By Robert Swart on November 5, 2021
For the past seven years, Wendy Cassavaugh, the owner of Full Reflections Wellness, has assisted others in strengthening their inner peace through the transformational modalities of Transpersonal Hypnosis, Energy Work, and Empowerment Coaching. Through self-examination of the things that have caused dis-ease in their lives, they can process, release, and heal it. They learn the importance of self-acceptance, forgiveness, and empowerment throughout their healing journey, finally reflecting the best version of themselves. The transformation happens from the inside out.
“My specialty is Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, and that’s what makes my services unique. Transpersonal Hypnotherapy is the crossing of mind, body, and spirit. It embraces the clinical aspects of hypnosis but adds the client’s higher dimensional realities as a therapeutic intervention. It’s believed that Transpersonal Hypnosis is the bridge between the mind, body, and spirit. I’m also a Master Hypnotic Coach, and as my clients come out of the hypnotic state, they share what they received while under hypnosis and how they experienced it. Many will describe it as a dream-like state or drifting in and out of consciousness. Either way, something is given to them, a memory, an emotion, a sound, an aroma, a person. This information will transport them to a time or place where healing is required, or love and compassion are experienced. I call it the Hansel and Gretel effect. The subconscious gives them bread crumbs to follow to their final destination, and it’s always a mystery for us both! As part of the session, I provide life coaching and empowerment techniques and tools. Then, when the session is over, they feel confident in their ability to move onto the next steps of their healing journey.
Many people express they experience a friendly connection, very accepting and nonjudgmental. They feel they come to visit a friend and not just to receive a session. So, it’s natural for me to help people feel welcome, creating the safest space for that person to BE, just BE. In the therapeutic world, this is called holding space. I am listening quietly, allowing them to have emotion, and energetically filling their space with a sense of safety and security. Within this safe space, people can open up and release trauma, crisis, and fear. I’ve been told on more than one occasion that these processes have helped more than decades of talk therapy.
I meet people where they’re at and where they feel comfortable. Most of my clients are newbies and require a lot of education about the types of transformational modalities I practice. I request that they “Trust the process.” The process aims to identify and deal with the root causes of the issue that has brought them in for services.”
Wendy’s Full Reflections Wellness unique approach has also earned her rave reviews from her clients, as can be seen from some of the reviews below.
“Wendy, I thank you for your excellent service! It has been life-changing for me to have been able to let go of so much of the past so I can move forward in the new chapter of my life! I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for your great work!” – Jim
“Wendy from the start is very personable and makes you feel more open, this allows her work to be absorbed in completely. I went to her for energy work with little knowledge of before. This is best to experience for yourself and Wendy is a wonderful teacher. Inspired me to explore classes related to the field. Thank you, Wendy,” – Daniel
“Wendy is incredible! I’ve had a variety of alternative holistic healing sessions and her method is by far the most balanced and potent. She is truly present and wise. Booked recurring sessions and recommend highly!” – Kendra
Wendy is the proud mother of three daughters and is blessed with seven, going on eight grandchildren, not to mention the new addition to the family, her rescue puppy, Kaya. Not having had the opportunity to know her grandparents, she feels very privileged to have the time and energy to spend with her grandchildren. “My daughters and grandchildren challenge me every day in mind and body. For example, when I visit North Idaho, my grandkids will curiously ask, “Hey grandma, can you still do a front-hand spring?” So, of course, I have to prove to them I still have it!”
Wendy grew up and raised her children in beautiful North Idaho. Even though she credits the highly inclement weather for much of her youthfulness and resiliency, the universe decided it was time to push her out of her comfort zone and try something new. After experiencing a short stint in the high desert of Colorado, she realized how freeing it was to forego the extreme elements. Having familial links to Arizona, she decided to make her way there, and it has been her state of residency for the last 11 years. Wendy does have the most wonderful time being a North Idaho tourist when she visits her daughters, their families, and farm animals.
Over the years, various people crossed Wendy’s path who inspired or influenced her spiritual growth. Lori Kuhns was a therapist who was so out there, beyond Wendy’s understanding and spirituality at the time, and she would often leave her office wondering, “What did she mean by that?”; Wendy loved her to bits. Lori was the first person who helped Wendy understand the strength of her own experienced trauma and inspired her to further connect with her spirituality but not in a traditional way. She encouraged her to attend a weekend retreat in Lake Tahoe with Stephan Barr, a healer, and spiritual connector. Wendy continues to utilize his teachings today.
Another healing instructor and friend of Wendy’s is Dr. Susanne Sundquist, a craniosacral healer in Tempe, AZ. After moving to Arizona, Wendy learned of an institute to pursue her holistic wellness and entrepreneurial dreams. She enrolled in the Holistic Wellness Practitioner program at SWIHA, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. SWIHA offered several modalities as specialties. Although hypnosis was at the top of Wendy’s list of most interest, she contemplated the obstacles. Finally, she decided that nutrition would be the easier path to a successful business and thought she could pursue hypnosis later in her career and enrolled in the program. Later that day, Wendy was receiving a cranial sacral treatment from Susanne. Susanne said, “You know, when you talk about nutrition, there’s energy there, and you are interested, but when you talk about hypnotherapy, you just vibrate!” At that point, Wendy knew it wasn’t about pursuing what was most practical; it was about pursuing what she was called to do. “Susanne empowered and inspired me by giving back to me what my energy was telling her, and I knew then, and there I had to pursue hypnosis and changed my specialty the very next day!”
Not many people realize that Wendy dedicated a year of her life to the AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteer in Service to America program. She worked full time to put new policies and procedures in place at a local food bank and family resource center while assisting over 1,500 unique volunteers a year with their mission to give back. “In this program, you’re only allowed to make $10,000 a year and not allowed to supplement your income in any way. You have to live at the poverty level to understand the experience of the people that you’re working on behalf of.” She says it was one of the most rewarding experiences she has had.
Having been a single mom of three children for several years and through the process of starting over more than once, living at the poverty level was all too familiar. However, the rewards came through witnessing the day-to-day needs of the homeless and hungry and community volunteers supporting those needs with thousands of volunteer hours. Because of her experience in volunteering and commitment to serving others, she brings it up with her clients and asks them whether they have a way to give back. “People need to know that they are needed and that no matter how difficult their life or situation is, they can find empowerment in helping another less fortunate.”
Wendy is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to her community. High standards of professionalism and the strong work ethics of small business owners like Wendy are the foundation of a wellness economy.
We sat down with Wendy for a quick interview –
Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: “I was the youngest of four children, and all my siblings were significantly older than me. I basically grew up as an only child on Farm-to-Market Road, so it was kind of lonely. The green yard, lined with purple lilac bushes, was where I taught myself for many hours to do cartwheels and handsprings! My stepfather watched the news all the time. At age six or seven, I remember seeing a war-torn community on TV and this little girl huddled up against the wall. She was all dirty and bloody, and I remember thinking, why am I here, and she’s there? How is this fair? It was like a spiritual connection and deep contemplation of the dualities of our experience. This spiritual questioning grew as I dealt with much more in both child and adulthood.
As the opportunity for growth through tumultuous experiences continued throughout Wendy’s life, she kept connecting on a deeper level with spirit. “I remember a time I was in a crisis as a child and recall being given the words to say to get out of it, make it stop. Then, as an adult, I remember going back into that space and contemplating how I knew what to say to get myself out of the circumstance. I believe my higher being or guardian angel was there, giving me not only the words but the courage to use my voice.
My direct and indirect collective experiences allow me to connect with many personalities, ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations. In addition, because I understand trauma and crisis personally, it comes naturally to empathize, empower, and coach around healing and keeping “forward focus.”
Shortly after returning from the retreat in Lake Tahoe with Stephan Barr, Wendy recalls practicing the Microcosmic Orbit, My kids were in school, and I had the house to myself. I remember going very quickly into this deep meditative state. I lived up in North Idaho at the time, but this meditative state took me to the desert. I was standing on a dirt road in the middle of the desert. About 100 yards ahead of me, standing on the road, was what looked like the back of Jesus. I was confused and shocked as I had never experienced anything as out of body like that before. Eventually, he turned, extended his hand, and said, “Walk with me.” It was most incredible. I came out of that state, tears flowing down the sides of my face, and I was frantically questioning, Where did you go? What do you mean? How do you want me to walk with you? Then, a few short weeks later, unimaginable tragedy struck, which ended MY happy second seven-year marriage, and I needed to walk with Jesus for several years after that! I can laugh about it now, but it was a journey.
I have never been religious or brought up in the church, but I am very spiritual and believe there are many pathways to forming a relationship with source. I understand now the experience with Jesus was my call to action, and I finally answered it. So, what I do now is my calling.
On another occasion, I was driving from Wyoming back to Arizona with my youngest daughter. We were leaving a visit with my two older daughters and their new babies and families. I was sad to leave and hadn’t slept well the night before. My daughter had fallen asleep in the front passenger seat. From one second to the next, I saw nothing but universal black space, and floating within this darkness was this tiny little round-headed baby; it was Gabriella, one of my new granddaughters, and she very sternly said, “Grandma!” I came to and corrected the car right before running off the road. I realized that I had fallen asleep at the wheel. That was very scary and mind-blowing all at once. I pulled over and gave a prayer of thanks for that divine intervention and Gabriella. Time and time again, I’ve experienced these spiritual connectors and not so gentle reminders that I’m supported. ”
Q: How did you get into this profession?
A: “All of my professional life has been dedicated to the empowerment and betterment of humanity. My first college experience was within a Human Services Program, and a psychiatric nurse created and taught the program. So, everything revolved around the mental health of the people we would serve and ensuring we knew how to care for ourselves as providers. Through the several hundred hours of field experience, I developed a great respect for both the power and fragility of the mind. In addition, I realized the deficiency in the understanding of the responsibility for caring for and protecting our mental health. This awakening grew as I worked within the medical, legal, judicial, child welfare, and mental health systems. As I worked with domestic violence, sexual assault survivors, and the chronically mentally ill, I held tight to the concept of “positive psychology” introduced in one of my many psych classes, utilizing it in every future work arena. Positive psychology focuses on helping people become happier, identifying what’s going right, where most traditional branches of psychology focus on dysfunction and abnormal behavior.
My path was not an easy or direct one. Instead, it came through years of loving, losing, growing, and leaping into the unknown without safety nets or securities, falling into potholes and finding the strength to climb out again. Through it all, I’ve developed tremendous strength, resiliency, and faith. Within these times of despair, I learned to go within and drown out the interference, negativity, judgments and find my inner peace, my Inner Being. I hope to impart knowledge and techniques to help others accept, heal, and free themselves of judgment and, more than anything, to realize they are never alone and that they are supported, loved, and valued.”
Out of all the areas Wendy’s worked, nothing compares to the years she spent as a stay-at-home mom and childcare provider. “I made the most of it and was able to be home with my girls for many years by supplementing the family income through extending what I was already doing, teaching, loving, and playing with kids. I remember a plaque I had on my wall to remind myself of my priorities: “Cleaning the house while the kids are still growing is like shoveling the snow while it’s still snowing.”
Wendy holds a Degree in Holistic Healthcare With a Concentration in Mind/Body Transformational Psychology (Southwest Institute of Healing Arts) and Certifications in Holistic Wellness (Southwest Institute of Healing Arts); Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Hypnotic Coach (The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners); Certificates of Excellence in Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching (Southwest Institute of Healing Arts); Master Reiki Practitioner (Dr. Susanne Woodward); and Human Services (North Idaho College)
Q: If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, what would it be?
A: “You must feel comfortable with the practitioner, comfortable enough to be vulnerable and share your deepest innermost thoughts and feelings. There must be a connection and a sense of safety and security with this person. Read their reviews. Talk to a couple of practitioners and ask as many questions as possible; after all, you are interviewing them and vice versa. Listen and trust your instincts.”
Q: What do you love about the communities in Tempe and Mesa?
A: “Both communities have a family orientation that I love. Mesa is an older community with many retirees, and Tempe is a younger crowd. The older generation is reconciling their lives, past and present, and staring their life to death transition in the face, so as you can imagine, there’s a lot of fear and a need for healing. The younger generation is searching and more aware of their responsibility to raise the world’s collective consciousness. It seems now more than ever they are also tasked with healing familial karma. I ask people to report anything that seems cyclical in their lives and earlier generations. Upon identification, the opportunity to heal it arises, and future generations can be spared from its reexperience. Regardless of where I’m at or who I’m working with, it’s the inner being of the person I’m seeing and connecting to. I see the best and the potential in everyone.”
Lori Kuhns gave Wendy a Mantra that she utilizes daily and would like to share it with you: Stay in your heart ~ Stand in your strength.
For those looking for Mind, Body, and Spiritual Transformation, Wendy should be your first choice. Wendy services the Arizona Valley and beyond, offering distance telehealth hypnosis to several areas of the country. Call Wendy at +1 602-456-0035, email email@example.com or visit www.fullreflectionswellness.com
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