I thought some might be interested in my understanding of how Cognitive therapy contrasts with Hypnotherapy, as a supporter of both therapies.
If a clients says to the therapist..." I can't cook" the CBT approach would be to challenge that idea by seeking to find a more true statement. The new statement might be " I find cooking hard, but I can cook something (beans on toast)." The new belief would be based on reality but have a more positive spin and would banish the door slamming "I can't".
The hypnotherapist would seek to suggest to the client that they can cook by, for instance, relaxing the client first and then taking them on a 'journey' where cooking success is imagined.
Both therapies seek to challenge the original belief of the client and both seek to set up a 'I can cook' feeling or belief in the client. The homework would also be similar. Seeking out ingredients and putting them together in a small and simple fashion that builds the belief without resorting to attempting a full banquet in the first week!
Some hypnotherapists view their work as dealing with the 'subconscious' whereas cognitive therapy is seen as dealing with the 'conscious'. I think in practise both kinds of therapy are doing things consciously. Seeking new beliefs through conversation or imagining positive outcomes are both really conscious activities.
Some hypnotherapists are calling themselves "Cognitive Hypnotherapists" which reflects the growing acceptance that Hypnotherapy is in essence very similar to Cognitive therapy but with the added element of visualisation and relaxation.
What are your thoughts on this subject?