Non-Directive Hypnotherapy and Mind-Body Strategies

Healing after traumatic experiences have become an ever more acknowledged need in the field of mental health.  Trauma underlies many emotional symptoms and adverse behaviors. One does not need to have experienced time on the battlefield or child abuse in order to have scars and ill-adaptive behaviors later in life. Exploring the unconscious mind to search for underlying factors, then installing curative changes in beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, can occur in non-directive approaches to hypnotherapy.  Regression therapy asks the mind to go back to an initial causative event when a maladaptive behavior began. (Examples could be something that would lead to an addiction, or even to inappropriate simple responses to other circumstances.) Sometimes, a pattern cannot be noted to be readily determinable. In “past life regression”, for example, a story emerges from the mind, (whether a true “past life” or not), which brings new, symbolic understandings and solutions to “this life” issues.  Such strategies relate to work done by a highly acclaimed early psychiatrist, Carl Jung. People who have experienced trauma, (sometimes thought to be 70 percent of the adult population) can become “triggered” and return to a stressed, “fight-flight” state of mind;  perhaps the triggering event would seem like nothing…

Stress Relief Through EFT and Other Energy Psychology Methodologies

It’s now becoming more recognized that the whole body holds an imprint of stress. Interestingly, some healing traditions are ancient. Acupuncture, for instance, has been traced back to about five thousand years. Compare that to the science behind conventional medicine, which had its roots in the nineteenth century. I like to teach some strategies derived from ancient traditions,  from the arena of energy psychology, to assist with rapid symptom relief and rebalance physically and emotionally. I’ve found that Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an easy-to-learn strategy that can quickly bring down the stress response within minutes, thus acting as an aid to correcting emotional dysregulation.  It also has some more sophisticated applications which can help to heal underlying “root causes”, thus able to be used in more complex situations. This carefully crafted technique utilizes a system of tapping or massaging certain acupuncture points while repeating certain phrases in a certain order.  This seems to instill a relaxation response, thus allowing the brain to be more receptive to a different way of thinking and responding. While the ever-expanding field of helping strategies can be overwhelming, I like to help my client to find “whatever works” best. “Thoughts are things” – changing one’s…

Dealing With Anxiety: Thinking Your Way Out Of It

One of the most acknowledged ways of dealing with anxiety is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. I recently did an interview with Lindsey Victoria from A Life Well-Balanced. We spoke about simple and natural ways for you to cope with anxiety.   Here are the links to the resources we talked about in the video: ‘Healing Relaxation’ guided hypnosis The Feeling Good Handbook by Dr. Burns Click here to schedule an appointment with me   Here is another resource that gives you very specific ways to use this technique to change your thoughts, thus reduce the out of control feelings that you have. For those readers who desire specific and detailed ways to change thinking, I recommend this site. I like to think of this model, which is highly acclaimed, and about which numerous books and courses have been written, in a really simple way. Most simply put: “What could I say to myself to make myself feel better about this?” Interestingly, a developmentally disabled individual who suffers from severe anxiety, and even had a traumatic past, told me how he had already coped, over most of his life, with anxiety. He put it this way: “Most of the…

Essential Oils – An Alternative to Medications

Frequently people ask me about alternatives to prescription medications; it is of course well known, researched and published, that these medications have effects, but also side effects. In one way, this is very good, because you know what to look for in case some unexpected result occurs. Sometimes, with some medications, side effects like nausea can disappear after a few days. Some medications carry a black box warning, meaning a serious side effect like suicidal ideation can occur. Thus, one should use caution, as we should all do when putting anything into or on our bodies. One must decide for oneself if something really helps, and whether benefit outweighs risks. There are some supplements which can help to relieve certain symptoms of anxiety and depression. For more severe disorders, medications are typically recommended by psychiatrists and physicians, but I still believe in benefits outweighing risks. The most commonly used supplements for depression are Sam-E, St. John’s Wort, Omega 3’s found in fish oil or flaxseed, and 5 HTP. These all seem to have few or no side effects: a good idea to check these out for yourself; much information is available online. Go to a reliable site; add a search…

Tips for the Procrastinator

  “We take it easy, and we make it easy” Many years ago, when I was having “another  life” in my job function, I was asked to interview a grandmotherly, African American female as a part of a child protective service investigation.  I encountered her in the middle of a field, where she was stooped over, picking vegetables in the scorching sun.  The day was so hot that I could barely stand the temperature inside of my air conditioned car. I walked through the field in the baking sun to approach this lady.  She was covered in dark clothing and wore a sort of bandana on her head.  Over that was perched a straw, brimmed hat.  As I walked over to her, I wondered how she could possibly stand to work under these conditions.  So I asked her exactly that question.  She grinned a partly toothless smile, winked, and said, “Ohh, we take it easy and we make it easy!” Over the years since that day,  I have pondered and marveled at the wisdom in that statement, given that she was still smiling during what seemed to me to be torturous working conditions. I sometimes relate that story to clients,…