the process of hypnotherapy with chris

What to expect in a hypnotherapy session

When most people think of a hypnosis session they may have a perception of a hypnotist telling you to look deep into their eyes, and that you feel so sleepy, after which they plant suggestions to make you stop panicking or able to overcome some fear or phobia.

That all sounds simple and straightforward, but if it really was that simple then all you'd need to do is listen to a self hypnosis recording, or read the latest self help book and you'd be fixed.

Therapy with me is about addressing the real issues and the real causes of the issues that are affecting your life.

To find out more, call me on 01772 499046 or "email me by clicking here".

What happens on the first session?

Your initial session is designed to provide the foundation needed for you to be successful. It's very much aimed at getting an understanding of what's going on.

Even at this early stage we take as much time as necessary and start to release some of the pressure inside of you so that you can begin to feel some immediate relief.

Throughout the process you are in control of the work we do, and so we only ever work at your pace and with your permission.

What happens at subsequent sessions?

Further sessions lead us to where the problem started. We then work with your unconscious mind to change the perception by releasing the emotion of what created the issue.

Once the emotion is released, you get to see things differently, you get a new insight as the memory is re-processed, at which point the behaviour changes as your unconscious mind realises that the reason it was created in the first place no longer exists.

All sessions are different and are based on what you're looking to resolve. The key to success is to be honest, open and ready to work with what comes up, because when you do, changes can occur quickly.

We work with the unconscious mind, and instead of trying to tell it to change or bully it into changing we treat it with respect.

So how do issues and problems develop?

Good question. Clients often talk about how when growing up they were made to feel they never did anything right or were too fat, too skinny, too shy, the stupid kid, the scared or frightened at everything kid, the unattractive kid or any other negative belief that we carry.

These beliefs, behaviors and values about ourselves are almost always connected to past experiences where the negative belief or behaviour was generated, often as a coping or protection mechanism.

You wouldn't choose to have claustrophobia, or have a panic attack or pull our hair out or self harm; these are all examples of automatic programs that run without any conscious effort on our part.

Our issues, problems and automatic programs are examples of how we've been hypnotised

I compare these automatic programs to riding a bike. As a child you may have learned to ride a bike, and if I you never rode a bike for years you could still climb on one today and ride it without any effort or thought. That's how strong these automatic programs are; they appear and run without any effort or thought.

So with the deep seated automatic programs that are affecting your life, is it really feasible or believable that after 10, 20 or 30 years of overeating, drinking or suffering with panic attacks, depression etc that by me reclining you in a chair, saying close your eyes and relax; at the count of three everything will be fine; at the count of three your life will be perfect with no more depression, anxiety or panic attacks?

Of course not! If that was really possible you'd have already done that by reading a book or listening to a self hypnosis recording.

The point is that emotional issues are much more complicated and much more intricate than that. And it's predominantly the deep seated unconscious emotions that we work with because by finding out where that emotion comes from and what created it, we can take care of that initial event by cleaning out the negative emotion that creates the unwanted behaviors and responses.

We work with the unconscious mind, and instead of trying to tell it to change or bully it into changing we treat it with respect.

What's direct suggestion hypnotherapy and how is it used?

Direct suggestion hypnosis is most people's idea of what the process is. In this approach you are generally relaxed and in a day dreamy state and suggestions for change are made to your unconscious mind.

This can be effective at overcoming habits such as smoking, but the reality is that many times problems run deeper than simply a bad habit.

Direct suggestion hypnosis on its own is limited, and therapeutic strategies that ONLY rely on suggesting that you will feel differently NEVER address the real cause of the problem. On their own they are like painting over the cracks in a wall; which unless treated properly and thoroughly will come back one way or another. This is why we look at other ways of getting to the root cause of the problem.

What's analytical hypnotherapy and how is it used?

Through analytical regression hypnotherapy we get to the root cause, or the first time you experienced that feeling. We then work with your unconscious mind to change the perception by releasing the emotion of what created the issue. Once the emotion is released, you get to see things differently, you get an insight as the memory is re-processed at which point the behaviour changes as your unconscious mind realises that the reason it was created in the first place no longer exists.

Analytical regression hypnotherapy is about seeking to discover and deal with the causes of the problem.

During the sessions we take things one step at a time and work at your pace. The process is progressive with each session builds on the previous one. There are the 1 session miracles where some people have immediate transformation, but on average, 3 to 6 sessions are required for most issues, but deeper longer term issues may take longer.

Analytical hypnotherapy can be a very intense process and may require more involvement than direct suggestion hypnotherapy, but it is effective and only for you if you're deadly serious about doing what it takes to make significant change in your life, because once the root cause has been identified and dealt with, the results can be life changing.

The technical stuff about my process

It's usually all about the past

As you read this, think about a time in the past when you noticed uncomfortable feelings around specific people, situations, events etc. These feelings let you know that certain memories still carry a strong emotional charge, and it's these emotions and feelings that are subconsciously preventing you from overcoming your issue or problem.

These feelings are called emotional anchors and it's these that create the problems. Unfortunately, the subconscious emotional anchors get in the way leaving you with the uncomfortable feelings.

Notice the upside down stack of bricks below. How your problem evolved is a bit like that stack of bricks.

Hypnotherapy leyland

The brick on the bottom (ISE) is the first situation in your life that started the whole thing. It is a situation or a negative comment from someone (known as the Initial Sensitising Event, ISE) that occurred in your past.

As an example with claustrophobia, something happened to make the person respond the way they do at the though of being trapped or confined. It's the ISE that creates this response and belief. All by itself it doesn't amount to much and can generally be a minor incident in a person's life.

But given the right circumstances and enough reinforcement from parents, teachers, other kids, colleagues etc (the next three layers of bricks), this belief can develop in time to ongoing issues, both mentally and physically.

Each brick on the top layer could represent a different symptom such as: addictions, compulsive eating, low self-esteem, insecurity, headaches, drug abuse, cancer, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic illnesses, etc.

So we never treat the symptom, instead we find and treat the cause of the symptom

Through regression hypnotherapy we trace the feeling or behaviour back to its earliest root, to the initial event that created the subconscious blocks that are holding them back.

We can then THOROUGHLY cleanse the feelings that cause the problem, and once we clear these the beliefs will collapse.

This will then allow minimal to zero resistance for direct suggestion hypnosis to refill the void with positive suggestions that you create for change, leading to lasting positive changes.

That makes sense, so whats the next step?

Is it time for you to take that first step to take back control? If so, then call me on 01772 499046, or email me by clicking here.

Chris Gelder hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, NLP, EFT