During my coaching journey it became quite clear that what I usually saw by way of my coachee’s behaviors was the tip of the iceberg. This was a product of their conscious mind whilst most of what lay hidden was their unconscious mind which was in effect providing the trigger for many of their conscious decisions.
Hence I began to ponder over ways to get underneath the surface and find out what was indeed going on in the unconscious mind that was all powerful and responsible for most of what happened or did not.I stumbled upon Hypnotherapy when listening to a BBC program and I got captivated because it seemed to answer the very questions I was struggling with.
Hypnotherapy I found was a therapeutic treatment approach in which hypnosis provides a mental state highly conducive to introspection, enhanced sensory awareness, and creative problem solving.Hypnosis is a trance-like state in which clients are focused, highly relaxed, and more open to suggestion. The most important aspect is that the therapist is able to put their client into a hypnotic state, access their subconscious mind, uncovering repressed motivations and memories, and re-mapping their responses to stimuli.
I found that in many instances, coaching falls short of expectations particularly when sustainable change has to be achieved. Many of my corporate clients suffer from performance anxiety, stress related disorders, depression, eating/weight related problems etc. Hypnotherapy has a much greater depth than conventional coaching conversations. The subconscious mind represents 90% of our mind, most notably, long term memory where the root causes of many of our mental-issues reside. Rather than skirting the issues with conversations, hypnotherapy dives in taking the client on a much deeper journey that allows them to understand their unconscious motivations, the secondary gains (conflicting commitments) that are unknown obstacles to behavior change and growth.
I have treated a CEO with severe anger management issues. Another senior executive suffering from a traumatic experience in childhood for which she had not got closure which continued to manifest in her blaming behaviors and living a delusional existence that just would not allow her to accept negative feedback. A regional VP who was suffering from general anxiety disorder that developed from performance anxiety and went on to derail his career which just coaching would never have been able to address.
On the way I have cured many executives from fear of flying, giving up smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, reducing their irritable bowel disorders etc all of which are very easily addressed by hypnotherapy. But then I am very careful when I introduce hypnotherapy as it is really not meant for everyone. What is most critical is that the client must have an open mind and not be cynical and go through the motions without real commitment. Like everything about alternative remedies it is an art and a science. Much depends on the ability of the coach who has the maturity and ability to achieve rapport and trust with the client, to be able to do what is in their best interest.