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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
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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.

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.

What Does Hypnotherapy Feel Like?

When you are in Hypnosis, you feel very, very relaxed, as relaxed as when you are asleep, only you are still awake. You are always in control, and always aware of your surroundings if you care to be. Hypnosis can feel like deep meditation, daydreaming, and how you feel just before you fall asleep.

All of these states of mind are similar to what is experienced in hypnosis.We have all experienced daydreaming. When we are daydreaming, we are deeply involved in the scenery of our daydream and although we are aware of our surroundings, being in a classroom for instance, we are choosing not to attend to the classroom around us during our daydreaming experience.

What is Trance or “under” Hypnosis ? Trance is that daydream-like state that is induced in hypnosis. It feels very pleasant, carefree and deeply restful. Being in hypnosis trance is relaxing and refreshing, like a great afternoon nap. Being “under” hypnosis, or going “under” hypnosis is the same as being “in” hypnosis or hypnotic trance. The term under is not readily used now because it gives the idea that you are “under” someone else’s control. As you recall, you cannot be hypnotized unless you want to be hypnotized, so you are never “under” someone else’s control.

Hypnosis is a very natural, pleasant, safe and effective tool for self improvement, self empowerment, controlling your level of relaxation and effectively reaching the goals you desire.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hypnosis Always the Easiest, Safest, and most pleasant way to give up the bad habit and Be Smoke Free!

Giving Up Smoking: The New Way to Get 'Rich' Quick?

If you smoke, you're going to be well aware of the health benefits of quitting, but are you fully aware of the difference that giving up smoking can make to your finances?
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Don't underestimate the financial benefit of giving up cigarettes; quitting smoking will save you money, and lots of it!
If you're struggling to find the motivation to stop, then looking at the amount of money you could save should really help.
If you needed any more convincing just look at the science - recent research has shown that your chance of successfully changing a health-related behaviour increases by 50% if there's a financial reward at the end of it.
Apply this logic to smoking and simply putting a price on quitting should help you quit for good.
The good news is that you don't have to go through it alone; there are plenty of places you can go for free support, and the products that make it easier to stop smoking aren't expensive either.

How much will you save on cigarettes:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Grand Traverse Hypnotherapy and Counseling

participates in Give An Hour

Providing counseling support services to ALL war veterans and their families.PTSD