What can I expect from a hypnotherapy session?
The first session will always be about taking down the personal history. How the client has got to where they are now. This is an information gathering session. Some clients have said they already feel some relief just by talking about their issues in a confidential caring environment. If there is time left at the end of the session, some hypnosis may be included. Hypnosis is simply one tool that can help the client to relax and start to feel more at ease with themselves.
What exactly is hypnosis?
The hypnotic state is a very normal natural state to be in. It is a slightly altered state of awareness (not sleep). The client never gives up control, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You cannot be stuck in hypnosis. The hypnotic state is induced with a verbal induction. The client may not feel hypnotised especially on that first session. A very light level is all that is required for the purposes of therapy. Anyone can be hypnotised. Hypnosis is used to induce a relaxed state in which clients are open to positive suggestion that can help them change their thinking. For instance it is not unusual for people with weight problems to think they can’t lose weight. If they have been thinking in this way for some time, this eventually becomes their reality. Hypnosis is used in these scenarios to help clients move away from their stuck position to a new belief, that they can manage their weight, helping them to regain control of this important issue in their life.
What is Hypnoanalysis?
Hypnoanalysis is sometimes used to help clients become comfortable or accepting with events past. These events might have been very painful at the time, but they have happened and cannot be changed.. Sometimes past events are still having a strong effect in a person’s life. Analysis can help clients move past these events letting go of old anger and pain, enabling to live their life in the present moment.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
What is NLP? We are all born with basic neurology. Our abilities in how we do anything is dependent on how we control our nervous system.
NLP began in early 1970s with Bandler and Grinder, who studied how to learn to think more effectively and communicate more effectively with the self and others. Its all travelled and improved from the 1970s, and today has filtered down into the world of business, sports and education to name just a few. It could be defined as the study of excellence. NLP sidesteps differing abilities and focusses on what can be done now to improve excellence. NLP enables people to change mind and attitude, which really does change your life.
How does any of that apply to me? It provides a tool kit of techniques that can help clients. It can be used to change any area of your life that are not working for you. For example, a ‘calm anchor’ can be taught to help clients learn to cope with situations that have previously been difficult for them. We never lose the ability to change.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Sometimes called “tapping”. EFT is used to teach clients where to tap on specific points on the body. These points are always in the upper body on the “meridians” used during acupuncture. EFT gives clients a simple copying strategy to help themselves control behaviours and worries. It is particularly useful in controlling phobias and performance anxieties.
An age old practice that comes from Buddhism. You do NOT need to be a Buddhist to practise mindfulness. It is the skill of being fully present in the moment. By learning to become fully present, it enables us to gain clarity of thought and improved concentration. We are sometimes programmed to repeat and re-enact learned negative responses. This can result in the development of often unhelpful habitual behaviours and thought patterns that may lead to problems such as anxiety, anger or low mood. By moving the focus away from brooding about the past or fretting about the future, one can better engage with and deal with the here and now. It sounds so simple, but few of us can achieve this consistently. By learning mindfulness techniques, one can learn to be more grounded, more resilient and even more creative. Mindfulness creates the conditions for making healthy and adaptive choices in life.