Cognitive/behavioral hypnotherapy is a modern, scientific approach to therapy that combines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and hypnosis to positively influence emotional, behavioral, cognitive and symptomatic change.
This branch of hypnosis differs significantly from the traditional schools of hypnotherapy – drawing influence from a range of theories such as positive psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and NLP, and combining them so that they fall in line with the personal goals and values of the client. Drawing from this extensive range of techniques and disciplines is how therapists are able to create such a personal and tailored approach for the client – avoiding the 'one size fits all' approach.
The process itself sees the therapist accessing the mindset of clients, so that they can use techniques and language based on the client's unique model of the world. The process will also often incorporate an analytical approach, whereby unwanted thoughts and behaviors from the past are cleared away and then techniques to retrain the brain in the present are utilized to ensure the changes clients would like to make become fully realized.
Hypnotherapy and NLP
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) explores the relationship between language, behavior and excellence. It is essentially a model used to identify and analyze the linguistic techniques used subconsciously by successful people, in order to produce a recipe for excellence.
An NLP practitioner will look at your attitude, language and your use of it, your understanding of relationships and how you build a rapport and the physical and emotional states that are best for accomplishing a task. Effective communication and perception of others and ourselves will also be key focuses and all will be examined so that strategies for improving understanding, motivation, learning and remembering can be formed.
Many hypnotherapists train in NLP in order to help themselves communicate more effectively with their clients, and also to help their clients communicate more effectively with themselves.
Solution focused hypnotherapy
Solution focused hypnotherapy looks at what the client would like to achieve, rather than the reason why they booked the appointment. It focuses on the present and the future instead of the past, which is why it can provide a positive effect in such a short space of time.
The hypnotherapist may ask how the client’s life would improve if they fix the problem, and specifically what would have changed. This provides a specific goal for the client to aim for while making the solution clear.
This approach can help with confidence problems, anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences and minor phobias such as water, spiders and flying.