How does a patient react to a therapy through hypnosis?
a patient seeing a hypnotherapist for the first time feels apprehensive as he doesn’t know what to expect.
Neither does he know what is involved in a hypnosis session, and his most important concern is fear of losing control. The first meeting
is filled with misconceptions which seem a lot like superstition - 'What will the hypnotherapist
do with all of his powers?' - so that it is
first necessary to reassure him that his level of consciousness, and
hence his power of decision, will not be modified.
The subject expects to lose
consciousness, to have no recollection of what happened
during the session, all this being the consequence of myths perpetuated from watching television or
movies. His first experience, of course, will prove these wrong as,
invariably, he will emerge from the trance feeling as though he hadn't been
hypnotized at all. Indeed, there is little difference between the
sensation of being in trance and that of being in a normal waking state, for a trance is an
alternate state of
consciousness (that is, a state in which you react almost normally to your
environment). The therapist, having evoked some powerful emotions in his
patient during the session, may then ask whether he normally allows
these emotions come to the surface? This sometimes allows the patient to revise
his opinion and alleviate his doubt.
Furthermore, hypnosis is certainly not sleep, for
in a state of sleep, it would become impossible for patient and therapist to communicate, to exchange questions and
answers, and hence pointless in terms of therapy.
Slowly, fear turns to trust when the patient realizes by the end
of the week that some of his problems and issues have been resolved or reduced. He knows now that the
treatment has to follow its course and that his situation is progressing positively.
His attitude toward the therapist changes as well : here, after
all, is not an enigmatic person possessing of supernatural powers, but a
benefactor who does his best to relieve a client in pain, with no power other
than the use of an effective technique in behavior modification.
And finally as, in the course of therapy hidden memories
surface to consciousness, there is sometimes the delicate situation of having to
deal with cases of transference (where a patient transfers onto the
therapist his feelings and emotions, either positive or negative). We work through it, hoping that the patient will soon overcome