NLP™ & Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a powerful and effective tool for intrapersonal and interpersonal communication. Created in the 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, NLP can perhaps best be described as the study of the structure of subjective experience. The aim being that, once having discerned that structure, one can then gleen more control over one’s internal experience.

Ericksonian hypnotherapy was developed by renowned hypnotherapist, Milton Erickson, MD, famous for his unique approach to the phenomenon of hypnosis. By keeping his work completely client centered, he was able to achieve effective and consistent results for his patients. Utilizing special communication including metaphor, confusion techniques and the hypnotic trance, Dr. Erickson enabled his patients to tap into their inner consciousness, wherein lie the answers and resources needed to improve the quality of life.

The developers of NLP, John Grinder and Richard Bandler, closely studied Dr. Erickson’s method of hypnotherapy to discover and understand the reasons for his consistent success in cases where traditional hypnotherapy failed. Their study of Dr. Erickson’s work became the basis of NLP.

YES, perfectly safe. Unfortunately, most people think hypnosis is similar to what they’ve seen in movies or performed by stage hypnotists. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, hypnosis does not put you into a zombie-like state and does not induce you to behave in any manner that is truly against your personal values.

Most people relate to the experience by being hypnotized as extremely relaxing and pleasurable. This is because trance is simply a state of deep relaxation and internal focus. The suggestions you receive from your therapist while in trance are designed to assist you in accessing the internal wisdom inherent in all human beings. You leave your hypnosis session feeling energized and with a feeling of inner peace. You also gain valuable insights and direction concerning the behavior patterns that you would like to change.

In most cases, yes. You will be totally aware of everything that happens in the therapy sessions and you will remember it. You are always in control, even while in trance, and you can return to full and alert consciousness at any time.

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