It is understandable that, many people may find taking part in any form of therapy somewhat daunting; even when confident, that it is going to be of significant benefit. Naturally, for some their minds are full of questions. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Clinical Hypnotherapy undoubtedly evokes curiosity, similar to many areas of psychology, psychotherapy, physiology and related fields.
The following are some questions, which newcomers might ask:
Yes. The client remains aware throughout the session. Television and theatrical performances can be misleading and result in misconceptions, which can in fact be a hindrance when an individual is seeking treatment. Click here to read my article which serves to demystify Stage Hypnosis, differentiating clinical hypnotherapy from the illusion and deception employed by stage performers.
No. The client is aware of everything, which is being said at all times. Hypnosis is not a state of mind control; you could quite literally decide not to focus attention on a suggestion and if so wished, simply stand up and walk toward the door. In essence, you choose to be in hypnosis, you also choose how deeply you experience hypnosis. It is completely safe when used in a professional context.
This is a common myth. You cannot be compelled to give the therapist information or blurt out information that you would prefer to keep private. You are in control of your responses, even at the deeper levels of hypnosis. You cannot be made do something against your will or which is objectionable to you. You will not be forced to say or do anything that is in conflict with your moral, personal or ethical standards.
No. It is completely safe when used in a professional context. If you wished you could simply open your eyes and walk out of the room, as you could when in a day dream or engrossed in your imagination. I have written an article on the topic of 'trance' and 'altered state of consciousness', to read more please click here.
No. Quite contrary to this assumption, those who are more responsive to hypnosis are individuals who have a strong, dexterous mind. Concluding from psychological investigation, those who respond well to hypnosis are those who have an active, strong mind and are well capable of imagination.
Click the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) video below to listen to the comments made regarding one person's experience of hypnosis. This is an example of a typical newcomer to hypnotherapy.
Note: Hypnosis is an individual experience and can vary from person to person.
Regarding this video, one might ask the following questions:
It is understandable, that many people use terms which they have heard on tv, on stage, in film or read in 'pop' psychology books. These areas receive a significant amount of attention and media coverage. If you would like to find out more and read about what rigorous research and evidence based findings reveal, please click here to read my article 'Altered state of consciousness' versus the 'nonstate' theory of hypnosis.
No. In hypnosis, you are mentally awake, generally aware and understand everything that is happening. While the body may feel very relaxed, the mind is awake. It is a very pleasant and inspiring experience, providing you with helpful insights.
CBT is an evidence-based psychological therapy. A substantial amount of empirical (scientific) research has investigated CBT disclosing the significant impact our cognitions have on emotion and the effectiveness of CBT intervention particularly in the dealing with anxiety. The emphasis is on recognising and modifying negative, unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. Cognitions is the term used to refer to thoughts, thought processes and beliefs. Modifying cognition and behaviour results in changes in what is known as 'affect'. When we talk about 'affect' we are referring to emotions, feelings, bodily sensations as well as other symptoms of emotional difficulties.
Curious as to why I combine CBT techniques with hypnosis? To read more please click here.
Hypnosis is essentially a cognitive (thought) process. Hypnosis utilises naturally occurring physiological and psychological processes. Hypnosis refers to a systematic process, which in general heightens ones suggestibility. Through the guidance of your therapist, you are directed in using the imagination to evoke realistic, positive, productive thoughts and emotions.
In principal, anyone can be hypnotised. Anyone can be hypnotised because we all have the ability to use our imagination. People differ in how they respond to hypnosis. Research suggests that hypnotic susceptibility depends primarily on the individual's attitudes and expectations about hypnosis: the more positive and realistic the attitude, the better the response to hypnosis. To read more on hypnosis and the power of cognition, please click here
There are those who are exceptionally good at hypnosis and self-hypnosis. This is either due to a natural talent they have or as a result of patience and practice. It is noteworthy to mention that anyone can learn how to enhance his or her ability with instruction, guidance and a little practice.
That depends on the individual and their needs. It will be determined during ones initial consultation. The average number of sessions is six. Curious as to how modern therapy is brief yet extremely effective? To find out more please click here
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A Survey of Psychotherapy Literature by Alfred A. Barrios, PhD. Revealed the Following Recovery Rates:
Psychoanalysis: rate of 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behavioural therapy: rate of 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Clinical Hypnotherapy : rate of 93% recovery after 6 sessions.
-Source:Alfred A. Barrios, PhD
NOTE:Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH); a combination of cognitive, behavioural and hypnotic interventions. CBH, uncovered as one of the most evidence based therapeutic interventions, available today in the field of psychology and psychotherapy
See Articles for more information, which serves to further explain CBH and thereby clarify CBH, dispelling myths or cynicism.
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