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What is Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)?
NLP IS THE STUDY OF SUCCESSFUL BEHAVIOR. IT INCORPORATES METHODS OF RETRAINING THE MIND IN ORDER TO PRODUCE CONSISTENT, DESIRED BEHAVIORAL RESULTS in your life. Neuro defines the mind, linguistic = language, and programming means retraining; hence, retraining the mind to communicate the most effective language towards ourselves and to others. It has also been coined, "the study of excellence."
NLP processes can be used for success in health, relationships, business, and all other areas of your life. It is extremely effective at producing positive changes quickly and comfortably to match your specific needs, drive your personal growth, and enhance your role in any particular areas you'd like to address. NLP is a great way to help you delve deeper into the root cause of your issue, by guiding a series of specific questions, visualizations, or changes of perception.
NLP techniques can be used alone on a conscious level, but can also be highly effective when combined with hypnosis to gain breakthrough changes and achieve your desired results.
What exactly is hypnosis?
If you could change consciously, you would, wouldn't you? However, if you are unable to make your desired changes consciously, then the unconscious mind may be running the show. Together, I will help you make positive changes at an unconscious level through the use of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a state of being in complete comfort and relaxation. It can best be described as "concentrated attention" and characterized by an awake-sleep state (also alpha or theta state). Hypnosis is usually experienced in trance, where a high level of change can be experienced at an unconscious level.
During your session with Melissa, you are in complete control of your conscious state, just as you would be during meditation, or being in a state of high concentration. For example, have you ever been so engaged in an activity, such as being glued to a movie, enthralled in a book, or super focused in a sport or project, that you don't notice anything else around you? Hypnosis is no different. As you are guided to deepen your awareness of your unconscious mind, you will begin to lose involvement in your external surroundings. However, just as you can break your focus from any activity, you can also come out of hypnosis at any time you desire. Therefore, you are always in control of being in trance.
The primary state of consciousness that is most referred to in hypnosis/hypnotherapy is the Alpha state. This is the state of mind where one is half-asleep, half-awake, and is in a state of deep relaxation or meditation. Once you allow yourself to enter an alpha state, your inner-talk will begin to slow down and you will begin to become more image-oriented, thus being guided to make positive changes in your life.
In hypnosis, some may also experience the theta state, going into a very deep relaxation. Many people meditate for hours to get to this state of complete, and deep calmness of the mind. Many consider that being in the Gamma (higher brain activity in the consciousness revolved around perception) Theta state is a favorable state to produce instant healing.
Scientific discoveries show that certain brain wave frequencies (especially the Alpha and Theta) may:
1. Relieve stress and promote a lasting and substantial reduction in people prone to anxiety states.
2. Facilitate a deep physical relaxation and mental clarity.
3. Increase verbal ability and performance IQ.
4. Better synchronize the two hemispheres of the brain.
5. Recall mental images and spontaneous imaginative/creative thinking.
6. Reduce pain, stimulate the release of endorphins, and promote euphoria.
Clients often come to me once they have "tried it all" and are ready to seek change at an unconscious level. It's completely "normal" to be skeptical at first, especially being that you may have previously tried various methods to produce behavioral change that have not given you the results you wanted. However, you will most likely find that once you allow yourself to tap into your ability to enter this unique state of consciousness, you will open the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration, and positive change.
Are there any issues you don't work with?
There are very few instances where I will not take on a client. These are:
Clients who show very little commitment and do not complete their assignments.
Smokers who do not really want to quit.
Those who have been forced to attend sessions with me by spouse or parent, who don't really want to change.
Severe alcoholics and addicts.
What's the difference between success coaching and therapy?
Similarities between therapists and coaches:
Both client and coach enter relationship with a goal to produce positive changes.
Both professions are based on an ongoing, confidential, one-to-one relationship between client and professional.
Both professions assume that significant change will occur over time.
Differences between therapists and success coaches:
Melissa Clough works with those who are:
Eager to move to a higher level of thinking and functioning in the world.
Seeking focus, strategy, and motivation.
Asking "HOW" questions.
Wanting more out of life.
Designing their future.
Learning new skills.
Ready to take charge in their lives with massive and inspired action.
Ready to take responsibility over their behaviors and mindsets.
Seeking more balance in life.
Ready to focus on what is going right in their lives.
Therapists work with those:
Asking "WHY" questions.
Who are struggling with severe, quantifiable psychological challenges.
Why work with Melissa?
As a Success Coach, I will empower you to improve your life through dialogue, NLP techniques to train your mind for positive thinking, goal setting, accountability, motivational techniques, and hypnosis to gain both conscious and unconscious level changes.
By working with me, you will:
Gain clarity to set better goals and strategies to reach them.
Be asked to do more than you would have done on your own.
Build focus to produce more effective results.
Gain tools, structure, inner resources, and support to accomplish more.
Why do I have to commit to 6 sessions?
Because consistency is key in retraining the mind, and each session builds upon the previous session's framework, a 6 session commitment is required, with weekly sessions. No more than 2 weeks between sessions is recommended.
The length of time to achieve success varies by person. However, the average amount of sessions it usually takes for me to help my clients let go of issues is approximately 6 sessions. Any appointment scheduled after the 6 session program will be charged as a single discounted session.