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 675 Route 72 E, Manahawkin, NJ 08050,
Telephone (609)709-2043 and (609) 494-0009.

Driving directions: Take Mill Creek Road South, just off Route 72 E After about 400 feet, turn right into the office complex of Mill Creek Commons.Then, immedately turn right again and go past the Lyceum II Gym. Continue on to the Prudential Zack Building,which will be the only building on your right. We are the last office at the end.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Practical Applications of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Here's link to a free online collection  of  articles from the Newsletter of the New Jeresey Association for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, which explains the application of CBT to OCD, panic attacks, eating disorders, personality disorders, low self esteem, social anxiety, couples therapy, depression, personalitey disorders, and many other appplications. There is also a good article entitled, "How to Break Dysfunctional Cognitions," which, IMHO, it would be dysfunctional to dismiss ahead of time without reading.

CBT and hypnosis, I believe, are natural allies, since they both deal with the alteration of belief structures; and research seems to show that they both can be more effedtive when they are used together and "one hand washes the other."

Monday, January 13, 2014

Is There Such a Thing as One's "True Self?"

As +Richard Nongard recently asked in a recent hypnosis thread, "is there any such thing as one's "'true self?'" In order to answer this question, we first have to agree upon what "truth" is. As hypnotists, we can with equal ease catalyze experiences or reincarnation, co-incarnation, pre-incarnation, multi-carnation (parallel lives in different bodies), and a few more that nobody has even thought of yet  (but they will!)  We can't use a refusal to ask leading questions as a "cop-out" to attain the truth by making our efforts appear to be unbiased. Anecdotal evidence, cultural traditions, unspoken or implied suggestions, and the personality and unique characteristics of each individual, will still color the way that they will respond in hypnosis and the manner in which they will interpret their experiences later. 
"Truth" is fundamentally unknowable!    
I view Experience as the ultimate art form, and suggestion  as the ultimate artistic medium. I especially like to use hypnosis to change lives in a positive direction by taking  people into the Multiverse. where I can provide corrective experiences, much as the "Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come," in Dickens' famous story, A Christmas Carol. In keeping with modern research findings, I use insipration rather than fear, as Dickens had done, as a catalyst for change. If clients later report a positive change in their quality of life, I''ve done my job. But defining "Truth" alas, is above my pay grade.

Nevertheless, as Victor Frankl said, "He who has a why to live can live with almost any how." As is the case with any other human being, my own life needs to be driven by meaning and purpose. In working with clients in my psychology practice, when I am privileged to catch a glimpse of the divinity and greatness within them, I do not hesitate to point it out, and to do everything possible to encourage its development. As Einstein put it, "I refuse to believe that God plays dice with the Universe." I too have a philosophy, which constitutes my "true self!"