People have many perceptions about what they think hypnotherapy is like. The most common link is to stage hypnosis where people feel that they are going to be running around like a chicken. Therapeutic and clinical hypnosis is a very different process in that it works beneficially with the client to help them make changes and positive shifts in their patterns of behaviour. Some of the beliefs that we have held about ourselves often develop in younger years. By using hypnosis, it is a safe and gentle process of working with those beliefs by working with the subconscious mind. The process itself is extremely relaxing and restorative.
How many times have you arrived at your destination and then suddenly thought that you don't remember any of the journey? Did I stop at the red light? Did I give way at the right times? The reason for this is your subconscious mind knows the route. Your conscious mind takes a back seat coming into play if an emergency response is required. The process of hypnosis is the same. Your conscious mind is quietened and relaxes to allow the subconscious mind to take over and this is where suggestions for positive change to dysfunctional behaviours and beliefs can be altered. Changes can only happen if you want and are willing for this process, so you can not be made to do something that doesn't sit right with you on a moral or ethical level.
Whilst we embrace and enjoy the warmer weather and the changing of the seasons, I thought it would be lovely to share some thoughts about the way we deal with change for ourselves.
There are many people that enjoy change and the new opportunities that this brings, but for a lot of us, the fear of the unknown can create anxiety and uncertainty. We all know that change is inevitable and we are, like the world around us, constantly evolving. However, learning to feel comfortable with change can feel like an impossible task for some.
One of the strategies that I use with clients is a "downward ladder" system. By working through systematically from the presenting fear or thought it is possible to uncover the belief that the client holds, which holds them back from trusting in their own capabilities when dealing with change.
Anxiety loves us to work from assumptions. These assumptions can be cognitively challenged to allow the client to recall times when they have managed change positively, increasing their confidence. If you would like to know more about how challenging thoughts can help you positively deal with change and anxiety then please do not hesitate to contact me: