Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) is hypnosis combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques. CBH is based on the principle that hypnotic states are a normal part of existence and whenever you arrive at your destination without having consciously driven there, you have been accessing a form of hypnosis. Similarly if you lose yourself in a book or film to the extent that you forget the characters and action are not real, then you have had a form of hypnotic experience. Hypnosis is then a naturally occurring state that:
- has an intention or goal
- harnesses the imagination
- requires a relaxed but focused alertness to what is happening
In CBH clients are aware of what is happening, are able to respond and remember most of what occurs because they are using their own minds and imaginations to create the results they want. The hypnotherapist is merely the facilitator. The approach is collaborative and therefore less directive than some forms of hypnotherapy. I always teach the client self-hypnosis techniques and this means that outside the therapy room, the client can practise the new behaviours or perspectives, and apply the techniques to other problematic situations. This makes treatment very good value for the client.
It is a problem solving approach and whilst this may make it seem less magical than stage hypnotism and it is important to realise that whilst hypnotherapy is very helpful in smoothing the path of change, and can often seem magical, it is not a magic wand in that it cannot make you do anything you do not want to do. This means that you must be ready to change and willing to behave differently and try new ideas. Believe it or not, those people up there clucking like chickens do actually want to be there, curious as it may seem. All successful hypnosis depends on the individual cooperating with the hypnotist.
I have used CBH very successfully for a number of problems including weight loss, smoking, anxiety, confidence building and habit control. It also works well alongside mindfulness based practice which is another well-researched and effective method of stress reduction. If ou wish to know more about how CBH could help you, get in touch soon.