The therapies I can use to help bring about the changes you want to make are
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT),
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP),
- Time Line Therapy,
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Hypnotherapy (CBT) and
- Life Coaching or Mentoring.
Each of these may be used effectively on their own or used together in certain combinations to enhance their benefits*. I will usually discuss the options with you and why so that you understand how the therapy session(s) will progress. I provide a brief description of each below.
Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
In a typical hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the intended alterations or therapeutic goals desired. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for the individual.
Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal. It is often used to help relieve anxiety, aid sleeping, help to address bed wetting, address attitudes to weight, and help clients achieve behavioural change to stop smoking. It may also help with minor skin conditions that are exacerbated by stress and confidence issues, and may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking. Hypnotherapy may help people to cope with and manage the relief of perceived pain.
Hypnotherapy has also been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel. There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine.
Choosing a practitioner.
It is important to choose a qualified hypnotherapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of hypnotherapy.
You can check whether a hypnotherapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing hypnotherapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as EFT and sometimes more commonly known as ‘Tapping’, utilises the principles practised in acupuncture and acupressure, which are also well known and respected forms of treatment originating in China.
The belief is that when we suffer a traumatic or deeply disturbing emotional experience that we are not able to process to a rational outcome or understanding at that time, it gets trapped in the body’s energy system and remains in an unresolved state. Any subsequent experience that ‘matches’ in some way the memory of that experience triggers the same emotional response, even though the memory is held subconsciously.
An example would be where a child was abused physically by a parent and locked in a cupboard as a punishment. The child would be unable to respond as an adult would be able to respond, and would feel powerless and fearful.
Any subsequent threatening behaviour, e.g. as in bullying, would elicit the same fearful, powerless response. The person would as likely as not have a fear of being trapped in a confined space or claustrophobia.
‘Tapping’ on the body’s energy meridians while recalling the experience or even the strong emotions that go with it releases these emotions so that the client can process them in their current resourceful state to bring about a resolution.
What Does EFT Involve?
I will as usual, take a detailed examination of the history, symptoms and effects to identify the triggers. There may be more than one event as these often ‘layer’ one upon another as experiences occur.
You are then asked to think about the experience or feeling and asked to score the strength of that feeling on a scale 0 – 10.
We then then select an appropriate set-up phrase and you are guided to tap in a certain sequence on the major meridian points while repeating the set-up phrase and concentrating on the event and/or emotion.
At the end of one or more rounds of tapping you give a score. Rounds continue until the score reaches a 0 or 1, when further rounds may be used to install a more resourceful belief.
EFT can resolve many issues, including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in a relatively few sessions, or even a single session.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a powerful set of techniques that work on the way that we code memories and experiences. The way we code these creates a mental map that dictates how we interpret events now and in the future, i.e., how we react to external or internal stimuli. By changing the way we coded these memories, we can alter the effect they have on us.
NLP can be a remarkably cost effective way to resolve these types of issue, sometimes in a single session lasting no more than 45 minutes.
NLP can also be a powerful communication tool, helping people build rapport with each other in personal relationships, both socially and at work with colleagues, and in customer facing and sales functions.
Time Line Therapy (TLT).
This therapy works on the principle that:
- We all have a timeline stretching from our past to our future.
- We may be in our timeline in that it passes through us, or we may be outside our timeline.
- It may be a straight line or curved, or in a ‘U’ shape.
- Our timeline may run back to front (past behind us, future to front), left to right or right to left
Frequently, troubling emotions such as fear, anger, guilt, jealousy or perceived failure arise because of some disturbing experience, event or series of events in our past and which have created ‘emotional blocks’ that hinder our progress.
Whereas EFT would normally be the therapy of choice for emotional blocks, TLT may be more appropriate for some people. This is especially so where you have your timeline in a ‘U’ or ‘V’ shape in front of you so that your past and future are perceived as so close as to be one line. In your future you see your past and in your past you see your future.
By ‘changing your timeline, Time Line Therapy becomes a particularly effective technique for resolving these issues, which affect how we perceive the present and our future, and often manifest themselves as anxiety, low self-esteem and self confidence.
Because our time lines include past, present and future, this therapy can also be applied to harnessing your resources to achieve future goals.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Also called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT as it is more commonly known is an increasingly popular treatment for maladaptive thinking, i.e. the mistaken beliefs and understandings we create and reinforce through our lives.
These beliefs (cognitions) give meaning to events in our lives that are inaccurate, or to put it another way, it is not the events that give rise to bad feelings or reactions, but the meanings we attach to those events. As negative thoughts or anxiety build up and consolidate over time, they become beliefs.
In using CBT, I will identify and evaluate the negative thoughts and perceptions impacting on you and help you change the way you are thinking. This then changes the way you feel. Through this, you learn to become more flexible in your thinking and able to accept and adapt more, so developing better coping skills and strategies.
A significant benefit of using CBT lies in its high success rate as recognised by health professionals, clinicians and the Government and that it shows a significantly reduced relapse rate.
What Does CBT Involve?
A CBT programme will have a plan of action and you will be given self-help assignments at each session to be completed during the following week. This latter is particularly important as you must participate in your own therapy regime. CBT is not a ‘silver bullet’. Negative thoughts and actions may have built up and habituated 24 by 7 over many years. Collaboration and participation by you the client with me the therapist to explore and experiment with different ways for you to resolve your difficulties is an essential part of the therapy.
Mentoring or Life Coaching.
There may be situations where Hypnotherapy, EFT, NLP and CBT solve the past issue, but something more is needed to help you the client move forward and take full advantage of your new found freedom and confidence.
Mentoring is about taking a structured approach, working with you to set or clarify your goals, plan how to achieve them and set you on the road to success.
I then work with you to support you through what may be an emotional journey and one which is often of self discovery. Importantly, I do this in a purely objective and non-judgemental way, but I do tend to celebrate your successes with you.
Whether your goals are to:
- Improve work life balance
- Develop your career
- Make more of retirement.
- Move on from redundancy.
- Or simply to do something you’ve always wanted to:.
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.”
Johann von Goethe
* It is important to note however, that with these therapies, results may vary from person to person.