21st August, 2010
Written by: David Grinnell MSc (Hons) CHyp MBHA
How does curative hypnotherapy treat such a variety of conditions?
During curative hypnotherapy the patient is able to access to their subconscious/instinctive mind. The patient is able to identify the reason why their subconscious is responding in the way that it is and producing undesirable or negative symptoms. This is achieved by reviewing the original event that led to these subconscious responses. The patient can then use all of their knowledge that has been gained from the following years to establish whether the response at the time of that original event was the most appropriate. It is then possible for the patient to change the response to the original event and therefore all future responses, should they wish to, leading to a resolution of the problem and all of the associated symptoms. The patient may then, if they wish to, explain to the therapist the subconscious causes for their condition. This is in line with the principles of ‘content free’ hypnotherapy, where the patient is under no obligation to reveal the details of past events to the therapist.
What does a session of curative hypnotherapy feel like?
During therapy the patient will feel deeply relaxed and calm, it is very pleasant and enjoyable experience, similar day dreaming or meditation, only your awareness will actually be heightened. It is important that Curative Hypnotherapy is not confused with stage hypnotism where the participant only appears to have no control. This is entirely misleading; stage hypnotism is a magic trick based on hypnosis. At every point in curative hypnotherapy the patient is in complete control of the therapy and fully aware of what is happening. During therapy we don’t make suggestions for the patient to follow but if we were to, the patient could quite easily take no notice and choose to return to a normal state of awareness, terminating the session if they wished.
What does our subconscious mind do for us?
The subconscious mind controls aspects of our behaviour and perceptions of life that we are not consciously aware of. Most importantly, as far as therapy is concerned, the subconscious is responsible for all of our emotional responses and the autonomic processes for example the digestive, endocrine and nervous systems that lead to the correct functioning of the immune system and all of our bodily functions. So if we want to change the way any of these function we need to work with the subconscious.
Do I have to believe in curative hypnotherapy if it is to work for me?
No, unlike conventional medicine where there is great belief and therefore a significant placebo effect, with curative hypnotherapy the normal approach is one of ‘this sounds highly effective I’ll give it a try’. There is therefore much less placebo effect but this hasn’t affected the success rates found in research.
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