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How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Treat Panic Attacks

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Feb 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM

It was a beautiful summer day and we were enjoying a gorgeous walk in the park.  The clouds were stunning, the air was fresh, life was amazing.  Stacey and I had been chatting about her upcoming nuptials. Suddenly as I looked over at my friend, she was fidgeting with her shirt.  She had a look of panic on her face as I asked her what was wrong? 

I can’t catch my breath.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  Look at my hand, it’s shaking.” 

I found a bench for us to move towards unsure of what was happening with her.  “Stacey let’s walk this way if you can?” 

Make it stop.  I feel so uneasy.  What’s going on with me?  I don’t even feel like me.”  Stacey looked at me for reassurance. 

As I gazed at her I could see beads of sweat forming on her brow.  She appeared very uncomfortable in her own skin.  And then suddenly it dawned on me.  “Sweetie, I think you are having a panic attack. 

“I think I might be having a heart attack, my heart is racing so fast.”  Stacey pleaded with me as we moved towards the bench. 

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Topics: hypnotherapy, anxiety therapy, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Hypnotherapy Can Help Treat Eating Disorders:  Here’s How it Works

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Jan 11, 2018 11:30:00 AM

In the article, Feeding and Needing in Psychology Today (Feb. 2017),

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Hypnotherapy and Panic Attacks

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Oct 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
Amit Ray

It was a beautiful summer day and we were enjoying a gorgeous walk in the park. The clouds were stunning, the air was fresh, life was amazing. Stacey and I had been chatting about her upcoming nuptials. Suddenly as I looked over at my friend, she was fidgeting with her shirt. She had a look of panic on her face as I asked her what was wrong?

I can’t catch my breath. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Look at my hand, it’s shaking.”

I found a bench for us to move towards unsure of what was happening with her. “Stacey let’s walk this way if you can?

Make it stop. I feel so uneasy. What’s going on with me? I don’t even feel like me.” Stacey looked at me for reassurance.

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Hypnotherapy Can Help Treat Eating Disorders: Here’s How it Works

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Oct 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

From the article, Feeding and Needing in Psychology Today (Feb. 2017):

“Eating disorders have multiple roots. Problems with other people can be both cause and consequence of eating disorders. We arrive in this world needing to be cared for by others, and specifically, to be fed by others. As social animals, we continue to need other people throughout our lives. Under the right circumstances we develop interdependencies, mutually needing and being needed in many ways, including feeding and being fed.”

If you have ever had the chance to be around an infant, often their cries are met with an attentive parent who attempts to guess what the need might be. In an ideal world, the infant’s needs are met, and from the meeting of this need, a deep sense of trust and connection is established within the child. From this foundation, the child feels secure in expressing needs.

If on the other hand an infant expresses a need through crying and the needs are not met, a lack of trust develops. The work of The Wellness Institute has demonstrated that:

  • Eating disordered people often grew up in a toxic environment, where love was contaminated with abuse, yelling, guilt trips, shaming, or wasn’t even available.
  • Food/drink/tobacco may have become a substitute for emotional satisfaction or to numb the pain of emptiness, loneliness, fear, guilt and shame.

From this lack of trust, children decide that they are afraid to express their needs, and from this they abruptly STOP expressing or ‘having’ needs. At the very core of this process is where addictions and substitute behaviors begin to develop.

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Learn About: The Victim Triangle

Posted by Sarah Dickey  May 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Imagine it, you’ve saved up for an amazing once in a lifetime vacation.  You have been dreaming about this since you were a little kid.  You’ve always struggled with your weight, but as you are committed to planning your vacation, you decide you need to make a few changes.  You resolve that your eating habits need to be reined in so that you feel more confident as you venture off to paradise.  For most of your life you have struggled in relationship to food, so as your trip approaches, you do what you have always done. 

You begin feeling yourself out of control as you shift into victim mode.  And then you get the brilliant idea to rescue yourself by prescribing a new and improved crash diet to help you lose the extra pounds you want to lose.  As your vacation draws closer, you begin to persecute yourself as you aren’t seeing the results you had hoped for.  20 pounds in two weeks, come on, they promised if you followed it you would lose the weight.  You berate yourself to the point of becoming a helpless victim again.  And so, this insidious cycle continues. 

This is a prime example of the Victim Triangle playing out in everyday life.  The Victim Triangle is an ultimate display of a lack of personal power.  As Diane Zimberoff shares, “The victim triangle is the basis for codependent dysfunctional families and for addictions.”  Most research shows that these dysfunctional patterns are learned in childhood. 

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The Wellness Institute Provides the Best Hypnotherapy Training in Florida

Posted by Sarah Dickey  May 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Do you find that your clients are resistant to the treatment methods you are currently offering?

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Topics: hypnotherapy certification and training

5 Traits of Every Good Life Coach: A Parable

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Apr 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Once upon a time, there was a very successful businessman named Jason.  He had amassed an incredible fortune.  He had all the worldly treasures that anyone would ever want.  He had the picture-perfect family.  He dressed impeccably, he traveled to far off lands, he shook hands with amazing individuals, but all the while he was miserable.  He loathed his demanding schedule and somewhere along the way he had lost his passion for life.  He admired others who had mastered their inner fire; who fanned the flames of possibilities in their lives.  At this point in his career he had become a robot, a servant to the necessity of living rather than the joys of life.   He was restless in these days of his life.    

As he was walking down the street one day, a younger man approached him and handed him a business card.  “Sir, I couldn’t help but notice you weren’t smiling, and I always think we have lots to smile about.  Don’t you?” 

Jason couldn’t help but snicker.  As he looked down at the card it said GROW Coaching and as he flipped over the back of the card he saw the man’s contact information Patrick Smith, Transpersonal Life Coach.  His tag line read, “What is your dream for this lifetime?” 

Jason stuffed Patrick’s card into his pocket and continued walking down the street to his meeting.  As he sat in his business meeting he was distracted by his most recent encounter.  Who was this man who had randomly bumped into him on the street, but more importantly why was he thinking about him?  He leaned into the curiosity he felt and chuckled. 

Jason went on about his life and about two months later as he was walking down the street he again randomly bumped into Patrick.  Patrick met him with an incredible smile.  “Good to see you again Jason.  I wondered when I would run into you again!”

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Topics: Life Coaching

Anxiety: Hypnotherapy Helps and Here’s How

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Mar 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

I remember being in grad school and my Abnormal Psychology professor sharing that per the Diathesis Stress model, we all have a propensity towards the vulnerabilities and stresses of daily living.  His lecture that day has been with me ever since.  In a sense, we have certain inclinations to experience bouts of sadness, anxiousness, and fearful thinking.   When we begin living from these spaces we can begin to feel the quality of our lives waning.  The energy and enthusiasm we once had for living might be discharged towards our preoccupation with the future, or anxieties about the present.  Our mind informs us that perhaps something is about to happen and we won’t be ready for it.  From a more expansive perspective, anxiety is a green light for engaging in personal work. 

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Topics: hypnotherapy, anxiety therapy, Hypnotherapy for ___

Want to Become A Life Coach? Five Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Feb 2, 2017 1:31:12 PM

Are you thinking about getting certified in life coaching?

Life Coaching is all about taking clarified action.  The field of life coaching asks its participants to thoughtfully engage in new paradigms of thinking.  It encourages and stimulates powerful language, innovative visualization, identification of shadow parts of self, and so many other life changing competencies.  If you are interested in becoming a Life Coach this year, then perhaps it’s time to sit down and devote a bit of your time to asking the rich questions of this profession.  You can spend a lifetime learning, but why not make this the year that you act on your passion to become a life coach. 

If you're considering becoming a life coach, but still aren't sure, these five questions should help:

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Topics: Life Coaching, Life Coaching Certification

Top 10 Reasons to Become A Life Coach

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Dec 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As you sit with Gandhi’s words, allow them to resonate within you.  Allow them to echo off the walls of your current life and then invite them into the life that you have imagined for yourself.  Perhaps you have been dreaming of becoming a life coach?  Where do you begin in this journey and what are the benefits for your life both personally and professionally?  As you peer into this opportunity, perhaps embody the audacious nature of authoring your personal story? 

In this story you are the main character and key elements are in place to help your dreams unfold.  Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Reasons for Becoming a Life Coach.  Get ready for your life to be animated in amazing ways. 

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Topics: Life Coaching