What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy with David Kraft
Hypnotherapy is not a therapy by itself. David Kraft uses hypnosis as an adjunct to his therapeutic approach, which combines hypnotherapy with psychotherapy. Some clients require more time in the psychotherapy to work through issues than others, whereas some individuals are able to resolve inner conflicts and find more adaptive ways of leading their lives in a relatively short period of time. David Kraft uses a number of hypnotic techniques in therapy, but he is a firm believer in the power of content-free therapy which provides the client with the control and the means to effect change in their own unique way. In addition, Kraft uses Brief Strategic Hypnotherapy to help clients quickly and efficiently to take control of their lives. After an initial consultation session, the therapy will be tailor-made to suit the client's needs.
David Kraft takes a tremendous amount of care in the initial consultation session to build rapport with his patients and to listen very carefully. Generally, he will not diagnose or even label symptoms; but, rather, he will be guided by each individual before treatment begins.
Hypnotherapy is useful in the treatment of a wide range of problems. Here is a list of some of them:
- Anxiety (see article)
- Alcoholism (see article)
- Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia Nervosa)
- Sexual Dysfunction (see article)
- Lack of Confidence
- Phobias* (including Social Phobia and Agoraphobia) (see article)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (see article)
- Exam Stress
- Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis) (see article)
- Sleep Disorders (including insomnia, nightmares and night terrors) (see article)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Grief (and Bereavement)
- Snoring (and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome)
- Performance Anxiety (Musical, Public Speaking, Sports)
- Panic Attacks
- Pain Relief
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Weight Loss
- Speech Problems
* See Glossary
During a formal hypnosis session, the therapist employs an induction procedure which allows the client to go into trance; this is followed by a deepener which helps the client to become more deeply relaxed. Hypnotherapy takes place at this point. However, there are other, less formal methods that can be used. Some advanced hypnotherapists use informal, conversational inductions, where the patient is encouraged to relax and moves seamlessly into hypnosis via the use of guided imagery.
Hypnotherapy can be useful in the treatment of a large number of problems including anxiety, sleep disorders, phobias and panic disorder. In some instances, clients come back to their therapist for booster sessions; however, hypnotherapy often has lasting effect on clients: it has the capacity to break patterns of behaviour and, having learnt self hypnosis, clients are often able to control difficult situations long into the future.
David Kraft has been trained to use a large number of hypnotic techniques including:
In Vitro and In Vivo Desensitization
Ericksonian Communication Patterns
The 'As if' Approach
Automatic Hand writing
Hypno-Analysis and Hypnotic Free Association
Age Regression and Progression
The Braiding Approach
Inductions Utilizing the Symptom
Foveal Focus Deconstruction
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-Processing)
However, it is important to note that, sometimes, the simplest of methods are the most effective.
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The UKCP defines Hypno-Psychotherapy as:
'The branch of psychotherapy which uses hypnosis. It rests on an extensive body of work and publications over the last three hundred years, leading to that of Milton Erickson and those influenced by him. It understands that we have a learned model of the world which can restrict the way we feel, what we understand, our attitudes and behaviour. The therapist can intervene to draw the individual's attention to new possibilities, to alternative patterns of thought, emotions and behaviour. The methods and strategies used in therapy are designed to make use of the resources and capabilities that reside within all people, and do not require the individual to fit into a standardised pattern. Hypnotherapy may be invaluable for anyone seeking to resolve specific problems, or for personal development'.