A good hypnotherapist will have been trained extensively in counselling and psychotherapy techniques, such as good listening skills, rapport building, empathy, and having ‘unconditional positive regard’ for all their clients.
However, unlike counselling, a hypnotherapist purposefully uses hypnosis as the main agent of change.
But here’s the thing…
Hypnosis will be occurring in every therapist’s office, whether they call themselves a counsellor, psychotherapist or mindfulness practitioner. What I’m saying is that hypnosis plays a part in all such interactions.
For example, if a counsellor were to ask you to explore an old memory you would have to go inwards to access the details. And going inwards is one of the definitions of hypnosis.
The intimacy (and safe space) created by the therapeutic setting and relationship often means strong emotions are expressed. Emotions focus your attention. And focus of attention is hypnotic.
A deep and meaningful conversation with a counsellor or psychotherapist – where your attention is held for 50 minutes or so – can be so intense that the rest of the world disappears. That’s also hypnotic.
Most counsellors don’t even know hypnosis is happening in their consulting rooms. That’s why I say all professionals who work with people in mental distress should be trained in the use of hypnosis.
Knowing how to use hypnosis therapeutically – when it occurs naturally – could speed up recovery times. This would be beneficial for the client and alleviate waiting times, saving a huge amount of money for care providers.