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Conversational Postulate in Hypnosis

At this months NLP & Hypnosis Practice Group, The Trance Cafe the topic of exploration was the Milton Model. Specifically the use and understanding of the Conversational Postulate.

First we inquired into the meanings of the terms. Postulate means a assumption of some reality. But a Conversational Postulate is basically a question form where irrespective of the verbal answer will tend to invoke some kind of action in reality; be this a physical one and/or operating withing cognitive capacity.

Conversational Postulate Hypnosis Newcastle

The verbal answer is most commonly a YES/NO or less commonly I DON’T KNOW or MAYBE. The importance is what happens in actuality, an action or thought that is the subtle or indirect response that is usually inferred by the recipient of the Conversational Postulate question.

For instance:

  • Could you tell me the way to the station?
  • Won’t you sit down?
  • Might it be a good idea to talk about it?
  • Can I ask you to stand up please?
  • Will you show me that again?
  • Is there any more toilet paper?
  • Should you wait before ordering that book?

The basic form will take a MODAL OPERATOR such as Could, Can, Will, Might followed by a personal or group referential index such as YOU or YOUSE’ALL and then a request ( question ) which can be acted upon either physically or psychologically.

So a basic set up for an induction into trance could be:

Could you sit down please? … And can you take two or three deep breaths? … And might you relax your shoulders a little more? … And will you close your eyes momentarily or in just a little while?

So we now have the structure of :

[ C.P. ] [ Suggestion ]

eg [ Could you ] [ Sit Down ]

Following on from this we can use what I call a Conversational Softener or just a Softener that is spoken before the Conversation Postulate [ C.P. ]. For instance:

I wonder … Could you Sit Down? or OK Robert, Could you Sit Down?

Where a Softener is of the form : I wonder, OK Robert,  I’m wondering, Now etc.

If you are ready … Could you sit down please? … And Robert … can you take two or three deep breaths? … And now … might you relax your shoulders a little more? … And I’m wondering will you close your eyes momentarily or in just a little while?

[ Softener ] [ C.P. ] [ Suggestion ]

One of the most useful ( and indeed a social nicety ) words is please. There is one video I saw online of Erickson working with a client who would not at first close their eyes. Erickson used the work ‘please’ several times to affect this. Usually clients are not resistful or not wanting to co-operate so the use of ‘please’ has several uses.

The word ‘please’ in this developing structure can be used in a variety of places. It was found during the practice group that excessive use of ‘please’ felt somewhat unnatural. I leave you to explore this in your own ways. ‘Please’ will fit in any one ( or more ) of the structure sequence marker shown after the ‘Please’ modified ‘induction’ below.

If you are ready … Please could you sit down ? … And Robert … can you Please take two or three deep breaths? … And now … might you relax your shoulders a little more Please? … And I’m wondering will you Please close your eyes momentarily or in just a little while?

[ Softener ] [ -Please- ] [ C.P. ] [ -Please- ] [ Suggestion ] [ -Please- ]

You may have noticed that the last structure phrase in this basic induction is a double bind. The Conversation Postulate may be actualised immediately, or momentarily or in a little while as per the verbal question. So extending the ‘Suggestion’ part of the mini-structure, yes that can be a double ( or single bind ) bind.

[ Softener ] [ C.P. ] [ Please ] [ Suggestion ( Bind Form) ]

Now, as with all structures ( or process ) I wonder, can you thoroughly learn this with plenty of effortful practice or enhanced repetition and then please consciously forget them?

Negation and Negative Effect Postulates

I will leave this post with a little taster of what followed on from this exploration at the practice group; as in putting into a alternative mode of practice within the presented structure.

Assuming your practice partner is sitting down and their name is Mary.

Ok Mary … I see that you are not standing up … Please … I don’t know … can’t you stand up? … and go deeper into trance?

Or assuming Mary has her eyes open.

Mary … I notice your eyes are open … I don’t know … can you not close your eyes? … while you develop more of an altered state?

Hypnotherpy Training North East England

Hypnotherapy training in the North East in Newcastle upon Tyne with Nigel Hetherington. Clinical hypnotherapy training begins each year in August and is ten days in duration. The entry requirement for hypnotherapy training is an NLP Practitioner certification or equivalent.

Many people who join Communicating Excellence hypnotherapy training are already in the business of professional change. This will range from body work professionals to people who as part of their job are assisting people make real change in their life. This includes counsellors, psychotherapists, police officers, dentists, social workers, human resource managers and practising hypnotherapists who want complementary techniques to add to their skill sets.

Clinical Hypnotherapy Newcastle 2012

Clinical Hypnotherapy Graduates December 2012

To be fully certified as a clinical hypnotherapist you will complete the following in addition to continuous assessment during course time.

  • Five case studies, written up with follow up
  • Written nested loop metaphor on a chosen specialisation
  • Written exam in module five
  • Form directed study groups with your fellow participants

Clinical hypnotherapy training is over five months beginning August and completing in December. Each module is two days per month, Saturday-Sunday and will build on the principles of NLP Practitioner training. The pricing is transparent at £645. Again, entry level requirement is an NLP Practitioner training.

NLP Practitioner training with Communicating Excellence has several formats to suit you and your life style. They all have the same price and differ in the time commitment and number of days training. All courses have time in between the training days so you can more fully integrate and ground the skills you will be developing.

NLP training in Newcastle with totally transparent cost and dates

18 Day NLP Practitioner Training : January-June 2013 : Friday-Sunday once per month : @ £595

Jan 25-27, Feb 15-17, Mar 15-17, Apr 19-21, May 17-19, June 21-23

It is really important that you get a feel of who you will be training with. It makes sense you should because all trainers and facilitators have their own unique style during training.

You can do this by checking out Nigel Hetherington on YouTube NLP and Hypnotherapy ( 115 Plus DVD uploaded ) this way you can choose who will be best for you in transferring knowledge and experience.

Hypnotherapy Training Course Newcastle upon Tyne cost and dates

10 day Clinical Hypnotherapy Training : August-December : Saturday-Sunday once per month : @ £645

August 24-25, September 28-29, October 26-27, November 23-24, December 14-15

Hypnotherapy training course with Nigel Hetherington in Newcastle upon Tyne. An experiential and in depth training hypnosis where you will learn psychological change techniques, powerful forms of hypnotherapeutic communication and develop you own style of application inside robust processes. Clinical Hypnotherapy training course begins in August 2013.

 

North East NLP Practice Group : Improvisation In Therapy & Coaching : Nigel Hetherington & Ruth Hindmarsh

This month’s offering at the Newcastle & North East NLP & Hypnotherapy Practice Group is Improvisation Skills in Therapy & Coaching … It’s for those of us who will go the extra extra mile to engender generative change.

20th April : Powerful and Exceptionally Meaningful Therapist Skills … Come … Here … And Co-Create …

When we are working in the role of a change consultant, therapist, facilitator or coach we do have an outcome in mind that is to facilitate a real, honest and empowering environment of exploration for our clients. How can we tune into being this creative?

Way too many change consultants can’t get out of their own way, in terms of making a real step or going out of their own comfort zone to enable their clients to do the same. What can we do to get to grips with getting out of our own way and facilitate real change experience?

There is a real need and requirement to be able to create a context for generative change which is enabling and at the same time, truly an honest and very creative place. When we hold a perspective of being seriously creative, we can see a clear path to genuinely enabling changes …

Performing arts and drama facilitation expert, Ruth Hindmarsh will facilitate a fun and safe space to really be the change consultant you know are, with fun and real purpose.

Within a sequence of exercises, Ruth and myself will integrate play, fun and creativity into tools and process’s you can easily merge into your professional practice and your life to make your sessions and interactions much more creative as well as bringing a smile and sense of something more deeply connecting into our work, play time and life as a whole.

Very much for those of us who are serious about change …

Facilitators : Ruth Hindmarsh & Nigel Hetherington

Entry Level : Open To All

Places are limited to 15 so book in advance to guarantee your place

Come join in and explore in a warm, comfortable purpose built training environment. The Newcastle Hypnotherapy Practice Group, The Trance Cafe meets at St Oswalds, Regent Centre, Gosforth. Third Wednesday of the month.

tea / coffee & biscuits included
7-9pm for only £10.00 book online now!


Spirituality in Coaching & Therapy : Session 2 : March 23rd : 7-9

“When your sense of self is no longer tied to thought, is no longer conceptual, there is a depth of feeling, of sensing, of compassion, of loving, that was not there when you were trapped in mental concepts. You are that depth.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

When we come direct from heart space we create an energetic connection that surpasses the concept of empathy or our multi-sensory capacity. In doing so we create the neutral vacuum that two souls can share to explore, discover, test, challenge and shift. For us, this is our recipe for lasting and generative change.

Paula and Nigel ran a café in February with thirty change workers from our region. Within minutes a space or vacuum had been created and a sense of calm descended. A place of peace and an open invitation to a gate for learning was present. Trust was not in consciousness as exploration overwhelmed any sense of anything else egoful.

In this place the concepts of reflection and projection were explored, safely and deeply. In the co-created space, the learnings shared, revealed reflections to be obviously seen, felt and heard. Projections as a consequence were so apparent and evidenced by the triads within which each individual worked. In one group three women who did not know one another before and without consciousness had sat next to one another apparently ‘just because’ shared the same shoes and suit, all shared the same organisation in terms of one had been employed by it, another currently employed by it and the third attending an interview the following day for it. Further they all shared the same fears and depth within those fears, they all shared a desire to learn NLP and two learned that a couple of weeks later they would share the same learning space on a course they had both booked completely independently.

Feedback came pouring in over-night from co-creators who in sharing the same continued to process for enlightenment. Emails have poured in subsequently and we could share many quotes with you but perhaps this one sums it up:

“For me, it’s all about leaving rational thought processes behind & allowing myself to connect fully to my inner self & to simply experience what is happening as it happens without thought or judgement.”

In our continuing journey into the theme of creating heart space whenever or wherever we go, the passage of time and process of reflection by you and us, has now revealed the next steps to be taken.

And boy has it revealed such phenomenal learnings have come to us to share with you in a way that cannot not open you to the greater source that exists within. And when in touch and aligned with your greater source, heart-space emanates in ways that the conscious could not conjure or create by itself. In turn this provides the neutral vacuum that two souls (or more as we’ve experienced) can share to explore, discover, test, challenge and shift. Again in continuous discovery, this is still our recipe for lasting and generative change.

So in this second café Paula and Nigel will facilitate your exploration of the deeper sense of self in a very different and dynamic way to anything that you may have experienced before. If there is language to explain what will happen we would say this experience will take you beyond the idea of ‘personal development’ and into the realms of ‘self awakening’.

You will have the opportunity to co-create between us a space where learning is shared and multiplied by just the essence of your being.

So please come join us for the journey of a lifetime knowing that once entered life will never be the same again.

Newcastle NLP and Hypnosis Cafe

Wednesday 23rd March 7-9pm :

Gosforth Library Newcastle NE3 3HD : £10 Including Biscuits.

Book online now.





Spirituality in Coaching and Therapy

The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.

Norman Vincent Peale

Spirituality In Coaching and Therapy – Newcastle NLP and Hypnosis Cafe Monday 7th February 7-9pm : Gosforth Library Newcastle NE3 3HD : £10 Including Biscuits. Book online below.

When we come direct from heart space we create an energetic connection that surpasses the concept of empathy or our multi-sensory capacity. In doing so we create the neutral void that two souls can share to explore, discover, test, challenge and shift. For us, this is our recipe for lasting and generative change.

So in this café Paula and Nigel will facilitate your unpacking of the deeper and more connecting ways in which yours and our therapeutic alliances work. How they are formed, how they grow and the effect and impact they have on our and the world.

We will open and share our thoughts and processes of how to develop co-created alliances by exploring the concepts of projections and reflections prior to, during and after a dynamic interaction. We will also consider projection and reflection in terms of attracting clients into your life for mutual healing and purposeful learnings.

Every person we meet has something to teach us, and every person has something to say that only they can say. We both believe we attract the clients that will help and be beneficial to our ongoing development. This may also include ‘healing’ your past. viz a vie we meet together to co-create something that is more than mutually beneficial …

From this place we’ll look at working from heart space that dynamically co-creates a change process as being fundamental in effective change and evolution work. We will show you how this offers a place that goes way beyond our understanding of rapport. Indeed it transcends the thoughts that if we shared some common value, belief, outcomes, goals and even purpose we can go anywhere in the relationship.

Newcastle NLP and Hypnosis Cafe

Monday 7th February 7-9pm :

Gosforth Library Newcastle NE3 3HD : £10 Including Biscuits.

Book online now.





Newcastle NLP & Hypnotherapy Practice Group : Thought Provoking Dialogue

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NEWS The Trance Cafe is Changing Dates : Now 3rd Wednesday of the Month.

February 16th Trance Cafe : 7-9 : Thought Provoking Dialogue

A humorous and client centred approach to change work. Guaranteed learning with outrageous laughter included as part of the process.

The topic for explorations and practice is Thought Provoking Dialogue. Thought Provoking Dialogue is the creation of Phil Jeremiah who recently ran an excellent two day Thought Provoking Dialogue workshop in Newcastle, sponsored by Nigel Hetherington. Thought Provoking Dialogue according to research is incredibly effective, fun, caring and totally client focused.

Phil is running two workshops in Thought Provoking Dialogue in Newcastle upon Tyne in March and April ( advanced ). Book both for £200 and get four days training. Excellent Value and Guaranteed Learning with Outrageous Laughter.

Phil studied extensively with Frank Farrelly the creator of provocative therapy and Phil has updated this approach for the 21st Century. Thought Provoking Dialogue is the latest cutting edge development in the use of humour in coaching, therapy, mentoring and helping people make positive changes in their lives.

In the months to come … Guest speakers will include Paula McCormack, Heider Imam and other very, very special people with a clear focus to  seriously positive learning outcomes that you can incorporate into your life and professional practice.

The practice evening will include demonstrations and plenty of practice time, focusing on specific Thought Provoking Dialogue patterns

Thought Provoking Dialogue

Facilitator : Nigel Hetherington

Entry Level : Open To All

Places are limited to 15 so book in advance to guarantee your place

Come join in and explore in a warm, comfortable purpose built training environment. The Newcastle Hypnotherapy Practice Group, The Trance Cafe meets at St Oswalds, Regent Centre, Gosforth. Third Wednesday of the month.

tea / coffee & biscuits included
7-9pm for only £10.00 book online now!


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NLP Collapsing Anchors Physically Newcastle NLP Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapy Training

One of the methodologies in NLP is moving from problem states or feelings into ones of freedom and ease.

Some people will regard this process as chaining anchors others may regard this as collapsing anchors. It can be regarded as both. More importantly it is really all about shunting anchors or states. That is to go from one state to another. This is accomplished by shifting physiology and some Thought Provoking Dialogue.

This is one way to make yourself feel better and let go of the past … while preserving as much as possible of the learnings … so you ideally don’t get into the same kind of mire again. It is also a way through repetition to train your body to shift at the first signs ( often unconscious ) of the problem state to a resource state.

NLP Clean Language Clean Therapy ™ Part Two | Demonstration Newcastle upon Tyne

The second part of a demonstration of Clean Language moving into aspects of the Clean Therapy ™ Model for exploring, generating and engendering a Solution Focused Metaphor approach to Problems.

Front Line Skills – Advanced Therapist training course begins February 2011 which include a Clean Therapy ™ certification.

The Fastest Way To Create Resource States NLP

The fastest most robust way to generate resource states is using a variant of NLP Eye Movement Integration called Lazy Eights. This is a technique I have developed and find this continues to get amazing results very fast.

This clip is from an Ericksonian Clinical Hypnotherapy training I delivered in Alaska earlier this year. The process is very simple to use and is demonstrated step by step in this video.

Hypnotherapist Training Courses Newcastle and North East England

When you are interested in Clinical Hypnotherapy Training … Communicating Excellence run two courses for you to attain your Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma. The shorter course requires you already have an NLP Practitioner certificate. Courses are held in Newcastle upon Tyne and North East England. Training approved with The General Hypnotherapy Register and Society of NLP.

The longer course begins in January 2011. This is NLP Practitioner Training @ £495 in Newcastle upon Tyne North East England.

Nigel runs a course packed with practical exercises, with an emphasis on learning-by-doing this is a course which teaches skills and builds confidence. Run with humour and energy the Clinical Hypnotherapy course is informative, engaging and enjoyable. For anyone wanting to build on their NLP skills and learn to use trance and hypnosis in their therapeutic work I would heartily recommend this course.

Simon Stanton – Retail Change Manager and Clinical Hypnotherapist

click here for full course information and downloadable prospectus.

The longer course is equivalent to doing an NLP Practitioner plus the short course. Whichever route you choose our Hypnotherapy Diploma course is both recognised and validated by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and The Society Of NLP.

Download : 10 Good Reasons To Do A Clinical Hypnotherapy Training Course

What will you get by choosing this course?

  • Qualification recognised, approved and validated by the GHSC, GHR and SNLP.
  • Complementary access to The Trance Cafe – Hypnotherapy Practice Group
  • Complementary assistance on setting up your business after your graduation
  • Complementary supervision for 6 months after your graduation
  • Competency and confidence in your professional hypnotherapy skills

On successful completion of this course you will have all the skills to effectively and ethically assist your clients to make the changes the require.

It also means you WILL NOT be reading scripts to them because you will be really conversant in solution focused hypnotic language patterns and acting fully in the role of a Professional Hypnotherapist so this way your attention will be focused in the correct place – your client.

If you’re looking to kick-start, jump or extend your client facing skills, this course is a MUST. I’ve ‘kissed a few frogs’ over the years, in other words, done loads of NLP and hypnosis courses and some of the things that frustrated me were the lack of real life experience of the trainers, real life application of the content and the intellectual snobbery and jargon. You know, when you say to yourself “But how could I use this in REAL life, with REAL clients?”

That’s not the case at all with Communicating Excellence’s course. The trainers are SO down to earth, yet SO sophisticated and SO funny, you’ll find yourself learning, laughing and experimenting your way to a new level of skill and qualification. The training has an overt NLP focus, so ideal for you if you have some understanding of this field. In fact, even as a Trainer of NLP, my NLP repertoire was significantly expanded and enriched, while learning a complete set of hypnotherapy skills. Double bonus.

You’ll find yourself in a friendly, light-hearted, warm, supportive environment, with the emphasis on experimentation and playfulness. Supporting materials are excellent. I can’t recommend this course highly enough. If you’re looking for Hypnotherapy & NLP skills and qualifications, your search is over. Good decision!

Haider Imam – So In Flow Ltd, Award Winning Achievement Coach