30 Uses of Hypnosis

This is not an exhaustive list, but is designed to give you an idea of the range of conditions that can be helped at Technologies of the Self.

  • Addictions-Smoking Cessation, Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Bedwetting
  • Career/Financial Success
  • Confidence/Motivation/Self Esteem, Self Image
  • Eating Disorders
  • Eczema
  • Fear of Heights, Water, Flying, Fear of Doctors, Dentists, Medical Procedures
  • Headaches
  • Immune System Support
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Memory, Concentration
  • Nail Biting
  • Pain Management
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias, Agoraphobia
  • Psoriasis
  • Fear of Public Speaking
  • Relationship Enhancement
  • Recovery from Surgery
  • Relaxation
  • Sexual Problems
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sports / Work Performance
  • Stress / Anxieties/Worry
  • Study Habits
  • Test/Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright
  • Weight Loss
  • Writer’s Block

Some issues can be resolved in just one session. Others may take a series. For some conditions, a medical referral will be requested. We believe that a team approach offers the greatest support, so we are happy to collaborate with your psychologist and/or medical professional.

Call 720-460-0758 to set up a free consultation to find out how our services can help you find relief from a challenging condition or to achieve your personal goals more effectively.

The Challenge of Being a Night Owl

In an interesting personal post at Psychology Today, Are You a Morning Lark or a Night Owl?, a Denver psychologist, Shawn T. Smith,  shares his experience of trying to negotiate life as a night owl. Not only only is it difficult to run errands, like make it to the bank before it closes, but owls feel judged and misunderstood. After all, they are probably still working after the rest of us have been in a deep sleep for hours. There are a number of posts on the internet by owls about their mistreatment by the rest of us. Traditional school schedules have always been hard on them.  A student from Princeton describes the tension.

In the “early-riser moralizing: really (the thought goes), people ought to wake early. Those on later sleep schedules must just be lazy, indolent, etc., and so have no right to a full night’s sleep. Hell, it’d be good for them to get up earlier, so what are they complaining about?”

Besides the snide comments they receive about their slow start to the day, they also experience the effects of sleep deprivation described in the previous post, since to do life in America, there are certain tasks that simply have to be done when the rest of the world is available.

It’s obvious to me now, that I need to apologize to one of my sons. He always bristled when I would say anything about waking up or going to bed at a “decent” hour. His response would be, “there’s no such thing as one time being more “decent” than another!  Sorry, Mitch.

Night Owls More Intelligent?

Since we humans don’t get around naturally very well during the dark hours, we tend to be diurnal creatures. There are a very few (1 in 10) that wake up before the alarm goes off, ready to start their day, even before day break. These “early chronotypes” have been termed “larks.”

“Larks are the mortal enemy of the 2 in 10 humans who lie at the other extreme of the sleep spectrum: ‘late chronotypes,” or owls. In general, owls report being most alert around 6 p.m., experiencing their most productive work times in the late evening.” They often stay up until the wee hours of the morning and it may take several cycles through the alarm for them to stir.  (John Medina, in Brain Rules)

Most of us, the remaining 70% are called “hummingbirds.”

A new study, reported by Psychology Today, shows that “more intelligent children grow up to be more nocturnal as adults than less intelligent children.”

I wonder how these categories impact my previous post on late night eating and weight gain. The study on mice showed that when they were fed during the day, being nocturnal creatures, they gained weight. It seems that if there are humans that are truly nocturnal, that they could eat during the night without the same negative effects that are experienced by the larks and hummingbirds.

The Dark Night and Clinical Depression

There is an interesting article on Beliefnet’s blog, Beyond Blue: A spiritual journey to mental health, in which Terese J. Borchard attempts to draw a line between the experience of loss and spiritual dryness which John of the Cross described as the Dark Night of the Soul and clinical depression.

This is difficult in many ways, especially given that, as Borchard notes, one can experience both at the same time. Her argument amounts to the fact that a religious person in the dark night is well aware of the trial that they are undergoing and may even be invigorated by the spiritual trial, while someone who is depressed simply seems depressed.

However that may be, even a casual reading of The Dark Night of the Soul, reveals an almost unending list of sufferings–physical, emotional, and spiritual–that seem a lot like depression, and, in terms of the symptoms, are indistinguishable.

My argument would be that Saint John’s path is a way of using deep depression to find God and to refine one’s spirituality. Any depression has the potential to become a Dark Night of the Soul if and when a person ceases to run from depression and accepts it as revealing a truth about the emptiness of self and the difference between the self and God.

From a psychoanalytic point of view, the best work on this is Julia Kristeva’s Black Sun, a work which links and compares mysticism and depression.

Like Borchard and Kristeva, I do believe that medication can be invaluable for the treatment of depression. I simply also would argue that depression can teach us deep truths about the universe.