Coming from a background in “alternative therapies”, my viewpoint will be different from the “scientific rationalists” about therapeutic outcomes.
I’m a member of various chat and online forums where “therapy” is hotly debated from both ends of the spectrum. But who is to say which viewpoint is right? Galileo was denounced in his time and even the most modern of skeptics has recently had his credentials queried by his peers.
So what constitutes therapy – or hypnotherapy?
I would suggest that it is the structure of the consultation that enables therapy to take place. Many hypnotherapists would have consultations that run from 45 minutes or more and it would be safe to say that all of them would see their clients on time or very close to the booked time. The therapist would then spend a great proportion of the session time in asking questions about how the client feels, the problems that they are having etc. ….. a client centred session…..
Compare that to the medical model when you try to see your general practitioner or specialist….. you book a time…. wait in the waiting room for what seems like aeons.. (the longest I’ve waited is 2 hours) and even if you are the first appointment, you may be kept waiting for 20 minutes or more (how disrespectful is that of your time?)….and then when you finally get to speak to the doctor, you have less than 10 minutes to tell them what is happening for you..or else you are slapped with a “long consultation” and many dollars out of pocket, with no real resolution…. (I’m sure there are exceptions to this experience)
Getting back to the therapy…. Whether it is therapy or placebo is largely irrelevant…. it’s about listening to the client. Taking notes. Affirming that you have heard what is said. Listening by hearing, watching, feeling……
From the client point of view, having the space to say what is going on in a non judgmental space can be as therapeutic as any medication. The therapist has to be an unprejudiced observer, to borrow a term from the homeopaths.
Does it matter what process is used? Parts/Ego state therapy, timeline, regression, 5 path, aversion or any other permutation?
Possibly not… I’m thinking that in our busy world that many people don’t feel that they have a voice or that it got lost somewhere along the way. By allowing the client time to unfold their story, by matching metaphor or therapeutic method to the client – which is an art form in itself – space is created to allow the healing process to begin.
From a homeopathic viewpoint again…. A case well taken will go a long way to cure….Start at the top and work your way down….
What is going on? How do they feel? They may never have been asked and the questions may just validate them and stimulate their own answers……..