Hypnosis Hypnotherapy Hypnotism

People are always intrigued about hypnosis,  hypnotism and hypnotherapy. Even these three terms are baffling to many. There is no clear distinction between hypnosis and hypnotism, both terms having been derived from 19th century physician and pioneer of hypnosis James Baird’s “neurypnology”, originally “neurohypnology” or the science of nervous sleep, from his book Neurypnology: or, the Rationale of Nervous Sleep. Hypnotherapy is used when describing a stand-alone modality of therapy, which, as we shall see, is a much misunderstood term. All three terms have one thing in common: the power of suggestion.

Because of the unfortunate association with stage hypnotism, which does not belong in the therapeutic domain, the term hypnosis is generally used in clinical settings, in favour of hypnotism. The term  clinical hypnosis is used when hypnosis is conducted in a clinical setting, often as part of a larger framework of therapeutic interventions.

Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, is often viewed as a particular, unique, school of therapy, usually as a stand-alone therapy. This, however, should not be the case, because many other therapy approaches  also emphasize, generate and utilize a client’s dissociated and suggestible state for increasing therapeutic outcomes. Moreover, when clients seek change, it is limiting, bordering on unethical, to use  just hypnosis, which is only one of many therapeutic tools that can be used to help clients change, rather like a builder using only a hammer to build a house.

Since hypnosis is a process which can occur either spontaneously or intentionally, within or outside of formal hypnosis, it is best integrated into  a more comprehensive framework of therapy, as client needs dictate.

Good therapy is client-centred and outcome focused. Whatever will benefit the client should be offered, whether it be hypnosis or other psychotherapy disciplines, or a combination of a number of models.

Inner Change Therapy integrates hypnosis (often open-eye hypnosis) into experiential counselling including reprocessing and de-sensitisation for memory re-consolidation. Many issues can be helped:




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