How to heal trauma depends on more than just how you consciously understand and remember it.
When you process trauma at the deep level of your unconscious you change all of the values, beliefs, associations, memories and meanings that affect how you feel today.
Changing your mind on the subconscious level
HYPNOSIS CREATES GENTLE CHANGE ON
THE SUBCONSCIOUS LEVEL
The reason hypnosis works so well has to do with the way it transforms the subconscious mind’s perceptions and beliefs. To begin with, hypnosis works from the assumption that the subconscious mind (the veritable source of all of our internal power) is the storage space of all our past experiences and emotions. In this incredibly vast warehouse, traumatic experiences are filed away on both physical and emotional levels, the stimulus of which can affect our immune system and health. Processing old traumas and the emotional charges attached to them allows a patient to find internal resources that begin the healing process.
Think of your mind like a computer: the unconscious mind operates automatic body systems in the same way as a computer’s operating system; the subconscious operates like a hard drive by storing information; the conscious mind functions like RAM choosing what information is to be acted on moment by moment. Immediately, the supreme importance of the subconscious mind becomes apparent. In order to update any files, the subconscious must be engaged. We cannot change memories, but we can update how we feel about them. In order to do this, the critical factor of the conscious mind must be bypassed. This is achieved through hypnosis when the conscious mind is set aside during the so-called trance state.
The subconscious is the part of your mind burdened with the job of protecting you. It will do anything – even adopt negative behaviors – in order to keep you safe. When these protective measures no longer serve us we feel the need to change. This change is difficult to bring about because the subconscious mind is devoted to its imprinted perceptions. In its bypass of the conscious mind, hypnosis brings the subconscious to the forefront so that changes can be made via suggestions.
The subconscious is also responsible for:
Using these core elements, hypnosis facilitates the change of perceptions of memories, which in turn changes perceptions of the self and hence, behavior. It’s all a very neat little package. The past can be neither changed nor escaped, but our emotional and intellectual attitudes toward it can be radically altered. Change happens in the subconscious. Since emotions play a large role in our activity, thoughts and actions, they are an intuitive seat of transformation.
The truth is, we all go in and out of hypnotic states throughout the day. When you read, watch TV, drive or stare at the horizon you automatically slip into a hypnotic trance.
How hypnosis works is very simple. You simply choose to settle yourself comfortably and follow the suggestions of the hypnotist to shift your mind in such a way that you have direct access to your subconscious mind, which is ready and waiting for your guidance.
A few key things to know about hypnosis:
Throughout the entire session you will be awake and aware.
You can choose to come out of hypnosis at any second.
Hypnosis is about choosing to alter your state of focus to such a degree that the conscious mind sets aside its critical factor and allows the subconscious mind to engage in change.
Hypnosis for treating trauma and PTSD is science-backed. Multiple studies have proven the efficacy (often above other more conventional interventions) of hypnosis in creating substantial and long-lasting change in relieving trauma.
"...only the hypnosis patients maintained significant treatment effects at followups. [And], only the hypnosis group showed significant positive effects from pretreatment to all post treatment measurement periods.
M, B. A. (2013). Hypnosis for PTSD: Evidence Based Placebo-Controlled Studies. Journal of Trauma & Treatment, S4. doi:10.4172/21671222.s4-006
Hypnosis can be used to help patients face and bear a traumatic experience by embedding it in a new context, acknowledging helplessness during the event, and yet linking that experience with remoralizing memories such as efforts at self-protection, shared affection with friends who were killed, or the ability to control the environment at other times. In this way, hypnosis can be used to provide controlled access to memories that are then placed into a broader perspective.
Spiegel, D. (n.d.). Hypnosis in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Casebook of Clinical Hypnosis., 99-111. doi:10.1037/11090005
Rewiring how your brain represents experience
NLP TEACHES YOUR BRAIN TO REWIRE MEMORIES
Neuro = the nervous system through which experience is received and processed through the five senses.
Linguistic = Language and nonverbal communication systems through which neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning.
Programming = the ability to organize our communication and neurological systems to achieve specific desired goals and results.
The brain filters stimuli and stores it within a large network of sensory representation systems, including sight, sound, touch, smell, feel and taste. An example of how this works:
There’s a song you listened to often during the first time you ever fell in love. Now, whenever you hear that song you feel:
a flush of happiness if the relationship went well
a surge of sadness and remorse if things ended poorly
All of our memories are coded this way. When something reminds us of trauma the brain immediately searches inside itself for associations and then represents back to you what it finds in the way of mental pictures and emotions that create behaviors and reactions. The more often these pathways and connections are fired the more they gain strength. For people struggling with the effects of trauma this means their own minds continue to reinforce the negative neural pathways.
The good news is that the brain is very open to change. In fact, every experience you have creates new neural pathways, which means the opportunity to change your brain literally exists in every second. Together we can use the properties of NLP to help you:
isolate personal thought and representation strategies
identify where they are counter-productive
redirect them for more positive effects
In the trauma recovery process NLP functions as a tool to assess where the representational strategies are not positively functioning and evolve them so that new neural pathways and actions are formed.
NLP does this by:
focusing on the present
determining desired outcomes for the future
teaching people to use their brains to make change
eliciting behavioral strategies and making modifications
engaging the power of the subconscious mind and imagination
Change your behavior through conscious strategy
COACHING IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THERAPY
Therapy focuses on analyzing the past. Coaching focuses on creating change in the present.
True and sustainable healing means moving away from the need to discuss what happened to you and move toward the desire to create a life that integrates your trauma into the larger picture of you we are. You are so much more than your past. Our intention will be to remove the layers of trauma that prevent you from being your whole, real self; and then, set that whole self free to live gloriously and happily on your own terms.
In our coaching work together we will honor and respect the past even though the majority of our time will be spent on working with whom and where you are today. Plus, we'll focus on creating changes that allow you to move closer and even closer still to the person you wish to be tomorrow.
WHAT IS COACHING, REALLY??
Coaching is an approach to change based on a unique relationship between you and me. Together, we build a partnership in which you are empowered to choose, investigate, explore, discover, commit and decide how you want to change and in what way you wish to achieve those changes. With your clear intention we create a deliberate set of actions and implementation plan to help you achieved the desired results.
Of course, I bet you've already thought about how and in what way you wish to change. Probably, you've thought about that a lot! The hiccup becomes that while we can investigate our own issues we very often have trouble seeing, finding and uncovering their solutions.
That's where I come in. With well-trained and highly developed skills a professional certified coach knows just how to gently lead you out of the maze of your own thoughts and into the vast landscape of solutions. Techniques can include specific questioning patterns, energy processes, creative practices, laser focus, emotional connection, personal transformation, plus conversion of inner purpose and passion to outer strategies and results.
In short, coaching is a powerful alliance between the coach and client that uplevels energy and provides ongoing support while supplying the client with tools and structure to accomplish the changes he or she wishes to see in self, life and healing.