Cease Panic attacks - by Giulio Bianco
Ericksonian hypnotic psychotherapy, belongs to the school of short orientation psychotherapy.
With short orientation we intend not an incomplete or interrupted treatment, but a form of remodeling or re framing the symptom. Seldom an hypnotic treatment is intended to be complementary and associative to psychotherapy. Erickson was the first counselor to experiment a targeted and focused intervention when the prevailing psychoanalytical approach negate the possibility of stable and long lasting results.
The goal of a therapist that utilizes Ericksonian hypnosis is to ease and facilitate the mobilization of numerous of those internal resources involuntarily carried by a patient, at the level of the subconscious mind, that particularly in that communicational hypnotic climate allows an easy access to inner resources, eluding the limiting convictions or the rational conscious mind.
Through the application of Ericksonian hypnosis the typical conscious associative schemes may be temporarily suspended, bypassed, or placed on hold, for a specific time frame, allowing the activation of precious subconscious resources (imagination, beliefs, thoughts) that a patient does not even know to posses.
The vicious circle of 'panic attacks' symptoms, is in fact associated with an alteration of the conscious state that is spontaneously and unexpectedly provoked, without the subject's control, a phenomenon of spontaneous and automatic dissociation.
What happen in a patient that experience the panic attack is a real process of spontaneous uncontrollable self hypnosis, developing an alteration of the conscious state, just in example like what happen in those space and time distortions, a catastrophic internal hyper analytical dialogue, vivid mental images, somatic hypersensitivity and anticipatory anxiety.
Utilizing hypnotic dissociation, as commonly described in 1977 Hilgars's neo dissociate theory, is possible for a therapist that utilizes hypnosis to take advantage of a characteristic common to every individual (fear), but noticeably marked on those subjects that experience the panic attack, to encourage and promote a shift of the symptom expressed by the patient.
The therapist that utilize the hypnotic approach, won't suggest a solution dictated by his personal baggage of knowledge, or by standardized indications coming from theoretic psychological models, but would treat the individual through the utilization of those individual and personal rules broadcasted by his interlocutor, this may guide the individual out of the problematic situation he (the patient) is experiencing.
As a matter of fact the therapeutical communication is in fact oriented, both with direct interventions, (paradoxical suggestions, observations, verbal exploration with the meta model), and with indirect interventions with and without trance (metaphors, analogies) to resemble and drive the patient to break old or stereotypical dysfunctional schemes (cognitive or emotional) and to start elaborating the reality, in order to activate those reconstructive inner resources already owned by the patient.
Utilizing hypnotic therapy as a media, is in conclusion a process that would help individual to utilize their own inner mental association, memories, vital potentials, in order to reach their own therapeutical goal.