Hypnotherapy Privacy Technique
GUEST ARTICLE: by Bryan M. Knight, MSW, PhD
What if your client is too embarrassed to openly discuss his or her dilemma? Or what if the client has a good reason for not disclosing details of a trauma?
Jane's father had sexually abused her from when she was 4 to eleven years old. While Jane could openly admit the abuse she was extremely uncomfortable with discussion of the details. Yet she wanted relief from the shame, anger and guilt that infected her adult relationships as a result of her father's betrayal.
Confidentiality provides safety for the client
After hypnotizing the client encourage her to allow herself to imagine whatever event troubles her (in Jane's case, obviously it is details of the sexual assault). This is of course after you've reassured her that she will deal with the issue privately, in her head with no need to speak to you about the details.
Now use your customary approach. For example, "as you continue to breathe slowly and deeply you bring into the picture whatever resources you need to deal with the abuser. See yourself being strong and self-protective..."
Ask how the client feels now
You can assess the client's progress and if necessary, ask her if she wants to repeat the Privacy approach.
The client may now be comfortable enough to openly discuss whatever she was fearful of sharing before. If so, this will be a great therapeutic step. But do not push her to reveal details.
Another reason for using the Privacy Technique
An additional reason you could find the Privacy Technique useful is when you are uncomfortable with probing into the client's issue.
So, use the Privacy Technique whenever you or your client are reluctant to openly discuss a particular problem. This technique encourages rapport and trust.
Used appropriately, the Hypnotherapy Privacy Technique can enhance your client’s therapeutic experience.
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Bryan M. Knight, MSW., PhD., is Canada’s foremost hypno-psychotherapist. He specializes in freeing adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse from their legacy of horror.
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Article posted: July 24, 2009