Dr Phil Erwin
Hypnosis is simply a state of deep relaxation and focused concentration. It is similar to the state of daydreaming we experience every day when we perform well learned tasks such as driving on a familiar road, or when we become engrossed in a TV programme or reading.
Hypnosis enables you to achieve this altered state of consciousness deliberately and, though the use of guided imagery and visualisation, allows you to achieve a state of focused concentration and use it to make changes toward achieving some specific, positive personal goals. Hypnosis can be used in conjunction with a number different psychological approaches, including cognitive-behavioural and psychoanalytic based therapies. However, unlike many traditional therapies, changes can often be achieved very rapidly, typically in just a few sessions and sometimes in a single session.
It is important to emphasise that the hypnotic trance is not a sleeping or unconscious state and people cannot be made to do things under hypnosis that they would not ordinarily do.
Please note that hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical examination, diagnosis or treatment
I am a Professor and Doctor of Psychology, Registered Hypnotherapist (GHR), Counsellor and Certified NLP Master Practitioner. As such, I have extensive knowledge and experience of hypnosis and a wide range of psychological therapies (please click here for more information on my experience and qualifications).
NLP is a relatively recent addition to the family of psychological therapies. It is an approach to communication and personal development that teaches people how to learn, motivate themselves and change their behaviour. It is often use as an adjunct to hypnotherapy.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was an important development in psychological therapies. It grew out of traditional behavioural approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. It is now also an important approach used by many hypnotherapists. I actually prefer the word 'Therapies' rather than 'Therapy' as the term CBT encompasses a very broad range of therapeutic approaches.
Some common themes of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies are a strong problem solving orientation, a focused approach, and emphasises the role of cognitive (thought) processes in many problems. At its simplest, the way we see the world influences how we feel about our situation and we react to it. These three levels are closely connected and changing one is likely to impact on the others. The implication is that a therapeutic programme that addresses all three components may be extremely powerful and effective.
Finally, it is worth noting that CBT has great respect for scientific values and, unlike many therapies, is very good at producing evidence that its methods do actually work!