History & Hypnotherapy

Hypno-Psychotherapy has had a turbulent history. Despite unstable beginnings the practice has developed, formed its definition and refined its purpose and can add value to modern coaching practise. I believe that it is important when applying techniques as potent as hypnosis to be supported by an unders tanding of psychology as Heap states that,

“it is crucial that the application of hypnosis in clinical practise is based on a sound, scientifically informed understanding of the subject, grounded in mainstream psychology and its related disciplines.”

Stairway to Harmony

Freud’s renowned work and exploration gave rise to other significant therapists namely Jung and Adler, Jung’s approach to the psyche rests at the source of psychological opposites; the reconciliation of these, and from this any resolution. These days is accepted that this seeds a variety of possibilities rather than just three. His interest in synthesizing the opposites is dominant to his work (Dryden, 2011). He also significantly raised the notion of the transcendent, the self as symbol, archetypes and the collective unconscious to name but a few of his interests. His methods also gave rise to mystical, religious and spiritual elements in psychology, which caused an academic rebuff at the time. Despite this, his beliefs gave authorisation for the contemporary use of imagery and metaphorical tools and techniques that we may find useful in current hypnotherapy. Later, Adlerian therapy approaches another important element, that being unconditional positive regard for the client. The Adlerian therapist feels equal to any human being and in turn engenders authentic respect for the person they are treating. This moves the client from being a subject to being human.


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