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Hypnosis

"Making the Most of Life"

Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis is a collection of thousands of powerful tools which help individuals in numerous ways by harnessing the power of the brain functions, mental processes, emotional responses and physiological responses. Dr. Carol Francis has been using hypnosis and hypnotherapeutic techniques since 1980 and notes that “People respond to hypnotherapy very well. Hypnosis is relaxing, soothing, and extremely powerful because the human mind.

Hypnotheray can help reduce anxiety, defeat bad habits, regulate weight, explore and unshackle traumatic memories, build confidence, regain memories, loosen social fears, enable public speaking, untie creative blocks and lessen performance anxiety, and much more. 

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Panic Attacks and Anxiety / Fears & Phobias

Unable to stop your fearful thoughts or anxious imagings about a particular relationship, events or troublesome worry? Feeling out of control, shaky, edgy, sleepless, unfocused? Fears piling in on your day that seem extreme or unrelated to the actual situations your are facing. Worries or fears that stop you from functioning normally or approaching situations that you would like to do? Such worries, fears, panics, anxiety moments, can hamper relationships, career moves, self-esteem, and even what you do for fun.

Therapies which are evidence-based or shown to reduce anxieties include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Relationship Therapy, Hypnotherapy, NLP, EMDR, Systematic Desensitization especially if your anxiety is related to clearly remembered events or attitudes you adopted knowingly. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and other types of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, also are known to help when memories are lost or the panics, anxieties, worries or unstoppable thoughts have been long-lived and the origin is unknown. Dr. Carol Francis can discuss with you the types of treatment that may most likely help you given your concerns, your history, your personality style and your goals.

People Respond to Hypnotherapy Very Well
Dr. Carol Francis has been using hypnosis and hypnotherapeutic techniques since 1980
Fears & Phobias

Panic Attacks and Anxiety / Fears & Phobias

Unable to stop your fearful thoughts or anxious imagings about a particular relationship, events or troublesome worry? Feeling out of control, shaky, edgy, sleepless, unfocused? Fears piling in on your day that seem extreme or unrelated to the actual situations your are facing. Worries or fears that stop you from functioning normally or approaching situations that you would like to do? Such worries, fears, panics, anxiety moments, can hamper relationships, career moves, self-esteem, and even what you do for fun.

Therapies which are evidence-based or shown to reduce anxieties include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Relationship Therapy, Hypnotherapy, NLP, EMDR, Systematic Desensitization especially if your anxiety is related to clearly remembered events or attitudes you adopted knowingly. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and other types of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, also are known to help when memories are lost or the panics, anxieties, worries or unstoppable thoughts have been long-lived and the origin is unknown. Dr. Carol Francis can discuss with you the types of treatment that may most likely help you given your concerns, your history, your personality style and your goals.

Self Esteem & Image

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Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Anxiety: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes. Fear, worry, nervousness, agitation, irritability, emotional paralysis, shakiness, or physical symptoms like rapid heart beating or sweating to name a few. Sleeplessness, inattentiveness, lack of focus or unclear thinking also can be present. Nightmares, day memories, disorientation, dissociative or disconnected feelings as well. Startle responses or apparently unrelated anxious responses occur too.

Anxiety interesting debilitates some of us some of the time so that we can not function or complete the demands of a particular task. Anxiety can also stir some of us some of the time to quickly finish a project or fix something that has long been ignored.

We can characterize anxiety as an excess amount of energetic intensity that can either overload or energize your ability to function and focus. When you can take that energy and find a creative and positive way to funnel that energy toward a successful outcome, you are optimizing that energy.

On the other hand, when that energetic intensity begins to make you feel or act incompetently or negatively or not at all, then anxiety feelings results.

For instance, if you are driving your car--calmly and normally and suddenly you need to respond to an emergency situation, your anxiety in the moment can flash you into handling the car competently and swiftly toward the safest outcome possible.

If you begin to experience flashbacks - vivid memories & experiences- of that incident and then experience anxiety, you are responding not to the need of the moment but to the traumatic effect of your past.

Traumatic events, as you can tell, can cause you to be stuck in past anxious events. When you are stuck in those events, and impaired by the emotional reliving of those events, you likely have what is called a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorders are common among soldiers, abused children and adults, survivors of natural disasters, witnesses or victims to war time activities, witnesses or victims to crimes, etc.

Obviously, these are very intense events. Most of these events are chronic over extended amounts of time and thus the traumatic events are multiple, sudden, unpredictable but recurrent and very life threatening. No one would emotionally wish to be exposed to these horrific sites or first hand threats.

Interestingly, brain research, which involves studies about your brain wiring and chemicals, have now determined that exposure to sudden very severe situations or threat or chronic ongoing severe threats, may cause a “groove” in your brain system that leads to those memories, emotional experiences and anxiety reactions to be re-triggered easily and under many unrelated or related circumstances.

Those individuals suffering PTSD might also have a higher presence of certain anxiety-related bio-chemical and psycho-physiological processes present in their brain and throughout their muscular and nervous system.

Yes, your body remembers well that you were under stress and is designed to help you avoid those horrible moments again by setting up alarm systems.

While, those alarm systems can be essential and helpful, they can also be triggered when no actual alarming situation is actually take place. This is when PTSD or any other type of anxiety is more related to your “psychology” or your “trauma reactions” or to your aggravated “psycho-physiological” system.

Help can be found--thankfully.

So consider seriously receiving as much intervention as you possibly can implement at one time.

Here is a formula that you might consider that has been researched.

Psychotherapy -Here are some types of psychotherapy which have been proven to help:

Insight, Emotive, Cognitive-Behavioral, Systematic Desensitization, HeartMath Biofeedback, NLP, EMFT, Hypnotherapy

Fitness Training-which retrains the muscles, skeleton structure and harnesses the energy of the anxiety-related chemicals.

Nutritious Foods and Supplements-Certain foods & supplements reduce the presence of anxiety producing chemicals or help you funnel those anxiety chemicals more effectively. Certain foods trigger anxiety responses. Be alert--your body chemicals affect your anxieties.

Medications-Ease the production, presence or use of those anxiety chemicals as well in your brain and elsewhere.

Helping Others: An interesting fact is that when anxious individuals help others who are hurting in that situation or in a similar situation, there tends to be a reduction of the anxiety for many people because they are 1) working with others who can empathize with the primary severity of what you have experienced--identification and sympathy is imperative in these situations, 2) working to overcome the damage caused by those traumatic events also empowers an individual to both process the events and demonstrate personal ability to dominate the event instead of being defeated or subordinated to the events’ severe impact. Being a Hero for others can often mean healing yourself too.

Don’t give up pursuing relief from PTSD. There is help! There is relief! There is hope!

Panic Attacks and Anxiety / Fears & Phobias

Unable to stop your fearful thoughts or anxious imagings about a particular relationship, events or troublesome worry? Feeling out of control, shaky, edgy, sleepless, unfocused? Fears piling in on your day that seem extreme or unrelated to the actual situations your are facing. Worries or fears that stop you from functioning normally or approaching situations that you would like to do? Such worries, fears, panics, anxiety moments, can hamper relationships, career moves, self-esteem, and even what you do for fun.

Therapies which are evidence-based or shown to reduce anxieties include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Relationship Therapy, Hypnotherapy, NLP, EMDR, Systematic Desensitization especially if your anxiety is related to clearly remembered events or attitudes you adopted knowingly. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and other types of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, also are known to help when memories are lost or the panics, anxieties, worries or unstoppable thoughts have been long-lived and the origin is unknown. Dr. Carol Francis can discuss with you the types of treatment that may most likely help you given your concerns, your history, your personality style and your goals.

Eating Disorders 

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia and Cravings:

If you actually fit into the category of anorexia, for you, every morsel of food becomes your enemy as if it will cause you to gain weight and make you grotesquely fat. You spend your day and night fighting cravings for the least amount of any food. Somewhere inside, you have decided that you must be as skinny as possible in order to be beautiful. Or, perhaps you truly enjoy an emotional attraction to being “in control” of the one thing you can absolutely control–the food that passes into your mouth.   For you too, the healthy  craving for food will likely be your desperate need to fuel your body with essential fuel for survival:  minerals, vitamins and amino acids for your body's well-being, and hydration for your parched cells.

For men and women who are absolutely committed to an ideal of being bone skinny, cravings might seem to be your enemy when in actuality every cell in your body might be screaming out for survival. Cravings are actually a loving yearning in these situations that begs for you to decide to act in a manner that invests in your body's life and well-being, not your fashion consciousness or wish for thinness.

Therapies which help individuals with Anorexia can include the following:

Hypnotherapy:  Stress relief, comfortable and healthy hypnotic suggestions that ease cravings or self-destructive choices, and deep, as well as relaxing, self-exploration and issue resolution, uncon-scious and subconscious exploration.

Psychoanalytic insightful work:  Deep connections to historical moments that impact the present.  Also Psychoanalytic therapies address traumas, family issues, childhood circumstances, emotional needs for connection, love and understanding and the ability to connect with yourself and others with satisfaction and depth.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy:  CBT provides structured work that help your thoughts and patterns of thinking correspond with the actions you would choose to habituate.

Family Based Therapies:  When working with your family members will help you at-tain your goals or solve or smooth family complications, Family Based Therapies can be very helpful.

Trauma Relief Therapies:  NLP, EFT, Tapping, Attachment Therapies and many other interventions specifically address traumas of abuse (sexual, physical, emotional) that may be related to your eating difficulties.

Body Image Work:  Through Gestalt Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Movement Therapy and other wonderful interventions, becoming in touch with your body's true beauty, needs, emotional-body based bruises and your body's ability to feel wonderful become the focus of these treatments.  Seeing your body as beautiful when healthy is a wonderful experience which is different than seeing your body as acceptable only when too thin and mal-nutritioned.

Nutritional Counseling and Fitness Training play a beautiful part in being healthy and feeling comfortable in tending to the needs of your body for food, nutrition, exercise and pleasant movement.  For more insights, you can purchase “If You Can't Stop Eating, Maybe You're Hungry:  Reset Your Cravings”  by Dr. Carol Francis with key chapters addressing each of these concerns of those facing Anorexia.

For more insights, you can purchase “If You Can't Stop Eating, Maybe You're Hungry:  Reset Your Cravings”  by Dr. Carol Francis with key chapters addressing each of these concerns of those facing Anorexia.

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Bulimia

If in the recent past you have had an inclination to throw-up (purge) food when you over ate, your cravings may actually be associated with a desperate need for nutrition. After all, throwing-up food repeatedly stops you from benefiting from the nutrition of the real food you eat. Throwing-up makes it difficult for your digestive system to absorb the nutrition that actually stays in your body.

In addition, much to your chagrin, as soon as you have eaten food, your body absorbs the fat first. By the time you have purged food, your body has hungrily grabbed the fat it could before you threw-up the food.   It was the nutritious part of the food including the fiber (which helps you process fats and keeps your intestinal tract healthy) that you eliminated--not the fats.   So if you have been bulimic in your recent past, chances are your current cravings are more about the actual nutrition that your body needs than some addictive, shameful urge to indulge.  Bulimia is the term currently used to describe these patterns of eating indulgently and then throwing-up all food in a desperate attempt to minimize the calories that would cause weight gain.

Therapies which help individuals with Bulimia can include the following:

Hypnotherapy:  Stress relief, comfortable and healthy hypnotic suggestions that ease cravings or self-destructive choices, and deep, as well as relaxing, self-exploration and issue resolution, uncon-scious and subconscious exploration.

Psychoanalytic insightful work:  Deep connections to historical moments that impact the present.  Also Psychoanalytic therapies address traumas, family issues, childhood circumstances, emotional needs for connection, love and understanding and the ability to connect with yourself and others with satisfaction and depth.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy:  CBT provides structured work that help your thoughts and patterns of thinking correspond with the actions you would choose to habituate.

Family Based Therapies:  When working with your family members will help you at-tain your goals or solve or smooth family complications, Family Based Therapies can be very helpful.

Trauma Relief Therapies:  NLP, EFT, Tapping, Attachment Therapies and many other in-terventions specifically address traumas of abuse (sexual, physical, emotional) that may be related to your eating difficulties.

Body Image Work:  Through Gestalt Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Movement Therapy and other wonderful interventions, becoming in touch with your body's true beauty, needs, emotional-body based bruises and your body's ability to feel wonderful become the focus of these treatments.  Seeing your body as beautiful when healthy is a wonderful experience which is different than seeing your body as acceptable only when too thin and malnutritioned.

Nutritional Counseling and Fitness Training play a beautiful part in being healthy and feeling comfortable in tending to the needs of your body for food, nutrition, exercise and pleasant move-ment. 

For more insights, you can purchase “If You Can't Stop Eating, Maybe You're Hungry:  Reset Your Cravings”  by Dr. Carol Francis with key chapters addressing each of these concerns of those facing Anorexia.

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Over-Eating, Binging, Compulsive Over-Eating

Over-eating food can be related to depression, anxiety, compulsiveness, impulsiveness, malnutrition, low self-love, sexual, physical or emotional abuse, society pressures, family eating habits, or simple food-choices which actually cause hunger.  Individualizing your approach to learning to eat, enjoy food and not over-eat is the focus of Dr. Carol Francis' therapies. 

Consider the following tools:

Book by Dr. Carol Francis:  If You Can't Stop Eating, Maybe You're Hungry:  Reset Your Cravings   Order the Paperback or Download your copy now.

If you eat everything in sight whether you are hungry or not, the only portion of your body you are probably aware of is your mouth. For you, food is the pleasure it creates while you smell, chew, taste, and create a sensations in your mouth or perhaps in the fullness of your belly. Over-eating may be your way of enjoying that very small places in your body over and over again.

Individuals also become compelled to eat compulsively when they are unknowingly experiencing a po-tential state of medical malnutrition, hormonal imbalance, thirst, medication side-effects, or illness states. Perhaps your body is failing to absorb certain nutrients, iron for example, and your compulsive hunger is your body's attempt to achieve a certain level of that nutrient. Perhaps you are in the throes of estrogen and progesterone imbalance which aggravates appetite as the body signals, through crav-ings, that it needs more or less of that hormone to function well. Perhaps a medication managing your depression, hypertension, back pain, or anxiety is actually “turning-on” your appetite brain centers, causing bodily signals to eat to exceed your actually need for calories. Prednisone, for example, can put weight on quickly and increase appetite hugely. Such weight is very hard to eliminate.

You owe it to yourself to have these physiological conditions carefully examined so that the medical diagnosis can help you know how you need to respond to your appetite. Your chronic hunger may be a symptom of a condition that your body wishes to convey. Do not assume that your chronic hunger is a lack of will-power or some of the other factors we will discuss below unless you have had a full medi-cal evaluation to rule out these other complications. Be aware, not all doctors will be sympathetic to your attempt to clarify what your chronic hunger may be indicating about your physical/medical com-plications. Choose your diagnostician wisely. Over-eating confuses many doctors.

If your chronic over-eating is related to your focus upon your mouth's pleasure sensations, becoming aware of all the other sensations in your body, including smell, touch, and even the sensation of full-ness, will allow you to integrate your craving for food into your relationship with your entire body, not just sensations of your mouth. Enjoy chewing, tasting, and swallowing but also enjoy the sensations of fullness, visual pleasures of your surroundings, memories of the day that were positive or the social interactions that richly accent the meal time. Broaden your awareness of pleasures beyond your mouth as much as possible. More tricks and information are contained in my book, “If You Can't Stop Eating, Maybe You're Hungry.” (link with the following: http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-carol-francis/if-you-cant-stop-eating-maybe-youre-hungry-reset-your-food-cravings/ebook/product-18559129.html )

Quit Smoking The "KISS" AWAY (Keep It Super Successful)
     
     KISS AWAY your cigarettes and enjoy a life of fresh, free breathing the KISS AWAY.
     
      As we all know, cigarette smoking is a physiologically, emotionally, socially, biochemically (etc) addictive. Cigarette smoking's satisfactions are parallel to its' horrible consequences for many. Quitting can be extremely difficult. But my experience helping people stop suggests it need not be so impossibly hard to quit. Stop smoking the "KISS AWAY"
      I happen to know and have tested that you can stop smoking, very successfully. I call it the KISS AWAY, meaning--Keep It SUPER SUCCESSFUL AWAY. There are many aspects of this approach to stop smoking. I will delineate as much as I can below in the space allotted. Cheers to you as you find yourself excitedly motivated to stop smoking!!
      Cigarette smoking is addictive and habituating. Physiologically, biochemically, and neurologically, smoking alters your body's processes in a manner that makes the nicotine and other additives a part of how your body functions throughout the day.
      In addition, your smoking is emotionally satisfying to you. For some, social moments are enriched by smoking. The guys' night playing poker or watching sports or the girls' night out clubbing. Others tolerate social moments more calmly because of smoking's stress reducing qualities. Taking a break from the maddening work load or conferences and committees using the excuse of "going for a smoke" is yet another way smoking becomes a socially reinforced habit.
      Anxiety, anger, fear, stress? Yep! smoking eases those moments too both physically and emotionally.
      I could continue to explain the various ways smoking is physiologically addictive and personally habituating. But, the "KEEP IT SUPER SUCCESSFUL" AWAY of stop smoking aims to focus on remedies.
      My work with smokers over the last 30 years has demonstrated that the most optimal and definite forms of quitting smoking implement simultaneously no less than five interventions that address the impact or causes or patterns of your smoking. Then after those five or more interventions are easily and comfortably in place, hypnotherapy becomes very successful in motivating you to stop smoking and in giving you the power to stop. These five interventions, at the least, include at least one pattern or action change that addresses each of the reasons why you are still using a substance which you desperately wish you could stop using.
      I'll divide these reasons into the following categories:
      Category I: Physiology (Smoking for the physiological affects that alter Metabolism, Energy Management, Chemical Process that reduce chemical anxiety reactions.)
      Category II: Biochemistry (Smoking which alters nutrients and chemicals that circulate throughout your body in your blood.)
      Category III: Neurologically (Smoking which alters your nervous system such as brain functions, muscular reactions, and organs that help regulate your emotions and thoughts.)
      Category IV: Social patterns (Smoking used for fun, "fitting in," "letting loose," "hanging out," "calming down," "transitioning into awkward situations," "taking a break from the maddening crowd or pressures.")
      Category V: Emotional patterns (Reducing depression, anxiety, stress, anger, sadness or loneliness.)
      Category VI: Habits of the day (Where you shop; how you prepare for the day; rituals of your evening, off moments at work, driving patterns, social activities.)
      Category VII: Nicotine Addiction--a BIG YES FOR MOST FOLKS
      Category VIII: Smoke--just because--and hate it most of the time--but not all the time.
      When I work with individuals to help them stop, I review with them these categories and find out their own personal configuration of why they smoke and what the immediate benefits are that keep them addicted and habituated.
      Then, for each of these categories above, we find interventions that can be put in place within 7 days that address the needs of those categories. For example, for the physiological category, I find that these smokers tend to like to drink coffee or liquor with a "smoke" or "smoke" ritualistically after or before a meal. Therefore, we change certain components of their meal (easily) that actually aggravate their physiological need to smoke.
      When I detect that neurological components of a person's body keeps them attached to smoking, we address the nutritional, hormonal or chemical components that are being impacted by their smoking and introduce vitamins, minerals, and perhaps medications that will improve the health of their neurology and thus lessen the attraction to smoking.
      Social patterns related to smoking requires putting into place interventions that alters one or more social component of smoking that allows the person to be less interested in smoking. For example, if Sue is more likely to smoke after a tense board meeting on Thursday, we put into place an activity that immediately requires her attention after the board meeting in a location where she will not want to smoke and create a quick pleasurable re-inforcer that feels much better than smoking.
      A key intervention to Category VII: Nicotine Addiction includes the patches and relatively recent medications that have been introduced from pharmaceutical companies, if desired. Herbal products are available as are cigarettes with reduced nicotine or "natural" cigarettes that have no additives. These types of cigarettes temporarily help transition an individual into a ready state to quit smoking.
      Well, I could detail all my interventions in regard to these 8 categories, but the key for you here is to address the many aspects of your addiction and habituation to smoking and find no less than 5 interventions to change that improve those reasons for your addiction. Put those five interventions into place simultaneously or in a sequence within a 7 day period of time.
      Now, I know that this does not sound simple so far. But the truth is, your will-power and cold-turkey approach is far less success and far more difficult.
      But we are not through yet!!
      After the interventions have been put in place, tested, and modified until a good fit is found, I implement the motivational portions associated to quitting. I use various forms of hypnotherapeutic approaches that utilize the power of the unconscious to want to stop smoking. This likely will include emotional fears that smoking will cause a dreaded and truthfully horrible cancerous death. Aversion to the smell, taste and sight of a cigarette also is helpful and quite effective.
      Next, I use hypnotherapeutic interventions to heighten all the positive reasons for quitting smoking. For example, most smokers simply hate that embarrassing and inconvenient need to locate a "smoking zone" or despise that driven, obsessive need to yet again purchase another highly taxed pack of slow-death inducers.
      Three sessions of hypnotherapy with various tools integrated into the conscious and unconscious usually is all that is needed. However, if the smoker has stopped before and resumed over and over again within a 6-12 months after stopping multiple times before, a pattern has been established. In this case, one follow-up session prior to the "anniversary" cycle cuts that pattern off.
      The hypnosis is a powerful tool but I find that when it is used with at least 5 other practical and specific interventions that address at least 3 of the Categories described briefly above, that the "staying" power of the hypnotic suggestions is wonderfully good. The success rate increases many times when we address the "whole story" behind the addictive and habituated aspects of smoking.
      Truth be known, quitting smoking is not that hard when you have everything in place and ready to go.
      I could include many more details than I have today. But hopefully this will be a start for you toward feeling clear, free and fit as a nonsmoker.
      Best of days,
      Dr. Francis 310-543-1824
     
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The goodness of strangers toward unknown neighbors is reflected in this news story. Many South Bay small business owners and corporately run businesses are rallying around those who want to stop smoking on the Great American Smoke-Out --this Thursday--sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Catching the fever of helping others break a frustrating and demanding habit, individual service business are joining the campaign as well. See the NEWS RELEASES SENT LOCALLY BELOW.

This story will inspire other communities to rally behind those who definitely want to kick a frustrating and demanding habit on November 18, 2004. Contact me, Dr. Francis, for more details at 310-543-1824 or

drcarolfrancis@gmail.com http://www.drcarolfrancis.com/.

"Stop Smoking Now!!! KISS Method"

Public Speaking

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Please come back and check this page. Dr. Carson is updating her website and will be adding great information and resources very soon.

Testing (Exams)

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Anger

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Stress & Burn Out

Reducing Stress

Brief Summary of Techniques

by

Dr. Carol Francis

Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis guided by a therapist can conform to the personality styles and the cognitive styles of the person seeking relief. Muscles releasing exercises with guided imagery might be one selection. Narratives might work better for others. Problem-solving can often be the best stress reliever when one is anxious about an unsolved circumstance and hypnosis can assist with that as well. Personalities that are riddled with chronic anxiety can have relief via the powers of hypnosis to explore and resolve personality constructs that are anxious and transforming them to something relaxed. Reconfiguring an individual's perspective on a life-circumstance can reduce anxiety too. Anxiety associated to lack of sleep can be assisted by hypnotherpeutic processes that reduce insomnia.

Self-Hypnosis

Using CD's, DVD's, YouTube Videos or self-hypnosis techniques can sooth anxiety within a short period of time. Showing those quick, easy self-hypnosis inductions that promote stress relief.

Meditation

Meditations from the Eastern traditions (Hindu and Buddhist practices) and Western Traditions (Shamanic, Transcendental, or Faith-oriented) are noted to reduce the chemicals associated to stress and anxiety and increase chemicals that are “feel-good” hormones. These different types of meditation match different personalities or different moments in lifes' demanding changes. Breathing techniques also are profoundly associated with reducing stress.

Exercise

Due to the nature of stress and the stress releasling physiology of exercise, no one can overlook the impact vigorous cardiovascular exercise (Running, Steps, Kick-Boxing) or meditative muscularly intense exercise (Yoga, Pilates, Weights) has on stress factors.

Play/Fun

Daily playfulness and fun activities that fully involve emotions, mind and body are optimal for stress reduction. These activities impact physiology and psychological aspects of stress.

Laughter/Crying

Strong releasing emotions release stress-relief chemicals as well as distract and substitute for the stress-related thoughts and emotions. Any form of creating laughter or crying is worth considering including movies, books, comics, conversations, comedic outlets.

Foods

We all are familiar with stress-relieving foods that are comfort foods. These are usually carbohydrates that are simple and fast to convert to sugar which helps release drug-like sedation. However, these are usually inflammatory and high calorie and usually reduce coping skills so they are short lived. On the other hand, certain foods and teas have relaxing components such as chamomile tea, turkey, soft fruits, warm milk, warm lemon and honey water. Keeping sound nutrition is also key for coping-skills to be at their height and thus reduce stress-reactions to otherwise normal life-events. Wine and other liquors also suppress anxiety in the moment; and, if not relied on too frequently or too much at one time, the stress-release factors are not inhibited.

Chemicals

Ideally herbal interventions can assist with anxiety-reduction as well without side-effects. If absolutely necessary, medications can reset the brain-chemical balance to help reduce anxiety and improve stress-coping skills.

Coping with the cause of stress is optimal. However, sometimes the stress overwhelms coping-skills. Therefore, having quick or easy or pleasant stress-relievers available while you are in the process of manageing the cause of the stress is wise. If you were to take 5 of any of these forms of reducing stress and add them to you most stressful time in life, you would increase your ability to cope. Beware that you don't reduce stress but forget to solve the causes, however. You don't want to compound more causes of stress by neglecting their resolution while you are reducing your stress reactions superficially.

Dr. Carol Francis

Dr. Carol Francis has 32 years experience as a psychotherapist and is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist, Marriage, Family and Child Therapist, Certified Medical Hypnotherapist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, and Reiki Master. Her training and experience with Hypnotherapy, Western and Eastern Meditation Techniques, Fitness and Eating, Relationship Counseling, Laws of Attractions and Intentionality, and Laughing specifically address stress, its causes , its relief and its solutions.

Dr. Carol Francis has been addressing stress, relaxation techniques, stress-reduction, coping-skills, resolution of causes of stress for 37 years in many contexts: financial issues, family complications, relationship complications, parenting, career changes, relocations, divorce, traumas and abuse, personality changes, death, care-taking for others, and physiological issues associated to weight, addictions, eating habits, and need to exercise.

Dr. Francis has published many books, articles and chapters on various topics which concern humane living, self-respectful practices of dynamic living, successful relationships, and coping with daily demands of life. You can find out more about her work, writings, and passions at any of the following websites. Her television show, Dr Carol Francis Show: Make Life Happen captures these topics in interviews, shorts and life-coaching moments, some shows are available on DVDs and YouTube.

Alcohol & Substance Abuse

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Creative Blocks Vs. Success Issues Vs Stress Vs Burn-Out

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, Dream Work, Free Association Work, Emotional Refueling, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Relational Therapy can each help Creative Blocks.

In addition, a sufficient dosage of fun, full living, cardiovascular exercise, laughter and other types of soul-freeing moments can release some writers, actors, producers, artists and creative practitioners when there is a numb and diluted feelings of lifelessness.

On the other hands, deep feelings of sadness, fear, anger or righteous indignation can stimulate the emotional juices that can stimulate creative operations. Dr. Carol Francis has worked with writers, actors, producers and artists during these dry, numb, empty, blah blocks which can dry up the internal resources needed for your professional productions. The work can awaken your passion. The work with Dr. Carol Francis can sensitize you to your style of creating and how to stimulate or respect the pacing of your creative outputs.

This therapy work can be fun, deeply stirring, insight-producing, life-changing, and freeing.

At times, perfectionism, self-sabotaging feelings, fears of success or failure, past tormenting “tapes” or pithy “statements” others repeated to you, exhaustion, ill-health via food choices or poor sleep, PTSD, or mis-matches between your creative patterns and your agent's demands for product, all contribute to many creative blocks. Contact Dr. Carol Francis to clearly work beyond your limits and enjoy once again your creative processes at 310-543-1824  

Stage Fright

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Sports Counseling

Sports Psychology & Sports Performance & Self-Improvement & Excellence Training & Make Life Happen Now Life Coaching ™

The science of how the mind, brain functions, thoughts, emotions, and cognitive processes can affect an athletes' performance began in the 50's but became clearly studied in the 1970's. Since that time many techniques for improving athletic skills have developed using hypnotherapy, NLP, Cybernetics, Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques, Emotive Techniques and related therapies.

Excellence Training is an off-shoot of these approaches. Dr. Carol Francis utilizes her trade-marked technique package she calls Make Life Happen Now Life Coaching ™ or MLHN Life Coaching ™ . She integrates her studies as a nutrition counselor, fitness counselor, Clinical Psychologist, Licensed MFC Counselor, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified NLP Counselor and creates individualized programs for those wishing to improve their golf swing, skating, running, basketball, baseball, bowling, etc. Your body and your mind are one unit which always can work in the “zone” or “zen” or “optimal” ways. MLHN Life Coaching is fun, empowering, effective and with many applications throughout your life.

 

Sleeping Disorders

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Separation Problems

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Sexual Issues

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Self Sabotage Vs Success

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Procrastination

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Past Lives

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Memory Blocks

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Age Regression Behavior

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Weight Control

Weight Loss Programs

Matching your personality, your body's phase of aging, your stress level and your schedule with your weight loss program is important. Also, note that there are several phases of weight loss and at each stage you might need to adjust your approach to losing the next set of pounds. For example, the first week of weight loss will be different than your 10th week of weigh loss because of your body's changing metabolism, changing nutritional needs, and emotional changes created by a new body image and success/failure patterns. No weight loss program is completely successful for all people. No weight loss program is perfectly adhered to by each person either. Success is measured by the overall out-come, not the perfect adherence or the failure to be perfect with the program.

Dr. Carol Francis tailors weight loss programs individually and combines hypnotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, deep self-exploration, nutrition counseling and fitness programs. These programs are progressive and follow the success of the individual. Body-image and issues of perfectionism or self-loathing are important to address as well.

The KISS Method of Weight Loss is another intervention that motivates individuals to address multiple layers of body-health management simultaneously which is actually the most successful way of tackling weight loss. This KISS Method of Weight Loss is discussed on Dr. Carol Francis Radio Show-Click this show here: KISS METHOD OF WEIGHT LOSS.

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Menopause and Weight Gain

Menopause is another dimension of a woman's weight gain phase of aging. Men too have a “meno-pause” caused by the loss of testosterone and the increase in estrogen. You can learn more about each of these complications through Dr. Carol Francis Radio Talk Show or YouTube.com/DrCarolFrancis.

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Weight Management and Post 45 Weight Gain

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Book by Dr. Carol Francis: If You Can't Stop Eating, Maybe You're Hungry: Reset Your Cravings Order the Paperback or Download your copy now.

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