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The hypnotic power of words: Kristin Rivas at TEDxRainier

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. When spoken and heard well, the right words can change lives. Learn how well-crafted and timely words, wisely sought, can change beliefs and grow what's possible.

Kristin Rivas is a 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 is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the International Medical, Dental, and Hypnotherapy Association as well as the International Association of Counselors and Therapists.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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