Stage 1: Recognise
Stage 2: Rewire
Stage 3: Reinforce
Stage 4: Retain
More Information about NeuroHypnotherapy
Critical Factor 1. We do not leave your old pattern still running in the background. We deactivate it. Unfortunately many therapy processes install new patterns while leaving the old ones running resulting in a feeling of inner conflict, a sense of uncertainty as well as the potential for relapse. Positive association is known to be a powerful tool for change. It is even more powerful when negative associations or meanings are released first. Then you do not run interference with old ways of doing things, old meanings or feelings.
Critical Factor 2. The NeuroHypnotherapy process ensures you create your own road map to success utilising the 5 essential elements of change: vision, skills, incentives, resources and an action plan.
Critical Factor 3. NeuroHypnotherapy combines effective counselling with hypnotherapy . It unpacks the key patterns that hold your issue in place. It ascertains what is unique about your process so that each session is strategic and individualised. In a nutshell we work together to break the pattern you don’t want and create a pattern you do want. No mystery – just neuroscience and evidence-based clinical practice.
The first is Hebb’s Law. “Neurons that fire together wire together”. Not only that, firing neurons invite their neighbours to their “pattern-making” party. So if we focus on an experience repeatedly we invite more and more neurons to be wired together in an expanding network. You can see how what you focus upon either reinforces your problem or reinforces your solution.
The second is the Quantum Zeno Effect. The Quantum Zeno Effect is, in a nutshell, “whatever you pay attention to persists”. The act of watching something slows down its rate of decay. Every time you check in on a memory, feeling or thought, it reverts back to its “original” state and that’s why old memories,feelings and even pain can feel as strong as when they first happened.
Your brain is not an accurate time-keeper. In fact, it can’t really tell the difference between your current reality, a memory or your imagination. It uses all three at the same time to decide what to do in any given moment. It uses the past to make judgments about what is happening in the present simply because it cannot process the billions of bits of new data in each moment. It goes searching for something similar it already knows and colours this latest experience with the meanings and patterns you laid down last time or when you were a child. You could say, “The past gatecrashes your present.” And, just to add to the mix, it turns out our memory isn’t as good as we would like to think. When you remember an event in the past, the process is more like “putting on a play from a script” than “replaying a video”. Eyewitness testimony, it turns out, is one of the least reliable forms of evidence allowed into courtrooms. The good news here is that you don’t need to believe your memory is “factually accurate” and therefore unchangeable. You can widen your perspective allowing your memory of the past to adjust itself creating new responses to old issues.
At the same time vividly imagined events based in the future actually wire the brain in present-time. That’s why elite athletes practice their sport over and over in their minds and consider it an effective use of their time. You, too, can go forward into the future in your imagination and bring it back into the present and rewire the brain to start moving towards that type of future. As you know, neurons firing off positive patterns invite more neurons to join them and it gets easier and easier to stay in the positive pattern. You could say it’s the best kind of neuron party. Each and every time you choose to imagine and do something positive it gets easier, feels more natural and spreads into other areas of your life.
So if this is all true, you might be asking why haven’t my best efforts to change worked the way I wanted them to? That’s because you have been trying to run two programs at the same time; the old and the new. In essence, they are competing with each other for your attention. Sometimes one pattern wins out; sometimes the other. To create lasting change we need to turn off or deactivate the old, no longer needed wiring. But how do we do that?
This brings us to the most exciting discovery in neuroscience in recent years. Neurons can be deactivated through a process called “memory reconsolidation”. This happens when we hold an old pattern up close and personal with a new pattern. Up until this moment the brain has been keeping them separated (think of different filing cabinets) so that they cannot contradict each other. This process saves us from feeling hypocritical or confused. Once we bring the two patterns together, in full awareness, the brain is compelled to rewire itself, deactivating the least helpful pattern. The good news is you keep your biographical memory while releasing the negative emotions and patterns associated with it.
Neuroplasticity means our brain can change itself. Because our brain can change – so can we.