Ask the recruiter...
16 JUN 2021

Published by Kandice Menzie


Ask the recruiter...

Did you know that we have a qualified Hypnotherapist on our team? Nadina Grad, the star who heads our Client Service, Strategy and Marketing desk has been squirrelling away for some time, learning the art of hypnosis.

According to the NHS, Hypnosis is a meditative mental state in which people experience increased attention, concentration, and suggestibility. While you are in this mind state, a therapist will make guided suggestions designed to help you achieve your therapeutic goals.

Hypnosis can help with sleep, weight loss and productivity. Nadina shares how it can help your work life too:

What is your role at Gabriele?

My remit at Gabriele is client services, marketing, new business, and strategy roles, I’ve been here for close to 4 years and still love what I do!

When did you begin practicing hypnosis?

Back in Romania, where I am from, I studied Psychology and knew that someday I’d train to become a Psychotherapist, I just didn’t know what sort of therapy to focus on.

Traditional talk therapy, as effective as it is, take years and I wondered if there was another way to help people heal in a quicker and more efficient way.

In my last year at Uni we were briefly introduced to hypnosis by one of our professors and I found it fascinating, and so, I started my training in Hypo-Psychotherapy with The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

Hypnotherapy is basically Psychotherapy using an amazing technique called hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a wonderful tool to tap into the power of our subconscious minds and reprogram our beliefs, achieve our goals, cope with difficult and stressful situations and as a result, live happier and healthier lives.

Think of self-hypnosis as a way of self-therapy

The beauty of self-hypnosis is that anyone can learn how to use it and it only requires determination, consistency, practice - it can actually be quite fun! Self-hypnosis will help you help yourself make the positive, desired changes to improve your life, reach your goals, change habits and even control physical pain.

How does your knowledge of hypnosis help you as a recruiter?

Both hypnosis and psychotherapy have helped me on a personal level and that of course reflects on my work. The biggest change I’ve seen in myself over the years is becoming more empathetic and compassionate and patient.

I take time to listen and understand the needs of clients/candidates, to really see people as people and not just a CV or a job description.

In business, it's easy to forget that behind every title and professional there’s a human being, each one unique. 

And then of course coping with stress and difficult/tricky situations, being more organised with my time, hence, more productive and efficient and finding a balance between work/life/studies.

Did self-hypnosis help you through the pandemic?

I live in Spain and the first lockdown was really strict. We weren’t allowed to go out for walks, it was absolutely mental! So self-hypnosis really helped, a lot!!! Don’t get me wrong, I had and still have ‘’blue days’’ and we all have the right to feel down every now and then, but in the end let’s not forget to count our blessings.

Especially in the beginning of the pandemic, apart from everything that happened worldwide, we were also bombarded mainly with sad and bad news, contradictory information, no wonder one would become depressed and anxious.

I mainly used the positive affirmations and gratitude technique so that I could ‘’escape’’ in my own world and just take each day as it comes.

Starting the day with a positive mindset helped me to accept the global situation and find indoor activities to keep me busy and interested.

When we live in fear and stress and anxiety, it is impossible to focus and find activities that bring us joy.

How can hypnosis help individuals working within design or jobseekers?

Self-hypnosis is extremely useful for combatting stress and energising the mind, being more positive and calmer: life-work balance, creativity, coping with stressful situations and tight deadlines, reducing burn-out, increasing focus and attention and problem solving.

The list of things self-hypnosis helps with is endless.

How can one learn more about hypnosis?

The trance and the meditative state are very much alike. The main difference, in my opinion, is that self-hypnosis is more goal-oriented. So if you've practiced any form of meditation so far, you’ve experienced self-hypnosis.

Come to our free self -hypnosis Masterclass on Wednesday 30th June.

Anyone interested in hypnosis can either do their own research: find articles/books/videos/talks online,etc, just please be careful, there are so many misleading ones and who don’t make hypnosis justice. I’d recommend checking authors who are also trained Hypnotherapists/Psychotherapists.

Reach out to a trained Hypnotherapist for guidance. Self-hypnosis can be used in addition to any type of therapy or simply as a tool for day to day life and self-development, but especially for certain psychological and emotional conditions I would highly recommend and encourage to see a specialist.

For self-hypnosis look into Dr Brian M Alman & Dr. Peter Lambrou – Self-Hypnosis, Cathal O’Brien – Powerful Mind Through self-Hypnosis and Carol Dweck – Mindset, How you can fulfil your potential.

You can also join our upcoming virtual event on Wednesday 30th June. I’ll be sharing insights about self-hypnosis and you can ask as many questions as you like about the subject. Tickets are free however, I would love it if you could donate a small something to the Animal Shelter here in Seville, Spain, they do such amazing work.

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