Hypnosis for Psychotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy. It utilises our subconscious and the power of suggestion to promote positive change in our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional and mental health problems. It often involves talking, though it may also include other methods, such as art, music and movement.
Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy naturally co-exist in the therapy room. Whereas hypnotherapy involves dealing with your subconscious mind, psychotherapy involves communication on a conscious level; hence it’s portrayal as a ‘talking therapy’. It therefore makes sense that a therapeutic relationship will involve both conscious and subconscious dialogue.
My integrative approach uses both hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to help you with deeper problems that may not be addressed with hypnotherapy alone (such as trauma or abuse). There are various applications within hypnosis for psychotherapy, and the strategies used will differ, depending on your circumstances.
Hypnosis for psychotherapy supports therapeutic structures as the principal medium for positive change. While a flexible approach is vital, there must be equality in the working relationship between you and me. You need to feel comfortable and safe, contained in a supportive environment, to explore and clarify why you are in session.
Hypnosis describes a range of naturally occurring states of altered awareness (or trance). These hypnotic states range from momentary distractions through enhanced relaxation to profound states of inward focus and awareness.
Hypnosis for psychotherapy can be used to change your behaviour, attitudes and emotions. It can be used to help manage pain, anxiety and stress-related health concerns, as well as helping you overcome unwanted habits and improving confidence. Hypnosis for psychotherapy can also deal with more deep-seated problems, like those addressed by other psychotherapy branches.
The experience of hypnosis can vary dramatically from one person to another. Some hypnotized individuals report feeling a sense of detachment or extreme relaxation during the hypnotic state. In contrast, others even feel that their actions seem to occur outside of their conscious volition. Other individuals may remain fully aware and able to carry out conversations while under hypnosis.