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About Hypnosis - Part 1

What is Hypnosis - Part 2

Ultradian Rhythms - Part 3

How to Use Hypnosis - Part 4

Dreaming - Part 5

Self Hypnosis - Part 6

Trance - Part 7

Negative Hypnosis - Part 8

Using Hypnosis - Part 9

Hypnosis Exercise - Part 10

Counselling - Part 11

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Counselling, Psychotherapy and Hypnosis


‘Hypnotherapy’ is so well known these days that it is seen as something different to psychotherapy and counselling. In reality, hypnotherapy is simply psychotherapy or counselling applied in and around the medium of hypnosis.

But it goes further than that. As you will know if you have read from the start of this article, hypnosis occurs in all situations, not just in hypnotherapy. It occurs in a conversation with a friend, the doctor’s surgery, when playing sport, and in every single type of therapy and counselling.

Therefore, if you are providing psychotherapy or counselling of any kind, knowledge of hypnotherapy will help you be so much more effective with your clients, and prevent you using ‘natural hypnosis’ in a negative way against your clients (albeit unknowingly).

Counselling and Psychotherapy Problems are Often 'Unconscious'

Problems such as panic attacks, phobias and addictions are maintained in part by the unconscious mind. In counselling and psychotherapy, people often say things like: ‘I know it’s silly but I just can’t help it!’ (their conscious mind).

The part of them that is ‘doing the problem’ is the unconscious mind. To be effective in helping people, we therefore we need to create change on the unconscious level – with hypnosis or hypnotic language. If we attempt a cure purely on the conscious level we may find we can’t actually change the experience.

Knowing why you have a problem can be interesting but it rarely changes the experience. Phobics, for example, are more interested in getting rid of the phobia than in speculative wanderings as to why they might have it!

In this situation, we need to teach the unconscious mind other ways of responding.

Problems can often be seen as attempted solutions that don’t really work.

For example, if someone is shocked at school when a fellow pupil unexpectedly vomits, their unconscious mind may try to keep them away from what is perceived as a dangerous situation by making them scared, or even terrified of vomit. They may then start to avoid any situation where it might happen – a phobia!

Here, the unconscious mind is trying to be helpful but needs to be taught a more flexible approach. This can be done through the skilled use of hypnotherapy.

When you start to see how hypnosis operates in your own life then start to use it in a directed fashion you will begin to notice the benefits. From overcoming fears and old ‘learnt limitations’ to controlling pain and creating more energy, hypnosis is a way to really thrive, develop and enjoy your life.

If you currently practise counselling or psychotherapy and would like you know a little more about hypnosis, you might like to check out the following:

Hypnosis Workshop (UK) and Hypnotherapy Diploma Course (UK)

If you want to learn more about self hypnosis, see our free course at Hypnosis Downloads.com

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