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I’ll Sleep When I’m Old: And Other Myths About One-third of our Life

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Articles, Events, Free Talks, General, Newsletters, Speaking Topics, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy mind 

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You really should know what’s going on. Given that, if you’re lucky, you might spend a third of your life sleeping.

Sleep is not a vast wasteland of inactivity. Our brains and bodies perform physiological, neurological and biochemical gymnastics during the time we are unconscious and breathing. These gymnastics are essential for everything from maintaining life itself to reorganizing and enhancing thinking and memory.

Given adequate time and the proper environment, sleep provides tremendous power. The third of our life spent sleeping has profound effects on the other two-thirds of your life.

Caution: this session may help you make sleep a priority.

Presented By:
Cheryle Jones Andrews and Nancy Nadolski


Where: Jefferson Street Counseling and Consulting
When: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost: Free ($5.00 suggested donation)
Registration: Please call the front desk at 385-0888 to register.
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Cancelled- Parenting in time of Trauma/Crisis/Terror

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Articles, Events, Free Talks, General, Speaking Topics, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Thursday, September, 22 2016

Presented By: Shirley O’Neil and Lorn Adkins

Parenting has always been the hardest job for which we get little or no training. And the job just seems to get more challenging. How do we talk to our children about terrorism and other random acts of violence? When the national discourse seems to dramatize fear, how can we parent without over protecting and traumatizing our children? How do we parent effectively when we are locked in a legal battle over custody and the children are caught in the middle? When children ask tough questions about the adults in their world behaving badly with drugs, alcohol, and sex, how do we answer honestly in a time of crisis and chaos?

Please come to this workshop and ask the tough questions that confront parents today. The simplistic answers from “The Brady Bunch” just can’t approach today’s challenge for parents.

Where: Jefferson Street Counseling and Consulting
When: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost: Free ($5.00 suggested donation)
Registration: Please call the front desk at 385-0888 to register.

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Update To Late Cancellation Fee

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Consulting, General, Therapy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A late cancellation fee will be charged for your scheduled appointment unless we receive 24 business hours notice. Monday appointments need to be cancelled no later than the previous Thursday by the end of that business day (6:00pm).

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No reminder calls starting June 1st, 2016

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Attention clients:

We will no longer be making reminder calls. You will receive a reminder email two days prior to your appointment. Please contact the front desk to update your email address.

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5 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Hypnosis

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It sounds like the work of sorcerers and scam artists, but hypnosis can play a very real role in protecting and promoting health.

This isn’t the “You are getting very sleepy…” hypnosis you’re used to seeing in pop culture references, but a clinical procedure used in conjunction with other therapies and treatments, according to the American Psychological Association. Hypnosis for health benefits “should be conducted only by properly trained and credentialed health care professionals (e.g. psychologists) who also have been trained in the use of hypnosis and who are working within the limits of their professional expertise,” according to the APA’s website.

The “state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention” brought on by hypnosis may help us use our minds more powerfully, according to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. And harnessing the powers of the mind has inspired researchers and clinicians in various fields to explore the use of hypnosis in a number of health outcomes.

Medical hypnosis, sometimes called hypnotherapy, uses verbal repetition and/or mental imagery (facilitated by a hypnotherapist or one’s self) to induce a “trance-like state” of increased focus. It’s typically described as feeling calm and relaxing and usually opens people up to the power of suggestion, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Once disregarded as a parlor trick, hypnosis is increasingly believed to improve many of those outcomes. The American Medical Association approved hypnosis as a therapy in 1958, and the APA followed suit three years later, according to Harvard Medical School. That’s not to say it’s a panacea: In fact, more research is needed to prove lasting benefits of hypnosis for certain facets of health, such as weight loss or smoking cessation. But more promising results exist in other areas of study. Here are a few of the science-backed benefits of hypnosis to consider.

Hypnosis can help improve deep sleep.
 In previous studies of the effects of hypnosis on sleep, study participants were simply asked to report back on how well (or poorly!) they felt they slept after hypnosis. But in a recent study, Swiss researchers were able to measure its effects by monitoring brain activity in a group of healthy, young women as they took a 90-minute nap after listening to a hypnotic suggestion tape. The women who were deemed the most susceptible to hypnosis spent 80 percent more time in slow-wave sleep (the deep, restorative phase of our shut-eye) after listening to the hypnosis tape than they did after listening to a neutral spoken text. “[T]he results may be of major importance for patients with sleep problems and for older adults,” lead researcher Maren Cordi of the University of Zurich said in a statement. “In contrast to many sleep-inducing drugs, hypnosis has no adverse side effects.”

It can ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
 In a 2003 study, 71 percent of 204 irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients reported improved symptoms after 12 weekly hour-long hypnosis sessions, the APA reported. Of those who reported improvements, 81 percent continued to feel better up to six years after the hypnosis treatment had ended, according to the study. In a 2012 study, 85 percent of IBS patients who reported improvement after hypnosis still felt better up to seven years later. “The conclusion is that hypnotherapy could reduce both the consumption of healthcare and the cost to society, and that hypnosis therefore belongs in the arsenal of treatments for IBS,” researcher Magnus Simrén said in a statement.

Hypnosis can quell hot flashes.
 Among postmenopausal women who reported at least 50 hot flashes a week, five weekly hypnosis sessions cut hot flashes by 74 percent 12 weeks later, a 2013 study found. Meanwhile, women who did not receive hypnosis but instead had weekly sessions with a clinician only experienced a 17 percent drop in hot flashes.

It can ease pain.
 Hypnosis is perhaps most well-researched in the context of managing pain. Two meta-analyses of existing pain and hypnosis research, published in 2000 and 2009, deemed hypnosis effective at lowering pain associated with a number of conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and cancer, but noted that few psychologists were using it, and those who were had little standardization in administering hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis can calm nerves.
 Because of its ability to harness the powers of the mind, hypnosis is often employed to relieve anxieties related to other medical procedures, like surgery, scans or even giving birth, called state anxiety. “The mechanism may be similar to the placebo effect — in which patients’ expectations play a major role in how they feel,” Melinda Beck wrote for the Wall Street Journal in 2012. “Hypnosis, in turn, can help patients adjust those expectations to minimize pain, fear and disability.” More research is needed to determine if hypnosis might alleviate generalized anxiety disorder or what’s called trait anxiety, or anxiety relating to personality rather than a specific event, according to a 2010 review of the research. Preliminary studies have started to examine hypnosis in depression treatment as well, but more research is needed.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/hypnosis-health-benefits_n_5523210.html

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