Weight management, educational enhancements, stress management, pre-surgical preparation, post-operative recovery, athletic improvement, peaceful childbirths, dealing with cancer and habit elimination are all goals involving mental or emotional components.
Hartley Newell-Acero, MA, CHt, will discuss how hypnosis can affect them all, with particular emphasis on changing habits, in a class at the Hill Country Memorial Health, Hope & Healing Cancer Resource Center (CRC) Friday, Aug. 28, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Ms. Newell-Acero holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a master’s degree in behavioral science/fitness and human performance from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. In 2002, she received her hypnosis certification from the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association, and she holds specializations in weight management, peaceful childbirth and medical hypnosis. She taught psychology at Austin Community College and Navarro College in Waxahachie.
“Hypnosis can help by changing our mental programming,” Ms. Newell-Acero said. “The way we approach a situation or think about it affects not only our outlook but also our physiology. If you play baseball and you’re shaking, it’s hard to pitch. If you’re tense while playing golf,
you’re not going to play as well. With hypnosis, you can affect your thoughts, and subsequently, your performance in all areas of your life.”
Hypnosis is helpful in dealing with cancer, too, according to Ms. Newell-Acero.
“There’s a lot of fear that comes with cancer,” Ms. Newell-Acero said. “It’s important to feel it, but don’t drown in it and move past it. We know when people are in the middle of a fight or flight mode, you have to get into a place of calm for your body to recover. Hypnosis can help.”
The complimentary hypnosis class is open to a limited number of people, so reservations are required by calling Donna Lafferty, CRC coordinator, at (830) 990-6648. The CRC is located in the Brune Professional Building at 808 Reuben St. in Fredericksburg.