Has anyone ever told you that belief is everything? Indeed it would be true to say that the success of my Hypnotherapy business in Hemel Hempstead ,is dependent on belief alone. Working as a hypnotherapist means that my clients belief in my ability to help them, or even induce a hypnotic trance, is solely down to their belief in me.
So what exactly are beliefs, and why are they important? Beliefs are the things that underpin our values, they are the things we need to do or have happen, in order for the values to be met, and in order for us to feel like we are functioning properly within our lives. For example, someone might have the value of Security. In order for their need for security to be met, they may believe that they need to have a job that pays a certain salary, or a car, or be in a particular type of relationship.
So we have established what beliefs are and why they are important, but what happens when our beliefs are no longer serving us? Is it true that we may have some old beliefs that maybe had a purpose once, but no longer serve us now? For example, A lady came to see me at my practice in Hemel Hempstead, who had always been very shy. She felt that hypnotherapy would help. She had learned all that there
was to know about presenting and technically she was fine, but every time she got up to speak, a part of her was screaming inside “What are you doing? You’re not brave enough to do this!” This obviously would then put her off, and the courage she had been building up, would dissolve away, meaning that the little voice inside which had said she couldn’t do it, had again been right.
There are also instances when one belief has a conflict with another. For example, when I first began running my own business doing Hypnotherapy in Hemel Hempstead, one of my values was the freedom this gave me, and this was met by believing I needed to spend lots of time relaxing. However, one of my other values was Money, and I believed that I needed to work long hours to make a lot of money- which proved to be in conflict with spending lots of time relaxing!
The good news is, that in my hypnotherapy practice in Hemel Hempstead, there is an NLP technique which is used to change a persons beliefs. This is extremely effective (and quick) and not only changes old beliefs, but the second half of the process is spent installing a new and more empowering belief- something you would like to believe instead. This is done by changing the coding that we give to something (e.g. a belief) by changing the submodalities of it. Submodalities are the fine details that help to make up our memories or references in our minds, for example, if the memory or reference is a picture, the submodalities would tell us whether it is a picture in black and white or colour, how bright the picture is and how big. By changing the coding, we cannot not change the meaning of the belief, it will always be changed, and sometimes a small change is all it takes.
Gemma Bailey is qualified hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner, registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register, American Board of Hypnotherapy, British Board and American Board of NLP. Her website can be found at http://www.hypnotherapyandnlp.co.uk