The Road To Calm: Life-Changing Tools To Stop Runaway Emotions

Ryan_RTCSeveral 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.

Click here to download the exercise.


Ryan Nagy,
writing from Mérida, Mexico in the state of Yucatan.

Hypnosis For Depression: Questions and Some Surprising Answers

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 hypnosis for depression conference open again for enrollment at huge discount - but just for a couple of days:

(Free Audio) Connecting To Body And World

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

You can also download a copy for offline use: Basic Body/World Orientation

And here is the transcript: Download Session Transcript.

The lesson is a sample from Irene's 21-Day Nervous System Tune Up and something that I use everyday and reccommend highly.

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:

- de-stress,
- re-orient and relax after challenging sessions
- heal from the effects of long ago traumas
- sleep better
- and more

If you want more details, just click to check it out.


Ryan C. Nagy, MA
Director, Online Psychotherapy Conferences

The Additive Benefits of Hypnosis In Psychotherapy

Hypnosis, CBT or ???

Here is a direct link to the study that I reference in the video: Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. Many more are available if you want to do a search on Google or elsewhere.

In a couple of days, I hope to have a definitive announcement on the upcoming conference on Ericksonian Hypnosis in the Treatment of Depression.



I will be traveling for the next two days with only intermittent internet access, so it may take a few hours for your comments to apppear.

The Two Questions Are:

1. Do you use hypnosis or hypnotic strategies to treat depression?
2. What are your top two questions or concerns about using hypnosis
to treat depression?

If you have the time or interest, feel free to answer below.

Is Depression Contagious? (Free Presentation With Dr. Michael Yapko)

Dr. Michael Yapko
Dr. Michael Yapko
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

Just Click To Listen With Headphones or Speakers

Or click here to download for later use.

Click here to download the transcription.

Here are links to several of the resources that Michael talked about in his talk:

1) The Depressing News About Anti-Depressants

2) Why Anti-Depressants Are No Better Than Placebos.

Why Should You Listen To Michael Yapko Speaking about Depression?

In addition to being a powerful presenter who has made it his mission in life to help people out of depression, Michael is the author of several important and inspiring books on depression including: Depression Is Contagious: How the Most Common Mood Disorder Is Spreading Around the World and How to Stop It, as well as Hand-Me-Down Blues: How to Stop Depression From Spreading in Families, Treating Depression with Hypnosis, and Breaking the Patterns of Depression. His works have been translated into nine languages. More information about Dr. Yapko’s work for both clinicians and the public can be found on his website:

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.

Check them out, many are downloadable: Michael Yapko's Online Store.

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"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

Last Chance: Therapy On The Wildside

Presentation #1 “Ericksonian Hypnosis with Psychosis; Starting in the Middle"
Presentation #1 “Ericksonian Hypnosis with Psychosis; Starting in the Middle"
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 Consciousness and 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

Are you in the business of changing lives?

changing-lives 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.

Changing_lives_Ante_post_natalI 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.

I hope you are doing great out there.


Ryan Nagy

Rob McNeilly’s Hypnosis and Psychotherapy Blog…

Our company co-founder, Rob McNeilly has been doing quite a bit of blogging over the last few months. He writes about topics in hypnosis, psychotherapy, coaching, and whatever else strikes his fancy. Rob was trained as a medical doctor, trained directly with Milton H. Erickson and teaches workshops worldwide. You may want to check it out: Sign-up to get blog updates and he will send you a free copy of one of his book via email.

Easy Self-Hypnosis: Free Hypnosis Session with Rob McNeilly

Rob McNeilly
Rob McNeilly

Self-Hypnosis Audio

Welcome. We hope you enjoy the very brief self-hypnosis session audio below by Rob McNeilly using principles of Ericksonian Hypnosis. Rob studied directly with Milton H. Erickson.

The session will only take about 6 minutes, you can download a copy to keep if you would like and you can also download the transcript.

We view hypnosis as an experience that we can help another person to begin to explore. Rather than "putting someone" into trance or trying to change them or influence them, we invite them to begin to focus and become absorbed in something. We wonder what changes may occur, what insights might come, what memories might usefully appear on their own, what resources might become available.

So when it comes to the self-hypnosis you will encounter in the audio and transcription below, you may find a way of assisting yourself to go into hypnosis. To not "instruct yourself" to do this or not do that, to feel this but not that, to be stronger or more comfortable or more relaxed. But rather, following Milton Erickson’s lead, you may be curious as to how you can get into that absorbed state, that focused begin to be be open to what might come from within yourself, what might come up in your awareness...and notice how you might be able to make use of your hypnotic experiences....

Click the triangle below to play:

Download a copy to keep: Self-Hypnosis Audio by Rob McNeilly.

Here is the session transcript in pdf form: Self Hypnosis Transcript

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