Douglas Clark Master of Hypnotherapy
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Hypnotherapy is mind control!
Now that's a statement you won't often hear a Clinical Hypnotherapist like me making. However when you think about it an excellent Hypnotherapist has to take charge of the hypnotic process and they have to be able to establish control so that they command the mind to make the changes wanted and needed by the client.
If the Hypnotherapist cannot fully engage the client's mind then the hypnotherapy is likely to be ineffective. I don't know about you but when I go to see a professional I expect them to have confidence, skill and command of the situation at hand.
Hypnotherapists work with minds so keep in mind that in controlling the hypnotic process ultimately you as the client gain more control of your own mind and that is what you really want is it not.
Of course it is a process of change for the better and therefore I work alongside and with my clients to allow them to move from being stuck to unstuck. My clients work with me and I with them to allow them to gain flexibility and control of the way in which they think, feel and behave. So that they let go completely of that which was holding them back if they have come into see me to get rid of unresourceful states. In turn we replace those unwanted states with empowering ways of thinking, feeling and acting to give them back not only control but also confidence and appropriate levels of response in the times, places and situations they require them.
Other clients want to enhance performance in business or sports or other areas of their lives. Then we work together to identify exactly what they do want and how will they know when they have got it and we then utilise hypnotherapy and other modalities of change work such as NLP to allow them get to where they really want to be.
So to come back to my original premise. Yes we as Clinical Hypnotherapists work with the client. However, we have to have the ability to be very self assured so as to be in control of the process of hypnosis and to take charge of our client's thought processes in a mutually supportive way to enable them to make the changes that they came into us to make.
There is no room in my mind for half hearted hypnotherapy. Be the Hypnotist, be the Hypnotherapist. Make the changes and give the client a life changing experience of the power of well applied Hypnotherapy!
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In this article we read of a woman that went to see numerous medical professionals for symptoms that in the end turned out to be Panic Attacks. The correct term is Panic Disorder as nothing is actually being attacked. Regardless it is fair to state that this condition i.e. Panic Disorder needs identifying and it needs treating quickly otherwise the brain learns to generalise. Basically it says to itself if a Panic Episode has happened in one setting, why can it not happen in another. The person gets thoughts along those lines and basically programmes themselves for panic. Think about it, if one has had panic in a supermarket then it makes sense to wonder if one could have one whilst driving and then hey presto that occurs and now there is evidence that one can have panic not just in one setting but in another and then there is a generalisation that it can now occur in other settings. Thus we can see how quickly the condition can spiral out of control. It can ultimately lead to Agoraphobia or other conditions such as Claustrophobia.
Now the great news is that a combination of special breathing methods combined with methods for educating the sufferer as to what is happening in their physiology plus identifying background thoughts underlying the panic as well as teaching methods of deep relaxation such as Hypnosis can all allow the person suffering from panic to begin to take back control. That sense of being in charge then begins to placate the physiology from releasing more and more stress hormones and the person begins to learn how to recover. Reduction of caffeine and other stimulants also assists. Managing stress is the key issue and also learning new empowering ways of thinking, feeling and behaving in times, places and situations where one used to panic.
Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and NLP are all excellent methods of helping people to not only manage their existing condition of panic but also to gain much more control to prevent future attacks. It is important to see a medical professional first to rule out any underlying medical issues that could be generating the symptoms associated with anxiety and panic. That done one needs to treat the matter with respect and consult with a professional, just like me.
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Article on Panic
I would state that many articles focus on CBT as a method of choice for anxiety and panic. Of course CBT is useful but Hypnotherapy also makes use of Cognitive and Behavioural methods within its usage. A well trained Clinical Hypnotherapist like myself, who is also trained in Stress Management methods as well as Psychotherapy can provide a comprehensive tailored treatment for your panic or anxiety teaching you to relax very quickly and to regain control. CBT as a stand alone is not the only way. Hypnotherapy for panic works best because lets face it. No one consciously chooses to blush and no one consciously chooses to have Panic Attacks. These are subconscious responses or what we now term unconscious responses. Thus it makes sense to use Hypnotherapy which deals with that part of the mind to learn how to be relaxed and at ease instead of panicky.
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Hypnosis causes distinct and measurable changes within the brain which has been confirmed by David Spiegel, from Stanford University, told the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science that he had scanned the brains of volunteers who were told they were looking at coloured objects when, in fact, they were black and white. A scan showing areas of the brain used to register colour highlighted increased blood flow, indicating that the volunteers genuinely 'saw' colours, as they had been told they would. 'This is scientific evidence that something happens in the brain when people are hypnotised that doesn't happen ordinarily,' Mr Spiegel told delegates.He added that there were 'tremendous medical implications' and envisaged people being able to manage their own pain and anxiety.
As a professional Master Hypnotist and fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist I have known for many years that Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and NLP work beyond a shadow of a doubt. These methods of change are very powerful and I have personally witnessed amazing transformations in my clients when treating them for many Presenting Issues. I have seen stroke patients regain the functional use of limbs that were previously inert. I have been privileged to help people manage their pain and reduce discomfort to nothing or next to nothing so that they can enjoy their lives once more. I have assisted people to overcome fears and get rid of phobias.
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Hypnosis Does it really work?