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There is the side to coaching which primarily deals with the clients whole nature, this is not do do with the mundane activities that we have to do or the stresses of conscious activities that we want to solve within a job or our relationships with others, this is about what lies within, surrounding and beyond the person. These elements are about what we essentially have become and what the person derives and aspires to. Ever had an experience that you cannot explain well, but are deeply connected to in some way? This is a clue to something that is important to your evolvement. In this type of coaching Transpersonal techniques are used so that the client can begin to surface this greater aspect of the Self. Once this starts to happen distinct and often quite remarkable things start to occur and the realisation of these things can be life changing. Transpersonal work is useful when people are trying to address patterns or issues which are not so obviously dealt with, it is a method which allows the person to grow in a sensitive yet deeply spiritual way.
Once the term “Hypnosis” is mentioned many believe that it is about either stage entertainment, influencing people to do things that present the person in an embarrassing situation or something spooky that is used against their will. Neither of this happens in true Hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis being used to support people’s well being is quite old, the ancient Greek sleep healing temple of Asklepios springs to mind here. The patient would clean and prepare themselves before their treatment by Asklepios in the Abaton. There he would whisper his intentions to them, based on their ailment or conditions. Later in history with a particular focus on Franz Mesmer, we can see that his initial belief in animal magnetism, magnetic fluid and the “natural tides” of the self opened an appreciation to the connectedness of the inner personality. However, as we recognise today, the success of his patients’ recovery was largely due to the environment he created, tools used, his h2 theatrical delivery and h2 personality that made him a successful healer. This supports the idea about the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client which is paramount to the client’s ability to self heal or recover. The power of suggestion can transform experience and helps the client be more open to clinical intervention.
Hypnotic methodologies are now accepted as a way to modify behaviour and this is used to help the client to modify their thinking and restructure their beliefs which may trigger unwanted ways of behaving. There is also a significant amount of questioning from the therapist to the client to help the client surface their solutions, this questioning can be linked all the way back to Socratic and Aristotelian systems. The union of hypnotic and psychotherapy techniques seem to comfortably merge together well and can address a range of psychological and medical conditions. This multimodal approach has been celebrated as a model for flexibility and effectiveness.
Hypnosis can greatly help when clients talk about a lack of meaning, unexplained anxiety or impending doom in their lives; hypno-psychotherapy provides us with a greater capacity to work with issues about dysfunction and diminished self-efficacy. It is interesting that the client has all the answers they need, the answers just need to reveal themselves from the sub-conscious to the conscious state.
Why would Art be important in healing? Art, as Jung suggested, is the language of the Soul and this idea supports an approach by using art to help the client, this can be highly beneficial. Art therapy can be the act of making art which is therapeutic in itself, or it can be about using art in therapy; this can be producing art this can be producing art to reveal meaning or experiencing others art for discovery of personal meaning. This involves the therapist, alongside the client, questioning about made art by the client or observed responses to art that they interpret to elicit responses toward meaning. Art Therapy is these days used in conjunction with other techniques such as Person Centred, Gestalt and Narrative therapies. The significant reasons for us in using Art Therapy can support the client in being able to connect to and work with resolving emotional conflict, improved self-awareness, liberating creativity and to develop and further personal growth and evolvement.
Counselling and our approach
This is about being able to work with the client about specific concerns ; examples are stress, anxiety, loss and depression. This can often draw on the approaches mentioned above. Clients bring to us a variety of needs and concerns ; these, for example, can be the desire to lose weight – stop smoking – improve performance in sex, exams, relationships and sport, – remove the fear of other things and situations like spiders, closed spaces, from delivering speeches and presenting to audiences to fear of heights and many more, – reduce anxiety, – reducing being distracted – be able to control pain, – improve health and well being, such as IBS and panic attacks, and be able to cope with bereavement.
In all of this Nat, as an active artist as well as his therapeutic responsibilities and practice shares some of his ideas, art and thoughts, which can be accessed on the following blog when the moment takes him: www.natcleggart.blogspot.it
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