Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. As a trauma specialist, I work with many persons (men and women) who have been the victims of sexual assault in clearing that trauma in a painless way without retraumatizing them through the course of therapy using Rapid Resolution Therapy®, a method that is quick and lasting.

Here is a smattering of articles of how you can be of service this month:
4 Ways to Support a Friend who has experienced sexual assault by RAINN
Resources for raising awareness, getting help by Stop Street Harrassment
Participate in Denim Day on 4/27
Participate in Take Back the Night in your community or campus

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, either recently, or not recently, get or suggest help to overcome any issues surrounding the trauma.

Not sure if there's trauma? Can you fill in these blanks:
Every time                 , I              .

This could be:
Every time I see a man with a beard, I get nervous.
Every time it thunders, I feel afraid.
Every time I am home alone, I get scared.
Every time I travel, I feel shaky in the dark hours.

Good therapy clears up all the associated negative feelings for good. If a therapist does not have an end date or end goal for you that they have clearly expressed and reiterated during your therapy, change therapists. Good therapy is focused on the end goal of resolving the problem. RRT® generally only takes a handful of sessions.

Call for an appointment to resolve your issues, or refer a friend 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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pain Blocking in 4 Hours

I dislike the expression "it's all in your head" because it presumes that what you are experiencing is less than real. Pain is not "unreal" or "in your head," but instead the relay system travels through your brain, like a train station, and changes can be made at that station.

Living without pain is possible and even a little easy.

There is a 4-point approach to pain blocking that I have used successfully with clients and with myself. It takes approximately 4 hours over 3 sessions.

  • Session 1: Intake, 1 hour. Taking of complete physical and psychiatric history.
  • Session 2: Hypnotherapy, 2 hours. Teaching of methods and tools and some practice. Best if pain is minimal to moderate; not acute.
  • Session 3: Follow up, 1 hour. Anything missed can be fixed, teaching of additional tools, fixing and honing skills for best use.

Pain blocking:

  1. Teach color visualization and breathing skill for use with acute pain.
  2. Education about and visualization of pain's messenger.
  3. Education and role play of pain blocking techniques.
  4. Visualization and role play of potential pain situation.

Speaking to my own experiences, I have overcome chronic lower back pain and have been tattooed without pain.

I herniated disc L4-5, in the lower back, and was in daily pain for years until hypnotherapy changed that for me. It was slightly less after my session, and got better and better as I utilized the techniques. After a few weeks, I was needing the techniques less, to where I was forgetting to use them for days or weeks at a time. After a couple of months, at this point I was not using the techniques at all, I cleaned out the garage and was taking a shower afterward, saying to myself "the hot water will loosen up my back" when I realized my back wasn't even tight. Such a task would have normally laid me out for at least several hours if not several days, but I wasn't even sore! That's when the skeptic in me believed completely and I realized this was a gift to be shared. I honed my techniques until they were tight and solid and began working on pain with clients.

The next thing for myself was a 10-hour tattoo (over 3 sessions). I wanted to be present and engaged, not "drifted away" like many of the available hypnotherapy pain CDs make available. I know that pain is just a message and that there is no need for the message if you are getting voluntarily "injured" as through tattooing, so I needed to dismiss the messenger and block the pain as it recurred. It was an active process, but I shed no tears, and felt almost no pain in any of the process.

I also have a jaw problem called TMJ, so that going to the dentist caused me terrible headaches for a day after a cleaning, but that is no longer an issue.
My jaw is not fixed, but I can control the relay system where the pain flows through, and shut it off there so that I do not experience any of it.

If you have: migraines, chronic pain, TMJ, back pain, an upcoming surgery, an upcoming dental procedure, upcoming allergy testing, have to administer shots for diabetes or conception, or any other pain or procedure you would rather not be bothered by, call to book your intake 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.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pin Trading Bingo

One thing I enjoy is having a little free fun while on vacation. Since I live not too far from Orlando, I visit the theme parks several times per year. I love to go to Disney World with my husband and friends and trade pins at the parks and the hotels.

Pin trading is absolutely free (though the pins you start with are at a cost) and is one of the delights of visiting the parks to me. Since I have several friends who also enjoy pin trading, I put together a friendly competition for us that you are also welcome to use. You could even use it by yourself, if your friends aren't traders, or you're making a solo adventure to the area.

Here are the rules:

  1. Save the 3 images below to your cell phone.
  2. Bring a set of 10 "trader" pins for each person who will be playing as well as a lanyard.*
  3. Have each person pick a number between 1 and 30. Note: If you are playing with children who will need help with the game, have everyone pick a number in the same bracket (1-10 or 11-20 or 21-30) so you are all on the same card and don't have to keep switching between cards to assist them. 
  4. To be fair, have someone else choose your number, since you have seen the cards. 
  5. With your group, trade away any pins you have that meet your win criteria.
  6. Trade pins all day at the parks, hotels, and gift shops! Keep any pins that you love. Track your collection at PinPics.
  7. At the end of the day, compare what you have collected against your card and see if you have met your win-condition of all 5 pins. Whomever in your group has done so is the winner! Award a special prize - maybe pick out a pin for them from a shop, gift them with a new lanyard for next time, or the losers buy a round of cocoa for the winners. 

You may play as cut-throat or friendly as you choose. The rules are written in such a way as to be interpretive. For instance, when it says Chip & Dale, will you accept either character, or does it have to be the pair of them? Decide in advance, and cut the kids some slack. After all, it's just for fun.

Share your pictures, if you like. Who won?

*A note on traders & lanyards: You can purchase trading pins on eBay or Amazon for a fair price. You can also buy them at the parks or the Disney Store, but you will spend more this way. Lanyard can be purchased at the parks or Disney Store, or you can buy them where keys are made, such as the Home Depot or Lowe's. To be extra special, you can order custom lanyards from places like Lindsay's Lanyards, but these take a little extra time.




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.