What is Mindfulness-based Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy
Apr 8, 2017

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Hypnotherapy (MBCH)

MBCH is an integrated approach that combines mindfulness strategies with cognitive behaviour therapy and clinical hypnosis. It uses Western psychological practices and Eastern meditative disciplines to develop a treatment comprised of diverse yet complementary belief systems.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing attention to the present moment. It is primarily based on the Buddhist practice of meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn is widely regarded as the founder of Mindfulness in the West. Countless scientific studies have proven the positive effects of these techniques, including greater happiness and improved health.

Cognitive hypnotherapy

Cognitive Hypnotherapy combines traditional hypnotherapy with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to utilise the latest discoveries in neuroscience within psychological treatments. The word “cognitive” is key to both CBT and MBCH,and is also the essential element of Mindfulness. The patient is aware—or cognate—of the healing process. This awareness is the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.

Neuroplasticity

The combination of mindfulness techniques, hypnosis and cognitive behavior therapy creates a powerful and highly effective treatment for “rewiring,” or creating new neural pathways, in the brain. Recent studies have proven the brain can change itself through training and self-awareness, and this neuroplasticity can be used to harness the mind’s own health-giving potential.

Conclusion

Mindfulness-based cognitive hypnotherapy (MBCH) combines the latest scientific and evidence-based psychological techniques with ancient truths from both Western and Eastern cultures. This creates a complementary treatment that requires self-directed learning.