Presented By: John Melton
Hypnotherapist: John Melton, C.Ht.
Client: Genevieve - Session 3 of 6
Presenting Issues: Trypophobia - Fear of Seeing Small Holes
Description: Genevieve has been improving with her reaction to seeing small holes, rating it at 4/10, decreased from 6/10. She was also able to talk to her nephew about her trypophobia without experiencing discomfort, even grinning during the conversation. John reinforces that she has been progressing because she is doing the work – he is only there as a guide.
She had a dream this past week where she was calm in a crowded gas station, which is a situation that would have typically frustrated her in real life. She has been improving with her frustration levels, continuing to use her tools of breathing and her mantra of “peace, calm, and relaxed.” Although she recognizes an improvement in her anger levels, she would like that to continue improving.
Per her fiancé, she goes quickly “from 0 to 100,” after which she says “hurtful things” that she regrets. John explains that, oftentimes, when we are easily triggered, it is because “our cups are full.” She is learning to “dump a little bit out” throughout the day, to create the space and become more tolerant.
She reports feeling “a little bit” more rested upon waking up. She gives herself a “B” with her eating habits, stating she would like to eat more vegetables as well as decrease her craving for sweets after dinner.
Techniques Used: John has Genevieve give herself permission, in her own words, to turn down her anxiety about the holes. He then has her tie these words into deep breathing. He suggests that, even though she previously did not like change, she desires this change and is ready for it.
He uses the ideomotor response – Genevieve lifts her left index finger when she visualizes herself in her room, which is her place of comfort. He guides her through a progressive relaxation, emphasizing that she is choosing and creating her feelings. He reinforces the feelings of “calm, peaceful, relaxation,” associating it with the breath. He then has her imagine dropping the feeling of anger as her hand opens.
He uses imagery of her looking in a mirror and seeing herself calm, peaceful, and relaxed. He suggests she is releasing anxiety about the holes and her quick temper. He uses systematic desensitization, having her visualize the holes while remaining calm. He creates an image of the holes as smiley faces, eliciting laughter from her because they are silly. He then adds suggestions about eating more vegetables, sleeping better, and being calmer through the day, before counting her up 0 to 5 out of hypnosis.
WTVCASHIS / Release Date: Mon, Jun 22, 2020 / Production Date: Fri, Jun 1, 2018 / Format: HD
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