As per Dan Short, Ph.D., therapeutic hypnosis is a “collaborative exploration of possibility, as previously unrecognized resources and potentials are brought to awareness." The primary objective of therapeutic hypnosis is for the benefit of a client's wellbeing.
You may think that you need to be trained in induction methods to incorporate suggestive hypnotic techniques into your therapeutic practice, but that is not the case according to Short in his talk entitled: "Everyday Hypnotic Techniques" at the 2013 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.
He provided two demonstrations in which he incorporated the 6 core suggestive messages that we are to apply in our work with clients vis a vis the problem with which they require our assistance.
The 6 Key Hypnotic Techniques that Underlie All Forms of Hypnotic Suggestion:
- Help is available
- Change is imminent
- The resources you need are inside of you
- Change can be effortless
- Progress is evident
- Reality has changed
Hypnosis or hypnotic techniques essentially build upon the fact that people are very much influenced by the power of suggestion and this is seen in many different arenas from the Pygmalion effect to the Placebos and more except that here we are working with areas/symptoms that individuals would like to change and using their resources/ideas to tell them that they can alter their reality.
Through hypnotic suggestions, we are able to provide our clients with the encouragement, hope and possibility that they can overcome whatever obstacle they are facing and even if they cannot do so completely yet, they can/will very soon.
This class has definitely piqued my interest in the subject. What are your thoughts about hypnotic techniques? Do you find these a helpful tool to employ with your clients?
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Reference: Short, D. (2013). "Everyday hypnotic techniques." Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 2013.