People who are traumatized, and/or have one of the multitudes of addictive disorders are, in great part, dissociated from their physical reality. There is research which indicates that people who exercise are more likely to suffer from less anxiety, pain and depression. This short course offers a practical approach to overcoming people's reluctance to exercise by using active-alert hypnosis and music. By listening to hypnosis with music while exercising, people can alter their perceptions of pain, time, effort and pleasure. The words of the hypnosis are taken from the works of Milton H. Erickson, Jeffrey Zeig, Michael Yapko and Eva Banyai. Their different contributions will be delineated and explained.
Someone with a flashback experiences an intense traumatic memory as if it were happening to them again. Learning how to view the same memory as if it were happening to someone else on a small, distant movie screen eliminates the intense unpleasant feeling, while preserving important learning. There will be a live demonstration.
This workshop will look at mental ill health through the lens of dissociation. Any problem can be seen as having an element of dissociation, and so learning to recognize the dissociative aspects that produce suffering and working to assist the client gain control of this aspect of their experience will simply and briefly reduce suffering and promote healing. Demonstration and practice will move this idea from a useful concept to a lived experience that can then become a practical tool.
Dissociative hypnotic intervention demonstrated to be very useful in treating pain, anxiety disorders and many other conditions. But hypnosis can as well reactivate the natural mind processes, contributing to reconnect different parts (distinct modes of information processing) into a functional and unified self, particularly after traumatic experiences. Rapport, the special relationship that produces intense interpersonal links and connections, as well as profound disconnections with non-hypnotic reality, can be considered a crucial factor of brief therapeutic approach to dissociative conditions and trauma. How to use rapport as well as other new specific therapeutic interventions to reestablish the natural integrative links in a dissociative mind and relationship will be outlined in this presentation.
What makes it possible for someone to get so absorbed in subjective experience that they experience a significant reduction or even elimination of pain? How does encouraging someone to view their hurtful thoughts “as if clouds in the sky floating away from you” make it easier to dramatically reduce emotional reactivity to those thoughts?
This demonstration and discussion will focus on the ways in which dissociation is utilized in all phases of a hypnotic session. A structured model of dissociation will be presented then illustrated in the hour.
Pathological gambling is an impulse control disorder characterized by persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behavior. Hypnotic phenomena of absorption, dissociation and imaginative involvement seem to play a significant role in the persistence of gambling behavior. These capacities of the client can be utilized in effective treatment, using hypnosis.
This workshop will present an elaborated perspective of dissociation that is designed to assist in therapeutic assessment and treatment planning. Dissociation in everyday life, in psychopathology, and in hypnotic phenomena will be explored.
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.
Dissociation is a critical element in hypnosis. But its converse, association, is highly useful in generating individualized hypnotic therapy. This demonstration will illustrate the importance of utilizing associations of both the subject and the hypnotist.