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Blog Archive for Butler Hypnotherapy. Help, Resources, and Articles to help you feel Calmer, Happier and More In Control.  Sessions available in person and online. Current topics include  Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed This Thanksgiving … Visualization- Your Own Superpower … Joy and Happiness as a Way of Life … Let Go of Shame … Easy Steps to Turn Down Anxiety …  Gratitude – How It Affects You and Why It is So Important … 30 Minute Mini Lunch Reset …  Start Overcoming Social Anxiety With These Handy Tips … Add This to Your Playlist … How To Enjoy a Happy and Healthy Holiday … Quick Tips to Boost Your Mood Instantly … Three Ways to Create Greater Self-Esteem … How to Improve Your Self-Control … Fast and Effective Trick to Beat Stress and Anxiety … How to Handle Stress With Self- Hypnosis … Find Your Calm … Quick Relaxation Tool … Meditation Made Easy … Busting Hypnosis Myths … Get Healthy Get a Refund … Create Successful New Years Resolutions for 2016 … Three Easy Steps for Surviving the Holidays… And more

Busting Myths

relaxThe word ‘Hypnosis’ can bring up some pretty crazy images

People on stage clucking like chickens, swinging watches, and who could forget Derek Zoolander being brainwashed.

It’s amazing how many myths surround hypnosis. TV and movies have given some people unrealistic, sometimes ridiculous images about what it can and can’t do. So, you may be wondering what hypnosis is really like. Rest easy, I’m here to bust some of the common myths!

  1. ‘In hypnosis I’ll be out of it.’

In my experience this is the biggest concern most people have about hypnosis and it couldn’t be further from the truth. I help clients relax the conscious, or thinking part of their mind. This lets you directly access your subconscious so you can take in new positive thoughts and more easily change old ideas and behaviors.

You’re not out of it or asleep. In fact you hear and remember everything that happens. Most people say it feels like they are just very relaxed.

  1. ‘I don’t want to lose control.’

The truth is you have control over the whole process. You can move around, choose to not talk about something, even lie if you want to. Most people are so relaxed they don’t want their session to end, but you can bring yourself out of the experience at any time just by opening your eyes.

  1. ‘I can’t be hypnotized!’

Hypnosis is a natural yet altered state of awareness. It is something you already do whether you realize it or not. It’s very similar to that state you go into when you are completely focused, daydreaming, or that feeling you get when you are on autopilot.

The truth is, if you want to be hypnotized then you can be hypnotized. It’s really that easy.

  1. ‘I’m not going to remember anything.’

Remember #1 when I said you aren’t out of it? Your conscious remains aware so you will remember your session. In fact in most hypnotherapy sessions you are talking and actively engaging in the process while in hypnosis.

  1. ‘Hypnosis is just for smoking and weight loss.’

Hypnosis is incredibly effective at helping people quit smoking and achieving weight goals, but these days it is more often used to help people reduce anxiety, increase their confidence and self-esteem, and improve their relationships.

  1. ‘I don’t want anyone controlling my mind’

I hate to admit this, but Hypnotherapists have no mystical powers so mind control is completely off the table. The truth is hypnosis is about getting back in control of your life, letting go of negative feelings, behaviors, and symptoms.

Would you like to find out more about Hypnosis? Call 727.488.8546 to schedule your free consultation today.

Get Healthy Get a Refund

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It is called the Health Coverage Tax Credit.  It’s like getting your smoking cessation and weight loss hypnosis for free!

The IRS currently offers a tax credit for the full cost of my hypnosis smoking cessation program. You also qualify for the same 100% tax credit if you see me for weight loss as long as your doctor has decided you need to lose weight.  Hypnosis makes change easy and the IRS will pay you back for it!

What the IRS says:

Stop-Smoking Programs | You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay for a program to stop smoking. However, you cannot include in medical expenses amounts you pay for drugs that do not require a prescription, such as nicotine gum or patches that are designed to help stop smoking.

Weight-Loss Programs | You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay to lose weight if it is a treatment for a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes or heart disease). This includes fees you pay for membership in a weight reduction group and attendance at periodic meetings. You cannot include membership dues in a gym, health club, or spa as medical expenses, but you can include separate fees charged there for weight loss activities.

 Need to download your IRS form? CLICK HERE  And remember always keep your receipts!

*Please note I’m a hypnotherapist not a tax adviser. Tax laws change, so always consult with your tax adviser for the latest rules and regulations.



Create Successful New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

Create Successful New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. My guide for making resolutions you can stick to!Create a new mindset

‘Our actions are all that separate our daydreams from our goals’ –Roy H. Williams

It is easy to get caught up in the ‘Someday I’ll’ or ‘When I have time I’m going to’.  Now is the time to put your plan into action. The easiest way to start is by making realistic, very specific, and measurable goals. If your goal is just to lose some weight how will you know when you’ve achieved that? When you get really specific such as “I’m going to lose 25 lbs by April 1st” you will have a much greater chance for success because your mind has something it is constantly working on and a deadline to keep on task.

‘Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out’Robert Collier

Have you ever gone out and paid for that gym membership or even gotten a personal trainer with all the best intentions to turn up Every Single Day. New year new you right? We start with good intentions but its hard turning up every day. Your body is sore, maybe you don’t want to miss a night out. Before you know it it’s been two months, maybe three since you’ve been. If you aren’t in the habit of doing something on a regular basis it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and give up. Try starting with smaller goals that are easier to reach – like taking a 20 minute walk 3 days a week – and work your way up. Research suggests it takes at least 21 days, sometimes longer to form a new habit. Start small with something that will stick!

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’Albert Einstein

Visualization is one of the most powerful things you can do to help achieve goals and resolutions. Think about what you really want. If it is quitting smoking, take a moment to see yourself as a non-smoker, whatever that means to you. Imagine just how good it would feel to wake up every day with clear, healthy lungs. Use your imagination to visualize your goals. It has a powerful effect on subconscious. Send that message to yourself to motivate and help you reach your goals

Wishing you peace, love, health, and abundance in 2016 – Michelle Butler | Butler Hypnotherapy

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3 Easy Steps for Surviving the Holidays

Its Christmas - relaxThe holidays are a time for peace, joy and love. For relaxing with your family. Creating wonderful memories of magical gifts and delicious meals. Everything perfect right??! Maybe not exactly.

It is easy to fall into the trap of expectations and the desire to have the ‘perfect’ Christmas. The reality of shopping, crazy relatives, running around, the extra cookies and cocktails, expectations from your family, not to mention the cost can create a lot of stress and anxiety.

Here are three important things to keep in mind this holiday season to help you feel more calm, relaxed, and able to cope with all the added stress that comes with this time of year.

Let It Go

No, I’m not encouraging you to go buy every blue Disney princess thing you can get your hands on. Trying to create the most magical holiday ever can really stress you out. It is important to acknowledge these feelings when they come up. When you start feeling overwhelmed or anxious, take a deep breath in. Christmas can be an emotional roller coaster, so try to let go of your desire for everything to be perfect.

Take it Easy

There is always so much that needs to get done. All the shopping, decorating, parties and travel. This time of year we are often so focused on buying just the right gifts and making it perfect for the people we love, it is easy to lose sight of ourselves. Often the more you try to do the worse your anxiety becomes. The best way to deal with this is to make some time for yourself. Go for a walk, take some time to stretch, have an early night and curl up with a good book or watch your favorite film. Or you could even work out. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and you don’t have to wait until the 1st to get started on your resolutions! By taking time for yourself you will be able to be more calm and happy for yourself and others.

Ask for help

You may feel like there is an expectation to be happy and keep a smile on your face. The truth is when you are feeling stressed or experiencing a lot of anxiety, this expectation can make your feelings even worse. Take the time to talk to someone about how you are feeling and what you are going through. Don’t feel like hitting every party? That’s perfectly fine, just remember to take it easy and relax.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Only One  More Month To Go!New Year's resolutions

The holiday season is just beginning, but with 2016 right around the corner it’s not too early to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.

Think about how good it would feel to be calm and relaxed even if someone mentions politics and the mashed potatoes start to fly between Grandma and Uncle Ron. Or to fit in that awesome outfit that has been at the back of your closet for the last five years in time for the ball to drop on Times Square.

You don’t have to wait until January 1st to get started.

Call Butler Hypnotherapy at 727.488.8546 to see how you can easily reach your goals starting today.


Having gratitude

Gratitude Thanksgiving TurkeyThe Gratitude List

With all of the stress and pressure that comes with the holiday season it is easy to lose sight of what this time of year is all about. Family, loved ones, most of all the things we have, big and small to be thankful for. Having gratitude isn’t something that is easy for everyone. It can require effort, but it is well worth the challenge.

So, between the turkey (or Veggieducken) and the inevitable food coma, take a little time and see what would make your gratitude list. Even if it takes some time and effort, don’t let that stop you from giving thanks. There is always a lot to be thankful for, if we take the time to look for it.

And in case you were wondering, here are my top 5 reasons to give thanks today:

  1. I am grateful for my husband. He is truly my better half and I’m lucky that he thinks the same about me.
  2. I am grateful for my community, to live in beautiful, vibrant, funky place full of creative people and amazing opportunities especially at studio b mind body hair
  3. I am thankful for my friends. You know who you are! I’m honored that you allow me to share in all of life’s ups and downs. I love you all more than you will ever know.
  4. I am grateful for the gift of travel. Seeing the world opens the heart and mind in ways that nothing else can.
  5. I am grateful beyond words for doing work that matters each and every day. Helping people transform their lives allows me to live in gratitude.

Giving back

Image of a Cd for relaxation mp3 downloadIf you read this blog, you’ve already given me a gift. You’re awesome. Thanks! I would like to give back. Please go to my homepage and download your free relaxation MP3 recording. Cheers, and happy Thanksgiving!

Creating self-compassion

Simple techniques for creating self-compassion

We’ve aSelf-compassionll experienced it. That terrible nagging voice that can fill your mind without warning or provocation. It’s that voice that loves to tell you all about everything you’ve screwed up, what you’ve forgotten to do, about that doughnut you shouldn’t have eaten, you don’t have enough money, the kids don’t listen… Why can’t you just put on your big kid panties and pull yourself together??!

How often do you find yourself in this space, beating yourself up?

Many people find it easier to be compassionate towards other people than towards themselves. You would never go over to your friend’s house and tell them they are a terrible human being because they didn’t have the time or energy to vacuum. So, why do we do it to ourselves?

There are many false beliefs that block people from self-compassion. Some feel that it might be selfish or that you need to just ‘tough it out’. I liken it to the oxygen mask on an airplane. In the case of an emergency you have to put the mask on yourself first. If you don’t take care of yourself first, you can’t help others. Giving yourself the love and compassion you deserve allows you to be fully present for others. Leading expert Kristin Neff, Ph.D. identified three key steps to cultivating greater self-compassion:

Be kind to yourself. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself! In times of stress, you can place your hands over your heart and really speak to yourself in a loving way. When you acknowledge the hurt and speak to yourself in a soothing tone, you are giving yourself compassion.

Embrace your common humanity. The negative internal voice can really make you feel alone and separate from others. It is important to remember that you are a divine being having a human experience. It is not perfect, but we are all part of this big, beautiful, flawed experience. You are not alone.

Be mindful. By focusing your awareness on the present moment and all that surrounds you without reacting to it, you can allow the negative feelings to pass through or burn away.

Hypnosis can also help you free your mind of negative thoughts, reduce stress and cultivate greater self-compassion. Want to know more? Call 722.488.8546 to schedule a no-obligation chat.

Now is the time

Now is time to remember your beauty

Rediscover the true beauty you have inside yourself.  Hypnotherapy can help you see yourself without judgement, with empathy, and self compassion.  When the negative self-talk and doubt fall away, you have the ability to transform yourself.

Tapping into the power of intention


Achieve your goals by tapping into the power of intention

We all know that person, don’t we? That person that everything falls into place for. That person who always seems to get what they want. It looks effortless, and we often put it down to luck. But is there more going on than just luck, and we can all tap into that apparent effortlessness?

The power of intention means that whatever we focus our intention on is what we bring into our lives. Evidence suggests that what we expect is what is most likely to happen. The power of intention has become a pretty hot topic lately. There are some who believe that there is a force of attraction in nature; that like attracts like; perhaps most famously written about in The Secret. For example if you think negative thoughts, negative things will happen, or if you only focus on the positive, only the good will follow.

I have a slightly different perspective. I think of it in terms of the conscious and subconscious mind. If your goal is only rooted in your conscious mind, that means you will only be working on it when you think about your goal.

If your goal is rooted in your subconscious, however, that means you will always be working towards that goal, because your subconscious is always active.

There are three ways in which you can visualize your goals, and then by seeing them or thinking about them on a daily basis, fix them in your subconscious:

  1. Vision Board – a collage of images directly related to your goals. It is best to keep your vision board in a place where you can look at it regularly.
  2. Visualization – create a vivid mental picture of what it will look like when you achieve your goals. The subconscious doesn’t know fact from fantasy so be as creative and imaginative as you can; really see yourself in your new reality.
  3. SMART goals – a way of defining our goals so that they are Specific, Meaningful, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based. Having clear goals that are specific and measurable is a perfect way to set intentions.

Through hypnotherapy, we can clarify goals, and use a wide variety of techniques to create the subconscious programming needed to keep those goals in mind 24/7. Contact Michelle at 727.488.8546 to learn more today.