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Calypso Portugaels

Calypso discovered hypnosis first as a client. In fact, a skeptical one. It took two sessions to make her a believer. Then, a third one to make her realize she had come across a life-changing tool.

Later on, she went on to become a hypnotist herself. Since that transition, she's been able to see the world in a new way she never thought possible.

From her work as a yoga and meditation teacher, Calypso has witnessed the vast power of the mind-body connection. And she's learned to normalize practices that could seem a little esoteric or inaccessible. She now feels ready to further share the life changing tools of hypnosis with more people.

She has studied around the world, letting her travels guide her toward a deeper understanding of the human condition.

Calypso believes that all you need to make deep, lasting change is a seed or an intention. With patience, kindness, and humor, she will work with you to define the best way to work toward your goals.


Alicia O'Hara

Alicia combines her education and experience in hypnotherapy, behavioral techniques, meditation, life coaching and intuitive skills to help her clients release subconscious blocks and obstacles and accomplish their desired goals of health and wellbeing.

Before becoming a healing arts practitioner, Alicia studied and practiced interior design, project management, and worked as a liaison officer helping students transition into their professional careers. These earlier careers gave her insight and understanding on how people tick, and it was through these insights, she realized she wanted to help others on a much deeper level.

In 2004, she discovered her true vocation when she began studying alternative therapies for her own personal growth. Through formal study of a variety of modalities Alicia learned to create lasting change for herself and gained the tools and techniques to help others do the same.


Elizabeth Hamilton

Betty Hamilton is a retired nurse, spending the bulk of her career at Yale New Haven Hospital. She has a Masters in Experiential Healing, is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, a Reiki Master, Yogi and long-time meditator and meditation teacher.

Betty was chosen to join the Mind Matters family because of her extensive expertise in the workings of the body and mind from both the traditional and non-traditional perspectives. As a result, she has numerous tools in her toolbox and is fantastic at finding just the right tool to unlock her client’s healing potential. She has an amazingly positive outlook, that anything is possible mindset, and a great sense of humor.

Whether you’re struggling with a destructive habit like smoking or working to live a healthier lifestyle, clear fears such as flying or public speaking, want to have a normal sleep pattern or handle stress in a positive way, Betty CAN help. Because of her extensive medical background, she also specializes in helping clients go through surgical procedures with much more comfort and confidence. (Did you know that hypnosis has been proven to help patients heal 8 times faster?)


Shonda Howard

Shonda resides in Los Angeles, California and is helping clients all over the world through on-line video sessions! She combines her background in executive management coaching and human capital with her expertise as a Certified Hypnotherapist to help her clients achieve results.

Her style is direct, yet gentle and intuitive and she is committed to helping others create lasting change in their lives and become the best versions of themselves.

She loves hypnosis simply because it is the quickest and most direct route to creating change, and she has experienced this powerful tool firsthand as a client. Acting as the guide, she gives her clients the experience of removing blocks and finding the solutions, answers and guidance that they need to realize their desires.

She absolutely loves helping her clients realize their true power, and most importantly create change through hypnosis.

Elaine Jansen

Elaine Jansen

Elaine has spent almost three decades in the healing services. Hypnosis was a natural transition to connect with the mind body and spirit. She brings her experience of helping others succeed as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Health Coach, Holy Fire III Karuna Reiki Master, Intuitive Energy Therapist and Tarot Reader to her Hypnosis practice.

With your permission, Elaine can guide you through hypnosis to become aware of deep rooted behaviors and patterns, in order to uproot them with the intention to release and change, giving you the inspiration and motivation to reach your goals.

She has the natural gift of exploring the mind and body to discover the block or bind that holds all the answers to freedom.

Specializing in, but not limited to, releasing stress and tension, uplifting and building confidence and happiness, and reducing symptoms to increase ease and comfort, as well as awakening intuition.


Lisa Zaccheo

Lisa has been practicing the art of hypnosis for over 20 years, having worked with thousands of clients around the world, on every imaginable challenge. Her love for the work has motivated her extensive training in advanced clinical hypnosis, regression, complimentary medical, child & adolescent, forensic hypnosis and more.

She is also the author of the Amazon best-selling book “Free Your Genius”, a trance-formational speaker and Executive Hypno Coach.

She’s grateful that her calling found her and thoroughly enjoys helping people tap into the incredible power that’s within. She offers a completely safe and judgement free space to open the doors to growth and is confident that she can help you clear whatever’s been in your way of being your best self and living your best life.


Ginger Summa

Ginger is a born intuitive, coach, and inspiration to any who has had the opportunity to know and work with her.

From a young age, her ability to quickly connect with others and see what they could not yet see for themselves had her be the consistent go-to “confidant” in most all her social circles.

And as she built a diverse performing arts career — including being a working creative in television, film, theater, production, stand-up comedy, hosting and various nightlife gigs — her ability to notice, and laugh at, the craziness of life gave her an unparalleled resilience so many struggle to master in their careers, and life.

Now as a certified hypnotist, she brings her years of personal and professional self-discovery to clients done with making excuses, and ready to step into the authentic, confident and empowered life they were born for.

Being part of life changing stories

"I have completed two sessions of hypnotherapy for GI concerns. Elaine put me at ease immediately and spent a lot of time gathering information about my current issues and past history including physical, relational, and emotional. Many of her comments were insightful and inspired trust. The hypnotherapy experience was easy for me and very relaxing as I listened to Elaine's calming voice. She was able to include everything that I had shared with her previously. At the end of my session she gave me some behavioral tools that I could use at home to enhance my experience and calm difficult feelings. I have tried them and have found them surprisingly easy to do and very effective. As of now, I do not know whether the hypnosis treatment will rid me of all my physical discomforts but, overall, it has been a positive experience.*
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"You warned me not to set my sights too low. I've lost the first 20lbs that I wanted and now I'm ready for more."*
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Diane from Unionville

"I have known Calypso for years, and I recently decided to try hypnosis for the first time with her. Due to Calypso’s calm nature, I was able to be extremely comfortable and open to receiving the benefits of hypnosis. She made me realize things about myself, in a very welcoming and non-judgemental way, allowing me to be comfortable the whole session. I believe hypnosis is a very personal experience, so in my opinion, it is very necessary to take part in this with someone as compassionate and trustworthy as Calypso. I would 100% recommend doing hypnosis with Calypso, whether you never have before or you are a returning client."*
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Marissa M

"It worked! I have been a smoker for over 15 years and have tried many different techniques in order to quit. Whether it be nicotine patches or antidepressants, nothing truly worked until I came to Mind Matters for hypnosis..."*
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Mindi from Canton

"I'm living proof that hypnotherapy works and can do wonders for your mental, emotional and physical well-being. I can't believe how different the session was from what I expected..."*
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Terry from Unionville

"Calypso's, energy and approach to her hypnosis practice made me feel safe and comfortable right from the start. She's a great listener and can quickly deduce what challenges to work on first.
My first session had me feeling balanced, clear-headed, light and extremely motivated to tackle the items we decided to work on. To this day I still find myself hearing her voice in my head, reminding me of what I want and need to work on. I look forward to future sessions with Calypso as she is warm, welcoming, knowledgeable in her craft, and exceptional at guiding you on a safe and healing hypnosis journey. "*
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Nico JP

"Alicia is amazing. She made me feel very comfortable with the process which contributed to the success of my treatment."*
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Brenda from Old Saybrook

"I never thought I could be hypnotized and I was impressed with the experience. I will come again. Thanks Alicia."*
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Renee from West Hartford

"Hi Betty,
I just wanted to let you know that the ultimate test happened this week. I was on five planes this week and had no issues with claustrophobia whatsoever! Your mantra came to me as I was boarding each time and not even a hint of panic set in. Thank you so much for helping me!"*
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"Thanks for working with Tyler this week. He was very upbeat upon leaving your office... He also sat right down after school and worked on his homework for an hour which he really felt good about..."*
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Cheri from Canton

"Thank you for helping me with so many issues and making my life better. I think of you often and hope to see you in the New Year."*
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Joan from Canton

"I have been hypnotized before, and I honestly believe Lisa is highly gifted. Lisa helped me make connections that had not occurred to me before in a gentle way in which I felt completely supported..."*
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"...But, from the first meeting, I felt confidence in your professionalism, compassion, therapeutic views, and your desire to have a close working relationship with the "team" treating patients. I have not been disappointed..."*
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Joyce Kamanitz, M.D., F.A.P.A. West Hartford

"I was very pleased with the hypnosis sessions that I received from Calypso. I didn't know what to expect and I thought it was just going to be something new to try and I probably wouldn't get very much from it. I was very wrong. I had previously done about a year of therapy, covering the same subjects that I had brought up in hypnosis, and if I could go back, I would have skipped therapy and gone right to hypnosis with Calypso.
She has such a talent for this line of work and I highly recommend her to just about everyone I meet. I truly believe she will change many people's lives."*
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Nicole L

"23 pounds and counting...I was 201 on Jan 1st, and today I was 178 with 4% body fat loss!!! And the best part is I don't crave anything!!..."*
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John from Simsbury

"I have tried every weight loss technique under the sun, from Weight Watchers, dietitians, nutritionists, gluten/dairy free and none of it worked for me. I have felt so great after these sessions with Alicia and combined with starting a Keto Diet I have lost 15lbs since January 1. I plan on continuing through the available mp3."
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Taylor L

"Alicia created a comfortable place to experience this new process. She was non-judgmental and seemed to understand my issues. Her presence was calming and her voice soothing."
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Therese H

"This was my first time trying hypnosis. I saw how essential the hypnotic techniques are for allowing myself to get relaxed and push past my own firewalls to face facts and understand my blind spots better. In my limited experience, talk therapy takes so much longer to chip away at the defensiveness that keeps us blinded from some memories and self-reflections. Calypso is a thoughtful and kind person, and I have a lot of respect for her talents as a healer!
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Jaden H.

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