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Understanding Anxiety, Sadness, & Depression

depression_smWhat goes on inside the mind of someone experiencing anxiety, depression or sadness? Understanding this process is key to changing it. What do anxiety, depression, and sadness have in common? What beliefs might be getting in the way of feeling better? What does He-Man and the Master of the Universe have to do with it?

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Understanding Anxiety, Sadness, & Depression

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Distorted thinking

thoughts-smThere are many ways to look at the world or a particular context or situation in the world. We call those viewpoints “frames of reference.” Some frames help us to accomplish our goals and live the kind of lives we want to live — and some don’t.

As NLPers and hypnotherapists, it can be part of our job to ferret out those frames and help people have more empowering frames, when those frames are interfering with the client’s outcomes. And one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to challenge frames that are getting in our own way. Over the years, I’ve noticed patterns in troublesome frames. Here are some that I think bear challenging.

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Distorted thinking

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How Does It All Work Together?

puzzleI get asked a lot about what technique to use when, how to use hypnotic language in a session, how do you apply anchoring and the meta model. In NLP trainings, techniques are often taught one-at-a-time and as discrete techniques. In sessions, there’s more improvisation. Many students are uncomfortable with that. Thus, teachers in the field promote authoritarian models where the therapist controls the whole process and has a regimen all laid out. But in my mind, the best healers work with what the client gives them. They respond — not dictate. They explore the client’s model of the world and help the client adjust their ideas, thoughts, beliefs and patterns until the client achieves their goal. How do you do that? Read

How Does It All Work Together?

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