Steve Kormas and Cindy McClure are Clinical Hypnotherapists with a difference. They use a unique blend of mind sciences to release negative emotions stored in the sub-conscious mind that affect their clients behaviours in ways such as depression through to addictions and phobias. At their Caulfield clinic they work the alphabet of issues from Anorexia to Zoophobia. We work with children from 7 years, teenagers and adults.
A simple metaphor that explains what happens is in the brain is like that of the captain and a crew of a ship. The captain (or the conscious mind) stands on the bridge of the ship and says ‘ok ship – turn port! (or left if you aren’t nautical)’ and the crew (the subconscious mind) decides to go in the opposite direction.
They are aware of what they shouldn’t be doing or feeling, but they continue to do so. Effectively they have a mutiny on their hands. The work of HTH is to redirect ‘the crew’ so that they follow the direction of ‘the captain’.
All of our behaviours and body functions are managed by the part of the brain known as the subconscious mind. It all happens out of conscious awareness (unconsciously) or as Steve refers to it ‘on auto pilot’. For example take something simple such as lifting your arm your conscious mind makes the decision and sends a signal to the subconscious. The subconscious then takes over and lifts the arm.
We have hundreds of muscles from our shoulder to the tips of our fingers. If we were to do this consciously it might have to go something like this; “muscle number one contract 5%, muscle number two contract 15%” etc. It would literally take forever to move our bodies if this were managed by the conscious mind.
Similarly all of our emotional memories and most of our data from the past are stored at the level of the subconscious. We are unable to actually consciously remember many detailed events of the distant past such as; “can you remember your decisions at the age of two?” We cannot consciously recall specific moments when we created the beliefs that translate into our responses that happen much later as a result of a negative experience.
Everyone has had ups and downs in their lives. The way Cindy and Steve deal with these negative events of the past is determined by our beliefs and decisions and determines whether the events become a ‘problem’.
For example let’s say someone leaves a relationship that at the time they were sad or angry about. At the time this is normal to have these emotions; they might even get drunk a few times to forget about the way they feel. However to continue this behaviour (feeling bad about this event) and then continuing the behaviour for the next 10 years long after you remember why you are automatically running this pattern is debilitating.
It is like getting a stone caught in your shoe and over time you continue to walk with the stone in your shoe until it pierces the skin and then the skin grows over and this in turn then affects your walk and then your hip and then as time passes your spine.
After 20 years of this if the stone wasn’t there you would be in a completely different place physically. This is what happens over time to people’s emotional well being that can often then impact their physiology since the connection between the mind and body are so interconnected. HTH removes the stone so to speak.
Leading edge research.
The work of Dr Candace Pert PhD (Molecules of Emotion, Scribner, 1997) suggests that our molecules of emotion play a strong role, guiding what we experience as conscious choice.
And Elmer Green the mayo Clinic physician who pioneered biofeedback for the treatment of disease has said,
“Every change in the physiological state is accompanied by an appropriate change in the mental emotional state, conscious or unconscious, and conversely every change in the mental emotional state, conscious or unconscious is accompanied by an appropriate change at the physiological state.”
Our emotions literally affect our physiology and over time this results in issues such as weight problems, addictions whether it is substance addiction or shopping addictions.
People don’t even realise that they use a buying spree to get a hit of positive emotion that is a result of a decision or belief that was made at the level of their sub conscious many many years earlier.