Introduction – what is hypnoanalysis and how does the resolving form of hypnotherapy work?
The term hypnoanalysis was developed from the terms “hypnosis” and “psychoanalysis”. This already indicates how hypnoanalysis – an important form of hypnotherapy – functions:
With the aid of the therapist the patient has his soul travel in hypnoanalysis, as with the psychoanalysis according to Sigmund Freund. However, this happens in the state of trance (state of hypnosis), and the hypnoanalytical travel through the subconscious usually takes between two and ten sessions in my practice because of the improved access to the emotional memory (the limbic structures of the brain), and not more than 300 sessions as is customary in psychoanalysis.
Hypnoanalysis is a very rarely offered form of (resolving) hypnotherapy – in particular in Germany – that is only mastered by very few therapists, while in Great Britain this is part of the standard offer of many hypnotherapists. This is caused, among other things, by the fact that hypnoanalysis may only be practiced by therapists with permission to heal (such as doctors, psychotherapists and alternative practitioners).
Due to their precision on the one hand and at the same time the broad and deep effectiveness, the resolving hypnosis is the ideal instrument for many people with mental and/or psychosomatic disorders, who did not have any success with other treatment methods. It is moreover an ideal supplement for patients who already underwent psychoanalysis or that are still involved in psychoanalysis, but who have not been able so far to achieve any significant or at least the desired changes on an emotional level.
What happens in the hypnoanalysis sessions from the hypnotherapeutic view?
Hypnoanalysis is a form of hypnosis, in which the hypnotist talks to the hypnotic subject when in trance (which is the relaxed condition in which hypnotherapy is possible), so that the patient is given the opportunity to process and work off emotional conflicts under the guidance of the therapist. In the resolving form of hypnotherapy the conscious state remains active, but it does no longer control and repress feelings. In this manner the patient gets better access to accumulated emotional injuries by bypassing reason and thus reaching an improved access to the emotional memory, in particular to the limbic areas of the brain. The patient can then work off these injuries step by step in the hypnotherapeutic session, until they are completely resolved.
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How do emotional “injuries” occur and why do feelings remain stored in the emotional memory “unprocessed”?
In most cases these emotional injuries occur in childhood, for instance out of the fear
- that there is nobody to confide in with one’s problem (feeling of permanent menace), whenever something frightening happened
- that one is of lesser value
- that one is only worth it only for certain actions (“fight for recognition through actions instead of unconditional love”)
- in case of rejection by the father and/or the mother (“no basic safety and lacking feeling of protection and sense of security”)
- that arises when children are subjected to strong foreign control – often exerted by very dominant fathers – and internally defy that; on these grounds anger can accumulate in the emotional memory, because the person or persons concerned is/are caught in a permanent “rebellion without abreaction”.
- that arises in cases of separation of the parents or the death of one parent.
However, emotional injuries may also occur much later, for instance after the death of a related person. As an important and efficient form of hypnotherapy, hypnoanalysis/resolving hypnosis is the best available means to process and resolve all of these old emotional injuries.
Why is hypnoanalysis regarded as GOLD STANDARD of all psychotherapeutic approaches by many hypnotherapists?
Hypnoanalysis is regarded as the pearl of hypnosis among many hypnotherapists. With the aid of hypnoanalysis it is possible to targeted resolve conscious and unconscious emotional conflicts. Hypnoanalysis is indeed similar to psychotherapy – however, the patient is in a state of trance and experiences an intensified emotional perception and remembrance. How hypnoanalysis is applied and what is discussed during the sessions depends on the hypnotic subject, the underlying issue and the working style of the hypnotherapist.
In the normal case, the hypnotic subject will remember everything that he said or experienced during hypnoanalysis. Abreactions that are taking place almost always with respect to a resolving hypnosis – for instance physically a sudden loosening of tension in the shoulder-neck region, a short trembling of the legs or a deep breath in and out – can often be remembered by the patient, but not always. As a rule, the hypnotherapist reiterates these abreactions with the hypnotic therapists thereafter.