The method of projective hypnotherapy is qualitatively different from traditional therapy. It begins with the request of the hypnotherapist to draw a picture in which the client shows himself at the so-called place of illness – how he sees himself in relation to the external environment. For example, it could be a room with bars on windows (typical for social phobia) or a falling plane (signs of aerophobia), or he himself with his hands in the pockets (often obsessive-compulsive disorder).
During the treatment with hypnosis the specialist creates a metaphorical space in which there is a plot from the client’s drawing. With dialogue (dialogical model), the hypnotherapist leads the client to change the negative components and replace them with positive ones. For example, the patient removes the bars from the windows and opens them for fresh air and sunlight. When the plot changes in the metaphorical space of hypnosis, the reaction of the sympathetic autonomic nervous system of the client changes. Perception of the external world from a negative point of view is transformed into a positive one. If this is repeated, the client’s attitude to himself and to his illness changes – the process of recovery begins.
The block of sessions of projective hypnotherapy is usually integrated into the second cycle of the whole process. Basically, the prerogative is given to the client’s ability to visualize the metaphorical space in which the plot is drawn from his picture. Step by step the hypnotherapist leads the client, changing the negative elements of this metaphorical space. It is important to note: it is desirable that the client himself changes these elements, although in some cases, only if the client is immersed in the state of Sicorta, the hypnotherapist can go completely to the monological model.
A hypnosis treatment scenario for one of our patients
The patient complained to an excessive level of hypochondria and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). The situation was complicated because ot the fact that she has a 4-year-old daughter, whom she was hardly trying to keep out of all sorts of infections.
Her picture showed her desire to be constantly alone, completely separated from other people – possible carriers of infection. She painted herself on the top of the mountain.
We created a tree (oak) on this mountain land to support her, and a scenario in which all of her relatives and friends go up this mountain, stay around her in a dance and project support and love. In this metaphorical space, she approaches each of them, takes their hands, embraces them and feels the rapprochement.
That place of illness, which she drew in her picture, was transformed from the point of view of the reaction of her autonomic nervous system. The nervous system began to react to the external environment and other people in a different way – more calmly and happily.
Result: complete disappearance of symptoms.
Doctor of Science in Medical Psychology, Professor, Hypnotherapist