Combining certified instruction with licensed counseling expertise

Marie-Alana LaChance M.Ed, LPC, HBCEAs a Licensed Professional Counselor and HypnoBirthing Certified Educator, my personal approach to life is to always remind myself that I am a work in progress. As time moves on, I seek to find a balance between my mind, body, and spirit. My life philosophy is what motivates me to help others improve themselves, too.

Understanding and supporting people is a passion of mine, which led to my career choice as a counselor. I have a natural curiosity for people, who they are and who they want to become.

Licensed Professional Counselor

I began my counseling career at Springfield College in Springfield, MA in the school’s counseling center. There, I was able to work with college students who were transitioning from home to school. I counseled individuals, couples and families in several areas including stress management, goal setting, drug and alcohol abuse and eating disorders.

From the counseling center, I transitioned to full-time jobs in Brookfield, CT at a high school and now with middle school students. As a school counselor, I work with both my students and their families as they navigate through some of the most challenging years of their lives.

It is exciting for me to work with children. They are the ultimate works in progress – being able to support them on their path to adulthood is truly an honor.

Counseling Services
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HypnoBirthing My Two Sons

When I was pregnant with my first child and I thought about birth I knew what I didn’t want. I didn’t want an emergency c-section – this is how my mom had me. After hearing my birthing story through the years there were so many parts of it that were unsettling to me. The doctor never told my mom that I was transverse although he knew in advance, my mom didn’t know what was going on during labor besides they were putting her in several uncomfortable positions, and after I was born my mom didn’t see me for days. I didn’t want drugs. I remember seeing one of my cousins after she birthed her first child – she had an adverse reaction to the medicine they gave her during labor and was too ill to hold her baby. I didn’t want a room full of people gawking at me like an animal in a zoo, or worse yet, watching television while I labored. These are all moments that I experienced through the labors of family members and friends. I wished to make the idea of "labor" a clam, natural birthing experience for everyone involved.

At about 16 weeks into my pregnancy, HypnoBirthing found me. I was at an appointment at my midwives office and hanging on the wall was a flyer for a HypnoBirthing class. The words that stood out for me were calm and peaceful. As soon as I got home I went online and began to read and read and read and realized that HypnoBirthing was what I wanted because it was the exact opposite of what I didn’t want. HypnoBirthing is about being informed, being your own advocate, bonding with your child, holding your child skin to skin immediately after birth, bonding as a family, and peace and calm. I phoned the HypnoBirthing instructor and, after speaking with her, signed up for the class that changed my life.

I birthed my first son, Sebastien, on June 12, 2008 in the alternative birthing room at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. Before checking in at the hospital, I had a vanilla milkshake and cup of soup at a local diner – in between surges. The people around us were whispering, “I think she’s going to have the baby here.” But I knew I had time. The remainder of my labor happened in the birthing room, where the lights were dimmed and the relaxation music was playing. HypnoBirthing prepared me for the birthing experience I wish for every woman. After five hours, I was holding my son in my arms and asking for something more to eat. My family members were impressed at how relaxed and refreshed I was. It was a peaceful, calm and magical moment that left a lasting impression. I knew immediately, after Sebastien’s birth, that I had found a new calling.

Sons, Leonardo and SebastienMy second son, Leonardo, was born on February 5, 2010 at the Connecticut Childbirth and Women’s Center in Danbury, CT. It was just twenty months after Sebastien’s birth and I was looking forward to bringing another child into this world through HypnoBirthing. I enjoyed my time soaking in the tub at the birthing center. My husband remarked that I was “… literally floating on water with a big smile from ear to ear.” In between the birthing breaths, I spoke to my baby telling him that I was so excited to meet him. After five birth breaths, I was holding our son in my arms for the first time. And, just twelve hours after holding him in my arms for the first time, we were back at home as a family.

HypnoBirthing Certified Educator

With my love for counseling families and my belief in HypnoBirthing, today I support parents with their little ones from the very beginning as a HypnoBirthing Certified Educator.

I was trained by Mickey Mongan, the founder of HypnoBirthing, and am grateful for that experience. As a certified HypnoBirthing instructor through the HypnoBirthing Institute, I am dedicated to educating and empowering “parents to be” in birthing.

I see counseling and HypnoBirthing as a beautiful union – providing mothers and birth partners with an enriching, holistic approach. I am able to support couples in mind, body and spirit as they embark on the exciting journey of parenthood.