If there’s one thing that really defines what’s unique about the Growth Hypnosis system it’s the emphasis on identifying and de-conditioning trauma.
I certainly don’t claim to be the only practitioner to address trauma, however from experience, I have found it to be the predominant cause and maintaining factor in most cases, so I routinely screen for it and clear it.
It’s worth mentioning here that I define trauma quite broadly as any memory or negative conditioned response or trigger that evokes an unpleasant emotion. No cognitive thought is required for the emotional response, it happens automatically when accessing the memory or pattern matching it to a trigger, a situation that reminds you of the memory.
We often accumulate these traumas throughout our lives, resulting in a minefield of negative triggers which in extreme cases overtime can leave one experiencing a general sense of overwhelm, not knowing which way to turn or move. These traumas seem to have a cumulative energy-sapping effect even when you are not consciously aware of them, leading to frequent emotional hijacks and a sense of constant stress, anxiety and or depression.
As a matter of course, usually in the first session, I seek to go through a client’s emotional history identifying and clearing the trauma, using a range of deconditioning techniques such as EMDR. I’d liken this to having a complete emotional re-set, it prepares the ground for hypnosis and other positive therapies which can then work in a much more permanent way to replace the void left by the cleared trauma with a new healthy blueprint. People often tell me that they’ve had hypnosis before but it wore off. Well from my experience that only happens when the hypnosis or other therapy has been used to record over the trauma, before clearing the weeds as it were.
Over years of experimentation and innovation, I’ve also found that the same deconditioning techniques can be used to reverse addictive conditioning, by that I mean clearing the associations we have with triggers that drive the automatic cravings or compulsions that we have for habitual eating habits, alcohol, drugs and other addictive behaviours. Imagine you’ve stopped smoking and finishing your first meal without craving that cigarette.
When I started out as a therapist I would often experience anxiety when meeting a new client, a concern that they might be one of the significant percentage of people who don’t respond particularly well to hypnosis or CBT. Since developing my system those doubts have been replaced with a very high degree of confidence that I can help any client with remarkably few exceptions.