Hypnotherapy uses psychology, sociology, and counseling.
When I was doing my coursework training for Hypnosis and Life Coaching, my mentor/instructor demonstrated dynamic demonstrations, showing how to integrate the two practices and thus help the client. Soon I realized the wisdom and validity of the integrative approach.
Life Coaching draws from psychology, sociology and counseling. The guidance given by a Life Coach is never prescriptive. Rather, it focuses on meeting the personally meaningful goals of the client. A client will seek a Life Coach to get “unstuck.” It is the same with Hypnosis. In Hypnosis, the hypnotist facilitates a trance-like state which allows the client to bypass the critical factor and be open to suggestions by the therapist.
Hypnotherapy is more comprehensive when it is integrated. It has rapid and lasting benefits. Integration, or using as many "lenses" as possible to study a problem is common in other disciplines as well. In my practice, I integrate learning and brain theories to hypnotherapy to better understand an issue from another perspective.
Presented at the National Guild of Hypnotists' Convention and Educational Conference in 2017
Harnessing the power of the unconscious mind.
By tapping the unconscious mind a hypnotist is able to address faulty learning patterns which manifest as a problem. The unconscious mind is reached while the client is in trance. At this time, the hypnotist is able to use a variety of techniques to install new positive learning patterns.
For generations, humans have passed down their cultural norms, values and other relevant information through storytelling. Everyone loves to hear an exciting story with drama interesting characters. The best plots has a beginning, a middle and an end. The characters usually face a dilemma, conflict or many struggles. There is usually suspense.
Stories weave a compelling tapestry that enthralls and captivates the listener’s imagination and attention.
As part of the treatment plan, a hypnotist will use metaphors, anecdotes, and poems to camouflauge the client's dilemma. However, during this part, the client will realize that there are new possibilities to consider for addressing the present problem. This phenomenon is performed by the subconscious mind.
- The story must never present the identical characters, scenarios or details.
- It must capture attention through symbolism and identification and imagination.
- It must present a dilemma or a choice having to do with the client’s issues.
- It must include new possibilities or choices that the characters are now considering and will transfer to this present situation.