Tools & Techniques
Here is a description and some facts to allow you to feel confident about this well-established practice, before you connect with us.
- Hypnotherapy is a modern term coined to encompass a therapy with a multitude of branches, all of which utilise the state of hypnosis to effect change on the unconscious level – the level from where all the body’s unconscious behaviours and functioning such as breathing, heart beating etc., occurs. In this way changes at the unconscious level can be brought to conscious awareness by working with thoughts, feelings and emotions effecting change on these levels and so consequently changes in behaviours as well as physical change.
- The archaeological evidence shows us that hypnotherapy has been used for around 4,000 years at least (though not called that), being used in virtually every known culture. The earliest known physician was Imhotep in Ancient Egypt, and the Temples of Imhotep, were filled by those seeking psychological help. There was great understanding of how mental and emotional states affected physical health and that they were inseparable. Temple sleep (not usual sleep) was used as a psychological tool. Similar temples existed in Ancient India where the ‘Law of Manu’ (Sanskrit book) described different levels of hypnosis: Sleep-Waking, Dream-Sleep, and Ecstasy-Sleep.
- Hypnotherapy is (referred to as clinical hypnotherapy by registered clinical hypnotherapists when used for clinical conditions), essentially a specialised form of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a healing or therapeutic tool, whilst as most know, stage hypnosis is practiced by entertainers with different intentions. So different outcomes are achieved and despite appearances, neither stage hypnosis nor hypnotherapy, are about ‘mind control’. What to expect from each session will be explained prior to the sessions knowing hypnotherapy cannot cause a person to act outside of their morals and is very safe.
- There is no doubt that hypnosis works. Scientific terms prefixed with ‘hyp’ were used as early as 1820 by French magnetist Baron Etienne Felix d’Henin de Cuvillers. However by 1842 James Braid, a highly skilled and successful Scottish surgeon, was the first person noted to use the term "hypnotism" and regarded by many as the father of modern hypnotism. By experimenting on himself, he was able to prove that one could hypnotise one self (auto-suggestion). Today, most hypnotherapists acknowledge that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and that the skilled hypnotherapist guides their client to access their own inner resources to make the necessary changes. We believe in empowering those that connect with us and so offer specific self-hypnosis programs* for specific issues and longer combination programs where hypnotherapy is combined with self-hypnosis training. * Not suitable for certain issues. Enquire about you particular issue(s) in complete confidence.
- In therapy, (online or in person) clients usually experience hypnosis as a deep form of relaxation but not a deep sleep as often assumed (and despite the reference above to sleep temples). You are able to focus your attention on suggestions given by the therapist – suggestions geared to assisting you make positive changes within yourself, which are then reflected out into your life. You are always in control of the sessions and you will safely take yourself as deep into the experience as you choose.
Ericksonian hypnotherapy is used to describe a very specific type of hypnosis as practiced by renowned American psychiatrist and psychologist Milton Erickson MD. His style of working with hypnosis was indirect as opposed to the direct type of authoritarian suggestions traditionally associated with hypnotherapy. It is characterised by the use of storytelling, indirect suggestions and metaphors. This is the language of the unconscious and so its no surprise that Ericksonian Hypnosis forms the mainstay of hypnotherapy as practiced at Hypnosis and Health and by many other hypnotherapists around the globe. So regardless of your issue, it is most probable that you will experience some form of Ericksonian hypnotherapy if you choose to work with us.
Note: Immobilized by Polio at just 17 years old, Erickson was forced to become a passive observer, observing those around him and how they did not always say what they meant - that their behaviours told a different story to their words. With a passion to understand people’s incongruent behaviours, he developed ways to initiate change within a person, through what would appear as regular conversation. Much of his work was developed further, and brought to the world as N.L.P., making it more accessible to the masses.
This is a form of psychoanalysis where questions will be asked i.e. the issue(s) analysed whilst the client is in hypnosis. Association is one of the psychoanalytic techniques used in hypnoanalysis, and is particularly useful for determining the original source of emotional reactions as part of the process of healing that occurs. It is considered by many, including us, as one of the most advanced forms of medical or therapeutic hypnosis tools available. We use it as a framework for the rapid and effective treatment of a wide variety of psychological disorders without the use of medications
For many years, health practitioners trained in hypnosis were taught to use regression as a tool to explore the past, with numerous studies documenting its use to regress the client to different ages (age regression), uncovering traumatic memories including those associated with Anxiety Disorders. Hypnotic regression to previous lifetimes (past-life regression) though, is met with mixed feelings. Nevertheless, studies show that the outcomes of sessions are not reliant on whether the client and/or therapist believe in reincarnation. What is relevant is that past-life regression has been shown to be effective across an extensive range of issues including Anxiety Disorders and more specifically phobias. Sonia’s published paper goes deeper into the therapeutic value of regression therapy and its incorporation into a powerful integrated therapeutic approach, referred to as the MDTL Model™. The way in which regression therapy is incorporated within this model means that there is no need to re-experience a trauma in order for it to be healed, therefore a gentler approach. Practitioners may download a copy of this paper (at no charge) via the Practitioner Portal.
Past Life Therapy
This Therapy is a form of Regression Therapy and as mentioned, its effectiveness is not reliant on whether the client and/or therapist believe in reincarnation. Practitioners may download a copy of this paper (at no charge) via the Practitioner Portal. This will provide a deeper understanding of the therapeutic value of this tool, particularly in the treatment of, and permanent relief from Anxiety Disorders. Some clients say that they intuitively know that their current day issue(s) stems from one or more lives and ask for Past Life Therapy. In these instances, Past Life Therapy may be used as a stand-alone therapy without using the MDTL Model™.
Again there are many branches to this type of therapy and it was the famed Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung whose extensive works on the human make-up (psyche) set the foundation to its development. We work with ‘parts’ of the unconscious to affect change on all levels of the psyche. Most people are aware of the use of the term ‘part’ in daily language, particularly when expressing mental and/or emotional conflict. For example: ‘A part of me wants to … though another part of me prefers not to…’ Again the value of parts therapy is enhanced when incorporated with other tools in this section using the MDTL Model™ developed initially for the permanent relief of Anxiety Disorders. Practitioners may download a copy of this paper (at no charge) via the Practitioner Portal.
Inner Child Therapy
This therapy identifies and works with the ‘hurt’ child part of a client, even when the client has no awareness that their issue(s) have origins in their childhood. This aspect or part of the client is referred to as their ‘inner child’. Whilst a stand-alone therapy practiced in different ways, as mentioned above, integrating this therapy as in the MDTL Model™, allows for a far more gentler and effective approach. In this approach, we have found that it is not essential for the client to be aware of specific childhood traumas, anxieties or fears before therapy. It may be relevant for the specific fears to be uncovered whilst in hypnosis, though often the unconscious mind will bring up the trauma along with thoughts, feelings and emotions associated with the trauma, in a symbolic fashion. We encourage this, as working with symbols can usually quicken the healing process. Practitioners may download a copy of this paper (at no charge) via the Practitioner Portal.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
What is NLP ?
NLP is an established offshoot of hypnotherapy, which has branches within it, each branch coming from a different perspective and focus based on the background of the founders. For example, one of the founders’ back-ground was in computer programming - so it seemed appropriate that change in a client’s thoughts, feelings (state) and behaviour(s) would be effected by ‘reprogramming’ the brain with the brain viewed as functioning through sophisticated programs. Many elements of NLP are attributed to the work of Milton Erickson – see Ericksonian Hypnosis.
Integral NLP(i-NLP) - Quantum Change (Australia)
Integral NLP was designed to remove barriers to effecting changes and integrates a diverse set of tools for every kind of issue. It integrates and advocates a holistic approach. Whilst most of the tools are effective outside of hypnotherapy, and so have been ‘taken up’ and used by coaches, mentors and other therapists that do not necessarily practice hypnotherapy, these tools truly come into their own when incorporated into hypnosis as practiced at Hypnosis and Health. These NLP tools are integrated to effect optimum results for our clients, mindful of the ‘best’ and specific tools/ techniques to apply to different issues, including health/ medical issues.
HNLP (Life Design-US) – Humanistic Neuro-linguistic Psychology
This is the study of how ‘mind’ creates reality through language and behaviour. The value of engaging elements of HNLP with our clients, whether in counselling and/or hypnotherapy, is that they come to realise that they are more than who they think they are - and that they are creating their reality, and so their issue through their nervous (neuro) system. Clients who have a ‘sense’ of being so much more than what can be perceived through the senses / nervous system, (with the brain as translator) will derive the greatest benefit from HNLP, as it permits healing at the deepest level of awareness. The focus of HNLP is on the ‘Observer’ part of a client (focus of i-NLP is on tools and techniques). This part can be accessed through hypnotherapy specifically the MDTL Model™ therapy, as well as self-hypnosis, mindfulness and meditation. MDTL Model™ therapy effects this shift of perspective in our clients so that healing can occur, whilst mindfulness and meditation have a different focus, they too can effect healing though may not be as rapid. This is why we often augment client sessions by recommending a personalised meditation or mindfulness practice to be carried out by our clients between sessions and depending on the issue(s). Elements of HNLP are effective for a variety of issues, including health/ medical issues, which is why they have been incorporated into the MDTL Model™.
Client-Centred – one or two specific goals
Also known as person-centred therapy, this is a non-directive form of talk therapy, developed by humanist psychologist Carl Rogers around the 1940s and 1950s. Techniques used within this form of counselling, allow clients to have their own realisations (aha! moments) through which issue(s) are resolved. One essential element of this form of counselling, (known under other names such as person-centred counselling or therapy), is something referred to as unconditional positive regard (UPR). Here, the therapist accepts the client unconditionally, without judgment, disapproval or approval. This encourages increased self-respect (a form of love) in the client, allowing them to become aware of how their sense of self-worth was distorted by others through their life experiences and to correct those distortions.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
This therapy uses practical self-help strategies, to enable clients change unhelpful or unhealthy habits of thinking, feeling and behaving. These strategies are designed to bring about immediate positive changes in the quality of life of a client. As with the other tools and techniques above, CBT can be as effective as medication to treat anxiety and depression. Note: studies confirm that combining therapies for these issues, will achieve greater outcomes than a single approach. We believe that the MDTL Model™ offers the best of the combined approaches because of the way in which different methods are integrated to achieve life-long results for our clients.
Holistic (Mind-Body-Spirit Centred)
This form of counselling includes and integrates the two other forms of counselling above and has a spiritual bias. This is the ideal approach for clients with a belief/ knowing of self as a spiritual being having a human experience.
There are a variety of energy psychology tools, which continue to gain ground in terms of accumulating scientific evidence on their effectiveness for a variety of issues including medical ones, and a growing understanding of their mechanisms of action. We may use them as stand-alone treatment or in combination with each other and other tools depending on the specifics of your condition. We have found it highly beneficial to teach these methods to our clients as self-help strategies to use between sessions – we love them and so do they. The key ones used during counselling and hypnosis (if appropriate) and so often taught to the clients we work with (in person and online), include:
Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Emotional freedom technique (EFT)
TFT was discovered and developed by California clinical psychologist, Dr Roger Callahan. He developed it as a way of applying kinesiology (which uses precision muscle feedback and body awareness to bring the body back into balance), and meridian therapies (those which work with the body’s energy channels or meridian system which includes the acupuncture points throughout the body). TFT led to the development of EFT, both of which work with the body’s energy or meridian channels. Both methods aim to overcome negative thoughts and traumatic memories.
After studying extensively under Roger Callahan (founder of TFT), Gary Craig developed Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Both techniques are sometimes referred to (more accurately), as transcutaneous acupuncture. Literature on the effectiveness of these tools for a very broad range of issues abound. TFT is more varied than EFT, which is often promoted as a simplified version of TFT, though takes no longer to do. Unlike EFT, TFT does not require the client to setup phrases to be repeated as they tap on the body’s meridian points. Where TFT provides a different set of unique tapping patterns (algorithms) for each category of issue, with different tapping sequences for different emotions and triggers, the same general sequence of points (more-or-less) are used every time with EFT. This is regardless of the issue(s) being addressed. There are a variety of differences between TFT and EFT yet we employ both because of the merits of both. The bias we implement will vary based on the issue(s) and personality profile of the client we are working with, or teaching these strategies to.
Essentially, EFT is a one size fits all approach to alleviating or managing negative emotions, triggers and traumatic memories, while TFT is more customized to our client’s needs allowing us to really focus in on specific emotions and triggers when we need to. Literature on the effectiveness of these tools for a very broad range of issues abound.
We consider it essential when taught as a self-help strategy, to check on how our clients are using these tools. It is our experience at Hypnosis and Health, that slight variations in its use particularly TFT, can significantly effect outcomes. It has also been our experience that clients, who have connected with us and have found either of these tools ineffective when recommended by another therapist, have changed their mind and achieved the desired outcomes when taught by us and followed up soon after.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR was originally designed to alleviate distress of traumatic events. With much scientific evidence of its efficacy in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD), this is a major tool in our ‘toolbox’. It is also highly effective and so we use it for: Anxiety (including performance anxiety), reducing stress, depression, disturbing memories grief (complicated), eating disorders incl. body image (body dysmorphic disorders), pain conditions (various), physical or sexual abuse and panic attacks. In all of these conditions, we may use EMDR to effect permanent change, as a stand-alone treatment or combined with other tools in this section.
The applications and therapeutic value of EMDR across diverse issues (medical and non-medical) continues to expand as well as grow in popularity amongst psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors and other health care practitioners. This is to be expected as the existence and working with meridian channels becomes more widely accepted, as has occurred with needle acupuncture.
Meditation & Mindfulness
Sonia has been running Meditation & Mindfulness groups for some years and incorporating them into her practice (where appropriate) in various unique ways to effect permanent change with her clients. When used in a face-to-face consultation (in-person or online), these tools are customised to client’s needs, as there are a multitude of mindfulness and meditation tools. The one(s) selected for you will be based on many factors, which include (though not limited to) how the tool can best serve you, (therapeutically or otherwise) and your personality type. One example is that certain tools would be best implemented outdoors in nature, which would suit not only a nature-lover but also someone whose intentions can be most easily realised in this environment, and based on other criteria.
For more information on any of the above tools/ techniques and/or to discover just how easy it is to begin your own customised treatment plan contact us today.