We all talk to ourselves internally, sometimes resourcefully, sometimes critically, sometimes with our own voice, sometimes with the voices of others. Changing the unconscious nonverbal process elements of a voice is usually much more effective and emotionally impactful than changing the words.
The modern perspective of hypnosis considers the role of attention and absorption in catalyzing adaptive responses. Hypnosis provides a context for developing new associations on multiple levels that have therapeutic potential. In this clinical demonstration, a hypnosis session will be conducted to assist the client in evolving resources that may be helpful to personal growth.
Dissociation is the bedrock of hypnosis. It is important for clinicians to consider the many ways in which dissociation can be utilized in every session. This demonstration will illustrate various direct and indirect methods that incorporate dissociation in service of the goal for treatment.
Conflicts of identity most often show up in the form of a struggle between our idealized self (ego) and the shadow it necessarily creates. This struggle shows up as an inner conflict or dilemma of some sort. This demonstration will show how to go beyond conflicts created by bipolar thinking using the Buddhist mindfulness process of the "tetra lemma."
Erickson commented that, for most clinical work, a light to medium trance is sufficient. But there are instances when it is helpful to elicit deep trance phenomena, such as hypnotic amnesia, immobility, analgesia, dissociation, and positive hallucinations. The elicitation of these abilities will be demonstrated as well as utilization of failure to produce certain deep trance phenomena.
The unconscious mind concept and its' processes are briefly described. Trance is induced by the patient's visual description of his/her unconscious. The problem is visualized, as in a dream. Trance is deepened by placing the image of the problem into the unconscious "to see what happens."
Treating anxiety with hypnosis often focuses on relaxation and calmness; and while physiological regulation is an important anxiety-managing skill, hypnotic interventions with anxious clients offer rich opportunities to shift the relationship and responses people have to anxiety and worry. Hypnosis can introduce important cognitive skills that interrupt the process of worry and anxiety while creating an experience of malleability.
Milton Erickson did fascinating work with deep states of hypnosis. Neuroscience has caught up to what he knew; that the mind/brain reorganizes memory and develops creative solutions in deep states of trance. In these deep states, the brain releases a neuropeptide called "anandamide," a Sanskrit word for bliss, which has healing qualities for difficult problems. This demonstration shows a method for accomplishing this healing state.
Working at the Department of Speech Pathology, University Clinic, Heidelberg Germany in the 80s, most patients with voice disorders came with expectations getting medical treatment. But resistance to psychological approaches were common. Being confronted with this resistance many times created a very indirect approach of self-hypnosis training (which actually is a trance induction). Tailoring the standard approach to different patients and symptoms will be discussed, as well as how to use this in group therapy.
Chatting has evolved over the years as the presenter's main mode of effective therapeutic change. This will be demonstrated with a volunteer. The essence of chatting is being so comfortable that each can share and talk openly. Sessions generally end with a summarizing hypnosis experience.