Through scientifically proven motivational intervention that teaches self-motivating skills I use guided mental imagery in conjunction with CBT, hypnotherapy and talking therapy, to rewire neural pathways and help individuals overcome obstacles and reach their goals.
The images we create and hold in our mind about our bodies, our physical senses, our potential, or our challenges shape our life. We know from a large body of research that our brains respond to engaging vivid imagery almost as if we are having the “real” experience. In fact our mind 90% of the time doesn't know the difference between imagination and reality, hence why we are frightened and react with an increase heart rate while watching a horror movie or when we imagine that we are biting in to a lemon we start to salivate.
Guided mental imagery or guided visualisation helps with choosing new outcomes for oneself and cope better with stressful or challenging situations. Guided imagery (sometimes called guided visualisation mental rehearsal and guided self-hypnosis) is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses the imagination in proactive, positive ways. Hypnotherapy is used to complement and reinforce the new behaviour, feeling or thought patterns by engaging the subconscious.
It is important to note that although it is called mental imagery, mental rehearsal and visualisation, these terms are limited. Guided imagery involves all the senses, not just the visual sense and it is experienced throughout the body, not just mentally.
The power of imagery can be either helpful or a hindrance with regard to motivation, self-esteem, or when it comes to reaching our goals, just like hypnosis.
We can be negatively hypnotised with our negative thoughts, resulting in negative feelings, behaviour and believes.
For example, an individual who is anxious about an upcoming talk can inadvertently reinforce fears of stumbling or losing their thoughts during their performance, just as someone who has a weight loss goal can have a difficult time releasing the idea of themselves as overweight, and someone with low self esteem doesn't know how it feels and / or looks to have a healthy self esteem.
Often, our emotions and behaviours follow our beliefs, so it’s vital to be aware of the images we hold of ourselves and with guided mental imagery and hypnotherapy we can shift these when necessary.
What is Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is one of the most validated therapies available today. Recognised by the British Medical Association hypnotherapy has proven to be a safe, effective alternative that can treat a wide range of problems in just a few hours of treatment.
Hypnosis is a natural state where the critical (chattering and evaluating) mind is calm and the imagination is absorbed in the focus of the hypnosis. In this state the conscious mind and subconscious mind are aligned and focused and we are open to suggestions - responding directly and positively to suggestions given. Modern psychology defines hypnosis as a state of increased suggestability.
It is a simple but extraordinarily powerful state - and when directed thought is used in this state one can change behaviour, bodily functions, beliefs and emotional responses. Some people compare it to opening up a "control panel" to the mind and body. The hypnotherapist works with the client to achieve this state and then suggests powerfully crafted thoughts, ideas and visualisations that introduce change at the very deepest levels. Changing the way we think - not so easy!
Fundamentally thought (conscious and less conscious) directs our lives, providing the framework for emotional responses, initiating our actions and conversations.
Most of us know that if we could change the way we think we could change our lives. However most of us can't hold a single thought in our minds for longer than a few seconds!
Hypnotherapy works by allowing us to be absorbed and focused for periods of time on the thoughts we would like to have running through our minds. In the state of hypnosis we can change the way we think - and so change our lives.
The subconscious mind is where the majority of your behaviour is controlled. Once a new behaviour has been consciously learned it is delegated to subconscious control (e.g. riding a bicycle, driving a car). The same is true of the way we "process" information about the world around us - having acquired a set of beliefs and concepts we delegate them to subconscious control and - we automatically engage in thoughts, feelings and behaviours subconsciously - i.e. not under our conscious control. In a way we are controlled by these unconscious habits of thinking, feeling and behaving.
To change we have to change our automatic thoughts and responses.
Ever wondered why when you change a habit or behaviour it only lasts for a short while?
This is because there is a lack of alignment between the conscious mind, will power, and the subconscious mind, our emotional brain. Most times the subconscious, emotional brain, will "win" because the vast majority of our behaviours, thoughts, beliefs and concepts have been delegated to automatic subconscious control.
(Which is why it gets harder to change the older you are. You've delegated more and more to subconscious control as you've learned more and more).
Hypnosis is the best way available to bring into alignment the conscious mind, our will power and the subconscious mind - allowing us to make the powerful, deep changes to improve the quality of your life.
What MIT and Hypnosis can help with:
Managing stresfull situations
Finding authentic self
Public speaking anxiety
Stop bad habits ( e.g. phone addiction, social media addiction ...)
Set and reach goals
Make tough and difficult decisions
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