Amalgamating Hypno-Psychotherapy into a Trauma Counselling Protocol
Today’s title may seem a bit wordy, but it is the title of the presentation that I am speaking on at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s ‘Working effectively with trauma in healthcare settings’ one day conference.
I always leap at the opportunity to show how hypno-psychotherapy fits within the family of psychotherapeutics thought and practice. Also, it is an opportunity to gain additional knowledge on the treatment of trauma from practitioners of different modalities. I have always said that every modality has something to teach and we can all learn from each other.
Trauma is without doubt the main issue for the first part of the 21st century. Trauma comes in many shapes and types and it behooves therapists to make the study and understanding of trauma in all of it’s forms.
I have worked with many clients suffering with all kinds of simply and complex trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Hypnosis within a psychotherapeutic protocol is an exceptionally effective way in treating trauma. There is a need for both counselling and psychotherapy as part of this protocol. Trauma cannot be treated effectively with a script based approach. This sadly is still the main approach of hypnotherapists world wide. If the hypnotherapy profession wants to be taken seriously, we need to ensure that training in trauma is covered by all trainers.