I experienced the extraordinary effectiveness of hypnotherapy during my first client assessment during my training. I had one hour to work with a new client, identify the root cause of the issue and use a hypnotic tool that would successfully solve the problem in front of a supervisor and my group.
As the conversation flowed, I quickly gathered information from my client who had a sleep problem. Tracking back to when it started we speedily identified when it started and the events that may have triggered it. Able to then deliver a personalised and bespoke hypnosis, the client experienced a deep relaxation, similar to a guided mediation and calmly and effectively processed the issue that had been disturbing his sleep. A two year sleeping problem was resolved in one hour.
Therapy doesn’t have to be gruelling or draining, fixating on the issues of the past to try and move forward. A combination of solution-focused psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can help you to resolve the issue you have in a relaxed and tranquil state. Following the hypnosis you will feel refreshed and energised, in fact 15 minutes of deep hypnosis is the equivalent of two hours sleep. What could be better?
To ease you into hypnosis I will help you to focus on your breath, teaching you new skills that will help you to proactively manage your stress levels for years to come. Deep, long breaths trigger our body’s relaxation response, which lets our mind and body know that it’s ok to take a break and drift off.
“During the session, Hannah to my surprise guided me into such a relaxed state; I felt what I can only describe as a blanket being gently placed over me as I drifted away into a place of total peace, warmth and safety.”
This is key to allowing us to flow into a deep hypnotic trance or the REM state. This is the same state of mind as when we dream during our sleep cycle. As babies and young children we lived day-to-day in the REM state, absorbing patterns of behaviour and ways of simply being by our parents, grandparents and all the other important adults in our lives. These patterns are embedded into our unconscious mind and create the blueprints for our belief system, values and ideas about the world. It makes sense then, that to make long-lasting change to our behaviour we must create new ways of thinking and the way to do this is to re-programme the way we think when we relaxed and in the REM state.
How do our beliefs affect how we think and what we do?
“I’m not good enough”, “I’m misunderstood”, “I’m not loveable”, “I’m bad”, these are a few examples of core beliefs that we might hold about ourselves. These beliefs can hold us back, affecting what we want to achieve in life, as well as impacting on our day-to-day happiness.
These beliefs underlie our everyday experience and our reality. In fact, 95% of our behaviour is affected by our beliefs which are stored within our subconscious mind. This programming affects our day-to-day activities, habits and the way we view the world around us. It also impacts the way we think not only about ourselves, but how we approach food, sleep, exercise, work.
Our beliefs also affect how we approach opportunities, problems, the way we perceive and act in relationships and the quality of friendships. It’s also responsible for our likes, dislikes, judgements and opinions.
Our belief system is formed from birth up until the age of six. As young children we in the REM state (hypnotic trance) which enables our brains to store information that teaches us to navigate our environment and interpret what is going on around us from an early age. At this age we aren’t developed enough to question what we’re experiencing and why, instead we process it as a learning and a truth.
These experiences and our interpretation creates our own belief system which fuels our auto-pilot reaction to something. We then constantly look for proof that our belief is correct, projecting this idea onto everything we experience and how others interact with us. A belief such as “I’m not loveable” can affect every relationship we have, including the one we hold with ourselves. It will affect how we view our role within a relationship, how we think our partner views us, our habits as a partner and the type of partner we may choose. The belief that “I’m not good enough” can affect how we perceived our academic abilities at school, it might be the reason why you decided to not audition for that part in the school play all those years ago and even now, why you keep on shying away from that promotion at work.
Understanding your core beliefs and removing the self-limiting beliefs means that you will no longer go looking for the problems or situations that continue to fuel this way of thinking. In the REM state, using hypnosis I can support you in making this positive change by helping you to navigate to the root of the issue and resolving it, releasing the emotional intensity of the belief. Emotional Freedom Technique and Matrix Re-imprinting are also fast and affective way to make the changes you desire, ensuring you create the happy life you were born to live.
Identifying habits and how to change them
If we want to change our habits or our behaviour then we have to unravel the emotion that glues the behaviour in place. The more intense the emotional response at the time of forming the habit the more difficult it can be to shift the habit.
We develop the ability to pattern match as young children to help us safely navigate our environment. We are wired to ensure that our patterns can be flexible and adaptable based on the situation. For example we learn early in our lives that fire can keep us warm, but we also understand that it can burn us and cause devastation. We learn that we can stand close to it, but that we mustn’t touch it. We know that a glass can be used as a container, that we can drink from it and put cool liquid in it. We also know that we shouldn’t put hot water in it because it will crack and to hold it will burn.
Let’s use food as an example. Associations with food can be learned from an early age and still affect is in adult life. Someone who really wants to eat a consistently healthy diet might continually feel frustrated when they reach for the biscuit tin every night when watching TV. The reason behind this could be that as a small child, when Mum and Dad were busy, they would sit her in front of the TV with a couple of biscuits. The biscuit represents more than a treat in this situation, it became from an early stage, a friend and something that made her feel better. This is known as a faulty pattern match, the TV is directly connected with the biscuits and the biscuits are eaten because this is a learned from response from her childhood.
So by unraveling this pattern match and creating a new way of thinking through hypnosis we can change habits and unwanted behaviours.