I often go out for walks but when the high temperatures hit us as much as I enjoy the heat and sun ☀️ I wasn’t heading out for many walks, too hot for walking. I didn’t realise how much I missed it or how positive I feel when I walk regularly.
I was out with a friend earlier in the week, it was a bit drizzly, but that didn’t stop us getting out into nature enjoying a walk and also having a good chat. Both very beneficial in this busy life we lead.
I decided to go out again the following evening and saw 2 deer’s 🦌.
I love it when I cross paths with nature, as you can see they got a bit stressed and parted company. I moved on and could hear one of them shouting for the other, I have never heard them and it sounds very similar to a bark. I headed home with a smile on my face.
Benefits of walking
We all hear that walking is good for you and if you can add nature in to this then that adds to the benefit.
I found this on google and I think it is straight to the point –
“Brisk walking boosts endorphins, the feel-good hormones that improve your mood and lower stress and mild depression. … And while countryside walks cannot cure mental illness, the combination of exercise, solitude, quiet and the beauty of the natural world can be incredibly calming and restorative”. 26 April 2014.
I advise getting out for walks where possible and helpful to my clients, especially when working with weight management, but also when working with anxiety, panic, stress and low mood.
WSN is a type of parts therapy, I have popped a link here to parts therapy should you wish to have a look at what parts therapy is.
“WSN is based upon the concept of evolutionary psychology, Warriors, Settlers and Nomads reveals those very skills and psychological attitudes that we have inherited from our ancestors. Teaching us how we have all retained features of the three ancient tribes – the Warrior, the Settler and the Nomad.”
I have taken the above paragraph from Terence Watts book WSN
WSN simpler than other parts therapies WSN is simpler than some of the other parts therapies in that it looks at 3 different parts of us, kind and caring, strong and confident, get out there and enjoy life.
Warrior – strong and confident part
Settler – kind and caring part
Nomad – fun loving part
Some find the Warrior, Settler and Nomad characters sit uncomfortable with them so I often refer to them as above, strong and confident, kind and caring, fun loving part. Clients often feel better with this way of referring to the characters, they can understand that we all have these parts within us. They may vary in strengths and we may find that in some situations one part is stronger than in other situations, for example the Warrior part of you may come out more at work, the fun loving Nomad part may come out more when on holiday.
These parts all live within us to some degree or another, some are our dominate way of being and our dominant way of being is the way we were born and can not be changed, just like we can’t change the colour of our eyes.
So a little history lesson. If we go back through time we find a time of tribes, there were three tribes, the Warriors which were strong and confident leaders, the Nomads which were fun loving and never stayed in one area for too long, always traveling always looking for new things, new adventures. Then we have the settlers and they are the ones that began to use the land around them rather than roam around, kind caring people who liked to settle down and just be. The Warriors will have taken advantage of the Settlers, allowing them to set up and create hamlets and villages, then move in and take over the running of the settlement, be leaders. The Nomads will have either continued to travel around or become part of the society created. This lead to inter breading between the three tribes, fast forward through time up to the present day and we all have parts of these characters within us.
Weight Management, Stress, Anxiety, Motivation, Performance Enhancement, Self-confidence Issues, Public Speaking, Career Enhancement, Counselling, Life-direction finding.
What happens during WSN therapy
Part of the therapy is a lot of questions to really dig and find out which character is most dominant or which characters are most dominant. The questioning also helps to find any internal conflicts that may be there. We may not be our true self, our up bringing may have lead us to move away from our true way of being so that we fit in. For example school and society pushes us towards being the Settler as this is how most feel we should be, kind and caring, looking out for others. School life, teachers want us to do as they wish, however if you are a strong Nomad you may not wish to sit down and read a book or do your writing and maths, you are more likely going to want to play in the sandpit or enjoy arts and crafts. If you are a strong Warrior and leader you will not enjoy being told what to do, you will want to be do the leading. So these more dominant ways of being can and do get pushed out, shoved down and we act more settler as this is how we are ‘supposed’ to be in school and society, do as we are told, be kind to others. This causes internal conflict.
Follow up sessions WSN therapy looks at using the 3 different parts of us to create balance, to help the conflict within us and therefore help you to feel better in whatever area of life that help or balance is needed. Once the questioning part has been done we move on to creating VMIs of your characters, this is simply creating a visual mental image of the Warrior, Settler and Nomad. These images or characters we then use to help create the balance. We have meetings and ask questions to the parts, for example who is responsible for my overeating, who is stopping me doing what I wish too, who can help me with my anxiety/stress, who can help me let my hair down more and not be so serious. By asking questions and some can be as simple as how am I doing? We begin to use the parts in the way that suits them best. If life is too serious we ask Warrior to step back and allow Nomad to have more fun and come out more, if we have to deal with a loved one that isn’t well we may ask Settler to help us care and be patient. The list can go on and on.
A brief example: Woking with weight management, the Nomad was a Victorian bigger living on the streets of London, hungery all the time eating out of bins. This explained the over eating. We asked the Settler if she would help (she was a lady in her 60s looking after a household), she said she would feed him and look after him. The Settler was happy to help the Nomad, this helped the client by getting her eating habits positive and under control.
WSN a life tool Once the basics of WSN has been learned it can be used in all areas of life, whether it’s help with an interview or you need help to be more caring and have more paitient, or to have more fun and let your hair down more. It is such a versatile therapy and an amazing life tool for all, I have used this style of therapy with children also and they really do engage with it well.
WSN sessions The first session can last up to 2 hours and is the intake session where we do lots of talking, this I do with every client no matter what therapy I do with them, this session gives me a good picture of where you are and where you want to be. The follow up session would be the questioning session to explore which is your dominant part or parts. Once this has been completed we move onto the VMI work and then getting them all together to find ways to move forward. These follow session area about an hour.
Terence Watts is the creator of many therapies and this is one of his. Terence was reading about free will and whether it truly exists. He came across an experiment by a chap called Benjamin Libet (click here to open a post by New Science for more info) that showed that the brain is working earlier than we are consciously aware of, about a half of a second earlier.
So if a reaction to something happens then it is happening half of a second earlier than we are consciously aware. For example a fear, panic, anxiety, should you suffer from any of these, and you know the feeling or those feelings that rise within you, that response to whatever the situation is, begins half a second earlier than you are aware of or than your conscious brain picks up on. So if this reaction is happening earlier then we are aware, we have then got have a thought or reaction that has equally happened half of a second earlier than our conscious brain picks up on. I hope this makes sense, it can get mind boggling as Terence says below.
So a negative reaction to something is well on its way along all the neural pathways in our brain, about 50 meters of neural pathways, before we are consciously aware of it. So how do we stop this. How can we stop the reaction before it begins? That’s where BWRT®️
comes in. It gets as close to the begin of a reaction as possible to remove it, stop it in its tracks and replace it with your Preferred Response. The preferred response is how you would prefer to feel, be and act in that situation.
There are many other areas that I have used BWRT®️ to help my clients along side but not in the same session as my other therapies, grief helping to take away that real sting and hurt of grief. Helping work through a situation that is difficult but will pass, for example a loved one that isn’t well, helping them through this difficult time. Helping deal with guilt. Helping with specific emotional response to situations, for example an empty house when everyone has left. Paranoia, checking other peoples phones. Hair pulling, Trichotillomania.
There are lots more I am sure and lots more I will help with in the future, it is so flexible in what it can be used to help. Terence is often adding to the list of protocols helping us therapists to work with a wider range of ailments/problems/emotions/situation.
BWRT®️ works with strong responses, a very uncomfortable feeling/reaction/emotion that can be accessed by the client, the strength of discomfort has to be up there on the discomfort scale.
BWRT®️ is great at removing a negative response to a situation, a person, an event, an animal, whether its a fear, phobia or anxiety, BWRT®️ gets as close to the begin of the response and replaces it with your preferred response.
An example I often use is a fear of spiders, the distressing reaction to spiders is ‘knocked out’ (so to speak) and replaced with how they would prefer to feel, their preferred response which may be feeling calm and relaxed being in the same room as a spider or being able to pop a glass over it, slide some paper under and pop it outside.
For more info on BWRT®️ please visit BWRT.org.uk or BBRS (British BrainWorking Research Society)
Not just Hypnotherapy, I have gained qualification in more therapies that work so well either with hypnotherapy or along side it. I have been thinking about changing my business name to Not Just Hypnotherapy Works 😂 any thoughts welcome on that one ☝️
As I mentioned in my first blog, over the past 18 months to 2 years I have been adding to my tool box of therapies. I first explored a therapy called WSN and did level one training in this and this is what lead me on to study more. I found out about a therapist called Terence Watts, he has now retired from seeing clients but has not stopped learning and developing new therapies, he amazes me and people who know him will know why (click on his name for a link to his page should you wish to find out more about Terence).
From learning WSN I went on to discover probably the most amazing therapy to be developed in the past few years, it is new (Terence began teaching it in 2013 after beginning his research into it in 2011, extremely new in the world of therapy) and amazing, so amazing he has gone on to develop it further and it now has 3 levels. I am talking about BWRT®️, I love using it and I have found it amazing.
BWRT®️ lead me on to BB4B and I have just finished further training in Hypnoanalysis, which has been so interesting, I covered it a little in my original training but this was in much more depth.
These are the other therapies I use and what they can help
BWRT® level 1 – Anxiety, Fears and Phobias, Success Inhibition, Fear of failure, Binge Eating/Drinking, Performance Anxiety, Grief, OCD, Mild PTSD.
BB4B – Anxiety, fear and panic, Insomnia, Over eating, Infertility, Social Phobia, Physical Energy, Pain Management.
WSN – Weight Management, Stress, Anxiety, Motivation, Performance Enhancement, Self-confidence Issues, Public Speaking, Career Enhancement, Counselling, Life-direction finding.
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As you can see from the list above that some of the therapies cross over in some areas, I find this helpful as not every therapy will work for everyone. My next lot of training is CAT which stands for Conscious Analytical Therapy, so as you may have picked up this is not using hypnosis, I have worked with clients that are not always comfortable closing their eyes, especially to begin with, so this again adds to my tool box.
I am really looking forward to completing level 2 BWRT®️ in October so watch this space for more info on that in the future.