Cognitive-Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH) is an evidenced-based treatment option which stresses the role of thinking in how people feel, behave and respond to events. This form of hypnotherapy combines hypnosis with behavioral psychology. It operates on the assumption that people's responses to traumatic events are shaped primarily by how they perceive the events. In CBH, hypnotherapists help patients to identify thought processes and beliefs underlying their negative emotional and behavioral responses. Hypnotherapists then assist patients in challenging the embedded negative thoughts and replacing them with adaptive thoughts that allow them to accept and cope with new behaviors and thought patterns.
This method differs from other methods of hypnotherapy. Instead of focusing on suggestion or the root cause of traumatic events, cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on reaching the subconscious mind and shifting our negative views of a particular event into more positive ones, thereby changing emotional responses and behavior that can impede our functioning.
CBH is clinically proven to be effective in helping patients with depression, anxiety, anger, shame and guilt in a relatively short time period.
The role of Clinical Hypnotherapy in integrative medicine and modern psychotherapy treatment has expanded greatly. As an evidence-based treatment option, hypnotherapy can directly and effectively address a wealth of common ailments and psychological challenges.
Hypnosis may be used for unconscious exploration, to better understand underlying motivations or to identify whether past events or experiences are associated with causing a problem. Hypnosis avoids the critical censor of the conscious mind, which often defeats what we know to be in our best interests. The effectiveness of hypnosis appears to lie in the way in which it bypasses the critical observation and interference of the conscious mind, allowing the client's intentions for change to take effect.