- Types of hypnotherapy
Types of hypnotherapy
If you’ve decided to take the step to try hypnotherapy, our advice would be to take the time to do a little research. Hypnotherapy is an incredible tool and can be used in many different ways.
Below we briefly outline some of the common types of hypnotherapy available. If a type of therapy appeals to you or sounds appropriate for your needs, click through to read about the therapy in more depth. You can then use our advanced search tool to find a hypnotherapist who offers this type of therapy, read their profile and get in touch.
Feel free to ask your hypnotherapist any further questions you have about the type of hypnotherapy they use. They will be more than happy to explain how they work and how it could help.
Simply put, this type of hypnotherapy combines cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with hypnosis. The premise behind CBT is that our thoughts affect our feelings and behaviour. Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy incorporates hypnosis to help ‘update’ the subconscious in line with the conscious and its understanding of reality. It recognises that everyone is unique and is tailored to the individual. Cognitive hypnotherapy can be used for many concerns but is particularly helpful for phobias and anxiety.
Milton Erickson was a psychiatrist who specialised in family therapy and medical hypnosis. His work is cited as being revolutionary in the hypnotherapy industry and his approach is now used by a growing number of hypnotherapists.
Differing from other forms, Ericksonian hypnotherapy uses indirect suggestion and storytelling to alter behaviour. This type of hypnotherapy may appeal to those who are looking for a different approach or even those who have tried and disliked traditional forms of hypnotherapy.
This is an integrative approach, where hypnosis is used alongside another branch of psychotherapy (such as psychodynamic, Humanist, Gestalt or mindfulness). Professionals who offer this form of therapy will have training in both hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.
Hypno-psychotherapy can be used to look at more deep-seated issues and may be helpful for those who feel they would benefit from more intensive work.
Drawing on concepts from analytical psychotherapy, hypnoanalysis looks to identify a ‘cause’ or ‘trigger event’ that has lead to the current problem you’re facing. By identifying the root cause, the hypnotherapist aims to reduce negative associations and resolve resulting issues.
The process often takes a number of sessions, allowing you and your therapist to build a relationship and work together in a safe, trusting environment.
Not a type of hypnotherapy, but another technique that is often used in tangent with hypnotherapy. NLP is a learning model devised by Joseph Connor and John Seymour and looks to help people help themselves reach a state of ‘excellence, happiness and state of mind’. When combined with hypnotherapy it can be very powerful and helpful for those looking to make a change.
Practitioners of this technique believe we all have past lives and use hypnosis to help recover these memories. It is hoped that these memories can reveal why you are struggling with a certain issue in this life and explain who you are now.
This therapy is holistic and works with body, mind, emotions and spirit. Past life regression may be useful if you feel you are stuck on a certain issue or find something keeps coming back into your life.
This form of hypnotherapy focuses on the here and now, looking at your current situation and how you would like your future to look. Solution focused hypnotherapy is client centred, meaning that you take the lead in your sessions with your hypnotherapist guiding you.
Goal setting is key and questioning techniques are often used to help you uncover the solution to whatever challenge you’re facing. The core belief is that you have inner strength and resources to draw upon to help yourself, with the hypnotherapist acting as a facilitator.
Also referred to as traditional hypnotherapy, this is perhaps the most commonly used form of hypnotherapy. The premise behind hypnosis is that when we are in a hypnotic state, our subconscious is more open to suggestion.
A suggestion hypnotherapist will use special techniques to offer suggestions and help alter thought patterns. This type of hypnotherapy is ideal for changing habits, overcoming anxiety and reducing stress.
Deriving from NLP, Time Line Therapy™ is based on the premise that our memories are stored in a linear pattern (i.e. a time line). Time line therapists use different techniques to help you release limiting beliefs and negative emotions linked to past experiences.
While this approach can be used for a variety of concerns, it is thought to be especially useful for those struggling with depression, anxiety and stress.
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