Addictions, performance, loss and grief, pain and
are just a few of life's curve balls. Life is full of
obstacles and opportunities. Each is unique to your circumstances.
Each is unique to your journey. And most importantly, each obstacle is a
perfect opportunity for your growth
and development. In the midst of what you see as problematic it can be
difficult to recognize the opportunities. Attention to Living Therapy will
provide you a new way of thinking that will assist you in managing and
negotiating life's obstacles. You will find that this new way of thinking
provides you opportunities that you hadn't previously noticed as well as
affords you the confidence and desire to live your life in the drivers
You, living your life.
recently, powerful misconceptions about the nature of addiction labeled those
afflicted as immoral or lacking in will power. Those beliefs prompted a
cultural response to addiction as a moral failing rather than a health problem
and this led to an emphasis on punitive, rather than preventative and
therapeutic action. Today, thanks
to groundbreaking discoveries about the brain, our views and our responses to
addictions have changed dramatically. The current neuroscience research shows that you can and do continue to change the way you think and behave
throughout all of your life. We now know that addiction is a disease that
affects both brain and body, and realize that successful treatment must address
mind, body, and spirit for healthy and lasting change. Education in mind,
body, and spirit function alongside dynamic therapy can be very effective in
addictions treatment. Attention to
Living Therapy can assist you in breaking habits, staying motivated, and placing
new behavior patterns into the place of the old and useless ones. While you may feel out of control in
many areas of your life, addressing the immediate psychological and emotional
issues involved will provide you with relief and plenty of space for
change. As soon as you come to the decision that your behavior is
problematic and you are willing to change it Attention to Living Therapy can
support your desired outcomes. After
eliminating self-sabotaging behavior and developing new beliefs that support boundaries
and the internal identification of someone who no longer defines themself by addiction, you will improve your life and live in freedom.
you are in the sports arena, taking an exam, on the stage, in business, or
living life, you want to be the very best you can be. We know that there are two aspects to
the performance itself, and 2. the
impact it has upon you.
the motivation to achieve is internal and not dependent upon external stimuli,
then the chances for increased performance are magnified.
When the focus of our satisfaction changes from enjoying the experience of
being ‘in the flow’ or ‘at one’ with that experience to experiencing awareness
of responses from outside our self, our ability to remain focused on the task at
hand is diminished. 'Performance anxiety’ occurs once the experience of
being ‘in the flow’ is interrupted and the awareness of your performance shifts
to self-judgment, or judgments by others. When this happens, you have a
greater tendency to fall off task and condemn yourself just at the crucial
moment for delivering your greatest potential.
Successful people tell you that enhancing performance is all about a state
of mind. Controlling your
emotions, focusing on your desired outcome, and believing that you can do it are
keys to performance. Hypnotherapy is
an excellent tool for improving performance. It accesses your creative, unconscious mind and utilizes it
to alter your habitual patterns of behavior to ensure that you perform to your
true potential. Because the subconscious mind does not distinguish
between what is real and what is imagined, hypnosis is an excellent method for
helping a person integrate new patterns of behavior.
your performance is challenged in front of an audience, attending a job
interview, or simply by raising your hand, the same principles apply. Relaxation, concentration, and confidence will provide you the opportunity to
stay focused on what you are doing instead of how you are doing. When you
devote your full attention, you increase your ability to do your very best and walk away proud of your accomplishment.
Loss & Grief
Whether loss is sudden or expected, its
tragedy shatters your ordered world and thrusts you into chaos. You may feel that your
world is forever changed. You may experience a heightened sense of
vulnerability and an increase in anxiety. The world, it seems, is no
longer a safe place.
Trying to make sense of and understand loss can be
overwhelming. The most difficult challenge for you when facing a loss is
preservation of your own identity. Loss can take many forms, from losing
someone you love, to divorce, to loss of job or home, to a “normal” shift in
life stage. When the task of mourning your loss becomes unbearable and is
debilitating beyond your comfort level, you may benefit from seeking outside
support. You may feel intense anger, guilt, and ambivalence regarding your
loss. This can be further
complicated if your loss involved a troubled relationship. Feelings can linger
and lead to unproductive depression, anger, and anxiety. Similarly,
"letting go" can be counterproductive if your grief has not
transformed into something useful. Each situation is unique and requires care and consideration to best determine
how to transform your grief.
Understanding your emotions and your
beliefs about loss can help you restore your peace of mind. Whether your grief is
uncomplicated, prolonged or exaggerated, a good clinician can help you
construct a new sense of meaning in your life.
is our greatest motivator for change. There is good reason for its highly
motivating sensation; it is a symptom that something is wrong in the mind and
or the body.
primary cause of the pain is physical, hypnotherapy can reduce the sensation to
tolerable level. The residual sensation is useful in that it reminds
you that there is a physical
condition, which needs tending or monitoring.
Pain is a good reminder not to over do.
A good example is the professional football player who injures his knee causing
pain. With the use of steroids the pain is eliminated and he
can play pain-free, as if he was
never injured. However, despite his
ability to play pain-free, without proper intervention the
damaged knee could
be rendered irreparable. The same risk is involved in eliminating the
physical pain hypnotically. For
this reason, physical pain management always requires a
Pain may also result from mental or emotional distress. In this instance,
by processing the
experience and the feelings associated with your suffering,
you can begin to accept the reality
of the event that lead to your distress, and
begin the necessary work of transforming your
pain. Recognition of your feelings is the first step in healing pain. Understanding the
beliefs that support your feelings is the second step. Together, this realized information
will provide for insight that allows you to practice forgiveness. Forgiveness of self and others is often key in pain reduction.
Once you understand your feelings and
are willing to transform your pain, education, psychological processing, and
supportive suggestions can help you find new understanding. With the
weight of the world lifted from your shoulder you can reduce your suffering and
find pleasure and joy in life again.
is a normal reaction to a stressor.
It is helpful, in that it alerts you to difficulty and prompts your
attention. When anxiety becomes
excessive, it is as if someone turned the volume up on the healthy feelings of
alarm. Troublesome anxiety can
lead to persistent feelings of fear, worry, and dread, and can cause emotional,
cognitive, and somatic symptoms that interfere with your daily functioning. Heart palpitations, shortness of
breath, headaches, feelings of restlessness, irritability, and chronic thoughts
of disaster can drive your life and rob you of your freedom and joy.
A phobia develops from a persistent fear
of a specific object or situation and is a form of anxiety. Your fear may be founded in an
experience or may be fueled by your imagination of what could happen. You may go to great lengths to avoid
encountering your phobia. You
might take the stairs up 10 flights to avoid the use of an elevator or simply
might not attend a meeting on the 10th floor of a building. Typically,
your imagined fear is disproportional to the actual danger posed and often you
recognize it as irrational, but are unable to overcome the fear. In some instances, phobia become very
debilitating and cause significant complications to your social or occupational
Post Traumatic Stress
is extreme and chronic anxiety experienced after a traumatic event. It is characterized by dramatic anxiety
that remains persistent and presents with depressive features. You may
experience flashback or nightmares, find yourself avoiding things associated
with the trauma, and have increased excitability that causes sleep
disturbances, increased anger, difficulty with concentration and hyper-vigilance. These symptoms can include a feeling of dissociation and can
complicate your ability to be present in your life today. When you bring
strong emotion to any experience, it’s memory is highly imprinted in
neurological brain patterns. In
the instance of a trauma, an overactive adrenaline response contributes to
hyper-responsive patterns of fear that persist long past the traumatic event.
can be a very effective in the treatment of anxiety, phobias, and posttraumatic
stress work. In the case of
phobias and posttraumatic stress work, hypnotherapy can adjust the distressing
stimuli associated with the negative experience to reduce symptoms or
eliminate them. In the case of general
anxiety, Attention to Living Therapy, assisted by hypnotherapy, can provide for
effective self-soothing that reduces the anxiety and allows you the room to make
sense of what happened and understand what that means to you and about you. This work is very effective in 3 to 5
sessions. With intensity of
feelings adjusted, you can begin the work of assimilating the traumatic
experience and begin practicing behaviors that lead to a peaceful and joyful life.
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