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Book Review: ACT Made Simple

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Book Review: ACT Made Simple Dr Russ Harris I remember a few years ago when I was first introduced to ACT. I have to admit, I struggled with it initially. All this stuff about fusion and observing your self and rich, full and meaningful lives; it all felt a bit much. Fast forward a few years and several training sessions later and I have to say that ACT is transformative in its approach and has continued to be a source of revelation for many of the clients that I’ve worked with as well. ‘ACT Made Simple’ might be slightly deceptive in its title. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT to its friends) might come across as quite straight forward, however, putting ACT into practice can sometimes highlight some of the subtle yet challenging skills that come into play during the average session. With that, Dr. Russ Harris does have a remarkable knack for writing content that is both easy to read and to understand. The beauty of ‘ACT Made Simple’ is in the beautifully playful way in which Dr. Harris can easily engage the reader and offer them insight. ACT itself is often built on experiential exercises so even the…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 09/07/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 09/07/17 Getting Mental Health On The Line is our weekly post that acts as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as an exploration of the brain-body connection in neurological rehabilitation, a look at Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), utilising NLP to create meaning and purpose in your life, how our brain is being hacked by social media, mindfulness meditation, and a look at the psychology of drag! If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Train the Brain: Exploring the Brain-Body Connection in Neurological Rehabilitation By University of California Television (UCTV) ACT What Every Counselor Should Know | Counselor Toolbox Episode 149 By AllCEUs Counseling Education The Secret To Creating Life Defining Moments – NLP Mind Hack By NLP Gym In this video, Damon Cart explains how we create life defining moments even though it may seem like it’s just chance. If you want to know more about using NLP to create meaning and purpose…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 14/05/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 14/05/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as insights into hypnotherapy and hypnosis, advice on how group counselling can work with issues such as anger, addiction and depression, tips on building self discipline and motivation, supporting families of people living with dementia, a look at what narcissism actually is, managing stress, managing your time, what life is like for an ACT therapist, and lastly, a look into same-sex domestic violence issues. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Hypnosis Training Video #500: Hypnosis Insights Learned by Producing 500 Hypnosis, Etc. Episodes! By Free Hypnosis Training Videos In this Video: Hypnosis Insights, Nuggets, Tears & Promises! We are so excited to be all together for this milestone episode #500. Yes, we also have Celeste, Brenda and Erika all ready to let you in on some of the most important insights they have discovered about hypnosis and the…

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Tips To Deal With Anxiety

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Tips To Deal With Anxiety Or… a review of ‘The Anti-anxiety Toolkit’ by Melissa Tiers I can’t remember exactly when I first began to feel really intense anxiety. I recall thinking that it started very early on when I believed it was a phobia to blood. Many years ago, when I was a child, I passed out after witnessing my brother coming home from a dental procedure and literally recovering on the couch, spewing up mouthfuls of blood. I had gone to the kitchen to make myself a glass of Tang and, next thing I know, I was being awoken with my family surrounding me. I had put my tooth through my lip and ended up back on the chair nursing my own wound. After that, I had always thought the sight of blood would make me pass out and, frequently, it did. Understandably, I had associated the two but as time went on, it became obvious that it wasn’t as literal as what I thought it had all been. Over time, it began to morph and sometimes I would find that I would begin to experience this feeling of anxiety in my body before it translated to the mind…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 23/04/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 23/04/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as hypnotic inductions (for people considering hypnosis or for hypnosis students), finding balance and walking the middle path, a spot of afternoon meditation, a look at NLP techniques to break procrastination, an indepth look into hypnotherapy, an ACT metaphor that uses a sushi train, and lastly a look at how gay men use humour as a defence mechanism. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Hypnotic Induction Demo | Learn Hypnosis Techniques By Hypnotist Erick Kand Hypnotist Erick Känd demonstrates a rapid hypnotic induction followed by various hypnosis techniques. You’ll see: – Hypnotic Inductions – Trance deepeners, and – Hypnosis Phenomena known as “convincers.” Dialectics: Learning How to Find Balance and Walk the Middle Path By AllCEUs Counseling Education MEDITATION SESSION IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY | DailyVee 210 By Gary Vaynerchuk A GOOD DAY OF HUSTLING THROUGH…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 12/03/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 12/03/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as hacking hypnosis, genuine hypnosis, creating hypnosis CD sets, Quantum EFT, a change process approach in counselling, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and lastly, a look at mindfulness and sexuality. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. How To Hack Hypnosis By NLPTimes Hypnotic Language Patterns, Trance, Hypnosis – words that are treated with revery for their awesome “magical” powers… but what if their powers weren’t what you thought? What if Trance wasn’t necessary for change? Master Hypnotist Michael Breen reveals eye-opening insights that every student of hypnosis and hypnotic communication will want to know. You’ll discover why there is no special words that are just words for hypnosis… WSH102- Ken Guzzo on Genuine Hypnosis By Work Smart Hypnosis Ken Guzzo is one of the most successful hypnotist today, able to earn thousands of dollars just by showing up…

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The Benefits of Mindfulness

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For the longest while, I couldn’t understand what all the fuss about this ‘mindfulness’ was. Was it the latest buzzword that everyone needed to get on board with? How could it be useful in losing weight, or reducing stress and anxiety, or any of the multitude of things that others had claimed?   My first experience of mindfulness was an interesting one. I was doing my Cert IV in Hypnotherapy at the time. The lecturer asked us to close our eyes and to simply observe the sounds that we could hear. I can recall her saying, ‘allowing the sounds to come to you… holding no judgement… just noticing them like you were hearing them for the first time ever.’ Even in that moment, something began to shift. It was like trying on a new hat; I had to consider what it was like to be curious again and to hear something new for the first time. I would later go on to learn the value of curiosity in learning, exploring and playing. She then asked for us to focus solely on the breath. Perhaps we could notice the feeling of the air coming in and going down our throats. Perhaps…

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‘I Can’ Vs ‘I Can’t’: Stuck In The Problem And Unable To Change

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Insight for today; ‘I can’t’ vs ‘I can’. As Henry Ford once famously said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” When we’re sitting in self-talk, how often do we find ourselves talking about what we can’t do and getting absolutely stuck in that moment? I Can’t… The very nature of ‘I can’t’ seems to have people focusing on what isn’t possible. It is the companion to excuses and reasons and limits us to a stand still. It is the black and white thinking, all or nothing and it ultimately holds us back. It is the victim state of mind where everything is outside of our control. It is the ‘decision is made’ and being stuck in the problem. “I can’t talk to that guy – he will never like me!” “I can’t make the changes that I want to my life. Everything seems to get in the way.” “I just can’t even…” I Can… ‘I can’ is the language of opportunity. It questions the self-talk and creates options. It is the power to know that there are steps, no matter how small, in a direction you want to go in and it promotes change. It…

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Breaking Addiction Through Counselling and Hypnosis

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Look around and you’ll see addiction everywhere. Alcohol. Drugs. Sex. Gambling. Smoking. Technology. Even with our food. For some time, there has been the long held belief that addiction comes as a physiological response; a chemical dependence. While there is certainly some instances where that can be the case, the way in which we perceive the addiction plays an equal or larger part. Addiction is essentially a form of ‘experiential avoidance’; that is, it is a short term ‘feel good’ release that also avoids dealing with the real issues at hand. The video below highlights this perfectly. When people have something to ‘go home to’, their chances of addiction are dramatically less than those who have nothing to go home to. From the people who I have worked with that experience an addiction, there is often a self-critical component as well; a lack of self-compassion where they certainly have expectations of themselves that exceed how they would view anyone else. They’ve often focused on how flawed they are, how much they’ve ruined their lives and fail to see how living with this self-perception is driving them more towards the self-destructive behaviour. They’ve allowed their toxic shame to take control and…

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Free Training: Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance online course

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Tired, distracted and stressed by the pace of modern life? Mindfulness might be the solution. When I first learned mindfulness, I wondered what all the fuss was about. To me, it felt a little bit like all I was doing was ‘focusing on the breath’ and, to be honest, I found it all rather boring and difficult. I did learn earlier on that it was a lot harder than what I had anticipated. The challenge was to simply focus on my breathing and yet my mind would often wander onto so many other thoughts and ideas. I would sit and begin the process, counting each breath, but soon found that my focus would turn to what I had planned for later in the day, some past event that was annoying me, or even if I was simply doing it right. It wasn’t until I began to realise that mindfulness was really about training the brain to allow me to choose what the distraction would be. Would it be the difficulties that we experience in everyday living, or would it be ‘the breath’? As I continued to practice mindfulness, I found it became useful in another way. It allowed me to…

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