Coaching often involves helping clients break free from limiting beliefs and behaviours that hold them back. With its ability to access the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can be a potent addition to a coach’s toolkit for facilitating transformational change.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy utilises trance-like states to establish deep relaxation, focused attention, and increased suggestibility. This allows hypnotherapists to communicate directly with the subconscious aspects of the mind that drive habits, automatic reactions, and assumptions below conscious awareness.
Brain imaging reveals that hypnotic trance is associated with changes in alpha and theta brain wave patterns, indicating calm, receptive mental states. Therapists use guided visualisation, metaphor, and direct suggestion to reshape subconscious patterns while defences are lowered. Over time, this facilitates positive behavioural changes and personal growth.
Applications in Coaching
Accessing the subconscious mind can profoundly complement coaching by:
- – Uncovering and transforming self-limiting beliefs. The relaxed trance state allows deep introspection to identify hidden assumptions holding clients back. These can then be reframed into empowering alternatives that become integrated at the subconscious level.
- – Establishing new motivation and identity. Hypnotherapy allows coaches to communicate directly with the inner drives shaping behaviour to align them with the client’s goals for growth. Trancework can also reinforce a new self-image.
- – Changing habits and addictions. By bypassing conscious resistance, hypnotic techniques can install healthier automatic responses to triggers. This leads to improved self-control without willpower.
- – Improving mindfulness and resilience. Visualisations and metaphors build subconscious resources like detachment from thoughts and connection to purpose – strengthening the client’s mental fitness.
The Science of Trance
fMRI scans reveal how hypnotherapy techniques deactivate the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex – associated with analysis and critical thinking – while activating areas linked to imagination and emotion. This allows the selective focusing of attention and increased openness to therapeutic suggestions.
Through similar neurological shifts, trancework’s emotional intensity and imaginative storytelling also mirror the mental state needed to install learning in memory. Hypnotherapy uses trance to optimise desired biological changes.
Guiding Clients into Trance
While complex scripts once induced a trance, coaching favours a conversational approach. Through relaxed pacing and language focused on imagination, coaches guide clients into accessing alpha and theta waves. The key is establishing a receptive focus.
Once in trance, visualisation, metaphor, and direct suggestion align subconscious patterns to conscious goals, allowing transformative learning at deeper levels. Hypnotic techniques provide a means of communicating with the inner mind to accelerate personal growth.
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Dr. Terry McIvor is the founder of the International Guild of Hypnotherapy,NLP and 3 Principles Practitioners and Trainers. (IGH3P)
IGH3P is a professional development body which develops the skills of coaches, Hypnotherapist and NLPers.
He is an educationalist of over 20 years experience and has been accredited as a STEM and Science expert at level 6 and 7 by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in the U.K.
Dr. Terry is also an NLP trainer, Master Hypnotist, a qualified Hypnotherapist and 3 Principles Coach.
He is trainer for most of the leading hypnosis professional bodies in the U.S including IACT, ICBCH,IMDHA, and the Elman Institute,
Dr. Terry has set up his own accredited STEM school in the U.K. called AISR, it is through his academy he conducts his teaching and research.
Dr. Terry has entered into the realm of Metaphysical Philosophy. and is currently adapting metaphysical ideas of consciousness to train metaphysical( Quantum) coaches of the future.