What is Hypnotherapy:
Hypnotherapy is a type of psychotherapy used by a trained Hypnotherapist to create change in a patient while in a state of sleep, or unconsciousness, known as hypnosis.
In this state, clients can turn their attention completely inward to find and utilize the natural resources deep within themselves to invoke feelings of intense relaxation, concentration, and/or focus to achieve a heightened state of awareness or trance-like state.
Since hypnotherapy is an allied form of therapy, used along with other forms of psychological or medical treatment, there are many applications. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, addictions, sexual dysfunction, undesirable behaviours, bad habits, weight loss, smoking cessation, grief and loss of loved ones and post traumatic stress disorder, just to name a few.
What is NLP:
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; programming refers to how that neural language functions. In other words, learning NLP is like learning the language of your own mind!
NLP is a multi-dimensional process that involves the development of behavioral competence and flexibility, but also involves strategic thinking and an understanding of the mental and cognitive processes behind behavior. NLP provides tools and skills for the development of states of individual excellence, but it also establishes a system of empowering beliefs and presuppositions about what human beings are, what communication is and what the process of change is all about. At another level, NLP is about self-discovery, exploring identity and mission. It also provides a framework for understanding and relating to the ‘spiritual’ part of human experience that reaches beyond us as individuals to our family, community and global systems. NLP is not only about competence and excellence, it is about wisdom and vision. (Robert B. Dilts, NLP University)
Is Hypnotherapy the same as NLP?
NLP and Hypnosis can be confused as being the same thing, but there are differences.
Hypnosis is a specific set of tools and techniques to help you enter into a trance-like state (in layman’s terms, your conscious mind goes bye-bye).
NLP, on the other hand, has no formal induction. It doesn’t use the same tools and techniques as hypnosis, because both your conscious mind and unconscious mind are involved.
So when NLP was discovered, the early pioneers looked at hypnosis and modelled it. But NLP alone is not necessarily hypnosis. So a session may utilise either or both modalities depending on what you will benefit the most from… Time Line Therapy TM may also be incorporated into a session.
What is Time Line Therapy™:
Time Line Therapy™ (TLT) is a powerful therapeutic process that has evolved from hypnosis and NLP, developed by Tad James, Ph.D. in the 1980s. It was developed by applying a therapeutic process to the concept that we store our memories in a linear manner in an internal memory storage system.
TLT provides one of the most powerful processes and techniques for personal change and growth by facilitating the elimination of the painful emotions attached to memories or events in the past. TLT also focuses on what we can learn from those events and use what we learn as a resource for the future. Time Line Therapy™ techniques and practical processes produce long lasting transformation, with a minimum of discomfort to the client.
Some examples of painful emotions are: anger, sadness, fear, hurt and guilt. TLT also teaches you how to deal with anxiety and enables you to clear limiting beliefs that can leave you stuck in the past and stops you from creating what you want in your life. Both unwanted negative emotions and limiting beliefs influence every area of our lives.