Behavioral Counseling with Hypnotherapy
Behavioral Therapy Coupled with Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy – We enjoy The opportunity to work together with our clients to achieve their goals.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. Our hypnotherapist assists the patient in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying his or her thinking. The hypnotherapist then helps the client modify those thoughts and the behaviors that flow from them through hypnotherapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH) has been found to be profoundly beneficial for the following:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Tendencies
- General Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
- and more…
Our hypnotherapist combines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with hypnotherapy, which in many cases can help to accelerate the desired change. CBH is very much a therapy aimed at both the conscious and subconscious mind. The hypnotherapy involves dialogue and interaction with the subconscious and the cognitive behavioral techniques help create an understanding in how thinking, and the beliefs a client holds about events or situations play a large part in the emotional and/or behavioral upset. By combining these two approaches we bring about a degree of conscious and subconscious cooperative alignment, to better address the client’s presenting issues.
The subconscious, (that level of consciousness below our normal waking, objective consciousness), is non-judgmental and highly suggestible. Utilizing this factor, we can effect changes to harmful beliefs and habits at the subconscious level. The subconscious does not have the conscious filter that considers things based on prior experience and learning, it simply accepts suggestions with a willingness to experiment and an openness to new ideas. The subconscious also drives the autonomic nervous system which is responsible for all our involuntary body actions i.e.: breathing, heart rate, lymph functions, growth, repair and replacement of dead and dying cells etc. So additionally, it can add great value in addressing physical trauma issues and physical health and well being generally.
CBT is concerned with giving the client a new range of skills consciously; hypnotherapy brings benefit by providing a very useful vehicle to integrate these skills by bringing the subconscious into a closer supporting alignment. Experimentation and rehearsal (visualization) of applying these new skills can be carried out in the subconscious during hypnotherapy. hypnotherapy adds a dimension of flexibility in perception and behavior; the homework and experimental aspects crucial in CBT are likely to be enhanced when reinforced and seeded in the subconscious mind within hypnosis.
Having identified the thinking patterns, our hypnotherapist applies hypnotic interventions to challenge any faulty thinking. In hypnosis he can lead the client to re-evaluate the way they may look at and feel about things in his life, and so help them to rethink things in a much healthier manner.
Another benefit of hypnotic intervention is that by bypassing the conscious and more rigid part of the mind, it is much easier to build these new cognitive associations and dissociations. In hypnosis, our hypnotherapist has the client recognize their pattern of thinking for what it really is, and begin to see how it is adding to the problem. It is easier in hypnosis to begin to embrace the new patterns of healthful thinking. Hypnosis allows a degree of detachment from thoughts and feelings; one can stand as if an observer and begin to see their negative beliefs and feelings as well as their origination. Hypnotherapy allows our clients to more readily challenge this and other unhelpful beliefs leading to positive and continual change in just as few as 2-4 sessions.