Over the years I’ve worked with a large number of hypnotherapy clients who come into my clinic with all sorts of presenting problems. The majority bring in the usual issues such as anxiety, depression or allied symptoms such as insomnia, panic attacks or not being able to keep control of alcohol or food intake.
Sometimes there’s a case that’s unusual though.
A lovely lady came in with significant back pain. She’d tried all sorts of treatments including private consultations in Harley Street, MRI scans, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy etc etc. Then someone highlighted that it could be a psychological rather than a physical problem, and somehow she ended up in my client chair.
After six sessions of hypnotherapy she reported back that the pain had reduced by 75%. We hadn’t actually talked about the pain directly, we’d simply worked to offload what we call the ‘stress bucket’ of life. By reducing stress and teaching relaxation techniques we went on to almost completely rid the client of the pain. She now realises that the pain is simply an alarm bell the subconscious is ringing to say “I’m in trouble”.
Frequently a symptom can be ‘rung’ as an alarm bell by the subconscious, especially insomnia or an addiction. A client will often think of the symptom as being the actual problem, i.e. “I can’t sleep”, whereas Clinical Hypnotherapists know it can be down to something completely different – the stress bucket overflowing!
Rarely will a client understand this until it comes to the Initial Consultation. Not only do we explain how hypnosis works, but we also explain how the brain works in a way the client can understand. This explanation is based on the latest findings from the world of neuroscience. Once the client gains an understanding of how the brain works, they are then on the pathway to taking back control.
The range of issues we deal with as hypnotherapists is vast, yet the way we deal with those issues is reasonably straight forward. So if you want to make a difference to people’s lives in a very positive way, get in touch and have a chat about how you could change not only their lives but yours too.