The combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnosis is a potent one. Combining these two approaches appears to turbo charge the benefits of both approaches, in what is called Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. Like many other winning combinations it appears that either approach used alone is reasonably effective for many people, but when used in conjunction by properly trained therapists the effect is dynamic. So, as someone who has been practicing this approach with my clients for over 5 years, as well as lecturing it at the College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CCBH), I thought I would attempt to explain why this should be the case…
Our minds are wonderful, creative, aspects of ourselves. When we are struggling to deal with difficult issues such as depression and anxiety, crippling panic or low self esteem, it is the way in which we think about the events, or ourselves, which is the biggest culprit in maintaining the problem. The cognitive approach helps you to take on the role of a Detective and examine the beliefs and thoughts, which you are holding on to so tightly that your behaviours, thoughts and feelings are becoming problematic for you. When this is combined with the relaxation of hypnosis, the new way of thinking is integrated at a deeper, unconscious level which, for most people enables the changes to take place more quickly.
Our unconscious or subconscious minds are where all our habitual thoughts and responses are held. When we relax with hypnosis there is a direct route to our subconscious, bypassing the more critical conscious mind. Hypnosis alone is very effective in helping people to ‘feel’ better, but unless the faulty thinking is changed, it is likely that when faced with the same or similar situation, the unwanted response will remain and re-emerge over time. Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is designed to help a person get better.
So, it is the combination of these two powerful approaches for change that is so effective for people dealing with emotional, behavioural and symptomatic problems.
If you want to find out more about CBH, or are interested in becoming a CBH therapist, check out our website for CBH courses. At CCBH all the lecturers are practicing CBH therapists and are all MSc graduates from Goldsmiths College, University of London ensuring that the training students receive is of the highest standard.
By Beverley Harper, Student Liaison and Lecturer at College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.