Resolving emotional trauma is a fundamental step when dealing with most issues in hypnotherapy. Emotional Mind Integration is a solution-focused approach for disturbances such as depression, phobia’s, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, low self-esteem, inner conflict, trauma, fear, anger and more.
People are trapped in their history and their history is trapped in them.
What is emotional mind integration – EMI?
EMI facilitates the resolution of upsets, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, as well as helps break habits, including the underlying dynamics of addiction in as little as 3-5 hypnotherapy sessions for more than 90% of people.
Emotional Mind Integration or EMI is a versatile tool that gives predictable and fast results for dealing with an array of issues that all have an underlying root cause of emotional trauma. It is delivered hypnotically, but it’s much more. It is also a neuro-therapy. The brain is always changing, and you can forge new pathways and create new habits. This is known as neuroplasticity. You can remove a behaviour or thought or an addiction directly from the brain with neuro-therapeutic strategies.
EMI is influenced by the Systemic Family Constellation philosophy and a range of other proven and compatible modalities.
How is EMI used in hypnotherapy?
EMI identifies and resolves the roots of the emotional disturbances and mind-sets to leave the client free to fulfil their full potential to be the best possible version of who they are, what they are and can be. It achieves extraordinary results by bringing the client into a deep hypnotic trance that enables me to work directly with the subconscious mind and the affected neural pathways.
The EMI process provides accurate and fast resolutions. It acknowledges our core need for love, inclusion, connection, safety, justice, dignity and autonomy as a foundation for wellbeing, which when absent leads to stress, anxiety and disease (dis-ease).
Emotional trauma can arise from personal experience and family history
For example, the underlying dynamic for addictions is abuse, be it psychological, emotional or sexual abuse. Although I’m cautious to make generalisations, it would be right to say that most presenting issues are only the symptom. I will give several case studies to verify this further later. ‘Our’ issues, problems and negative patterns don’t just manifest from nothing or nowhere. Many issues are purely personal experiences and trauma arising from one’s biography and history in this lifetime.
However, most of us have systemic, ancestral or trans-generational disturbances and trauma or a combination of both.
What changes can you expect in hypnotherapy and EMI?
It can achieve so much because the process isolates the core source in the clients’ dysfunctional neural pathway, then guides them through a unique self-healing journey, literally rewiring them. Enabling clients to release buried emotional trauma, break unwanted habits and regain emotional and psychological resilience and health.
Becoming aware of your emotions
One way to understand trans-generational trauma is by explaining a little more about our emotions. There’s a hierarchy of emotions, that being primary, secondary and meta.
An example for primary could be; your pet cat scratches the sofa, you lose your temper, chase the cat away, you’re angry about the damage. However, very rapidly the emotions subside, the feeling doesn’t have much strength and can’t last very long. Later the cat jumps on your lap, and you’re stroking it with only a vague resentment lingering about the damage to the sofa.
An example of secondary emotions; a person might be in their mid-thirties, healthy, educated, promising career, good enough income, but there is always a continual feeling of sadness, gloom and doom even though nothing is wrong. This is often the telltale indication of an ‘inherited’ emotion and provides a framework for understanding how the expression of genetics and epigenetics are influenced by experiences and the environment that produce individual differences in behaviour, cognition, personality, and mental health passed down through generations.
Meta-emotions and self-awareness
An example of Meta-emotion or feelings; Meta means about the thing itself. When we are experiencing from a higher perspective, objectively instead of from within the thing or subjectively, in essence, being self-aware. So, you’re in your mid-thirties, healthy, educated, promising career, good enough income, but there is always a feeling of sadness, gloom and doom.
The cat caused an adverse reaction earlier in the day, but you’re over that now. The doom & gloom has always been around, so it seems to you, but there’s never is any real problem! This awareness provides pure strength and energy. A higher perspective where we can experience gratitude, love and positivity.
Case study – Jane (45 years) remembering what happened when she was a young girl (12 years)
The case study example is real client that I worked within 2018; name has been changed.
Jane, 45 years old, happily married as the second wife to a successful man who has two teenage children from his first marriage. No children together and neither want any; suffer’s anxiety & depression since adolescent years.
Presenting issues: doesn’t like herself, becomes distressed and agitated when she can hear people eating, chewing, cutlery on plates etc. and then loses concentration and presence while in the company of friends and family.
Goal or what she wants from the therapy: not to be distracted, too stay present to like and accept herself.
During the EMI process, regressed to various times in childhood witnessing the conflict between parents. Multiple repeating scenarios of having to be quiet, invisible, non-existent while listening to the verbal dispute between her parents.
Breakthrough moment: regressed to 12 years, sitting at her mother’s makeup vanity table. She was content, happy, relaxed and lost in imagination wearing her mother’s jewellery, scarves and applying make up, remembering the noise of the makeup items clacking as she dropped them back into the containers. All of a sudden the door is kicked open, and her furious father is screaming at her because he’s watching sport on the TV in the next room and she’s disturbing him with the clacking sound. He shouts at her “such a stupid little girl, a little tart, selfish, making a noise, making a mess and ruining my relaxation time, my rugby team playing the finals, ruining my day”.
I asked what she needed as the 12-year-old, what would have helped?
She needed reassurance that she wasn’t all those things her father said she was.
She also needed someone to speak up for her, to her father, to protect her.
As a 12-year-old she didn’t have the confidence or courage. However, as a 45-year-old she did, so we identified ‘reassuring’ Jane, and we also found ‘speak up’ Jane. These two qualities and strengths of the 45-year-old Jane went back 33 years, back to the ‘breakthrough moment’. These parts stay with the client forever, neural pathways are changed permanently, because as Milton Erickson once said, “it’s never too late to have a happy childhood”.
‘Reassuring’ Jane did just that, consoling the 12-year-old, giving her permission to play, to explore her femininity passed down through her mother, to make a little mess, a little noise too. Then ‘speak up’ spoke to father quietly and respectfully, reminding him of his effect on his daughter, leaving with him all of his anger, his selfishness, his negative emotions. These are not Janes, and he can have them back.
The whole process can’t be described here, but there was a resolution and a conclusion.
Jane came out of this trance and this session. There was a total of 4 or 5 sessions, and she resolved the chronic anxiety, she was able to consider coming off the long-term medication for depression. Jane was generally happier, slept better. People doing what they do while eating ceased to trigger her and she accepted herself, even like herself and began to respect herself much more.
We must be prepared to look at ourselves, we repress what is painful, but the pain of suffering pushes us to the point where we have the courage to look at our selves and not the problem.
Waking up to who you are requires letting go of whom you imagined yourself to be.
It can achieve so much because the process isolates the core source in the clients’ dysfunctional neural pathway, then guides them through a unique self-healing journey, literally rewiring them. Enabling clients to release deep emotional trauma, break unwanted habits and regain emotional and psychological resilience and health.