Welcome To Vancouver Hypnotherapy School.

Welcome to Vancouver Hypnotherapy School.We offer training for therapists interested in building their business. This is provided through online tutorials and weekend workshops.

Delivered through weekend workshops in Vancouver, and occasional international venues, our workshop format allows you to build your business from the ground up with great tools and sound ideas. Drawing on the experience of Vancouver Hypnotherapy Inc. – Canada’s leading hypnotherapy practice – we provide specialist business workshops to help therapists successfully market their businesses, and look after their clients in the best possible way.

Vancouver Hypnotherapy School started operating in 2008, and has been growing steadily since. Our students have gone on to lead their field in Canada, the UK and Australia. We welcome you to our school and look forward to helping you learn the skills that will enable you to help others. Most of all we’d like you to remember that hypnosis is meant to be fun and helpful to all involved.

The first time someone sees hypnosis done well it can seem like magic. It’s not. But it is impressive.  We’d love to help you build your practice.

Rob Hadley

Working With Alcohol Clients.

In the ten years since opening Vancouver Hypnotherapy we’ve seen well over six thousand clients, many of which have come to see us specifically about their alcohol use. While once Quit Smoking was the staple sales area for hypnotherapists, Alcohol Management is fast becoming an area of interest.

I am often asked to talk to hypnotherapists about working with alcohol clients. The first thing I point out is that, like working with any addictions client, don’t be too quick to say, ‘Yes, come on into my home office…’

We built a tool which we offer free to other therapists to predict the success levels of any addictions client. It’s rudimentary, but quite helpful when thinking about whether or not to take a client. You can find it and use it here: http://lancehadleydesign.com/redflagssurvey/index.html

Typically we have clients come in for a screening interview, to decide whether or not we want to take them on. This is usually a half hour talk and can lead straight into the first session. It is, however, an opportunity for us to say, ‘No way!’, if things don’t look workable. Our office is in a very nice and very secure office building, which is a beneficial factor. I would not advise seeing alcohol clients in your home.

Once you begin seeing the client for a series of sessions you are going to do a couple of things. The first is to establish a good understanding of the client. Forget about this being a one session deal. On average an alcohol management client will see you six or seven times. That number comes straight out of our analysis of ten years of alcohol clients, so it’s based on a lot of cases. You’ll have to get used to the idea that this is going to be a series of sessions and you will need a thorough understanding of the client.

With is in mind you set about getting a good solid history of the client, and the client’s use of alcohol. Next you will need to look at the frequency and intensity of use. That’s very important. You don’t want to try to stop a heavy user of alcohol too swiftly. This can cause serious risks to the client, and have extremely dangerous consequences. Hypnosis is a very powerful tool, and to simply stop alcohol use can result in tremors, seizures or even a stroke. So, accurately understand the client’s use, frequency and intensity.

We developed a means to note this use and intensity. We see how many times a month they drink, and on a scale of 1 to 5 ask them to rate the intensity of use. A glass of wine every day for a month would be 30/30 and 1. Getting mildly drunk every weekend might be 8/30 and 3.

Our approach is to separate alcohol users into two groups; Constant Use Alcoholics, and Binge Use Alcohol Abusers. These two groups need very different approaches. In the case of constant use alcoholics a very moderated step down is always necessary. Their systems have become so used to being exposed to alcohol, a gentle withdrawal is the best approach.

Once you have built a comprehensive understanding of the client’s alcohol use, then you can begin the provision of a step down program. Using hypnosis to reinforce the levels of restriction on the types and intake of alcohol,you can reduce the use gradually, while stepping up a bit of exercise, and often it helps to lift the protein levels in the diet.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for motivating the client to reduce alcohol use, while improving their general approach to health. During the course of this step down you are getting to know the client increasingly well, and likely beginning to understand where the client’s belief system around their alcohol use came from. This will likely be discovered over a couple of sessions, including one using regression to learn the client’s early experiences of alcohol, and discover associations the client has made with alcohol use.

Once you’ve gained this knowledge you’ll likely be able to bring it into play, to prevent the client slipping back into unhealthy use of alcohol. This approach seems to work well, and allows time for the client to get to know you, and build trust. In some instances you will move through moderation to complete exclusion. This is by no means necessary in all cases. We see about 8% need exclusion, and they almost always come from the Constant Use Alcohol group.

When working with alcohol clients the key is to take your time. Don’t rush anything. If you’d like a little more information contact me directly at admin@vancouverhypnotherapy.org

Rob Hadley Cht.

The top three suggestions for hypnotherapists.

After nearly ten years of working with clients and using hypnosis to improve their lives I can’t help but notice there are some hypnotic suggestions that keep coming up and being used. I’ve been tracking these recently, and will put out a more comprehensive list at a later date.

I am a big believer in getting to know the client. I’ve often called this ‘mapping the client’. The therapist should know the lie of the land. That means understanding the high points of their life, and the lows. Having a clear idea of the main influences, the sources of belief, what have they have learned and from whom.

Once this information is understood it’s easier to identify what the client is really looking for. While the client is likely coming to see a therapist for a defined reason, such as a fear of flying, usually there are some underlying issues as well. These suggestions are the most commonly relevant and are used to address some of these.

1. Release anxiety. Dial down the anxiety to make better judgements. Relax, take a step back, and allow yourself a little time. There are few issues you need to make snap decisions on.

2. Let go of the past. If you are simply letting the past color your vision you are doing yourself no favours. What’s done is done. Let it go and move forward.

3. Release self judgement. You hold yourself to a high standard. You set the bar high, and when you don’t meet the stadard you feel disappointed. Let it go, and simply do your best. That’s as good as you you can ever do.

These three come up again and again. I hope this list is useful. Feel free to pass it on.

Rob Hadley
Vancouver Hypnotherapy School.