What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural and pleasant altered state of consciousness that brings about selective, focused attention, where you are deeply relaxed and alert at the same time.
We often experience this “trance-like” state in everyday living, for example, when you are daydreaming, watching a movie or so absorbed in book that you lose track of time. It can be said that you are in a hypnotic state
What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical Hypnotherapy is the use of this altered state of consciousness to bring about the desired change a client wants in their lives. A branch of psychotherapy, termed 'brief therapy' which means unlike traditional psychotherapy, it takes much fewer sessions to achieve results.
Our minds work on two levels – the conscious and the unconscious. We make decisions, think and act with our conscious mind. The unconscious mind controls our habits. In this relaxed altered state known as Trance we can communicate directly with the unconscious mind. The Clinical Hypnotherapist utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Clinical hypnotherapy is a mutual agreement between the client and Hypnotherapist to work together to bring about lasting positive change and improvement in the quality of the client's life.
Our most deeply held beliefs about ourselves and what we believe we are capable of is stored within the subconscious mind. It is these deeply held patterns and beliefs that drive our decisions and shape our lives. It is these subconscious beliefs and patterns that we must change when we desire to make a lasting, positive change in our lives.
How Does it Work?
During hypnosis, the body and conscious mind are in a relaxed, natural state, while the subconscious mind remains awake and receptive to suggestion. Hypnotic suggestions bypass the conscious mind and speak directly to the subconscious mind. When given a new suggestion that is within the bounds of a person's belief system and moral orientation, the subconscious mind accepts it literally as a new reality. The ability to re-program emotional attitudes and reactions is a latent talent within every human being. Hypnosis is the most functional and reasonable way to build new behaviours, create new patterns and find alternate ways of dealing with situations, thereby enforcing positive changed and restoring well-being of mind and body.
What Can I use Hypnosis for?
Clinical Hypnosis is used for medical, psychological and dental purposes. Hypnosis can be used for just about anything because the program can be tailored to your individual needs.
Stress, anxiety, panic or depression
Smoking, alcohol, drugs, gambling
nail biting, grinding teeth
Sleep difficulties or insomnia
Fears and phobias
Self-esteem and self-confidence
Obstetrics preparation and training
Changing unwanted behavioural patterns
Memory improvement & concentration
Expressing, releasing and managing emotions
Healing physical, mental or sexual abuse
Grieving and loss
Healing past traumas or hurts
Improving physical health
Pre / Post surgical and dental procedures
What am I to expect in my Hypnotherapy session?
Many people wonder what hypnosis is all about, including how they will feel during or after a hypnotherapy session.
Before you start, your therapist will ask questions on your goals and past history. This helps the hypnotherapist understand
your personality and needs to decide on the best method to use during your session.
Depending on the type of problem you’re addressing, your session can be a one-time visit or over a few sessions.
Typically, treatments are resolved in a significantly shorter time than through traditional methods, like self-help or counselling.
It can also be used in conjunction with another method and works best when all your care providers are working together
to help you reach your goal.
Your hypnotherapist will help you feel at ease during your session. The session includes guiding you into a trance, where your
mind and body can completely relax and let go of any tension. Clients report feeling calm, light, focused, sleepy, and pain-free.
You are not asleep during the session. You hear your hypnotherapist’s voice and remember what is being said. Some people feel
they are drowsy or can’t remember every word being said, but it’s important to understand that you will not be unconscious, asleep, or manipulated in any way. You are focused and aware of what’s going on.
You could also feel muscle ticks as your body starts to relax. You could feel emotional as you work through issues.
These are normal reactions, and the therapist will ensure that you are comfortable both emotionally and physically as much as possible.
Some people say that they felt nothing special during their session. This is also a normal response. Hypnosis is a natural state, such as when you’re engrossed in a television show that you don’t hear noises around you. You are not distracted by environmental noise, as you’re in a super-concentrated state.
After a session, most people feel a reduction or elimination of body pains. They have a renewed sense of direction or purpose. Most clients report feelings of happiness, calm, and relaxation. Reaching your goal is within your power, and this comes into greater clarity after your session.
What is Neuro Linguistic Programming?
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; programming refers to how that neural language functions. In other words, learning NLP is like learning the language of your own mind!
Let’s make this simpler with an example.
Have you ever tried to communicate with someone who didn’t speak your language, and they couldn’t understand you? The classic example of this is when someone goes out to a restaurant in a Foreign country and they think they ordered steak, but when the food shows up, it turns out they actually asked for liver stew.
This is the kind of relationship that most of us have with our own unconscious mind. We might think we are “ordering up” more money, a happy, healthy relationship, peace with our family members, and being able to stick to a healthy diet…but unless that’s what showing up, then something is probably getting lost in translation.
In NLP, we have a saying: the conscious mind is the goal setter, and the unconscious mind is the goal getter. Your unconscious mind is not out to get you–rather, it’s out TO GET FOR YOU whatever you want in life. However, if you don’t know how to communicate what you want properly, it will keep bringing steaming bowls of liver stew out of the kitchen.
In fact, go ahead right now and think of, if there was one thing you could change, one habit you could break, what would it be?
Would you remain calm during work presentations?
Quit procrastinating and spending so much time Facebook?
Not devour a whole bag of potato chips or tub of ice cream in one sitting?
Whatever it is, realize that your unconscious mind only does that because it thinks that’s what you want. (“Sir, here is your procrastination along with a side of anxiety. I’ve also told the valet to bring up your emotional baggage as per your request. Will you be needing anything else?”)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is like a user’s manual for the brain, and taking an NLP training is like learning how to become fluent in the language of your mind so that the ever-so-helpful “server” that is your unconscious will finally understand what you actually want out of life.
NLP is the study of excellent communication–both with yourself, and with others. It was developed by modeling excellent communicators and therapists who got results with their clients. NLP is a set of tools and techniques, but it is so much more than that. It is an attitude and a methodology of knowing how to achieve your goals and get results.
Here at NLP.com, presented by The Empowerment Partnership, our mission, put simply is to empower the planet. How does teaching NLP help us do that? Because after being in business for 30 years, we’ve have spent that time gathering all of the best concepts and techniques to help you get in control of your mind, your emotional state, and your life.
That is what NLP is.