DR. DEBORAH GILMOUR
Connecticut Hypnotherapy is run by Dr. Deborah Gilmour, a Clinical Neuropsychologist, Board Certified Hypnotherapist , Certified NLP and EFT Practitioner, and a member of the National Guild of Hypnotherapists. Dr Gilmour is also a qualified Medical Hypnotherapist and certified Cancer Support Hypnotherapist. She has successfully completed full certification in Quantum Healing and Past Life Regression, an exclusive course delivered by world-renowned hypnotherapy expert Dolores Cannon.
Dr. Gilmour, originally from Scotland, holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing and a Doctoral Degree in Neuropsychology. She is a Board Certified Hypnotherapist, a Neurolinguistic (NLP) Practitioner, and Certified in Emotional Relief Techniques (EFT). Dr. Gilmour is also the Regional Trainer/Director for Scotland and trainer in Connecticut for Fertility and Birth by Hypnosis for the Hypno/Fertility Foundation.
She began her career in the medical field as a nurse at Hairmyres Hospital in Scotland and completed her training at Jackson Memorial/University of Miami Medical Center in Miami , Florida. Her specialty was brain and spinal cord injury, an area where devastating injuries changed peoples lives forever. Having experienced loss of family first hand to brain trauma, she has developed a compassion and understanding to work with patients and families and assist them get beyond the headlights of the car. After several years in this field, and following extensive education, she decided to go into private practice and co-founded Multilingual Rehabilitation and Assessment in Connecticut.
Dr. Gilmour has traveled to the other side of the world to bring you the full benefits of her experience, knowledge and skills. With her expert guidance, you will understand the psychology and the physiology behind your difficulties -- a process that makes her stand out among her peers.
It is easy to understand why Dr. Gilmour choose to specialize in the area of Fertility and Birth by hypnosis. Not being able to conceive when you desperately want to become a parent holds just as much physical and emotional pain as any other injury to the self. The common thread through it all is her commitment to play a part in helping relieve the physical and psychological pain of others.
Throughout her career, Dr. Gilmour has demonstrated a deeply-held commitment to community service and social activism. From the very beginning, she has focused her efforts in three clustered categories; Sexually abused children, Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Trauma, and Veterans and the Homeless. Her commitment continues to this day.
From 1973 to 1974 while studying for her nursing degree. Dr. Gilmour also found time to address the needs of emotionally traumatized children, giving three nights a week to Kids in distress, a South Miami Intervention organization.
After her graduation Dr Gilmour met Barth Green, MD an internationally-recognized neurosurgeon and expert in spinal cord injury. Dr Green invited her to join the neurosurgical team of nurses at The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr Gilmour continued to apply her skills in the service of others, while working as a neurosurgical trauma nurse. For more than 25 years, she scoured the bridges of Biscayne Boulevard where the homeless were known to gather for shelter, offering blankets and making meals for those she found there.
From her earliest days in Scotland, Dr. Gilmour was always at home in the water. She received the Bronze Medal for Life Saving at a young age along with numerous championship trophies for swimming. Her natural talents in the water, later became valuable attributes in an aquatic setting. At the Morningside Pool on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, Dr, Gilmour could be found volunteering her time to work with paralyzed patients, some of whom would grow to progress to the point of being able to perform individual diving. This was groundbreaking service at the time, and the program would grow to become the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. For her efforts she was given an Award of Appreciation from the Rehabilitation Department of the Spinal Cord Injury organization. Dr Gilmour cared for Mark Buoniconti, son of FL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti. Mark graduated college and is the face of The Miami Project to cure paralysis.
Dr Gilmour, while pursuing her doctoral degree in neuropsychology, volunteered at the Camillus House, a non-profit organization that provided humanitarian services to the poor and homeless. For her efforts, Dr. Gilmour was presented with a volunteer service award by the Psychiatry Department of the university of Miami.
South Florida was Dr. Gilmour's home base for nearly three decades, and she was frequently exposed to an array of traumatic emergencies, even natural disasters such as hurricanes that posed devastating risks to the people of the greater Miami area. Rather than run from such crises, Dr.Gilmour chose to intervene, assisting the National Guard in setting up on-site MASH units in hardest hit areas and providing emergency medical services through direct field work. She was known to stay in the field during traumatic situations, to include riots and sniper attacks continuing her work until the disaster was relieved.
Dr. Gilmour's commitment to social service continued without interruption after she graduated (with distinction) with a degree in neuropsychology and her relocation to Connecticut.
Since her arrival in 1995, Dr. Gilmour has intervened on behalf of Greater Hartford's homeless population, providing blankets and food in cold weather to those whose only home is a city bridge or a highway overpass. As a founding partner of Multilingual Rehabilitation and Assessment Services, located in Farmington, it is the policy of the company to provide treatment and testing to children suffering from attachment disorder and or abandonment/ adoption concerns, setting aside multiple appointment hours every week for those who need assistance on a pro bono basis. Dr. Cristina Ciocca (business partner) supports this project also using her time to do neuropsychological testing with underprivileged children.
As an experienced medical professional and well-respected doctor of neuropsychology with a myriad of advanced training, Dr. Gilmour remains on call for any disaster that might occur. In addition she has added post-war counseling and interventions for veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan with a range of emotional disorders, to include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Gilmour offers her service to American servicemen in the field whenever they need her and provides confidential therapy via e-mail.
Residents of the Greater Hartford area are fortunate to have Dr. Gilmour, a seasoned neuro-psychologist expert with a long history of selfless public service, addressing their emotional needs and offering assistance in times of trauma.
"Dr. Deborah Gilmour is a dedicated and highly skilled hypnotist. She has been working in the field of human development and neuropsychology for over 30 years and her experience and compassionate manner shine through when she is working with a client. Dr. Deborah has a fine sense of humor that she brings to her sessions. She brings a unique understanding of psychology as well as the invaluable tools of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Hypnosis to her client session. She is able to quickly guide a client into trance accessing the subconscious mind to let go of limiting behavior and beliefs and lead her clients towards more resourceful behavior and personal success.
In addition to being a Board Certified hypnotist, Dr. Gilmour is also a "Hypnotist for Fertility" specialist and her program is successfully enabling couples to achieve their dreams of becoming parents. Each client program is individually designed to lead her client to personal success."
~ Sarah Carson, Certified Hypnotist, NLP Trainer, Hypnosis for Fertility Specialist, International Center For Positive Change, New York, N.Y.
“Have you ever been so mentally bereft that you didn't know what to do? That was how I felt when I was referred to Dr. Gilmour. It was my saving grace. I had suffered a rare brain infection that left me confused, depressed, unable to sleep and or function. My days were spent in a little room to keep me away from almost all stimuli. I was beginning to believe that there was no help! No one to give me direction to take me out of this horrendous abyss.
The first time I walked into Dr. Gilmour's office I felt safe. From the beginning of my treatments Dr.Gilmour showed me understanding, where others had made me feel mentally ill, she demonstrated true qualities of patience and compassion, empathic listening and genuine caring. She gave me the tools to help me get my life back. You knew she was there for you like an anchor in a storm.
Her background in nursing in the neurosurgical/trauma field could only have enhanced her already unique capacity to make that so important connection with her patients. She showed compassion, understanding, gentleness and kindness that was superb. Hypnotherapy was introduced into my treatment that provided me with the knowledge that I had the ability and the inner strength to overcome my ill health. Quickly I learned how to deal with the stress and had the ability to slow my mind down and relax. To begin a journey that would bring me out of the darkness.
As a neuropsychologist she is not only a talented professional, she is there to do whatever is necessary to help improve your life. I have never met anyone so dedicated to her patients and profession. So wiling to go the extra mile to help improve their lives.”
~ D. Filer, Hartford, CT.
“How does one write about someone you have only met through e-mails. Last year I was talking to a buddy in the US (I’m a 19 years old and a soldier serving in Iraq) and telling him "I'm loosing it man". (A few of my buddies had already been taken and every day I thought I would be next.) After listening to me for a while, he asked if he could give a doctor (and friend) he knew, my e-mail address, he thought she might be able to help. I agreed, but did not think anything would come of it. Who would take the time without being paid, and if they did, how could they help me from such a distance.
Within a few hours of the conversation I had an e-mail in my inbox. All it said was "I'm here for you, day or night, write me a story, write me a story about a young boy who is in the army, what is his name? (any name is fine), with the exception of your name, and do not use the word "I" use the word "he" when you write your story. Tell me if he sleeps well, tell me how strong he is, tell me how proud he is to be an American serving his country, tell me if he has a significant other, male or female, tell me if he had a significant other, what she/he would look like, tell me if he is afraid, tell me if he is angry. I will be waiting with great anticipation to read your story." Dr. G.
I thought she was crazy but out of sheer desperation I wrote a story. That was the beginning of many stories I would write. Within hours of my sending the first story, there was a reply. From the very beginning she embarked on a fascinating adventure with me through my stories, How she came up with her stories I will never know, it was if she had been in combat herself. Her understanding and intuition of what was going on in my head was amazing. Not to mention her sense of humor, it was wicked and so unexpected. Her camel jokes were outrageous. I will never look at a camel the same way again. Whether my stories were light hearted or deeply disturbing and graphic, she found a way to guide me, and gave me the ability to weave my own magic into my life in the desert.
I will never be able to repay Dr. G. I don't know what she did or how she did it, but I began to change, to relax, to sleep soundly at night, to dream of home when I did sleep. I could think of my buddies without the guilt of "why them and not me" , I saw new purpose to what I was doing, and why I was doing it. I could hear war sounds (helicopter overhead) and be calm and alert instead of feeling panic. Through her story telling I found myself thinking in a way I had never thought before. Or not thinking at all just "doing it", however, at the same time I discovered I had a higher radar frequency in my head and a powerful awareness of my surroundings. I walked patrol with confidence. Guarded but unafraid, with a new inner peace. In two months I will finish my tour and without a doubt I will be heading North to meet this unbelievable woman who is so committed to her purpose, someone with total dedication to her profession and who turned this young boy into a man. It is suffice to say that I am not the only soldier she writes to. So I think I can speak for all of the guys I know personally she has helped and continues to help.
A BIG THANK YOU DR. G., Forever Grateful.”
~ Jose, Iraq
“There is nothing more terrifying to a writer than to come face to face with a creative block, an emotional obstacle that seems to threaten your ability to write another word. I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Gilmour, who used patience and insight into the human mind to guide me through my period of concern. With her help and expertise in the power of hypnoses, I quickly returned to productive work, and I’ve continued to use her suggestions and affirmations to overcome my fear of failure, the real basis of writer's block. I recommend Dr. Gilmour without reservation.”
~ Don Massey, Hartford, CT. Author, A Matter of Degree.
“I have battled obesity all my life. I suffered from health issues because of it. I have asthma, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, shortness of breath and leg cramps. To name a few. Many times, I charged into battle, trying conventional, non-conventional, popular and not so popular methods for losing weight, only to retreat with a profound sense of failure. How could I think of ever putting myself through that again? Could I dig deep enough to find the strength and courage to go one more round?
With Dr. Gilmour, I felt for the first time in my life that someone understood me. Her weight control program is a combination of therapy and hypnosis. Through therapy, she helped me understand the triggers in my life and worked through unresolved issues that kept me on a revolving diet. Through hypnosis I have regained my strength and confidence. Dr. Gilmour’s program gave me the tools I need to face life's challenges. I have a newfound inner peace. Most important of all, there is a deep sense of relief knowing that she is there to support me whenever I need it.”
~ Matra Williard, Hartford, CT
“On July 20th. 1980 My life as I knew it changed forever. I was involved in a car accident in which I suffered a severe brain injury, leaving me in a coma for 10 days. I woke up with the mentality of a child of six years old, not remembering my family, how to walk, sit or how to write, basically everything that a young child has to learn. My parents brought me home, however, I received no professional rehabilitation, resulting in me progressing physically but not mentally.
I moved out on my own and I lost one job after the other and with no job, and an inability to remain living in my own apartment, I began to drink excessively. For years I lived a life of confusion, fear, self-destruction, and overwhelming anxiety, accompanied by extreme depression. I had lost everything and found my self living on the streets and finally in a shelter. The best thing that could ever have happened to me. With the assistance of social security I once again moved into my own apartment and began seeing Dr. Gilmour, she was the only brain injury Dr. I found, who would take Medicare and was paid poorly for the services she gave.
Dr. Gilmour, from our first appointment, assisted me from looking up and seeing the bottom, to becoming an individual that is now a productive member of society. I could not have become this person without her expertise in understanding the challenges encountered by brain injured individuals. Her ability to instill the belief that you can make it, and want to strife to be the best you can be, and be proud of who that person is, to make you honor yourself, forgive yourself, and most of all to love yourself.
Through Dr. Gilmour's, never demeaning, but affirming, cognitive therapeutic approach I was, and continue to be taught, tools used to handle a wide variety of life's challenges. She immediately understood me, as though she was in my head looking out through my eyes. Her insight into my feelings, or lack thereof, astounded me. She taught me to laugh at my self with her Scottish sense of humor , her stories always had a message, a much deeper meanings. She taught me how do the smallest of activities without judgment, just patience and love. Not to mention she was available wherever she was in the world, anytime day or night.
In conclusion, even today I seek Dr. Gilmours' expertise as an invaluable part of my life. I now own my own home, my own car, have a part time job and have been sober for years. This transformation I attribute to Dr. Gilmour. She saved my life.”
~ B. Forst, Old Weathersfield, CT.
“My family cannot thank you enough for the positive changes you have made in our girls' lives. The girls have more confidence and now know how to handle difficult situation by staying calm and rational using your relaxation techniques. Your compassion, professionalism, and accessibility have helped us through some of the most difficult times in our lives. You are truly a gifted doctor.”
~ Michele, South Windsor, CT.
"I had read all the self help books, I knew all the symptoms so why was it that I was unable to free myself of the shame and guilt I felt from the sexual abuse I underwent as a child.
I had been in and out of therapy since I was 12 years old. My father took me from one therapist to another. He spent time and money to get me help. He finally gave up on me and told me he had taken me to the most qualified people he could find, that I had seen the best and it was my fault I could not "just let it go". I burned with anger inside. I hated the world and everybody in it.
I had managed to complete college and graduated as a nurse. Something else my father hated, his son, a male nurse. He questioned my sexuality, which only deepened my anger. I worked at a local hospital and after a poor work performance review; my supervisor gave me Dr. Gilmour's card and did more than suggest I make an appointment to see her. This only added more fuel to my inner fire. I was furious.
My life consisted of anger outburst, destroying personal property in rages, going in and out of deep depressions, and failing at one relationship after another. I had just failed at another relationship and knew that I was on the roller coaster again.
The first time I met Dr. Gilmour I had an attitude. I did not want another therapist. She extended her hand to greet me, which, I ignored. I followed her into her office and when she was seated I immediately told her that she would be unable to help me. She rose from her chair opened her office door and said, "your probably right, why don't you not waste my time or yours, just stop by billing and pay your account" she was actually throwing me out of her office and going to charge me for a session. I stood frozen to the spot. Seeing my hesitation to leave, She shocked me even more by her next statement. "lets get one thing clear, I was a nurse long before I was a doctor and should you decide to work with me, I don't tolerate bullshit, you either want help or you don't. My advice is that you sit your self down and tell me what you are so pissed off about and not throw away your money."
I worked with Dr. Gilmour, and she pulled out of me all the pain and anger I had held onto for so long. She was true to her word, she took no crap. She embraced my anger with open arms and for the first time I felt validated. Within the month I had emptied my guts to her, and never had I felt such gentleness, warmth and kindness. Her energy flowed around me and I finally felt safe as I lay in a fetal position on her couch and cried for the first time.
She introduced hypnosis and slowly and lovingly she brought the little boy up through the years. She freed me from the guilt that I had carried for so long. She gave me the courage to accept myself, to love myself, forgive myself and most importantly to let go of the anger that was destroying my life.
I am now married with two children and give thanks frequently to Dr. Gilmour who saw the child within the man and chose to treat the child. She taught me compassion by demonstrating it, she taught me to be a gentler person, a kinder person, which, made me a better nurse, father and husband. Without her help I could never have attained these attributes. At every opportunity I would recommend Dr. Gilmour. SHE was the best “
~ M. Johnson, Hartford, CT.
Dear Dr Gilmour, you helped my daughter
Anne with her encopresis over a month ago, and I want to tell you how
great she is doing! She is pooping nearly every day and we haven’t had
to use an enema or suppository since we’ve seen you. I am blown away.
Thanks so much! I’ve sung your praises and appreciate what you did for
Dr. Gilmour is an expert hypnotherapist, I have rarely met someone
with such passion, skill and caring as she has when working with her
clients. If you choose to work with Dr. Gilmour, I have no doubt that
you will be delighted with the results.
There is nothing more terrifying to a writer than to come face to
face with a creative block, an emotional obstacle that seems to threaten
your ability to write another word. I had the opportunity to work with
Dr. Gilmour, who used patience and insight into the human mind to guide
me through my period of concern. With her help and expertise in the
power of hypnoses, I quickly returned to productive work, and I've
continued to use her suggestions and affirmations to overcome my fear of
failure, the real basis of writer's block. I recommend Dr. Gilmour
Dear Dr. Gilmour,
My family cannot thank you enough for the positive changes you have
made in our girls' lives. The girls have more confidence and now know
how to handle difficult situation by staying calm and rational using
your relaxation techniques. Your compassion, professionalism, and
accessibility have helped us through some of the most difficult times in
our lives. You are truly a gifted doctor
I have battled obesity all my life. I suffered from health issues
because of it. I have asthma, high blood pressure, sleep apnea,
shortness of breath and leg cramps. To name a few. Many times, I charged
into battle, trying conventional , non-conventional, popular and not so
popular methods for losing weight, only to retreat with a profound sense
of failure. How could I think of ever putting myself through that again?
Could I dig deep enough to find the strength and courage to go one more
round? With Dr. Gilmour, I felt for the first time in my life that
someone understood me. Her weight control program is a combination of
therapy and hypnosis. Through therapy, she helped me understand the
triggers in my life and worked through unresolved issues that kept me on
a revolving diet. Through hypnosis I have regained my strength and
confidence. Dr. Gilmour's program gave me the tools I need to face
life's challenges. I have a new found inner peace. Most important of
all, there is a deep sense of relief knowing that she is there to
support me whenever I need it.
A BIG THANK YOU DR. G.