How does hypnosis work?
Have you ever wanted to change something for the better but somehow it didn't feel "right?" That's because our subconscious controls most of what we do. It prefers familiarity to the unknown. This makes change difficult, even when your conscious mind knows the benefits of change.
Hypnosis: Body and Mind relax
During hypnosis, you are awake and aware, but calm and drifting at the same time. I usually start with a breathing and muscle relaxation exercise. This quiets down any defenses resisting the changes. Now the suggestions, that we discussed and agreed upon beforehand, can directly impact your subconscious. This type of change takes place from within yourself and can be particularly helpful with stress, anxiety, specific fears, pain, and unhealthy habits. In many cases, I provide you with a CD or audio file to play it yourself and deepen the learning.
You remain in control
Many people think that you lose control during hypnosis, that they are unconscious. However, you actually take control by allowing suggestions that we have agreed upon. The goal is that with a quiet mind, you can follow my guidance and use your own power of imagination to bring on change.
What to expect
You may feel light and floating or heavy. People respond differently. It depends on many factors, such as how suggestible you are, how fearful or trusting, etc. For some people, it's more natural while others have to work harder to relax mind and body. With repetition, anybody can learn it to a certain degree. Most of my clients experience, at the very least, a deeper relaxation and an increased sense of well-being.
What is NLP and how can it be helpful in therapy?
NLP is Neuro-linguistic Programming. Neuro refers to our ability to perceive the outside world with our senses (seeing, hearing, touching, etc.) due to the neural pathways in our body. Linguistic represents the language we use to describe what we perceive. Programming means that there is a connection between neurological processes, how we put things into words, and those spontaneous reactions that we have learned through experience.
We learn these behavioral patterns early in life. They may have been helpful in childhood, but not so much later when we are adults. For example, if a child has an overpowering, strict father, who tends to give long lectures, this child will very likely develop a mechanism to protect herself/himself from this overwhelming experience.
What kind of mechanism? It varies. This child may "learn" to space out in order to avoid listening -- to escape. Or try harder to please the father -- and later, other people. As an adult, however, this former child will likely find such "programming" no longer useful. It may even be harmful, hindering life and peace of mind and career... putting the adult at risk of being used by others, thereby preventing healthy relationships.
NLP offers many techniques to break away from bad habits, manage emotions, and improve self-confidence, career and personal relationships.