This certificate arrived this week and it made me think about how RTT is so much more than hypnotherapy.
Let me explain, I will use my experience of dealing with my own fear of flying and how the two therapies differed.
I booked an appointment with a hypnotherapist located in Liverpool city centre, on the third appointment (she didn’t show up for the first two – it matters, I was nervous), I was asked to sign a waiver form and popped onto a treatment bed. I was asked about how long I had been afraid of flying and was told that I would need at least four sessions.
Then, I was placed into hypnosis and given lots of positive suggestions about the safety of aeroplanes, how often safety checks are done and how well trained the cabin crew are. All very positive and very reassuring.
During the next three sessions, the same suggestions were repeated again*. As each of these sessions were 40 minutes long, it was a lovely experience to spend my lunchtime lying down with my eyes shut and relaxing. After each session, I returned to work feeling great.
Two days after my final session, I was on a flight to San Francisco and sat in my seat during the entire 15 hour journey because I was too scared to move.
It was horrendous, and the poor lady sitting next to me tried everything to coax me out of that damn seat, without success.
Then, I had an RTT session to find the root cause of this fear, and, as often happens in RTT, the reason was something I was completely unaware of.
As it turns out, my fear of flying was actually a fear of not being in control. A childhood experience had me believing that if I was not in control of everything around me, I was in danger.
Furthermore, because I had not dealt with this belief, as I did not know about it, it had a habit of showing up throughout my life in many different guises. A fear of flying was just a symptom of so much more.
My RTT therapist intervened and reframed this destructive belief into one that was far more relevant for me today. He then set about installing some much more appropriate ones and sent me a recording of these new beliefs to listen to for the following 21 – 28 days.
I didn’t need to see him again.
Two weeks later I was on a flight to Crete and went to the loo, read a book, listened to a podcast, drank coffee and realised, as we came into land, I had not worried about being in a plane for the entire 4 hour journey.
For completely transparency, as a direct result of that one RTT session, I have also relinquished any belief, however vaguely connected, to the idea that I need to be in control to be safe. This is because whatever happens, I now know that I have phenomenal coping skills.
So, there it is, my own personal experience of the difference between the two therapies. RTT does use hypnotherapy, but it is so much more!
*Sadly, I was not given a recording to take away and listen to.