This is a topic I rarely bring up in my office. Let me explain to you what it is exactly and who is the best candidate for it. I think you will find it interesting, so please read on.
I first came across the notion of becoming trained in hypnotherapy in 2017, when I came across the work of Marisa Peer. Some of you may recognize her name as the founder of Rapid Transformational Therapy, or RTT. Marisa is well known in self-development platforms, such as Mindvalley.
There are two proponents of RTT that caught my attention back in 2017. One was the idea of this being rapid with quick results.
We all want quick results. Ask any GP this question and I am sure you would hear the same. There is a pill for every ill, right Doc?
The second proponent of her method that drew me in was that it was transformational in the sense that there is no messing around. We get to the root reason and cause as to why you are feeling the way you are today, and we approach it head on. We get to work on those inner child wounds.
Your motivation to change increases as well because with understanding, comes clarity. As humans, we are more engaged in the healing process when we understand the journey. Things don’t seem so scary anymore. The magnitude of the challenge to change also decreases to a level that seems approachable, doable, and sustainable. As Victor Frankl stated in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, “In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning”.
Okay, now that you understand why I got hooked, I am going to tell you a bit more about my own journey as a hypnotherapist from 2017 -2022.
I have never counted the number of clients who conducted hypnotherapy (specifically RTT) with me, but I would have to guess that it would be well over 200. With a fair bit of certainty, I would also say it has made a lasting effect on how they think. The most profound change was their inner dialogue, that is, the voices in their head altered.
Although there are a fair number of hypnotherapists in Winnipeg, I think they would all conduct it a bit differently. I am the only RTT therapist. I also know that some hypnotherapists specialize in a specific change, for example smoking, fertility, gambling or grief.
I now realize that Marisa’s claim to fame that it is a one-time fix, but to be honest with you, is not very realistic. First of all, we are all constantly working on ourselves in terms of being a better person than the day before. So, to claim it is a one-time fix never resonated with me.
However, as time went on I thought, “I can make this even better”. I began to include follow-up sessions spaced over a period of time, as well as a daily email to further cement the new ‘habit of thought’. I also consistently checked-in with my client and made sure things were settling-in okay for them. I wanted to let them know, they are not alone.
The thoroughness of that first session and the intense inner work, allows for a much better opportunity for insight because you have the time to get deep. You can marinate in those feelings and have a better understanding why you think and behave the way you do!! Finally, you realize the power OF YOUR MIND to change the behaviors that ensued due to the thoughts. You realize what those blocks are!
One more important note. The personalized recording, which is created in the first session, based on what came up in the induction period, will serve to change the habit of thought, which in turn changes the habit of action. You are then accountable to listen to that recording (normally between 10-15 min) every day for the next 45 days.
So, what kind of person do I need to be in order for this to be successful? You must be: Attentive to Your Thoughts with a Strong Willingness to Change.
With those two characteristics anyone can become suggestible during the induction and achieve their intention.
To once again quote Victor Frankl’s work, “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.”
In my professional opinion, this method is the most efficient way of attaining this space.