Therapy Explained

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HYPNOSIS

Firstly lets dispel the biggest misconceptions.

  • Its impossible to be Hypnotised against your will. 
  • Your subconscious is designed to keep you safe and can not allow  you to do anything that is against  your own moral boundaries. 
  • You are in full control and could come out of trance at any time.
  • Will I be made to think I'm a chicken and dance around like I've seen on stage shows?

Hypnotherapy in Harpenden

The Short answer is No, not unless you want to! I think of Hypnosis as a "ball". You either catch the ball or not, the choice is yours. Two types of people go to Hypnotic shows, Those who want to "Entertain" and those who want to be "Entertained". Those who want to "Entertain" will volunteer and will be quickly whittled down to the "most suggestible" with the most potential to entertain. Remember, these people want to have fun and entertain and therefore are very willing "to catch that hypnotic ball". They are not being controlled as such as they will only perform within their own moral boundaries. Does that mean that these suggestible types are gullible or weak minded? Absolutely not! If anything they are the complete opposite and gifted, as they "allow" themselves to access their sub-conscious mind" However, with practice and openness we can ALL gain this gift, but rather than entertain, change our minds to respond to the world around us, in any way we want.

 

The Conscious & Sub-Conscious Mind

A computer is very much like a Human brain. However in comparison to the human brain, the best computer in the world would be like a simple pocket calculator! Our Minds work on two Levels:

  • The "conscious Mind"  sorts and analyses all the immediate information rapidly coming towards us during waking hours, from information received by our senses. This part of the mind will handle "short term" information".
  • The "Sub-conscious Mind" has in comparison a far bigger Job. In addition to performing the jobs we don't have to "consciously" perform such as breathing, it has the huge responsibility of processing the incoming information (Memories) and attaching an "emotion", before it files it away into long term memory storage. For instance, many phobias are formulated in childhood when our sub-conscious is particularly suggestible. As infants we fear nothing, we are a "blank slate" but learning rapidly by information received from all our five senses. 

Therefore as an infant explores the world it may reach out to touch something dangerous. As the child's  parent quickly screams "No!". the child's sub-conscious mind quickly attaches "an emotion" Carl-Jung-Qoute to that action. Its safeguarding job is therefore done, because if its ever in that same situation again, the subconscious mind will quickly dip into the minds "long term storage" and remind of the "emotion" attached to that action. It will then send a signal to the rest of the body to go into full red alert, shutting down all non essential body functions and prepare to "fight", "Flight" or freeze.  Great, its done is Job and kept you safe. Lets rewind a moment.  What if the parent screamed as the child came into contact with something completely harmless but was frightening to the parent? Yep, you guessed it, the child NOW has the wrong emotion attached to a perfectly harmless action or object. This is where Hypnosis can help by allowing us to access the Sub-conscious part of the mind and "alter" the emotion attached to the action or experience. If you think about it logically, it took the Sub-Conscious mind a mere split second to attach the "emotion" to the action" . Its therefore reasonable that we can alter the emotion almost just as quick. 

 


Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

 

NLP was developed in the 1970's by two Hypnotherapists,  Richard Bandler and John Grinder.  The founders set out to explain why some people were successful and if this could be developed into a formula and replicated by anyone. Their findings was to be known as the "users manual for your mind". It is a conscious "eyes open" talking therapy, as opposed to Hypnosis which is "eyes closed".

 

If we can understand how the Human mind works the applications and uses have ranged from enhancing Business performance to altering unwanted behaviour. However, it's the latter we are interested in, as it has provided a huge insight into how the mind develops behaviours and in turn how we respond to the world around us.

As human beings, we can never really know reality. We can only know our perceptions of reality. We experience and respond to the world around us, primarily through our five senses of Sight, sound, smell, taste and feel.

If we can understand how a belief or behaviour originally formed, weNLP in Harpenden Hertfordshire can then "Alter" the pattern into an alternative behaviour of our choice. Literally enhance, change or alter  our patterns of thought and in turn the way we respond or interact with our surroundings.  Most people have a dominate preference over their five senses and  use one or two "senses" to interpret the world. Everyone is unique and what works for one may be completely non effective to another. This is because we all respond to the world differently depending on which on our senses are dominate. If we can learn which senses a person dominantly uses any therapy can be "tailored" and literately delivered in their own sensory language.  Its a bit like verbally speaking a persons native language. The chances of success are significantly increased.

In summary these are simply a set of tools and processes that the therapist can utilise in order to assist with a positive therapeutic change.

 


 

Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy (CBT)

 

CBT is another "Eyes open" talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other unwanted emotional behaviours.CBT in Harpenden

It is a way of talking about:

  • how you think about yourself, the world and other people
  • how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.
CBT can help you to change how you think ('Cognitive') and what you do ('Behaviour'). These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the 'here and now' problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.
 

When does CBT help?

CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems. These include: anxiety, depression, panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder. CBT may also help if you have difficulties with anger, a low opinion of yourself. 
 

How does it work?

CBT can help you to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. This makes it easier to see how they are connected and how they affect you. These parts are:
 
  • A Situation - a problem, event or difficult situation. From this can follow:
  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Physical feelings
  • Actions

 


 

Rapid Cognitive Programming (EMDR)

When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information like a  normal memory. The distressing memory seems to become frozen on a neurological level. When a person recalls the distressing memory, the person can re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted or felt, and this can be quite intense. Sometimes the memories are so distressing, the person tries to avoid thinking about the distressing event to avoid experiencing the distressing feelings.
emdr

Some find that the distressing memories come to mind when something reminds them of the distressing event, or sometimes the memories just seem to just pop into mind. The alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or taps during EMDR, seems to stimulate the frozen or blocked information processing system.

 

 

In the process the distressing memories seem to lose their intensity, so that the memories are less distressing and seem more like 'ordinary' memories. The effect is believed to be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) when your eyes rapidly move from side to side. EMDR helps reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it was what you saw, heard, smelt, tasted, felt or thought.

What can I expect?

If we both decide this treatment is suitable then we would discuss the type of distress you are experiencing. You would be asked to visualize and feel the distressing thoughts/images whilst being invited to follow with your eyes my hand passing from left to right. 

EMDR-FINGER

After each set of eye movements I would ask you what came to mind or what you noticed during the eye movements. During the eye movements you may experience the distressing event quite intensely initially, but this distress generally reduces as the memory is re- processed with EMDR.

 

 

 

 

Therapy Explained

HYPNOSIS

Firstly lets dispel the biggest misconceptions.

  • Its impossible to be Hypnotised against your will. 
  • Your subconscious is designed to keep you safe and can not allow  you to do anything that is against  your own moral boundaries. 
  • You are in full control and could come out of trance at any time.
  • Will I be made to think I'm a chicken and dance around like I've seen on stage shows?

The Short answer is No, not unless you want to! I think of Hypnosis as a "ball". You either catch the ball or not, the choice is yours. Two types of people go to Hypnotic shows, Those who want to "Entertain" and those who want to be "Entertained". Those who want to "Entertain" will volunteer and will be quickly whittled down to the "most suggestible" with the most potential to entertain. Remember, these people want to have fun and entertain and therefore are very willing "to catch that hypnotic ball". They are not being controlled as such as they will only perform within their own moral boundaries. These are the fun loving types who may go home after a boozy night out sporting a traffic cone as a hat! Does that mean that these suggestible types are gullible? Absolutely not! If anything they are gifted, as they "allow" themselves to access their sub-conscious mind" However, with practice and openness we can ALL gain this gift, but rather than entertain, change our minds to respond to the world around us, in any way we want.

 

 

 

The Conscious & Sub-Conscious Mind

A computer is very much like a Human brain. However in comparison to the human brain, the best computer in the world would be like a simple pocket calculator! Our Minds work on two Levels:

  • The "conscious Mind"  sorts and analyses all the immediate information rapidly coming towards us during waking hours, from information received by our senses. This part of the mind will handle "short term" information".
  • The "Sub-conscious Mind" has in comparison a far bigger Job. In addition to performing the jobs we don't have to "consciously" perform such as breathing, it has the huge responsibility of processing the incoming information (Memories) and attaching an "emotion", before it files it away into long term memory storage. For instance, many phobias are formulated in childhood when our sub-conscious is particularly suggestible. As infants we fear nothing, we are a "blank slate" but learning rapidly by information received from all our five senses. 

Therefore as an infant explores the world it may reach out to touch something dangerous. As the child's  parent quickly screams "No!". the child's sub-conscious mind quickly attaches "an emotion" Carl-Jung-Qoute to that action. Its safeguarding job is therefore done, because if its ever in that same situation again, the subconscious mind will quickly dip into the minds "long term storage" and remind of the "emotion" attached to that action. It will then send a signal to the rest of the body to go into full red alert, shutting down all non essential body functions and prepare to "fight", "Flight" or freeze.  Great, its done is Job and kept you safe. Lets rewind a moment.  What if the parent screamed as the child came into contact with something completely harmless but was frightening to the parent? Yep, you guessed it, the child NOW has the wrong emotion attached to a perfectly harmless action or object. This is where Hypnosis can help by allowing us to access the Sub-conscious part of the mind and "alter" the emotion attached to the action or experience. If you think about it logically, it took the Sub-Conscious mind a mere split second to attach the "emotion" to the action" . Its therefore reasonable that we can alter the emotion almost just as quick. 

 

 


Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

 

NLP was developed in the 1970's by two Hypnotherapists,  Richard Bandler and John Grinder.  The founders set out to explain why some people were successful and if this could be developed into a formula and replicated by anyone. Their findings was to be known as the "users manual for your mind". It is a conscious "eyes open" talking therapy, as opposed to Hypnosis which is "eyes closed".

 

If we can understand how the Human mind works the applications and uses have ranged from enhancing Business performance to altering unwanted behaviour. However, it's the latter we are interested in, as it has provided a huge insight into how the mind develops behaviours and in turn how we respond to the world around us.

As human beings, we can never really know reality. We can only know our perceptions of reality. We experience and respond to the world around us, primarily through our five senses of Sight, sound, smell, taste and feel.

If we can understand how a belief or behaviour originally formed, weNLP can then "Alter" the pattern into an alternative behaviour of our choice. Literally enhance, change or alter  our patterns of thought and in turn the way we respond or interact with our surroundings.  Most people have a dominate preference over their five senses and  use one or two "senses" to interpret the world. Everyone is unique and what works for one may be completely non effective to another. This is because we all respond to the world differently depending on which on our senses are dominate. If we can learn which senses a person dominantly uses any therapy can be "tailored" and literately delivered in their own sensory language.  Its a bit like verbally speaking a persons native language. The chances of success are significantly increased.

In summary these are simply a set of tools and processes that the therapist can utilise in order to assist with a positive therapeutic change.

 


 

Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy (CBT)

 

CBT is another "Eyes open" talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other unwanted emotional behaviours.CBT

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a way of talking about:

  • how you think about yourself, the world and other people
  • how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.
CBT can help you to change how you think ('Cognitive') and what you do ('Behaviour'). These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the 'here and now' problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.
 

When does CBT help?

CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems. These include: anxiety, depression, panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder. CBT may also help if you have difficulties with anger, a low opinion of yourself. 
 

How does it work?

CBT can help you to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. This makes it easier to see how they are connected and how they affect you. These parts are:
 
  • A Situation - a problem, event or difficult situation. From this can follow:
  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Physical feelings
  • Actions

 


 

Rapid Cognitive Programming (EMDR)

When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information like a  normal memory. The distressing memory seems to become frozen on a neurological level. When a person recalls the distressing memory, the person can re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted or felt, and this can be quite intense. Sometimes the memories are so distressing, the person tries to avoid thinking about the distressing event to avoid experiencing the distressing feelings.
emdr

 

 

 

 

Some find that the distressing memories come to mind when something reminds them of the distressing event, or sometimes the memories just seem to just pop into mind. The alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or taps during EMDR, seems to stimulate the frozen or blocked information processing system.

 

 

In the process the distressing memories seem to lose their intensity, so that the memories are less distressing and seem more like 'ordinary' memories. The effect is believed to be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) when your eyes rapidly move from side to side. EMDR helps reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it was what you saw, heard, smelt, tasted, felt or thought.

What can I expect?

If we both decide this treatment is suitable then we would discuss the type of distress you are experiencing. You would be asked to visualize and feel the distressing thoughts/images whilst being invited to follow with your eyes my hand passing from left to right. 

EMDR-FINGER

After each set of eye movements I would ask you what came to mind or what you noticed during the eye movements. During the eye movements you may experience the distressing event quite intensely initially, but this distress generally reduces as the memory is re- processed with EMDR.