Recently, I’ve had many clients coming to me asking how to overcome negative thought patterns and create new and healthier ways of thinking and acting.
Earlier this year, a friend of mine recommended the 5-Minute Journal to me. (In fact, she raved about it.) She noticed she was in a much better frame of mind after she started using it. I’ve been using it for a couple months now, and I agree wholeheartedly.
I found journaling incredibly valuable in the past, but was reluctant (ok, actually quite resistant) to getting back to it. I love how the simple format of the 5-Minute Journal helps me stick to journaling, as well as how it anchors my mornings and evenings.
The journal is based on the principles of positive psychology—it’s been proven over and over again that the more you shift your focus on the positive, the happier you’ll feel. (And yes, hypnosis helps you do this, too!)
The journal helps you cultivate gratitude and promotes inner growth and self reflection and overcome negative thought patterns in 5 minutes a day. It also helps you get specific and set small, achievable daily goals. And it includes inspiring quotes and weekly challenges.
The best part is that it only takes 5 minutes a day! (This was the huge selling point for me.) You can order it here.
Here’s to focusing on the good in your life. Let me know what you think and how it helps you. We can compare notes!
P.S. Yes, I took my journal on a morning photo shoot—I love sitting outside in the early morning sun and taking a few minutes to do my daily entry.
P.S.S. Want more books I recommend (these are actually books to read). Read this previous post on 3 Books That Will Change Your Life.
I hope you’re enjoying the warmth and sun of summer. I’m in the midst of planning my teaching schedule for the fall (stay tuned for the next Reiki I, II, and III course dates, as well as a fall Reiki Reunion workshop). I’m also finishing writing a book to help new wellness practitioners, Building a Powerful Practice. Lot’s of things in the pipeline!
Ever feel overwhelmed by stress? This image of Grand Central seemed an appropriate way to express that feeling. (If you’ve been there during rush hour then you know the feeling!)
If you’ve been with me for a while, then you already know my favorite (and fast!) way of relieving stress and negative emotions: EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping).
Haven’t been using it and want a refresher? Or want to learn more about it?
Here are some past posts on EFT to help you:
First things first: What is EFT?
Here are some tips to using EFT effectively.
Frequently Asked Questions about EFT from clients.
And a personal post on how EFT helped me overcome my fear of public speaking in a big way.
And I’m here if you want to book a session to discover how to personalize EFT for whatever issue you’re dealing with, or to go over it again if you need a refresher.
Almost a year ago I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Hawaii. This photo is a nice contrast to the cold, wintery weather we’ve been experiencing in NYC.
Ah, for the warm weather, the crash of waves, and the fresh air of Hawaii!
As I reminisce, here are the 3 most popular posts from the past year. I loved seeing what everyone responded to and found most interesting.
Enjoy, and feel free to let me know which was was your favorite.
I often hear 2 main concerns after a client’s first hypnosis session. Interestingly enough, these concerns are completely opposite from one another.
Sometimes a client will say, “I feel really relaxed and peaceful, but I’m not sure the hypnosis worked because I could hear everything you said during the trance.”
Other times a client will say, “I feel really relaxed and peaceful, but I’m not sure the hypnosis worked because I don’t remember anything you said during the trance.”
Curious, right? So which client was hypnotized?
Don’t be misled by theses 2 signs. Read on to find out more, and to discover what kinds of things hypnosis can help you with.
What is Hypnosis?
First, what is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of focus, and quieting or softening, of the analytical or conscious mind. (Does hypnosis work? Yes, and you can read more about how it works here.)
So which client was hypnotized?
When you’re in a state of hypnosis and you hear every word the practitioner says, it means your conscious mind is paying close attention.
Alternately, when you don’t remember anything the practitioner said during the trance, it means your conscious mind drifted off.
Either way is best because with hypnosis I’m not speaking to the conscious mind anyway, I’m speaking to your unconscious mind.
The unconscious mind is 95% of the brain, and it’s where your deeply held beliefs, patterns, and behaviors are stored. Hypnosis helps you access this part of the mind to connect to your intuition and make positive changes.
What are some issues hypnosis can help with? Just this past week, I used hypnosis to help clients with confidence, sleep issues, chronic procrastination, anxiety, and public speaking.
Here’s what clients say about their experience with hypnosis:
I know a lot of people out there are skeptical about hypnosis or hypnotherapy. I was one of them too before I met Deborah. (By the way, I did a lot of research before making the final decision to see her.) I’ve had three sessions with Deborah so far. First two sessions, hypnosis helped me feel relaxed and calm emotionally. I could never imagine myself being so relaxed and peaceful, especially in the middle of Manhattan. No way! —Tom P.
A terrific session with Deborah, who’s friendly, powerful, generous. I am dealing with issues of grief, but also a touch of writer’s block…something I consider part of the process, but I figured hypnosis might push through my hesitancy. The next day I zoomed through the problematic part of what I was writing and am rolling on! Unbelievable, except I’ve had incredible results with Deborah before. –Katherine V.
I cannot express how amazing Deborah is and how drastically my life & outlook has changed for the better since my first hypnosis session. Seven months ago, I went to see her while I was in a horrible state of depression as I was re-adjusting back to my hometown of NYC after leaving a draining job but much more comfortable lifestyle in the Middle East, and rekindling a negative past relationship at the same time. Within 45 minutes of my first hypnosis session, I let go of lots of negative feelings from my past & present and felt so much happiness! –Sarah C.
Many people think hypnosis is an odd thing to do. That it won’t work for them. I encourage you to try it and have an open mind. It just might be more amazing in Session 1 than you imagine. My nutritionist recommended Deborah and so far I’ve lost 40 pounds. I’m very pleased and am down a size. I’m throwing my old clothes away because I’m convinced the changes are permanent.
I also actually enjoy our sessions a lot. I go into deep relaxation in a minute or two. Deborah has given me self-hypnosis exercises I do at home that help me relax, resist eating, and give me peace of mind. Before I tried hypnosis I thought I wouldn’t be a good subject. But I was wrong and would encourage you to give it a shot, whatever you are trying to achieve. –Jerry S.
I’d never been to a hypnotist before, but had struggled with anxiety disorder for at least a decade. I had tried a lot to improve it — diet, exercise, meditation, lowering stressors in my life — but was unwilling to turn to medication as a full-time answer. A friend had visited Deborah for her anxiety, so I decided it was worth a try.
The session felt very relaxing and enjoyable. Deborah taught me how to continue with self-hypnosis as needed. I felt much more relaxed after my session, and the anxiety symptoms didn’t return until a week later. I did the self-hypnosis and they were gone almost right away. They returned less intensely a few times after that, and each time I did the self-hypnosis. Now it’s been almost a year and those symptoms are (knock on wood) entirely gone. I had no idea it would work so quickly and efficiently!
Deborah said I was teaching my brain to channel anxiety in a different way, and even that visual helped me to re-imagine my experiences of fear and worry. I 100% recommend a session with Deborah, and suggest being completely open and trusting of what she’s saying. I don’t think it would work as well without trust in yourself and in her method. –Peggy K.
Have something you want to change or work through, and you’re not sure if hypnosis can help? Let me know and we can discuss it. I’m here to help! Or go ahead and book a session here.