By: karengray | February 04, 2019

The idea of hypnosis in healthcare might seem strange or even scary, especially if your first exposure was watching Jafar hypnotize the Sultan in Aladdin, or laughing at your high school classmates during a stage show. In movies, hypnosis is often portrayed as a form of mind control, but when administered by a qualified professional, it can be helpful for treating a number of conditions. Here’s what the research says about its potential benefits.


What is Hypnosis?
According to the American Psychological Association, “hypnosis is a procedure during which a professional suggests while treating someone, that he or she experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, or behavior.”


I like to explain it to my clients as a "heightened st...

By: karengray | June 11, 2018

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” ~ Anthony Bourdain


This week’s news has been filled with touching and sad stories about the remarkable life of author and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. We spent nearly 20 years getting to witness Bourdain living his life with an unparalleled sense of honesty and curiosity, as he attempted to teach us all about humanity and empathy through food.


Personally, I was very sad to hear that someone I admire for his human...

By: karengray | June 03, 2018

What Is Self-Sabotage?

Behavior is self-sabotaging when it creates problems that interfere with your long-standing goals. Self-sabotage can be something that you do, like procrastinate overeat, or self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. It can also manifest in the ways that you act, such as low self esteem and low self-confidence. These behaviors and actions may seem helpful in the moment, but they ultimately undermine us, especially when we engage in them repeatedly.


People aren't always aware of their own self-sabotage, since we rarely see ourselves clearly. Often, if you have self-sabotaging behaviors, you may find yourself wondering why things can’t seem to go your way. You may have asked yourself “Why can’t I get a good job?” or “Why isn’t ...

By: karengray | April 23, 2018

Most of us have heard of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and many of us can probably tell you that it affects members of the military, law enforcement, and emergency personnel. Most folks know that PTSD is not something that you should mess with, and that those with PTSD need help to move through it.


The most common events leading to the development of PTSD include combat exposure, childhood physical abuse, sexual violence, physical assault, being threatened with a weapon, and accidents.


What most people don’t know is that many other traumatic events also can lead to PTSD, such as fire, natural disaster, mugging, robbery, plane crash, torture, kidnapping, life-threatening medical diagnosis, terrorist attack, and other extreme or life-threaten...

By: karengray | September 19, 2017



“Some people think it’s holding that makes one strong - sometimes it’s letting go.” ~Unknown





Holding On...

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you have a difficult time letting go of a negative emotion, an emotion you wish you could make disappear? In today’s article I’ll explain why that happens and also give you a few techniques to lessen the intensity of those unpleasant feelings.


When you feel upset, you will often say “I am upset” - with an emphasis on the “I am.” To your subconscious mind (the part that is in charge of your emotions) you are giving an instruction. It feels like who you are is upset, and that you are almost defined by that feeling.


Remember that the subconscious mind follows the instructions that we give it. So, by saying...