Hypnoanalysis– Going after the Causal Root…
What can be achieved with hypnoanalysis?
Hypnoanalysis is often seen as a ‘one size fits all’ type of therapy and there are many proponents who will insist that this is so. But whilst it is true that you can use it for a great many psychological difficulties, it is sometimes a bit of a sledgehammer to crack a nut. If we decided to use hypnoanalysis to help someone stop smoking, for example, we would certainly not be able to complete the task in one session – yet we can with suggestion therapy. The chances of success are quite high, too and currently 93% for my smoking cessation therapy.
Hypnoanalysis is better at some things than others. It is impossible to list all the ailments that it is particularly suited for but the following list should give you some idea:
Psycho-Sexual difficulties, random panic attacks, some depressions, unaccountable anxiety states, general stress, continual worrying, excessive timidity, fear of authority, alcoholism, sleeping difficulties, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, poor confidence/self-worth, kleptomania, compulsive shopping, relationship difficulties, obsessive illnesses, and almost all true phobias. Most symptoms which have a physiological content that is likely to be of psychological origin, i.e. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, spontaneous vomiting, blackouts, fainting fits, hysteria, hysterical paralysis, hysterical blindness, failure to conceive, promiscuity… Some catastrophic illnesses, though this is a special area of expertise. Most of those listed, especially in the second group, are recognised as hysterical illness and will frequently have been brought about by a psychological process known as hysterical conversion.
The side effects of hypnoanalysis You may be told that hypnoanalysis has no side effects, other than an improvement to general health and well-being, but this is not strictly the case. To be fair, it is not hypnoanalysis that causes the problem, exactly… I think I’d better explain.
People make all kinds of wrong decisions due their neurosis. They marry the ‘wrong’ person and/or take the ‘wrong’ job, among other, perhaps less important things. After they go through analysis and the neurosis is released suddenly they are not prepared to put up with the overbearing boss or the bullying, abusive or manipulative partner, they do what they should have done a long time ago, before they came to therapy, so they leave and seek a better life for themselves and they usually find it, too because their judgement is now far better and more sound than ever and they will not base choices and decisions on needs based around a deep seated anxiety state…
So, it is true that marriages sometimes break and careers sometimes get changed. But the truth is, nobody can or will be forced to do anything directly as a result of going through hypnoanalysis. A person’s new-found confidence may very well allow them to change things that are both necessary for their well-being and are long overdue.
The two most useful methods of hypnoanalysis are free association, a technique pioneered by Sigmund Freud and which is astonishingly powerful when coupled with the use of hypnosis, and direct regression, which, as its name suggests, is a more direct route through the jungle of the subconscious.
Free association is nothing more than allowing one memory to lead into another without any logical thought, interpretation, or intervention. Like daydreaming, almost. Just allowing thoughts to drift along from one concept to another without attempting to make any sense of it whatsoever. If you do this in your own mind, on your own, the subconscious resistance will see to it that you skip blithely past any trouble spots or unpleasantness. But the very second you start to speak those thoughts aloud to another individual, as a client does to a therapist, then something different happens. An entirely different part of the mind and brain comes into play and the resistance is far less powerful, though it will still, even then, manage to stop therapy working properly from time to time. The hypnotherapist’s job is to help the client through that resistance to the truth. It sounds easy, and with the right client/therapist combination, it is easy and one of the most powerful forms of therapy.
Direct regression to cause, still seeks the same end result but attempts to get there via a more direct route. The individual will be asked to remember the most recent occasion when they felt their symptom or symptoms. They will then be asked to amplify the feelings as much they can or to a level which is as much as they can stand. The hypnotherapist will then use various techniques designed to access the originating cause, or at least a much earlier memory. From that memory, they go back further still, then further still, until the initial event has been accessed. We know when we are there, because the level of emotion will steadily fall away until there is nothing left and the individual can talk calmly and easily about the event.
Each system has its own particular strengths and weaknesses and as a professional hypnotherapist I am familiar, well-practiced, and confident with both, and easily able to decide which is the best for any individual client. Whichever method is used, the aim is to search for the Initial Sensitising Event, which is almost inevitably created during a person’s formative (childhood) years, when emotions are tender and easily stirred to a level worthy of repression. Although it is possible that sufficient trauma can be created as an adult to create a repression, which could be profound enough that the entire event, as well as the emotion, has been hidden from conscious memory.
How many sessions are needed?
As always, it will depend on the individual and the amount of work needed to be done. However, as a rough guide, direct regression may take two, three or four sessions to achieve its objectives, whereas free association is a much slower process. It might take some six to twelve sessions. If there is resistance or a lot of material to deal with the process could take longer. But this is not a drawback as compared to all other effective/long lasting therapies, hypnoanalysis is relatively the fastest way of getting to the causal root of any issue.
Is hypnoanalysis suitable for you?
Hypnoanalysis can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, but the emotional material that comes up can be difficult to deal with and some people will struggle to deal with what surfaces during the process, particularly with free association. Other people are immensely resistant to the treatment as they feel vulnerable or out of control. Then there are those who are simply better suited to other treatments due to personality type. Hypnoanalysis is certainly not suitable for everyone. Remember, you do not always need to know the reason why you do something to be able to change it. Whether you would benefit from hypnoanalysis, or not, is a matter to be discussed, and as a professional and ethical hypnotherapist/psychologist, who is qualified to provide such treatment. (please note, many hypnotherapists are not sufficiently trained for this type of therapy).
If you decide that there is a need to discover the underlying cause of the presenting problem and it is in your best interests, then know this… the results of hypnoanalysis can often be profound and long lasting.