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Archive for March 2011

There are many ways to assist your hypnotherapist that costs nothing but helps ensure the hypnotherapist/client relationship is significantly more productive and enjoyable for both parties.  Most are common sense, but others may require awareness.

Hypnotherapy is a self-healing modality.  This is often a strange concept for clients who are use to being told what is wrong with them and how the therapist or doctor will fix it.  And when the authority-figure’s ‘fix’ doesn’t work, they may be told they have a rare genetic disorder or told to ‘try’ yet another unproven treatment…all without much discussion about the true risks and the fact that ‘trying’ implies they are being used as a subject in an experiment.  For too many people conventional treatments seem to disempower and the seemingly unavoidable diagnoses cause panic.

You can help maximize your hypnotherapy experience by:

a.  choosing a hypnotherapist carefully on the basis of their verifiable credentials and track record…do your homework!  This way, you will be comfortable with knowing you are working with someone you are already familiar with, which allows you to trust your inner guide;

b.  being on time, every time, for your sessions and if progress reports are part of the healing program, be diligent with providing your progress reports;  understand that your therapist makes their living at helping others and therefore should be paid fairly for their time and energy on your behalf.  Be certain you have set aside the amount of distraction-free time you need to do the work required to heal yourself.

c.  being a solution-oriented client, not a problem-oriented client.  A solution-oriented client looks for the small positive changes and builds on those.  A problem-oriented client ignores the positive changes and spends their valuable energy and time looking for something in their lives that has not changed yet.  Instead of working to change what has not yet changed, they complain it hasn’t magically fixed itself without their necessary attention to it.

d.  realizing a hypnotherapist cannot ‘fix you’ and has no intention of trying.  A hypnotherapist will help you understand the process and will guide you to self-heal.  A hypnotherapist cannot force you to do anything; they cannot force you to relax, to be mindful of your thinking or to utilize the tools you’ll be provided to help you maximize the benefits of the therapy.  Thus you need to come to your sessions fully committed to healing yourself.

e.  understanding that a hypnotherapist is interested in how you feel about yourself and life and from there can help you bridge your  unproductive and unwanted feelings back to the subconscious reason for those feelings being so persistent in your life.  The best way to help the process is to be as honest as possible about how you feel and what you truly dislike about your feelings and behavior.

In summary, treat your hypnotherapist as you would any other health care professional…with respect, committment to the process and understanding that you need to do your 100% of the work to self-heal.  Full committment to healing oneself is everything…without it, everything is just ‘trying’ and ‘hoping’.

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No doubt the millions of people who have experienced the life-changing benefits of hypnotherapy over the decades would shout a resounding yes, hypnotherapy does indeed work. And what’s more, it works without drugs, surgery or long talk therapy. Even such esteemed research hospitals as the Mayo Clinic have enthusiastically touted the benefits of hypnotherapy for many issues, including pain management and relief. It is equally beneficial for children and adults.

Hypnotherapy is a self-healing modality and anyone who is ready and willing to simply follow a hypnotherapist’s basic instructions will find themselves able to get in touch with the underlying causes of their unhappiness and suffering in life in a dignified, empowering way. In my practice at GracePlace Wellness, approximately 98% of my clients do indeed dissolve the underlying emotional root causes of their present life issues. The other 2% seem to be people who are simply not ready, for a variety of reasons to help themselves. Often this 2% have a ‘secondary gain’ reason for not wanting to heal, are in therapy to satisfy others or are the type who simply have an unproductive agenda, such as wanting to prove that hypnosis doesn’t work, or that they can’t be hypnotized. (more…)

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What happens after hypnotherapy sets the stage for the new relationship a client develops with themselves over the rest of their lifetimes. At GracePlace Wellness, in the 30 days after the first two therapeutic sessions, clients provide weekly progress reports. The goal of the therapy is essentially to help a client recover control over all aspects of their lives they need in order to feel safe and secure in their world.

Progress Reports provide vitally important information to help the hypnotherapist guide the client to achieving 100% benefit from the process of releasing all underlying negative emotional roots. Once the therapeutic sessions (usually only 2 are required at GracePlace Wellness) a client typically feels a significant shift to calmness and feelings of well being and safety.

Although a client may feel calm and non-reactionary to most past stressors after hypnotherapy, they may still be engaged in old negative thinking habits. To this end, the hypnotherapist will help a client change their negative thinking behavior – which always leads to stress reactions and the release of unhealthy stress hormones – by directing attention to dissolving old neural pathways in favor of establishing new neural pathways that provide a calm, controlled reaction. This change is facilitated by the embedding in session of a powerful subconscious anchor for calmness.

Calmness is extremely important in that it provides the client with a delayed reaction between the trigger (stressor) and the subsequent action during which a person can make an objective assessment of the situation. From a place of calmness one can make decisions in their highest good because they have the opportunity to remain objective and because they recognize the situational character of the stressor event. When one automatically reacts to a trigger/stressor from a place of chronic anxiety and stress, one quickly starts engaging in distorted thinking and this thinking creates further negative reaction, all causing a constant looping of unproductive thinking and behavior.

At GracePlace Wellness we have recognized that it is not enough to assist the client to permanently dissolve the long-standing reason for their chronic anxiety and sadness, but to help them take that new found feeling of calmness and wellness to levels of complete control in all areas of their lives. The ability to remain calm without struggle gives all persons the launching pad to health, wellness and happiness we all strive for.

I would like to mention that a client’s success with hypnotherapy is as much a factor of the client’s readiness and willingness to heal themselves as it is the competency of the hypnotherapist. A hypnotist is rarely trained in hypnotherapy and it especially important that you check carefully the credentials of the hypnotherapist you are considering to help you with your journey to wellness. Please do take the time to review Choosing Your Hypnotherapist at my website to avail yourself of many excellent tips on how to find a great hypnotherapist.

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According to WDDTY (What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You) in May 2011, UK and citizens right across Europe will find that all but 79 herbal supplements will disappear from store shelves and this includes traditional remedies and therapies such as Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

The Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH), which is legally challenging this EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directiive says that valerian and Echinacea will still be available but because of the demand by the EU that all manufacturers have a license for their products, the less common but important herbal products will disappear for lack of license. The licensing of products costs up to £150,000, which is clearly a prohibitive cost for most small manufacturers.

Interestingly, only 26 companies have the required license for the 79 ‘approved’ herbal products, and pharmaceutical companies own one third of these 79 licenses. It would not be surprising that third of products licensed by pharmaceuticals will also be pulled or the costs become so prohibitive the average citizen will not be able to afford it.

WDDTY reports that not one herb from the traditional Chinese, Amazonian or Ayurvedic medicines, including arjuna, bibitaki, goldthread, foxglove, cat’s claw, Pau d’Arco and graviola has been licensed, so as of May 1st, citizens wil be unable to purchase them anywhere in Europe or the UK.

If you too feel this directive is disproportionate, non-transparent, discriminatory and violates basic democratic rights of all citizens, you can support the efforts of ANH’s executive Robert Verkerk who is mounting the legal challenge in the High Court. Verkerk advises that it costs £100,000 to mount the challenge, and so far they have raised £60,000. The ANH number is 01306 646600.

If it smells like a pharmaceutical tactic, walks like one, it probably is and that by any standard is non-democratic in my humble opinion. Forcing people to drug-therapies that have at best questionable track records and and worst caused death and untold health damage by imposing costly licensing that only pharmaceuticals can afford is certainly not democratic in my view and we need to get behind all efforts to stop these tactics.

In Canada and the USA citizens who prefer herbal, homeopathic remedies and natural treatments such as hypnotherapy are constantly under threat and assault. One only needs to research the movement of Codex into North America to see the silent, but highly, in my honest opinion, anti-democratic behaviors.

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