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 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
The countdown to 29th March is on and the country is on the brink of big change. Things will be different but how they will change no-one can truly be certain at this stage. For many who reside in this country and Europe, the prospect of the UK leaving Europe is scary. Whether we leave with a deal, without a deal, whether leaving is delayed or we have another vote, Brexit uncertainty is leading people to delay making important decisions.
The New Year is fast approaching and this is often the time we sit down and think about our goals for the future. Perhaps for the last couple of years, you’ve had a vague plan that next year is the year that you change your career, retrain and start your own therapy business but you haven’t made any progress towards achieving it. If that’s you, you’re not alone; only 1/3 of people actually realise their resolutions. So how do you make resolutions that will actually stick and make 2019 the year that you do it and train as a hypnotherapist?
Firstly, get really clear on exactly what achieving your goal will do for your life. Perhaps it will give you the flexibility to spend more time with your family, maybe you’ve got a real drive to help people or you could be really keen to be your own boss. Having a clear picture of what you’re working towards will help you to achieve it. On those days when you feel yourself wavering or wondering if you could fit the study around your work, knowing exactly what it is that you’re working towards will help you to keep focused on the outcome.
Find a school that suits you and your life. If the classes are held at inconvenient times it will be easy to get discouraged and give up. Likewise, if the classes are held somewhere that is very difficult to get to, you might want to consider if the journey is manageable. If it’s a long journey where you’re likely to get a seat, it could be a good opportunity to get your class reading done, but if it involves many changes, or the school isn’t close to a station, that could be a different story. At LHA we provide flexibility when choosing your training modules so that you can attend classes during the week, at weekends or take a mixture of modules so you can decide what suits you best.
Make the time to have a chat with the tutors or support staff at the training school that you’re thinking of enrolling with. Maybe attend an introductory day to see if you feel as though they’re a good fit for you and explore what kind of support they offer outside of the classroom. Choosing a school that provides a way for you to connect with other students and encourages you to attend peer-based activities will help to keep you focused and will provide encouragement for you during your studies.
Get excited and tell everyone what you’re working towards. Not only will this ensure that you have plenty of support, but will keep your goal and in clear sight. In our experience people are very interested in hypnotherapy and will volunteer to work with you, helping you to cement your skills. This is also an excellent way to gain clients when you’re qualified as well.
Finally, make sure that the school you choose will support you in gaining business skills as well as therapy skills. Starting your own business, while extremely rewarding, does pose a series of challenges and requires learning new skills. Here at LHA our strapline is ‘practice-ready therapy training’, and to demonstrate that we are offering a FREE Therapy Business Success module to all students who start their training in 2019 (valued at £495) which is packed with the things you need to know to have a successful therapy business.
If training as a hypnotherapist is your goal for 2019, why not start working towards your resolutions today. Maybe enrolling could be the Christmas gift you give yourself.