Saturday, April 28, 2012

Life is it.

Give these bits of wisdom a try and watch what happens. Imagine starting or ending each day with gratitude, self-validation and self-esteem elevating thoughts. Positive self-talk is a very powerful mechanism for improvement of mood, resilience and stress management. Self-talk is the talking you do in your own head about yourself and the things that happen, your own “running commentary” on your life. Often this self-talk happens so automatically that you are barely aware of it. However, what you say to yourself can have a big effect on the way that you feel, and on what you can achieve. Your self talk can be like an internal coach, encouraging you, boosting your confidence, believing in you, and motivating you to achieve your goals, or it can be like an internal bully, undermining you, criticizing you and beating up on you when you’re down. Negative thoughts, pessimism, fear, anxiety and doubt erode confidence. Be mindful of your inner dialogue to enhance optimism, self-worth or take you down. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) actually helps you build a new circuit in your brain creating and connecting neurons that promote well-being. These are some of the basic CBT techniques:
·       Thought-stopping. Some people use sheer force of will, some visualize a red light or stop sign. Whatever you use, shut that thought down.
·       Questioning. When you hear negative self-talk, wait. Ask yourself: What’s the evidence for what your mind is saying to you? What’s the proof?
·       Reducing your anxiety. Depending on whether you’re on or off the bike, use whatever you find soothing (and legal): breathing, meditation, imagery, music, being in nature, talking with a friend. You may not become relaxed, but you’re likely to become more relaxed, perhaps just enough to allow another technique to work.
·       Thought-replacement. Here’s your counterattack. What could you say (instead) to yourself that would be encouraging, supportive or motivating, while still believable? 
Positive, reality-based counterstatements: (“Given my stage of training, I am climbing well.”)
Affirmations. (“I am strong and have a good team in this race.”)
Frequently-used cue words with positive associations. (“Calm and focused”)
Behaviors. (“I’m going to focus on having good form on this climb.”)
·       Mental Rehearsal. Create imagery in your mind’s eye to visualize success.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Meditation 101 Calm Your Mind; Energize Your Body

On Saturday May 12th from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm Dr. Gayle Klaybor will be presenting at Second Saturdays Program sponsored by disAbility 101, a non-profit organization working with persons with disabilities. 

If you are interested in learning about meditation to help calm your mind, you may want to plan on attending. 
Meditation has become a popular way to reduce stress and find inner peace. Experienced meditators and brain scientists are discovering that the practice of meditation produces physiological, psychological, and spiritual benefits. In general, people who meditate experience less anxiety and depression. They also report more pleasure in life and better social relationships. Recently, meditation has been studied as a means to utilize the power of the mind to heal the body and effectively deal with physical pain. Meditation or contemplation involves focusing or concentrating the mind, so it increases awareness and mindfulness and leads to relaxation and personal growth. In this presentation, Dr. Gayle Klaybor will discuss the benefits and fundamentals of meditation and take the opportunity to participate in a guided and individual meditation experience.

Dr. Gayle Klaybor is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist with over 38 years of experience helping individuals, couples and families realize a better quality of life.  Since establishing her private practice, she has assisted clients in resolving problems ranging from personal growth and development to problems involving serious mental illness. She is committed to establishing a safe, supportive and affirming environment in which to explore personal issues.  Dr. Klaybor supervises clinical social workers and teaches psychotherapy skills and psychopathology as an adjunct professor at The UH Graduate College of Social Work. She also serves as a clinical consultant for The Center for Recovering Families at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston.

She has been meditating for 11 years and has been a member of the Houston Zen Center for the last 5 years

This will be held at St. John's, Administration Building 2450 River Oaks Blvd. (across Westheimer from Lamar HS)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Left and Right Brain Function to Treat Anxiety, Pain, Stress and Panic

You have often heard about the left brain and right brain and serving very different functions. This photo and explanation should help clarify the ways these two brain halves operate. The corpus callosum separates the two hemispheres of the brain. The left brain is the logic side, cause-effect, and the thinking side. The right brain deals in non-verbal language, mental models of self, the world and relationships. As you can see by the picture, the left brain is serious business always getting down to work and taking care of business. The right side is the play, fantasy, fun and pleasure.

The Amygdala, is the flight or fight center designed to keep you safe. It is your early warning system for danger. When you feel fear, panic or anxiety, it is generated by the amygdala attempting to warn or protect you, What regulated the flight or fight response is none other than the prefrontal cortex. The 

Prefrontal cortex (PFC), or the front of the brain not shown is the decision making executive center, regulates emotional responses of the Amygdala. How does it do this?  The Pre Frontal Cortex uses cognitive processes, (i.e. thought to calm you down, reassure you) to call off the alarm response generated by the Amygdala. Thus, the origin and power of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. Techniques such as thought stopping, reframing, self-soothing techniques such as deep breathing, biofeedback, hypnosis are very effective for anxiety, pain management, stress and panic or phobias. Accessing and using both hemispheres engage logic and imagery, mental rehearsal or relaxation therapies. A combination of these treatment approaches can be very effective in helping you manage a variety of problems and symptoms.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Google Ads Brings Results

Recently, I received an invitation to set up a Google Ads Campaign. Since it was a trial at no cost, I thought it was worth a try. The experiment has proven to be amazing. In the past 5 months, "most" of our new clients are generated from this ad campaign. I was delighted to see how effective this system is for generating traffic to our website, calls to our office and new clients. December alone brought in 84 clicks and several decided to come to our practice.

 The graph on the right is for 8 days from March 28th through April 6th. We want to thank you for visiting.

With Google Analytics, the next graph is even more impressive. This is a bit of code that helps track all traffic to our website. The international exposure is impressive. Of course, we love for you to call, but feel free to just Google us. We are waiting to hear from you.
In our practice, you may want to inquire about using Skype or another portal to use Telemental Health to get access to mental health care. We have created all of our forms to be completed online. The last graph is a view for a 2 year history of visits to our website from around the world. These data really let you know who is looking at your site, when, how long, and much more. We are happy to have you visit our site often. To learn more, just give us a call at 713-621-2490.

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