Hypnosis: Harnessing the Natural Powers of the Mind
Evolution’s Damien Shann interviews the hypnotherapist Paul Walpole MFHT.
Damien: First of all, thank you, Paul for taking the time to do this short interview. I am wondering how you first came to train in Hypnotherapy?
Paul: Before becoming a hypnotherapist, I spent most of my working life in the construction industry, working on social housing projects throughout East Anglia. It was while in this role that noticed that, as well as voicing their concerns about the building projects, tenants would often talk to me about their own personal issues, and I would offer support wherever I could.
I’d always had an interest in hypnosis and the power of the mind, and having read a number of books on the subjects, along with my desire to help people, I decided to train in hypnotherapy and NLP.
Damien: That sounds like a really natural and organic progression, what did you train in?
Paul: I trained in a number of therapy methods with both the highly experienced hypnotherapist, Joy Gower and also the Hypnosis Academy, one of the most respected training schools in the country. These methods included, Hypnosis, NLP, Emotional Freedom Technique and “Kinetic Shift”. Because clients’ issues are unique, each session is specifically tailored to their needs, using a combination of these methods I help people achieve thier desired goal.
Damien: What sort of issues is Hypnosis used for?
Paul: The list of issues that hypnotherapy can help with is almost endless, but include, stress, anxiety, confidence issues, phobias, weight management, smoking cessation, compulsions/addictions, sleep disorders… the list goes on!
Damien: Okay I get it! What does a hypnotic trance feel like?
Paul: Each person’s experience is unique, but many describe it as being like a day dreamy state, and a very enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Some people are apprehensive about seeing a hypnotherapist as they may be unsure of what it involves, or have misconceptions based on what they have heard, or seen in films or television programmes but hypnosis is actually completely safe. You cannot be hypnotised against your will, and even when you are in a hypnotic trance, you are always in control, and can come out of trance whenever you want.
Damien: Thanks, Paul, for giving us a brief insight in to how you work and the benefits your methods offer.
Paul is a therapist at Evolution, Lowestoft, and a member of both The Federation of Holistic Therapists and UK Hypnosis Academy. For further information call him on 07789 778 300
Damien is a counsellor and facilitator of Evolution Tel. 07475 941 512.