How The Process Works
The use of hypnosis enables a more thorough, accurate, and complete psychotherapy procedure (hence save time and money) because of the height degree of concentration of the mind. One is better to recall significant events with accuracy, and to see ones’ self or situations with greater objectivity. The reason for this is that, the side of the brain (usually the right which is the primary center for relational thought, creativity, common sense, visualization, memory and the like) is tapped in the hypnotic state.
In other words, hypnosis enables one to focus on the problem and best utilize one’s own subconscious resources to understand and solve that problem. This is the reason that hypnosis makes it easier to restructure thought regarding bad habits, over-indulgence, the self image, habit patterns, etc. The most advanced highly specialized used of hypnosis is psychotherapy is “Medical Hypnoanalysis”.
The "Two Phases"
1.The Analytical Phase
The process involved in this stage of treatment is first, “relaxation”, in which you learn to be hypnotized. This is usually learned in one session. Hypnosis will be repeated in practically every session and you will become more adept at it as times goes by.
Next is “realization” in which you begin to understand what happened in the past to bring on the problematical condition or situation. This is done first by means of a word association exercise, in which you respond to words and partially finished sentences. Then a dream is analyzed. Following this an investigation is made into past events or relationships, which were turning points or where crucial in contributing to the development of the problem. Understanding this cause and effect relationship between past event and the present situation when handled properly, bring relief and greatly contributes to the ultimate solution.
This, “re-education” must take place, knowing and understanding oneself is vital. But, in addition, understanding human behavior, emotional growth, overcoming weaknesses, personal improvement, and working toward one’s own specific goal, requires education and guidance. To assist in doing this, we draw on a tradition of over fifty years of physicians, psychologists, counselors, social workers and ministers, originating with William J. Bryan, Jr., MD. In addition to your own personal analysis and your own personal suggestions, you will from time to time, be recieving prerecorded suggestions, refined and phrased to be most effective for your particular problem.
The Analytical Phase can take anywhere from 5 to 15 sessions, depending on the problem that is being treated. The quicker this is done the better in fact, in many cases it is desirable to complete the Analytical Phase within days. Certainly it should be proceed no slower than an average of one session per week.
2. The Rehabilition Phase
The underlying cause of the problem must be removed before proceeding with this phase. Then removal of the harmful habit pattern begins. This “rehabilitation” or readjustment period also involves construction of new helpful patterns of behavior and relationships.
The final stage is “reinforcement”. During this period the new found feelings and behaviors need to become rooted in the person to such an extent they “stick”. When this is determined to have taken place the person gradually tapers odd the coming for therapy sessions.
The therapy is not complete until the final check up when the benefits you have received are further reinforced and even improved. Overall there may be from 5 to 15 sessions during the Rehabilitation Phase depending on your efforts and the condition under which you live or work. The average pace of these sessions is about once a week.