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What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation in which our subconscious is more able to communicate with our conscious mind. You may have entered this state many times without being fully aware of what was happening. Can you remember a time when you were driving on a long journey, your thoughts drifted away to other things and you realised afterwards you had covered some distance without being consciously aware? During hypnosis you will feel very relaxed, you will still be able to hear the therapists voice and contrary to some people's beliefs, be in full control.
What is Hypnotherapy?
The word Hypnotherapy is used when a trained professional encourages beneficial changes to occur whilst their client is in a state of hypnosis. There are many forms of psychological therapy but Hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it attempts to address the client's subconscious mind and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor to the use of direct suggestion for beneficial change. Analytical techniques may also be employed in order to uncover problems deemed to lie in a client's past or therapy may concentrate more on the client's current life and presenting problems.
What is NLP?
NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming was created in 1975 by Richard Bandler and John Grinder who took it upon themselves to look at why some therapists had extraordinary results with their clients and others did not. These two extra-ordinary men initially studied the work of popular therapists Milton Erickson, Fritz Perls and (family therapist) Virginia Satir, (they later studied others who contributed to this exciting field). They studied everything about these people; body postures, how they were feeling, use and structure of language, tone, pace and timbre of voice and many other areas. From this they developed models of the therapists behaviours which they could teach others to replicate to achieve similar results. From these original studies grew many other techniques for quickly and effectively changing thoughts, behaviours and beliefs. These techniques are what is commonly known as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).