Are you spending more time thinking about the things that are wrong in your life than how you’d like to make your life better? Do you find yourself analysing and going over events from the past trying to find new meaning as if somewhere in the past you've lost the key to your present life?
These are the traps the mind can set for us, especially if we've had a traumatic experience; our minds seem to somehow create a pit that our thoughts can’t climb out of. We often confuse this rumination with depth and can even become scathing of people who are getting on with their lives seemingly content with their lot, we dismiss them as being shallow. However endless rumination is not “being deep”, it’s being stuck.
The lessons of the past are valuable, but once learned they are only useful if they spur us forward with greater wisdom in the future. Learning how to become unstuck from our past can be a daunting prospect, if you've suffered bereavement, been through a divorce or had some other sad or traumatic event it can seem as though the loss will open up like a chasm if we try to leave it behind and that the world has become hostile and frightening, however that is a trick of the mind.
The mind bears no malice in doing this, it is trying to protect us from further harm it’s just that it can become somewhat overzealous in its duties. It’s not unusual to withdraw inwards in times of sadness and the mind recognises this as an effective coping mechanism, once some healing has occurred it usually begins to feel safe to slowly emerge, unfortunately sometimes the safe signal is not received and it carries on keeping us prisoners of our own thoughts and constructs. The beliefs formed during trauma are very compelling, particularly if they are allowed to continue for a long time unchallenged;
for this reason it is important not to try to rush or push anyone out of this state, because this can cause further trauma and deeper withdrawal, I believe the key is instead to gently open the way so that the aforementioned “safe signal” can be sent successfully.
Hypnotherapy is a gentle way of allowing a person to explore alternative possibilities around how they experience life in a safe and secure environment. It can enable a person to witness their own control over their state of being and perspective; this is achieved through internal resolution under the guidance of the therapist. As a therapist there is nothing more gratifying than witnessing someone go from a state of hopelessness to the realisation that there are other ways. It quite literally gives them a new lease on life.
*So if you are feeling stuck and would like some help in moving forward with your life, please don’t hesitate to call me on 0435 923 817, located in Mentone, South East Melbourne. I’d be delighted to work with you on getting you moving forward and living your life to the full again. For further information check out our Anxiety and Stress Management page
* Results may vary
Georgina Mitchell was born in Ireland, moving to Australia in 1989. Georgina spent many years working in senior management in the Corporate world, before leaving to pursue her passion to become a Therapist.
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Please note as with all therapies, Results for Therapies delivered by Hypfocus may vary from person to person