Don E. Gibbons, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist #03513
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Here is the link to the resources in cognitive-behavioral therapy which were originally uploaded by the British National Health Service and made available to all of the inhabitants of the British Isles. I hope you find them useful;
Being overweight can be caused by a number of factors. When it is simply due to the habit of making bad decisions concerning food, then a cognitive-behavioral approach such as the one described here may be useful.
A client came to my office requesting hypnosis in order to eliminate his habit of waking up for two hours every night. He was retired, and simply slept later in the morning to make up for the two hours he had lost. We examined all the usual causes: he did not drink too much coffee or tea, there was nothing worrying him, and there did not seem to be any organic cause for his middle insomnia. Finally, he admitted that his real concern was that he was gaining about a pound a month because he would get up and have a snack of cheese and crackers before going back to sleep. Further discussion made it clear that this snacking habit was what was providing the primary reinforcement for his insomnia, and this was what we would have to work on. Suggestion-enhanced experience does not always have to involve an induction, and experiences enhanced by suggestion need not always be positive ones. Since he did not seem to be a candidate for hypnosis, I instructed him on how to use the Best Me Technique to visualize, or picture in his mind, the cheese and crackers in the refrigerator having spoiled -- but to enhance this image in as many ways as he could imagine, using the grossest possible imagery, in order to totally destroy its incentive value. In cognitive-behavioral terms, this would be described as converting a positive reinforcement into an aversive stimulus. The best time to do this, of course, what just after he had awakened in the middle of the night, while he was still lying there before he had arisen to get his usual snack from the refrigerator. Using all six dimensions of the BEST ME Technique, he was instructed to mentally experience the previously-coveted food as having spoiled or become infected with fruit flies, drenched in urine, or floating in a pool of -- well, you get the idea. A follow-up telephone call one month later indicated that practicing this exercise during his periods of middle insomnia seemed to be completely effective. He was no longer snacking, and, except for his usual bathroom breaks, he was sleeping through the night as well. You can apply this same technique to eliminate any food from your routine which will help you lose weight. Eating 3,500 calories more than you burn results in a one-pound weight gain. Pick one food that you like, find out how many calories per serving it contains, and do the math. See how many extra pounds that one food will add to your weight during the course of a year. If you are like most of us, cutting out only two or three such foods using the cognitive-behavioral dieting procedure just described, combined with a little patience, should make your ideal weight goal easily attainable.
"Virtual Reality Hypnosis: Adventures in the Multiverse"
Kelley Woods and I are pleased to announce the publication of Virtual Reality Hypnosis: Explorations in the Multiverse, which allows you to hypnotically experience whatever events in parallel and alternate worlds you might care to imagine, and bringing the effects of these experiences back with you to improve your life.
Virtual reality hypnosis involves the systematic, comprehensive application of the BEST ME technique of multimodal suggestion to involve your entire being in the content of a suggested experience, using Beliefs, Emotions, Senssations and physical perceptions, Thoughts and images, Motives, and Expectations.
From the first glow of anticipation to the enduring treasures of fondest memory, the BEST ME technique provides us with a brush with which it is possible to paint upon the canvas of awareness practically any masterpiece we may desire, using the ultimate artistic medium of all -- human experience itself!
"Applied Hypnosis and Hyperempiria"
In contrast to a traditional hypnotic induction, based on suggestions of drowsiness, lethargy, and sleep, a hyperempiric induction is based on suggestions of increased alertness, mind expansion, and enhanced awareness and sensitivity. Both approaches have been shown to work about equally well. Naturally, some people prefer one approach and some people prefer the other; and some procedures are better suited to hypnosis, while others are best done with hyperempiria. This book shows you how to use hypnosis and/or hyperempiria in a wide variety of situations and for a wide variety of purposes.
Don received his Psychology training at the University of California, Riverside, and Claremont Graduate University. He has taught at the University of Portland, the University of West Georgia, and DeSales University, where he was Chairman of the Psychology Department. Don has written five books, presented at many professional conferences, published in scholarly journals, and has presented at the American Psychological Association and the British Royal Society of medicine. He is the senior author of the chapter on hypnotic induction procedures in the latest edition of the Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis, published by the American Psychological Association in 2010. He also initiated the petition to establish the Division of Humanistic Psychology within the American Psychological Association, which is now Division 32.
Psychologist serving the Long Beach Island and Ocean County area and adjacent communities, including Barnegat, Barnegat Light, Bay Head, Bayville, Beach Haven, Beachwood, Berkeley, Brick, Brighton Beach, Crestwood Villages, Dover Township, Eagleswood, Forked River, Harvey Cedars, Island Heights, Jackson, Lacey, Lakehurst, Lakewood, Lanoka Harbor, Lavalette, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach, Long Beach Township, Loveladies, Manahawkin, Manchester, Mantoloking, North Beach, Ocean Acres, Ocean Gate, Ocean Township, Pine Beach, Plumsted, Point Pleasant, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Ship Bottom, South Beach Haven, South Toms River, Stafford, Surf City, Toms River, Tuckerton, Waretown, West Creek, and Whiting.