Cognitive hypnotherapy incorporates hypnosis to help ‘update’ the subconscious in line with the conscious and its understanding of reality.
Traditional hypnotherapy focuses on the therapist ‘guiding you into a trance-like state’. Cognitive hypnotherapy believes hypnotic states to be a naturally occurring state of mind. E.g. When you daydream during a meeting or getting lost in your thoughts while driving.
While any behaviour when ‘under trance’ has the intention to fulfil a positive purpose, not all behavioural choices will be good. For example, when an individual has a fear of flying, the fear aims to keep them on the ground, away from the threat of the plane. They may know that flying is no more dangerous than the car they drive, but the fear is there nonetheless.
While fear is there to protect, it can a hindrance to this person’s life. Cognitive hypnotherapy aims to ‘update the subconscious’ with the conscious mind and its understanding of reality.
There is no one size fits all approach in cognitive hypnotherapy. This style of therapy focuses on guiding the client out of any problematic states (fear of dogs, phobias, lack of concentration) to live a more productive, happy life. This form of therapy understands that every person’s problem is unique to them and will require a personalised treatment plan.