It looks as if the academic community is starting to take note of the ever-rising use of iPhones and iPhone apps for people who report symptoms such as feelings of anxiety and depression. Though the research is still in its infancy, I thought it would be useful to cite some online resources here. Kertz, MacLaren- Kelly and Stevens recently reviewed iPhone apps for anxiety to see if the apps included evidenced-based CBT interventions. They found that most (perhaps not surprisingly) did not. There are treatments for anxiety, such as hypnosis. It would be quite interesting to see if any of the apps included self-hypnosis or other hypnotic strategies for anxiety.
The Psychology Department of the University of Stocholm recently wrote about an app for Social Anxiety Disorder. But I was unable to find the app nor download it. I did find an app developed in conjunction with the Psychology Dept of UWE Bristol (United Kingdom). It looks promising, but it kept crashing my very old iPhone 4 and I was not able to test it.
I would be interested to hear from any practitioners who are using or integrating smartphone apps or other technology into their therapy and who have ideas on the topic.
Rob has created a system for demystifying and simplifying hypnosis so that you can integrate it into your practice and use it with your clients. The session above offers the idea that we can ask a client to continue doing whatever they are doing - then become more focused and absorbed - then ratify the observable changes and define the experience as hypnotic and useful. When you do this, the question of whether someone is “hypnotizable” or not becomes irrelevant. You simply focus on what they are already able to and since they are already doing it, it is fail safe.
That being said, not everyone will find that useful (your mileage may vary) but Rob invites you to play with it as a way of getting used to the experience of being unconcerned about any person's ability to be hypnotised, and focus instead on enhancing any aspect of their experience which will be helpful to them.
Here is the link if you want to learn more about Rob's Easy Hypnosis Program:
For many of us here who use hypnosis and hypnotic techniques the findings below will not be new. But they are a great reminder for the public and could be good tools to use on your websites, Facebook business pages and the like. Enjoy! - Ryan
Consumer Reports is a well-respected publication in the United States. They give reviews on everything from cars to lawnmowers and health insurance. And while the article is not quite as strong as it could be in talking about the benefits of hypnosis, it is a very good start. It includes a brief sypnosis of some areas where the reasearch supports using a hypnotic intervention: Consumer Reports: Hypnotherapy is More Than Hype.
Hypnosis With Children (Live Science)
The article below notes that hypnosis can be good for stomach pain or anxiety in children and that, what many of us know already:
"It is much easier to get kids into a hypnotic state — to bring them away from the here and now and give them therapeutic suggestion — than it is with adults," - Olafur Palsson, clinical psychologist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Scientists Identify Brain Areas Altered During Hypnosis
I do not have much to say about this article as my knowledge on the brain sciences is years out of date (and then add ten years to that). But I thought I would include it as I think such articles have the potential to demystify hypnosis and firmly put it for the public in the realm of scientific, explainable, phenomena. Some people like that, anyhow.
"If hypnosis is a kind of brain activity that has some special potential to help us deal with problems like pain and anxiety and stress, I think this study provides us with evidence that, indeed, there is." - David Spiegel, MD
Several weeks ago, I received an advance copy of a new book, The Road to Calm Workbook: Life-Changing Tools to Stop Runaway Emotions by Carolyn Daitch and Lissah Lorberbaum and I have been working my way through the book and its material day-by-day. In actuality, the book is not just a "book" but also an audio program, as it comes with 36 recordings of Dr. Daitch's exercises that you can use yourself or with your clients. The short sessions (sample at the bottom of the page) can be used to help reduce anxiety and emotional flooding and also work other areas such as dealing with criticism, hopelessness, explosive anger and many other issues that we and our clients experience.
I have to admit that when I first started reading the book, my first thought was, "Who would actually take the time to not only buy but also read the material and DO the exercises?" It would seem like a big task for many people. But my mind immediately went back to a time, years ago, when I bought a similar book, "Breaking The Patterns of Depression" by Michael Yapko, and out of a sense of desperation, read the book, did many of the exercises and began bringing myself back into wholeness and action and later found a good therapist to help me further. I think The Road To Calm will be a similar resource to many people: Something that gets them moving in a positive direction, shows them that change is possible, gives them hope, and that will make it easier for them to contact and work with a psychotherapist or other "people helper" if needed.
There are two big strengths to the book. The first is the audio sessions which will give people a chance to experience and work with exercises while hearing Carol's voice. That is a huge plus for people who want help. They can listen and experience a change in their symptoms and later do the exercises on their own. The second strength is the way the book helps readers make connections between their symptoms and behaviors in a way that is simultaneously non-threatening and empowering. There are a lot of complex and confusing ways of talking about "diagnoses" in the culture today. "Anxiety", "Depression", "Trauma" and the like can seem like big scary black boxes. But the Road to Calm talks about the phenomena in ways that makes it clear to a reader that there is hope and that they can change. That, to me, is a major part of the battle - giving people hope and then showing them a way out of the pain.
The Road To Calm is a book for the public, but therapists can learn a great deal from it and it would be a great adjunct to therapy. Both as a way to assign homework and have self-care options for clients and as a way for therapists to learn effective new tools that they can use with their clients.
Audio Sample: "Self-Statements To Support Practice"
Here is the audio sample I promised. It is one of 36 sessions (!!) included with the book- If you buy the book in physical form it will come with a CD with the audio sessions. If you buy it on iTunes or Amazon Kindle it will come with a link to download the audio sessions.
Late last year I did a survey to people interested in hypnosis in the treatment of depression and some very important questions came up. The questions are answered by Rob McNeilly, MBBS. Rob was a medical doctor in private practice when he went to train with Milton H. Erickson in hypnosis and has over 30 years experience with hypnosis. His answers are based on his clinical and teaching experience, and they may very well surprise you:
The video introduction to an 8-minute session that you can do (and share with your clients, transcript included) to stop rumination, reset your focus and connect to yourself and environment.
Intro: Body Mind Environment Connection
The Session: Body And World Orientation
Though Irene calls this session "Body And World Orientation," I, Ryan Nagy call it "De-Hypnosis" and use it to help me break out of my internet trance and connect to my body and the external world so I that I can chill out, relax and move onto the next part of my day.
If you will do the process several times over the next 24 hours or so, I guarantee it will make a positive difference in your life and mood.
Click below to play. Best with Headphones or Speakers
If you have ever been fascinated by, or attended any of the recent "brain science in therapy" courses that have gone around, Irene's course is a simple, powerful, step-by-step program to help you put brain science principles into practice in your life and that of your clients.
The course has short guided-exercises and videos to help you:
- re-orient and relax after challenging sessions
- heal from the effects of long ago traumas
- sleep better
- and more
The bad news: Depression is contagious – not in the sense of being a virus or a bacteria, but in the sense of being socially and relationally transmitted.
The good news: You as a clinician can be a powerful resource in stopping its spread.
In this short, high-impact presentation from Dr. Michael Yapko (with free transcript) you will learn:
- Why drug treatment is not the solution to depression
- The many reasons that depression is not "in our genes"
- What successful psychotherapy for depression needs to do (regardless of one's theoretical orientation)
- Why Hypnosis is an important and powerful tool for treating depression
Some Fantastic Resources For Those Suffering From Depression
Speaking as someone who has both suffered from depression and gotten training and counseling to live a fuller, richer and more satisfying life, I, Ryan Nagy, the author of the blog post can tell you that I have used many of Michael's audios and found them extremely helpful. I return to them often as a "pick me up" and to keep me on the path of sanity and wholeness.
Enter your email below and get a new presentation every 2-3 weeks on topics crucial to the practice of successful and empowering psychotherapy:
"Thank you for all the free downloads I receive from you. It all gives me some new points of view about my practice. Keep up the good job! With best regards, Bruno (from France!)
"I have now listened to both the Stephen Lankton and Michael Yapko audios. I found both to be very informative and they made me reflect on my current practices. I have already put into use some of the ideas on depression by Michael Yapko. Thanks! Looking forward to future downloads." Kayre Poulton, Licensed Psychologist, Specialty in Clinical Hypnosis
I (Ryan) was in such a mad rush to close out our courses last year (for tax purposes) and to go on vacation (for the sake of what little sanity I have left) that I closed one of our most popular courses when folks were on vacation and could not join. Therapists take vacations?? Who woulda thought! The course is Therapy on The Wildside: Working With "Psychosis" And Extreme States of Consciousnessand it is available to enroll for about 24 hours...after that you have a FULL year to enjoy the presentations and get your free CEs.
So... if you are new on to this list, were on vacation, out-of-the-loop, or just not decided, you have a short opportunity to take a look at this course and get some fantastic learning and easy CE's. Therapy on the Wildside, Working With "Psychosis" And Extreme States of Consciousness is self-paced, and you can attend at anytime, anywhere. It comes with 6 free continuing education units that you can take anytime this year. cheers! - Ryan Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions
When I first started using the internet to promote my work and my ideas, I was a graduate student in developmental psychology and was doing everything for the love of my work and a strong desire to reach more people and have an impact. I started a podcast on the work of a famous healer and over the years I reached tens of thousands of people in dozens of countries. It was amazing. I got tons of positive feedback and "kudos" and to this day, I STILL get emails from people thanking me for the work that I did and that I do.
But helping people is not always enough.
I had a huge problem. Though I had became very well-known in my niche, when I left grad school, the "positive regard" of my peers did not pay my bills (Imagine that!).
I was in a bind. I wanted to continue reaching people and helping people but I did not know how to get paid for what I was doing. To be honest, this phase of my life really sucked. I was working hard, promoting myself and the work that I loved, but for the most part other people were making money from what I was doing. I spent many years trying all kinds of things to make a living with my online work. I sold mp3's of my Feldenkrais sessions, I did coaching with psychotherapists, psychologists and Feldenkrais practitioners of all kinds, I built websites and blogs for people. I even took on some "corporate" clients and helped them organize their websites to reach more people and to sell more.
The problem was, some of it was not very emotionally satisfying - especially the corporate work and the building of websites. That is NOT what I was put on this planet to do. And I felt like I had taken a wrong turn somewhere. At times, I felt like I had "sold out." It is a crappy, horrible feeling, believe me. I wanted to create and sell my own stuff and ONLY promote the work of those that I was personally connected to and that I believed in. But it was proving hard to do.
Doing What You Love And Getting Paid.
So...using my grad school skills and google skills and a hell of a lot of chutzpah and desire, I began finding people who were doing what I wanted to do - making a living online, doing what they loved. I found people who had done it well and ethically and who were willing to teach me. Ruth Buczynksi from NICABM was one, Bill O'Hanlon was another (Bill and I ended up teaching several workshops together. And there are many others out there.
I will likely be promoting some products and services on how to get your work and yourself "out there" and how to make a bigger impact. It can be a hard thing to wrap our brains around for us "therapist types" but it is SO important if we are to make a difference.