Types Of Hypnotherapy

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Solution focused simply means that the hypnotherapist works with the client in order to create and work towards a solution, rather than focusing simply on the problem. It is generally much more effective to work towards something, as opposed to concentrating on the past and said problem.

Behavioural Hypnotherapy

The idea is that the behavioural hypnotherapist helps the client to modify their current (or future) behaviours and habits. The hypnotherapist will work with the client during the initial process to agree on appropriate changes. They then use hypnotherapy techniques and hypnotic suggestions to support and embed these behavioural changes. Using hypnotherapy to support behavioural changes enables clients to better ‘stick to it’ and carry on the changes after the session is over.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Cognitive Hypnotherapy techniques focus less on behaviours and more on the thoughts and beliefs identifying with those behaviours. In some cases the mind can ‘get stuck’ in unhelpful ways of thinking (that may once have filled a positive need). Cognitive hypnotherapy can assist clients with changing their beliefs on a ‘subconscious level’, this allows the client to think about things differently.

Analytical Hypnotherapy

Analytical Hypnotherapy is used to identify ‘why’ a client maybe experiencing a problem, or why they’re doing what they’re doing. Analytical hypnotherapists work to seek out ‘root causes’, with a view to helping the client respond to said causes differently. Analytical hypnotherapists additionally facilitate clients to find ‘insight’ within themselves, because sometimes we have ‘the answers’ within us, however we may not be aware of them.

Regression Hypnotherapy

Regression refers to taking a client back in their mind to past events which may have some bearing on their problem. It’s worth noting that regression doesn’t have to be used to access negative events/memories, regression can also be used to access past resource states and positive memories too. In terms of therapy, regression is commonly one of the last approaches an expert hypnotherapist will use, as a result, most of the time a behavioural, cognitive or analytical approach will be much easier on the client (psychologically). Once a hypnotherapist works through the above-mentioned approaches first, they’ll typically notice a more effective/appropriate resolution for the client, without having to ‘go back’ and search for a possible cause (which could potentially re-traumatise the client).

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