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Starting my own hypnotherapy practice has been anything but straightforward. As with anything new, I'm struggling to find my ...
Relationships: Start Strong and Stay Strong
Relationships – Start Strong and Stay Strong Relationships can be resilient and enduring. It’s important to go in...
Questions from an Aspiring Therapist (And Useful Information for a Better Awareness)
Questions from an Aspiring Therapist (And Useful Information for a Better Awareness) Why did you become a Mental Health coun...
Too often people view time as a dangerous enemy. When time is actually waiting to befriend us. It's not uncommon to hear comm...
Back to School & Sleep Depression
Back to School and Sleep Deprivation With many children returning back to school in the upcoming weeks, one battle that many...
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Starting my own hypnotherapy practice has been anything but straightforward. As with anything new, I'm struggling to find my own voice and a clear path. It seemed so simple at first.
Authenticity and transparency are qualities that I have struggled to embody in my life and my relationships. I'm a child of the 60s and, as an impressionable teenager, I assimilated many of the core beliefs of the hippy generation: An anti-establishment, anti-capitalistic, almost anarchic philosophical and political stance; a strong belief in the goodness and power of people; respect of people's freedom and the reality of their experience. My spiritual life has been a patchwork of Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist beliefs and, at this point, I'm pragmatic with no religious affiliations. The Universe is impersonal and is ruled by certain laws. If I allow negativity to rule my life, I will attract more of the same. If I allow positivity to guide me, like attracts like.
As an entrepreneur, how can I reconcile being s...
The most difficult thing in the world for many of you is to love yourself. No matter what your issues might be: Addictions, emotional eating, impulse control issues, anger, depression, intense unexplained sadness…you carry with you an inner condemnation of who you are and of your intrinsic goodness. Your self-talk reflects that lack of self-acceptance. You tell yourself, “I should have done this, I’m an idiot”, “Why can’t I get it together once and for all? What’s wrong with me?” “Why bother trying? I’m going to fail anyway. I always do”.
Every time you set a goal for yourself and you do not follow through, you beat yourself up. If you talked to your friends in the same way as you talk to yourself, you wouldn’t have any friends left. You condemn yourself for past behaviours, carry guilt, regret and resentment like badges of honour. “At least if I feel guilty,” you tell yourself, “that shows that...
An ever increasing number of people suffer from depression in 2014. Generally, doctors believe that depression is mostly biological and they treat the condition with prescribed medication. Unfortunately, medication has side effects that alter your body and your brain in more ways than you can imagine.
Depression can cause you to feel hopeless, pessimistic, tired and low in energy. When you’re depressed you feel like you’re in a dark hole and you can’t see the light outside. This hellish state of being may motivate you to seek relief in any form. Medication is the quickest way and doesn’t involve delving deep within your psyche to uncover the possible source of the darkness.
There are a few studies that show the effectiveness of hypnosis in treating depression by changing the quality of your perspective on life on a subconscious level . Research demonstrates that suggestions to the subconscious mind can transform a negative point of view into a more optimistic,...
Our Beliefs and Our Dreams
We tell ourselves stories and convince ourselves of beliefs daily. We believe that life is difficult, that we must work hard to be successful and financially stable, that if we stop worrying about bad things, they will actually happen to us, and a variety of other beliefs. Why? You picked up these beliefs from other people, your parents, your friends, the media. A belief is just a thought you keep thinking and part of growing up is determining which of these beliefs are your own and which were passed on to you from someone else. In developing a sense of critical thinking, as a free human being you can decide which ones serve you and which to discard.
For any change or transformation that you want to make in your life, you must first visualize yourself doing or thinking or living that life you imagine. Any change that is not first visualized and believed will not stick. How can you change your life if you don’t believe that you can?
You must first dis...
Self-esteem and resiliency
Recently, I was thinking about self-esteem and how it has been reviled and misused since its implementation in U.S. schools, beginning in the late 1980s until 2002. Well-intentioned lawmakers declared that people who had high self-esteem would be immune to drug addiction, crime and a plethora of social ills.
Naturally, there was a strong backlash against this self-esteem movement. As an example of its opposite, China is often cited as a nation of high-achieving children who were verbally abused by their parents to motivate them to succeed.
The truth of the matter is that true self-esteem comes from within and results from the recognition of our unique strengths and abilities, while also acknowledging our weaknesses. It is part of building a strong, healthy sense of self in the world. Real self-esteem and acceptance of ourselves cannot be shaken by life’s hardships and obstacles and may actually help foster resiliency. And with each obstacle we overco...
Are you living a balanced life?What does the word balance mean to you anyway? Do you conjure up an image of a tight rope walker at the circus when you hear it?
Balance is certainly tough to find in our hectic modern lifestyle.Traditionally, balance is divided into 3 areas: Mental Balance, Physical balance and Spiritual Balance. I’d like to add a 3A: Moral Balance-all right it could be part of Spiritual-but hey, I’m trying to impress you here!
Mental Balance is basically challenging your mind. Many of us get this at work-maybe too much! For those of us who don’t there’s sodoku, crossword puzzles, reading and games. Not head games-board games, cards, stuff like that. I play them with my twin girls all the time. The best part is-because its fun, they don’t know that they are getting smarter just by doing it!
Physical Balance is challenging yourself physically everyday with activity. You don’t have to run a marathon-just ...
As a hypnotherapist, I have been infuenced by my studies in psychology and counseling in my approach to the client-therapist relationship. Carl Rogers believed that a therapist who demonstrated positive, unconditional acceptance and regard of the client, expressed empathy and active listening, and who was unafraid to show himself as a fallible human being, laid the groundwork for a fulfilling and ultimately a healing relationship.
Like Carl Rogers, I do not set myself up as the expert in the field of my client's wellbeing. i am simply the guide towards my client's subconscious, which some say is the home of the best as well as the scariest, emotional and spiritual material. For the most part, I prefer to focus on helping the client to bring to the surface the most empowering subconscious material in order to make it manifest in his or her daily life. Sometimes, the subconscious guides us to an event or an emotional feeling from childhood, where we will try to identify and alleviate th...
The ways in which hypnosis can help are almost limitless.
Anxiety, Depression, Recurring Negative Thoughts
Each one of us experiences challenges in our daily lives. Some of these challenges can be triggered by life's events and our reactions to them. Some of them are deeply embedded in our inner emotional landscape. When in a hypnotic state, we can be made more aware of our subconscious beliefs and how they affect our thoughts and behaviors.
In our daily lives, we develop coping mechanisms in response to our stresses and emotional states. It can be smoking, nervous tics (nail biting, foot tapping etc.), overeating, or other self-defeating and unhealthy behaviors. Hypnosis can help by uncovering what triggers these behaviors at the source.
Soul or spirit
Some people believe that we came into our present bodies to bring spiritual light and vibrations to this denser, material reality. Hypnosis can help yus connect to your Higher Self and to learn to recognize its ...
The power of hypnosis is incredibly subtle and quiet. Following a hypnosis session, changes began to happen at a level just below awareness because they are taking place in the subconscious mind. In my experience, clients forget that the changes started happening while in the hypnotic session and believe that they are occurring randomly.
The greatest satisfaction for me is to witness the clarity of recognition in clients as they become aware that our work began when the client decided to contact me to schedule an appointment. From that point onward, we became a team and the power of two people working towards a common goal using the power of the subconscious mind can be extremely strong.
I believe that each one of us has within us an immense store of possibilities and capacities, way beyond our imagination. By tapping into that well, we unleash powerful forces for change and for spiritual and emotional transformation. In general, most clients I've met have low self esteem, which tend...
The flow of our life is a lot like that of a river. It ebbs and flows. It can be icy and rigid or smooth and flowing. Sometimes it is wild and windy, other times it is clear and calm. When the latter happens, that river must have had a sense of equilibrium. By definition, equilibrium means "the condition of a system in which all competing influences are balanced, in a wide variety of contexts." The key word here is balanced! Similar to a river, A person's life must be balanced to achieve equilibrium or what the Chinese call Yin and Yang. It is no coincidence that we are so much like water as our bodies are made up of 70% water (and the earth's surface is the same). Water and electricity are also very similar. Both are made up of currents (energy) and both seek the easiest route -this is why rivers flood and why people get shocks (I was going to say electrocuted but I want to keep this blog positive). Just like water what we are always seeking is that perfect equilibrium or balance in o...
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