Specialising in Clinical Hypnosis
Post-Graduate in Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy, Forensic Psychiatry
and Clinical Investigation
HPA Magazine 9
You probably know that everything that happened to us during childhood, as well as everything we have lived through since then, is not altered or erased. But perhaps you didn’t know that you can change the interpretation and understanding about these experiences, making them more advantageous emotionally and above all, become stronger with them. This is the possibility given to us by the Hypnotherapy Program, a therapy developed by psychiatrist Dr Cristina Miguel, which can strengthen the individual by helping to overcome life’s adversities and psychological vulnerabilities.
The Hypnotherapy Program is available in the Mental Health Inpatient Unit at the Clinica Particular SIIPEMOR (in São Brás de Alportel), but also for outpatients at the Clinica Particular de Vilamoura.
Clinical Hypnosis (or hypnotherapy) is a therapeutic process that uses the induction of a state of heightened focussed attention that can also include a lighter or deeper degree of relaxation. Under hypnosis, a modified state of consciousness is reached, with facilitated access to memories kept in the subconscious, in which the mind is more open to therapeutic suggestions. This is why such a state is ideal for producing significant and sustainable changes in the subconscious mind.
Hypnotherapy is a safe therapy, where individuals are never forced (or subjected to suggestion) to do anything against their free will or their moral values, remain in control throughout the session and usually remember everything that took place.
The use of hypnosis in clinical treatment is not new; it has been recommended by the British Medical Association and the National Institutes of Health since the beginning of the 1990s.
Despite many studies corroborating the benefits of hypnosis in coordination with the treatment of depressive disorders, problems with anxiety, sleep, psychosomatic diseases, pain control, etc., scientific evidence of its efficiency in psychological disorders is still scarce. This fact is due to a number of difficulties: I) errors in the methodology of investigation; II) difficulty in applying subjective variables of the individual and of the therapist (imperative to the result of the hypnosis); III) improvements and “defences” of the individual (opposition/subconscious resistance to change); and perhaps the most important argument IV) the fact that the best practical results with hypnosis are obtained with dynamic exercises, whose course is characterised by unexpected moments, creating the necessity for the therapist to adapt the discourse to whatever has “come up” (ideas, memories, images, emotions, feelings), with the results also dependent on the experience, knowledge and sensitivity of the therapist.
Nevertheless, these same difficulties, together with the limitations of medication and other more conventional methods of psychotherapy (especially in the prevention of recurrence of episodes of depression and anxiety), are what inspired Dr Cristina Miguel to develop her own hypnotherapy method.
The Hypnotherapy Program is the result of her search to find the psychological antidote capable of strengthening an individual when facing life’s adversities and psychological vulnerabilities, whose manifestations most frequently lead to suffering and chronic mental disorders.
The program is intended for those who are looking for a way to overcome insecurity, fear, problems with self-esteem and ways or thinking and/or habits that jeopardise their health, well-being and self-fulfilment, evolving through fifteen sessions of Clinical Hypnosis.
Morning Mental Preparation
Learn to Hypnotise Yourself
INSTALLATION OF RESOURCES
Activate Your Internal Resources
Recognise It and Fight It With Your Mind
THE POWER OF BELIEF
Transform Your Thinking and Change Your Life
THE POWER OF EMOTIONS
Understand Them and Learn to How to Cope with Them
Accept It, Understand It and Let It Go
REVOLT AND PAIN
Accept Them, Understand Them and Let Them Go
COPING WITH OTHERS
Becoming Immune to Being Disillusioned by Others
COPING WITH OTHERS
Become Immune to Criticism
COPING WITH OTHERS
Become Immune to Rejection and Abandonment
COPING WITH MISTAKES AND FAILURES
Correct, Learn and Grow
COPING WITH LIFE CRISES
Overcome Them and Empower Yourself with Them
THE POWER OF DECISIONS
Follow Your Values and Achieve What You Want In Life
FINDING THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
Respect Your Individuality, Express Your Potential and Make a Difference
Synthesis of The Hypnotherapy Program
The Hypnotherapy Program also includes extra sessions for health conditions or specific emotional states, e.g. overcoming procrastination, attaining an ideal weight and body, achieving restful sleep or getting rid of fear or a specific phobia.
Clinica Particular SIIPEMOR
Two daily group sessions (maximum 10 people): morning session (mental preparation) and afternoon session. The afternoon session follows the sequence scheduled in the program and can be administered in two versions: Hypnotherapy (original hypnosis sessions of the Hypnotherapy Program or Meditation (meditation sessions based on the Hypnotherapy Program).
Admission to the inpatient Hypnotherapy Program can be made directly through an outpatient consultation, by a psychiatrist or psychologist of the Team, or alternatively, through other physicians, psychologists, health technicians, oneself or family.
Clinica Particular de Vilamoura
A monthly group hypnosis session (maximum 8 people) during a 15-month period and individual psychiatric/psychology consultations (optional in the first 7 days following hypnosis). For admission to the Hypnotherapy Program at the Clinica Particular de Vilamoura, the individual should previously have a consultation with a psychiatrist or psychologist from the team.
For either situation, bookings should be made through the Call Center of the HPA Health Group (282 420 400).