Presented By: John Melton
Hypnotherapist: John Melton, CHt
Client: Mallory - Session 5 of 6
Presenting Issues: Anxiety and Lying
Description: Mallory no longer experiences any jaw pain in the morning from clenching. She does continue to clench in specific situations, such as when upset by her mother or boyfriend. However, she recognizes this is an improvement. She had a dream about the moment her high school boyfriend physically abused her. This time, however, she “flipped the script” and fought back. John explained that dreams are symbolic and she is moving into a place of empowerment.
Her lying has improved where she “doesn’t do it consciously.” She admits she has passive aggressive tendencies, which can lead to lying. Mallory is from North Carolina, and women from the south traditionally “take care of everything” without complaints. Thus, she feels uncomfortable communicating her frustrations to her boyfriend about household responsibilities. John encouraged her to challenge these cultural ideas because she is in resentment, which is neither beneficial for her or her boyfriend. Mallory’s anxiety and nail biting has been decreasing. She has been consistently using breathing techniques as a calming exercise.
John asks what Mallory needed as an adolescent, to which she answered security and love from having parents. Mallory craves love from all sources, even those who hurt her. John uncovers that the lying behavior developed more so in adolescence than as a child. Mallory agrees to connect with the adolescent within her.
Techniques Used: John guides Mallory through an imagery of painting the colors representing qualities she values. He repeats the positive qualities she listed in session #3 while she is recognizing that these are her own “colors.” He guides her to a comforting place and through a progressive relaxation. He then leads her through a natural landscape, where she watches a leaf break free from a tree and float down to the ground. She realizes that it is a natural process to let go and make room for growth. She encounters a cabin where she finds her adolescent self. Mallory gives the adolescent protection and unconditional love. This adolescent, her inner child, and her adult self become unified. John repeats Mallory’s list of positive qualities during this unification. He suggests that the adolescent no longer needs to lie because she is loved and protected. He then makes several suggestions about communicating with herself on a deeper level, engaging in healthy communication in her relationships, resolving the desire to lie, and having self-love and freedom. He adds a venting dream suggestion. Lastly, he counts her up, 0 to 5, and out of hypnosis.
WTVCASHIS / Release Date: Fri, Apr 24, 2020 / Production Date: Thu, Oct 24, 2019 / Format: HD