Mind is a ‘pow­er­ful’ part of heal­ing

DAILY GRIND There are lots of stereo­types about hyp­nother­apy but Caro­line Cran­shaw says it’s re­ally just a way to tap into what drives our be­hav­iour. Re­porter Ka­rina Aba­dia spoke to her about how how she got into the pro­fes­sion and the power of the sub­con

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It took a life-chang­ing event for Caro­line Cran­shaw to find her niche in life. It was New Year’s Eve in 2000 and she was driv­ing around a cor­ner when she lost con­trol and col­lided head-on with a truck.

Her in­juries were se­vere. She suf­fered a frontal lobe head in­jury, re­quired ma­jor fa­cial re­con­struc­tion and broke mul­ti­ple bones.

The doc­tors told her the head in­jury would have last­ing ef­fects and that it was likely she would al­ways walk with a limp. Cran­shaw re­fused to be­lieve them.

‘‘I just had this overwhelming feel­ing that I was meant to have this ac­ci­dent and that I was go­ing to com­pletely re­cover and go on to some­how help people.

‘‘I’d just lie there vi­su­al­is­ing my­self heal­ing and I got bet­ter way faster than the doc­tors ever ex­pected. It re­ally showed me how pow­er­ful your mind is over heal­ing.’’

Af­ter three weeks in hospi­tal the St He­liers res­i­dent checked her­self out against doc­tors’ or­ders. Af­ter a year she had made a com­plete re­cov­ery and de­cided to change her pro­fes­sion.

The for­mer hair­dresser stud­ied a di­ploma of clin­i­cal hyp­nother­apy and was reg­is­tered in 2008.

She’d re­ceived a lot of coun­selling in her teenage years and stud­ied to be a coun­sel­lor at univer­sity but hyp­nother­apy seemed more ef­fec­tive.

The 40-year-old has her own clinic in Par­nell but will start work­ing from her St He­liers home later this month. She also of­fers ses­sions in life coach­ing and does cor­po­rate train­ing in stress man­age­ment.

Un­like tra­di­tional ther­apy most of her clients only come to a cou­ple of ses­sions. It’s of­ten a last re­sort for them be­cause of the mis- con­cep­tions there are about the pro­fes­sion, she says.

But it isn’t ac­tu­ally so dif­fer­ent. The ma­jor­ity of the 11⁄ hour ses­sions are spent talk­ing through is­sues.

The dif­fer­ence is she uses hyp­nother­apy, which is a form of guided re­lax­ation with vi­su­al­i­sa­tions, to ac­cess the sub­con­scious mind.

‘‘Con­sciously a lot of the time we have no idea what’s go­ing on but I think the an­swers are within each per­son. We know we shouldn’t smoke, do drugs or abuse al­co­hol but the sub­con­scious is do­ing it be­cause it be­lieves it’s pro­tect­ing you for some rea­son.

‘‘It’s about re-ed­u­cat­ing the sub­con­scious mind into find­ing an­other way of keep­ing you safe.’’

People com­monly come for help with weight loss, sex­ual and re­la­tion­ship is­sues, anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and ad­dic­tions. But the prob­lem clients seek help for is of­ten only the pre­sent­ing is­sue, she says.

‘‘They’ll want to quit smok­ing but the rea­son why they’re smok­ing is they’re go­ing through a messy di­vorce and they’re re­ally stressed out at work.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously you want to ad­dress the smok­ing but you also want to ad­dress the un­der­ly­ing stress that’s caus­ing that.’’

The best thing about the pro­fes­sion is be­ing able to help people change neg­a­tive be­hav­iour.

‘‘Hear­ing from people years later about what a dif­fer­ence it’s made, that’s why I do it. Some­times it’s stress­ful but ev­ery­day I feel so lucky to do this job.’’

Photo: KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Guided re­lax­ation: Hyp­nother­a­pist Caro­line Cran­shaw.

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