A: Strategic Psychotherapy is short-term therapy, with an approach on ‘how’ is it that we ‘do’ problems, rather than ‘why’ we do them. Originally developed by Dr Milton Erikson (Psychiatrist) and Jay Haley (Strategic Therapist), it allows the therapist to focus on a person’s strengths to help them achieve their objectives.
“When you change the way you look at things…the things you look at change”
Traditional forms of hypnosis may include scripts and a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Some forms of hypnosis take a more directive and commanding approach, and some forms of hypnosis are used for entertainment purposes where a session is set up or staged using volunteers.
At Jenesis, we use a more individualised, personalised, and permissive form of hypnosis based upon the work of Milton Erikson. Your hypnosis session will only relate to you personally and will be created at the time of your session.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of consciousness that people routinely experience on a daily basis. You can be in a hypnotic state when you’re absorbed in work, engrossed in a movie or a book, or even sometimes when you’re driving a car. You remain completely in control. People often describe it as similar to being in a state of deep relaxation with a deep sense of calm, while focusing or not focusing their attention on what is said. Hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness, because you are in control at all times. Each session takes approximately 20 minutes and is entirely centred around your individual requirements at the time.
Hypnosis is a highly safe and effective method of facilitating change, without side effects or medication. It is not recommended for people with a diagnosed mental illness such as psychosis, schizophrenia, or serious depression. However, for mid to low-level depression, hypnosis can be highly effective.
While we aim to maintain a short-term therapy approach, the number of sessions required will depend on your unique situation. After our first session together, I will be able to let you know approximately how many sessions may be required for you to achieve your desired results. In many cases, 4–6 sessions are the average amount required to achieve excellent results.