Therapists are welcome to refer a suitable client for a brief course of
hypnotherapy to revitalize an ongoing course of psychotherapy. Often, there is a
difficult-to-identify obstacle interfering with the progress towards the client's
goals, the stage of ''stuckness''. Talking about a difficult emotion is often helpful,
but sometimes the greatest resolution comes from working with the emotion
directly, and sometimes by someone else.
Many therapists practicing the less ''experiential'' therapies, such as
cognitive-behavioral and psycho dynamic, can find that the regular process can
get bogged down around identifying, revivifying and resolving difficult emotions.
Talk based therapy procedures don't generally gain easy access to the historical,
childhood or somatic held complexes. There have been many recent theories
and procedures that claim to be more efficient, or at least more direct, by working
with current experience.
Experiential therapies such as hypnotherapy, which includes gestalt and
psychodrama processes, can identify and work with the troublesome emotions in
the present, and push to completion those old experiences that haven't yet
responded to insight through talking about them.
Consider referring your client if and when;
-issues have solidified around resistance,
-transference problems arise,
-a faster method is necessary for a given issue,
-the client is curious about hypnosis and experiential methods,
-there is a need to deeper investigate old memories or experiences.
With the client's permission, and if appropriate, the therapist is welcome to join
our sessions as an observer.
For interested therapists, there are many resources for learning experiential
methods, starting with The National Guild of Hypnotists, ngh.com, The American
Society of Clinical Hypnosis, asch.com, and The Hudson Valley Psychodrama
"...Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a
kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the
test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that
things don't really get solved. They come together and
they fall apart. They come together again, and they fall
apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from
letting there be room for all of this to happen; room for
grief, for relief, for misery, for joy. "
Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart
"......If you find yourself feeling spacy, constricted, adrenalized, or
overwhelmed, it is helpful to intensify and release the way you are
organized physically to undo the shock organization in your body. This
will get the energy wave moving again and establish more
parasympathetic activity. One can only stay connected to one's client by
staying connected to oneself. In general, I stress how crucial it is to stay
grounded when doing this work. "Staying grounded" means that one
feels connected to one's self and to the ground, that there is some
expansiveness in the body tissue rather than constriction. One's
breathing is open, and there is a fluidity and movement throughout the
To ensure that I stay grounded and stabilized, I meditate for an hour
in the morning, I go to a health club where I exercise and detoxify in the
sauna and the hot tub, and develop very good boundaries in my contact
with survivors. Instead of feeling tired at the end of the day, I often feel
more energized than at the beginning.
Marianne Eckberg, Victims of Cruelty