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Client Factsheet/Q & A
The more you understand the processes of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy the more effective it is likely to be. Please read the following sections below to learn more.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH)?
CBH is a form of psychotherapy (talking therapy) combining the principles of CBT and hypnosis.
It is a specific, goal orientated, time limited and measurable way of helping clients change their lives and reach their agreed goals. Clients frequently have more than one issue they’d like help with and during the initial appointment a starting point is identified and future goals agreed on.
CBH is a very effective way to help clients with psychological and emotional problems which can often be seen as a result of negative thinking. By combining the theories of CBT with hypnotic suggestions this ‘encourages’ the new positive ideas leading to powerful, persuasive and permanent changes.
Hypnotic suggestion is a means of experiencing previously agreed and helpful ideas at a level profound enough to directly influence both emotions and behaviour.
Mind Body Freedom has a vast array of pyschological tools to choose from and hypnosis is not always used. Every session is designed individually for each client.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts.
In CBT, problems are broken down into 5 main areas:
- physical feelings
CBT is based on the concept of these 5 areas being interconnected and affecting each other. For example, your thoughts about a certain situation can often affect how you feel both physically and emotionally, as well as how you act in response.
How CBT is different
- pragmatic – it helps identify specific problems and tries to solve them
- highly structured – rather than talking freely about your life, you and your therapist discuss specific problems and set goals for you to achieve
- focused on current problems – it’s mainly concerned with how you think and act now rather than attempting to resolve past issues
- collaborative – your therapist will not tell you what to do; they’ll work with you to find solutions to your current difficulties
More information can be found here
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a special way of using naturally occuring psychologoical and physiological states. Clinical hypnotherapy is a collaborative process in which you agree to follow the therapist’s guidance by using your imagination to evoke positive emotions and rehearse behaviour change.
Hypnosis is completely safe when used in a responsible and professional manner. Nobody has ever been ‘stuck’ in hypnosis.
Hypnosis is essentially a simple, down-to-earth and common sense therapy and helps to increase the efficacy of treatment sessions.
Hypnosis is definitely NOT a state of sleep or unconsciousness, it is an increased ability to respond to positive suggestions, often accompanied by relaxed attention to the ideas being suggested.
Hypnosis is definitely NOT a state of mind control. You cannot be made to anything against your will. On the contrary clients want to accept the suggested ideas and actively imagine responding to these ideas thereby experiencing the changes required to meet their specific goals.
Stage and comedy hypnosis fosters huge misconceptions which sometimes prevents people from seeking treatment from a fully qualified and insured practitioner. Stage hypnosis has little to do with evidence based clinical hypnotherapy and please take what you see on stage or TV with a pinch of salt. These ‘performances’ often use stooges and the pressure from the audience for going along with it all cannot be underestimated.
Further information can be found here.
Can Anyone be Hypnotised?
In principle everyone can be hynotised, and some clients find it easier than others. The process is aided when clients are comfortable and confident in their choice of therapist and the evidence shows that relaxing, thinking postively and being able to use one’s imagination also helps.
Mind Body Freedom has a vast array of pyschological tools to choose from and hypnosis is not always used.
What can CBH help with?
CBH can help with a huge range of issues. Research supports its use in:
Confidence and Self-Esteem
Habit reversal eg: smoking cessation, nailbiting, and phobias.
There are thousands of published clinical research studies. In the 1950’s hynotherapy was recognised by the British Medical Association (BMA), and the American Medical Association (AMA). More recently the American Psychological Society has recognised it for obesity and NICE guidance in the UK for IBS.
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