4. The complex issue of control (follow the links to my earlier posts)
5. Drawing the line
Being able to break down that big picture into smaller, more manageable chunks enables the client to get a sense of control and of priority about their thoughts and problems. This means they can then be tackled one at a time - rather than all at once. After all, doing everything all at once would be overwhelming even for the most organised of individuals!
This session introduces the client to the concept of boundaries - both internal and external ones. Internally we can separate our thoughts from our feelings, our impulses and urges from our actions, and our work life from our personal life. There are also different "parts" to our personalities; compassionate parts, determined parts, playful parts, and so on. Each part is useful in different circumstances, and less so in others. The hypnotic part of the session encourages the client to explore these inner resources, and the boundaries between them. Externally, especially in our interactions with others, we can learn to separate what belongs to us from what belongs to others, what we believe from what others believe, that the opinions of others are only opinions and not facts, and how we can explore what others demand of us and decide what we are prepared to give. The hypnotic process is also designed to help the client instinctively draw lines and boundaries between these parts and these concepts, and to notice automatically when someone is attempting to cross the boundary in an unwanted way. The client becomes able to confidently deal with such "invasions" by automatically accessing the appropriate internal part for any given situation. The result is an increasing feeling of control in a world that had previously seemed beyond control.
Links to the seven stages will be posted here as they become available:
- Dealing with sleep disturbance
- Looking to the future optimistically
- It’s time to do something different
- The complex issue of control
- Drawing the line
- Guilty or not guilty?
If you are a depression sufferer and would like a more detailed and specific explanation of how this approach could work for you, please feel free to contact me to organise a free introductory consultation.
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