By Dr. John Butler
As a hypnotherapist and hypnotherapy trainer, a common myth I hear is that hypnotherapy is merely mechanical-type programming, as though the marvelously complex, individual human brain is a simple machine. So, often people who have experienced individual psychotherapy or counselling, either as clients or therapists, think of the detailed individual listening and fine-tuning that occurs in that setting, and believe that hypnotherapy would be a much-reduced experience.
Hypnotherapy, in reality, actually increases fine-tuning and individual listening. By training in hypnotherapy, you increase, rather than reduce, your capacity for rapport and building the “therapeutic relationship”, the most vital ingredient in psychotherapy and all psychological therapies. In a comprehensive hypnotherapy training, you learn to
Another common misconception is that the role of the hypnotherapist is crudely authoritarian. The fact is, that a person is completely free, truly themselves, when deep in a hypnotic trance. It is a mentally, emotionally and spiritually liberating experience where the person is in touch with their creative inner power and therefore more strong and more aware. The fact that it can be achieved much more easily than similar meditative states, for instance, through using the amazing human faculty for partnership and communication that is achieved in clinical hypnosis, is a bonus. This faculty can also be extended to a group, and a properly trained hypnotherapist can conduct a group self-hypnosis training session, for instance, and find both a strong group atmosphere, and completely individual responses in all the participants.
Due to these popular misunderstandings of hypnotherapy, numerous hypnotherapy “trainings” are offered on a very superficial level. So I find many of my students come to my courses to add to, or in some cases to correct, the very limited methods that they have been taught, and I like to spread the message as to the true range of hypnotherapy, wherever I can.
by Dr. John Butler
Arthur was 48 years old and came to me with a problem of not being able to sleep. When I asked him about his present life, he said he had been under stress for some time. A freelancer, his field of work was becoming increasingly competitive and he was working long hours, putting off social life and long-term plans. Sometimes he felt so desperate to sleep he would drink a lot more than usual, however he felt hungover, not refreshed, the next day. He was reluctant to try sleep medications, saying he didn’t want to give up on regaining his ability to sleep naturally. So he’d decided to try hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a powerful skill which is imparted to a client through acting in partnership with the hypnotherapist. Arthur proved responsive to this process, and like many clients, found his first hypnotic experience the most relaxed he’d felt “in years”. He then practised at home with a recording I gave him, and he arrived at the next session saying he had managed to sleep better, and to feel rested. This experience gave him much hope that he could regain a satisfactory sleeping pattern.
The increased focus of attention that occurs in hypnosis is highly suited to developing new skills and coping strategies. Arthur’s circumstances had changed, his work life was harder than it had been, and wasn’t likely to get better externally. So the task was to expand his skills to cope better – to move from a “panicked” stress reaction, which was very draining, to a long-term, sustainable strategy. Through mental “rehearsal” and analytical work in hypnosis, Arthur redesigned his approach to his life, reviewing values and choices made in the past. He downsized his outgoings, reducing the pressure on him to accept any work offers that came his way. He ring-fenced a basic program of exercise, healthful living practices and recreation. In hypnosis, we worked out self-commitments for Arthur that he consented to, not only on a conscious but also on a subconscious level (a most common reason for a failure to keep up self-commitments is subconscious sabotage), and in stages he incorporated these into his life.
In 6 sessions over 4 months, Arthur transitioned to an altered lifestyle, designed and chosen by himself. With less pressure, he felt more “true to himself”, sleeping was again something that “just happened” and he developed his relaxation skills by listening to the recording I gave him. An unexpected bonus was that he became more creative in his work, which he was finding very exciting. He joked, “Maybe it’ll be the next big thing, but if not I’m fine having fun with it”.
by Dr. John Butler
Hypnotherapy is essentially a partnership of minds, where through the means of hypnosis, the mind of the therapist and the mind of the client can work together in a powerful, effective alliance. This happens through consent, and cooperation. The power lies with the client, who has the choice of consenting to whatever methods the therapist may offer and of cooperating with them. Let’s take an example, of a route using hypnosis for a client to reach peace of mind.
Patti was a client who had felt anxious since being involved as a passenger in a car accident a year before. Although recovered from the bruises she had sustained, she still felt very anxious about being in a car, and had begun to feel fearful not only about being driven, but about driving herself, and being around traffic in general. She had noticed that she had begun avoiding even non-driving situations where road traffic might be present, and didn’t want her life to become increasingly restricted in this way.
First I demonstrated to Patti, with simple exercises, that her subconscious mind could influence her body directly, through her imagination, and that these bodily feelings were causing her anxiety to spiral – she would subconsciously anticipate danger when thinking about traffic, or driving, and then her body would respond by producing anxiety symptoms – fluttering feeling in stomach, heartbeat accelerating etc. From this demonstration, she realised that if she changed what she imagined and anticipated, her bodily sensations would also change, for the better, and this would reverse the anxiety process. Using my guidance in hypnosis, she then had the experience of creating a powerful feeling of well-being and deep relaxation, entirely through allowing her imagination to follow a chain of ideas which I provided, specifically geared to create those feelings.
The next stage, still in hypnosis, was to guide Patti through understanding that she now knew, from her own experience, that there was some risk to driving and traffic that she hadn’t appreciated in the same way before. She worked out, with my guidance in hypnosis, a “new deal” with herself. She forgave herself for not realising previously how acute traffic danger was; she agreed to learn from her experience by being more alert and aware when driving and being in traffic, and not to be a passenger unless she believed the driver was also alert and aware. She was now taking her safety seriously, and had learned a new appreciation of her value – listening to her survival instinct and working with it. And she was committed to working with her new-found power of conscious imagining, for her own benefit in future.
Reposted from London Mums Group
Are you dreading labour? Would you like to experience the power of hypnosis to help you reduce the fear of birth? This is your opportunity to learn the many benefits of hypnosis for parents and expecting parents.
Hypnosis For Childbirth Courses are short courses for parents and parents-to-be want to feel empowered in pregnancy, childbirth and into early motherhood. Courses are running on Sunday 1st December and Sunday 2nd February 2020 from 10am to 4pm.
Run by Hypnotherapy Training International, the course will cover the power of trance and deep relaxation, pain management in childbirth and wellbeing in pregnancy. It will also cover how you can gain the energy to care for a newborn, plus relaxing through conception.
Hypnosis for Childbirth is taught by Dr. John Butler, a respected hypnotherapist with 40 years of clinical experience and medical lecturer. Participants will:
- Engage in active demonstrations
- Use practical exercises
- Learn invaluable information
- Learn powerful methods and skills
- Learn to use hypnosis for multiple benefits in pregnancy and childbirth.
Many studies and clinical reports have confirmed that hypnosis has many important uses and benefits during pregnancy and childbirth. These include:
- Increased relaxation
- Reduced fear and anxiety
- Reduced stress and tension
- Less pain and discomfort
- Increased comfort and ease during labour and birth
- Greater feelings of control and coping
- Increased confidence and involvement in the birth experience
- Increased rate of conception
- Reduced nausea during pregnancy
- Reduced need for chemical anaesthetics and medical procedures
- Shortened labour
- Higher APGAR scores among babies
- Reduction in post-partum depression
- Greater satisfaction with the overall birth experience
Book now and take the fear and anxiety away from labour, and feel empowered throughout pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.
For more information and to book, see the website or follow the Instagram page. You can also check out the Facebook event.
Hypnosis For Childbirth Courses
WHERE: Thistle Hotel (Hyde Park)
If you're familiar with Hypnotherapy Training International, you've probably already seen the name Gil Boyne, credited as the inventor of Transforming Therapy. But who was he, and how did he come to have such a major impact in the world of therapeutic hypnosis?
Gil Boyne, Founder of Transforming Therapy
Born Mark Thomas Gilboyne in 1924 in Philadelphia to Irish-American Catholic parents, Gil's early schooling was religiously focused. After serving in the Navy during the Second World War, he was assigned to a therapeutic programme based on psychoanalysis, but he found it largely ineffective. This frustration, combined with his experience as a stage hypnotist, led him to develop his Transforming Therapy™ programme, one of the first to train hypnotherapists in a comprehensive, regression-based approach to hypnotherapy that drew on many areas of psychological knowledge combined with an array of rapid, powerful hypnotic techniques.
Since then, over 12,000 hypnotherapists have been trained with Transforming Therapy™. Gil himself trained hypnotherapists for over 55 years, constantly refining his techniques; and personally worked with actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, as well as Olympic athletes and the US Green Berets. He also acted as a consultant to several films and television series.
Gil founded the Hypnotism Training Institute in Glendale, California in 1955, and the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners in 1980. He also founded Westwood Publishing to publish books about hypnotherapy, of which many he wrote himself. (Westwood Publishing is now run by Dr John Butler.)
Gil was widely honoured by both industry and academia, with many achievement awards and honorary degrees. He died in London in 2010.
Hypnotherapy Training International is the only school licensed by Gil to carry on his work. He said of John Butler, “I am delighted that you are carrying on my work and doing it in a way that I totally approve. You are creating a new group of "Transformers".
Idan works with HTI on social media and running courses, among other things. He was so impressed by Dr John Butler's approach to hypnotherapy that he ended up working for him! Here, he tells the story of how he came to try hypnotherapy, and how it helped him (he's the one at the back on the right in the photo!).
I came to Hypnotherapy Training International after thirteen years of struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as ME), fibromyalgia and IBS. In fact, I was housebound for two and a half years. During that time I tried nutrition, supplements, exercise, meditation, psychotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and extensive water fasting, among many other things. Many of them helped to some extent, but I felt that I was at best treading water.
In 2014, my dentist and good friend Dr Nigel Agger started talking to me about hypnotherapy and hypnotic trance. Unfortunately I was closed-minded on this subject: I am a psychology graduate, and in my training, we didn’t learn to value hypnosis. Further, doing a quick internet search revealed that the term “hypnotherapy” is often used rather vaguely, covering a wide range of different methods, and without a standard qualification for practitioners.
Over the years, Nigel kept pushing me to engage with Dr John Butler, and to attend one of Dr Butler’s courses at Hypnotherapy Training International, where Nigel had trained himself. Despite my appreciation for Nigel, I was on a budget and felt it wasn’t doable for me, particularly as my research did not suggest that hypnosis could help me.
In 2018, struggling with a relapse in my condition, I agreed to let Nigel hypnotise me; the results convinced me to sign up to the course “Hypnotherapy Skills for Life Change”. It was a month or so away, and after filling in the detailed application forms I started looking forward to it. I read about John and watched him online in a couple of interviews and realised how serious and well-informed he was.
September came and I did the course. The extent of John’s knowledge and skills is hard to do justice to. He is intense, thorough and passionate about teaching hypnotherapy. Over a period of study, I've come to have a deeper appreciation of the theory behind induction, deepeners and the use of trance for both emotional and bodily needs. But what happened to my physical ailments? My “brain fog” has dramatically reduced: my thinking is clearer and my short-term memory has improved. Finally, I have more energy, my IBS is under control, I’m less sensitive to cold, which used to affect me severely, and I fall asleep more easily and sleep better.
One of my main interests since my late teens is self-help and personal development. Alongside learning what hypnotherapy is, I realised that to succeed as a self-help ‘guru’, mentor or coach, a proper, in-depth training in hypnotherapy is of immense value to you. For hypnotherapy covers the full range of human intellectual and emotional functioning, particularly the level that is described as subconscious, as we are often not fully aware of it, and yet can become aware of it, especially in trance. The memories, beliefs and ideas which are active at this level can make or break your self-development and success in life, and the knowledgeable use of hypnosis can get these powerful elements of the mind to work for you and your clients.
For your own health and to unleash your potential, I highly recommend taking a course with HTI. Enjoy the journey and let me know where it took you!