My ultimate goal in using Medical Hypnoanalysis is to expand your sense of self-discovery, so you have a healthier perspective of yourself and the world around you. In order to understand the benefit of hypnosis combined with traditional psychotherapy, let’s discuss what hypnosis is. Hypnosis is an alternative state of consciousness, and it is characterized by a person’s increased willingness to respond to suggestions for changes in his/her perceptions, sensations, emotions, thoughts or behaviors.
Medical Hypnoanalysis combines psychotherapy and hypnosis. It is a short term therapy that emphasizes that the subconscious holds the origin of the psychopathology. Through the use of word association, age regression, dream analysis and other resources we will find the root of what may be troubling you.
Each of us actually has a complete memory of our life. We have the power to remember the origin of our fears and the power to dissolve our fears. Together, we will recognize the unnecessary fears that block your awareness of the opportunities that surround you. Through hypnoanalysis you and I will let go of the story of limits you adopted in childhood, you will feel a different story rising within you, one based on the opportunities and possibilities that you embody and have always embodied.
The method was developed by a group of physicians on the West Coast in the 60’s and 70’s and originally only physicians were permitted to be trained in its use. As time progressed training was expanded to all individuals who were licensed to diagnose and treat mental disorders. The practitioner of Medical Hypnoanalysis requires a training background in the basics of psychology, developmental psychology, psychopathology and psychotherapy as well as hypnosis.
Medical Hypnoanalysis is dynamic, short term and directed. It is dynamic in that the treatment approach emphasizes causes rather than symptoms, explanations rather than descriptions, and unconscious forces rather than conscious forces as being the ultimate origin of the psychopathology.
It is short term in that in most of the situations twenty or less sessions are required for the completion of the treatment procedure, with the majority ranging between ten and sixteen sessions.
It is directed therapy in that the psychotherapist, upon making a diagnosis, follows a medical model of psychotherapy aimed at alleviating the symptoms by means of resolving underlying, unconscious causes.
Medical Hypnoanalysis first examines the presenting symptoms of the patient by means of a case history, observing verbal and non-verbal communication, while seeking unconscious clues to the ultimate causes of the symptoms in order to make a psychodynamic diagnosis. After the patient is introduced to hypnosis the majority of the therapeutic sessions are conducted with the patient in the hypnotized state. The therapist investigates the unconscious by using the following procedures:
1. A specifically designed word association exercise
2. Dream analysis
3. Age regressions directed at crucial periods earlier in the patient’s life.
Such procedures allow identification and re-implementation, adjustment or re-evaluation and desensitization of the casual events. This procedure is directed at correcting the symptoms and the unwanted behavior that cause suffering and disease.
For example depression, phobias, obsessions, psychosomatic disorders, self-destructive and anti-social behavior and other psychological problems can be relieved.
Resolving the Cause Rather than the Symptoms
In the relaxed hypnotic state, the subconscious mind is more accessible. Hypnoanalysis uses various techniques to allow the subconscious mind to reveal the original cause of the problem so that, working together, the client and therapist can understand and resolve the origin of the problem rather than just treat the symptom
For example, in the case of a phobia, some stimulus got connected to a physiological response of panic. Discovering when that got connected and resolving that event can bring rapid relief of the phobia.
Another example is that a child may carry that wrong belief into adulthood and develop symptoms to compensate for the feelings that go with them. As an adult one may recognize that the feelings and beliefs are inaccurate, uncomfortable or in some way unhelpful. He/she may have found that simply trying to think or feel differently has not helped relieve the problem. This is because the conscious, decision-making part of the mind does not have access to where those feelings and thoughts originate.
However, when in hypnosis, the origin of the thoughts and feelings are available.
Going back to the key memory while in hypnosis, gives the adult the chance to reinterpret the event more appropriately. Once that is done, it is often a relatively simple matter to give up the symptom, given positive reinforcement to do so, thus replacing the old, negative beliefs.