Emotional Pain and Returning to Therapy

0massI was fortunate enough to receive a massage this week. The masseuse started on my back, which was tight. Once it loosened, I noticed pain in my neck which was later rubbed out.

When clients come to therapy, they often know what needs to be done, where they want to start, where it is tight, so to speak. Once we massage that area and the original item is loosened, sometimes there is a noticing of a pain elsewhere. Removing one problem does not create any other, but allows us to see where it was tight, but not as necessary to fix as something else.

Often, clients will come back to therapy in some months or a year because that new tight spot becomes uncomfortable. Or, there has been some new issue that causes inflammation to be massaged out.

If there is pain, there is a cause. Physical pain is a signal from the body that something needs to be changed. Emotional pain is a signal from the mind that something needs to be changed.

Autumn Hahn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at Clear Mind Group in Weston, Florida. Call 954-612-9553 for a consultation. Follow Autumn on TwitterFacebook, and Google+. Sign up for the e-newsletter HERE.

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Decision Making with Hypnotherapy

0decAre you a person who has difficulty making decisions?

When faced with a number of choices, do you freeze or avoid doing anything at all?

Would you like to be more decisive and know that the decision you’ve made is right for you?

Use hypnosis to light the correct path for you.

The process is simple:

  1. Make a single-session appointment that will include the intake and the clearing of your issue (2 hours total).
  2. Gather the information needed to solve the problem, answer the question, or make the decision.
  3. State this information at your session. We’ll ask subconscious mind what the right thing to do is and the answer will be instantly illuminated.

This process involves no outside input or advice on the part of the therapist and is always what your subconscious mind desires.

You’ll be surprised how fast and easy it is to make a decision today! And I’ll teach you how to use the technique on your own to keep making the right decisions for yourself every day.

Autumn Hahn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at Clear Mind Group in Weston, Florida. Call 954-612-9553 for a consultation. Follow Autumn on TwitterFacebook, and Google+. Sign up for the e-newsletter HERE.

40 Minute Guilt Session

0womanWatching clients transform is my favorite thing!

One morning, I covered for a colleague who does talk therapy while that therapist was out on vacation. The clients cannot be rescheduled as they are court mandated to attend. I had an hour with a client whom I had never met, and thus had no rapport to begin with; we were starting as strangers. Having covered this population for the colleague previously, I expected that she would merely want to chat the hour down and get her credit for being where she needed to be; but I was wrong.

I introduced myself and asked if she had anything she wanted to get done or just wanted to kill down the clock. She said “actually, there is something.” “Oh, great! What’s up?” She discussed her feelings of guilt and shame over having been away from her children while incarcerated and feeling somewhat removed from them now that she was back in their lives. She had suffered again by knowing they could live without her and was feeling unnecessary and unwanted. When it came to discussing these things with her loved ones, she stated she did not want them to feel upset or ashamed, so she merely said nothing.

After listening for about 20 minutes, I began the process of disassembling guilt. I was unsure how much we could get done in under the 40 minutes we had remaining as I could hear the layers of pain and faulty thinking, like multiple colors of old paint she had laid over the truth. But with just a moment to spare, we wrapped up and she said she could no longer get in touch with the feelings of guilt and shame any more and was eager to sit down with her family and be vulnerable with how she felt while incarcerated and now, and whatever they said in response would be perfectly acceptable to her.

Sometimes therapy is like a leisurely walk, and sometimes it is a sprint, but that finish line for the client makes it all worthwhile.

Autumn Hahn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at Clear Mind Group in Weston, Florida. Call 954-612-9553 for a consultation. Follow Autumn on TwitterFacebook, and Google+. Sign up for the e-newsletter HERE.

Ethical Treatment is Confidential

hippa
This is a joke. HIPAA is no joke.

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and is what is in place to keep mental health professionals from discussing cases.

Ethical therapists like myself take this seriously. Things that are private:

  • The fact that you are a client.
  • Particulars of a case.
  • Particulars of a client.
  • Length or type of services.
  • Identifying information such as name, location, or details that may identify a client.

Ethical therapist can discuss a case with their peers without their peers having any clue as to whom the case is about. The less details given, the better. Only the details needed to get help with a case are discussed, and a clear goal in the consultation is established.

For example: This celebrity case can be consulted in these two ways:

  1. Client is a 56 year old man, married, with no children. He is being seen for relationship issues as his wife is only 21 and she feels that her mother and he are inappropriately close. How can I best work with him on boundaries?
  2. I’d like suggestions on working with boundary issues, when there is a discrepancy between how spouses internalize and work through jealousy and family dynamics with people outside of their relationship.

Do you see how the second one was more ethically described? This is a skill that I pride myself on and teach to my interns so we have even more ethical therapists.

Did you recognize Doug Hutchison (husband of Courtney Stodden) in this example? They chose to take their relationship issues to television therapists and make their story public. You may choose absolute privacy.

For confidential care, please call to schedule an appointment at 954-612-9553.

Autumn Hahn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at Clear Mind Group in Weston, Florida. Call 954-612-9553 for a consultation. Follow Autumn on TwitterFacebook, and Google+. Sign up for the e-newsletter HERE.

The Chiropractic Model of Therapy

0brainTherapy is best served in a model like that of chiropractors.

Imagine you’ve strained your neck.

  1. When you are in acute physical pain, you come in for several sessions close together until relief is gained, usually over a week or two. Let’s say this is 3 times the first week and 2 times the second week.
  2. Now that your pain is moderate, but no longer limiting your range of movement, you come once a week for a few weeks until the pain is minimal. Let’s say this is 3 sessions over 3 weeks.
  3. Once that neck pain is minimal, but still present, you come less often until it is gone. Maybe this is a visit every 2 weeks twice and then every 3 weeks once.
  4. Once the pain is gone, the injury may still be present in the form of swelling or a ligament out of place or some misalignment in the vertebrae, so you come once a month twice and then every 3 months twice to finish the adjustment.
  5. The body is adjusted, and you follow up every 6-12 months just to check that all is well, provided nothing new is hurting the neck. Of course, if you have a new injury, you begin again on that area of the body.

Imagine you’ve experienced a trauma, been depressed, had anxiety, or someone close to you had died. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health!

  1. When you are in acute psychological pain, you come in for several sessions close together until relief is gained, usually over a week or two. Let’s say this is 3 times the first week and 2 times the second week. Sessions can also be longer instead of more frequent, or both.
  2. Now that your pain is moderate, but no longer limiting your daily functioning, you come once a week for a few weeks until the pain is minimal. Let’s say this is 3 sessions over 3 weeks. Again, session length is flexible to accommodate your specific needs.
  3. Once that internal pain is minimal, but still present, you come less often until it is gone. Maybe this is a visit every 2 weeks twice and then every 3 weeks once.
  4. Once you feel you are coping well, there may be some additional items that come up as you work through the one you came in for, so you come once a month twice and then every 3 months twice to get you back to optimal mental health.
  5. The mind is well, and you follow up every 6-12 months just to check that all is going the way you want it to, provided nothing new has happened that is upsetting. Of course, if you have a new circumstance, you begin again on that area of treatment, targeting the therapy to only what is necessary.

Proper follow up and routine mental health care could eliminate certain problems from becoming large or provide additional tools to get through stressful times as preventative care.

Autumn Hahn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at Clear Mind Group in Weston, Florida. Call 954-612-9553 for a consultation. Follow Autumn on TwitterFacebook, and Google+. Sign up for the e-newsletter HERE.

Ethical Treatment is Confidential

hippa
This is a joke. HIPAA is no joke.

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and is what is in place to keep mental health professionals from discussing cases.

Ethical therapists like myself take this seriously. Things that are private:

  • The fact that you are a client.
  • Particulars of a case.
  • Particulars of a client.
  • Length or type of services.
  • Identifying information such as name, location, or details that may identify a client.

Ethical therapist can discuss a case with their peers without their peers having any clue as to whom the case is about. The less details given, the better. Only the details needed to get help with a case are discussed, and a clear goal in the consultation is established.

For example: This celebrity case can be consulted in these two ways:

  1. Client is a 56 year old man, married, with no children. He is being seen for relationship issues as his wife is only 21 and she feels that her mother and he are inappropriately close. How can I best work with him on boundaries?
  2. I’d like suggestions on working with boundary issues, when there is a discrepancy between how spouses internalize and work through jealousy and family dynamics with people outside of their relationship.

Do you see how the second one was more ethically described? This is a skill that I pride myself on and teach to my interns so we have even more ethical therapists.

 Did you recognize Doug Hutchison (husband of Courtney Stodden) in this example? They chose to take their relationship issues to television therapists and make their story public. You may choose absolute privacy.
For confidential care, please call to schedule an appointment at 954-612-9553.

Autumn Hahn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at Clear Mind Group in Weston, Florida. Call 954-612-9553 for a consultation. Follow Autumn on TwitterFacebook, and Google+. Sign up for the e-newsletter HERE.

Your Song that Year – an Individual or Group Therapy Exercise

For individuals to use an act of self-discovery or for therapists to use in a set of group or exploratory-therapy sessions:

Choose a song from each year that you’ve been alive that represents that year.

Some methods:

  • Make a blog and link each song by the year.
  • Journal a page a day on a year, a song, or some event going on in your life.
  • Discuss the meaning of the song and why it fits for that year.
  • What was going on in your life that year that makes the song memorable to you?
  • Look for patterns of negativity in the songs and negativity in life – or the opposite, escaping into positive music when things were bad.
  • In a group, look for patterns, shared songs, shared experiences, how things were processed differently by the members, and share some of the actual songs for next group meeting.

For instance: When I was 2, my mom would often take me to the beach where I was allowed to run around naked. She says as soon as my pants were off, I’d start singing “Freedom” the chorus to Aretha Franklin’s song Think.

That example is surely unique to me and the time and place. But would my mom choose that song for the same year? I don’t know. I’d like to know, and challenging people to this exercise is an interesting way to connect with others, or have group members connect to one another.

Please let me know in the comments if you’d like to link your blog or share your experience with this exercise or how it went in your groups.

Autumn Hahn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at Clear Mind Group in Weston, Florida. Call 954-612-9553 for a consultation. Follow Autumn on TwitterFacebook, and Google+. Sign up for the e-newsletter HERE.