Integrating the medicines of hypnosis, energy, and poetry…

Kristin Prevallet is an interdisciplinary conceptual poet, performer, educator, and holistic practitioner. Her work is deeply informed by the semantics of sacred geometry, somatic healing, innovative poetics, and performance art. Since 2010, she has maintained a private practice in the NY Metropolitan area integrating hypnosis, energy healing, and life coaching. Her clients are people who are motivated to find momentum, creativity, and clarity in areas of their life where they had been feeling stuck.

Aside from creating online courses and retreats, she is the author of eight books and numerous chapbooks including Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn (Belladonna Collaborative, 2012), I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press, 2007), and Shadow, Evidence, Intelligence (Factory School, 2007). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including The Body In Language (edited by Edwin Torres, Counterpath Press, 2019), I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues Press), and Women Poets on Mentorship (Iowa Press.) For her graduate work at the University at Buffalo she catalogued the archive of the poet Helen Adam, and edited a volume of her work, A Helen Adam Reader, published by the National Poetry Foundation. Her work has been featured in Guernica Magazine, The Boston Review, The New Republic, Spoon River Review, The New Republic, and The Chicago Review, to name a few.

Prevallet has given lectures and presented her work nationally and abroad, in France, England, Mexico, and Myanmar. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the PEN translation Fund, Poets and Writers, The Millay Colony and has recently been invited as a visiting writer to perform and teach at Naropa University, The New School, Spalding University, and the Centre International de Poésie Marseille. She is a senior workshop leader for Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking, and a lecturer for the Bard Prision Initiative (BPI).

Aside from poetry, she has published two books about the connections between the body, healing, and language: Trance Poetics and Visualize Comfort: Healing and the Unconscious Mind.

An integrated, non-hierarchical approach to self-care

Kristin’s practice integrates techniques and philosophies gathered from a range of disciplines and trainings including Hypnosis, Yoga, Kundalini breathwork, Reiki, Neural Linguistic Programming, Neuroscience, Integrative Nutrition, and Positive Psychology. Her primary modality is hypnotherapy, and so every session includes processes of guiding a person into a trance where their inner resources, and systemic potential to change, can come forward.

Interview by the International Association of Counselors and Therapists:

IACT: Thank you for granting us this interview. I wonder if we might begin with a brief history of how you initially became involved with the work you do.

KP: The answer to that question is like a braided river…so many things converged to set me on this path. But the brief story is that I have been teaching creative writing for many years, which means that I have been teaching people how to unlock their creative flow in order to be able to compose whatever it is that they want to write automatically. So, for all these years I have been using techniques from hypnosis without even knowing it… by the time I formally studied it with Melissa Tiers, it was an epiphany of “I know this! Yes!” And to now be using these techniques to work one on one with people is so amazing.

IACT: I’ve read your book Trance Poetics with great interest. The manner in which you uncover creative writing using the unconscious mind is amazing. Perhaps this is a good time to ask how you define the correlation between language and the unconscious mind.

KP: For me the correlation between language and the unconscious mind is particularly cogent for hypnotists, because language is our medium. An acupuncturist uses needles, a chiropractor her hands; a Reiki master uses his hands to detect subtleties in the energy field and a doctor uses medicine. So having that understanding of how language works to heal both ourselves, and our clients, seems so crucial to me.

“My voice will go with you” is the title of Sidney Rosen’s book on Erikson’s teachings. The voice—and the words spoken using particular patterns well tread by lineages of great teachers–can reach into places in a person’s mind and soul that are beyond language. Poets call it “The extended pause…” And language is the path.

IACT: The language we use in our everyday lives surely has an impact on the paths we choose. Being mindful of language is essential. Can you expound on this?

KP: Yes, this is such a crucial point. There is the language of our internal dialogue and there is the language we use to communicate with others in the world. The two are interconnected and often, are out of alignment. Our internal dialogue seeps into the language we use to communicate in sometime subtle, and often times overt, ways. If hypnosis is effective for the long term, I think it’s because it changes the way we talk to ourselves.

IACT: Besides hypnosis, what other tools can be helpful to change the internal dialogue?

KP: I think that mindfulness — practiced in an array of forms including meditation, prayer, and yoga — is always helpful. It is when we are able to observe ourselves thinking, to step back from negative, unproductive, or obsessive thoughts by saying, “that’s me, thinking again…” that we can begin to have other thoughts — ones that move us to take action. And the centrality of breath in all of these practices is so fundamental — remembering to breathe, deeply and with purpose, is so grounding — like sinkers attached to fishing line, that internal dialogue isn’t quite so convincing when the body is centered around a feeling of calm.

IACT: Are there any final thoughts would you like to share with our readers?

KP: “A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.” I think that hypnosis is that special kind of beauty because it works with language as an energetic field that flows with information, healing power, and meaning.