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"At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self."
- Brendan Francis
"Being responsible to an illness, Stephen Levine says, means being willing to relate to it, have a full-on experience of it, and investigate not just the pain but also your reaction to it. It means letting it communicate with you rather than merely trying to subdue it. "
- Gregg Levoy, Callings
Parts Hypnotherapy with Pain Issues
In this modality, clients undergo a process similar to the various parts therapies used with non-pain issues. While in hypnosis, the client is asked to give voice to the body part(s) in pain so that “it” can say why it is causing pain and what it wants in order to end the client’s discomfort. Often a dialogue between that part and another dimension of the body or psyche ensues with resolution coming with a win/win agreement between the parts. Sometimes regression is needed if the part became troubled originally in the client’s distant past.
Parts therapy may also be appropriate with physical manifestations other than pain, including fingernail biting, hair-twirling, tapping of a foot, allergies, and quirky physical mannerisms not related to a medical condition.
This process is categorized as Hypnotic Parts Therapy.
About Hypnotic Parts Therapy
Ever since Freud conceptualized the tri-partite division of the psyche as the Id, Superego and Ego, many other therapies have worked with a parts-orientation. These include, among others, Carl Jung’s Active Imagination, Transactional Analysis, Inner Child Work, Voice Dialogue, Gestalt Underdog and Top Dog, Analytical Parts Therapy, and Moore’s Lover/Magician/King/Warrior.
The intention of all of these versions of parts therapy is to give expression to otherwise suppressed or alienated voices/attitudes within the psyche and then integrate them with the hitherto dominant viewpoint. When utilized, these parts therapies are in themselves hypnotic; but they are greatly enhanced in effect with the deepening of formal hypnosis. Any of the parts therapies listed above may be used in the services offered here.