Originally Posted: Oct 25, 2014
These 7 tips can help you get started and stay on track.
SET GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
If you want to achieve your goals then it helps if you know how to get there! Remember the saying “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail!”
On my hypnotherapy training courses I teach my students about setting goals and objectives.
Goals are general statements of intent. Goals tell us what we want to
achieve at some future time.
Objectives are more specific than goals. Objectives may also be viewed as statements of intention which, when carried out, will enable the goals to be achieved.
So, for example, let’s suppose that my goal is to run a 26 mile marathon in April of next year, and I don’t currently do any running. The objectives could include deciding what equipment I would need to buy and by when; setting an initial training programme; and setting a target of running 5 miles non-stop by one-month from now.
If you set your goals high, or think that it will be difficult to achieve them, then break them down into small manageable chunks. For example, if I’d never run a marathon before I wouldn’t start by actually going out and trying to run 26 miles. I’d start by running, say, 30 minutes a day (if that was what I was capable of) and then build up the time and length over the period leading up to the marathon.
BE ACCOUNTABLE TO OTHERS
Don’t keep your goals a secret. Let others know about them. Tell your friends and family if you feel they will be supportive. They may give you encouragement. The guilt of potentially letting them down may also keep you motivated.
Where appropriate get yourself a mentor to help you, or join a support group. For example, with the example of running a marathon, perhaps get a personal trainer or join a running club.
REGULARLY REWARD YOURSELF
Build a reward into your plan. So for example after achieving each objective along the way give yourself a reward or treat. The reward may be relative to the goal that you’ve set.
When you imagine something vividly, to your subconscious mind it’s as if it is real
So when you imagine achieving your goal you are programming your mind for success.
You don’t need to be visual – not everyone is.
There was a case mentioned by Maxwell Maltz in his book Psycho-Cybernetics where the coach of a basketball team asked one-third of his team to go home and imagine shooting hoops rather than practising on court, one third to go home and do nothing, and one-third to practice on court. When the team assembled at the end of the week, those who did no practice did the worse, whereas those who practised in their imagination did as well as those who actually practised on court!.
ENSURE YOU CAN DEAL WITH CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES
We all get challenges in life. If only life was perfect! So plan what you’d do if something didn’t go quite as intended. Use your imagination to imagine obstacles and challenges and imagine yourself overcoming them and achieving your goal.
Originally Posted: Nov 24, 2014
This is a great question that I often get asked in my practice.
But before I answer, let me say that people don't come to see me just to be hypnotised. They come to see me to lose weight, or to overcome fears and phobias, or to break a habit or addiction. Hypnosis is a process that can facilitate the therapy, but the hypnotic state is not a therapy in itself. It is what we do while the client is in hypnosis that causes the change.
So, let's get back to the question. There are many hypnotherapists out there (I'm not one of them!) that never check to see if their client is hypnotised or responsive to suggestions given. I always check.
Some people feel no different being in hypnosis to how they would feel if they just closed their eyes while seated in a chair. Yet others do feel something, whether it be a heaviness, or a lightness, or a numbness in their hands or some other sign. When working with my client |I want to know that they are in a suitably receptive state, and I also want my client to know that they are in hypnosis. This is done by some very simple tests. For example, after doing the hypnotic induction and while the client is in hypnosis I might give them the suggestion that their eyelids are locked so tight that they can't open them. Or that their arm is so heavy they cannot lift it. Such tests, once carried out successfully, not only indicate to me that the client is in hypnosis but act as 'convincers' to the client so that they also know they are in hypnosis. These tests also have the effect of deepening the trance.
Then, at the end of the session, once the client has emerged from hypnosis, I ask them if they remember not being able to open their eyes or not been able to lift their arm, to reinforce the fact that they were hypnotised.
- See more at: http://www.hypnoticsolutions.org.uk/inews/2162-how-will-i-know-if-im-hypnotised.html#sthash.222hu0bQ.dpuf
Originally Posted: Dec 14, 2014
Number of students on the course. Some training schools will have larger class sizes than others. The advantage of a small class, such as those held by Hypnotic Solutions Training, is that each student can get personal attention.
Will the course be fun or very academic. It is of course important to teach a curriculum that’s accredited by the main hypnotherapy bodies. Some training schools are very academic.
At Hypnotic Solutions Training your tutor Brian Jacobs aims to make the course both educational and fun so that you enjoy learning.
Is the tutor also a practising hypnotherapist. It is important that your tutor isn’t just a teacher but also has experience as a practising hypnotherapist. The director/tutor of Hypnotic Solutions Training is Brian Jacobs and when not teaching he sees clients at his offices in North London and in Harley Street.
Location.You may want a training course within easy reach, or you may be happy to travel some distance or perhaps stay local to the course venue. Our hypnotherapy training courses are held in North London (within easy access of M1 and A1) or Central London (within easy access of main tube stations).
Cost. Our courses are competitively priced.
Is the course accredited? Hypnotherapy in the UK is self-regulated. There are many hypnotherapy organisations in the UK .Our courses are externally accredited and validated by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, and therefor compliant with the Complementary And Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)requirements. The CNHC is now the main body that oversees hypnotherapy regulation in the UK.
Intensive training, or spread over the year. Although some people may prefer to attend courses just at weekends and spread their studying over the year, we have found that many don’t want to spend that long in training, or don’t wish to give up their weekends for the rest of the year. Here at Hypnotic Solutions Training we provide intensive hypnotherapy training courses split into 2 modules of 8 days each to enable students to qualify in a shorter period of time. Each course has 120 classroom hours.
The approach of the training school. We teach a mix of therapeutic approaches. We are not an Ericksonian training school. Our primary influences are the work of Jerry Kein, Cal Banyan, Dave Elman, and Gil Boyne. However we also we also include Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques as well as the behavioural approaches. This integrative approach works well.
First posted Jan 15, 2015:
Hypnosis inductions can generally fall into three categories: Instant, Rapid and Progressive.
Instant inductions (sometimes called shock inductions) are very quick. Here is a video of me demonstrating a standing instant induction http://youtu.be/gWPBrV20oGU
but instant inductions can also be done seated. These inductions are often used by stage hypnotists. I use the standing induction when giving public demonstrations of hypnosis and also when demonstrating hypnosis to my students in my training school. The seated instant induction (I generally use the hand drop induction) lends itself better to the therapy session, and particularly to clients who a) have been hypnotised before or b) for whom a long induction is considered inappropriate.
Whereas Instant Inductions take just a few moments to do, Rapid Inductions may take a few minutes. My favourite of these is the Elman Induction, and you can see me doing a demonstration at http://youtu.be/aAJuPyUvHn8 I use the Elman Induction with the majority of my therapy clients. The instant induction is very authoritarian whereas the Elman Induction is more gentle. And the great thing about doing the Elman Induction is that it has tests built into it so you can check if your client is responsive!
Progressive inductions tend to be much slower than the rapid and instant inductions. They may involve asking the client to relax the muscles of their bodies from their head to their toes. Or perhaps include a guided visualisation. They are generally very permissive in nature and so may produce less resistance. However because they are slow, some clients may feel bored or restless by them.
Some people will respond better to one induction than another. All these inductions are taught on our hypnotherapy training courses. - See more at: http://www.hypnoticsolutions.org.uk/inews/2395-which-is-the-best-hypnosis-induction-to-use-with-your-clients.html#sthash.NyU85HIY.dpuf
First Posted: Jan 20, 2015
Does subliminal advertising actually work?
This is a very interesting subject and one we cover on the Hypnotherapy Diploma Course run by Hypnotic Solutions Training.
In the 1950's James Vicary conducted a study on whether repeatedly flashing the slogans "Drink Coca-Cola" and "Eat popcorn" throughout a movie would increase the sales of these products. Initially he claimed sales of popcorn and Coke both increased. This, he declared, was "subliminal advertising". But his findings were premature.
The BBC have written an article Does Subliminal Advertising Work? and they also decided to carry out their own research - click on the link for more details and to find out the results.
On an associated matter, many hypnotherapists use subliminal hypnotherapy tapes/cds/mp3s, where the client listens to a piece of music on which there has been recorded some subliminal messages (ie the vocal track is at such a quiet level that one cannot consciously hear what the words are). The question I ask is whether the client can benefit from listening to these if she doesn't know what the messages are? I'm sure you will have you own opinion on this, which has been the subject of many a discussion in the classroom.
First Posted: Feb 27, 2015
I've just written an article for the Hypnotherapy Directory website http://www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/hypnotherapist-articles/help-to-overcome-phobias-in-as-little-as-one-session about overcoming phobias.
There are various ways of helping people who have phobias, and some of these I teach on our Hypnotherapy Training Courses.
The traditional psychological treatment was systematic desensitization developed by Joseph Wolpe. In this method the client creates a list of the things which trigger their fear – ranging from something which is mildly fearful to something which is very fearful. They are then taught how to relax, and they then work through the various triggers using their imagination to gradually desensitize each one. The process can be quite laborious.
In more recent times Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques have been used to help people overcome phobias. Perhaps the most common is a visual technique called The Fast Phobia Cure. The principle of this technique is that you get the client to disassociate from the traumatic experience by having them imagine being in a cinema projection room and seeing themselves watching a movie of themselves experiencing the traumatic event. By changing the modalities of the experience (playing the event backwards in their mind, speeding up the action, adding a funny soundtrack) it has the effect of desensitizing the experience.
Another NLP technique, which I prefer and have found to be more successful, is called collapsing anchors. I have found this works very well when done in the hypnotic state. The principle is that one cannot experience two opposing states (or emotions) at any moment in time. So by creating in the client a very strong happy positive state while they are in hypnosis it is possible to knock out the fearful feeling associated with the phobia. I have used this one-session technique successfully with clients who have had fears of pigeons, snakes and heights.
For more complex phobias and anxieties it may be necessary to find the root cause of the problem and to then desensitize the original traumatic events, using regression to cause. This should lead to the client having a different understanding of those past events, and therefore no longer fearful or anxious.
If you'd like to learn how to help people overcome fears or phobias, please give us a call on 020 8446 8061
Originally Posted: Mar 12, 2015
On day 1 of the Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Courses I teach about suggestibility testing - how to tell if a person will make a very good hypnotic subject.
I generally don't use these tests in my therapy practice, as in reality every normal person can be hypnotised. And so when a person comes to see me for therapy I do my best to help that person achieve their goals, and I can tell from doing the hypnotic induction how receptive they are.
So what is the purpose of doing suggestibility testing? Some of you will know the answer to this if you've been to see a stage hypnosis show. With most stage hypnosis shows the hypnotist will do one or more tests with the audience members to find out which ones will follow instructions unconditionally and how good their imagination is. Those who respond very well to these will be asked to come up on stage and be part of the show.
I don't do stage hypnosis. I do, however give presentations about hypnotherapy to various groups of people both in the UK and overseas and in these presentations I demonstrate hypnosis. One thing that is always impressive is when I demonstrate an instant induction on a member of the audience. So how do I choose the person to do the instant induction on? The answer is I do the hands lowering and rising test (see below) with the audience and I choose the person who responded best to this test!
In class I demonstrate the pendulum, the heavy hand test, and the hand clasp. You can watch a video of the pendulum test at https://youtu.be/CNgpGzmndjg and of the heavy arm (arms rising and lowering) test at https://youtu.be/3oYT0v6nBN8
If you like to learn about hypnosis and hypnotherapy then do join us on our next training course.