Utilising Parts Therapy in Hypno-Psychotherapy Pt 7
NOTES FROM MIRACLES ON DEMAND: (By Charles Tebbets, (1997) Westwood Publishing Company. Glendale, CA):
RECOGNIZING THE STATE OF HYPNOSIS: The subject becomes extremely relaxed and slow diaphragm breathing is usually noted. The pulse rate slows down and the eyes often tear, or the whites of the eyes become reddened. The eyelids often flutter and the eyeballs roll upward. The face relaxes to an expressionless appearance called the “hypnotic mask.” As the lungs relax, the subject expel the air form his lungs
UNCOVERING TECHNIQUES: There are four steps in the elimination of a symptom by the uncovering methods: (1) The memory by which the symptom is provoked must be brought into conscious awareness. (2) The feelings with which it is associated must be re-experienced. (3) The relationship of the symptom to the memory must occur which allows the client to make future decisions unencumbered by the repressed material. (p 68)
It is essential to bear in mind that these ideas originally came from the training Tebbets received from the late Gil Boyne, who claimed to have been personally trained by Fritz Perls. I will cover Perls contribution to parts momentarily. I would like to say at this stage that Miracles on Demand has been out of print for the better part of 20 years, and there are teachers out there who claim to teach parts therapy the way Tebbetts developed it. However, in my opinion to teach these types of techniques to persons not also trained in psychotherapy is potentially dangerous and NOT to be encouraged.
Finally, I would like to talk about Frits Perls and his contribution to âParts Therapyâ. In Gestalt Therapy there is the open/empty chair technique, which is where a client dialogues with a âpartâ of themselves which is having difficulty. âOpen Chairâsâ purpose is in having e a client take the role of each polarized âpartâ of himself on a conflict and get the two âpartsâ to talk with each otherâ¦.
Just like two individuals in conflict. The focus and critique of open chair session is on the process and experience of the dialog not the content. The therapist plays the role of the mediator. This mediation can occur either in or out of trance.Â I hope that this presentation shows that âparts therapyâ is an amalgamation of a number of different schools of thought and is not simply in the domain of one school or trainer. (This blog series came from a presentation I made to the 4th Annual International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference in Leicester, UK)