You probably already know this . . . Basic training is basic. You learn the basics of inductions, deepeners and delivering suggestions. You learn the basic therapeutic tools and techniques such as:
- Bridging Techniques
- Releasing Techniques
- Uncovering & Resourcing Techniques
- Inner Child Work Techniques
- Forgiveness Work Processes
- Integration Techniques and so on . . .
You learn simple models to help you understand how the Mind works, how problems form, and how regression happens. This gives you the theoretical foundation you need to begin working with simple issues. But there are lots of things they don't tell you in hypnosis school. It's up to you to continue to grow yourself through post-graduate education.
Developing your knowledge and skill will empower you to work with virtually anything a client might seek out your help in resolving.
1. Clients don't pay for hypnosis. They pay for results.
They don't tell you this in hypnosis school but client's don't care about the hypnosis. They only thing they care about is whether or not you can help them get rid of the problem. They're paying you to help them:
- Lose the weight
- Break the habit
- Heal the relationship
- Put an end to the pain
The question is: Do you feel confident that you can deliver on your promise of results?
2. Hypnosis is seldom the first solution most people turn to.
They don't tell you this in hypnosis school but . . . most of the time, by the time the person lands on your doorstep, they have already tried everything else. By then, they're frustrated, stressed and depressed. Often, they're medicated. What this means is that you have your work cut out for you!
When a problem has been stacking up over time, there can be multiple layers calling for resolution. Backing the client out of the problem can be like peeling an onion. Taking things one layer at a time can involve a lot of tears.
3. Symptoms are not the problem.
They don't tell you this in hypnosis school but . . . even smoking and weight problems can turn out to be complex issues. This is because the behaviour is not the problem. The behaviour is a Subconscious Solution to an uncomfortable emotion trapped inside an unresolved experience in the past. You can't just suggest away an emotion. You have to find out what caused it in the first place.
4. There's nothing to fix.
They don't tell you this in hypnosis school but . . . your job is not to try to fix anything. Your job is to uncover and release the client's resistance to facing uncomfortable feelings and emotions.
Human beings are hardwired for health and happiness. The mind-body system is designed to self-regulate. When there's a problem, it's because there's an internal block. That's the problem calling for resolution. The problem is not the problem. The problem is the resistance!
5. Not every problem is going to be a simple fix.
They don't tell you this in hypnosis school but . . . simple issues respond well to surface techniques such as Direct Suggestion and Guided Imagery. But the longer a problem has been around, the more aspects will have been added to the overall pattern.
The snowball effect, over time, adds complexity which means you're not just dealing with one thing.
6. Complex issues can take time.
They don't tell you this in hypnosis school but . . . every symptom is the result of a life experience. There can be multiple symptoms, multiple ISEs, and multiple Offenders contributing to the problem. To resolve the client's presenting issue, you need to clear all the contributing factors.
Most of the issues we deal with in regression sessions got started in childhood. Problems that have been around since childhood impact both brain development and identity.
Physical changes are bound to the laws of biology. You can't change that. The brain is an organ in the body.
Rebuilding neural pathways can take time.
Identity is very resistant to change.
Safety is the Subconscious Mind's Prime Directive. While anything is possible in one session, most people are going to need a process that makes it safe for the client to allow change to happen.
7. The real problem is a thought.
They don't tell you this in hypnosis school but . . . what makes any event memorable is the emotion attached to it. This feeling forms a signal which you can follow back to the event that caused it. But the feeling is never the problem. The feeling is an emotional response to a thought.
The real problem is a thought. Thoughts become beliefs. That's what needs to change.
8. Regression isn't enough.
They don't tell you this in hypnosis school but . . . there are two Rs in R2CH. Regress and Release.
Regression brings to conscious awareness the context for the client's problem. i.e., What happened to require the symptoms. But insight into what happened isn't enough to effect a lasting change. Releasing the emotional charge trapped in the event will give you access to the underlying cause.
9. Change doesn't happen during the session.
They don't tell you this in hypnosis school but . . . If you don't test your results between sessions, you won't know if the problem has been resolved. The real change doesn't occur until after the client leaves the session. That's when post-hypnotic suggestions take effect.
The most important time in the client's healing process is the time between sessions. That's when the changes initiated during the session will either take effect or bring something else to light. Either way, this tells you what needs to happen next.
10. R2CH is not a quick-fix.
The goal of R2CH is effortless permanence of the results. When compared with other methods, regression hypnotherapy is a surprisingly brief therapy. What it's not is a quick-fix.
R2CH is a bona-fide solution to healing seemingly intractable emotional pain. But it can take time to get a lasting result.
Throw away the fast-food mentality. Be thorough. Be persistent. Get results that last. That's what the client is paying you for!
11. The client is responsible for the results.
They don't tell you this in hypnosis school but . . . you can't "make" a person heal. After all, it's their Mind! All you can do is guide the process. Regression hypnotherapy is a client-centered approach to healing. The client decides how long it takes. Why not give yourself the time you need to do your job well?
Go for the gold and get a commitment to a healing program. When a client invests in a multi-session program, you have a client who is committed to their own healing. This gives you the time you need to get a complete resolution of the problem.
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