What is Hypnotherapy and NLP?

What is Hypnotherapy?

Contrary to popular and common misconception, Hypnosis is not a state of Mind Control where the subject is under the will of the hypnotist. In fact the reverse is true, the subject is always in full control with the hypnotist simply being the ‘guide’. In essence all hypnosis is self hypnosis. Hypnosis can be utilised in many ways allowing the client to make positive changes in their life.

The subconscious mind is the reservoir that holds all of our experiences and patterns of behaviour that we have gained through life. The conscious mind is the waking mind which deals with all of our decision making. During hypnosis we bring these two minds together and bypass the critical conscious mind and new positive ideas and suggestions are given to the uncritical subconscious mind to put into effect beneficial changes.

Very often when you are experiencing a problem whether it is psychological, emotional or psychosomatic (which actually produces physical symptoms), it is only the surface effect of a deeper underlying emotional or mental problem. Hypnosis works at these deeper levels of consciousness which brings about change in the way you think, feel and behave.

Hypnotherapy uses very effective techniques to overcome any issues that you may have. The most common use of hypnotherapy is to remedy conditions such as obesity, addiction, pain, anxiety, stress, amnesia, phobias, and performance but many others can also be treated by hypnosis.

What is NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)?

NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a system developed in the 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, based on Fritz Perls and Gestalt therapy, the family therapy work of Virginia Satir and the hypnotherapy techniques of Milton H. Erickson among other theories and models. NLP is a set of tools which can be used in many different settings, both therapeutically and in everyday life, to enable change and to communicate better. These techniques can be used either in trance or with eyes open and are really effective in breaking habits and particularly for addressing fears and phobias very quickly.

A very simple NLP technique is to think about how we communicate. We all have a preferred representational system – this means that we all prefer to think about stuff in a different way. Some of us are visual, some are auditory and some are kinaesthetic (feeling). By understanding which our preferred system is and the preferred system of our colleagues and loved ones we can improve the way that we communicate with each other. We can also use this to help get information over to others by ensuring that we appeal to each of these senses and so we can engage with everyone in the audience.

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