Create Clarity and Calm

psychotherapy shaped by hypnosis, mind/body medicine and neuroscience

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Life is often confusing and painful.

Your lack of clarity can produce anxiety, depression, insomnia, physical pain and illness. They become a way of life, impacting the mental, social, physical, sexual and spiritual aspects of your living.

You need balance at the deepest levels of mind, body and spirit. You deserve not just psychotherapy, but therapy that crafts a well rounded and unique lifestyle based on the best of mindfulness meditation, hypnosis and cutting edge mind/body brain techniques.

Because deep within you lies the wisdom and experience to transform your life. And together we create a secure space to address your pain, and connect with your hidden strengths. Whether you choose individual therapy, hypnotherapy, our therapeutic workshops or my meditative hypnosis downloads, I offer you this opportunity to better focus your positive intentions.

If you are ready to make serious changes that will better prepare you for life's challenges, I'm looking forward to working with you.

I’m glad that you’re taking the detour before continuing through the site. I have some information to share about my current health status that impacts my abilities to provide regular and robust therapy.

It was confirmed recently that I have neck cancer. My doctor says that it is treatable and even curable. I’m being treated aggressively with seven weeks of chemoradiation. Radiation for five days a week, with chemotherapy, concurrently every three weeks. I’ve been told that the recovery time can last up to a month following the last treatment. I believe that I will be available for office and phone sessions sporadically at first but my energies will eventually need to be directed inward. The office will probably close at that time for a month or so.

Week 7-Present

This is the first chance that I feel confident in my ability to update you on my current progress. Long story short, in the words of my oncologist,  we’ve reached the point where we know I'll survive the cancer and the question becomes how I’ll survive the treatment. Since I’ve last checked in, I’ve had a weeklong hospital stay based on some alarming blood results.  They put in a feeding tube and  I feel much better.  Next week, I should surpass the remainder of my  physical challenges and begin the ascent to wellness.  I can't promise regular updates yet, but I'll strive to be healthy enough to post.  As always, thanks for all the inquiries and well wishes!  I believe that my return to work will simply follow a reverse schedule of my departure, starting with a few days of phone calls, increasing to part time office visits and finally back to my forty hour week. I'm still aiming for a summer return but with all the surprises that have popped up this last month, I feel more curious than confident with that target date.  I'm pleased to report that my physicians’ optimism for a cure is unchecked. I hope to be speaking to you sooner rather than later!

Week 6 March 19-23

Well, the time to begin my pause from psychotherapy has, surprisingly, arrived. Over the weekend, my ability to speak was compromised, almost overnight. I don't see this condition improving soon and I believe it will worsen before it does. However, I learned that I will need fewer radiation treatments than originally predicted and that my progress is good. Something’s working right! I'll probably not post updates until I can provide a schedule of my availability for sessions. Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

Week 5 March 12-16

The new 'normal' is here and I'm feeling pushed but pleased with my body's responses. Bouncing back from the second chemotherapy was about the same as the first round. But now, my fatigue is greater and my focus a bit less concentrated. If I continue this week as I have this weekend, I can offer sixty minute phone sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 12pm-3pm. Please email me at or text me at 713 459 9888 if you'd like to schedule. Thanks for all your support and flexibility.

Week 4, March 5-9

I’m almost at the halfway mark! This Wednesday, I will be taking the second of three infusions and it will also mark the halfway mark for the radiotherapy. Because of the chemotherapy and my dietary preparations, I’ll only be working on Monday 1:00-6:00 this week. Prior to beginning chemoradiation, I believed that this would be my last week of seeing clients. And it still may be that way, but I’m very curious about what my other options might be. I really won’t know until the weekend.

Week 3, February 26-March 2

The second week of radiation bites the dust. Yes (insert fist pump)! I’m welcoming the ease of mindfully focusing on my physical experience. Last week, most of my taste buds went on strike, over night, really, as did some of my salivary glands.That means the radiation is working. With minimal self-care, my stamina and concentration are still available. I plan to work the same schedule as I did last week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:00-5:00. For a more detailed account of experiences and mind-body stuff, check out my other updates by clicking here: and then scroll down to "Fundraiser Updates" .

Week 2, February 19-23

Last week was certainly instructive! The addition of a five hour infusion day on Wednesday knocked me out for 24 hours. Wow. Based on my experiences since then, my current plan is to complete this week with office hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-5. Thank you for all of your support!

Week 1, February 12-16

The first week of therapy has begun, Monday, February 12th. All my available sessions for Monday and Tuesday, February are filled. I won’t be in Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

As a therapist who knows the power and the wisdom of all mind-body connections, I can’t help wondering if I’ve unconsciously assigned myself some very personal and urgent mystery to explore.

I’ll do my best to apply all the practices I’ve learned over the last thirty years. I’ve already begun to tweak interventions to curtail unnecessary stress. Hopefully I can remain sufficiently mindful to see more opportunities for healing and growth. But my ideals exist only as I begin the daily trips for radiation and chemotherapy. Whatever skills I’m able to bring to the next 10 weeks, I’m confident that I will return to my full time private practice, healthy and alert, before the summer.

When you are dissatisfied with the way things are, with the way you are, it means you are ready to evolve, to take a step forward.

You can adjust your perspectives. Discover potentials. Resolve painful issues and release the power to change that resides within. You can think, feel and live in ways that add balance and hope instead of pain and hopelessness.

Like all of us, your childhood was challenging and filled with difficult moments. It's meant to be that way. But sometimes, what was happening then felt frightening and insurmountable. As part of your hardwired program, the brain automatically created emotional and mental adaptations to protect you, to keep you moving forward. You may not remember when or how that happened. Yet they still may exert a powerful influence over your thoughts and feelings today. In fact, your current struggles may stem from adaptations that no longer serve you. Adaptations that once helped you, now hurt you. Surprisingly, they may be damaging physically as well as psychologically.

It's time to explore your inner world safely and deeply to release, regenerate and heal.

My approach offers safe access to hidden intelligence at the deepest levels. With a keen eye on the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, I help you craft an individualized, well-rounded and transformative therapy that combines the best of mindfulness meditation, clinical hypnosis and psychology.

It may not be easy. It takes courage to bear the truth of your personal story.

But from this truth comes new knowing. Freedom from frustrating, destructive patterns. And the opportunity to be at peace with yourself.

I work with adults and adolescents as individuals, couples, families and groups, and have been trained in the following therapeutic approaches:

  • Ego State Therapy
  • Clinical hypnotherapy (Ericksonian, Traditional)
  • Experiential (e.g., Gestalt Therapy and Psychodrama)
  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • EMDR
  • Mind/Body Medicine

I specialize in treating stress sensitive illness. Anxiety, PTSD, depression, dissociation, IBS and fibromyalgia are just a few examples of conditions that have responded favorably to my approach.

I have always provided distance therapy to non-local clients, first by phone and recently by adding the internet. I’m always looking for the means to safely and effectively reach out to as many people as I can. To accommodate the mechanics of communication, I’ve made some tweaks to my ‘tools’ that have allowed me to maintain creative and productive connections.

I also provide workshops and seminars, consultation, classes and professional training for psychotherapists and businesses, upon request.

More about my perspectives
Fees, Forms, etc.

I’m a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist practicing in Houston, Texas since 1989.

While I’ve been trained in different types of cognitive, behavioral and psychodynamic ‘talk’ therapies, I rely on clinical hypnosis, EMDR, and mindfulness training to insure deep long lasting change.

My orientation and experience in hypnosis led me to the profound understanding of the interconnections of mind, body and brain. Currently, I describe my expertise as the treatment of stress sensitive illness. My treatment approach allows me the freedom to address pain and imbalance whether the symptoms are primarily cognitive/emotional (e.g., anxiety, depression, PTSD, dissociation) or physical (e.g., IBS, fibromyalgia).

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis certified me as an Approved Consultant, their highest level of recognition, in 1999. I’ve conducted accredited hypnosis workshops and seminars for healthcare professionals and graduate students since 1990.

I’m enthusiastic about Stillstate Wellness, my research driven system of mental and physical exercises that maximize brain health. Because the sciences continues to provide new insights into the brain, the curriculum continues to develop. My workshops and retreats have been well received since 2009.

I also enjoy teaching and practicing Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido. I was introduced to much of my personal practice of mindfulness, meditation and yoga in this multi-layered art. I earned my first aikido black belt in 2004.

Evolving the brain for resilience, clarity and calmness.

Evolutionary psychologists tell us that the human brain, unchanged for 50,000 years, is hardwired to survive by relying on suspicion and vigilance. In the 21st century, those primitive reactions to unpredictable circumstances compromise cognitive, emotional, sexual and physical health.

Current research validates the health benefits of the distinct but overlapping practices of hypnosis, meditation, yoga, and mindful martial arts like aikido. They create certain configurations of brain, mind and body that counter stress--we call them stillstates. Stillstates initiate and promote positive neuroplasticity--the ability of the brain to grow and repair itself. At Stillstate Wellness, we seek to ‘evolve’ the primitive reactive brain to master the stresses of 21st century living. To guarantee health and peak performance, start with the brain.

Stillstate Wellness workshops were founded on the science of brain change. "Neural friendly" approaches were carefully selected and adapted from mindful meditative and martial arts to create a flowing system of mind, body and brain training. We believe that with regular stillstate practice, a life of balance, ease and resilience is inevitable.

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Are you intrigued about the documented benefits of meditation? Does the possibility of overcoming unconscious obstacles make self-hypnosis appealing to you? Do you believe you could benefit from some centering, disciplined practice but somehow can't seem to make the time?

Look no further.

Find a private spot to relax and listen

For the past twenty years, I have been examining the neuroscience of meditation, hypnosis and brain entrainment, carefully crafting recordings that include updated and essential tools to efficiently change the brain...and still be ‘user friendly.’

The result? A library of brief and portable MP3s that combine the best of hypnosis and meditation. Unlike other programs that offer formulaic instructions which may or may not fit for you, these recordings encourage you to intuitively choose your own wise path and pace, creating a unique, individual healing experience. With every repetition, you effortlessly learn to adjust your brain state while accessing a powerful tool of creativity and change: your unconscious mind. Using hypnotic meditations to challenge habitual viewpoints and unwanted behaviors is an economical and efficient way to make physical, mental, and even spiritual changes.

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Our satisfied clients consistently reported these advantages to using our MP3s:

  • they are portable, brief--can be used anywhere, anytime.
  • they are designed to interact with your personal life events, so a single trance can be almost endlessly replayed with different results.
  • they are especially powerful in conjunction with most forms of mind/body work, such as: individual/group therapy or counseling; body work; energy medicine; 12 step programs; meditation of all types; yoga; tai chi; chi gung; and aikido to list just a few.
  • they are focused peak performance tool (for physical/sports, occupation academics, etc).
  • they are potent adjuncts for most diet, smoking cessation or other habit management. programs

My sincere wish is, that in time, the trances will inspire you to listen regularly—and in so doing, naturally discover the benefits of this centering, disciplined practice.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free thirty minute consult, please email or call me.

James Matson, LCSW
9100 Southwest Freeway,
Suite 122
Houston, TX 77074

Office Hours:
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.