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What is Therapy?

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……..

Therapist Heal Thyself

Like many therapists, you most likely got selfinto the business because you have a passion for what you do. You enjoy the work, making or facilitating change for those souls who have been drawn to see you. You may have even been drawn to do this because of your own experiences.

Who looks after you when things go awry or pear-shaped?

If you are in an association, you will have regular supervision and you should be able to chat to your supervisor about how you are feeling. Difficult feelings or strong emotions may surface during a supervision session and this makes it difficult to reflect on how well you might be working with your clients. If the issue is very personal, then the supervisor should set the boundaries and suggest that you see a counsellor or another therapist.

Often, the Universe provides a solution and I have found this to be true. I’ve had a spate of family, friends and acquaintances die in a short period of time. Three in less than three months in fact. These events triggered residual grief about previous loss and I wasn’t in the best space to take clients, so the Universe cancelled them! I took myself off to my therapist and after a couple of sessions for myself…. the clients rescheduled and I was able to be in a space that I held entirely for them.

Part of the reflective process is to ask yourself better questions:

  • How am I feeling right now?…… this includes identifying any feelings that you may not have previously acknowledged or expressed
  • Does this remind me of anything/someone and what is it I would do or say?……..use gestalt, Parts Therapy, Ego State therapy to take stock of the situation.
  • Can I see a pattern in what’s happening?…… sometimes difficult to do on your own, but writing it down or making a mind map can give you clarity.

Start the work on yourself, continue the exploration with your own therapist and check in with your supervisor and you might just find you are understanding not only yourself, but your clients a little better and in turn, becoming a more effective therapist.


Clinical, Spiritual or Stage Hypnosis?

What’s the difference? Isn’t it all Hypnosis?

Well, yes …. and no….. Clinical Hypnotherapy is just that… Therapy. It is usually related to an ailment such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Migraine or an anxiety or an unwanted behaviour, such as smoking or weight issues and has a therapeutic outcome. A client can also be induced into a very deep trance state which enables surgery and is being used more as a drug free alternative in childbirth.

Spiritual Hypnotherapy can also have a therapeutic outcome, especially if a client’s current symptoms can be relieved by past life or lives between lives regression. Is it real? Is it a metaphor? For some people it is very real and the life described has been authenticated.  A search on YouTube will enable you to watch some Past Life documentaries, where children have been able to describe their previous lives with uncanny accuracy.

Stage Hypnosis is an art form. Somewhat frowned upon by the Clinical crowd, in fact many associations don’t allow their members to perform, the methods used to elicit the hypnotic state are worth investigating for the serious hypnotherapist.

“All the world’s a stage……” and every session of hypnotherapy or hypnosis is different, both for the hypnotherapist and client. Delving into the subconscious is like removing the stage paint or mask to find the true person underneath. If the outcome is achieved through therapy or fun or time travel, then it’s a job well done!