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What exactly could hypnotherapy help me with ?

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What exactly could hypnotherapy help me with ?

It’s just for weight loss or giving up smoking – isn’t it ?!

While Hypnotherapy is certainly very effective for both these issues it can also be incredibly successful in helping with so much more !

It can actually have a positive effect on any problem where thinking is involved – and when you stop to consider it – isn’t that most issues !!

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Of course certain circumstances happen in our life, and in the world, that we have no control over. However, where we do have control is in how we react. It might not seem like it at the time as we are often unaware of these thoughts, embedded in our unconscious minds. Hypnotherapy can help you identify and let go of unhelpful unconscious thoughts and replace them with ones that support and inspire.

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Our thoughts   ->  our feelings   ->  our actions/behaviours/habits   ->  our results in life

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So if you want to change the results in your life, if you want to start behaving differently, replace old habits with new or if you want to change how you feel it all leads back to changing your thoughts.

Can you see now that this is how hypnotherapy can help.

Visualisation – Is it just woo ??

Have you discovered the power of visualisation yet ?
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Or are you still missing out by considering it just ‘ new age woo ‘.

Have you recognised that the biggest shift you can have in life is to see yourself as separate from your thoughts, learning to control them, rather than being at the mercy of your thoughts controlling you.

Visualising can be a powerful way towards that shift .

Sport is an area which has really taken the power of visualisation on board. Successful sportsmen, women and teams all consider mind training to be just as important as the physical training. Lots employ sports psychologists, who consider positive visualisation as one of their most important strategies to teach.
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Visualisation works in two major ways.

When we really want something we often spend a lot of mental energy going round and round in circles.

I want it ….but am I good enough….yes I deserve it ….oh no I won’t be successful …. yes I can do it ….no, I’m not lucky …. I do have the skills though … but perhaps I’m not enough… something might go wrong … someone might be better …..

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exhausting eh !!

Visualisation works by imprinting the belief in your mind that what you want has already happened. As it is now a fait accompli you can let go of that exhausting pattern of doubt. Getting rid of the “whether it will happen” questioning leaves room instead for the ‘ how will it happen ‘ strategy planning. A much more productive and positive place to be.

Then the second way visualisation can be used is as part of your strategy.

Australian Psychologist Alan Richardson did a famous study with basketball players, assessing their ability to make free throws. He had three groups, one who practiced 20 mins a day, one group who visualised themselves successfully making the throws and a control group that did neither.
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The group that ‘only’ visualised had a similar improvement in their skills to those that had actually practised. It’s a pity he didn’t have a fourth group who practiced and visualised to demonstrate the synergistic effect of doing both.

So maybe now you can buy into the theory that visualisation works – but are still wondering how do you go about it?

During a hypnotherapy session we utilise the powerful effects of trance to enhance visualisation but you can mimic these effects in the comfort of your own home. What you are aiming to do is, by using all your senses, create all the images, sounds and feelings in your mind of the successful outcome you want and /or the improvements in your activity that will achieve this.

So how do you do it?

Relax, take a couple of deep breathes, let go of all the tension, and close your eyes. It works even better if you find a quiet spot where nobody will bother you. One of the best times to do it is just before you go to sleep or when you first wake up. A few minutes regularly is all you need.
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Settle on an image that epitomises what you want. If you were going to make a short film that would instantly portray this, what would you be doing, saying, who else would be there, what would they be saying, what is the soundtrack to your film. What are you feeling. Try to imagine actually feeling that in your body rather than labelling the emotion. Edit your film, take some shots from the first person viewpoint and then some as if observing yourself. Enjoy the whole process and see if it remains the same each time or if different things pop up and embrace it all.

As you practice you set down those new neural pathways in your brain. The beliefs get stronger everyday and, with that doubt gone, you free up your imagination to find new ways to hone your skills. These also then become part of the process of getting where you want to be.
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Visualisation can be used for absolutely anything you want in your life, successful relationships, work, performance or achievements. What you might not have appreciated is that you are already frequently visualising outcomes, but often not those that you actually want. Worrying about the future and imaging things going wrong is a prime example of this or wanting to be slim but focusing on hating being fat is another.

Why not make now, the time to change ? Take control of your thoughts instead of them controlling you. This famous Henry Ford saying is very apt
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From today you could start to train your brain to use visualisation in a positive way !

The choice is yours !

WAKE UP !!!

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Do you think hypnotherapy can only help by putting you into a trance ?
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You might be surprised to hear, that on many occasions it’s actually more about waking you up.

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How so ?
Our minds love being efficient. They spend lots of time setting down automatic unconscious patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours, freeing up our conscious minds to concentrate on more important things. Think of some of the things you have learnt throughout your life – walking, riding a bike, learning to drive – when you stop to think about it, aren’t all these now automatic patterns happening outside your conscious awareness.

Well that isn’t a problem, is it ?

Of course not – it can be very beneficial – but what your if brain also lays down automatic patterns that do cause problems in your life.

Overeating, overdrinking and smoking are examples that come to mind. Clients often describe having no conscious recollection but before they know it the jar of biscuits, bottle of wine or packet of cigarettes are finished and the whole process seems a blur.
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The Power of Reframing

Did you hear about this book that was all over the internet last year ?

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Having read and implemented it’s advice, over my Christmas and New Year blogging break, I can attest to the fact that it really works. In two days, I easily cleared out our basement after it had previously defeated me for more than two years, so I was really interested to investigate how Marie Kondo’s techniques have such a positive effect. I realised one of the ways way they work is by using the technique of reframing. This obviously interested me as it overlaps with my practice of hypnotherapy.

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Reframing is a powerful tool I often encourage clients to use during a session. We can’t necessarily change our lives or what is happening to us but what we can change is how we think about it all. Helping someone see something in their life, behaviour or attitudes from a different perspective can instigate a new flexibility in their thinking which can lead to a profound shift. The gas half empty or glass half full analogy can exemplify this.

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So how does the KonMarie method reframe decluttering ?

Most methods of decluttering and tidying involve looking at your stuff and deciding what to get rid of. This taps into the subconscious mind by instigating a state of loss. Is it surprising then, that at some level, we feel a resistance to loss and so put off the task.

The KonMari method involves taking everything out onto the floor (as if you were going to get rid of it all ) but then considering each item and deciding which to keep. This then positively taps into a sense of gain in the unconscious mind, obviously a much more comfortable place to be.

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I wonder where else in your life might such a change of perspective be beneficial ?

If you want to lose weight why not use what ever techniques you can to focus on what you are gaining , health, vitality, an attractive body, new clothes rather than focusing on a state of loss in the food you are not going to be eating.

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Can you see how this could also apply to any changes you wish to make in your life.

Could such reframing keep you sticking to those New Year resolutions that you have made?
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So if you want to implement change in your life what about considering some reframing of your own.

Try and make it a habit to focus on all those things that you will gain !

Always remember ……..

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Why I do hypnotherapy !

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Do you ever wonder why do I do hypnotherapy?

I often use stories and metaphors as part of my work so perhaps this story will speak to you !

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish stretching in both directions as far as the eye could see.

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Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

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The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves. When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “I made a difference to that one!

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…………………………………………..Now that’s why I do Hypnotherapy !………………………………………..

The key to your unconscious mind

Have you ever wondered about the difference between being hypnotised and experiencing hypnotherapy or perhaps you just thought that these words were synonymous. Well they are related but are actually quite different terms describing different processes.

Hypnosis or going into trance is the way you gain access to your unconscious mind and then once you get there hypnotherapy is a way to help you make the changes that you want.

For a few people just simply going into trance or hypnosis can be enough to allow sufficient shifts in thinking to resolve their problem or issue. It’s almost as if once the conscious mind gets out of the way the wisdom of their unconscious mind can work everything out perfectly without interference.

However most people require further help to shift unhelpful thought patterns, take the emotions out of painful memories and let go of feelings of not being worthy or loveable. As a hypnotherapist I have many ways of guiding you through these processes and would tailor these specifically to you.

I was thinking of an image that might make this clearer and this came to mind.

Do you remember this episode of FRIENDS ?

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THE ONE WITH MONICA’S SECRET CLOSET

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What if we were to think of our unconscious minds as such a cupboard, jam packed with stored memories, old unhelpful thoughts and conditioning. The door is locked but you might have a sense of what lies behind it and a feeling of perhaps what it is that you need to do to sort it out but you can’t be sure. You feel powerless to do anything as the door is locked and perhaps you have just become resigned to that uneasy feeling.

Well hypnosis is your key !

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Once you use the key of hypnosis to open your cupboard door it might be perfectly clear what it is you need to do to sort things out. Great !

However more commonly you might feel overwhelmed and completely unsure as to where to start.

Are you nervous about disturbing anything, is there so much stuffed in that you are afraid that it will all come crashing down on top of you and you won’t be able to cope?

As your hypnotherapist I can be like one of those professionals who can help you declutter the cupboard of your mind .

It is your cupboard, you are always in charge and you get to choose what you keep and what goes. Perhaps I can point out things you hadn’t seen lurking at the back of a shelf or find a new way to organise thoughts and memories that you will find supportive rather than sabotaging. As we go through the sessions, examining, sorting and letting go, don’t be surprised at the positive effects that will appear in your life.

You may come for hypnotherapy to deal with one particular problem but you will invariably find positive changes in other aspects of your life too.

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For example when I first started practicing hypnotherapy I was amazed at the wider ramifications that something as straightforward as giving up smoking could have. However if you have been living with and believing the thought ‘ I can’t give up cigarettes ‘ actually being successful in doing this can set up a domino reaction in your mind. This can then help you knock down and stop believing all those other ‘ I can’t ‘ thoughts that are influencing you in everyday life.

Hypnotherapy is just like throwing a pebble into the pond of your unconscious mind – I wonder where the positive ripples could travel for you !

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