Methods and Techniques

SPECIAL NOTE: The success of any hypnotherapeutic endeavor depends on the ability of the Hypnotherapist and client to establish RAPPORT (a comfortable working relationship characterized by the client having the experience of feeling listened to, understood and accepted). Rapport provides the right climate for real change to take place. Feeling understood and accepted allows the client to experience comfort, trust and a willingness to open up to change.

Hypnosis is one of the tools used during Hypnotherapy.Other methods and techniques include but are not limited to:

  • Suggestion (direct and indirect)- Providing the subconscious mind with new ideas that are supportive of your conscious goals.
  • Post Hypnotic Suggestion - Providing the subconscious mind with cues that will trigger desired responses in the regular waking state.
  • Visualization - Leading the subconscious mind through an experience while incorporating as many details as possible coming from all of the senses.
  • Guided Imagery (Direct and Metaphorical)- Providing the subconscious mind with selected images that reinforce the desired behavioral outcomes. Metaphorical communication stimulates the unconscious mind and gently leads it to the desired behavioral outcomes and bypasses any resistance that direct suggestion or imagery might bring about.
  • Mental Rehearsal - The mental practice of a future experience incorporating newly acquired, positive responses.
  • Cognitive Techniques (adjusting self talk) - The analysis and restructuring of habitually negative self talk. Clients learn to rephrase experiences to themselves in ways that are more REALISTIC and less CATASTROPHIC.
  • Pacing - Accepting and utilizing the way a person views his or her self, the world and the future toward therapeutic goals.
  • Reframing - a) the discovery of "secondary gains" (indirect benefits derived from the unwanted behavior) associated with the behavior in need of change. b) The substitution of the undesired behavior with a new behavior that provides the same "secondary gains".
  • Gestalt Techniques - Role playing and other exercises designed to improve a person's ability to fully experience their own feelings, thoughts and emotions in the present moment.
  • Breathing Exercises - The use of various methods of breathing aimed at bringing the mind and body into a state of relaxation and peace.
  • Systematic Desensitization - The gradual neutralization of previously disturbing thoughts, feelings or experiences.
  • Regression Techniques - The mental practice of going back in time to a particular event or situation in order to examine and restructure it's associated images, cognitions and emotions.
  • Anchoring - The subconscious pairing of imagined future experiences with desired emotional responses. (direct and indirect)- Providing the subconscious mind with new ideas that are supportive of your conscious goals.
  • Hypnoanalysis - the use of psychoanalytic techniques within the context of hypnotherapeutic treatment.
  • Hypnoanesthesia - The use of hypnosis to temporarily remove the awareness of feeling in selected parts of the body.
  • Hypnoanalgesia - the use of hypnosis to alter or reduce the sensation of pain.
  • Self-Hypnosis - The practice of self imposed hypnosis.
  • Ideomotor Communication - The technique of using body signaling to communicate while in hypnosis.
  • Suggestion (direct and indirect)- Providing the subconscious mind with new ideas that are supportive of your conscious goals.
  • Pain Projection/Displacement/Alteration - The technique of using the mind to manipulate the perception of pain.
  • Reward and Reinforcement - The strategic use of rewards and reinforcement activities to improve the effectiveness of hypnotic treatment.