Dianne Bachman, LCSW


Hypnosis and Interactive Guided Imagery

“Each person is a unique individual. Hence, psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual’s needs, rather than tailoring the person to fit the Procrustean bed of a hypothetical theory of human behavior.” – Milton H. Erickson

When appropriate, I may suggest utilizing hypnosis or interactive guided imagery into our sessions.  Both of these modalities utilize the power of your own mental images.  A mental image is something we mentally see, hear, taste, smell, touch, or feel.  

Thanks to the Academy for Guided Imagery, they have very succinctly described this approach:

The term “guided imagery” refers to a wide variety of techniques, including simple visualization and direct suggestion using imagery, metaphor and story-telling, fantasy exploration and game playing, dream interpretation, drawing, and active imagination where elements of the unconscious are invited to appear as images that can communicate with the conscious mind.

Once considered an “alternative” “or complementary” approach, guided imagery is now finding widespread scientific and public acceptance, and it is being used to teach psychophysiological relaxation, alleviate anxiety and depression, relieve physical and psychological symptoms, overcome health-endangering habits, resolve conflicts, and help patients prepare for surgery and tolerate procedures more comfortably.

Mental images, formed long before we learn to understand and use words, lie at the core of who we think we are, what we believe the world is like, what we feel we deserve, what we think will happen to us, and how motivated we are to take care of ourselves. These images strongly influence our beliefs and attitudes about how we fall ill, and what will help us to get better.

Conditions that could be addressed through clinical hypnosis as part of therapeutic milieu (but not limited to):
Anxiety, mood disorder, trauma, obtaining greater insight to resolve issues from the past (including past life regression), habit control, skill development, stress management.  Hypnosis can also be utilized to enhance creativity for artists and musicians.