The Interpretation we make informs the emotional impact of the experience and gets added to the ‘blue-print’ for future experiences. The problem is that the interpretation is not always accurate, and the inaccuracy explains why one person may find the experience traumatic and another does not.
So what is the cause? With most people is it bottled up emotion. Emotion that has been packed away inside the person for years. Some of it they don't even remember. If you spoke to someone for long enough about when you were a child, it wouldn't take too long before they were describing an event when you got upset; and you have no recollection of it at all.
Hypnoanalysis works under the doctrine of cause and effect. For every effect (symptom) their has to be a cause. It doesn't make sense that one person should have panic attacks or depressed mood and the next person doesn't. What makes them different? Where did it all begin? The analytical process exposes and extinguishes the cause and as a result the symptom is removed.
More often than not when a client come to see me with phobias, stutters, nervous twitches, depressive mood, anxiety, panic attacks, shyness, sexual problems and the like, I think it is a fair assumption that they think that somehow I am going to put them into hypnosis and tell them that they no longer stutter, or whatever. They assume that suggesting away the symptom is all it takes. However we should be asking the question: Why? Why has that person developed that problem in the first place?
"Whenever people come to see me, with nervous twitches, stutters, depressions, anxieties, inferiority complexes, sexual problems, phobias and the like, I am never quite sure what treatment they expect - but I do know that the treatment they get is not what they expected. I think many people have a vague idea that the Hypnosis part of the therapy will be all important and that they will somehow be induced into a trance like state where it will be put into their mind that they will…talking without stutter…no longer be depressed…no longer afraid of enclosed spaces…or whatever. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Far from putting something in your mind, in fact something is released from you mind, the subconscious something which had been at the root cause of the problem.
Now, I know you have probably seen stage shows, or heard of people who have had something put into their mind - if only you wanted to stop smoking I’d do that myself right now, I’d simply induce you into Hypnosis, which is a very pleasant relaxed feeling, and plant post hypnotic suggestions in your mind that you were going to stop smoking easily - and it would most likely happen for you just as simple as that.
Suppose, however, that you had consulted me with Agoraphobia, that’s the fear of going out, and just suppose I applied a similar technique. Say, I planted hypnotic suggestions that instead of being afraid of the big open spaces, it all looked welcoming and reassuring. Rather like that smoker who was surprised to find he had stopped smoking, so too, the Agoraphobic would be surprised to find he was no longer afraid of going out - that those open spaces did look welcoming and reassuring.
Cross question that ex-Agoraphobic a bit more and you may discover something rather alarming. For instance, he may no longer go in motor cars, on buses or to the cinema…he has become afraid of going into enclosed spaces, or alternatively he was covered from head to toes in a nerve rash the Doctor has been unable to treat successfully. I’m sure you can see that because the subconscious cause of the problem remained - it had simply found it’s way out in another direction. I’m sure you can see now, why I do not plant suggestions in people’s minds to remove what are clearly ‘symptoms’ instead I find the cause and remove the subconscious cause, or rather, they find and remove the subconscious cause themselves, I just simply show them how.
The process we use to uncover the subconscious problem is called Analysis, and we carry it out with you in the Hypnotic state. That, however, is the first of our difficulties - because the Hypnotic state is rather ordinary and certainly non-magical. Most people would say, during and after the Hypnotic experience, that it hadn’t worked for them, that they hadn't ‘gone under’. It is unlikely that you will feel differently. It would be a good start to accept that the whole process will feel rather ordinary.
I expect us to take between six and eight sessions, each session approximately an hour in duration and at approximately weekly intervals."
The interpretation made will be influenced by past experiences too. We make positive and negative interpretations of events based on what has gone before. We learn to interpret events through not only what we have experienced directly, but by those that we have witnessed.
The chances of making a faulty interpretation of events as a child is much higher; we do not have the wealth of life experience to help us. However, the faulty interpretation is carried forward into adulthood; influencing how we behave now. The result is that we can interpret experiences as an adult through the faulty ones we established as a child.
Far from using post hypnotic suggestions to control the symptoms, Hypnoanalysis removes the cause of the anxiety and as a result the symptoms are relived for good. The therapy gently works through the bottled up emotions causing the anxiety and clears them away.
Come along for an initial consultation (no charge) to discuss further how Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis can help you.
Hypnoanalysis is an analytical form of Hypnotherapy, which rather than treating and controlling the symptoms, it aims to resolve the unconscious cause of the problem. By working through the faulty interpretations made as a child, they are able to make sense of where it came from and as a result free themselves from the effects they have as a child.
Problems which are 'inside yourself, but outside your own control."
The trouble with suffering with anxiety is often it is difficult to put your finger on what it is that causes the unwanted feelings.
Clients with anxiety will be able to describe what situations make them feel anxious but no amount of thinking positively about it or ‘battling on’ seems to have any long lasting effect. For a few months it is manageable and with the support of friends and family the suffer is able to get through the trigger situations; they may not like it, but they can do it.
Imagine…two people experience the same event. They witnessed the same things. They heard the same things. We could say they had an identical experience; but of course that would be wrong. Our interpretation of the experience is much more important. How we understood the experience at the time will influence the effect it has on us. Both people may have the same experience, but one will be effected by it much more because of how they interpreted it.
Most people have heard about someone who has stopped smoking or lost weight using Hypnotherapy or perhaps overcome a phobia which they have battled with for as long as they can remember. It is true that Hypnotherapy can be very effective in treating these problems, but sometimes many of us are unaware that these are just some of the many symptoms that can be successfully treated.
Testimonial - Client treated with Hypnoanalysis
I just wanted to send you a message to let you know how fantastically well all has been going since I had my sessions with you.
Firstly I have had a real shift in my thinking and am finding that I no longer have anxious thoughts and find myself naturally being positive about things. I seem to now be able to have a calmer less reactive approach towards life. I am so much better at communicating with others, less worried about what they think and am more aware of how others may struggle too with communication.
Secondly I went on holiday to Florida and had no anxiety about flying, it was amazing!
So thank you so much!
AS - Stamford
While we cannot change what happened in the past,
it is possible to change the negative effects it has on current behaviour.
Anxiety is the most common issue that people consult me with. Fear and anxiety is something that creeps up on people over time. Most of us can identify with feeling anxious or struggling with panic at sometime in our lives, but for some it is a daily occurrence. The feelings of dread and panic can start to take over a persons life, so they find themselves not doing the things they once did, or enjoying the activities that perviously wouldn’t have been a problem.
(£110 payable on the first session - no charge on the final session of treatment)