Ericksonian Hypnosis

In Ericksonian Hypnosis, the therapist induces a trance or altered state via conversational induction for therapeutic purposes. The indirect suggestions in Ericksonian Hypnosis are embedded in the conversation between therapist and patient, or the story or metaphor told by the therapist. It differs from standard hypnotherapy, which uses direct suggestion in the form of commands (i.e, “you are getting sleepy, your eyelids are getting heavy”). These suggestions are processed by the unconscious mind, and results follow. This approach is especially popular amongst those who practice NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy differs with hypnosis in that this approach is more direct in dealing with the conscious mind. It is through proper application of the conscious mind that results are achieved. Research studies have shown Cognitive Therapy to be the most effective approach for a variety of psychological problems. In addition, imaging studies of the brain have shown similar positive changes on a biochemical level as to what is produced with medications, with the added benefit of avoiding side effects of medication and continued maintenance of gains after treatment.

In CBT, the therapy relationship is collaborative and goal-oriented, and the focus on thoughts, beliefs, assumptions and behaviors is key. Typically as treatment progresses, the person learns to develop more realistic and rational perspectives, makes healthier behavioral choices, and experiences relief from negative emotional states. Specific techniques, strategies and methods are used to help people to improve their mood, relationships and work performance.

Schema Therapy is similar to cognitive therapy in that the focus is on correcting problems in a person’s habitual patterns of thinking and feeling, and corresponding difficulties in his or her behavioral coping style. The focus is on identifying and understanding, and then challenging and overcoming the long-standing maladaptive patterns in thinking, feeling and behavior that create obstacles for a person in getting needs met and attaining life goals. Imagery work is involved, which accesses the unconscious mind to enhance the desired changes on an emotional level. As with standard CBT, the goal is for the person to feel better and enjoy greater life satisfaction.

CTA is a network of experienced therapists in the NY metro area who provide Cognitive Therapy and Schema-Focused Therapy. To inquire about an appointment, please call us at 212-258-2577.

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