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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Thoughts

Holidays can bring personal challenges:

One year, when I was a child, my father got drunk and violent at Christmas. I had just unwrapped a present, a bottle of hand lotion, when he exploded in an alcoholic rage. Our Christmas was disrupted. It was terrible. It was frightening for the whole family. Now, thirty-five years later, whenever I smell hand lotion, I immediately feel all the feelings I did that Christmas
—Anonymous
There are many positive triggers that remind us of Christmas: snow, decorations, “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” wrapped packages, a nativity scene, stockings hung on a fireplace. These “triggers” can evoke in us the warm, nostalgic feelings of the Christmas celebration.
There are other kinds of triggers, though, that may be less apparent and evoke different feelings and memories.
Our mind is like a powerful computer. It links sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste with feelings, thoughts, and memories. It links our senses—and we remember.
Sometimes the smallest, most innocuous incident can trigger memories. Not all our memories are pleasant, especially if we grew up in an alcoholic, dysfunctional setting.
We may not understand why we suddenly feel afraid, depressed, anxious. We may not understand what has triggered our codependent coping behaviors—the low self-worth, the need to control, the need to neglect ourselves. When that happens, we need to understand that some innocuous event may be triggering memories recorded deep within us.
If something, even something we don’t understand, triggers painful memories, we can pull ourselves back into the present by self-care: acknowledging our feelings, detaching, working the Steps, and affirming ourselves. We can take action to feel good. We can help ourselves feel better each Christmas. No matter what the past held, we can put it in perspective, and create a more pleasant holiday today.
Today, I will gently work through my memories of this holiday season. I will accept my feelings, even if I consider them different than what others are feeling this holiday. God, help me let go, heal from, and release the painful memories surrounding the holidays. Help me finish my business from the past, so I can create the holiday of my choice.

Quoted from the book Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie.
Find recovery resources at Hazelden.

Whatever memories may haunt you, hypnosis can help heal.
Remember it's never too late to have the best childhood ever.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Post Traumatic Stress - The Facts and The Future Conference

A Matter of Honor (AMOH) - Traverse City Presents:
Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD. author of Achilles in Vietnam, Physician, Scholar and Humanitarian
Winner of the MacArthur Foundation award for his groundbreaking work in PTSD
Coming to Traverse City to address Moral Injury

November 10, 2014 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort, Traverse City, MI

Author of: Achilles in Vietnam,  Flashback: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War, Odysseus in America, Combat Stress Injury: Theory, Research, and Management.

Course Description

PTSD is an epidemic in our midst. This workshop will look at PTSD as an epidemic and dissect the anatomy of PTSD in accordance with new theory regarding comorbidity of physical and moral injury. We will further explore the explicit treatment methodologies implicated for each of these bio-psychosocial components.

These issues will be discussed with the mindset of involving the community as a critical element in providing care for our deserving veterans.


For over two decades, Dr. Shay was a staff psychiatrist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Boston where his patients were combat veterans with severe psychological injuries. He is the author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combating Trauma and the Undoing of Character (1994) and of Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (2002). He has been a MacArthur Fellow since January. He has written and lectured on a variety of topics relating to veterans for decades and held a variety of positions with US military institutions, including the Omar Bradley Chair at the Army War College.


Early Registration $129.
After October 21,  $155.

6.5 CEU's
Check the website for details:  www.amoh.us

Friday, September 26, 2014

Combat Veterans Anonymous

Combat Veterans Anonymous 
A fellowship of men and women who have the after-effects of war in our lives.

Meeting Weekly every Thursday @ 7 PM @ 5th and Oak St. Traverse City, MI
                                                               (The Friends Meeting House)

We share our experience, strength, and hope with each other in order to deal more effectively with the after-effects of war in our lives.

The only requirement for membership is a sincere desire to make life better for ourselves and others.

We do not with to blame or compare experiences, but rather to understand how our experiences of war have impacted ourselves and others. WE thereby become free to heal, and accept full responsibility for our own lives today.

We are a self-supporting group through our own contributions. We are not allied with any sect, denomination, or institution, including the VA or any other veterans organization. We do not engage in any controversy nor endorse any cause.

Our primary purpose is to learn to deal with the effects of war on our own lives, and to help the veteran who may still be suffering.

CombatVetsAnon@gmail.com

Friday, August 29, 2014

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 the positive.

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 suggestively, 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.