Dr.Robert Heller’s Mind-Body Newsletter
“Peak Performance for Sports, Business and Life”
Quote of the Month
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
This quote from former U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, a man who became paralyzed from the waist down with polio but learned to walk with braces and rose above his physical limitations to become governor of New York and President of the United States.
Often times, our biggest limitations are the ones we create in our own minds. In Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and other forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we learn to turn off the faucet of negative thoughts and beliefs and turn on the faucet of positive thoughts and beliefs. The latest version of this approach is Positive Psychology, a growing approach to teaching mental health developed by Dr. Martin Seligman, author of, “Learned Helplessness”. Whether you a struggling with depression or an upset related to a poor performance, the principles and practices apply equally well. The power to change lies within you and a skilled therapist (coach, teacher) can provide you with the skills you need to achieve a higher degree of happiness and satisfaction regardless of your situation or circumstance.
Article of the Month
“What about hypnosis?”
I have been using hypnosis as a major tool with my clients for over 35 years! Hypnosis is a combination of relaxation and suggestion. When you are in a relaxed and focused state, you can absorb ideas more easily and more quickly. Hypnosis can be used to make changes in how you think, feel and behave. The effectiveness of hypnosis is based on the natural ability of the client and the skill of the hypnotherapist. Hypnotizability in on a continuem with some individuals having great potential to be deeply hypnotized and others to a far lesser extent. Usually, the deeper the individual can go into a very relaxed state, the more powerful the suggestions become. In one case, I was working with a high performing junior tennis player for a while and the suggestions I had mentioned to him repeatedly in our regular sessions just didn’t seem to take hold. When I used the exact same suggestions in “hypnosis”, he responded very well and very quickly.
The scientific literature on the applications of hypnosis is vast and has been successfully applied to a broad range of areas including reducing pain, increasing confidence, helping with anxiety and depression, losing weight, quitting smoking and hundreds of other areas.
When used by a mental health professional skilled in its use, there is virtually no side effects or contraindications for using it. Hypnosis is not a “quick fix” and clients should expect and welcome receiving a complete evaluation of their situation, preparation/education of the process, relaxation development, customized suggestions and installation of suggestions. Usually, a series of 6-12 sessions provides a good basis to judge the effectiveness of hypnosis. I often make a tape recording for my clients for at-home practice and to be used for reinforcement and future use. I have written some blogs and articles of this topic at www.cognitivetherapy.cc and www.mentalskillstennis.com.
As we approach the end of another year I want to thank all of my readers, clients, colleagues ,friends and family for their support and trust. I hope that I have made some small difference in your lives. You have certainly made a difference in mine.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
Dr. Robert Heller
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