Hypnotherapists help many individuals to overcome problems that they are having merely by placing them in an unconscious state and suggesting methods of behavior or reinforcing beliefs that a person may have.
One technique that is often used in hypnotherapy is age regression. In age regression, the therapist suggests that the patient re-visit the thoughts that they had at a certain point in their lives.
By re-visiting these thoughts, the patient is encouraged to go back to the same decisions that they made in that time, hopefully helping to increase their confidence and their personal strength.
Revivification is another type of tool that hypnotherapists use to help patients. It is quite similar to age regression in that it asks the patient to recall their past. However, revivification involves recommending to the patient that they remember one certain incident so that it will be fresh in their mind and the hypnotherapist can work from that point of view.
Guided imagery is a type of technique that hypnotherapists use that can be immensely helpful when it comes to relaxing the patient and making sure that they are calm.
In guided imagery, the patient is told to imagine a new experience which the hypnotherapist carefully and colorfully describes in order to get the patients mind off of the predispositions that they came into the therapist with.
Tebbetts Parts Therapy
Parts therapy is a type of hypnotherapy technique that was pioneered by a man named Charles Tebbetts. In parts therapy, a patient analyzes their problem while under hypnotic trance while the hypnotherapist tries to break the problem that they are having down into specific parts.
In doing so, they can identify the parts of the problem that need to be changed, carefully pinpointing exactly what it is that an individual needs to do in order to correct the problems that they are having.
Confusion is another useful type of tool employed by hypnotherapists. The particular technique used by hypnotherapists was created by Milton Erickson in which the patient is confused by the hypnotherapist so that they will be more likely to respond to indirect forms of suggestion used in other techniques.
Another useful technique for hypnotherapy is known as repetition. Its a phrase that you are probably familiar with, and in hypnotherapy, it involves telling the patient over and over again the suggestion that you have for their behavior in the hopes that it will make them more receptive to the change.
Now that you know some more about hypnotherapy, you can have a better idea of what you will face if you decide to visit a hypnotherapist. Remember, however, that in hypnotherapy, you need to stay calm and relaxed and you need to trust in the hypnotherapist in order for the therapy to be truly effective. In that respect, you shouldnt try to analyze the therapists techniques while youre being hypnotized.
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