

How long does a session last?
The session itself is approximately an hour. The initial session is longer, however, since it includes a health intake and a hypnotherapy intake.

How often do you recommend Hypnoacupuncture treatments?
It varies on a case by case basis, but for many issues my recommendation is 4-6 sessions.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out via the form on the bottom of the Book Now page and I will follow-up.

I found Marisa through a desperate Yelp search to lose a bunch of weight I had gained over a four year period due to work and a few back injuries. She had wonderful reviews and even offered a free phone consultation! When we spoke on the phone, I immediately felt a connection with her. She seemed to understand my concerns and goals, and I didn’t feel judged - something I have always been so concerned about when it came to my weight.

We scheduled an in-person meeting and I fell in love with her immediately. I felt I could trust her right away, which made me feel like I could be vulnerable about where I was at and some of the reasons I had gotten to the state I was in.

I have to say, I was somewhat skeptical – I had worked in the Finance industry for 12 years, and my life was all about inputting numbers and formulas into excel to get your desired outcome or result. When I finished my first session with Marisa, I have to say, I probably should have called an Uber to take me home. I had certainly been to an alternate universe, but in the most magical way possible. I could literally FEEL the chains of overeating and cravings breaking as I walked down the stairs and out of her office.

I don’t remember much of our session, or even the car ride home. I do remember feeling so exhausted for the rest of the afternoon and evening, but clearly something had shifted. Going out to eat became easier as my choices became more focused on nourishing my body instead of having an “oh, just this once” mindset. This “just this once” mindset was with me all day, every day, so it was no wonder things weren’t changing. Marisa helped this mentality shift and I am so grateful to her for this.
I even felt more excited about walking and moving my body. I still have trouble describing the freedom I felt. I had broken free from these chains of emotional eating and punishing my body by working out, instead of moving my body because I loved it and appreciated all it could do for me.

I came back from a trip to Disney, which was about three weeks after our first session, and I saw friends and family. They couldn’t believe the physical difference, but they were more in awe of how my confidence had grown and how much happier I seemed.

I am forever grateful for Marisa and her beautiful gift. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being such an amazing person.
— Client chose to remain anonymous

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