What is Hypnosis?
If only we could change the way we thought about things at will, and these thoughts were of a positive, helpful and affirmative nature, there would be no anxiety or panic or depression or addictions in the world. The problem is that negativity is locked in the subconscious mind, stubbornly refusing to be released. Negative thoughts and feelings feed on unpleasant experiences, they become willingly trapped in our minds. When we practice new behaviours and thoughts in response to negative feelings, afflictions, emotions or situations, our brain’s physical structure changes too. We develop different neural pathways. These pathways consist of neurons, or cells, that connect distant areas of the brain. With repetition, the new behaviour becomes an AUTOMATIC RESPONSE.
Hypnosis greatly assists and accelerates this process.
Hypnotherapy will make it possible for you to establish a fresh outlook and a positive approach to problems. It will provide you with the new skills necessary to alter old habits. The use of hypnotherapy drives away negative reactions and situations before they have a chance to magnify and become debilitating. The words and images used by the hypnotherapist are very important. They are carefully chosen, based on what was discussed at the initial consultation. The images evolve around a peaceful location that will be your special place which you will visit each time you go under hypnosis. Most important of all is the words. They will fill you with hope and anticipation and will address your subconscious self, driven along the neural pathways to the very centre of your mind.
We know you will find it a re-assuring, pleasing and, indeed, delightful experience.
Is Hypnosis new?
Hypnosis is as old as civilization itself. Hieroglyphs in ancient Egyptian tombs depict people in a trance-like state and practitioners throughout history have used the technique for good as well as, unfortunately, not so constructive purposes.
You may be concerned by what you have seen on stage or on television. We have all witnessed stage hypnotists supposedly making people perform outlandish actions that they would never, you would think, dream of doing in their waking state. What usually happens in stage hypnotism is that highly suggestive subjects are selected beforehand and are fully briefed as to what they are supposed to do at a pre-arranged signal from the hypnotist. More sophisticated stage/TV hypnotists will choose people from the audience at random, based on how they are interacting at that time with other attendees at the event. And yes, it comes as no surprise how many people are prepared to make absolute fools of themselves in public!
The simple fact is that you can only be hypnotised if you want it to happen, allow it to happen and expect it to happen. You cannot be made to violate your own values or accepted patterns of behaviour. Hypnosis is not the practice of unethical and damaging mind control. You cannot be made to do anything against your will and you are, at all times, fully aware of your surroundings. It is like you are daydreaming, or are totally ensconced in thought or perhaps deeply involved in a fascinating book or a beautiful piece of music. The most accurate definition, we feel, is that hypnosis is a condition of profound relaxation which you allow yourself to enter, during which time there is an altered state of conscious awareness. It is important to emphasise once more that you do not lose control when being hypnotised. You are fully aware of yourself and your surroundings and it is impossible for you to be forced against your will to do anything that you would not ordinarily want to do.
Hypnosis is widely accepted as one of the most effective methods by which one may access his or her inner potential. When a trained professional utilises the resultant state of mind to encourage beneficial change to occur, the process is referred to as Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy can be used to solve a multitude of problems including stress, anxiety, panic, phobias, unwanted habits, low self-esteem, lack of confidence and addictions.
Kinetic Shift is a technique developed by Karl Smith. Karl is a world renowned expert in the treatment of trauma. Karl was a member of the British Army and is a retired police officer. He now delivers courses throughout the world to emergency service personnel.
Kinetic Shift technique is generally used in a clinical hypnotic setting where the client is encouraged to be relaxed allowing the clinician to work at a deeper level of the mind. IT IS MOST DEFINATELY NOT STAGE HYPNOSIS you will not be unconscious at any time or made to do anything that you don’t want to, rather it is a way in which we can reach our most basic emotions and feelings and use these to change how events are viewed at our subconscious level.
This form of treatment is nothing new, it has been used for many years. Kinetic Shift is an amalgamation of various techniques including EMDR and NLP as well as hypnosis, which have been tried and tested in the field and have been proven to work. It has been used to successfully treat Anxiety, smoking cessation, phobias, weight loss and PTSD.
Karl describes Kinetic Shift as Intuitive, energising, dynamic and Active. It is content free, what this means is that you the client do not need to disclose to the practitioner the specifics of the event or issue in order to deal with it.
Strategic Psychotherapy is a more up to date version of cognitive behaviour therapy or CBT as you may know it as. It was influenced by the works of Milton Erickson and Jay Healey. It is strictly speaking not a therapy but rather a collection of individual therapies used to tailor make individual sessions in order to help the client reach a pre-determined goal.
The main difference between strategic and other forms of therapy is that strategic therapy concentrates on the process by which individuals “create” there problems. How the process maintains these problems and how we can change this process. In essence it aims to change this process not the symptoms.
Almost everything we do is steeped in unconscious processed steps, such as how we tie our shoe laces, a process of steps we first learned as a child, now just an unconscious series of steps.
As Strategic Therapists we aim to bring these unconscious steps back into the conscious awareness where they can be examined and dissected until we find where the process goes wrong. This is the stage where we can alter the steps to give a more useful process to follow.
When you think about it this makes logical sense, why go see a therapist who will teach you to avoid trigger situations when this particular style will teach you to face the problem and deal with it as it arises.