In the hypnotherapy world, there are all sorts of debates about methods of working. Slow induction, quick induction. Regression, no regression. You shouldn’t work with… yes you can work with… Mostly, these debates are intelligent, informative, good humoured and respectful of others points of view. Some get serious with heated arguments leading to outrage at the idea of etc. But then I guess you will find this in any professional discussion group, where people are passionate about what they do. And we are all individuals with our various belief systems just like anybody else.
The fact is, our brain is an amazing bit of kit. It runs all the electrochemical actions we call thoughts and feelings, as well as the physical actions both conscious and automatic. It is the physical part of the mind. The mind is our individuality and so our mind will respond differently to various approaches or methods. From talking to a friend through to having counselling and Hypnotherapy. Our mind will even respond differently to some people better than others. So to have a variety of therapists, and tools to work with the mind, is important. Most clients I have worked with have involved verbal interaction, some not knowing we had talked. And a few clients, the only response has only been through IMR (Ideo Motor Response) such as a finger twitch using yes and no questions without a single word from my client. And there are clients who will make changes via direct or indirect suggestions.
After I qualified in Hypnotherapy, I was fascinated about the way it could help people to make positive changes. I joined various forums I would look stuff up on Youtube, where I would watch and listen to the various methods used and add some of those approaches into my work. Here are a couple of my favourites.
Igor Ledochowski. Uses Conversational Hypnosis based on Erickson’s style of working with people. This method is closer to the more conventional ones used, which would normally involve an induction into hypnosis, which most people would have experienced. That said there are many ways to induce hypnosis with client’s form the most used progressive relaxation to dropping a hand suddenly. Which one is used will depend on the client and the situation.
Barry Thain. As well as watching a technique, listening to other ways of working is also informative. And with a little imagination can be varied based on the same principal. The client came with Fibromyalgia and chronic Myofascial pain. Playing on what the client wants, “an injection to take the pain away”, so Barry went with that, kind of literally, instead of perhaps using a more conventional method.
Bob Burns The SWAN. I have used this with clients and love watching client’s faces as they look and giggle or avoid looking at their hand as it turns to face the client. Though I will always get my clients comfortable with going into hypnosis when they come to see me, it is another useful tool for people who are afraid of going into hypnosis as there is no trance as such. I have also helped clients with changes using this. www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c21Lk5iH7M
And that’s just three of the many various styles of working, all get good results for our clients. So as mad as some of these may seem, these are methods that work.