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What is it like to be in hypnosis?

Many clients ask me “What is hypnosis like?” There are so many myths and misconceptions about what hypnosis and ‘trance’ are, that people sometimes are a little scared of what they will experience. It is easy to put your mind at ease.  The world experts simply describe hypnosis as a type of ‘relaxed focus’.  That’s it.  It is an all natural approach to tapping into skills and resources, simply by …Read More

The stress of anxiety

Anxiety places a massive burden on society, in terms of the impact it has on the people suffering it directly, as well as all of the families, friends, workplaces and associated people who all feel the negative impact of anxiety upon them. In many ways, Anxiety can be considered a misuse of our natural stress response. The way that people deal with anxiety matches the experience of people who suffer …Read More

Overcome exam anxiety

There has been some recent commentary in the newspapers regarding students sitting their VCE exams (end of high school and entry to university exams) needing ‘special consideration’ due to high levels of anxiety. The issue of anxiety and stress in teens and young people is extremely common, and something I work with regularly in clinic.  For those not wanting to be medicated, but find a long term, natural solution to …Read More

The unanswerable questions that create anxiety

Often in clinic there are clients who have developed severe levels of anxiety by asking themselves questions which are impossible to answer. “What if” is a question which may be useful in creative writing, but for people with anxiety, it can be the worst question they ask themselves. Consider this process.  A client asks themselves a ‘what if’ question: “What if I get stuck on the freeway”? If they fail …Read More

Learning about natural treatment for anxiety and depression

This week, I have had the pleasure of spending four days working with Dr. Michael Yapko, perhaps the world’s top expert in the treatment and anxiety and depression. Dr Yapko brings the very best in both the science and the artistry in the natural treatment of anxiety and depression.  In fact, Dr Yapko was emphatic that the medical model of depression, in particular, has been overstated, if not disproved.  The …Read More

Experiencing Anxiety

It is natural for those who suffer anxiety to have a different view of it than those who have never suffered from it. An interesting survey from BeyondBlue, reported in The Age today looked at perceptions to anxiety in the community.  These included: 40% of respondents thought anxiety was just stress 50% thought anxiety was just part of someone’s personality For people who suffer from anxiety in its many forms, …Read More

How far can you go?

When working with someone in clinic, it is important to respect their view of the world. For someone with anxiety, it is natural for them to worry about if they are doing hypnosis ‘right’.  This fear can stop them engaging in the session unless we respect this and make it completely OK for them to have whatever experience occurs. (And in truth, there is no right or wrong way to …Read More

Realise your strengths

It is such a common thing for clients to be focused on their problems.  In fact, it is often their ‘distress’ with the impact that their problem is having on their life that brings them into clinic.    They feel ‘stuck’, helpless or hopeless.  They perhaps know how they want to be, which is different to how they are right now.  [does this sound familiar to you?] This difference serves …Read More

Blurring the lines

How are ‘blurred lines’ impacting your life? Recently I have seen a lot of ‘blurred lines’ that have decreased motivation, interfered with achieving weight loss, stopped great performance and impacted people achieving their goals. What do I mean by ‘blurred lines’? “I had a bad day at work so I need a few glasses of wine”. “My boss was such a tyrant that I will reward myself with ice-cream and …Read More

A matter of focus

A short post today.  Something to really focus on.

Because brain research shows that what we focus on, we amplify.  That is, as we apply greater attention to something, it takes up more of our thinking, processing, memory and experience.

This is wonderful if we are focusing on good things in our lives.

It is not so good if you are focused and absorbed in your problems.

Many of my clients have spent so long intensely focusing upon their problem that it becomes amplified to almost completely fill their experience.  Everything is somehow ‘filtered’ through the problem.

What is true is that if there is problem, there is ‘not-problem’.  Ask yourself these questions whilst thinking about your problem:

  • What is the problem?
  • What is it not?
  • If it wasn’t that, what else could it be?
  • If I never had the problem in the first place, how would I be?
  • When it is gone, what will I do differently?
  • If I stood on the moon and looked down on me from all the way up there, what else would I notice the problem wasn’t?

Because it may be time for you to focus on, and amplify, your many wonderful resources that you have to disregard to have your problem.

In clinic, using strategic therapy and hypnosis, amplifying people’s resources to help find and empower the ‘not-problem’ is such a gentle and generous way to have rapid and lasting effects.

If you want to see how this would work for you, then contact me at www.reflectiveresolutions.com

Live well,

Phil.

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