Modalities of Hypnotherapy Essay example

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Modalities of Therapy that can be used in Hypnotherapy
By Jody Wood
The history of hypnosis is a bit like a history of breathing. Like breathing, hypnosis is an inherent and universal trait, shared and experienced by all human beings since the dawn of time. It’s only in the last few decades that we’ve come to realise that hypnosis itself hasn’t changed for millennia, but our understanding of it and our ability to control it has changed quite profoundly. The history of hypnosis, then, is really the history of this change in perception (History of Hypnosis, 2012). Although through the ages many rituals and practises from all over the world resemble modern day hypnosis, hypnosis from a western medical point of view started in 18th Century
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After I described the therapeutic process, she indicated that she was interested in exploring the issue further in hypnotherapy. Before taking her into hypnosis we discussed her current feelings of stress and possible causes, and then looked at other ways of dealing with stress. While under hypnosis, I suggested to her that she had been gifted her beautiful unique skin by her creator for the very important purpose of encasing her spirit; that her skin was a gift so that she could walk the earth and that by scratching her skin she was marking and damaging her gift. I told her she could see herself standing in a beautiful garden and she could see her spirit sparkling under her skin and that she didn’t want to damage such beautiful skin; that her skin was made just for her to hold her inner goddess. I suggested that if the itch were only due to stress, it would no longer be a problem because it wasn’t real and she now had other more healthy ways to deal with that stress. When back in her waking state, the client’s itching had completely stopped and two months later there have been no relapses even though she is currently dealing with relationship problems. Although this was a successful session, the drawback with Directive Therapy is that if you do not have a good rapport with the client, or a very detailed history of likes, dislikes, fears etc., a therapist could use imagery that doesn’t resonate with the client and in turn the client could become

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