Hypnosis and NLP

What is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and usually, deep relaxation. In this state we have access to the subconscious mind, from where the majority of our challenges originate. In this hypnotic state, also called trance, you are in state of altered consciousness, your attention is focused inwards and you are more receptive to positive suggestions about more adaptive convictions. In this state we can work with the thoughts, feelings and behaviour you wish to change. In trance you have access to the resources you need to solve your particular problems.

Trance is a natural state which you know from “zoning out”, when you daydream, are absorbed in a book, film or game or when you are driving a car and don’t remember the trip. You are not asleep, you can hear everything, can talk, are in full control and can come out of hypnosis at any time you wish.

Hypnotherapy is one of the oldest psychological treatment modalities and is well described and used by doctors, dentists and other health professionals.

What is NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)?

Through our five senses, we collect information about the world and create our own internal map of the external reality. We each have a unique map, a model of the world, or terrain. Our model is expressed via our language (including body language) and subconsciously creates the thoughts and feelings (or “programs”) which inform our daily functioning.

However, our inner map is not an accurate representation of the world. We sometimes generalise, omit or distort information we receive from outside of us, and thus create an inaccurate and maladaptive map. By uncovering and challenging our map, we can change it.

NLP is a set of tools that uncovers and unlocks our “programs”, challenges our thought patterns and enables us to create new ways of thinking and behaving. In this way the map, or model of thinking, that we use to navigate the world, becomes a better representation of the terrain of the world. We are thus able to act in a  more adaptive manner and can better understand and solve our problems.