I have studied hypnosis for more than 40 years and it has changed my way of thinking about communication, both professionally and personally. In fact, I recommend fundamental hypnosis training to every aspiring therapist. It makes therapists better, more effective communicators, regardless of their theoretical discipline.
Hypnosis can be thought of as a way of amplifying the response to therapeutic directives. One of the problems that clients unknowingly bring to therapy is compliance. Most clients know the right thing to do to solve their problem, but they may not act as agents on their own behalf. This is where hypnotic strategies can help. These methods can be applied “naturalistically,” without the application of a formal induction.
Fundamental training in hypnosis provides the therapist with important perspectives, including effective ways of altering states. Clients are often stuck in maladaptive states and need a method to transition into adaptive states. Learning the basics of hypnosis orients practitioners to hone their observational skills and present directives in such a way that compliance is more likely achieved. Practitioners will also learn the power of focus, imagination, down regulation, and much more.
This year, at the upcoming Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, we are fortunate to have Michael Yapko, PhD, one of the world’s outstanding practitioners of hypnosis, lead a pre-conference program on hypnosis, and I can’t think of anyone more qualified to teach hypnotic fundamentals.
Michael Yapko is the author of 15 books and the editor of three additional volumes, and he is especially renowned for his pioneering work in applying hypnosis to the treatment of depression. He has taught hypnosis in 30 foreign countries and throughout the United States and received awards from the American Psychological Association, the International Society of Hypnosis, and The Milton H. Erickson Foundation. He is an outstanding and entertaining teacher.
To learn more about Michael Yapko’s pre-conference Evolution workshop, see: http://www.evolutionofpsychotherapy.com/schedule/.
Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD