If we keep this simple, hypnotherapy is the use of therapeutic practice under hypnosis. For those who want some more detail, let’s dive into these two components.
Hypnosis is the process of guiding an individual into a trance state. This is when the conscious mind is distracted and the unconscious mind can be accessed more easily. In other words, the thinking and logic gets out of the way of what is being experienced in the body. Most people have experienced a trance state. If you’ve zoned out on a daily commute, or lost yourself in a book or movie, it’s likely you’ve been in a trance state.
The therapeutic techniques a hypnotherapist uses will vary depending on the practitioner and their individual training, and can include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – considers the inter-relation between our thoughts, feelings and behaviours in any given situation
- Psychodynamics – focuses on how early childhood and relations can affect our development and impact our patterns of behaviour
- Gestalt – places emphasis on gaining awareness of the present moment and the present context
- Person-Centred – moves away from the notion of the therapist as an expert to a non-directive, empathic approach that empowers and motivates the client
- Neuro Linguistic Programming – places focus and consideration on the structure of our communication with ourselves and others
Who is it for?
Hypnotherapy can be incredibly powerful for individuals who have a tendency to be over-analytical getting into the minutiae of detail, or becoming overly focused on understanding what caused their issue. It is also truly valuable for individuals who have tried talking therapies in the past, but have been unable to make progress through the conscious discussions. Similar to many forms of therapy, hypnotherapy can support individuals to overcome a variety of issues including:
- Stop Smoking
- Post Traumatic Stress
As an Integrative Hypnotherapist, I have access to a variety of therapeutic techniques that I use to support my clients when they are in a trance state. This means that I am adaptable in my approach, pulling from different schools of thought to develop techniques and create processes that would best support each client. I am also able to respond to my clients in the moment, thoughtfully and confidently supporting them as we work through their challenge.