In addition to maintaining a client-centered approach, there are various methods and techniques that I, the hypnotherapist choose to use while working with you. In the following section, I will describe the primary therapeutic methods that I use. A short description will help you understand how I work with your presenting problems, conflicts, symptoms, traumas, and phobias, etc.
Roy Hunter, Alliance Hypnotherapy Inc., states that today there is increasing interest in a complex hypnotherapy technique called “parts therapy” because of its high success rate in helping clients resolve inner conflicts. It is based on the concept that we all wear different “hats” throughout life. As such, parts of the total personality become more expressive during certain times, such as when we perform a particular task. Hypnotherapy can allow internal dialogue to occur within ourselves while wearing these various hats. Stated simply, parts therapy allows different aspects of the self to communicate with both the therapist and the client’s conscious mind, expressing its purpose, and responding to the “W” questions (who, what, when, and why).
When Do I Use Parts Therapy?
I use parts therapy if you are experiencing an internal conflict, as might be evidenced by one who says, “I am stuck and I don’t know what is going on in my life.” Another example might be when someone says, “A part of me wants to get rid of this weight while another part wants to keep on eating!” The personality part desiring to reduce one’s weight is in conflict with another part wanting to overeat. This might be the result of one or more of several common causes: overwork, unresolved personal or family problems, past programming, unresolved past experience, secondary gain (such as protection from the opposite sex), authority imprint, self-punishment, etc.
The Value of Parts Therapy
Appropriate use of parts therapy can help conflicting branches of the self achieve resolution. The process is much like conflict resolution except that while the client is role-playing his/her various parts, the therapist remains objective in order to facilitate inner dialogue. Competent, client-centered parts therapy can help achieve three important hypnotherapy goals: (1) discovery of the causes of problems, (2) facilitating release, and (3) subconscious relearning. The benefits are great as clients often learn things about themselves that they previously did not know on a conscious level. Resolving inner conflicts will lead to the resolution of external conflicts.