Don E. Gibbons, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist #03513
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The New Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy, LLC

The New Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy, LLC, is located at 703 Mill Creek Road, Suite G #1, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Telephone us at(609)709-2043 and(609) 709-0009. We will welcome you warmly and will work together with you to develop a plan which is individually suited to your goals, utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral, family systems, psychodynamic, humanistic, and eclectic approaches as well as hypnosis. We accept Medicare and most other major insurance. Weekend and evening office hours are available.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Which Psychological Theory is "True?" We'll Never Know!

As I have said elsewhere, post-modern constructionism is the point of view that since we can never reqlly know what "truth" is, we should help clients to put together any type of conceptual framework which helps them to find the meaning of their existence, regardless of the personal reality that we construct for ourselves about the reality of things which are fundamentally unknowable.. 

How will we know, then, when we are on the right track? In the words of +Michael Ellner,
The path that the people who beat the odds take does not seem to be as important as the way they walk the path that they have chosen. This is based on extensive experience assisting people with life-threatening diseases and conditions and assisting people living with medically unexplained syndromes and symptoms like chronic pain, FMS, IBS and CFS. What they do — does not seem to be as important as how they do what they do… The people who do what they do with a happy heart, peaceful mind and playful spirit seem to have the best outcomes regardless of what they are doing.
  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hypnosis and Hypempiria for Exploring the Multiverse

Hypnosis is easy when you know how. Then, after the induction, a deepening exercise such as the following one is frequently used to increase the clients' involvement with the suggestion that they are hypnotized. However, as the late Ernest R. Hilgard used to say, "A suggestion is an induction." When I am working with the more highly evolved "hypnotic virtuosos" among us, I frequently dispense with a formal induction altogether and use this deepening exercise by itself as an inductition. This deepener emphasizes the pleasantness of the experience they are about to undergo, and the benefits they will derive from it, and it is a pkeasant experience in itself.
Now, as you sink deeper with every word that I speak and with every second that passes, you can imagine, or picture in your mind, a clock dial, with no second hand and no minute hand on the clock, just an hour hand. And the hour hand is set at twelve.
I’m going to move that hour hand back, one hour at a time, until it’s all the way back to one. And with each hour that I move the hand back, you’ll go twice as deep as you are right now, and you’ll feel twice as good as you do right now.
There is no limit to the kinds or experiences you can have in deep hypnosis. There is no limit to howmpeaceful and relaxed you can feel, and there is no limit to the benefits you can obtain from it. And the deeper you go, the deeper you're able to go . And the deeper you go, the deeper you want to go, and the more peaceful, and the more relaxing, and the more tranquil the experience becomes, as the ocean of the mind calms.. So just let yourself relax completely, now, as I move the hour hand back, one hour at a time. And now I’ve moved the hour hand back  from 12 to 11, and you’re sinking down twice as deep as you were before. And the deeper you go, the more easily you are able to become aware of your Best Me -- of the person you are in the process of becoming.
And now I’ve moved the hand down to 10,  and you go twice as deep, and you feel twice as good. But there’s never any sense of strain or overload, for the deeper you go, the deeper you want to go, and the deeper you go, the deeper you’re able to go. And the deeper you go, the more peaceful and the more enjoyable the experience becomes. 
And now I’ve moved it down to 9. Twice as deep, and feeling twice as good. As I lead you deeper and deeper into hypnosis, your Best Me -- the person you are in the process of becoming becoming as you practice these techniques  -- will provide you with all the guidance and support that you need, in order to free yourself from the problems and limitations that have been holding you back. This guidance will enable these problems to be solved in just the right way, and at just the right time, for you to keep whatever is of value to the person that you will become, and to release and eliminate whatever needs to be released. 8. Twice as deep, sinking down and down, and feeling twice as peaceful, as you allow  your Best Me to handle all your problems in the outside world in the healing, loving light of your future. 7. Twice as deep yet again, and feeling twice as good yet again.


6. Deeper yet. Notice what how good you are feeling now. And imagine how good you’re going to feel when we get all the way down to one.
5. Twice as deep, yet again, and feeling twice as tranquil yet again . . . . deeper . . . and deeper . . .And the deeper you go, the deeper you want to go . . . and the deeper you go, the, more peaceful, and the more enjoyable the experience becomes.
4. Deeper . . . deeper . . . deeper . . .
3. Twice as deep, and feeling twice as good . . .
2. Deeper . . . deeper . . . deeper . . .
1. Infinitely, and unbelievably deep, and continuing to go deeper with every word that I speak.

The client may then be a participant in one or more of the following experiences:

The "Best Me Technique" for Exploring the Multiverse

Hyperempiria (Suggestion-Enhanced Experience) in the Multiverse

Becomong Your "Best Me" in the Multiverse

The session may be concluded with suggestions for Returning from the Muliverse.




Friday, October 17, 2014

The "Best Me Technique" for Exploring the Multiverse


Note: Because of their intensity, these types of experiences should only be undertaken with the assistance of an appropriately trained and qualified suggestion guide..

At the conclusion of a hypnotic or hyperempiric induction and deepening, suggestions similar to the following may be provided, 

Transition to the Multiverse
Now, we are going to transition into an alternate Uniiverse, where time and space do not exist,, leaving your previous life and problems far behind. This alternate Universe will serve as the point of departure for your Best Me -- the unique person you will become as you continue to  practice these techniques,to guide you on many voyages to many other Universes across the boundaries to time and space.


You will always be able to hear and to respond to my voice, and every aspect of the situation to which I guide you will be completely real. You will not be dreaming. These experiences will actually be happening, in your mind exactly as I describe them to you.


Belief systems. You are becoming aware of yourself warmly dressed, standing at the top of a large, snow-covered mountain which slopes steeply downward toward the valley below. Between you and your objective at the foot of the mountain, are barriers and obstacles of many kinds, which have been blocking you from the attainment ,of your goal.
Emotions. You can feel the excitemernt inside of you growing stronger and stronger, as you prepae to eliminate them all.

Sensations and physical perceptions.  Feel the crisp, cold winter aicr upon your face, and savor its freshness as you inhale. Notice the dazzling whiteness of the snow in the morning sunlight, and feel its soft crunchiness underfoot as your mind absorbs the silence which is all around you, broken only occasionally by the faint stirring of a distant breeze.
Thoughts and images. Bending down, you pick up a handful of snow and start to examine it. Notice how soft and powdery it feels in your hands.  In a way, it is like your resolve has sometimes been ‑‑ soft and powdery, when it ought to have been firm and strong.
See yourself packing the snow together in your hand now, and compressing it into a snowball as you add still more snow, packing it down firmly, as you resolve to make your trust and confidence just as firm and just as hard as the snowball itself. See yourself rolling the snowball along the ground, packing into it every ounce of confidence you possess, until it has grown to the size of a boulder.


Motives. As the snowball grows even larger, you can feel your own courage and resolve becoming as hard and as firm as the snowball you are getting ready to roll down the mountainside, all the way down to the deserted valley below.  As you push the boulder over a small ledge and start it on its way, you can feel your trust and confidence growing along with it.


As the boulder begins to roll downhill on its own, you can feel your trust and confidence growing along with it as it grows in size  ‑‑ growing and growing, becoming larger with every foot that it travels, until it has become an avalanche, sweeping away every obstacle in its path, as it thunders all the way to the bottom of the mountain. As it does your trust becomes infinite in its power, completely obliterating any last vestiges of doubt.


Expectations. Believe it will happen, expect it to happen, and feel it happening!


Belief systems. Next, you pick up another handful of snow and slowly pat it into a perfectly round snowball. This snowball is made of perfect faith.


Emotions. This too you roll down the mountainside, as it does, you feel your faith becoming infinite in its power, and eliminating everything standing in its way.


Sensations and physical perceptions. Watchi it now as it carves a path beside the track left by the first one.


Thoughts and images.  This snowball is also turning into an avalanche, sweeping away everything before it until it too comes crashing all the way down to the bottom of the mountain..


Motives. Feel your faith expand along with it, until you feel as if nothing is impossible for you if you can believe in it.


Expectations. Believe it will happen, expect it to happen, and feel it happening!


Belief systems. Finally, you pick up another handful of snow which represents perfect love, in its purest possible form. After slowly and tenderly patting it into a perfectly round snowball,


Emotions. As it does, you can feel the love inside you also becoming infinite in its power and ready to sweepi away everything which stands before it.


Sensations and physical perceptions. Now you roll this snowball down the mountainside, watching it as it carves a path between the ones created by the first two,


Thoughts and images. This avalanche of perfect love is also sweeping away barier which standfs before it, until it too comes crashing all the way down to the bottom of the mountain.


Motives. Now, with all doubt removed you confidently stride down the path that the boulders have made,  And as you reach the foot of the  mountain, you discover that the winter has  turned, into a beautiful springtime.  


Expectations. You will be able tto carry this mlood with you, and it will turn the entire day into a thing of wondrous beauty. Believe it will happen, expect it to happen, and feel it happening!