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Why making time for yourself can be an effective therapeutic tool

Aug 21, 2019

In a few weeks we start the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy module of our hypnotherapy practitioner training. Solution Focused Therapy looks at the things a person can do to improve their quality of life; it is future-focused and positive in its approach.

During September there is a Day called “National Read a Book Day” which encourages people to unplug from their busy lives and spend some time reading a book. It can be something they’ve read before which really resonated with them, or something new that tickles their fancy. The point of the day is to spend some time engaged in an activity which is enjoyable and absorbing.

In the SFH module our students learn that changes need to happen outside of the therapy room, if a client is to achieve their goals. It’s not enough to just come for hypnotherapy and be passive, the client is encouraged to think of things that will make them happy and bring them closer to their goal and to take steps towards achieving them.

Many clients are not practising self-care when they arrive in our therapy rooms and this may be one of the first things you look to address as a hypnotherapist. In some cases their lives may be so full of obligations and chores that they’ve completely lost sight of activities that they do purely for recreation. One of the techniques that we teach that helps clients focus on activities that are pleasurable to them is a sensory awareness inventory. This can be especially useful for clients who come with anxiety or depression as it helps them connect in with activities, places and sensations that they enjoy.

By making a change in their behaviour, the client opens up the possibility for a change in their thoughts and feelings. When you adopt a solution focused approach with a client you can help them become clear on what would be happening in their lives at the time they decide that their presenting issue has been resolved. Using careful questioning and listening you are taught to draw out what the client believes is their solution and can help them learn the skills to take themselves there.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions as it empowers clients to find their own solutions, including taking more time for themselves engaging in activities that they find enjoyable or relaxing. For more information about completing the LHA Practitioner Diploma why not join us for a FREE Discovery Day?

Want to know the secrets of effective weight control?

Jul 20, 2019

If you’ve looked at a magazine in recent years or listened to the radio you’ll know that the dieting business is very big indeed. We frequently hear about new celebrity diets and weight loss programmes that are dressed up as nutrition advice. The plethora of information on what helps us to lose weight healthily is often conflicting and the benefits of any particular approach are not always clear or fully explained.

Weight loss tips may include avoiding eating carbs after 6pm, not mixing carbs and protein or ‘fasting’ for certain days of the week in order to ‘detox’ our bodies. Advice from public health officials tends to be more ‘conventional’ - to always eat breakfast or to count calories and so on. In the UK waistlines are expanding every year even as hundreds of articles about the latest celebrity endorsed plan are published in tabloids, magazines and online.

There is clear evidence that diets don’t work long term.95% of people who lose weight by dieting will regain it within 1-5 years. This means that we need to approach weight loss from a different, more holistic perspective. What’s missing in both the commercially driven communications and the advice from the NHS is the idea of listening to our body’s own messages. Our bodies will usually try to signal that we’ve had enough for instance, or to crave fresh fruit or water, but these signals are all too often ignored by us or simply not recognised.

Therapists will see many clients who want help to lose weight with hypnotherapy and in our Solution Focused Hypnotherapy module we teach techniques for effective ‘no-diet’ weight loss strategies. You will be able to help your clients become more attuned to their bodies as well as any associated emotional matters relating to food and eating decisions. You’ll learn how to empower clients to make the changes that they want in their lives.

By working to increase their self-esteem you can enable clients to feel good about themselves and not see or judge themselves in terms of their size, shape or weight. When you help a client ditch the diet mind-set you can help them focus on making healthy changes to their diet and lifestyle that will remain for the rest of their life. Rather than just reducing calories and battling hunger pangs, hypnotherapy can help people to learn about how their body works.

It may be that part of your treatment will involve you teaching your client stress management techniques or emotional regulation. This will help them to deal with life events and challenges without reaching for sugary sweets or creamy cakes. This is because the stress hormones that put us into a fight or flight mode are reduced.

You can also use cognitive behavioural techniques taught in the Hypno-Psychotherapy module to help your client become aware of the reasons that they unconsciously eat. Perhaps they struggle to put the bag of sweets away before it’s empty or they eat to stuff down feelings. When they work with a hypnotherapist they can start to uncover the why’s of these behaviours and you can teach them new and healthier strategies for dealing with their feelings.

If you’d like to empower clients and help them change lifelong patterns of thinking and eating, request a prospectus here or book for our next Discovery Day here.

The next Solution Focused module starts on the 7th September in  West Yorkshire and 12th September as a weekday module in London.

Independence Day

Jun 29, 2019

Are you enjoying your life? For most of us this is a question that requires some thought. If I narrowed my question down, would you say that you are doing something you chose to do (and love) or just found yourself where you are? Do you wish your week away and live for the weekend? Maybe you are missing out on enjoying 'now', watching the clock at work or waiting for that weekend away or foreign holiday to bring you that spark of joy? As we head towards the USA’s Independence Day it might be natural for our thoughts to turn towards our own lives.
Perhaps the most important question is: Are you happy with where life is taking you? Do you feel as if you have independence? If the answer to this is 'No' then you certainly won't be alone, but are you waiting for something to change or are you planning to act? Are you allowing life to just 'happen to you' or is it time to put yourself in the driver’s seat. The reasons that we live our life the way that we do can be complex.
If you’re reading this article you’re likely to be interested in how the human mind works. Perhaps you’ve been considering taking the plunge and retraining for a new career, but uncertainty or fear of change has prevented you from following this through. Our life experiences shape the way we view things and therefore our decision-making strategies.
How you see your future is affected by your beliefs. Many of us carry around ‘baggage' and have unconsciously made limiting decisions about ourselves. It is these decisions that so often prevent us from creating the future that we want. It doesn't have to stay that way though. Once we become aware of our self-imposed 'blocks' and appreciate our role in their construction, we can set about changing or removing them or getting help to do so. Once we decide that our goals and dreams are attainable we can start taking effective action towards achieving them.
The great thing about working as a hypnotherapist is the change we help our clients to make. Witnessing our clients re-assess old perceptions and move towards the future they want is a very rewarding experience. If you’d like to help people to find their freedom from a life or career they haven’t chosen or no longer want. Independence Day is upon us and new opportunities await all of us who want to reshape our lives.

For more information about training as a clinical hypnotherapist at the London Hypnotherapy Academy request a prospectus here or book for our next Discovery Day here

Hypnotherapy hope for MND sufferers

May 30, 2019

June is Motor Neurone (MND) Awareness month. Each year, MND Associations’ across the globe mark 21 June as a special day of recognition, acknowledging the impact that MND has on people around the world. While conditions such as this might sound as though they are outside of scope of practice for a hypnotherapist there are actually many techniques that we can use to ease suffering and promote acceptance with clients who have these illnesses. In fact, the Motor Neurone Disease Association recommends hypnotherapy as an effective complementary therapy.

Motor Neurone Disease (also known in some parts of the world as ALS) is not one specific disease, but a group of them that affect the nerve cells. These nerve cells, or neurones, control muscles in our body and this group of diseases causes them to degenerate and die. Degeneration of the nerve cells can happen very rapidly. The muscles that allow us to move around, speak, swallow and breath simply stop working. There is no cure for MND and 50% of people will die within two years of diagnosis with a life expectancy of between 2 and 5 years. Naturally, a diagnosis of MND (and living with it) is extremely distressing for those with the disease and their friends and family.

When you study towards the diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy at the London Hypnotherapy Academy we have a medical hypnosis module where we look at the medical uses of hypnosis. In this module you will learn about the relationship between thoughts and physiological responses and psychogenic (psychosomatic) and neurological disorders. You'll learn how to assist clients in managing unwanted physical symptoms, reduce fears related to a diagnosis or condition and to help them to visualise the outcome that they want.

In addition to this in other modules you’ll learn powerful techniques that can help clients reframe and come to acceptance of chronic and life-limiting medical conditions. By working with a client to help them find peace with their diagnosis you are having a positive impact upon their quality of life.

If you’d like to find out more about training towards a rewarding career assisting people with chronic or life-limiting illnesses, attend one of our Discovery Days. They’re free and a great way to meet the tutor, find out about the course and have any questions you might have about your potential career path answered.

Are you sticking with something or someone that no longer works for you?

Apr 01, 2019

Are you in a job or relationship that stresses you, drains you or leaves you feeling flat? Maybe you work for a company whose values clash with your own or maybe there’s no passion (or love) left in your relationship. Maybe you’re sticking with or investing your energy in something else that’s past its sell-by date.

Do you keep thinking, hoping or dreaming that something will change? But what will need to happen for that to occur and how long are you prepared to put your life on hold? Maybe you’ve decided that the situation that you’re in isn’t that dreadful and others have it a lot worse, but is that a good enough reason to remain in limbo?

Moving on from a relationship or leaving a job where you might have some great mates can be difficult, but neither is impossible. Few things are, but it is common to delay taking a decision which will shake your world up a bit. After all, you don’t want to regret your choice or wish you’d stay put. But in truth, how likely is it that you’ll want to go back to this?

It’s easy to make lots of excuses for putting off the change until you are ready. “I can’t leave before Christmas/while they’re short of staff." “I don’t have time/can’t afford to look for a new place to live right now”, “My family will be so upset with me.” Need I go on or are you getting the idea?

Sometimes it takes something dreadful happening or a health scare to spur us on to take stock and take action and this is a real shame. So many people stay stuck and unhappy for years before they eventually do something to change something. Even more sad, is that some people never get the courage to take a leap of faith and go for it.

If you’re not satisfied with something in your life, you owe it to yourself to consider your options and take steps towards a more positive situation. There may be some things that you can’t change, but many more things that you can.

© Lorraine McReight 

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