My approach is above all integrative. Integrative practitioners take from each approach what seems appropriate for that particular person, situation and environment in order to optimize the impact of therapy. Techniques thus take the lead over theory and can stem from cognitive behavioral therapy but also humanistic or even psychoanalytic therapy. Many perspectives in the field of psychology are useful as each sheds a unique light on the complexities of the human psyche.
CBT groups a number of treatments that confront issues in the ‘here and now‘ through practical exercises centered on observable behavioral symptoms.
CBTs are usually brief, and scientifically validated (‘evidence-based’). Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. CBT also helps overcome invalidating symptoms.
The therapist intervenes on conscious or unconscious mental or cognitive processes that are considered to be at the root of emotional issues. There is active collaboration between therapist and patient with a focus on present-day manifestations of problem behavior or ongoing repercussions of past events, in order to instigate positive change.
The new wave of CBT has also been enriched with meditation techniques (Mindfulness) and cognitive hypnotherapy.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a very helpful tool in treating mental disorders or illnesses, such as anxiety or depression. But not everyone who benefits from cognitive behavioral therapy has a mental health condition. It can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life events or transitions.
Hypnosis is a trance-like state of consciousness that can be induced through a heightening of attention or concentration. It is a natural state. Everyone is hypnotizable to some degree (although some people are more susceptible to ‘letting go’ than others). Hence, neither the patient nor the therapist needs to have a ‘gift’ for hypnotic trance. Moreover, hypnosis is also a learning experience meaning that the more you practice, the easier and more interesting it becomes – volitional self-hypnosis can even become an acquired skill to be practiced at any time.
Hypnotherapy aims to address the patient’s unconscious (or subconscious) mind. Hypnosis can be a powerful, effective therapeutic tool for a wide range of disorders.
My approach is integrative and tailored to meet each person’s needs, using techniques derived from Ericksonian hypnotherapy and cognitive hypnotherapy. Milton Erickson is considered to be the founder of modern hypnotherapy. For him, the unconscious mind is a benevolent power that can call up inner resources and strengths that can potentially lead to the desired changes. Cognitive hypnotherapy derives its influence from a number of areas such as positive psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary psychology. The idea here is to get into the mindset of the patient and to work through present issues, using methods and language based on the client’s unique model of the world. This is combined more often than not with cognitive behavioral therapy.