Hypnosis is commonly thought of as a tool to enhance the therapy. It also can be used as a "lens." The phenomenology of hypnosis can help us to understand an essential aspect of the trance state, the symptom state, the solution state and the therapist's state, thereby providing new options for treatment.
Therapy is, inherently, a means of influencing a client, mostly verbally. This workshop will illustrate guidelines for making language more precise and effective in order to enhance the therapist's and client's goal of the therapy. Guidelines will be explained didactically, in a composite videotape of a clinical case and in dialogue with participants.
Like jazz musicians improvising a duet, you and your hypnosis clients sizzle best when you're in sync and when your improvised communications inspire fresh exploration and discovery of meaningful change. Learn and practice three essential principles for structuring effective hypnotherapeutic improvisations. 1) Always Connect! 2) Think Pattern! 3) Experiment, Listen, Respond!
Explore Ericksonian and other strategies within a framework of positive internalized habit and addiction control. Many metaphors, inductions, images, suggestions, reframings, tasks and understandings will be shared and experienced through every step of the therapeutic process in weight control, smoking cessation, and treating other unwanted habit and addictive problems.
ECEM is an approach to the treatment of trauma that integrates the eye movement component of EMDR within hypnosis. ECEM utilizes the effect of eye movements on imagery in the context of hypnotic safety, unconscious processing, self-suggestion, and future pacing. This workshop includes research review, demonstration and practicum.
This workshop integrates the lessons of Ericksonian and Solution Oriented approaches with the newer models of trauma that focus on the dysregulation of affect as central features of both PTSD and dissociative disorders. Attendees will learn specific skills that allow clinicians to work with abuse and trauma survivors that rapidly facilitate the containment and transmutation of negative affect, increased coping skills, and alleviation of flashbacks.
Anxious clients adhere rigidly to erroneous beliefs and coping strategies to ward off fear that keeps them from following through on therapy interventions. The strategic approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy helps clients find the courage and motivation to challenge these old beliefs and attitudes. Practical methods enable clients to disregard the content of their obsessive worries and to explore the feeling of uncertainty rather than fleeing from it. The cutting-edge anxiety treatment is now pushing further into the confrontational. Participants will learn how to help clients purposely seek out anxiety as their ticket to freedom from crippling fear.
This workshop will explore the manner by which hypnosis restores the natural balance of the mind and body. Participants will learn how hypnotic patterns can create or utilize pathways that resonate throughout the body and mind with synchrony at the cellular level. This will result in expanding the utilization of hypnosis to encompass the integration of systemic health.
One of the great values of the "special learning state" developed in hypnotherapy is that it can hold multiple, contradictory values and states without conflict. This workshop will explore how this capacity is critical to effective psychological functioning and therapeutic change, and will detail a model for the therapist for transforming problems into solutions and resources.
Specific direct and indirect techniques are required to activate family resources and to induce a deep and meaningful change of the most rigid family patterns. A family hypnotic session reveals the powerful and subtle resistances a family may develop in the course of the hypnotic treatment as well as of the many different solutions a therapist may adopt to overcome these resistances. Special focus will be on how to properly combine direct and indirect in the different phases of the therapeutic process.