Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy. Techniques are used to create a subconscious change in a person where new forms of response, thoughts, attitudes, feelings and behaviours replace old, unwanted and destructive patterns. Cognitive changes come about more rapidly due to the persons heightened suggestibility and responsiveness to the therapists directions and guidance. All hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis which enhances the effectiveness of the treatment through the co-operation of client with therapist in creating new ways of thinking and behaving. The majority of our thought processes are unconscious and this technique harnesses that power of the brain to establish the improvements required.
CBH integrates clinical hypnotherapy and CBT to result in a more effective treatment. Research * has shown a 70% improvement for patients undergoing an integrated treatment to those using CBT only.
"Hypnosis and the practice of self-hypnosis may significantly reduce general anxiety, tension and stress in a manner similar to other relaxation and self-regulation procedures." BPS 2001
* Kirsch, I.; Montgomery, G.; Sapperstein, G. (April 1995). "Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy: A meta analysis". Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 63 (2): 214–220. doi:10.1037/0022-006X.63.2.214. PMID 7751482.
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