is a method pioneered by Charles Tebbetts and based on the Psychosythesis Approach which was originally developed by Roberto Assagioli M.D . and which was then used extensively by Roy Hunter. This technique uses hypnosis to identify conflicting parts that are damaging the well being of clients, then helps those parts negotiate with each other through the therapist to bring about a resolution. The focus is to achieve a synthesis, a coming together, of the various parts of an individual’s personality into a more cohesive self.
Another major aspect is its affirmation of the spiritual dimension of the person, i.e. the “higher”, “deeper”, or “transpersonal” self. This higher self is seen as a source of wisdom, inspiration, unconditional love, and the will to meaning in our lives.
This method is used during a hypnotic session of some depth, usually after a couple of initial sessions during which other methods are used to strengthen self esteem and develop trust with the hypnotherapist. This technique is most effective when there is an inner conflict that prevents a client from achieving a goal they consciously want to achieve but which seems to elude them.
If the client feels like they ve tried everything but they seem to be defeated by forces almost ‘outside of themselves’ it is an indication that there may be a subconscious part of them who is resisting change. The way to deal with this part is not to destroy it or deny it but to understand it fully. Usually these “parts’ of ourselves have been created for our own good at some stage in our lives. At the time they served us well to help us cope. They are natural part of our defense mechanisms. However, as situations change and we develop new agreements have to be made and old agreements revised.
To understand how these ‘parts’ are created take the example of “Mary”. Something happened to ‘Mary’ when, as an attractive young teen, she was assaulted by a drunk stranger in the street after a night out. The stranger tried to get her to go home with him against her will. When she rejected him he lifted her up and tried to carry her home until he fell down. She was then able to escape. The experience scared her and made her feel vulnerable and without defense. As a consequence she ‘told herself’ she would put on weight. This way she would never be considered attractive enough to be bothered by strange men and could never be ‘carried away’ by anyone. Many years have passed and now Mary is overweight and although she wants to reduce her excess weight she cannot do so, because the ‘part’ of herself that protected her against harm by letting her gain weight is now preventing her from achieving her goal.
We all have parts or ourselves that want different things from us. The part of me that wants to ‘just have fun’ may want me to stay up all night and dance with my friends on a week night while the part of me that is concerned about me doing well at work wants me to stay home and get an early night. There is nothing strange having different parts wanting different things. It’s only when we cannot resolve inner conflicts or when one part seems to sabotage us without us being aware of its motives that we might need expert help to try and shed light on the conflict in order to resolve it.
If you’d like to know more about parts therapy consider reading the book by Roy Hunter “Hypnosis for inner conflict resolution‘. This is a book intended for trained hypnotherapists.
It has often been said that one of the hardest things to tackle is drug addiction. However there are ways to help people who are addicted to drugs. One of these is to use hypnosis. There are several centers that use group hypnosis to tackle this problem.
First of all, just as it would happen in an individual session, the sufferers will be prepared, by being given a through explanation of the process. Then trance will be induced, deepened and used by giving detailed suggestions geared towards cessation of the destructive habit.
Suggestions to this effect will probably make willing subjects give up their addiction for the foreseeable future, provided their motivation to change was strong.
The only problem with this is its generalized approach. Because the therapy is not individualized and since people get addicted to drugs for all kinds of personal reasons and might be at different stages in their process of healing, it might be that this way of working is only suited to some and not to all.
It is well known that hypnotherapy can be highly effective in treating people with an addiction to cigarettes. In the same way other addictions can be treated very effectively because the same principle is at work : hypnosis bypasses the critical conscious mind and deals directly with the subconscious.
Clinical trials have showed that out of ten individuals that tried group hypnosis to treat their drug addiction , all of them stayed drug free for six months after their sessions came to an end. However, after two years had passed, seven out of ten stayed drug free while the other three went back to taking drugs.
Obviously these results are very positive, and while results may not show up immediately , after a few sessions it has been proven that people stay clean for an average of two years or more.
There are some factors that are going to influence whether an addict is going to respond positively to this “group” approach. First of all, as already mentioned, there must be a strong motivation to stay free of drugs and a willingness to try hypnotherapy.
One of the first things you should ask yourself , if you have a drug problem, is whether you are willing to admit that you do have a problem and if you would be comfortable to join a centre for rehabilitation. Once there you could try many of the different techniques that will be on offer and if you don’t succeed with the others, try group hypnosis.
If on the other hand you feel you’d rather seek individual treatment you could see a hypnotherapist as well as a counsellor / psychotherapist and tackle the problem with their joined support. It is very important when you do this that you are truthful and you collaborate fully with them. They are bound by confidentiality and they will be able to help you more if you answer their questions with honesty.
Hypnotherapy, whether used in a group or not is very helpful in the treatment of addictions and it has been found to be highly effective in treating people with all sorts of issues. The only prerequisite is to be open to it working.
Whether you decide to go for the group sessions or the individual therapy, one session is not going to enough. A few sessions will be necessary (probably more when group hypnosis is concerned), but you will be able to feel the results fairly quickly, within the fist few days or weeks after you have started seeing a hypnotherapist.