Clinical Hypnosis & NLP

Written by Terry Elston

two people in hypnosis

I ran the first Clinical Hypnosis accredited certification course back in March 2016. Getting certified to run Clinical Hypnotherapy courses via AIP has been a great acknowledgement of where we’ve come as an Hypnotherapy training organisation.

Personally I loved it. And that was mostly because of the varied way I could show all the delegates that Neuro Linguistic Programming and Clinical Hypnosis are linked together perfectly, and when you are using one – you are most likely using the other at the same time.

eye open hypnosis

That probably isn’t a huge surprise as the originators of NLP were looking to find techniques that has the same effect as Hypnosis yet could be performed with eyes open. And, of course, they met with one of the most prolific hypnotherapists of all time, Milton Erickson. Any time spent around him would have been modelling at it’s most pleasant. Some of Milton’s contemporaries even challenged whether Ericksonian hypnosis should even be called hypnosis.

Here’s a quote taken from Wikipedia.

In the 1950s, Milton H. Erickson developed a radically different approach to hypnotism, which has subsequently become known as “Ericksonian hypnotherapy” or “Neo-Ericksonian hypnotherapy.” Erickson made use of an informal conversational approach with many clients and complex language patterns, and therapeutic strategies. This divergence from tradition led some of his colleagues, including Andre Weitzenhoffer, to dispute whether Erickson was right to label his approach “hypnosis” at all.

With the realisation from my delegates that as soon as they sit down in rapport with a client, they both are in a medium trance state, makes understanding open eyes hypnosis much easier. I’ll show you the definition of the brain wave lengths later in this article.

inducing hypnosis with client

The process of using hypnotic inductions is to make sure the client is at an appropriate brain wave frequency to accept the transformational work at the neurological level. After the client is at that level, the conscious use of language, metaphors, time based techniques and all the other ways of working deeply are in play again. Therefore NLP and hypnosis are brother and sister in the family of change.

Even in the corporate field, hypnosis has its place. I remember attending a corporate meeting in London Victoria, where they were assessing whether to bring in NLP World to run some training with them. After the interview one of them announced that she couldn’t remember much of what I said, yet it felt right and she was very “relaxed” to go ahead. That’s probably because I was using plenty of Milton Model patterns at the beginning of the meeting!

What is Clinical Hypnosis?

The explanation is quite unclear if you try and google it. Yet this definition is pretty good.

Simply speaking hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Clinical Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, therefore, is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, for therapeutic endpoint. This means that people are not treated with hypnosis but are treated in hypnosis.

alpha beta waves

When you have induced a good inductive state (at least Alpha state brainwave), then you start to work with a client in a therapeutic way – you are practising Clinical Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy. The common uses of Clinical Hypnosis are for weight loss, stopping smoking and pain control. Yet the applications are endless, such as allergies, ME, trauma and any ailment that has a mind body connection. Plus the advantage of having your NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner training is invaluable when you get into using your ‘mental scalpel’ of precision.

You can find our Clinical Hypnotherapy course here

Quote defining Milton Erickson’s work was from Wikipedia

Quote definition of clinical hypnosis was from Hypnotherapy Awareness