XIV ESH congress

hosted by British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)

23th - 26th August 2017

British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis
Hypnosis: unlocking hidden potential. The value of hypnosis in communication, health and healing in the 21st century.

Session 1 Abstracts

Embodied cues facilitate and inhibit self regulation

Idit Shalev

Ample research of embodied cognition suggests that bodily sensations and aspects of the physical environment are stored together with the corresponding psychological concepts in memory, such that activation automatically spreads from concepts of the physical world to their metaphorically-related social concepts. However, little is known of the effect of different embodied signals on facilitation or deterioration of self regulation. In this talk I will demonstrate the effect of physical and psychological embodied homeostatic cues on self regulation.  The first set of studies will demonstrate the effect of physical temperature on cognitive control (Halali, Meiran & Shalev, in press). The second set of studies will provide evidence that physical, semantic or visual cues of thirst and dryness increase psychological depletion reduce vitality and motivation for change of maladaptive habits (Shalev, 2014, 2016). Use of somatosensory cues and visual images to facilitate implicit self regulation and psychological change will be discussed.

Is eye-blinks rate measurement an interesting tool to study hypnotic suggestions?

Vladimir Zelinka

Hypnotic communication textbooks abound in all kind of sentences. These sentences have a structure, a content, and a place in the verbal interaction that are supposed to increase their likelihood to elicit desired effects. In our opinion, eye-blinks rate measurement is an interesting way to explore to what extent variations in grammatical structure of specific suggestions would change their influence on a physiological reflex such as eye-blink. More precisely, our study try to determine whether “body-subject” style of suggestions is an effective way to modulate effort demanding behavior such as resistance to eye-blinks. In addition, we believe that modulation of that reflex may serve as paradigm to better understand modulation of other physiological phenomenon that share similar mechanisms. The aim of this presentation is to describe and comment the method and the results of the study exploring that issue.

From dead lines to live durations: The efficiacy of time-projections in Hypnotherapy

Irit Cohen

The experience of time accompanies every human perception, and connects directly to our experience as a continuing self. As clinicians we are aware of the difficulties in time-perception and in time-management characterizing personality disturbances; in many psychiatric pathologies it seems as if the fluency of time was arrested and the subject is  locked 'there and then'.  I suggest that using Time Projections - dealing with 'the passage of time - revives  the  experience of the dynamic self and , In Bergson's words,  reactivates  Creative Consciousness. 

A case of Flight Phobia will illustrate the potential in time-projections; not only the client's phobia but also other aspects of her life were spontaneously treated.

Bergson expanded his ideas to the physical reality; there too Temporality is central, and unpredicted novelty is still and always to evolve – in contrast to Euclidian-Newtonian deterministic 'habits' of classical thought. There is an affinity between his epistemology and Quantum theory, as wrote Lois De Broglie.

An affinity of hypnosis to quantum theory [e.g. 'indeterminacy principle'] will be suggested.

The healing value of  hypnosis: The effect of adjuvant hypnotherapy on survival, immune functions and quality of life of intermediate and high risk breast cancer patients

Èva Bányai, Edit Jakubovits, Emese Józsa

The panel reports on the results of a randomised prospective outcome study of the effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunctive treatment of cancer patients. In this study the effect of hypnotherapy is compared either with the effect of musical assemblies (50-50 patients, randomly assigned to the “hypnosis” or ”music” groups), or with the data of 3 control groups with social support (50-50 Ss), recruited for the study on the relationship between psychological well-being and healing. The patients receive 4 AC and 12 PAC chemotherapy treatments according to the international standard protocol. The quality of life, the psychological immune competence of the patients, and their NK cell activity are measured before the first AC and the first PAC treatments, at the end of the chemotherapy protocol, then for 3 years follow-up. The details of the results are presented in 3 separate papers (first authors: Éva Bányai., Edit Jakubovits, Emese Józsa). In summary the main findings show that hypnosis is more effective in mobilising the physical and psychological hidden resources than the other interventions of the research and supports the post-traumatic growth of patients.

The Illness/Non-Illness Model:  Hypnotherapy for Physically Ill Patients

Shaul Navon

This workshop is a focused, novel sub-set of the cognitive behavioral therapy approach to hypnotherapy for physically ill patients, based upon the illness/non-illness psychotherapeutic model for physically ill patients. The model is based on three logical rules used in differentiating illness from non-illness: duality, contradiction, and complementarity. The workshop will discusses the use of hypnotic interventions to help physically ill and/or disabled patients distinguish between illness and non-illness in their psychotherapeutic themes and attitudes. Two case studies illustrate that patients in this special population group can be taught to learn the language of change and to use this language to overcome difficult situations. The model suggests a new clinical mode of treatment in which individuals who are physically ill and/or disabled are helped in coping with actual motifs and thoughts related to non-illness or non-disability.

A hypnosis framing of therapeutic horticulture for mental health rehabilitation

Paul Stevens

Hypnosis can provide a useful framework for understanding therapeutic horticulture (TH) and other ecotherapies. Interviews with volunteers attending the Cherry Tree Nursery – the largest UK sheltered work rehabilitation project involving TH – provided conceptual groupings of reported experiences: establishing rapport, induction leading to a change in conscious state, relaxation, establishing a safe place, therapeutic change via reframing and symbolic thinking, and confidence boosting. The role of the natural environment and nature-based activities are thus contextualised as spaces and situations within which therapeutic change is more likely to occur. The widely-used concept of the restorative environment therefore becomes just one component of the overall process – acting to induce a mental and physical state which is more open to change, less egoistic, and more oriented towards social interactions, but not in itself sufficient to bring about the effects described in the therapeutic horticulture literature. Longer-lasting beneficial effects also require appropriate client-centred guidance and facilitation, wherein the client creates an internalised environment which endures when they return to their everyday environments. Therapeutic horticulture is thus reframed as being a hypnosis-like experience involving ‘induction’ processes and  changes in a client’s conscious state as well as the environment in which the therapeutic processes take place.

A Comprehensive protocol for Hypnotherapy of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Enayatollah Shahidi

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder affecting 10-20 per cent of general population. It shows a chronic relapsing pattern usually related to increased stress and anxiety. According to Diagnostic Criteria of Rome III (2006), cramping abdominal pain (discomfort), changes in bowel habits and abdominal bloating are the major symptoms. There are no observable pathologic changes in the bowels and the disorder is wholly attributed to functional disharmony of mind and gastrointestinal tract.

Since 1980’s a good number of researchers including Whorwell, Weydert, Olafur and Palsson have showed the 80% efficacy of hypnosis in the treatment of IBS. In the year 2008, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, has recommended hypnotherapy for the treatment of severe IBS of more than 12 month duration.

In this comprehensive workshop, the presenter, who has successfully utilized the techniques during his 23 years of experience and research in hypnotherapy, precisely explains and practically shows a dozen of various creative and effective hypnotherapeutic techniques with proved physiological as well as psychological effects.

The workshop also includes live application of the potent hypnotherapeutic techniques on a volunteer out of the audience.

Integration of attack therapy, integrative psychotherapy and hypnosis

Psychotherapy Institute in Turkey

This panel focuses on the integration of Attack therapy, Integrative Psychotherapy and use of Hypnosis in the treatment of the cases presented. Video recordings of real life sessions will be shown in pixilated form.

  1. Using Integrative Hypnotherapy for Patient with Panic Disorder and PTSD - Enes Bulbul & Tahir Ozakkas
  2. Using Integrative Hypnotherapy with Patient with Heroin Addiction - Tahir Ozakkas
  3. Using Integrative Hypnotherapy for Patient with Social Phobia - Reyhan Ozakkas & Tahir Ozakkas
  4. Using Integrative Hypnotherapy for Patient with Gender Identity Disorder - Ahsen Ozakkas, Tahir Ozakkas & Gonca Kucuktetik

Nonverbal Trance Induction

Christian Albrech Schmierer

During the history of hypnosis there were times with nonverbal trance inductions, Franz Anton Messmer used his passes (and the environment and music and the expectations of the clients). With modern hypnosis the accurate sophisticated use of language was developed, mostly with the roots of NLP the use of language and meta-language was researched and utilized.

We want to demonstrate how easy nonverbal trance inductions are and that nonverbal elements are very important in every induction. Our point of view is the mirroring of the therapists trance and how it leads to transference and countertransference of trance. We will point out the importance of seeding, developing the right frame and utilizing the expectations of the client.

We will demonstrate and invite the participants to exercise nonverbal trance inductions.

The mysterious house technique

Liana Orin Soffer

This technique was developed in order to diagnose and heal physical, mental and emotional problems. The technique is based on the metaphor.

By using “the house technique”, it is possible to heal psychosomatic problems and to alleviate symptoms of organic and degenerative diseases.

The principle of the technique is seeing the human body as a house. A person projects himself on a house which he visualizes with the aid of a hypnotic technique. Each area or room in the house represents an organ or a system in the patient’s body. This technique enables the patient to observe himself from the outside and to experience what is occurring inside his body. The creation of dissociation enables the patient to confront with internal problems, to cope with them and to treat them successfully. Rehearsing healing visualization many times will bring recovery or make a considerable change in the patient’s condition.

The workshop will include live flute music played by Liana's daughter.

This technique is suitable for individual as well as group therapy.
This technique is fully described in my book “Hypnotic Dreams”, that is now available in English on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072K7YDYT

All rights reserved to Liana Orin Soffer, MD.

Clinical use of hypnosis in the treatment of chronic pain

Gunnar O R Rosen

Uncovering underlying mechanisms and the personal experience of pain and the use of the patients resources is seen as a therapeutic interaction between patient and therapist each contributing with their own expertise due to personal experience and clinical know how. Patient’s individual experience of pain and own resources are then used together with the therapists clinical skills as a platform for customizing the hypnotherapy. Building bridges between sensory feelings of pain to more comfortable experiences of the patient’s choice. Demonstrations, cases and exercises are giving an opportunity for training and shaping up your therapeutic skills in the field.


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