Mindfulness for Holistic Healing

April 12, 2018

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to write about how mindfulness can be used to assist in healing the mind, body, and spirit. Mindfulness helps people focus more on the present moment and really take it all in. Some benefits of this practice, among many, are that it aids in ending too much focus on the past (therefore helping relieve depression), and prevents too much focus on the future (therefore decreasing anxiety and fear).

For this activity, I would like you to go out into nature and really take it all in, being fully present. With all the sights and sounds, using all senses. One aspect to mention is that with mindfulness there is no judgment. Whatever appears in your present moment activity just IS.

Therefore, get into the scene that you have chosen and really SEE the beauty of nature, all colors, plants, trees, flowers, the sky, and all wildlife. HEAR the birds and any other sounds. SMELL the fresh air, flowers, pine trees, and any aromas that are in your present moment. FEEL the wind on your skin, the sun on your face, touch a tree or a flower, and maybe place your feet directly on the ground. Use anything else that helps you use all senses and be fully present in the moment. Spend some time and really feel how peaceful it is.

You can use the basics of this activity many times during your day and in any moment or setting you wish.  Train yourself (and your brain) and it will begin becoming second nature, like a way of life.

Let me know any comments or questions you may have about this activity, including any ways using mindfulness has helped you. Feel free to add a note in the comments section or send a private email (gs@ginaspielman.com). I just love getting messages!

Until next time… Love yourself, it’s good for your health! Goodbye everyone.

-Gina Spielman, LCSW, C.H.



Journaling from the Heart for Holistic Healing

April 4, 2018

Hello everyone!  Today I wanted to write about how journaling from the heart can assist in healing the mind, body, and spirit.  It is one of the best activities that can be done on your own in order to identify, process, and release what many call “repressed” feelings.  Repressed feelings can of course result in emotional concerns, like depression and anxiety, as many of you know.  But they can also cause a lack of clear connection to Spirit.  In addition, interestingly, stuck emotions can contribute to physical symptoms and issues.

So, go ahead and gather up some of your favorite items for this activity.  You can begin with a beautiful journal and a preferred writing utensil.  Perhaps you can include a rose quartz crystal (cultivates self-love), some chamomile tea (or other relaxing herbal or natural tea), and some “aromatherapy” such as natural essential oils or herbals that resonate with you.  Adding some healing or spiritual music can be another consideration if it helps you relax and get into the journaling “mode”.

One perk with this activity is that there is absolutely no judgment from anyone else.  No one will be able to read your journal or see what is going on, because you will be in a private place.  This helps the free flowing of feelings onto paper as well as any emotions that need to be expressed in a healthy manner.

For this activity, find that private spot away from others, and switch off any devices so that you will not be disturbed.  Relax and get into a comfortable position, again with all of your favorite things.  Do some deep breathing.  Then begin your journaling asking the question “If my heart could speak what would it say?” writing anything and everything that comes to mind.  Let all feelings free flow onto the paper and be sure to allow emotions that arise to be fully expressed.  Keep writing, focusing on your heart area.  Do some deep breathing really filling up that chest area, slowly breathing in and out.  Completely relax, releasing everything.

You will know when you are done with this activity when you feel like everything has been released for now.  You may have some more tomorrow and the next day (and I do suggest doing this on a daily basis or at least several times per week), but you will probably know when it is time to cease journaling for the day.  You will likely feel at peace and calm at the end of the activity.  Clarity and insight may also come to you, along with a reduction in physical symptoms which can be a nice addition.  Positive feelings may also arise during this process as the “negative” clears from your heart and mind making room for feeling and recognizing the positive.  It also has the potential to help you see clearly the things that matter most in your life.  If you feel the need for a therapist to help with this process of course feel free to connect with one that resonates with you.  This activity can be a great addition to your therapy.  After journaling, I want you to pat yourself on the back for a job well done and do something nice for yourself as a reward for doing this work.

Feel free to let me know any comments as well as how this activity may have helped you.  Questions are also welcome.  Feel free to send me a confidential email at gs@ginaspielman.com.  I absolutely love receiving messages!

Love yourself, it’s good for your health!  Until next time!

-Gina Spielman LCSW, C.H.


Book Announcement

December 18, 2017

Exciting news~ Gina Spielman’s next book “The Blueprint for Vibrant Health: A Guide to Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit” is about to be published! To be available soon on Amazon. Although this book could benefit everyone, it is mostly geared toward those who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition.  Any questions or comments are welcome.

Using Affirmations to Change Your Life

October 24, 2017

Affirmations can be quite effective when implemented into a daily routine.  Positive statements can be read, spoken aloud, written, and thought about several times throughout each day.  Repetition is the key to instill them deep into your mind.  Though the process may seem simple and silly if you are new to it, affirmations have the power to dramatically improve lives by freeing people from their own negativity and self-doubt.  Eventually, positive thoughts transform your cognitive patterns and negative thoughts then become less prominent.  The more you can recognize and release thoughts that do not serve you well, and consciously choose thoughts that do serve you well, the more likely your life will improve.  Some examples of affirmations to use are:

I attract and deserve healthy loving relationships

Physical exercise floods my body with natural healing energy

I take exceptional care of my mind, body, and spirit every day



New Holistic Healing Book to be Published Soon!

October 12, 2017

Gina Spielman LCSW, C.H. is almost finished with her next book entitled: “The Blueprint for Vibrant Health: A Guide to Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit”.

This exciting and highly informative book contains everything you need to know in order to naturally restore spiritual, mental, and physical wellbeing.  This is one of those books that all of us can benefit from reading, especially those who have been recently diagnosed with a chronic condition.  It shows countless ways to awaken your own innate healing power, which exists inside yourself, in order to overcome illness and unleash vibrant health.  What most of the mainstream medical doctors are not telling you is that the human body actually has a tremendous ability to heal itself, especially when physical, mental, and spiritual health all come together.  This book will address how psychological, physical/biological, and spiritual interventions can all unite for true healing and overall long-term health.

Gina is a professional psychotherapist and hypnotist with a Masters Degree and more than twenty five years of experience working in the healthcare field.  Continually attending specific types of clinical professional trainings also provides significant amounts of valuable information on holistic approaches and their effectiveness.  On top of that, she is certified in Natural Holistic Remedies.  In addition, she has first-hand knowledge of her own healing ability due to a personal journey with health conditions.  Experience with her own healthcare, and all of the service providers and healers she has learned from over the years, has helped solidify her knowledge.  All of that wisdom, along with the extensive research, has merged to create this life-changing book.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

Book to be published soon!

New Practice-Building & Marketing Book Published!

December 7, 2009

New practice-building and marketing book has been written by Gina Spielman, LCSW, C.H. and is published.  Title: “The Blueprint for a Successful Practice: Methods of Marketing Your Business & Increasing Your Bottom Line”.  It is available on Amazon.com where is it receiving 5-star reviews.  For more info, you may also visit www.ginaspielman.com

Illinois Counselor Becomes a Certified Hypnotherapist

November 5, 2008

Counselor Becomes a Certified Hypnotherapist


Kathleen Biel, LCPC, of Gina Spielman, LCSW & Associates, has just added “Certified Hypnotherapist” to her credentials.  With the Hypnotherapy Certification, Kathleen is able to help clients of all ages achieve the following: reduction in fears and phobias, cessation of habits, reduction in anxiety and depression, increased management of chronic pain, increased self-esteem, and more.

The Hypnotherapist Certification, along with her clinical license (LCPC), allows Kathleen to provide a variety of treatment options for each individual or family.  Each individual is accessed to determine which treatment option is best suited for that individual.  Holistic approaches to well-being are also utilized. 

Kathleen sees clients in both the Naperville and Oswego, IL, counseling offices of Gina Spielman, LCSW & Associates.  She also offers phone sessions.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for either office, please contact: Gina Spielman, LCSW, C.H. at 630-212-7048;  E-mail: gs@ginaspielman.com;  Website: www.ginaspielman.com

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