Monday, September 27, 2010

Hypnosis and Weight Loss

I get many requests to help people lose weight using hypnosis. So, how well does it work? What can you expect? What is the success rate?

The answers are as follows:

1) Hypnosis is an adjunct to a weight loss program. It is NOT the only element needed to lose weight. The is no magic bullet. Weight loss is really life style change. A good weight loss plan or program needs to include a very detailed and consistent exercise program of at least 3 days a week, a healthy diet or nutrition plan, support (like Weight Watchers or Overeaters Anonymous (OA), caloric reduction in the vicinity of 1200-1500 per day, and mood management. Getting a baseline of caloric intake is important understand. Writing down everything you eat for 1 week helps raise awareness and benchmark your "normal" fat gram and calorie intake.

2) Since food is mood in many cases, exploring the emotions associated with eating is another essential component. This is where counseling is helpful. Creating a weight loss plan and establishing a team of support enhances success. A nutritionist, personal trainer, support group and help from family and friends creates the basics for a team to help you.

3) Hypnosis helps curb cravings, urges and automatic or unconscious eating. Hypnosis also provides insight into new ways to mentally rehearse your new eating and exercise habits. Breaking patterns my making new associations and replacing old behavior is improved with the use of trance.

Take a moment to review this side-by-side diet comparison for Drew Carey, the comedian who recently lost 72 pounds. His advice is simple, make a 100% commitment and quit rewarding yourself with food.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pregnancy the First 9 Months

In this weeks Time Magazine Article, Annie Murphy Paul writes, "the kind, and quantity of nutrition you received in the womb; the pollutants, drugs and infections you were exposed to during gestation; your's mother's health, stress level and state of mind while she was pregnant with you--all these factors shaped you s a baby and a child and continue to affect you to this day." With Healthy Connections medical, nursing and psychological care, you can make the prenatal experience one that shapes a healthier baby.

Temperament of the baby has been found to be linked to the mother's mood. The article basically states that the healthier the mother, the healthier the baby. Take care of yourself, watch your nutrition, exercise and take care of your emotional wellbeing for the sake of your baby. The healthier you are, the better it is for you both!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Subscribe to Podcasts of Blogs

Did you know that you can sign up for podcasts of our Blogs through iTunes? Simply click on "Subscribe to this Podcast" You can listen at your leisure to our blogs.

Website---New Feature

Effective immediately, new patients can fill out all intake and registration forms online and email them to our office to save time at their first appointment. In addition, there is a release and information about our Teletherapy services and program. An informed consent is attached explaining the advantages of using the internet for psychotherapy when face to face sessions are not possible.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Meditation and the Brain

The research is clear, meditation helps the brain, blood flow, improves the immune system and much.

“Given the popularity and effectiveness of meditation as a means of alleviating stress and maintaining good health, there is a pressing need for a rigorous investigation of how it affects brain function,” says Professor Jim Lagopoulos. “Previous studies have shown that theta waves indicate deep relaxation and occur more frequently in highly experienced meditation practitioners. The source is probably frontal parts of the brain, which are associated with monitoring of other mental processes.”

“When we measure mental calm, these regions signal to lower parts of the brain, inducing the physical relaxation response that occurs during meditation.”

Give it a try. Meditation is good for your brain and health.

Book on Leadership--How good are you at REALLY leading your life?

In a recent book, The Secrets of Resilient Leadership: When Failure Is Not an Option.Six Essential Characteristics for Leading in Adversity by by Ph.D. George S. Everly Jr.,Ph.D. Douglas A. Strouse,George S. Everly III, six essential principles of leadership are reviewed. They are as follows:

1) following the moral compass of integrity,
2) using the power of communication,
3) optimism, and the self-fulfilling prophecy,
4) taking responsibility for one's actions,
5) building a resilient culture, and
6) honing physical health as a competitive advantage.

Take a moment to reflect on these principles to consider how successful you are at following these concepts in your job, marriage, family and health. Once you engage in actualizing these principles, your happiness will improve.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Urgent Need for EAP Russia’s natural resources are without parallel, but its human capital is at major risk

Not too long ago, working with colleagues Sara Rozin, Ken Burgess, Chestnut EAP, Corp Health and Harris Rothenburg International, we helped create and train 11 psychologists in Moscow about employee assistance. Once marvelous thing about this training is that it was all conducted over the internet using Skype (a videocast) and Webex. These are programs that use video to see each participant, exchange files, and conduct real time presentations. The ability to talk, present and see presenters and participants.

We trained psychologists on the essence of employee assistance, tracking procedures, evaluation and brief therapy concepts. This was innovative and a great way to teach about western methods of psychotherapy and treatment. Here are a few excerpts from the article by David A. Sharar, PhD, and Alexander Shtoulman, MD.

"Until recently, Employee Assistance Programs or EAP in Russia was virtually an unknown concept primarily offered to expatriate workers, not the local national workforce.

However, over the past few years, EAP has become a part of the employee benefits package being offered by just a few U.S. based multinationals in Russia to local hires, or Russian workers. Foreign companies that operate in Russia seem particularly aware of the toll of excessive alcohol consumption and psychosocial stress among workers as they grapple with safety and productivity problems.....Russia’s natural resources are without parallel, but its human capital is at major risk. A debilitated workforce is a barrier to economic success. EAPs and related workplace programs are not a panacea for what ails the Russian workforce, but employers and human resource professionals in Russia must invest in programs that can intervene, and hopefully prevent, the diseases and disorders largely caused by lifestyle risk factors."

To read the entire article, go to:

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