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
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
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
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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