Clinical Hypnosis

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

J R Casey Counseling & Hypnosis

     Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is an evidence-based type of counseling or psycho therapy. One might say it is like "vanilla ice cream", around a long time and well known. However, even "vanilla ice cream", when made really well and served up with customer respect, can be very, very good. So it is with CBT. When the therapist is "well-made", or trained" and practices CBT with customer respect,  the change(s) a person wants to make begin to happen.

     Here's how CBT works. With the customer, a CBT therapist looks for that person's "automatic, negative thoughts" (ANT's). Everybody has these kinds of thoughts. Each of us also has "automatic, positive thoughts" (APT's). Some of our ANT's, and even our APT's, are quite powerful, thoughts with very big "muscles". These powerful ANT's interfere with a person's best efforts to become the better person s/he wishes to be. CBT looks for a person's ANT's (and sometimes APT's if they are interfering with a person's progress). CBT teaches how to look for any evidence that the ANT is actually true, OR NOT. CBT shows how to stop the ANT, how to turn down the negative emotions coming from the ANT, and how to prevent new ANT's from moving in.

     Okay. Okay. So nobody wants to quack like a duck or cluck like a chicken. I get it. If we ever do meet up, I can explain why folks do act a little looney under hypnosis. Most important: hypnosis cannot force a person to do something that is against their values or wishes

     I witnessed the power of hypnosis to help a person change quickly but only in the way that person wanted to change. In April 2010, at a workshop "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnosis", by Dr. Daniel Brown, Ph.D., I watched Dr. Brown's videos of veterans taking back the lost pieces of their lives by experiencing hypnosis. Dr. Brown explained in detail to his client exactly how the hypnotherapy would proceed. The veteran knew exactly - beforehand - what Dr. Brown was going to lead him through. When I saw the results, I knew I had to learn how to offer this to my clients.

     How hypnotherapy is thought to work: The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) teaches that hypnotherapy is like meditation; but the key difference is that hypnotherapy aims at a behavioral change strongly desired by the client. We think that under hypnosis, a state of remarkable physical relaxation with one's mind focused like a laser on a change goal, one is exceptionally able to "see" the change so clearly that "living the change" becomes do-able. Hypnosis helps make "do-able" the person's goal, once only "think-able".

     Give me a call...unless you're already too "chicken" (sorry...couldn't resist).