Author: Barbara Reade, LCPC, NBCCH, copyright December 2016
All of us have assumptions of what hypnosis is based on our previous exposure through television, fictional stories, and hearsay. Below I will attempt to explain the profound difference between the standard beliefs about hypnosis and clinical hypnotherapy, so that you can understand better the importance of this clinical approach for your overall recovery and well being.
There are many types of hypnosis, and most of these are very different from Ericksonian Clinical Hypnotherapy. The greatest difference is the fact that Ericksonian Clinical Therapy and Hypnosis was developed by a licensed clinical psychiatrist, who based his application of these methods on medical standards respected and utilized by the medical field. The standards employed are clinically sound. Hypnosis not based in the field of psychotherapy and psychiatry does not have this grounding This medical perspective critical to effective recovery for most.
Dr. Milton Erickson developed an entire field of psychotherapy where he combined therapy with the best aspects of the tools of hypnosis to find a new and more effective way for recovery from serious, chronic, and life-limiting emotional conditions. This clinical approach to patient treatment is based on his observations that very simple structures, in the brain, programmed at an early age, prevent people, in their present life activities, from achieving their goals and dreams.
The basis of Ericksonian hypnotherapy is the belief that each person is as unique as his own individual thumbprint. Because of this, each person experiences their own individual perceptions, word associations, visual images, memories, creativity, and synthesis of information.
It is believed also that each person has, locked deep inside, the answers that will best help him or her own specific personality cope more effectivley. This then allows each person to be able to find new ways to cope with current difficult situations, as well as chronic emotional problems. Ericksonian psychotherapy and hypnosis helps people unlock these internal answers.
The approaches he developed allow the clinically trained hypnotherapist, in conjunction with the client, to identify the unique brain paths that become ‘fired up’ and stop or block a person’s ability to move towards or complete a specific goal.
Once these individual paths are identified, hypnotherapy can effectively help clients transform their ‘stuck-ness’ into productive forward movement and success.
Only highly trained clinicians should administer these techniques, as the training and experience necessary to practice Ericksonian hypnotherapy is extensive and can only be obtained with post-graduate school study in a nationally accredited certification program. So, if you are interested in clinical hypnotherapy, make sure your therapist is nationally certified in the area of clinical hypnotherapy.
To find a certified clinical hypnotherapist in your area you may contact: