How are they used in conjunction with Hypnotherapy ?
The next page summarises the many types of physical and psychological problems which
are amenable to treatment. This page describes how I have used a combination of approaches
over 35 yrs in Clapham. You will see I have a wide range of experience and have met
most sorts of difficulty. I describe the approaches in which I am competent and how
I use them in my Clapham Practice.
WHAT IS COUNSELLING -
HOW IS COUNSELLING THERAPY USED ?
With many difficulties Counselling is the process of choice. It provides sympathetic
and genuine understanding and needed support. It offers a regular visit to a quiet
place - the safety and security of a sympathetic hearing, objective comment and constructive
encouragement. For ordinary problems counselling is all that is required to enable
people to work things through for themselves.
WHAT IS RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING -
HOW IS COUPLES COUNSELLING USED ?
Relationship or couples counselling generally moves into more complicated territory.
People in a relationship can interact in very complex ways. This takes a lot of
skill to disentangle - particularly where the issues are highly charged emotionally.
Often one is headed toward some elements of couple therapy and couple psychotherapy.
In my practice I also engage in some brief separate psychotherapy for each member
of a couple where really intense or elusive patterns need to be identified.
Where psychotherapy is necessary, the relationship may have become one of the vehicles
through which more intense individual difficulties are being played out. Of course
you don’t have to be in a relationship to experience these !
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY -
HOW IS ERICKSONIAN HYPNOTHERAPY USED ?
Hypnosis is effective with many physical problems - like allergic skin conditions,
asthma insomnia and sexual conditions. Though treatment may be speedy - these are
not ‘band-aid’ solutions or quick fixes. Whatever the label - the way a condition
presents is specific to each individual. It is only through skilful diagnosis and
using the right patterns of suggestion - respecting the uniqueness of each individual
- that long-lasting and effective solutions can be achieved.
Hypnosis - and particularly Ericksonian hypnotherapy are even more useful where
problems are complex or cause extreme distress. Skilfully used these procedures not
only derail problem processes but release the mind into more peaceful and productive
spaces open to new solutions.
WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY -
HOW IS PSYCHOTHERAPY USED ?
Psychotherapy is likely to be necessary where an individual’s problems generate difficult
emotional responses which threaten to destabilise a person’s identity or sense of
themselves. These reactions may confuse present situations with past perceptions,
feelings and experiences.
This may give rise to unhelpful thought patterns and out-of-control behaviours -
like addictions - which powerfully undermine and restrict our lives. These may be
damaging to ourselves or others in social or emotional ways. In more extreme forms
they may lead to obsessive or destructive impulses - even to violence or self self-harm.
The techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Analysis are useful in identifying detailed
thought patterns. These may be interrupted and modified through exercises and disciplines
developed to change awareness.
Where a defective, uncertain or negative sense of ourselves is involved we come into
the core realm of psychotherapy. Here we deal with deeper processes and the possibly
shaky foundations laid down by early experience. Often these patterns operate in
ways that people find hard to analyse or describe to themselves - let alone others.
In recent years there has been a productive linking of non-routine and high-level
Cognitive Behavioural work ( Schema Therapy ) with inner process techniques like
Ericksonian psychotherapy combined with hypnotherapy ( which we call hypno-psychotherapy
). These combined methods used in an appropriately modified way over a period -
with active input from the client - can address and transform the most difficult
problems. Well-documented work already demonstrates effectiveness with the VERY deep
difficulties encountered with some personality disorders.
One also encounters processes associated with life crises and trauma. These require
particularly careful analysis to ensure that no destabilising material is accidentally
triggered and that change is effected in a safe and deliberate way. This requires
high levels of competence in the application of hypnosis and EMDR.
( Too often clients tell me of insufficiently trained hypnotherapists who consider
the problem pretty well solved once the disturbing material from which the mind has
been shielding itself has been uncovered. This is incompetent and irresponsible.
It risks re-traumatising the sufferer and can also make the problem far more difficult
to treat later. One needs to be sure that one is in safe and competent hands. This
is particularly important in hypnotherapy with children - especially for conditions
like anxiety, phobias and nightmares )
Ericksonian methods are usually indirect - using ways which do not provoke internal
defences and resistances. Often the process is extremely relaxed and amusing. Acute
perception is required to spot where the problem is accessible, how it may be de-constructed
- seamlessly and ‘on the hoof’. Originality and creative thought is required to achieve
this in the flow of normal conversation.
Whether one is addressing Physical and Behaviour Problems - Problem Feelings & Thought
Patterns or Social, Emotional and Relationship Difficulties, problems differ in emphasis
rather than being entirely unrelated.
I resort to an experienced professional colleague network for wider consultation
and support should it be needed.
Ericksonians often receive clients who have tried many other therapies with little
or no benefit. We are well used to succeeding with really tricky cases. So take heart!
We have some really subtle yet powerful tools - and we love cracking tough nuts !