Exploration of the integration of hypnosis and psychodynamic psychotherapy

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Kurti, Judit
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Dublin Business School
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This paper aims to explore the dimensions of hypnosis other than direct suggestions and review techniques which employ the Theta state and can enhance the explorative journey into the psychodynamics. Although Freud abandoned hypnosis as a means of suggestion (1904), others like Carl Jung continued to work with this psychological state using it as a vehicle to retrieve forgotten psychic wounds and access unconscious repressed material of the client (Hartman & Zimberoff, 2013). As previously mentioned, in this type of hypnosis the focus rests on communication and the therapist stance remains that of the client - centred therapist, namely a facilitator of the client’s selfexploratory processes. Helmut W.A Karle (1987) highlights the commonalities between modern hypnosis and dynamic therapy in the sense that the modern understanding of hypnosis involves a therapist “who is doing nothing other than assisting the patient to take or recover control of functions that have become disordered, or to assume control in areas in which it had been lost or where control had never been known”(Karle, 1987, p. 59). Author keywords: Integration, permissive, hypnosis, induction, psychodynamic, hypnoanalysis, abreaction, catharsis, age regression, ideodynamic, holistic, brain waves