How hypnotherapy is used in psychotherapy

Hypnotherapy is an absolutely fantastic way to discover ideas that you otherwise might not consider, helping you to break long-lasting habits and unwanted thinking. As a psychotherapist, I often get asked: "How do you incorporate hypnotherapy into your treatment?".

To give you an idea of how this would work, let's take a look at an example.

Let's say a client comes to me because of their nail biting. Hypnotherapy works great for this kind of issue and others like it. Hypnotherapy is found to be very effective because:

- It helps address underlying patterns of behaviour that are unwanted and presents an alternative way of thinking. Through powerful relaxation techniques, you're allowed to free yourself from the dogma of your unwanted habit.

- It gives gentle and positive reminders (especially if it is reinforced by a CD/MP3) to continue the motivation through that change in behaviour.

- It can present the client with a future where they do not bite their nails and allow them to experience all the good feelings that come with that.

I think what is missing from many forms of tried and tested therapies, for example DBT and CBT, is that they offer fantastic methodologies when it comes to exploring emotions and behaviours, but there is something that is crucially missing; the gap between identification and solution from the client's perspective. Essentially, you might have identified the problem and you can see the solution, but getting to that solution could be incredibly difficult. Hypnotherapy, visualisation and mindfulness are all part of the same tree, just presented in different ways. But what these very useful techniques offer is the same reassurance and confidence to continue outside of the therapy room.

The idea of changing behaviour will never take root in someone's mind if it is not presented in a positive way. The use of visual treatments, where the imagination is engaged and the intrusive thoughts are quietened by acknowledgement and acceptance. This encourages the space needed for true change to occur. It is especially effective with people who are very visual, for example, people who enjoy visual mediums, such as films or books.

By utilising visualisation techniques through hypnotherapy, the client can imagine and see the issue from a different light, thus allowing them to change their persuasions through positive suggestion rather than dwelling on negative experiences or being subjected to negative influences, and that is what attributes to the extraordinary success of hypnotherapy and other such techniques.

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Written by Brian Turner (BA Hons, MHS Acc, Prof. Dip PsyC, Dip Hyp CS, Cert. Supervision.)

I am a practising psychotherapist who combines a variety of techniques utilising such skills as mindfulness, hypnotherapy and counselling; and by giving you tailor-made skills in our sessions, they can be readily employed to help combat your deepest worries, allowing you to begin again.… Read more

Written by Brian Turner (BA Hons, MHS Acc, Prof. Dip PsyC, Dip Hyp CS, Cert. Supervision.)

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