Quit Smoking by Using Your Mind!

Technologies of the Self’s Smoking Cessation Program is very effective.  If you are truly ready and motivated to quit smoking, you should be able to stop smoking with just one 2-hour session.  Most people do. Research shows that hypnosis doubles the effectiveness of any other approach, so combining tools intensifies its power!

We will be meeting 3 times in my office. The first time is a Prepare to Quit Session. We will explore your smoking history and related issues, as well as why and when you smoke. You will set your QUIT DATE and go home with a list of recommendations to prepare for success.

Your Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy Session will then be individualized to fit your own particular motivations to quit smoking and what benefits you see that it will bring to your life. For some it’s to go backpacking in the mountains without being short of breath; for others it’s to prevent lung cancer, to have better smelling clothes or to avoid wrinkles. Whatever you tell me, I will use your own words to suggest them back to you, when you are in a deep state of relaxation and your subconscious mind is open to take in the desires of your conscious, rational, health-oriented  mind. During your intense session, you will be guided through a number of techniques and visualizations to gain your freedom from cigarettes and start your new healthy lifestyle with easy, clear breathing.

The program is $349, which includes-

1) Preparing to Quit meeting (1 hour)

2) the Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy session (1 1/2 -2 hours)

3) a take-home reinforcement Stop-Smoking CD (20 minutes)

4) follow-up Reinforcement Session. (1 hour)

Payment may be made by check, cash or credit card.

Call 720-460-0758 to get started on your way to FREEDOM.

 

Mind/Brain Weight Loss Program

Imagine getting the benefits of a lap band without going through surgery, saving yourself thousands of dollars and no risk of side effects! My cutting-edge, scientifically-proven weight loss program offers you similar results at a fraction of the cost.

I am one of only a handful of Colorado weight loss specialists trained in an exciting new technique that I have added to my already successful weight loss program. The Virtual Gastric Lap Band works by convincing the brain that you have had the procedure to have a lap band inserted, reducing the size of your stomach. Clients report feeling satisfied with much less food and lose weight simply by the power of suggestion and weekly support and reinforcement. All of this with No drugs and No side effects.

Although many people are able to lose weight with dieting, only 5% will actually be able to keep it off! You probably know friends who have even regained their weight after a surgical lap band, yet still are dealing with the side effects. For permanent weight loss, one must find a way to change what’s going on inside, emotionally and mentally. Cutting down on calories and starting to exercise is great, but to maintain your desired weight, we need to look at your stress levels, associations to food and comfort, self-image, fears, cravings, metabolism, relationships, and sleeping patterns.

At our first meeting you will take some self-assessments to learn what type of eater you are and how knowledge about your brain can support you. As you can see, besides the lap band procedure, this is a Whole Person approach that will not only help you achieve your target weight, but enable you to create a new “Life Script” for yourself, bringing new vitality and enthusiasm to every phase of your life.

You will learn how your brain affects your motivation to eat and then, through hypnosis, be guided through letting go of your emotional baggage, and increasing your desire to exercise and to spontaneously make healthier food choices

Each of the 8 sessions has a unique focus, with handouts and weight loss tools, such as a pedometer. In Phase One, including the “pre-op” visit and lap band procedure, the emphasis is on developing a healthier eating schedule, making healthier choices and reinforcing your motivation and reasons to lose weight.  Phase Two emphasizes eating only for hunger, increasing activity and making yourself a priority. Phase Three continues to tweak your eating and exercise plan, ensures sound sleep, and reinforces your desire to maintain your new healthy, happy, balanced lifestyle. The lap band will be virtually tightened in the 6th session and the final session will be individualized to your specific needs, offering support for improved sleep, anxiety, self-esteem, forgiveness, emotional eating, or pain relief.

Weeks before arriving at their target weight, clients report feeling “more excited about life,” or “I’m already feeling different about myself when I wake up in the morning” or even surprise that their favorite pastry no longer attracts them.

After our FREE complementary consultation, the package includes the initial 1 1/2 hour intake, 7 weekly 90 minute sessions, a weight loss journal, a pedometer, take-home information and a reinforcement CD.   $795

Call 720-460-0758 for your Complementary Consultation

 

 

Tis the Season to be Grateful, Next Month We’re Supposed to be Jolly

Saying GraceWhat’s the difference? If you’re jolly, aren’t you grateful? According to Dr. Robert Emmons, the author of THANKS! How the New Science of Gratitude can Make you Happier, while there are many things that we can be happy about, the uniqueness of gratitude is that we realize that we have received a gift that we don’t deserve. It’s “the acknowledgement of goodness in one’s life” and secondly “recognizing that the source(s) of this goodness lie at least partially outside the self.” We can only be grateful to others, not to ourselves, so it brings a sense of humility along with the gift (4-8).

Offering grace at the family table, Bart Simpson prayed,

“Dear God, we paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing.”

Donald Trump stated,

“All of the women on The Apprentice have flirted with me-consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected” (148).

Gratitude is knowing, at a deep level is an appreciation that what we have received was “freely bestowed out of compassion, generosity, or love” (7). The International Encyclopedia of Ethics defines it as “the heart’s internal indicator when the tally of gifts outweighs the exchanges” (6).

Emmons’s research found that when people took the time to write in a gratitude journal, not only did they feel more appreciative about things that they normally overlooked, but they reported–exercising more, sleeping better, experiencing few physical symptoms and feeling more optimistic about their lives. They were more likely to make progress toward their personal goals and to have offered emotional support to others.

Other important healing benefits are that-

Gratitude counters our natural adaption to pleasant events.

Gratitude mitigates toxic emotions and states like envy, resentment, and regret.

Gratitude strengthens social ties.

Gratitude increases one’s sense of personal worth.

Gratitude has a direct link to cardiovascular functioning.

In his intro to the workshop that I attended at Loma Linda Medical School, Emmons described it like this-

“You feel a deep sense of peace and internal balance-you are at harmony with yourself, with others and with your larger environment. You experience increased buoyancy vitality and flow. Your senses are enlivened—every aspect of your perceptual experience seems richer, more texture. Surprisingly, you fell invigorated at time when you would usually have felt tired and drained. Things that usually would have irked you just don’t “get to you” as much. Your body feels regenerated-your mind, at last, clear. . . At least for a period of time, decisions become obvious as priorities clarify and inner conflict dissolves. Intuitive insight suddenly provides convenient solution to problems. . Your creativity flows freely. In this state of inner harmony and deep fulfillment, you experience a sense of greater connectedness—to other people, to a larger whole, perhaps to God, or to a higher aspect of yourself. (From Gratitude as a Way of Life: Insights from the Science of Well-Being, Emmons, 2005)

Heading into the challenges of the holiday season, let’s remember to give ourselves a “gratitude intervention.” Positive results were observed with subjects who only journaled once a day, but here’s the perspective of GK Chesterton-

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play. . . and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, and swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing, and grace before I dip the pen in ink.”

NEW MEETUP FOR BRAINY WEIGHT LOSS-Central Denver

The Whole Person Approach-

Quit dieting and tune-up  your brain! Learn, too, how to coach your own subconscious mind to spontaneously make healthier choices with group support.

Hypnotherapist and Brain Nutrition Counselor, Victoria Bresee introduces a holistic approach to weight loss.  Learn your brain type to understand what kind of eater you are and find out which foods and natural supplements will help you keep off the pounds. Balancing your brain chemistry will make it easier to lose weight, reduce stress and increase energy levels.

Each session will end with a deep visualization session—seeing the new you in your mind’s eye will motivate you to spontaneously make healthier choices.

For only $12 per session, we will be covering the same topics, experiencing hypnosis and learning the same tools, as in the individualized $65 personal sessions.

Facilitator:   Victoria Bresee, MA, MAR, CHt, CBN has a Master’s of Religion from Iliff School of Theology. She also holds certificates in Brain Nutrition Counseling and in Hypnotherapy.

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 8, 6:30-8 pm,  at Nourished Health Wellness, 1740 Marion St., Denver 80218

Pre-registration required.  Call 720-515-8411 to reserve your space.

The Science of Gratitude

Gratitude HeartResearch shows that people who learn to focus on gratitude not only are “flat-out happier”, but are-

More energetic

Are more determined

Get more sleep

Feel better about their lives

Are more likely to help others

Exercise more, and even–have fewer illnesses.

Heading into winter, during these challenging times, wouldn’t you like to learn how to give yourself a gratitude intervention?

2 Opportunities in Denver-a brief overview over lunch or a 2 hour workshop-

Thursday, November 11, 12-1 Lunch & Learn at the Nourished Health Wellness Center, West City Park, $10 (a healthy lunch prepared by Chef Katie Bauer is available for additional $5)

 

Saturday, November 13, 10am-noon at the People House, Highlands

Preregistration is necessary. Call 720-515-8411 or email Victoria@technologiesoftheself.org

Participants will-

  1. Gain an overview of the research conducted by Robert Emmons, PhD that shows the mental and physical benefits of a thankful attitude.

2. Take a Daily Gratitude Inventory (DGI).

3. Take home a list of 10 evidence-based prescriptions to increase one’s gratitude rating in order to experience more health benefits.

Victoria Bresee will share information from a training she attended with Dr. Emmons, at Loma Linda University, called “Gratitude as a Way of Life: Insights from the Science of Well-Being”. He is the author of Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.

Lunch & Learn Starts 10/28

For those of you that love workshops, but also love keeping your weekends free, come to the Lunch & Learn Series at the Nourished Health Wellness Center, in Central Denver. Thursdays, 12-1 pm.

Learn ways to create a vibrant lifestyle during your lunch break!

10/28 Optimize Your Brain

Americans are living longer than ever before. The bad news is that studies show that 50% of those reaching the age of 85 will have dementia. The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to preserve your brain and to keep it active and sharp.

Anxiety∙Memory∙Insomnia∙Lack of Energy∙Mood Swings

These are symptoms of brain chemistry deficiencies that can often be self-treated with diet, natural supplements, and exercise, avoiding the need for powerful drugs or later loss of cognitive abilities.

Learn how to keep your own brain going as long as your body.

11/4 Change Your Brain, Change Your Life-with Hypnotherapy

For thousands of years we humans have been struggling with our habits and addictions.  Even St. Paul lamented, -“I do not do what I want, but do the very thing I hate.  I can will what is right, but I cannot do it” From ancient practices of healing through trance to cutting edge healers and scientists like Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. (Biology of Belief) and Daniel Amen, M.D. (Unchain Your Brain), hypnosis has long been considered one of the most powerful tools to change your core issues and reprogram your life. Find out how you can use hypnotherapy to create new neural inroad towards the life that your conscious mind desires.

11/11 The Whole Person Approach to the Body you Desire

Psychiatrist and brain imaging expert, Dr. Daniel Amen, states in his latest book, “Change Your Brain, Change Your Body,” that to look and feel your best, you must first think about and optimize your brain.  He recommends knowing your brain type to understand what kind of eater you are and to find out which foods and medications can help or hurt you. Balancing your brain chemistry will make it easier to lose weight, reduce stress and increase energy levels.  Quit dieting and get to know your brain!

11/18 Introduction to Sound Healing

According to Jonathan Goldman, “the human body may be metaphorically understood as an orchestra, with each organ, bone, tissue and part having a resonant frequency.”  Ancient mystery schools of Rome, Athens, Egypt, India, China and Tibet used sound as a therapeutic tool, based upon the belief that vibration is the fundamental creative force of the universe.  Come to experience an orchestra of sound within your own body. After a brief discussion of frequency, entrainment, and cymatics, you will have the opportunity to play crystal healing bowls, listen to Tibetan Bowls, and learn to tone with the sounds from your own throat.

Reservations $10-     Nourished Health Wellness Center

Order a lunch prepared by Healthy Chef Katie Bauer      $5

Why Hypnosis?

Recently a friend asked me why, with all the cutting-edge modalities available nowadays, I decided to get trained in something so old as hypnotherapy.

Well, the major reason is because it works! My starting with my undergraduate studies in psychology, I have explored and experienced many types of traditional therapy from a clinical psychologist, an MSW, a pastoral counselor, and a psychoanalyst and all of it was helpful, but my greatest, most immediate breakthroughs came from a few sessions of hypnosis. Friends and family had similar results.

Besides seeing its effectiveness in creating life changes, more information is coming out about why it works, some of it written by “cutting edge” authors. Molecular biologist Bruce Lipton, PhD, in the Biology of Belief, explains that “if an energy vibration in the environment resonates with a receptor’s antenna, it will alter the protein’s charge, causing the receptor to change shape”. . . so “biological behavior can be controlled by invisible forces, including thought, as well as it can be controlled by physical molecules, like penicillin. . .” We are not locked into our DNA, change at the core, cellular level is possible.

A study published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science, “. . . that energetic signaling mechanisms, such as electromagnetic frequencies are a hundred times more efficient in relaying environmental information than physical signals such as hormones, neurotransmitters, growth factors, etc.” (81)

In addition to our genetic makeup and how it is affected by the environment through energy fields, much of how we live our day to day lives is simply due to programming that was instilled in us as children. Lipton points out that young children’s brains are operating at the same low frequencies (theta and alpha) utilized in hypnosis to create deep suggestible states. So, we all have taken in, “downloaded”, thousands of messages whether they were appropriate for us or even accurate. All of that programming was absorbed without being filtered through the critical mind, which develops later.

It makes sense, then, that to release some of those old messages and patterns that keep us in a rut, returning to the deeper levels of consciousness would facilitate the change we (our higher level of consciousness) desire. He states, “The biggest impediments to realizing the success of which we dream are the limitations programmed into the subconscious. These limitations not only influence our behavior, they can also play a major role in determining our physiology and health. (xiv)” he goes on to say that “positive thoughts have a profound effect on behavior and genes, but only when they are in harmony with subconscious programming” (xxviii).  We, hypnotherapists, could actually term ourselves as “subconscious behavioral therapists.”

Lipton provides this quote of Gandhi-

Your beliefs become your thoughts
Your thoughts become your words
Your words become your actions
Your actions become your habits
Your habits become your values
Your values become your destiny.

Positive thinking can help, prayer and meditation can help, willpower can help, but for those of us who could use even more help, hypnotherapy can provide an extra lift out of the old rut, into a new direction and destiny.

FALL CLASSES AT PEOPLE HOUSE

Save the date for some life-changing opportunities!  We will be posting descriptions of each session. For more information go to the People House website.

Sept.11     Change Your Body, Change Your Mind, Change                                                     Your Life-with Hypnotherapy

Sept. 18    The Whole Person Approach to the Body you Desire

Oct. 2, 9    Nine Secrets to Healthy Longevity

Nov. 7       Your Body, the Orchestra: A healing experience

Nov. 14    The Science of Gratitude

Pre-registration required. Call 720-515-8411 or email Victoria@technologiesoftheself.org