The Hypnotherapy Sessions
The first session is usually a consultation session. Together with the therapist, a course of treatment will be decided upon, and you would also have a chance to ask questions. Thereafter, the typical session will involve sitting comfortably on a chair, while engaging in interactive hypnosis. However, since the primary goal of the session is to bring about change, other means can be takes to achieve than goal – such as homework, breathing patterning, body-awareness and more. You are always an active participant in the session, and not merely a passive recipient. You will be guided into trance and be assisted in utilizing it for your own benefits. The average session time is between 60-90 minutes. The number of sessions changes with the nature of the problem and the person. However, hypnotherapy is usually a goal-oriented, quick and elegant therapy.
These are some of the therapeutic approaches we use during a session.
- Breathing patterning: Different patterns of breathing tap into different states of mind and altered states. During hypnotherapy sessions, the therapist might choose to use your breathing both to initiate trace and to utilize it. Anyone who experienced meditation, or yoga will acknowledge the power of breathing patterning.
- Mental Rehearsing: When we use our imagination, we activate the same neural-paths that are active when the genuine act is taken. Mental rehearsing is an extremely effective method to expertise and perfect body-techniques, concentration, memory (both cognitive and kinaesthetic memory) and performance. Mental rehearsing is especially useful to players and musicians, athletes, artist and performers. It is also a good way to resolve ‘creative blocks’.
- 5 path Regression and Ego States therapy: Regression therapy can effect the present through investigation, clarification and reinterpretation of the past. In Trance-state, the ability to recall memories is higher and can be more vivid then usual.Ego states therapy is the utilization of the psychological phenomenon of dissociation. It is a creative setting which is mainly effective for habit control and deeper analysis.
- Relaxation techniques: The core of many hypnotherapeutic approaches is the initial reduction of stress levels. Concentration and relaxation are both unpractised skills in our society. The experience of deep relaxation is beneficial by itself, and is further used in the therapeutic context.
- Self hypnosis: Many therapists claim that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Whether this argument is true or not, learning self hypnosis is an invaluable essence to clients. It allows them to practice change-work outside the therapy room, to enhance and support the therapeutic achievement, and to relax. Self-hypnosis is often taught to help the clients help themselves – and take the credit for that!