"Mark has been called one of the top clinical hypnotherapists in the world"
Because there are only 3 things you actually need to know to be able to successfully use hypnosis...
And I (Mark) can normally teach these to you within 1 or 2 sessions - so you can spend the rest of your life "getting better"...
1. We need some psychology - you need to agree to contract with me to become aware of your current relationship with yourself, the world and others. We need to uncover and externalise the "Inner Critic" - the unhelpful voice we all have that seems to take pleasure in sabotaging our efforts...
2. We need to communicate - you really need to learn to listen to what I have to say and talk about what you would like to happen and how we are going to choose to make it happen.
3. We need to practice more helpful thoughts, feelings, actions and inactions...
And that's where the expertise lies - knowing what to practice, how to measure it - to make the most difference - as quick as humanly possible...
It really is that simple...
Hypnosis is simply the skill of using words to focus attention (consistently) and create change...
Mark Stipanovsky (2009)ITA National Conference
I will then teach you some very simple self hypnosis techniques and also some ways of measuring your progress - and I will also provide ongoing support and help for contracted periods of time.
"Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for treating such conditions as Addictions, Depression, Obesity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Phobias and Stress."
NHS Direct Website
"Can you put me to sleep so I wake up skinny...?"
Is the one thing I frequently get asked to do...
And it seems if I teach you some self hypnosis - that's exactly what happens - you start to think about the things that motivate you - to feel the way you need to - to do the things today - that enable you to wake up skinny...
Investing some time with me can change your life forever...
Hypnosis adds leverage to any clinical intervention - rapid and profound behavioural, emotional, cognitive and physiological changes can be brought about using hypnotherapy.
Amongst other things hypnosis can create deep relaxation
Anxiety and worries and pain can be lessened through practicing self hypnosis and you can learn how to create a mental space to relax.
Hypnosis can help create self confidence
The practice of positive suggestions can help you create the exact experience you need to understand what confidence means for you and then you can draw on this experience to facilitate self confidence.
Hypnosis creates positive experiences
It can create a frame of mind where attention can be directed to feelings of strength, feelings of warmth is fundamental to getting better. Hypnosis enables you to explore the present, the past and the future and expand your awareness of the possibilities.
Hypnosis engages the non-dominant hemisphere of the brain.
Utilising hypnosis allows the engagement of the emotional and experiential information that is currently causing you problems and allows for cognitive restructuring.
Hypnosis creates access to non-conscious processes.
You can access information and processes that are normally below the threshold of awareness and this is enormously helpful in changing and reframing dysfunctional behaviour, thoughts and feelings.
Hypnosis uses imagination and imagery so you can use hypnosis to rehearse coping with difficult situations - you can explore your past - you can direct attention on previous positive experiences - the list is endless.
Hypnosis can utilise dream work and dream work is a wonderful way to explore and uncover non-conscious maladaptive thoughts, fantasies, feelings and images.
Hypnosis creates positive emotion "Feeling good is a feeling" - simple but true. Positive feelings can be taught, rehearsed, strengthened and practiced. This is especially powerful for anxiety disorders, depression and pain relief.
Hypnosis may help when all else has failed...
People do stop smoking after one session with a hypnotherapist - placebo effect?
Who knows? And do we care?
People do lose weight after hypnotherapy when nothing else has been successful.
Pain relief is another area hypnosis has had phenomenal - some may say spectacular results (feeling sore is also a feeling).
Hypnosis really may help when all else has failed.
Hypnosis (and self-hypnosis) can be taught.
I have been taught how to utilise hypnosis and so know through my own experience that you can also be taught to utilise the power of the word.
Hypnosis is a skill and like any skill gets better with practice. It also gets more effective the more you learn and through the people you meet who teach you different hypno- therapeutic skills.
"I have learned hypnosis from some of the most learned doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and professors in the world - at personal training workshops and also through their books and academic journal articles."
I will teach you how to become proficient in hypnosis if you want to learn how to use hypnosis (for real).
This is a quote from Paul McKenna's first book on hypnosis and it started me on a journey which has so far taken me to wonderful places all over the world. The quote is as follows
"I personally recommend the UK Training College, which runs a superb course. You can write to the principal Mandy Langford at................."
"The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna (1993)"
I took Paul's advice and was personally trained by Mandy Langford (amongst others) at the start of my career and have never looked back since....
I'm eternally grateful for the advice of Paul McKenna....... Thanks Paul!
Here are some more hypnosis quotes which may help you to understand a little bit about the power of hypnotherapy.
They may provoke more questions than answers - however - make no mistake - hypnosis is real...
Read through them and be prepared to become open minded about what is actually possible...
"Reality is what we take to be true, what we take to be true is what we believe, what we believe is based upon our perceptions, what we perceive depends on what we look for, what we look for depends on what we think, what we think depends on what we perceive, what we perceive determines what we believe, what we take to be true is our reality."
Zukav (1979)The Dancing Wu Li Masters
"It is my belief that all presenting problems and symptoms are really metaphors that contain a story about what the problem really is. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the therapist to create metaphors that contain a story that contains the (possible) solutions. The metaphor is the message...Hypnosis is, in and itself, a metaphor within a metaphor."
Monsters and Magical Sticks, Heller & Steele (1987)
"Hypnosis - a sleep like state, artificially induced in a person by a hypnotist, in which the mind is more than usually receptive to suggestion and memories of past events - apparently forgotten - may be elicited by questioning. Hypnotic suggestion has been used for a variety of purposes in medicine, for example as a cure for addiction and in other forms of psychotherapy."
Oxford Medical Dictionary 4th Edition (2007)
"Most people who appear in a therapist's office for the first time already have an impression of what to expect - usually a very flawed expectation that has been generated by seeing a stage hypnotism show, reading a book or seeing a film that depicts hypnosis as some kind of magical influence."
Strategies in Hypnotherapy, Allen (1997)
"Hypnosis for beginners is food for your soul. It will not just feed you for a day, it will teach you how to fish for life."
Hypnosis for Beginners, Hewitt (1986)
"Hypnotherapists are first and foremost therapists, with requisite education and training, initially in a specific discipline and in psychotherapy, and subsequently in hypnosis."
Handbook of Hypnotic Inductions, Gafner & Benson (2000)
"To paste a coping skill on the surface of an injured person is to further remove that person emotionally from the self.The empirical behavioural tradition, although showing immediate therapeutic results, has done so by ignoring conditions and behaviours that are mediated through subliminal & unconscious processes."
Advanced Hypnotherapy, Watkins. Barabasz (2008)
"Hypnosis then, is a way of communicating with our creative mind, our inner being, or psyche, which appears to be the largest, most powerful and most misunderstood part of us. The part which not only regulates all of our bodily processes such as breathing, blood flow and oxygen distribution, and all the other millions of bits and pieces that take place unnoticed inside us every second. It is also the part of us which reacts to our memories, instincts, drives and passions. It is the seat of our dreams and sometimes our nightmares, the guide and guardian of our future, our past, and the store of all-mental energy and purpose. More importantly, for our purpose, it is the seat of our emotions and creativity."
Deeper and Deeper, Jonathon Chase (2000)
"Analytical hypnotherapy is founded on the premise that distressing and traumatic material that has been repressed, suppressed or denied from the client's conscious awareness can be gradually unearthed as the original cause of his / her neurotically based symptomology."
Analytical Hypnotherapy Vol 1, Morison (2001)
"Hypnoanalysis enables the therapist to locate the sources of inner conflicts, and this is the best technique I know for getting at the root causes quickly. It saves months and months of work."
Hypnotherapy, Dave Elman (1964)
"Regular supervision should, of course, be maintained for the duration of the practitioner's working life."
Analytical Hypnotherapy Vol 2, Morison (2002)
"What is hypnosis? How does it work? Does it even exist? These are questions that have been asked for many years."
Personal Change through Self Hypnosis, Pam Young (1986)
"These extraordinary phenomena are produced by the human mind, it follows that the human mind - yours and mine - is extraordinary in its capabilities."
Hidden Depths - The Story of Hypnosis, Waterfield (2002)
"Hypnotic trance is a common everyday phenomenon that every student or professional can and should learn to utilise in a therapeutic manner. Anyone who has ever lulled a child to sleep with a bedtime story or used an analogy to convey a new idea already has engaged in virtually the same procedures we employ during hypnotherapy."
Hypnotherapy Scripts, Havens & Walters (2002)
"Many clinicians now recognise that how clients respond to suggestions depends less on the nature and success of a particular induction than on the following variables: (a) client's pre-hypnotic attitudes, beliefs, intentions, and expectations about hypnosis; (b) their ability to think, fantasise, and absorb themselves in suggestions;
(c) their ability to form a trusting relationship with the hypnotist;
(d) their ability to interpret suggestions appropriately and view their responses as successful;
(e) their ability to discern tasks demands and cues;
(f) their ongoing interaction with the hypnotist;
(g) the appropriateness of the therapeutic methods and suggestions to treating the presenting problem."
Casebook of Clinical Hypnosis, Lynn, Kirsch &Rue (1996)
"Hypnosis is a process in which the issues of control become salient, since it enables new forms of control to be created and old forms to be suspended or destroyed."
Hypnosis and the Psychology of Cognitive and Behavioural Control, Zimbardo, Maslach, and Marshall in Hypnosis: Research Developments and Perspectives, Fromm and Shor (1972)
"Language can sustain or evoke bodily experiences that occurred in the past......Verbal language and other symbols are a vehicle for reinstating body states in general.....the particular content and form of the language used in hypnotherapy is guided by the therapist's psychotherapeutic orientation."
Clinical Practice of Hypnotherapy, Wright & Wright (1987)
"Hypnosis is essentially a refined way of communicating with a patient who is in a state of concentration. Becoming proficient with hypnosis requires that you master a new way of speaking and communicating."
Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors, Hammond. D.C. Ph.D (1990)
"Imagine meeting someone on the street or in a coffee shop, or at your office tomorrow who whispers something important to you. They take you aside for a moment and say, you can, by just saying some words, send people into wild and wonderful places and give them altered experiences, and possibly change their lives, empower them with new abilities, and much more."
Hypnotic Language, Burton & Bodenhamer (2000)
"A friend suggested I try hypnosis for the pain. After waiting, hurting, and remaining undecided about the surgery, I went for help to a psychologist trained in hypnosis. I had no noticeable success the first couple of visits, but I was learning to understand more about my pain. In a few more weeks, I began to get some relief. After about three months, nearly half the pain was gone. I thought this was a miracle."
Self-Hypnosis, Dr Alman & Dr Lambrou (1983)
"Hypnosis is essentially a communication of ideas and understandings to an individual in such a fashion that he will be most receptive to the presented ideas and thereby be motivated to explore his body potentials for the control of his psychological and physiological responses and behaviour."
(Haley,1973,1986) Ericksonian Approaches, Battino MS & South Ph.D (1999)
"Clinical hypnosis is a skill of using words and gestures in particular ways to achieve specific outcomes...... Clarification of expectations usually leads the client to face the fact that there are no miracle cures to be promised. It means accepting personal responsibility for one's problems, and it means being active in their resolution."
Essentials of Hypnosis, Yapko Ph.D (1995)
"In trance induction, the inexperienced hypnotist often tries to direct or bend the subject's behaviour to fit his conception of how the subject should behave."
Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson MD Vol 1, Bandler and Grinder (1975)
"Medically speaking, hypnotic trance occurs during the theta level of sleep when our brain neuro-transmitter chemical acetycholine dominates instead of norepinephrine (noradrenaline)."
The User's Manual for the Brain, Bodenhamer & Hall (1999)
"First and foremost, hypnosis is the experience and process of altering one's state. In hypnosis, we specifically go inside and access meanings, memories, imagination, and understanding."
The User's Manual for the Brain Vol 2, Bodenhamer & Hall (2003)
"Children are, in a sense, hypnotised to avoid and adopt certain feelings and behaviours as well as to receive certain interpretations about them........ in the most harmful sense one one might say children are hypnotised into the acquisition of various pathologies."
(Berne 1972, p. 343; Laing, 1967, p. 80) Stephen Lankton in Clinical Applications of Hypnosis, Gafner (2004)
"To a large extent clients should have most of their questions answered by the time they arrive at the first session."
More Hypnotic Inductions, Gafner (2006)
"Clinical hypnosis incorporates a range of defined and replicable methodologies within the hypnotic state,including physical relaxation and a state of mental focus and receptiveness to assist the patient to take control of their condition and effect a change."
Clinical Hypnosis Textbook, Ursula James (2005)
I hope this has helped you understand a little more on how hypnotherapy may be able to help you because self-hypnosis is probably one of the most useful skills you could ever learn.
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