Patrick is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, and has been practising in Galway for over a decade. He trained under both co-founders of NLP – Dr. Richard Bandler and Dr. John Grinder. He originally trained with the Irish Institute of Counselling and Hypnotherapy, where he qualified in counselling and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy under Dr. Sean Collins.
Patrick enjoys working on a one-to-one basis with clients, helping them to achieve their desired outcomes.
Training in NLP, to both Practitioner and Master Practitioner level, is also available, and Patrick has provided training to companies such as the Paul Goldin Clinic, Dublin. He also evaluates ITA NLP training courses. In addition, he is available for Supervision sessions with NLP Practitioners and Hypnotherapists.
He also works with groups, providing bespoke courses on request.
Presenting issues that can be treated using the combined techniques of NLP, Hypnotherapy and Thought Field Therapy include:
- Panic attacks and anxiety
- Weight Control
- Public Speaking
- Chronic Pain Management
- Confidence and Self-Esteem
What is NLP? ( neuro-linguistic programming)
NLP is a modelling technology that focuses on the difference between the thinking, feeling, language and perceptions of exceptional performers and average performers in the same field of activity
One of the central tenets of NLP is that human experience has a structure, and that structure can be identified, modified, learned and changed. NLP has a highly sophisticated skill set that is uniquely suited to the discovery , mapping and transfer of this knowledge.
NLP itself began its life as a series of modeling projects when Richard Bandler and John Grinder first began to explore the “difference that makes the difference” in the performance of the exceptional therapists……Fritz Perls the founder of Gestalt Therapy, Virgina Satir the renowned family therapist and Dr Milton H. Erickson the famous Psychiatrist / Hypnotherapist. The therapists themselves through years of disciplined practice and study had acquired a level of “unconscious competence” that made them outstanding in their field, but yet they did not have a “conscious” understanding or awareness of how they were able to produce such consistent results… they just did it!
Bandler and Grinder, through their unique Modelling strategies, built a description of their thinking and behaviours etc and mapped it into an explicit model. Others could then take this model and use it to achieve the same quality of results in a fraction of the time it took the exceptional therapists to develop. NLP was born. Since those early days, news of the success of NLP quickly spread, and NLP as a body of knowledge has taken on a life of its own with people all over the world and all walks of life training, practicing, and using NLP to better their life.
The strategies and techniques of NLP modelling are ubiquitous and have applications in therapy, education, health, business, leadership, sales training, management and sports etc, ie, anywhere people communicate and superior performance and results are required.
Neuro: How the human nervous system filters and codes Information through the 5 senses: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Olfactory, Gustatory
Linguistic: The language and non-verbal communication systems through which sensory experience is coded, and given meaning.
Programming: The organisation of the sensory and coded data into patterns to achieve specific goals and outcomes.
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What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis can be considered an altered state of awareness. An altered state is by definition any state that is different in some way from our normal waking state. It is characterized by a feeling of deep mental and physiological relaxation , distraction of the conscious mind and enhanced receptivity to suggestion. Using hypnosis it is possible to by-pass normal everyday conscious limitations and communicate directly at the unconscious level and gain access to latent potentials and resources within .
Change the input - Change the output
How the mind works
In order to understand how hypnosis works, and learning and change are possible, we need to understand the difference between the functions of the conscious mind and the unconscious mind…
Imagine for a moment your conscious mind as a narrowly focused band of awareness which can be directed on whatever we think is immediately important, it is like a beam of light from a flashlight that that can be directed through a darkened room… everything that lights with the focus of the beam of the flashlight could be considered to be in conscious awareness…and yet as we change the focus of the beam of light different parts of the room light up and can be seen …parts that had always been there but were previously unnoticed – in other words, the unconscious.
The human nervous system is receiving over two million bits of information per second, but the conscious mind can only attend to a very small amount of information at any one time: seven plus or minus two chunks of information, and it also selects and filters all incoming information on a need to know basis … too much and it gets overloaded.
The unconscious however records and archives all the information that the conscious mind attends to, it is the storehouse of all our memories, learning and experience .The unconscious mind also controls all of your autonomic functions, all the habitual patterns that you do automatically like your breathing, digestion, emotions and perceptions. During the course of our life we develop mental maps that consist of our beliefs, values memories and emotions etc that help us navigate through life, but those same beliefs, attitudes etc can become an impediment to future learning, growth and change when they are rigid and inflexible.
By the time most clients get around to considering hypnotherapy they have usually tried everything consciously to change the way they think and feel only to find that all the willpower (conscious mind) in the world isn’t enough… if you’ve ever tried to quit smoking or tried to lose weight only to find yourself revert back to the old behaviour within a short time you will know what I mean… using a purely conscious approach with repetitive issues which are the domain of the unconscious mind can be frustrating to say the least and any changes made are typically short lived.
What is Trance?
The hypnotic or trance state is a naturally occurring state that we all access daily through what science refers to as ultradian rhythms and is an inbuilt regulatory mechanism for overall health and wellbeing. If you’ve ever had an experience where you were sitting in a classroom in school and found yourself drifting off in a daydream (‘trancing out’), or sat down to watch a really good movie and got so engrossed in the plot that you forgot about the dinner cooking in the kitchen, you’ve experienced trance. Our state of consciousness is always changing depending on the context we happen to find ourselves in. When you think about it, you are a very different person in your working environment from when you are with your friends or playing with a child etc. Trance is all around us. Hypnosis is a tool that can be used to access those same states, amplify them and use them purposely to bring about change.
Thought Field Therapy or TFT
Thought Field Therapy or TFT is a relatively new and exciting method of natural healing. It works for psychological and emotional healing, and was developed by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Roger Callaghan.
TFT is a radical departure from traditional psychological theory and practice. It operates on the principal that all emotional and psychological difficulties/problems are the result of disturbances in the Bio-Energy or Meridian Energy flow.
This theory of Bio-Energy and Meridian Energy flow, although widely practiced in Eastern cultures, has only recently become the subject of much research and debate in the West.
After many years of working as a psychotherapist in California using the traditional methods of ‘talk therapy’, Dr. Callaghan became dissatisfied with the effectiveness of these techniques. He began to explore Applied Kinesiology and Acupuncture healing methods. Although Applied Kinesiology was a rapidly growing field at the time, with many practitioners using it effectively to address structural problems, bio-chemical and nutritional imbalances, Dr. Callaghan took it further. He was one of the first to use the muscle testing and therapy localization procedures of kinesiology to heal emotional-psychological problems. Very early on in his research into these fields and his experience from working with clients he made a number of important discoveries. The main one was the relationship between the Mind-Body and Human Bio-Energy System. These discoveries, after years of research, were eventually formulated into the system now known as TFT.
How does it work?
TFT works by tapping on specific Acupuncture points in an exact pre-determined sequence discovered through the diagnostic procedures of TFTdx. Through the stimulation of the appropriate treatment points in the correct sequence, the disturbance in the bio-energy system triggered by the thought/emotion pattern is collapsed. As a result all traces of negative emotion associated with the problem and (sequelea) etc are deleted.
TFT and Toxins
After many years of successfully applying TFT to many problems with his clients, Dr. Callaghan began to notice that some clients reported that their problems returned. In rare cases, a client might not show any benefit from the TFT treatment at all.
This presented a puzzle and an opportunity for further investigative work. He discovered that the toxic effects of certain food and chemicals, when ingested or inhaled, could prevent otherwise effective TFT treatments taking place or a successful cure enduring long term. Dr. Callaghan then went on to develop other methods such as the TFT Toxin Treatment for dealing with these obstacles to complete recovery.
TFT has an amazingly high success rate and is now regarded as one of the most effective treatment protocols for psychological and emotional problems and their many physical manifestations.
TFT and HRV
Thanks to modern technology such as the HRV test (Heart Rate Variability), a medical procedure used to measure the autonomic nervous system and the overall health of the human body, we are now able to gauge and quantify the systemic changes that occur with a TFT treatment.
Although many researchers had recognized HRV as a predictor of mortality and as a measure of the health of the human organism, it was widely considered that nothing could be done to positively influence the HRV reading.
HRV refers to the degree of fluctuation in the length of the intervals between heart beats. (Maliky Camm, 1995). Imagine two people with exactly the same average heart rate, when the variation is precisely measured it can be seen clearly that there is a variance between individual beats .It has been found that the lower the SDNN score on a HRV reading, the more in danger of developing a serious illness, even death a person can become. Dr Callaghan has been working alongside other researchers for many years investigating the potential for HRV testing and health. TFT has been shown to have a profoundly positive effect on HRV readings.
… psychology has never had an objective / placebo free instrument to measure stress and the degree of improvement… now we have. it is called HRV.
- Clinical Psychologist Dr Roger Callaghan
….”each10 ms improvement in a HRV score, translates into a 20% decrease in the risk of mortality”
- Bilchick ( American Journal of Cardiology)
Some of the presenting issues that can be successfully treated by TFT include.
- Panic Attacks
- Addictions / Smoking/ Food Cravings
- Guilt/ Shame/Anger
- Self-Sabotage etc.
The aim of counselling is to provide a safe space in which to explore issues and problems which interfere with the person’s ability to function happily in the world.
Generally, counselling is non-directive, and the content, direction and progress is largely dictated by the client. The therapist through a combination of active listening, information gathering, gently challenging and appropriate tasking can guide the client on their own path of self-discovery. The therapist, rather than giving “his” answers to “your” problems, instead will give you the information, support, guidance and advice etc to find your own answers. The goal of counselling then is to enable the person(s) to resolve issues in a way which helps them manage their lives more effectively.
The counselling sessions are 1 hour in duration and usually involve a number of sessions depending on the presenting problem, goals and objectives, and level of commitment of the client(s).