Video duration: 44 minutes
Manual size: 35 pages
If a picture paints a thousand words, then a metaphor offers the hypnotherapist a way of painting that picture for the client. By using metaphors, a hypnotherapist can convey information in a more vivid way than merely using a ‘therapy technique’, or just giving the client a bunch of direct hypnotic suggestions relating to their therapy goal. Not all clients like being told what to do, nor will they all respond well to direct suggestions and techniques. These are some of the many reasons that hypnotherapy metaphors will help to revolutionise your therapy practice!
The advantage of using hypnotherapy metaphors is that they offer the hypnotherapist an indirect form of influence and persuasion which helps direct a client towards meaningful change, whilst reducing any likelihood of resistance or critical analysis. Hypnotic metaphors provide the hypnotherapist with a creative tool for problem solving; one that is familiar in our everyday lives. People use stories and metaphors to make sense of their world. They can convey emotions and feelings whilst generating empathy and a sense of connection to those in the story. Clients will remember the drama and contents of the story and, as a result, absorb the deeper message or ‘moral of the story’, and this is where the change will begin to happen.
The hypnotherapy metaphors 101 course is presented by Dr Kate Beaven-Marks, and is the ideal introduction for anyone wishing to learn how to develop their skills in the creation and use of metaphors within a therapy setting. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced hypnotherapy practitioner, you will be able to use the hypnotic metaphors, tales and approaches within this training course to help you and your clients get the most from the hypnotherapy session. In this course you will learn…
This hypnotherapy metaphor training course begins with considering what metaphors are (and what they are not), and the differences between metaphors and similes. In this section you will discover how the telling of stories is a fundamental component within every culture. Stories, parables, tales and metaphors can be employed to make factual information more palatable and more memorable. Here, you will also learn why hypnotic metaphors are a highly effective and creative way of problem solving, and that there are differences between brief, teaching, conversational and hypnotherapy metaphors…
Brief metaphors are often simply a phrase or a saying that is applied to an object or action, but is not literally true. For example, “I am feeling blue” is used to describe feeling sad, rather than literally being blue in colour. Brief metaphors can even be symbolic, representing the essence or quality of the object or action. An example being a light bulb, which can represent insight and new ideas. It is useful to be able to notice when a client uses a metaphor to describe some aspect of their experience or some aspect of themselves (whether physically, emotionally or psychologically), because this can offer additional information for the therapist to work with in the hypnotherapy session. For example, by noticing that a client refers to their pain as, “a red-hot poker”, you could then work on this brief metaphor during the therapy session, whether changing their representation (to something that’s not a red hot poker) or re-framing and altering their experience to disconnect them from this unhelpful metaphor.
Teaching metaphors have been used for thousands of years to convey history and wisdom across generations. There is also some cross-over with conversational and hypnotherapy metaphors, as all of these may include in their story; heroes, villains, adversaries, leading characters and a supporting cast. Often, during childhood, people will have experienced ‘bedtime stories’ and cartoons, that have had a purpose or ‘moral’ in the tale. As we grow, this exposure to metaphors continues to influence us with movies, books and even song lyrics, helping us to see things from different perspectives and even inspiring us to try out new behaviours.
In this section you’re going to learn about four really useful hypnotic teaching metaphors:
The pebble jar metaphor
The coach metaphor
The train metaphor
The bus stop metaphor
Each of these hypnotherapy metaphors can be expanded, contracted or adapted to suit each individual hypnotherapy client that you see, factoring in various aspects of their problem, goal, personality and interests. As well as a useful means of re-framing a client’s experience, they also provide the hypnotherapist with a great vehicle to indirectly suggest new ways of thinking and responding in various situations.
Conversational hypnotic metaphors offer the hypnotherapist a subtle tool for influencing a client, whether that is to do or not do something or to create a sense of doubt about a rigidly held belief. Where a hypnotherapy client may resist direction and perceive this as being told what to do, an indirect hypnotic metaphor can be highly effective in communicating a message in a way that is received more comfortably. For example, you could deliver a conversational metaphor during the intake part of your hypnotherapy session about gardening, and this might be designed to have an influence on a client’s perception of their anxiety. Within your conversational metaphor, you will be able to use hypnotic language outside of a formal state of hypnosis, such as whilst the client has their eyes open and are actively engaging in discussions. In this section you will discover the key information required to construct general conversational therapy metaphors, as well as more focused and structured hypnotherapy metaphors.
You’ll learn the five-stage process that can be used to create both conversational and hypnotherapy metaphors. Each stage of this metaphor generation process is explained in detail, with running examples of metaphors to illustrate exactly how this process works. By creating metaphors specific to your client, and ensuring that your hypnotherapy metaphors are both comprehensive and focused, they will then better relate to your client’s issues, experiences and core values. This means that your bespoke metaphors are much more likely to resonate with your client on a deeper level than any generic ‘hypnosis script’ might.
Finally, in this section, we consider what you can do to enhance your delivery of hypnotic metaphors, to ensure that your metaphor and therapeutic message are more easily received by the client.
In hypnosis, a client is better able to engage their imagination and, as a result, connect even more to a hypnotherapy metaphor. We can apply a range of therapeutic techniques within hypnosis to create metaphors to deeply engage the imagination and bypass critical interpretation. This allows the subconscious mind to beneficially and effectively absorb the useful information presented in the metaphor, leading to changes, whether simple or profound.
In this section you will learn that using metaphors within hypnotherapy can lead to successful and powerful transformations of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Metaphors are a superb way to explain and illustrate your points on many different levels, allowing the client to draw the information from the metaphor in the most appropriate way for them. They can also provide a covert means for rehearsing a range of approaches and options, whether to cease or generate patterns of behaviours, thinking strategies or feelings and emotional responses. Hypnotherapy metaphors can enrich the therapy process and, as a result, build greater client-therapist rapport. In hypnosis the client can better engage in the rich detail of the metaphorical fantasy, identifying aspects of their own situation with parallels in the story. This can then help them better identify with the solutions and resources that you will then present within the same metaphor.
During this section, a range of applications (together with illustrative examples) will be explored, including covert influence, focused thought, choice, insight generation, action rehearsal and overcoming challenges.
When you buy this hypnotherapy metaphors 101 training course, you will receive a detailed training video together with a 35 page PDF course manual offering comprehensive notes about all of the hypnotherapy metaphor techniques and approaches featured in the video. This means that you can watch each section of the video as often as you need, supported by the informative manual to grasp a full working appreciation of the broader and finer points of each metaphor technique. To further enhance your proficiency, we recommend that you engage in creating your own metaphors throughout the training course, as well as applying each metaphor technique that you learn to yourself (either in or out of hypnosis). By doing this, you will quickly develop familiarity with these metaphorical techniques, and enhance your own metaphor creation abilities. As with any other skill, the more you practice, the more adept you will become at helping clients by telling stories, tales and metaphors.
Metaphors are an integral tool of the successful hypnotherapist, and can be used with almost any client on any problem/goal. So, add hypnotic metaphors to your own hypnotherapy toolkit now. You’ll be glad you did…
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Though there is no mandatory requirement for you to evidence your understanding of the course material in order to receive your CPD certificate, we strongly encourage you to practice all of the techniques that you learn during this online training course, in order to get the full benefits from it.
*All short courses have CPD certificates. The Advanced Hypnotherapy course (coming soon) offers an Advanced Diploma which is available on successful completion of that course.
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