This course was originally conceived for the person who is now, or plans on, receiving therapy, hypnotherapy or psychotherapy services for any purpose. After 2600 students we realized that the content of the course applies to life as a whole and not simply to the prospective therapy client - hence the idea of "life as therapy".
The course is delivered in a fashion analogous to your therapy sessions themselves: you will feel as though you are sitting across a hypnotherapist who is explaining to you how to maximize the benefits of each of your sessions, and the process as a whole. if you are looking for fancy visual effects, which often distract, this course is not for you.
For many years we noticed that not all students in our hypnotherapy classes intended to practice the profession. When asked, they said that they wanted to improve their understanding of themselves or of the hypnotherapy process itself. Despite the obvious need for a course designed for the current or prospective user, or consumer, of hypnotherapy, we could find none.
This course therefore meets an important need. As hypnotherapy becomes more mainstream each day, and a more important tool used by millions in the improvement of their lives and the resolution of problems, it becomes imperative to maximize the utility of the clinical encounter and process. To that end, professional hypnotherapists all over the world are advancing their skills to unprecedented levels.
When clients understand the process of therapy more clearly, they participate actively in the achievement of their goals and resolution of their problems. Therein lies the struggle for the client, however: finding the right balance between surrendering to the process and micromanaging each aspects of it.
This is where this course excels, in giving you some broad ideas to ponder upon, to reflect, to think about that will help you find that center for you.
This course is about what you can do to maximize the benefit of any therapy for you. By taking this course you will be more likely to achieve your purpose for your therapy, feel good about yourself while in therapy, and absolutely save a whole lot of time, money and frustration. A must for anyone contemplating therapy, or currently in therapy.
Your instructor, since 1996, has done over 31000 therapy sessions with over 7000 clients and had over 3000 students.
The motivation that generated this course came from certification course students who never intended to practice hypnotherapy on one hand, and clients who expressed frustration for not understanding the process of therapy on the other.
In order for any interaction to be effective, each party must do their part in order to rise to the occasion and generate maximum benefit. this course is about what you can do as a consumer of therapy services in order to maximize its benefits to you.
Understanding the nature of this struggle is the key to resolving it, and resolving it, or finding a center point, is key to your success in any therapy.
Gone are the days when people laid down on couches and spent years talking about free ideas of little relevance. Today, clients expect much quicker and more effective results from therapy.
Just in case you were wondering, here you have a bit about my background. To some of you this may be relevant because it certainly shapes the views presented in this course.
There are spiritual, mental and physical forms of therapy. All are characterized by common elements.
The process of therapy is awesome, and very comfortable. Although you may not know the origin of and solution to a problem, you do know what the problem is, what it is that you want to change. Therefore, therapy is never about pointing out what is wrong with you; that would be silly because we start therapy with that knowledge. therapy is about creating a better life for you.
People seem to understand how a pill can cure a disease, but not how "talking" can improve our lives. Yet, the only tool used in all forms of psychotherapies is the spoken word, and people all over the world accomplish goals through the right words that no pill could match.
The idea that we heal and become better by hurting is a medieval myth. People do not heal by being put down. On occasion, we may have to et go of "dear habits" in order to heal and improve our lives.
People usually dislike confrontation in therapy, or being shown that we are wrong in some way. by bringing your heart and all of your sincerity into the therapeutic encounter you will never feel confronted by your therapist.
Confidentiality in therapy goes well beyond a legal notion; it is a sacred space created in therapy that allows for expression of one's true self and ultimately healing.
Imagine your ideal of "normal". When we feel less than normal we think of a therapy that can can help us restore function. When we want to do better than normal, we think of enhancement.
Consider reading the 1952 book The Power of Positive Thinking, by Dr Normal Vincent Peale. With over 5 million copies sold, this book has touched many lives, even for those who do not consider themselves religious or christians.
A very clear and easy to understand explanation of what hypnosis is all about.
Being open minded and receptive to ideas while being told that you are great can only feel awesome. This is what it feels like to be hypnotized.
Myths abound, yet no clear dangers have ever been identified to the therapeutic uses of hypnosis.
We are all under the constant pressure of hypnosis, since life itself does that. perhaps what true hypnotherapists do is to actually help people come out of their own hypnotic dreams - into their own lives.
Life itself is the greatest hypnotist of them all. Perhaps hypnotherapists do not hypnotize people, perhaps they de-hypnotize people into being their true selves.
The process of therapy begins with a profound undertanding of what your life is really like; not what you think it is like, but what it really is. this phase of the process can be a bit difficult for some, particularly where too much denial is present.
Once you understand where you have been in your life, we need to develop a target, a goal. What we really want is not necessarily what we think we want. In the creative visualization course we cover this concept in much detail, but please keep in mind that the quality of this target, how well defined the objective is, is important for you to suceed in therapy.
We move from current reality to your desired objective one session at a time. We start each session with feedback fro the previous session... what effect did our previous session have on you? We then make adjustments to the strategy as needed and proceed.
When a person brings sincerity and perseverance to the therapeutic process you can achieve anything.
This is a dramatic example of therapeutic success. What is your success going to be?
Therapy is finite and it has a specific purpose. This is a very important conversation.
This is an important concept. Some people waste valuable time in therapy and in life recounting several examples of the same problem. These examples are more instances of the same trend. learn how to quickly identify the trend and heal the cause.
Flavio Souza-Campos Ph.D.
Dr. Flavio Souza-Campos is the founder of the Hypnotherapy and Counseling Center in Miami, Florida. Dr. Souza-Campos studied engineering and philosophy at Florida International University. His Ph.D. in biomedical engineering delved into the etiology of degenerative diseases and the relationship between medical paradigms and health care provision. He started practicing hypnotherapy in 1996, established the Miami chapter of IACT in 1998 and was awarded the IACT Humanitarian award in 2000. Flavio practices hypnotherapy full time, teaches basic through advanced hypnotherapy, metaphysics and philosophy classes on a daily basis as well as online courses & webinars, is a frequent guest on local radio and TV programs, and directly trained several successful hypnotherapists.