How Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Differs

There are thousands of hypnotherapists out there so it is important to make sure that you choose the type of hypnotherapy that is right for you. With this in mind, I thought I would explain more about how Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (Hypno-CBT) differs from traditional hypnotherapy.

In my opinion, the key difference with Hypno-CBT (trademarked by the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy where I studied) is the fact that it concentrates on the present and future rather than being past (regression) based. Plus it is evidence based (for more on relevant studies please contact me).

Whilst not criticising regression based therapy, which has its benefits, I prefer to concentrate on how a client wants to behave or feel rather than focussing on what may have caused the issue. It just seems to suit me as I am very matter-of-fact and solution focussed. There are another couple of reasons why I prefer this approach; firstly, you get more of what you pay attention to, and secondly, I would be worried about false memories.

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.”

Denis Waitley

This does not mean we would never talk about the past at all. It can be important in order to learn from history, for example, what worked and did not work in previous attempts to change your situation. It can also be important in terms of core beliefs that you, the client, has. We can definitely use positive past feelings and memories to create useful positive present feelings that help you achieve your goals. However, it is likely that I would do this while we were in the talking rather than the trance part of the session.

If the belief or historical event is not known to the conscious mind (with some questioning) then there is probably a very good reason for that! Digging over the past that has been buried, in my opinion, would be unhelpful and cause unnecessary suffering. Plus, as previously mentioned there is a risk of false memory syndrome. Moreover, the reason why we maintain the feeling or behaviour may differ from the original cause.

This is obviously a big topic so I will build on this in future blog posts …

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