16 May 2017


Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) is the use of intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness. Sometimes referred to as a trance. In this naturally occurring state, you can focus your attention on specific thoughts or tasks.

Hypnosis is considered an aid to psychotherapy (counseling or therapy). The hypnotic state allows you to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from your conscious minds. This is due to the brains defense mechanisms. In addition, hypnosis can helps you to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.

Hypnotherapy uses a relaxed state to explore possible psychological root cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a traumatic past event that a person has hidden in his or her unconscious memory. This allows for integration of a past experience to help promote healing.

The hypnotic state allows you to be more open to discussion and suggestion. It can improve the success of other treatments for many conditions, including:


> Phobias , fears, and anxiety
> Sleep disorders
> Depression
> Stress
> Post-trauma anxiety
> Grief and loss

Hypnosis has been studied for other conditions, including:

> Pain control. Hypnosis may help with pain due to burns, cancer, childbirth, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint problems, dental procedures and headaches.

> Hot flashes. Hypnosis may relieve symptoms of hot flashes associated with menopause.

> Behavior change. Hypnosis has been used with some success in the treatment of insomnia, bed-wetting, smoking, and overeating.

> Cancer treatment side effects. Hypnosis has been used to ease side effects related to chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

> Mental health conditions. Hypnosis may help treat symptoms of anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress.

What you can expect

We will explain the process of hypnosis and review your treatment goals. Then you will be guided through talk and descriptive imagery to create a sense of relaxation, security and well-being.

When you’re relaxed and in a receptive state, suggestion will be made for ways for you to achieve your goals. You may also be helped through visualizing vivid, meaningful mental images of yourself accomplishing your goals.

When the session is over, either you are able to bring yourself out of hypnosis or your therapist helps you end your state of relaxation.

Contrary to how hypnosis is sometimes portrayed in movies or on television, you don’t lose control over your behavior while under hypnosis. Also, you generally remain aware of and remember what happens during hypnosis.

You may eventually be able to practice self-hypnosis, in which you induce a state of hypnosis in yourself. You can use this skill as needed — for instance, after a chemotherapy session.

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Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

What you need to know about EMDR therapy:

EMDR which is also known as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is a specific type of therapy which is used to address various disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, phobias, chronic pain and addiction. EMDR was created by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980’s and is known today as one of the most effective therapies for trauma. EMDR consists of eight different phases and throughout each phase the client recall’s a distressing memory while experiencing bilateral stimulation, eye movements, the client is then able to move the memory to a more adaptive place in the brain. When a traumatic event occurs it becomes stored in the brain in a negative way, connected to symptoms and negative thoughts about self. EMDR assists the client in discussing the traumatic event and integrating it into a more positive association.


Phase 1 is client history and treatment planning which includes determining client readiness for treatment and creating a treatment plan based on symptoms and behaviors that need to be altered.


Phase 2 is the preparation phase which encompasses the therapist teaching the client self-control techniques that the client can utilize through the rest of treatment when they become triggered.


Phase 3 is the assessment phase, the therapist and client create a target plan of memories that need to be reprocessed as well as the image and negative beliefs about self the accompany the memory.


Phase 4 is desensitization which is the hardest phase in treatment because it involves utilizing bilateral stimulation while discussing the memory and decreasing the disturbance. In this phase the client may report some physical sensations and body memories that are also stored in the body connected to the memory, this is when healing begins.


Phase 5 is the installation phase and the client is now able to incorporate a positive memory to connect to the event to create a healthy pathway in the brain.


Phase 6 the therapist will complete a body scan which is a meditative technique  to clear out any additional physical sensations connected to the memory.


Phase 7 is closure, which is using the skills learned in phase two to self-sooth and stabilize. In the last phase.


Phase 8 the therapist and client review of the effectiveness of all of the hard work the client made and discussing the next memory to target.


According to the EMDR Institute as many as 90% of trauma survivors appeared to have no PTSD after just three sessions of EMDR. Therapists have been using EMDR for the past twenty five years, to know more about EMDR or to see if it’s right for you, speak to an EMDR therapist.

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16 May 2017
Infertility Counseling

Infertility Counseling

Infertility counseling. Get the support you need in this difficult time.

Infertility changes you. It leaves no stone unturned. Not just physically, but emotionally, socially, maritally and financially. Truly the experience is filled with stress. Who to tell? How much to tell? How to cope with the fertile world? How to communicate with loved ones and health care providers? How to juggle treatment and personal life and, above all, how to bear the interminable waiting?

Most time infertility will catch you off guard. Most of us usually spend much of our younger years trying not to get pregnant. When the time comes and we are finally ready to have a child we find out there are issues. It is a surprise and a shock. There is little time for preparation. You have to start the myriad of tests and doctors appointments. You have to figure out how fit all of this into your day. It is very hard to stay focused on the moment because there is no quick answer. There is fear of the unknown. What if these treatments don’t work? How can I get through this and retain hope? Will I and will we have the emotional strength to emerge from this experience unscathed?

The question you will want to ask yourself is: at what point in this process do you want to seek out a counselor to help you cope more effectively with the inevitable stresses? Knowing that infertility will change you, do you need a counselor by your side to help you find new ways to handle the present and to think about the future? Call us today to get the help you need from a caring, understanding therapist!

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We are more than happy to advice you on which counseling is most suitable for your needs, depending on your issues. Ask us to review your issues and we will discuss possible solutions. Our advice is free!

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