What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and How Can It Help Me?
What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is a psychotherapy which combines principles used in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a talking therapy which is used to combat emotional and mental health issues, with the aim of helping you manage emotional problems and maladaptive behavioural issues. Clinical Hypnotherapy is used to put you in a state of complete calm, making it easier to address personal issues. Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy involves using the principles which are outlined in CBT, and the principles of hypnosis. Together, these different forms of treatment make up Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.
How does Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy work?
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy works by addressing your cognitive functions and your behaviour. 'Cognitive' relates to how you think about and perceive certain issues in your personal life. The 'behaviour' part of the treatment, looks at ways to change destructive behavioural patterns and replace them with positive ways of thinking, feeling and acting, in order to improve your personal life. The treatment comprises of discussing your thoughts and feelings, whilst in a state of hypnosis, in order to address current life issues and look at new ways of dealing with potentially upsetting situations.
Why should I consider Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy?
There may be certain times in your life, when you feel like you are struggling to cope with stressful situations. This may lead you to act irrationally, or to behave in a way which is destructive to yourself and others. You may find that underlying issues result in behaviour which causes problems with friends, loved ones and even family. If you feel as though your thought patterns cause you to react in a negative manner, ie; getting angry, overly upset or frustrated, then you may benefit from a programme of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.
Is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy the same as CBT?
No! Whilst Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy uses principles from CBT, it is different, because it requires you to be in a state of hypnosis and to be open to hypnotic suggestion. Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is an interesting combination of two scientifically proven psychotherapies and it is a great choice for those who want to experience the rich benefits of both different therapies.
Are there any common myths or misconceptions about CBH?
Many people seem to assume that Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is merely a session of sitting back in a couch, whilst a psychiatrist takes notes and occasionally nods. Infact, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is an interactive form of therapy, where the therapist will challenge you to consider new ideas and scenarios, whilst in a state of hypnosis. Unlike normal Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is designed to change behaviours and attitudes and is very different to other forms of available hypnotherapy or counselling, which tend to be more person centred.
Key benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy?
Cognitive Behavioural hypnotherapy is used to treat a variety of disorders, including:
post-traumatic stress disorder
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy challenges your perception of yourself, other people and stressful situations. It allows you to look at other ways to manage and deal with emotional and mental issues, meaning less difficulties in your day to day life and relationships.
Is CBH a new treatment? I’ve never hear of it before.
Yes! Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is a relatively new form of psychotherapy and is becoming increasingly more common in private clinics. It is quickly becoming recognised as an important form of psychotherapy and has gained positive recognition, due to the increased use of CBT therapies in private an public health clinics. It is now rivalling traditional forms of hypnotherapy, due to it’s unique approach.
How effective is CBH, as a form of treatment?
Recent studies have shown that Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective forms of treatment for anxiety and depression, ahead of traditional medicine. The lack of side effects, means that it is often a much healthier way to combat emotional problems and mental health issues, with less need to rely on prescribed medication. Many people report that after sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, they feel significantly less anxious and have better perceptions about themselves and others. CBT and Hypnotherapy are now two of the most widely accepted forms of alternative therapies and are commonly used in private practises and public hospitals, meaning that the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, are proven to work.