Difference Between Hypnotherapy & Coaching

By siliconvalleyhypnosiscenter Posted September 9, 2015 In Blog

People often ask me what the difference is. I’ll answer that question more directly in a minute. But the best way to describe it is to say that both hypnotherapy and life coaching are provided in service of helping you get what you want in life.

Life coaching often consists of an engagement with a coach, who is there to help you set and achieve goals. Coaching comes in many different forms. For example, some coaches center their practice around a type of coaching called accountability coaching. That means that from one session to the next you will make an agreement with your coach to complete certain tasks. If you do not complete them, you generally agree to complete them by the following session. When I do life coaching, it can involve many different forms beyond accountability coaching. What I most enjoy is working with someone to transform their life. We often pick several major aspects of their life – like their health, emotions, wealth, and more. Then we set goals for those aspects, and then I work with them to achieve their goals. That is why I often call the type of coaching I do “Transformational Coaching.” Because my goal is to help them transform their life, and live what was once just a dream or goal as a daily reality. That is where Hypnotherapy comes in.

Hypnotherapy is one of the modalities that I use to help people reach their goals in coaching. So the direct answer is that Hypnotherapy is part of the array of modalities and services I use with people as part of a coaching engagement. I do so because in order to help someone reach a major goal, they often have to get past what has stopped them up until now. We often have to do that deeper work to clear out the patterns that prevent them from reaching their goal. And hypnotherapy is a great tool for that. I have many other tools and modalities that I use with clients as part of coaching. I will describe them in future posts.

Drain That Pain Newcastle & Charlestown Hypnotherapy has many different processes and modalities that are used. Each session is designed around the clients wants and needs.

Introducing TMS – Tension Myositis Syndrome

As described by Dr John Sarno, author of Healing Back Pain, and The Divided Mind.

Tension Myositis Syndrome, Hypnosis for Chronic Pain
Tension Myositis Syndrome

In his work at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in New York, Dr Sarno saw many cases where his patients didn’t respond as he expected to the conventional treatments of the day, considering the physical symptoms with which they presented.

He noticed that in addition to their complaints (mainly back, neck and shoulder issues), his patients often shared a common pattern of underlying tension. In Healing Back Pain (and his other books), Dr Sarno introduces the concept of Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS). Today TMS is often referred to as Mind Body Syndrome, and in my mind the terms can be used interchangeably. In TMS, pain symptoms are caused by mild oxygen deprivation via the autonomic nervous system, because of repressed emotions and psycho-social stress. This is not to say that the pain is “all in your head” or that it is not real. For people who have TMS or MBS, our built-in tendency is to repress unpleasant, painful or embarrassing emotions. When we repress these emotions, our bodies respond to the real and perceived threats that make up our lives, even though we’re not aware of all the action that’s happening ‘below the skin’, so to speak. Unfortunately, though, things get complicated by the fact that most of us, most of the time, aren’t even aware that we’re repressing our emotions. For some of us, controlling, hiding from and/or ignoring our emotions has become such an integral part of how we live that we don’t even realise we have emotions. As Dr Sarno explains: “It is an interesting fact that the overwhelming majority of emotional and mental activity occurs below the level of consciousness.

The human mind is something like an iceberg.

Dr Sarno

The part that we are aware of, the conscious mind, represents a very small part of the total. It is in the subconscious mind that all the complicated processing goes on… … This condition begins and ends in the unconscious.” Working with a psychoanalyst colleague, Dr Sarno discovered that there’s another, more active ‘component’ of TMS, one that purposefully works to distract you from figuring out what’s going on in your emotional world. Physical distractions (i.e. pain) work really well as defence mechanisms against our emotions bubbling to the surface because “they have the ability to really grab one’s attention, particularly if they are painful, frightening and disabling”. It’s almost as if the mind decides that a physical pain is preferable to an emotional one. Understanding this helped many see more clearly the role physical pain was playing in their lives and how it was helping them avoid some significantly emotional stuff. There’s so much more going on for someone with TMS than just the physical pain of the moment. Healing Back Pain explains how we can become conditioned to believe that a certain activity – or even person or time of year or place – can cause pain. If, for example, you got up from a chair one day and felt a twinge in your lower back, it’s possible that your brain might associate sitting with being the cause of your pain. Your brain comes to expect that you will feel pain every time you sit – and so you do. Without even realising it, we create habits that don’t serve us well and that can be very difficult to break, especially if we aren’t aware of what’s happening in the first place. The power of conditioning can be so strong that we can even be conditioned by things that people tell us or that we read – which makes it even trickier to break the bad habits. Dr Sarno – and other authors, cite many fascinating examples of how conditioning contributes to pain. It seems we may be more similar Pavlov’s dogs than many of us might want to believe. For some, simply knowing that the source of their symptoms is inner tension is enough for their pain to disappear. Dr Sarno reports that about 95% of his patients went through his programme (and healed their pain) without a need for psychotherapy. They got better just because they became aware of what was happening between their minds and their bodies.

The first step often involves being able and willing to look at things in a different way and to start thinking differently about how and why you’re experiencing pain.

To quote a much loved and very wise Dr Wayne Dyer, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Dr Sarno believes it’s important to resume all physical activity as soon as possible. Once you’ve accepted the TMS diagnosis and figured out what’s really going on with your pain, it follows that there’s nothing physically wrong with you. There’s no more reason not to do the things you want to do and thought you couldn’t anymore. He recognises the role fear plays in keeping us stuck and encourages all his patients to resume normal activity, EVEN IF they’re scared. Using the same logic, he also recommends that patients stop all the physical therapy they’re doing to get better as it’s no longer necessary.

Drain That Pain is Pain Elimination not Pain Management. A powerful healing technique that uses conversational hypnosis and signals with the Unconscious and Conscious Mind.  Craig Denny believes that there is no limit to the changes the client can make – Drain That Whatever.

Drain That Pain has been successfully used to let go of chronic pain, including arthritis, sciatica, chronic pain in all parts of the body, chronic anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, brain fog, migraines, trigeminal neuralgia, tinnitus and other switches including emotional pain, IBS and addictive substances.

Psychosomatic Pain

The word “psychosomatic” is all too often taken to mean “imaginary illness”.

Chronic Pain Help with Hypnosis
Healing Chronic Pain

“If you ask people to ease up on you because you’re emotionally overloaded, don’t look for a sympathetic response; but tell them you’ve got pain, or some other physical symptom and they immediately become responsive and solicitous.”― John E. Sarno, Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

The word “psychosomatic” is all too often taken to mean “imaginary illness”. So, it bears reaffirming that, while back pain is a very real pain, the “psychosomatic” hypothesis means that this very real pain is originally initiated by emotional factors.  Back pain is a condition that many doctors consider to be psychosomatic. Many, but not all. In fact, many medical doctors, chiropractors, and therapists see back pain as just a physical problem. Some may prescribe rest where others would prescribe exercise and/or analgesics, but these professionals believe in focusing treatment on the physical pain. But it is also true that there has been a growing movement in the medical community, over the past few decades, to deal with back pain as essentially a psychosomatic phenomenon.

This approach was initiated by Dr John Sarno. While Dr. Sarno has impeccable credentials – Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and Attending Physician at the Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University – his approach is not generally shared by mainstream medicine.

Part of the problem may be that it is difficult for the medical community to shift to a totally different paradigm.

Part of the problem is also that, while Dr. Sarno has successfully treated thousands and thousands of patients, his approach has never been validated through standard clinical trials. Dr. Sarno calls this condition “Tension Myositis Syndrome” (Abbreviated as “TMS”). He describes it in such books as “Mind Over Back Pain”(1982), or “Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection” (1991). He further expanded on the topic in “The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain” (1998) and “The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders” (2006) According to Dr. Sarno, what is causing the pain is not a structural problem, but a mild oxygen deprivation which causes pain in the affected muscle.

TMS affects not just the upper back or lower back, but also the neck, the knees or even the feet. For instance, oxygen deprivation in the sciatic nerve is what, according to Dr. Sarno, causes numbness, tingling, pain and weakness in the leg; this is in contrast to the traditional understanding of sciatica, assumed to be due to a structural cause, such as a herniated disc. According to Dr. Sarno, oxygen deprivation will also cause painful tendons in the knee, or rotator cuff “injuries” in the shoulders. What is confusing is that modern methods of inquiry, such as MRIs, often show some structural abnormalities, for instance in tendons or in cartilage. Noticing this, it is tempting to assume that there is a causal link between the structural abnormality and the pain. However, Dr. Sarno quotes studies showing that similar structural abnormalities are present in people who suffer no pain. Therefore, it cannot be assumed that these abnormalities are the cause of pain in people who experience pain. Dr. Sarno’s thesis is that this oxygen deprivation is a side effect of the same mechanisms that help people “cope” with some emotional issues.

The back, the neck, the joints, happen to be the areas where the effects of this mild oxygen deprivation are most acutely felt. “It’s all in your mind” is almost insulting, implying there’s something strange or weak about you or that the symptoms are in your imagination. This is most unfortunate, since the symptoms are very real, the result of a very physical process.”― John E. Sarno, The Divided Mind

Healing Crisis

7 Pitfalls of Dealing with Emotional Detox Reactions

This is a cut down version of an article :  by Niki | Mar 7, 2015 | Consciousness and Spirituality, Energy Medicine, Psycho-Emotional https://www.nikigratrix.com/healing-emotions-dealing-with-emotional-detox-reactions/

During a Healing Crisis - Clearing emotions can feel strange and disorientating. Suddenly one day for no apparent reason, you just feel like crying all the time, or feel very angry or sad

In the West many people expect “instant healing” and believe that for something to be working there should be the immediate absence of all physical and emotional discomfort. More often than not, this is not how real emotional or physical healing occurs. Most of the time when we emotionally cleanse, the body goes though a type of “healing crisis” where the emotion we are hoping to clear (e.g. anxiety) will first appear to intensify and get worse rather than better. This is very important to understand because these lower emotions will need to be felt and accepted in order to be cleansed and released. It’s important to understand how emotional healing occurs so you can stay on the journey and heal, rather than assuming it’s not working, and giving up.

If you are in a process of deep emotional healing and the pain is intensifying, be sure you have a solid support system around you and work with a professional who can guide you through the process. It is important during times of releasing negative emotions not to suppress or reject them, nor panic, or try to over-analyze them. Know instead that like everything; “this too shall pass.”

Emotional and energetic cleansing can be disorientating

Clearing emotions can feel strange and disorientating. Suddenly one day for no apparent reason, you just feel like crying all the time, or feel very angry or sad. Understand that once you start cleansing lower vibrating emotional energy, it will need to release through your body where you will feel it again. It is the only way lower energies integrate, through a release of emotion through your body. Critical to understand here is that there is NOTHING to do about these emotions except to breathe, feel and accept them, which will hasten the process and prevent anything getting stuck. A big mistake is to feel these feelings, then start attaching a mental story to them, creating a “drama” and becoming upset about the emotions, or projecting the cause of them onto others in your life, or taking some unnecessary action.

Remember all emotions are just Energy – nothing more It is key to grasp that if you truly are committed to the process of integrating and cleansing blocked emotions, be prepared that it can bring experiences into your life in order to burst bubbles of tied up lower frequency emotional energy. Most of the time these are fears that we may have. Scary as this may sound now, some people will have the very events they are most afraid of, actually occur so they can release a huge amount of emotion that is stuck and tied up with fear. For example: If you are terribly afraid of relapsing into a negative health state, it may happen so you come to realize, it really wasn’t something to be afraid of anymore, and the fear releases.A relationship will end, letting you feel and release the stuck emotions of abandonment stored from childhood, if you can see that this process was releasing stuck energy for you for good, you can move on quicker to a better healthier relationship.

You may loose something, like a home or money, which releases stuck energy related to survival fear, and helps you realize there is always abundance available to recreate them again, you are free.Failing at something such as a career or business can help you overcome the suck energy of fear of failure, so you move on even more empowered to your next venture, this is the story of so many successful entrepreneurs for example. So as frustrating and annoying as this may seem, these events are a great gift, they are the keys to healing and lead to long term happiness!

Events which happen to release stuck emotions are really keys to unlock stuck energy that is waiting to come become available to you!

Usually unlocking these keys contain some form of physical or emotional pain you were afraid to feel again. Beware, often when you make a choice to feel and experience something positive, the opposite may arrive temporarily in order the clear the path to getting the experience you really desire! This path is not for the fainthearted! However every experience deepens your compassion and inner strength.

Being too “Mental” and Self-Judgement

One of the most difficult and frustrating aspects of this work is coming to understand when you are simply being “mental.” Being stuck in the analytical mind is one of the TOP reasons you will find lower emotions either won’t integrate or you just can’t seem to release them. One way to know you are too heavily stuck in the mind is when you have a feeling of heaviness in the head, a kind of struggle, tenseness in the head, even a headache which comes about through over-thinking. Very often, when we stop the mind from its constant chatter, this is when the unresolved emotional energies come to the surface. This is why people can often feel anxiety just before bedtime or just before waking in the morning. The mind has stopped all its distractions and the emotional energy body is able to come into conscious awareness. This is also why, when you start to feel into your body daily, you can feel and connect to things you did not know you were carrying before, whether that was numbness, depression, anger, grief and so on. Another critical part of the “mental” pitfall is judgement from the inner critic part of us. It will be strange to observe, but an easy trap is when you start to notice how much you generally don’t accept yourself and judge yourself, you will find yourself being judgmental on yourself for being judgmental! Similarly, shame begets more shame. When we feel shame and self-loathing, it makes us feel even more ashamed!

Physical Detox symptoms

When you start to cleanse emotionally, you can get PHYSICAL detox symptoms too. One of the biggest issues is sleep disturbances. Waking up in the night or waking too early is normal when emotionally cleansing. Again simply going with the flow, getting sleep where you can, not worrying or trying to fix the “sleep problem” is key here. Emotional and energetic cleansing can cause symptoms such as: Fatigue, the process of integration is tiring on the energetic body, never underestimate thisFeeling hyper – like your nerves are burning. Your physical vibration is literally getting higher and your body is learning to move vast amounts of energy and higher frequencies through it, it can temporarily burnout our nervous system circuits, rest and nurturing time is very important Pain in various part of your body – head, neck, back etc. This is temporary and due to old stuck energy finally releasing Times where the body heats up – especially at night, causing sweating, this is a physical detoxing process, nothing is more biochemically detoxing than emotional integrationIncreasing intolerances of harsh chemicals in foods, and personal products, caffeine intolerance. These need to be avoided for a time Sometimes your mind will get very busy for no reason, it’s a kind of mind-dump/detoxVivid, strange and powerful dreams – it’s just detox Some people will even go through a week or two of feeling fluey, vomiting or diarrhea, headaches and generally feeling unwell.

This is just related to the release of old toxins stored in the body Just knowing what to expect, and understanding these are basic side effects from emotional and energetic integration (cleansing) will help you accept them and go with the flow, without worrying or “stressing” about them, or needing to “fix” them. Drinking plenty of water, eating a fresh unprocessed and unrefined organic diet and spending time in nature daily are all useful supports through this. Epsom salts baths also gently cleanse both to the energetic and physical body. Sleeping earthed is helpful. Any time you fully immerse your body in water helps to loosen and move stuck energies. Exercise and sweating from exercise is also very useful, as are saunas for releasing physical toxins. Breathing and continuing the emotional cleanse helps detox reactions to clear faster.

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Addicted to Pain

Emotional pain can become an addiction. A negative feeling, such as anger, worry, grief, fear, or depression, can become so habitual that you cannot live without it.

There are physical as well as mental reasons for emotional pain addiction.

If a person is continuously stressed by emotional pain, there are subtle changes in the body that create a dependency on stress-related chemistry. Changing habitual patterns of pain can be as difficult as giving up an addictive substance, such as nicotine or alcohol. The emotional pain addict unconsciously seeks out situations that are sure to result in pain. A history of prolonged, negative, stressful relationships can be a symptom of emotional pain addiction.

The feelings of love and pain can become associated so that they become one and the same. Loving unavailable people and staying in intolerable relationships, for example, are signs that love and pain have become intertwined.

There are many such pain-linked feelings in the repertoire of pain addiction.

Understanding the physiological part of emotional pain addiction can make breaking these patterns easier. On a physical level, the addiction is not really to pain, but primarily to free-flowing endorphins that accompany the pain. Endorphins are a hormone-like substance that the body releases whenever a pain or injury is experienced. They are very similar in structure and effect to the opiates, like heroin and morphine. Endorphins are pain-killers produced in the pineal gland. When you stub your toe you feel a sharp pain, immediately followed by numbness, which accompanies the anaesthetising endorphins. The feeling of numbness associated with endorphin release is not unpleasant and, in fact, can be an almost euphoric sensation. People who exercise vigorously are familiar with this feeling. All strain on the body yields endorphins. Emotional stress, like physical stress, leads to strain. If the strain is constant, the body sends a continuous stream of endorphins, which results in a dull (and barely noticeable) anesthetic effect. When endorphin flooding is part of everyday life, the senses are actually deadened. Workaholics experience this, but just as in the toe-stubbing example, the feeling can be somewhat pleasant. With sustained endorphin release you can still feel emotions, but only if they are intense, such as anger, rage, sorrow and fear. These trigger further endorphin release, which can lead to further emotional numbing. And once you become used to living an endorphin-filled existence, it is hard to give it up.

With so much pain-killing substance running through your body, there is a sense of security that makes you feel safer in the world. It’s a shield inside the body that protects you from subtle feelings that are more difficult to block, like tenderness, vulnerability, and love. At Drain That Pain Newcastle I can use a new process called Drain That Pain, which can remove both physical and emotional pain. During the process the body can sometimes have trouble breaking the addiction to Endorphins and suffer what feels like set backs. It is often just the body grabbing onto old habits and resisting the change. This is why we book a series of sessions to assist you to push through the change and get the outcomes you desire.

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What is brain fog?

Brain fog isn’t a medical condition itself, but rather a symptom of other medical conditions. It’s a type of cognitive dysfunction involving:

  • memory problems
  • lack of mental clarity
  • poor concentration
  • inability to focus

Some people also describe it as mental fatigue. Depending on the severity of brain fog, it can interfere with work or school. But it doesn’t have to be a permanent fixture in your life.

1. Stress

Chronic stress can increase blood pressure, weaken the immune system, and trigger depression. It can also cause mental fatigue. When your brain is exhausted, it becomes harder to think, reason, and focus.

2. Lack of sleep

Poor sleep quality can also interfere with how well your brain functions. Sleeping too little can lead to poor concentration and cloudy thoughts.

3. Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes can also trigger brain fog. Levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen increase during pregnancy. This change can affect memory and cause short-term cognitive impairment.Similarly, a drop in estrogen level during menopause can cause forgetfulness, poor concentration, and cloudy thinking.

4. Diet

Diet can also play a role in brain fog. Vitamin B-12 supports healthy brain function, and a vitamin B-12 deficiency can bring about brain fog.If you have food allergies or sensitivities, brain fog may develop after eating certain foods. Possible culprits include:

  • MSG
  • aspartame
  • peanuts
  • dairy

Removing trigger foods from your diet may improve symptoms.

5. Medications

If you notice brain fog while taking medication, talk with your doctor. Brain fog may be a known side effect of the drug. Lowering your dosage or switching to another drug may improve your symptoms. Brain fog can also occur after cancer treatments. This is referred to as chemo brain.

6. Medical conditions

Medical conditions associated with inflammation, fatigue, or changes in blood glucose level can also cause mental fatigue. For example, brain fog is a symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome, which involves persistent fatigue for longer than six months.
People who have fibromyalgia may experience similar fogginess on a daily basis.
Other conditions that may cause brain fog include:



Sjögren syndrome


Alzheimer’s disease


autoimmune diseases such as lupus, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis


What is the outlook for brain fog?

Brain fog can be frustrating, but relief is possible. Don’t ignore your symptoms. If left untreated, brain fog can impact the quality of your life. Once the underlying cause is addressed, you mental clarity can improve. DrainThat Pain is a holistic therapy available to the general public by appointment at Charlestown Hypnotherapy.

DrainThat Pain is Pain Elimination not Pain Management. It can be used for both Physical & Emotional pain. It is a powerful healing technique that uses conversational hypnosis and signals with the Unconscious, Conscious and Higher Self to facilitate change.

Craig Denny believes that there is no limit to the changes the client can make – DrainThatWhatever. DrainThatPain has been successfully used to let go of chronic pain, including arthritis, sciatica, chronic pain in all parts of the body, chronic anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, brain fog, migraines, trigeminal neuralgia, tinnitus and other switches including emotional pain, IBS and addictive substances.

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How Hypnosis can Heal the body

Hypnosis: The Power of Trance John Ryder Ph.D. Posted Oct 19, 2010 www.psychologytoday.com

There is a mysterious part to hypnosis and just how it works.

Lots of research has been done on it, but still there are many controversies between the experts of just what happens in a trance.

What we do understand better are the results. Hypnosis has been a very successful technique to help heal the mind, body and spiritual aspects of life.

So, allow me to draw your attention to how hypnotic techniques can heal the body. The hypnotic trance has many amazing properties that include experiencing “numbness” in general or in specific areas of the body. This enables a skilled therapist to produce the absence of feeling in any part of the body.

One of my clients was allergic to the anesthetics and had to undergo brain surgery. So I was called in to use hypnosis to help this person go through their operation without general anesthesia. Yes, with the help of hypnosis, this person underwent a major brain operation.

Hypnosis is more often used for more common problems, such as dental work, burns, headaches, giving birth and similar matters.

The body is designed to heal itself. And although this complicated process does work automatically, it can accelerated and enhanced by hypnotic techniques. Therefore, by directing the subconscious mind to focus energy on a specific system in the body, more of your natural resources will go there. This means that if, for example, you were burned, your body will naturally begin the healing process which may take a week to complete. If you were to employ hypnosis to quicken this process, you may complete the healing in half the time. At the very least, hypnosis is extremely effective to decrease pain.

The effectiveness of this technique depends on several factors.

There is the client’s susceptibility and willingness to use this approach, the skill of the hypnotherapist, and the severity of the problem. Therefore, Hypnosis has its limitations, however it is always worth trying to use it because there is no “down-side” to the technique.

At worst, it may do no more than make the subject feel a little better from getting attention, but it cannot do any damage itself.

One of the more profound effects of hypnosis is in using it to minimize or eliminate pain. An important caution is that if you do not know what is causing the pain, hypnosis may effectively remove the pain. However, it may also coverup something serious that requires attention. If you know what is causing the pain, then it is safe to apply it to decrease the experience of pain and help with the general recovery.

The fact is that most pain is “in your head” that means that it is possible to turn off the pain signals in the mind and minimize the sensation of pain. This can be accomplished in many ways using hypnosis.

In general, positive suggestions are a good starting point, then these are usually elaborated to facilitate healing and remove discomfort. There is a robust amount of clinical research using hypnosis to help heal the body or decrease the perception of pain. If you have a medical issue, consult with a specialist who is certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (Asch.net) to use hypnotic techniques. The scientific literature is full of case studies validating the power of hypnosis to promote healing. If you have a problem I encourage you to consider the power of hypnosis to help you conquer it.

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