Cognitive hypnotherapy (CHR) is a unique evidence-based submodality of modern hypnotherapy that combines hypnosis (hypnosis, or “deep trance”) with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). There is significant empirical evidence for the relationship between hypnosis and CBT as a treatment for a variety of psychological and medical conditions. This article describes the cognitive approach to hypnotherapy and highlights its benefits.
The core component of CRT, which stands for cognitive behavioral therapy, is the use of guided imagery, conversational hypnosis, and imagery. These four elements are designed to induce deep meditative states in the patient, which in turn causes a change in consciousness. This change creates a mental space where the client can explore the underlying cause of the symptoms. In the case of hypnotherapists, the use of these elements is used to induce hypnotic states of relaxation and focus, which in turn creates a relaxed and receptive state for the client’s body to experience the desired emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.
Cognitive therapies that are associated with CRT can also help reduce the risk of relapse in patients who have recently quit smoking. It has been shown to be effective in helping clients with phobias, compulsive eating, obsessive-compulsive disorder, alcohol dependence, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Patients who engage in cognitive therapy for depression find that their anxiety and sadness gradually diminish over time, leaving them with a pleasant sense of well-being. In addition, cognitive therapy is helpful in addressing phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, it has not been found effective in treating alcohol dependence and posttraumatic stress disorder.
The cognitive elements of CRT have been known to be effective in treating anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse, and eating disorders, but it has not been proven to be effective in treating all these conditions. However, it has been effective in helping patients with phobias, compulsive eating, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Cognitive therapies for mood disorders that include CBT are also commonly used to treat a variety of mood disorders. Mood disorders such as anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, social anxiety disorder, and depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder are all treated through the use of CBT, which includes a combination of hypnosis, exposure therapy, meditation and guided imagery.
CBT is an effective treatment for several types of disorders that have symptoms that are similar to those of depression, including generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The effects of these conditions are similar to those of depression, with the added benefit of a sense of well-being. Hypnotherapy with CBT can be used to treat these conditions because CBT can increase the patient’s confidence, reduce stress, and decrease negative thoughts and feelings.
While hypnosis and CBT do not cure or eliminate the causes of depression, they are both highly beneficial to patients who are experiencing serious problems that they feel may be related to the condition. The effects of CBT on mood, anxiety, and depressive illness are not limited to treating depression and can also help people deal with the emotional and physical symptoms that accompany the condition, such as feelings of fatigue, sleep, digestive problems, mood swings, headaches, irritability, and fatigue.
Cognitive therapy for depression is becoming more popular in many areas of mental health care. CBT is very effective at treating several types of mood disorders, such as anxiety, mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, among other conditions. Cognitive therapy is highly effective and has the ability to be used in a number of different situations. Because cognitive therapy for depression is based on cognitive behavioral therapy, patients can receive the benefit of a positive feedback mechanism in which the therapist can encourage the patient to think positively and to work on the problem.