Hypnosis/CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. These strategies might include:
- Learning to recognize one’s distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then to reevaluate them in light of reality.
- Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others.
- Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations.
- Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities.
Treatment also usually involves efforts to change behavioral patterns. These strategies might include:
- Dispelling one’s fears instead of avoiding them.
- Using role playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions with others.
- Learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body.
The Goal Setting at the first session allows for a treatment strategy to be devised and launched, as well as ensuring that subsequent sessions are very tailored to the individual and his/her situation.
Sessions place an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own motivators. Clients are helped to develop coping skills, whereby they can learn to change their own thinking, problematic emotions, and behaviour.
Treatments emphasize what is going on in the person’s current life, rather than what has led up to their difficulties. A certain amount of information about one’s history is needed, but the focus is primarily on moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life.