Category Archives: Clinical Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy and Autoimmune Disease

HypnotherapyDid you know that Autoimmune Disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries?  That’s right, people in underdeveloped countries, without clean running water, flushing toilets, cars, large supermarkets don’t really experience these diseases.

Major differences in life styles is the reason why.  In developed countries we sit more and walk less, work more and socialize less, work from a desk using mostly our minds instead of outside using mostly our bodies, and because of ease of getting medications, pay little attention to the mind/body connection.

Our thoughts and emotions have a large impact on how we feel. As an example, did you ever go into a movie with a pain in your arm and get so engrossed in the movie that you forgot your arm hurt? Or, did you ever think so much about your arm pain that the pain began to feel excruciating?  That is a prime example of how our thoughts control how our body feels.

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation which helps the mind focus, and in that state of focused attention, you can easily learn suggestions and tools to help your body feel more comfortable and less pain.

Our thoughts have a major impact on how our body feels, in fact, they can regulate how our bodies feel.  And since we are in control of our thoughts, why not use them to our benefit? With hypnotherapy we can modify our thought patterns to help our bodies.

This is an excerpt from a longer article.  For the complete article, please read it at  https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-without-anxiety/201706/hypnotherapy-and-its-benefits-autoimmune-disease.

Sending your Teen off to College Successfully

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High School graduation is behind us and college is about to start.  For those of us launching our teens off to college for the first time, we have about two months to review skills, discuss expectations, spend family time together, shop and pack.  Doing this with thought and planning will help make the transition a smooth one.

You may have plans to spend every waking moment with your soon to depart student only to discover they want to spend all of his/her time with friends.  Support their time with friends while planning some meaningful time with family.  Try to also spend alone time with your teen, perhaps giving them the option of picking the activity.

Some teens are better able to separate if they’re angry.  They may battle with you and/or siblings more often, feeling it’s easier to leave family with whom you’re angry.  Others may have meltdowns, be cranky or even clingy.  Try not to engage in arguing but to give them some space while understanding that change is stressful and going off to college is scary. Reassure them they are ready.

There are some skills your student will need to have at college that may not have been emphasized while living at home.  They will need to do laundry, iron, make a bed, clean, and manage money and time. Make sure they feel comfortable doing these things by giving them guidance and supportive instruction.

Discuss financial expectations with your student.  Where will their spending money come from and how will they access it? Who will pay for books, food outside of the meal plan, entertainment? It’s best to develop a budget with them and make sure they know how to use a credit card, ATM card, and write a check.

Talk to them about how and how often you will be in contact.  Some parents and students prearrange a day and time for weekly phone calls, some text as needed, others FaceTime or Skype.  Some parents tell their students they will leave the frequency of contact up to the student but will let them know if it’s not often enough for the parent.

Help your teen decide what to take with them to school.  Let them pick their bedding and decorations for the dorm room and be there as a guide instead of running the show.  Be supportive of their choices.  Go shopping with them as that’s a great way to spend time together.

Try to control your emotions. Certainly let your child know that you’re going to miss them but not to the point that they will worry about you when they’re gone.  Let them know you trust them and the decisions they will make.

Remember, all your years of hard work have led up to this point.  You’ve taught, they’ve learned. Show your love and trust.

Best of luck to all of you!

Rapid Resolution Therapy Described

Rapid Resolution Therapy DescribedI invite you to view the following video, given at a TED talk by a woman who beautifully describes how her life was totally changed by Rapid Resolution Therapy.

The life of the presenter, Kristin Rivas, was virtually saved when she met with Dr. Jon Connolly, Ph.D.,  the founder of this technique.  And I know why.  For the past few years I have had extensive training under the tutelage of Dr. Connolly and have been using Rapid Resolution Therapy to help transform the lives of my clients since.