Self Help Blog

Could Hypnosis Help Me?

“Don’t think about a lemon.” Now: are you not thinking about a lemon? Most people are thinking about a lemon when they read or hear this statement. This is why it is so difficult for people to change by simply resolving, to do something differently than they did before, such as losing weight, stopping smoking, overcoming a fear or insomnia, or other things. They focus on what they don’t want, but the subconscious mind takes over, and the attempt to change fails. How frustrating that, try though you may, you cannot make the change you desperately want.  What is HYPNOSIS and how does it work? Hypnosis is a state of mind in which your subconscious mind is dominating over your conscious mind. We all move into and out of light states of hypnosis everyday. For example, have you ever been driving your car down a road, fully awake, yet wondered how you got to where you are driving? This is a common occurrence. Another time when a person is in a light state of hypnosis is right before awakening. Finally when under stress, especially severe stress, our subconscious mind is dominant and we are in a highly suggestible state.  It…

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…

Announcing ‘Sunday Series’

Big plans are coming up in 2020! We are announcing our “Sunday Series” happening 1 Sunday per month from 1pm – 3pm. Anticipated sellout for limited quantities of seats available for the following: Learn Self-hypnosis for Stress Relief Hypnosis for weight loss Learn ‘EFT’ – Emotional Freedom Technique for Rapid Relief From Emotional Distress Heal Challenging Relationships, past and present, using Guided Imagery Use your Myers-Briggs personality style to access your strengths  as you move through a Life Transition Enjoy a “Past LIfe Regression” experience to help you address issues in this life! Let me know what interests you the most!

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…