Summer Groups Starting Soon

Summer Hypnosis Groups are starting up at Hypnotherapy Associates of Grand Rapids. This summer we will be offering 4 groups on a rotating basis on Wednesday evenings.  Beginning  June 17, 2015, we will offer 2 week Weight Management, Stress Management, and Introduction to Self Hypnosis classes, and single session Smoking Cessation groups throughout the summer.  For a complete schedule, click here.  All groups will be held at our offices at 1345 Monroe Ave.  NW, Grand Rapids, MI and will run from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

The Weight Management Group will focus on developing the desire to eat and exercise correctly and regularly, and on letting go of old patterns and beliefs about eating, especially emotional eating.

Stress Management Groups will focus on simple techniques that can help you manage stress in a variety of situations based on your unique personality style.

Introduction to Self Hypnosis will consist of instruction and practice in writing your own hypnosis scripts which you may record to listen to at your convenience.

Smoking Cessation is a single session program and will be offered monthly during the months of June, July and August.

The fee for all 2 week groups is $70 per person. The fee for the single session smoking cessation program is $35.  Payment must be made at the time of registration and is non-refundable. In the event that we don’t have enough registrants to offer a group, a reduced rate for individual sessions will be offered to those who have already paid.

For a complete listing of dates and to register, please call 616-550-3231 during regular business hours.

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Group Sessions for Smoking Cessation and Weight Management

Hypnotherapy Associates of Grand Rapids will be visiting GE Aviation this week.   We will be leading hypnosis groups for employees for Weight Management and Smoking Cessation along with providing information on hypnosis at their employee health fair on Wednesday. If you or your company or organization are interested in helping your employees lead healthier, more productive lives, contact us at 616-530-3231 and find out more.

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If you missed us on Fox 17’s Morning Mix today…

Stacey and I want to thank Leeanne and the staff at Fox 17 for the opportunity to appear on the Morning Mix show today, and share just a little bit about hypnotherapy and how it can help people achieve their goals.

In case you missed it, here is a link to the interview:

There are still a few of the very special deals left, so get yours soon. Unfortunately, we can’t offer that particular deal to everyone, but if they are sold out, contact us and learn about other specials that might be available.

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Welcoming Stacey Prefontaine to Hypnotherapy Associates of Grand Rapids

I am pleased to announce the addition of Stacey Prefontaine as a new Clinical Medical Support Hypnotherapist at Hypnotherapy Associates of Grand Rapids. Stacey adds a wonderful new dimension to the practice with her expertise as a Medical Hypnotherapist, in addition to all the other services already offered.  You can read more about Stacey by clicking here or call her at 616-901-2522.


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Stress Management That Works For You

Everyone has a preferred way of approaching life. Like being right handed or left handed, these preferences are not right or wrong, just the way we like to do things. Unfortunately, when we experience stress, we tend to shift into our least developed or least preferred method of behaving.

Understanding your personality preferences, and your responses to stressful situations can help you to deal with them more beneficially. It also helps you to understand why other people react the way they do to stress as well. This unique program will radically change your relationships at home and at work.

If you are interested in learning more about your personality type, and how you can respond to stressful situations more appropriately, call Linda at 616-550-3231.

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The Forgiving Body, Part 2

Everyone knows that smoking is hard on the body. But most people only think of it in terms of heart and lung disease. Here is an informative graphic that shows the effects of smoking on all parts of the body.  Take a look here, then come back and see the good news.

If you would like more information on hypnosis to help you become and remain a non-smoker, call Linda at 616-550-3231 today.

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Reflections on the death of Robin Williams

Since I first heard of the death of Robin Williams earlier this week, and saw the outpouring of emotions this has caused, I’ve seen so many places, the quote, “Genie, you’re free.” At first, I thought that was a touching memorial, but the more that I ponder the senselessness of the death of a man who brought so much joy to so many people, the more I am coming to disagree.
My thoughts today come from my own experiences with depression and suicidal thoughts, as well of those of many people that I love.
What is it, I often wonder, what causes some people to follow through with such plans, and others to resist them… to press on to the other side of that abyss. And I wish I had the answer to that question. But I don’t. I do, however, have a theory.
The feelings and thoughts that lead any one person to act on their suicide plans are as varied as there are people in the world. In each of us, there is a spark that pushes us towards life. But as anyone who has ever built a fire knows, a spark does not necessarily mean a roaring fire. That spark needs fuel to continue burning. Sometimes it seems that there is just no more fuel. This feeling can feel so overpowering that it seems better to let the fire go out, than to continue working to build it up again.
If you are struggling with those feelings, please know that there is help, and there is hope. There is a breeze that can blow on that struggling spark, and can fan it once again into flame. Your life has a purpose, and only you can find that purpose. But the people who surround you in your life can help. Parents, friends, spouses, children, counselors, pastors… turn to them, let them help you rekindle not only the spark, but the blazing flame of life. If you feel you have no one to speak to, call 1-800-273-8255 The National Suicide Prevention Hotline.
It breaks my heart that Robin couldn’t find within himself the freedom to live. I pray that each of you do.

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