PEOPLE OFTEN ask me why my style of Hypnotherapy is different from the conventional way. It all stems back to my early years as a Hypnotherapist in Belfast in the early 80s, when Hypnotherapy was a relatively new alternative treatment viewed with scepticism by many people. Having trained as a Hypnotherapist I opened a small office in Belfast. One of the Sunday newspapers then did a feature on me, and word started to get around that there was this guy who could help people with their problems, and it just started to grow from there. I saw the employed; unemployed; multi-millionaires; TV and Radio personalities; people from every walk of life. In a short space of time I had seven clinics throughout Northern Ireland and was working seven days a week flat out. People were coming to see me for various reasons, but in Northern Ireland it was completely different from Mainland UK because of the many victims of the troubles.
In those early years, counselling was very limited so I had to help thousands of people caught up in the conflict. There were bomb victims; people who had been shot; members of the security forces who could not cope; the list was extensive… I attended the survivor of the Kegworth air crash which killed 46 people, to help them come to terms with it, and to get them on another flight. A woman came to me for insomnia after waking up one night with four gunmen standing around her bed. I could tell you countless more stories like these, and I am sure that no other Hypnotherapist has ever had to do what I had to! And sadly, I am still getting these sort of people coming even now to my Northern Ireland clinics.
It was because of this that I came away from my conventional training whereby people would be regressed into their childhood to try to recall the original cause of their panic attacks, or other problems. This could take up to 15 sessions or more to achieve, when clearly it wasn’t in their childhood at all - it was because of what had happened to them now! These people had suffered enough and wanted their problems sorted out as quickly as possible and to get on with their lives. And that is exactly what I did!
I came away from conventional Hypnotherapy and developed my own techniques, (also introducing specialised equipment from America to speed the whole process up) cutting everything down to the fastest way possible without losing any effectiveness, to get these poor people sorted out as fast as possible. Having developed these techniques I then called it Fast Track Hypnosis and I have been using this method ever since.
People would say to me “does it work?” When I started doing these new techniques the media (TV, newspapers and radio) wanted to know if it really did work and so started putting me to the test. I proved my “Fast Track Stop Smoking in 30 minutes” twice on TV (and quite recently was put to the test with the Fast Track Weight control session).
On another programme I helped a psychologist get over her agoraphobia. On another occasion a programme featured my helping a company director overcome a fear of flying, then the cameraman who was in the studio filming it came along to get over his own flying phobia as well! Another showed me helping a young boy of ten years of age, who was having panic attacks. (Incidentally he did not want to go to school because of these attacks, and tried to throw himself out of a car at 45mph). Again all these problems were resolved in a very short space of time (only 4 sessions were required). And over the years there were many other tests!
In all my years in practice I have heard almost everything, nothing would surprise me anymore. It has not all been doom and gloom, hearing all these terrible stories, there is a great deal of satisfaction in my job.
People would also ask me if I ever use hypnosis for myself. Of course I do and have done so throughout my career!
I have seen Hypnotherapists advertising Hypnosis as a completely new way of helping women when giving birth to their babies. All my children were born under Hypnosis and my eldest is now 21 years of age! I used it for each one of them - no pain relief was required. My equipment was taken to the hospital and used there, along with a crowd of doctors and nurses watching everything that I did. (In fact one of the midwives came to me years later to stop smoking).
Hypnosis was also used for their exams and accelerated learning and when my children had injections our family doctor thought it was hilarious that they would laugh with him as he gave them the jab. I had to show numerous medical students this very quick technique. The children were also into horse riding – I used hypnosis to boost their motivation and confidence, each one a Championship rider. I use ‘autohypnosis’ to simply chill out between sessions!
“Alan, I can't begin to thank you enough. It has just been TWO WEEKS since I first came to see you and the transformation in me has been unbelievable. Steadily I have become more like my old self. I feel a greater sense of calm at work, the fear has subsided and that's how it will stay. I look forward to my baby as a blessing. You have restored my hope and given me a new zest for life. Fast Track Hypnosis is a truly remarkable experience, one which I will happily share with others. Take care - K "
Alan holds Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar, and Benidorm.
For an appointment, brochure or free of charge initial consultation, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408.