Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestibility, or hyper-suggestability. Where you are mentally awake and usually aware of everything that is said or done. Hypnosis is a mental skill whereby as a client you will learn to control your mental processes. Hypnosis is good at inducing deep relaxation and modifying our beliefs to ‘I can’! It is a special way of using various naturally-occurring psychological and physiological states.

Why combine hypnotherapy and CBT?

A general additive effect when combining hypnosis with behavioural or cognitive approaches. Hypnosis can also facilitate benign detachment eg. from pain.

What are some of the critical success factors for a successful therapeutic relationship?

As Araaz (1982) stated an effective therapeutic relationship is all about TEAM (trust, expectation, attitudes and motivation. A client coming with an open mind to change helps, being an active participant in the tasks and the follow up work all support the process. I also like Bordin’s (1979) insight into the three key areas or components that make up the therapeutic relationship and these are the: bond of trust between therapist and client, agreement on both therapy goals and tasks.

What is hypnotic skills training?

By training clients to understand their role in hypnosis the more it is possible to increase hypnotic responsiveness. By providing clients with a set of life skills eg. self hypnosis they use them in the session, between sessions and after the sessions have concluded so in essence becoming their own therapist.

What is the General Hypnotherapy Register(GHR) code of ethics and why is it relevant to your practice of hypnotherapy?

As someone who has worked as an educationalist and a professional for various membership organizations this document is important in terms of my own professional practice and providing a framework of obligations some which cross over into the other organizations I am member of eg. coaching. In terms of CPD I believe that continuing to undertake CPD in various forms is essential and I do this through supervision, reading and attending relevant training and networking events. Confidentiality is at the heart of everything I do and it is at the heart of the client/therapist relationship.

What is hypnotic induction?

The use of hypnotic induction provides the starting point in terms of an introduction to hypnosis. Combined with deepening provides the opportunity to detach from what is going on and to help to with our inner experiences. There are a variety of techniques for inductions ranging from a relaxation-based technique, rapid, modern eye-fixation induction and an eye closure induction. In terms of deepeners these could be direct suggestion, breathing and staircase deepener.

What is self hypnosis?

By adopting a skills training approach the clients is taking a proactive approach and this is integral to the cognitive behavioural model. By using self hypnosis it improves what we are doing and also improves us as a client and therapist. It can take a simple form of induction deepener and awakening routine to support the work going on in the actual sessions and is a learnable skill.

What are behavioural tasks?

They provide the opportunity for clients to face what they have been perhaps trying to avoid. They are ultimately a way to challenge behavior and they could be described like real life experiments to take people out of their comfort zone and face their fears. They could be used through a problem solving approach and as an opportunity to practice learning or rehearsing skills.