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Hypnosis – the fast way to retrain your brain

Hypnosis is known as the fast track therapy because it works within 3-6 sessions rather than over many months or years with other types of therapy.

How does it work?

The brain operates on different levels of consciousness, ranging from fully alert through asleep, with variations in between. Hypnotic states occur naturally and spontaneously such as when we are day dreaming, reading a book or absorbed in a movie. Dr. Mark Jensen, a psychologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, found that hypnosis and meditation have similar neurophysiological profiles. These brain states can be measured by EEG tracking brainwaves from high frequency to low frequency:

Beta: (14-30Hz) Normal awake state the more stressed you are the faster the brainwaves.

Alpha: (9-11 Hz) Associated with calm relaxed but alert states occurring naturally in everyday life.

Theta: (4-8Hz) Associated with deep relaxation, creativity, deep meditation and hypnosis.

Delta: (1-3 Hz) Sleep, deep physical relaxation and rejuvenation.

Re-educate the subconscious, to alter perceptions and change behaviour

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Hypnosis works, by the therapist deliberately inducing a relaxed state spanning from alpha through to theta states, and then offering therapeutic suggestions which are absorbed into the mind to reeducate the subconscious, alter perceptions and change behaviours.

The Hypnotherapist will carefully craft an individualised script focusing on the desired agreed goal which is tailored to each client.  Hypnosis works by updating the subconscious mind with new and more helpful information, like updating the software in a computer.

Since the subconscious mind controls our emotions, behaviour and autonomic bodily processes, hypnosis can releive anxiety, depression, distress, and pain. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t be hypnotized into doing things against your will; neither can you be forced into a hypnotic state. Instead, you allow yourself to be hypnotised. Want to know if you can be hypnotised? FREE demo and workshop.

 

How is Hypnosis different?

Hypnosis is different because it taps into the power of the subconscious mind. Hypnosis is a solution focused experiential therapeutic intervention. As you relax your mind is being re-shaped to reflect the solution you want.

Rather than just talking about the problem we use the power of the mind to intervene and change the outcome

If you examine your daily routine you’ll find that most of what you do say and think is habitual, and all habits arise from the subconscious. From waking up in the morning we faithfully follow a usual routine as if you’re on auto pilot. Habits are often useful, but sometimes we realize they hold us back, get in the way of success or are not in line with how we want our life to be NOW. Once we have a different experience we have started the change process- no-one can take that away from you. Keep going and repeat often enough to change the subconscious habit or pattern permanantly.

What is a habit?

Habits are subconscious behaviour repeated regularly. Our habits are often physical emotional and behavioural, i.e. thoughts, feelings or behaviours that seem to be almost involuntary.

Habits are often learned responses to triggers or events that when repeated often over time becomes automatic unless questioned. Habits can also become obsessive, compulsive or addictive in nature.

possible-rf953169_640Habits are usually formed as an attempt to find relief or a solution from a ‘problem’, and they become firmly embedded in the subconscious mind over time. Sometimes the automatic habit ends up being more of a problem than original issue for example smoking to fit in or ‘be cool’ or drinking to help you sleep only to find drinking in excess causes sleep issues. Hypnosis communicates directly with the subconscious mind, to directly reverse or re-train the mind into something healthier. Hypnosis is known as the fast track therapy, and is often described as the most pleasant and relaxing way to make a change.

We can be unknowingly run by old beliefs, feelings and behaviour

The adult brain remains open to change throughout its lifespan. Most people pay little attention to the flow of thoughts, yet what flows through our mind literally sculpts our brain. Our unconscious mental programs (or thought, feelings and core beleifs) influence the way we think, feel and behave. These mental programs are usually formed in childhood, and if we are unaware or haven’t updated them we may not realize that these beliefs no longer serve us.

We can be unknowingly run by old beliefs, worn out faulty thinking and repetitive habits that are long overdue for a renovation. By focusing our attention and becoming more conscious of our inner experiences we can use the mind to change or re-wiring the brain. One of the best ways to practice this is through mindfulness practices such as meditation and psychotherapy.

According to better health, Hypnosis can help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Changing habits
  • Compulsions & Addictions
  • Moderate drinking
  • Chronic pain
  • Fears and phobias
  • Quit Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • White Coat Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Panic attacks
  • Public Speaking
  • Studying /Exam taking
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Managing anger
  • Migraine
  • Nail biting
  • Skin Picking /Hair pulling
  • Thumb sucking
  • Sleep problems
  • Stuttering
  • Weight management

Want to try it for yourself?

Heather Cavill Greer is a Clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist with many years’ experience. Heather uses Clinical Hypnosis, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) most people feel better within the first session and have resolved their issues within 3-6 sessions. For a free 20 minute consultation either call or book with Heather on 0405821880

Is Fear holding you back?

What is fear?
A collection of physical sensations experienced from an emotional response to a perceived threat. The collection of physical sensations we label as fear or anxiety are often labelled as unpleasant signalling an immediate threat of harm, pain or danger. Fear tells us to pay attention, and prepares us for or induces the fight flight freeze response in the body.

Common fears of modern life
Fear doesn’t discriminate, we are all familiar with it. It can be crippling or empowering. As a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and business coach I see many clients and practitioners with fear based thinking and behaviour holding them back. I have learned to face many fears in my life because I don’t want to restrict myself my life or feel dis-empowered by fear. Here are some of the common themes I’ve encountered as a therapist that you may relate to:

  • Fear of not being good enough
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of rejection
  • Fear of judgement
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of losing something

 

5 Telltale signs that fear is holding you back

So how do you know if you are being restricted by fear?

  1. Are you focused on the negative? Fear selectively draws our attention to what could go wrong, what we could lose or the potential downside of any situation. The mind can get stuck in distorted thinking patterns of what if’s, disqualifying the positive, and imagining the worst.
  2. Do you feel stuck? Fear tells us to avoid the new or and be scared of the unknown, even if we are not entirely happy with our present circumstances.
  3. Are you avoiding discomfort? Fear constricts rather than expands us, and it feels uncomfortable. Emotional reasoning is when we treat our fears as if they were facts.  If you have a low tolerance to this feeling it will continue to have power over you. If we let fear guide our version of reality we remain stuck.
  4. Do you feel lost or not aligned with self? When fear is present we often can’t hear our intuitive voice. Intuition is only available to us when we are relaxed and in flow with ourselves and the world around us.
  5. Do you feel unable to make a decision? Fear freezes us and stops us making decisions or taking action. Often there is fear of making a mistake, doing it wrong, or failing leading to self doubt ruminating thoughts and anxiety. Are you experiencing analysis paralysis where over thinking leads to doing nothing?

How to successfully engage with fear

Antidote to fear of the unknown: be aware that we cannot know all the answers or predict the future. Stay in the present moment and be mindful of automatic fear based thinking patterns. Trust you’ll be OK – you don’t need absolute certainty to know that you’ll manage, because no-one knows all the details of the future.

Antidote to fear of change: understand that change is inevitable, it is the only constant. Relax and accept what is, practice going outside your comfort zone. A wise person once said, “Choose a path or a path will be chosen for you.”

Antidote to low self esteem: Ask yourself how you would view this situation if you were feeling more centred, or more confident? How would the situation be different if I truly believed in myself, or knew i couldn’t fail?

Antidote to feeling stuck: Decisions can be made both rationally and intuitively. The conscious mind informs the reasoning brain of the rational choice and the subconscious mind informs the body about the intuitive one. Decisions can be made using both strategies.

 

 

How to shift from fear to excitement?

Consider that fear and excitement are essentially the same – it just depends on how the mind labels it.

Adrenalin and cortisol are chemicals released during moments of arousal to prepare the body for action. The chemical response to fear and excitement are the same in the body, it only changes when we label or give meaning to the sensations we feel based on how we interpret whats happening. So how do you decide?

We all have the power to change our responses to our present moment experience. We can decide to label it excitement, or anticipation instead of anxiety and fear. What we focus on is what we get, or what we become. Every thought, feeling and experience alters our brain wiring in some way.

Acknowledge, accept and respond to the feelings of fear

Be aware of your response, accept it and embrace the present moment with compassion. Use tried and tested methods to calm the nervous system.

Feel the fear and take fearless action

Fear is part of life. However you don’t need to allow fear to stop you moving forward. Remind yourself you don’t need to have it all figured out in detail. Know that whatever happens you will handle it.

Take charge of your story

Change the context. Take charge of your thinking and focus on the positive. If you tell yourself you’re exited and chances are you’ll feel more confident and empowered.

Do you want to release your fear? See our practitioner list for hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counselling services.

They say life can be like a roller coaster, you can scream in fear or throw your hands in the air and enjoy it. First you have buy the ticket and get on it to experience the adventure.