Antonella Vannini


PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Psychotherapist and Ericksonian hypnotherapist



People who approach hypnosis therapy bring with them an image of hypnosis received from films such as Woody Allen’s “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion”, in which the hypnotist takes control of the mind of the patient! No image is further away from truth and for this reason the first session is used to dispel these fears.


The model of hypnotherapy that I use dates back to the studies of Milton Erickson (1901-1980), an American psychiatrist who has completely redesigned the field of hypnosis creating an innovative approach known as “New Hypnosis.”


Erickson discovered what he called “common every day trance” in which an individual spontaneously undergoes periods of “absorption” and follows inner images and reorganizes unconscious material. These periods of absorption have been confirmed by modern neurosciences, which found that about every ninety minutes we undergo a spontaneous trance. It happens, for example, when we are immersed in reading a book or watching a movie and don’t hear the doorbell or the voice of a person who calls us. These are common experiences of trance, of “absorption” that each of us experiences in his own and very personal way.


Trance is physiological, common and spontaneous and in no way implies the “loss of control”. It is only a period during which attention is focused in ourselves, compared to when it is focused outside and the person remains in full self-awareness of the place and surrounding.


The main purpose of hypnotherapy is to find within ourselves the resources needed to overcome moments of difficulty and crisis and move toward change by mobilizing energy and resources hidden within us. Inside each of us there is a “toolbox” that we can open and use to solve problems. But with time and because of our negative experiences we forget about these inner tools, and we search for them anxiously outside with no results!


According to Erickson, within each person there are resources and stories of success that people do not even know they have. The main goal of the therapy is to bring them out and put them to good use.


Ericksonian hypnotherapy belongs to the strategic psychotherapies, in which aims to achieve a therapeutic goals are agreed at the beginning between the therapist and the patient.






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