Hypnotherapy with Sexual Dysfunction

Far too many therapists with a superficial knowledge of sex therapy techniques (e.g., sensate focus exercises, the squeeze technique) have been willing to treat dysfunctional patients. An elementary knowledge of traditional sex therapy or hypnosis techniques that has been gleaned from a book or brief workshop is inadequate preparation for ethical practice. The hypnotherapist wishing to treat sexual dysfunctions must first master an extensive and complex body of literature on the evaluation of...

Ego Strengthening John Hartland

John Hartland pointed out that only a few patients will let go of their symptoms before they feel confident and strong enough to do without them. Hartland's ego-strengthening techniques are comprised of positive suggestions of self-worth and personal effectiveness. I view ego-strengthening as analogous to the medical setting in which a patient is first strengthened by proper nutrition, general rest, and weight gain before a radical form of sur gery is performed. At times his condition...

The Principle Of Trance Ratification

In hypnosis it is vitally important to create a sense of positive expectancy in the patient. Trance ratification refers to the process of providing the patient with a convincer, that is, an experience or experiences that ratify for patients that they have been in an altered state of consciousness. It is interesting that sometimes even highly talented hypnotic subjects do not believe they have been hypnotized until they have a ratifying experience. Trance ratification is a basic, yet often...

Ericksons Interspersal Technique for Pain

Particularly in cases of resistance and when he did not know a patient well, Milton Erickson would seed ideas through interspersing words or phrases within the context of a story or discussion. These embedded suggestions were typically set off by the use of a slightly different voice tone or a very brief pause. Erickson 1966 masterfully used embedded suggestions in treating the cancer pain of a patient named Joe. Joe was a retired farmer who had turned florist. Facial cancer had resulted in the...

Hypnosis with Sexual Dysfunction and Relationship Problems 349

Hypnotherapy and Sexual Dysfunction 354 The Master Control Room Technique D. Corydon Hammond 354 Illustrative Suggestions in Sex Therapy Bernie Zilbergeld 356 Hypnotherapy with Psychogenic Impotence Harold B. Crasilneck 356 Suggestions for Spectatoring and Sensate Focus D. Corydon Hammond 358 Suggestions for Facilitating Sexual Fantasy D. Corydon Hammond 360 Changes in Preference Metaphor D. Corydon Hammond 361 Metaphors for Going Out to Dinner and Back Scratching D. Corydon Hammond 362 Organ...

Apposition Of Opposites

This type of suggestion, probably originated by Erickson in the 1930s, contains a balancing of opposites or polarities. For example As that right arm becomes more tense and rigid, the rest of your body becomes more and more relaxed. As your right arm floats up, your left floats down. As your forehead feels cooler, you'll feel your hands getting warmer. In this type of suggestion, you may also mention or suggest a physical metaphor, and then a psychological one. phrasing. In formulating this...