Hypnotherapy - The Mindful Application of Consciousness
Almost every aspect of life is consequential of the way our brain and mind functions; although one exception is our reflex responses. So, that being the case, any change we make in thought, behaviour or feeling must also have a corresponding difference in the way our brain-mind functions! When it comes to any life difficulty, it is usually the case that a series of similar events progressively strengthen neural activity to the point it becomes habitual. One notable exception being our fear and defence system, the fight or flight response. This is simply because we may not have the luxury of repeated attempts to avoid a life-threatening situation.
In that vein, anxiety disorders rarely occur instantly, they are usually progressive in nature and often lead to (subconscious) avoidance strategies, i.e. if I don't do this . . . . then I won't become anxious. The same logic applies to almost all human psychological disorders or issues. Using this as an example, it becomes easier to understand that hypnosis affects change by making alterations in brain activity. Eventually, these changes also become habitual and therefore; permanent.
In another example, have you ever said something that was misconstrued, maybe even twisted or distorted? These anomalies mostly occur in the mind of the listener(s) and more often than not, the listener will have an awareness of a change in their emotional state. However, it is when we are the listener; the one that misconstrues, twists or distorts the messages from the outside world (verbal and nonverbal), that a disorder can develop. The solution to the problem is achieved by changing the way the brain processes these messages from the outside world. These messages come in the form of sensory input through our five senses; although I believe there is sixth, almost ubiquitous, sense; the subconscious! In a general sense, positive life change occurs when our ability to self manage the mind brings about neural adaptions to brain function. The Hypnotherapist assumes the role of a facilitator, who initiates and inculcates the desired neurological changes the client seeks. That said, this is usually only possible with a normally functioning brain. The presence of psychopathology or organic brain disorder may indicate the necessity of a mainstream medical intervention.
Because Hypnosis taps into the subconscious, it is akin to rewriting our neural code. This is similar to making a change to the code in a computer programme, change the code, change the outcome! The subtle way in which a hypnotic prescription is delivered, while the client is in a hypnotic trance, is the core reason for the effectiveness and permanence of any hypnotherapeutic intervention. This deep mind work is the essential link that enables the necessary parts of our neural world and is a vital component for resolving or healing emotional and psychological disorders.
Sometimes, for unknown reasons, some people can make these changes at an alarmingly fast pace, but for most of us it takes a little more time and effort; hence the need for multiple sessions. My experience, understanding and acceptance of this difference led me to develop different types of treatment strategies, therefore creating a more balanced and tailored treatment for each individual client. My Trans4mational Therapy is for the treatment of the vast majority of "normal client" issues and Rapid Session Therapy is for those clients who respond more quickly to hypnosis (somnambulists). Essentially we all respond differently to different things and the various ways individual clients respond to hypnosis does not imply any deficiency in who we are, merely that we are different; if not unique! Therefore it makes perfect sense that different strategies, that maximize each client's hypnotic capability and experience, be applied to produce the best effect for the overall treatment!
Not unsurprisingly, one of the best ways to make an informed decision is by experience. That is why I offer a Free, No Obligation Consultation. During the Free Consultation, you are invited to try Hypnosis. It is following this Hypnotic experience that you are better able to make an informed and more effective decision about your forward options for creating the difference you want in your life. You can find more information about my Free Consultation here