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Thursday, 19th June 2008 Past notice

Control Room Imagery for physiological change

A talk by Adrian Dodd

THE CONTROL Room technique for achieving change within a client has long been popular with many hypnotherapists.

It involves inviting clients/patients to picture a control room located within themselves which is filled with switches, leavers, meters, dials, etc., all of which can be altered or tweaked to adjust thoughts, feelings and bodily responses.


It is a technique which has been used by James Braid Society member Adrian Dodd as a healing tool, to which, over the years he has added some effective twists of his own.

Those changes and improvements were described in detail at the society's June 2008 meeting.

Adrian pointed out that though hypnotherapists employ a wide range of tools – most of them applicable to psychological problems – there are few which can be used for psychological problems which include – but are not limited to – pain, high blood pressure, tachycardia, arthritis and IBS.

Adrian Dodd
Has been a therapist for 11 years, having started with aromatherapy, sports massage and cranio sacral therapy.
In 2002 he moved to hypnotherapy, and trained with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis.
Currently practicing part-time Adrian intends to specialise in pain control and stress management. He is also an NLP Master Practitioner

However the "Control Room of the Mind technique" uses the clients/patients' ability to visualise in a manner best suited to themselves.

Adrian explained: "The subconscious controls what they use for the presenting problem.

"Once these controls are located then the patient is asked to alter the settings to bring about more satisfactory and acceptable sensations or feelings. These are then locked and allowed to become habituated.

"If the patient has not achieved the required result at the first instance then the process can be repeated after a period of 14 to 28 days remembering that it can take up to 28 days to establish new neural pathways.

A far more detailed account of Adrian Dodd's version of the Control Room can be downloaded by clicking  the image on the right.


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