Douglas Clark Master of Hypnotherapy
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I recently successfully completed a certified course in Rapid Inductions with the excellent Dominic Beirne School of Clinical Hypnosis & Psychotherapy. This intensive one day course took a range of Hypnotherapists through the principles and practice of eliciting Hypnotic phenomena within trance within seconds. Rapid Inductions are very good as they allow the Clinical Hypnotherapist to gain a level of Hypnotic Trance within the client or subject within short periods of time. This is better than having to spend ten or fifteen minutes on Inductions and Deepeners and much better than the long progressive muscular relaxation or long fractional Induction. Rapid Inductions get the client where they need to be effortlessly and easily to allow therapeutic change work to begin. Also within the trance state one can give Post Hypnotic Triggers and Post Hypnotic Suggestions. The Post Hypnotic Trigger can be a cue word such as "sleep" which will allow the person within Hypnosis to re enter into a trance state to the same or similar level as when the Post Hypnotic Trigger is suggested by the Hypnotherapist.
For example I give my clients Post Hypnotic Triggers that when I say the word sleep their eyelids will automatically close on down, their heavy head will fall forward and that will be a sign and a signal to go deeper and deeper. I always get agreement from the Conscious and Unconscious (Subconscious) minds that this suggestion is acceptable and then I have them open their eyes on a count of 1 to 3 and then I use the trigger word and test my work to see that what I have suggested within Hypnosis does occur. This is vital so that I know without any doubt that my Hypnotic Suggestions have taken root and the seed or seeds have been planted within the fertile Unconscious Mind. I can then give Post Hypnotic Suggestions for confidence, motivation, removal of a phobia etc and I can be much more sure that those suggestions will be carried out within the client's everyday waking state.
Of course I can always test by calibration. I can gauge a client's non verbal physiology prior to my treatments by asking a series of questions with regard to their Presenting Issue (where they are currently stuck in their lives) and then after completion of my work I can test again by asking the same questions and noting their non verbal physiology once more.
For example if they had a phobia of dogs at the start and I asked them to see a dog in the room and get a sense of what it would look like, plus get back any associated thoughts and feelings about dogs I can note the client's breath rate, skin tone, tension in their muscles, eye blink rate etc. After completion of my work I can test again by asking them the exact same questions with regard to dogs and if I see that they are breathing much more calmly, their skin tone is not flushed or excessively pale, their muscles are relaxed and free of tension then I can be much more certain that they will think, feel and behave around dogs in a much more appropriate manner with that old fear significantly reduced. Note well this is just one small example of the type of work that I do. I can of course use a full range of Hypnotherapy methods to treat Presenting Issues including Phobias for example the Fast Phobia Cure from NLP it is just one of the advanced methods I am trained within.
Now back to Rapid Inductions within the inducing of trance as a Clinical Hypnotherapist I will use trance ratifiers within the process. So I can have the client imagine that their eyelids remain closed on down and that they cannot open them and then test for that and make sure that what has been suggested happens. I can test for heaviness in the arms after giving Hypnotic Suggestions for that and test again to find that the client's arms are relaxed and heavy by lifting up their arms by their hands. Of course I ask my client's if I can pick up their hands and get permission verbally prior to doing this. Yes you can be within Hypnosis and still be able to speak with your normal speaking voice whilst remaining within that trance state. If I notice the clients hands are heavy I can give suggestions that as the hands drop the client goes deeper and deeper. All the time watching the physiology to see observable signs that client is responding to suggestion in the manner outlined.
Rapid Inductions with Post Hypnotic Triggers means that the client can be taken into trance to the same depth as originally elicited within seconds and this therefore means that a sixty minute session of Clinical Hypnotherapy can be ninety nine percent therapy and not long drawn out tedious methods of inducing Hypnosis.
Make it quick, make it efficient and above all give the client an experience!
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