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.

Resolved: This Year I Will… Lose Weight

It’s the time of year for New Years resolutions to be broken. That’s right, the majority of all New Year’s resolutions are broken within the first week of the New Year. It seems the major problem with these resolutions is maintaining the motivation to follow through on our most excellent ideals.

It seems we often laugh at ourselves when we fail to follow through on these commitments to ourselves, and that made me start to wonder what can be done to help myself, and others, to follow through on our New Year’s resolutions. So I thought I might take a few weeks to look at some of the more common New Year’s resolutions and propose a hypnotic solution to keeping them.

Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. From 5 to 150 pounds or more, this is the time of year most people start to look at their eating and exercise habits, and make plans to live a more healthy lifestyle. Hypnosis can help by reprogramming the subconscious mind to truly desire healthy and nutritious foods, to crave the extra energy that comes from exercising regularly, and discovering and resolving the subconscious barriers to getting rid of this weight permanently.

Hypnotherapy Associates of Grand Rapids offers both individual and group weight management programs designed to help participants set realistic and attainable goals, and maintain a positive and energetic motivation to reach those goals. Call Linda at 616-550-3231 for more information on how hypnotherapy can help you keep your New Year’s resolution to get rid of that excess weight.

Guest Author on Hypnosis and Anxiety

Today’s blog is written by Ryan Rivera, whose personal website, www.calmclinic.com offers a wide variety of articles and information for persons suffering from anxiety.  Today, he offers his feelings on the effectiveness of hypnosis to aid in overcoming anxiety.

Taking Control of Your Thoughts: Hypnosis for Anxiety

Hypnotherapy is a growing treatment option in the world of mental health. While all therapies depend on the individual, and some benefit more from one method than another, the beauty of hypnotherapy is that by adding the element of hypnosis to other strategies such as cognitive-behavioral, ego state, gestalt, and client centered therapy – it becomes the perfect choice for mental health issues.

This may be especially true of those living with anxiety. Anxiety itself is a problem of cognition. Anxiety manifests when a person’s thoughts appear to be illogical or more negative than the situation calls for. The difficulty with traditional therapies is that while these thoughts are often conscious, the needs and emotions driving the thoughts are not, and can only be fully addressed at the subconscious level.

Why Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy specifically deals with these subconscious thought processes and emotions. It opens your mind so that your thoughts and emotions can be altered in a way that is psychologically healthier. That’s why hypnotherapy is so valuable for those with uncontrollable thought processes that feel completely natural, yet are very hard to control.

People who suffer with anxiety often have thoughts that are more negative than the situation calls for. For example, a person with anxiety may avoid going to a party because they tell themselves that no one will like them, they are not going to have a good time, or they will upset other people if they go, while a person without anxiety disorders may be giving themselves more realistic messages, such as that they can enjoy themselves with their friends. Hypnotherapy allows the person with anxiety disorder to address the needs behind the behavior and thought patterns, and choose new ways to meet those needs.

Hypnotherapy and Panic Disorder

Hypnotherapy may be especially valuable for those with panic attacks, because panic attacks are very often due to subconscious thoughts and emotions. Panic attacks are about responses. The body feels some type of sensation (like an increased heart rate), and the subconscious mind believes that something is seriously wrong. The subconscious mind then reacts to this belief by causing the panic response to perceived danger. These thoughts, behaviors, and responses are more accessible in a trance state, so this is here they can best be dealt with.

Dealing with subconscious processes through the conscious mind is difficult, but hypnotherapy can help a person to understand and address these thought processes on the subconscious level. You will learn skills to help you correct these thought processes, and to train your mind to respond in the way that you consciously desire. Hypnosis helps you to take control of your thoughts. When you imagine the calm and confident responses that you can now have, as opposed to the anxiety and panic inducing thoughts of the past, and you begin to understand the power of hypnosis to change your life.

Other Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Benefits of hypnosis include a more relaxed and calm approach to life, better problem solving skills, and increased happiness and peace in life. Better and more restful sleep, increased energy, and an overall improved outlook on life are also benefits. There are no known side effects.

If you would like more information about how hypnotherapy can help you deal with your anxiety, feel free to call Linda @ 616-550-3231. She will be happy to discuss your situation, and make a referral to a hypnotherapist in your area.

About the Author: Ryan Rivera is a hypnotherapy enthusiast, especially for anxiety. He has a website on living with anxiety and overcoming it at http://www.calmclinic.com.