Pain is a message to be dealt with. It may be directly related to an injury, impact, etc.; it may be directly related to the healing process (i.e. inflammation due to the body’s response). Pain may be a signal stuck in the open position. “Suffering” is an emotion. There is a use for pain but never a need for suffering. In fact, the simple understanding of the use of pain and uselessness of suffering can by itself create a 1 or 2 point decrease in SUDS.
Clients suffering with pain may be struggling with reaction, guilt, a why-me attitude—sensible or not. Hypnotherapy is a powerful means to address these issues in addition to any physical symptoms. Hypnotherapists typically spend more time with a client during an initial session than the client’s physician has spent with the client during his/her entire relationship. “Pain Management” is used by physicians to describe a medical specialty that involves medication. Drugs, including opioids, are first option though the side effects may not be tolerable to the client. Other clients may have a personal philosophy against drugs and prefer a different approach.
Interestingly, the medical community often gives up on pain patients because they believe “it’s all in the mind.” This is great news for certified hypnotherapists as the mind is our specialty—the mind is what we do. Through this specialized hypnotic process clients are able to tap into a powerful self-control or maintenance mindset. Acute pain relief is an option, as is glove anesthesia (useful for procedures, though not necessarily the most effective for chronic pain).
The client has to do the work—this may be a surprise to the client—because only the client knows what is tolerable to them. This program will teach you how to address the various issues and interpretations that will invariably come up in sessions with this type of client. You will also learn methods to ensure your clients’ success outside the office and how to effectively engage clients in the right treatment schedule for their unique needs. You’ll learn to maximize what might otherwise become overly taxed listening skills and to proficiently utilize creativity in regard to specific devices. The body and brain have many self-regulation techniques that merely need to be released by hypnosis to start working.
- How to communicate the distinction between pain and suffering
- Verification and supplementation of professional medical or dental help
- The most effective interview methods that circumvent medical descriptions and uncover the clients’ direct experience
- Amazing and invaluable: Synesthesia and how to create a steep decrease in pain
- A vital measurement tool
- Utilization of a standard scale and how to stick with it
- Powerful measurement metaphors to enhance progress
- Types of interventions
- Use and utility of pain reduces suffering
- Stress reduction/fear reduction—stress interferes with the body’s ability to heal
- Fear is the major suffering multiplier: understanding/experience of relief
- If stress makes it worse, hypnosis makes it better
- Demonstrations and breakouts
- The effects and powerful impact of dissociation
- How to move the pain (and why)
- How to move the affected location (and why)
- Magic Medication Multiplier
- Symbolic manipulation
- The powerhouse of pain relief
- NLP based methods
- Direct Authoritarian Methods
- Ethics and legal issues
- Never remove useful pain—examples
- Don’t practice medicine without a license
- How to successfully market this powerful process
- And much more . . .
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