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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Therapist Review from Jan Corcoran

I was new to Traverse City, moving from San Francisco,  searching for a therapist with a hypnotherapy background and found Amelia. As a professional business women with a psych background, I was very clear about what I thought I needed. I definitively wanted someone who would listen to me, and would help me face some very tough situations. I also wanted to learn some new tools like hypnotherapy to handle stress. For the first time in my life, I took a break from my career to focus on me. Amelia gave me a safe place where I could let go of deep feelings and heal. I highly recommend Amelia as a therapist and a hypnotherapist. She is warm, kind and insightful.  You will feel better in her care.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Positive Nuns

In September 22, 1930, the Mother Superior of the North American Sisters of Milwaukee, Wisconsin had young nuns around the country write 300 word essays about their lives. Most were in their early twenties at the time. The essays included significant life events and why they chose the religious life.

Sixty years later, a team of researchers from the University of Kentucky, in a study focusing on retired nuns, found 180 of the young nuns who wrote essays were in their study Groupon retired nuns.

After classifying their 180 essays as positive, negative or neutral, the researchers found a correlation between the nuns outlook on their life and their lifespans. 
The nuns who’d been most positive in their essays on life, lived about ten years longer than those who had been the least positive.

The power of positive thinking. 

Hypnosis is the power of changing your thought into powerful affirmations that work for you.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Hypnosis Reduces Preoperative Anxiety in adult patients.

Anesth Analg. 2006 May;102(5):1394-6.

Hypnosis reduces preoperative anxiety in adult patients.

In this study we examined the effect of hypnosis on preoperative anxiety. Subjects were randomized into 3 groups, a hypnosis group (n = 26) who received suggestions of well-being; an attention-control group (n = 26) who received attentive listening and support without any specific hypnotic suggestions and a "standard of care" control group (n = 24). Anxiety was measured pre- and postintervention as well as on entrance to the operating rooms. We found that patients in the hypnosis group were significantly less anxious postintervention as compared with patients in the attention-control group and the control group (31 +/- 8 versus 37 +/- 9 versus 41 +/- 11, analysis of variance, P = 0.008). Moreover, on entrance to the operating rooms, the hypnosis group reported a significant decrease of 56% in their anxiety level whereas the attention-control group reported an increase of 10% in anxiety and the control group reported an increase of 47% in their anxiety (P = 0.001). In conclusion, we found that hypnosis significantly alleviates preoperative anxiety. Future studies are indicated to examine the effects of preoperative hypnosis on postoperative outcomes.

PMID: 16632816

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

TBI and the Right Counselor

Traumatic Brain Injury and choosing the Right Counselor 

When you have had a Traumatic Brain Injury, you need an experienced Counselor to assist you and your family with understanding the complexities of the the injury and how it effects your daily lives. I have 32 years of experience working in the field of TBI, 27 years as a LicensedProfessional Counselor.

My early work as a Direct Care Giver and then a Manager of a Residential Facility for people recovering from TBI began my professional experience. I have worked as a Case Manager both in private companies and for a major hospital, assisting people find appropriate resources and treatment. I have a clear understanding of Auto No-Fault insurance benefits and what you are entitled to for support services. I have many years of experience in cognitive and physical Rehabilitation programs as a Therapist Counselor with 2 major hospitals: McLaren Regional Medical Center and Munson Medical Center, specifically in the area of cognitive and brain injury rehabilitation. 

I have the experience you need to help you understand and compensate with strategy use your  deficit areas and function at a higher level in your life.

Please feel free to contact me regarding Counseling services for you and your family.

Feel free to contact me regarding questions and assistance. I am happy to help.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hypnosis to lose Weight

Dr. Oz on Hypnosis for losing Weight:

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is an educational communication that flows from your conscious mind to your unconscious mind and allows them both to believe the same message.

This is valuable communication, because in order to attain our goals, our conscious and unconscious mind must agree. For instance, if consciously you are saying to yourself, "I want to lose 30 lbs.", and your subconscious is saying, "I like this extra padding, it keeps people from approaching me and I feel less vulnerable and threatened", you are going to hang on to that weight, or you may lose it for a while and gain it right back. Your subconscious must be in agreement with your conscious desires and goals to be successful.

How is Hypnotherapy different from Hypnosis ? They are one and the same. They are interchangeable terms. However, I use Hypnotherapy because I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and utilize my counseling skills when I work with my clients to help solve their difficulties and reach their goals.
Hypnosis is a very quick, easy and effective counseling tool.  It helps my clients reach their goals faster, with less struggle. It reinforces their strengths and assists them to focus on Positive Thoughts.

What about Stage Hypnosis? Stage hypnosis is the most common impression of hypnosis. This is the entertainment where a Hypnotist leads people into doing things on stage such as clucking like a chicken, or dancing, etc. Keep in mind that these people volunteer for this and they secretly want to be on stage, and perform for the audience. You have to be willing to be hypnotized. You cannot be hypnotized against your will.

Hypnosis takes you to the same level of relaxation and focus as does deep Meditation. You are in the same brain wave length when in deep meditation as when you are in Hypnosis. Both are deeply relaxing and pleasant. Hypnotherapy utilizes this relaxation state to focus and commit your mind more deeply to your goals by means of positive suggestions. You are always in control when you are in hypnosis. Hypnosis does not change your morals, ethics, or religious beliefs, only the ideas you are wanting to change such as being a Nonsmoker, getting rid of a bad habit, finding and appreciating  your strengths, letting go of unwanted pounds, feeling more confident in your abilities, etc.

It is a Healthy and relaxing experience that you are participating in for your own Self Improvement.