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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 to his clients for two days a week. Before his successful career as a hypnotist, Ken was involved in change work, a type of job that involves helping other people become a better version of themselves. He has been doing this job since 1989.

He had this gig going until a colleague told him about hypnotism and how it helps people stop smoking. It wasn’t a surprise that he initially referred to hypnosis as junk science, but he reconsidered his opinions after doing his research. Long story short, he got fascinated with the world of hypnosis and decided to learn the trade and apply it to his own practice and has since helped over 5000 people.

In this episode, Ken shares his methods on how to help the clients’ during a session, why he says withdrawal symptoms are all in the mind, and why he believes in the importance of having a script without actually using one.

“The more that I’ve been working with people with hypnosis, the more I’m actually working with their body.” – Ken Guzzo

Clients want to have a visceral experience that something happened in the room. Ken created his own technique called the Guzzo Protocol. It’s composed of other several tapping modalities. It’s important to create a powerful impact from the start. Clear the cravings from their body before they sit in the chair. The withdrawal symptoms are from the mind, not a physical withdrawal. Once you shift the modality of change, it becomes easy. It’s important to be 100% confident when facing clients regardless whether you’re new or a veteran. It’s appropriate to help the clients make the change happen themselves. Believe in scripts, but you should know your script without reading it on a page. Staring at a sheet of paper is equivalent to ignoring your clients. Ken discusses how the Guzzo protocol works in detail and why it’s effective. Do good work and the business will follow. Fix your success rate and the referrals will keep coming.

How to make an Hypnotherapy CD set

By Scott Lawrence

EFTAP Masterclass – Jenny Johnston Quantum EFT for the Soul

By EFT Australia

170310 TrainChangeWorkshop

By Marc de Bruin

Easy Viewing workshop about my take on the Change Process. This is a method I often use with counselling clients to explain why change can sometimes take time. It’s a visual, easy to understand and usually easily grasped way to explain change and its elements.

MMN 032: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – with Matt Boone

By Make a Mental Note

On this episode of the Make a Mental Note podcast, Matt Boone, a licensed clinical social worker, discusses the basics of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Give it a listen and find out why this episode is worthy of a mental note!

Mental Notes:

* ACT – comes from CBT tradition – in particular, the behavioral side of that tradition (e.g., classical and operant conditioning; exposure to things that are usually avoided) but not direct efforts to change thoughts and feelings. Help people develop a different relationship with thoughts and feelings – in particular, no thought or feeling is bad.

* ACT also grounded in mindfulness. Helping people notice what they’re thinking (or feeling). Have people imagine thoughts on a leaf that’s floating on a stream floating away or like a cloud in the sky and simply watching them, but not attempting to change anything. It’s noticing things that are happening

* ACT seeks to disconnect thoughts and feelings or thoughts and behaviors.

* If people work too hard to change thoughts that they might experience suppression and make those thoughts rebound strongly.

* Clients may be aware of and argue with their thoughts all day long, but it doesn’t necessarily make the thoughts go away. Instead of arguing with thoughts, ACT therapists encourage clients to step back and notice the arguments in their heads (and acknowledge that those thoughts are there and won’t necessarily go away) and help them move in the direction of what they care about and not wait for the argument to go away. Doing what’s meaningful in life should be the focus.

* Helping clients to be observers of their thoughts – instead of fighting with their thoughts – is an important goal of ACT.

* Acceptance does not mean resignation, giving up or giving over to the pain/distress that might be ruling a client’s life. It means willingness. Clients are not asked to accept the terrible things that might be happening in their lives. However, clients are challenged to experience temporary emotional discomfort (i.e., they are asked if they are willing to be uncomfortable in the short-term) while they are learning the skills to help them do things that they typically avoid in order to achieve their goal of a meaningful life.

* Avoidance characterizes the problems of many people, but there are other themes as well. For example, some clients are living out particular narratives that they learned about themselves earlier in their lives without noticing that there’s something beyond that narrative. However, the goal of ACT is not to get clients to change their narratives for the better. The goal is to help clients understand how their narratives operate in their lives and to provide them experiences to see the narratives for what they are.

* Helping clients understand the function of their behaviors/the roles they serve in their lives is important in developing their awareness and understanding of their narratives.

* Making an assumption that clients who fail to progress in therapy simply don’t want to change is not useful. It may be more useful for therapists to acknowledge that they just haven’t discovered the right way to draw a particular client into change.

* In terms of understanding challenging clients – therapists can think about how what clients are presenting in therapy are learned behaviors that may serve as coping or survival strategies. The behaviors may have worked successfully for them in a certain context, but not so much in another context.

* Therapists are challenged to tune in to whatever pain or distress within a client that’s driving their behavior.

* Mental health tip: Keep in mind the difference between being right and being effective.

* A core lesson of ACT is, “Can I let go of the things that aren’t changeable?” This is similar to the serenity prayer.

Mental Notes Takeaway:

* Acceptance and Commitment Therapy helps clients look at what is important to them and what a vital and meaningful life would look like to them (focusing on values is key). ACT therapists help clients engage in behaviors that move them in the direction of their values – regardless of what they’re thinking or feeling in a given moment and – and as Matt said – encouraging clients to bring their thoughts and feelings along for the ride as “invited guests.”

Episode 01: Sexuality and Mindfulness

By Dr. Moali

Welcome to episode 01 of the Sexology Podcast, today my guest is Dr Albert Wong. Dr Albert Wong is Marshall Scholar educated at Princeton and Oxford and has received extensive training in couple’s therapy from some of the nation’s leading relationship experts.

In the 1990s, he served as residential staff at the Esalen Institute for five years and has been featured on PBS, in Time Magazine, and the book The American Soul Rush. His work has been published in titles ranging from the scientific journal Biological Cybernetics to the book anthology Radical Spirit. One of his film projects, Step One Breathe, was named Best Drama at the Maryville Film Festival. He recently presented a workshop at the International Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy entitled Many Dances, One Rhythm: A Somatic Exploration of Gestalt-Based Movement Practices.

In this episode, you will hear:

Listening with “the full being” and “the full body” The effects of mindfulness training and body awareness Living in the present moment Creating a safety net with a partner by learning to accept situations How the goal of mindfulness is to let go of goals Being more mindful whilst intimate Creating awareness with your partner, eye gazing Creating open minded communication Planning sex with your partner Dealing with shame and negative emotions Viewing shame as part of the experience How sex is a whole-body experience Reaching out to people we feel safe with when dealing with shame.


 
 
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Lawrence Akers

About Lawrence Akers

My approach is simple; I work with clients to determine what they want to get rid of, what they want instead and what that gap in their resources are that is preventing them from doing it. My focus is not just on motivation but on the capability to do it as well.