Cognitive Hypnotherapy for accessing and healing emotional injuries for anxiety disorders


An article published in May 2016 at The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis supports the


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application of an integrated therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders. The model of integrated therapy presented includes the use of hypnosis. This is an example of the work promoted by a professional hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is understood here as an altered state of consciousness which provides increased access to the subconscious mind. Mentally practicing or rehearsing, in hypnosis, those learnings, statements, or emotional states achieved or worked through the appropriate field of psychology may encourage their integration to the person we are at a given moment in time. If we are convinced that we desire those integrations, the process may even be more successful.

Although anxiety disorders on the surface may appear simple, they often represent complex problems that are compounded by underlying factors. For these reasons, treatment of anxiety disorders should be individualized. This article describes cognitive hypnotherapy, an individual comprehensive treatment protocol that integrates cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness, psychodynamic, and hypnotic strategies in the management of anxiety disorders. The treatment approach is based on the self-wounds model of anxiety disorders, which provides the rationale for integrating diverse strategies in the psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. Due to its evidence-based and integrated nature, the psychotherapy described here provides accuracy, efficacy, and sophistication in the formulation and treatment of anxiety disorders. This model can be easily adapted to the understanding and treatment of other emotional disorders.

Pages 24-46 | Published online: 19 May 2016. Access only by subscription.

About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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