Now Offering Skype Sessions

Effective immediately, you can now schedule your appointment to occur via Skype, and receive the same personalized service you have come to expect from Hypnotherapy Associates of Grand Rapids, without having to travel.

Skype sessions are comfortable, convenient, and effective, and all you need is a computer and a quiet place to conduct the session. Webcams are preferred, but not essential (it is easier to gauge your responses with one, but I have successfully conducted sessions without them as well).

Call Linda at 616-550-3231 schedule your Skype session today.

Hypnosis and Sleep

Did you know that almost 80% of all adults in the US don’t get enough sleep? The average adult needs between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep per night, and most of us just don’t get it. The causes of sleep deprivation differ, but no matter the cause, the effects are devastating; loss of productivity at work, increased stress, mood disorders, and even many car accidents are directly linked to sleep deprivation.

Learning to let the body and the mind relax and slow down to encourage sleep is easy with hypnosis. A  recent study showed that even people who were considered “low” in susceptibility for hypnosis reported improved quantity and quality of sleep after listening to a brief 13 minute recording giving suggestions for a deep sleep.

If you would like to use hypnosis to help you sleep you better, call Linda at 616-550-3231 to schedule your personal session.

Announcing Summer Hours

Effective May 14, 2013, hours of operation will be Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm. This will allow me to tend to my own medical and family needs, as well as expand evening hours for clients.
At this time, I am only intending this change to be for the summer, but may make it permanent if it works well for both clients and myself.

Announcing Trance-itions

A hypnotic support group for those forced to make major lifestyle changes

Sometimes a person makes a decision to change a habit simply because they think it’s a good idea. And usually it is. We quit smoking before we develop heart or lung disease. We lose weight before the stress on our bodies causes us to develop high blood pressure or diabetes. We begin to exercise, give up drugs or alcohol, and adopt a healthy lifestyle, just because we know the long term benefits are going to be worth it.

Sometimes, however, we are forced into those changes. An illness, an accident, an unexpected diagnosis… and we are told that NOW is the time to make those changes. Our minds will just have to catch up to the swirling mass of emotions and information that is being thrown at us, and accept that we MUST change the way we live our lives.

It’s not easy. Even knowing the potential consequences of failing to make those changes, we struggle with the implementation. We simply can’t seem to find the inner strength, determination, and some days even the desire to change.

 If this sounds familiar, Trance-itions is for you. A 6 week support group, integrating support and hypnosis to help you make the changes that you must make NOW. This group is not for people who think it might be a good idea to change their lifestyle, it is a group for those who struggle to make changes that could mean the difference between life and death. Designed to motivate and inspire, meeting with people who share your struggles, and are determined to emerge victorious. Interested? Call Linda at 616-550-3231 for information on dates, times, and cost.

Resolved: This Year I Will…

So how are those New Year’s Resolutions working out for you? I got a little off track myself this weekend, due to being sick, which left me feeling lazy and unproductive. And maybe just a little bit whiny about it, too. And really, since I already bombed, what’s the point in continuing?

One of the biggest drawbacks I see in reaching our goals is our failure to plan for the setbacks. If we are good goal-setters, we have action steps that move us towards reaching our goals. We make a plan, and we follow that plan, and presto-chango, we reach that goal. Unless something derails us. Then, it seems, we so often just give in and give up.

It’s as if we have a little voice inside us that says, “You’re never going to make it.” “You’re too lazy.” “You’re too shy.” Or how about… “It’s just like the time…” “Remember how you tried before, and what happened?” Even worse, “What will people think if you do that?” A little voice inside us, dooming us to failure. And our goals get set by the wayside, and we continue to repeat the pattern of failure.

That little voice is trying to protect us. Trying to protect us from the pain of failure, ridicule, disappointment. But in doing so, it is keeping us from success and the thrill of victory. And the good news is, we can change that voice into a cheerleader, urging us on to success. By confronting the fears of the subconscious mind, by challenging the thought processes that deny us the very things that will meet our deepest needs, we can allow new behaviors to replace the old ones, and then, success.

I have a Plan B. I’m not going to let one weekend in January ruin my plans and keep me from my goals. Hypnosis helps me to remind myself that I can be successful at reaching my goals, and that when my entire mind is working towards those goals, wonderful things can happen.

If you would like some help reaching your goals during 2013, call Linda at 616-550-3231 for more information on turning your own worst critic into your very biggest fan.