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A Success with Psoriasis
By Tom Connelly D.Hyp, FBSCH & Steve Luzern D.Hyp

There are now several fully formed psychological systems that have branched
from the original psychoanalytical movement started by Sigmund Freud in the

early part of the 20th Century. Naturally the fundamental tenets of these systems have much in common, especially regarding the importance of the unconscious mind. Freud did not actually discover the idea of the unconscious as the concept was already present in the literature of his day but he did recognize and champion it's relevance until it has become almost universally accepted.

The basis of modern psychoanalysis is the exploration of the unconscious mind to reveal the dynamic causation of psychological and functional problems.  Most will be familiar with the methodology of psychoanalysis, at least as it is
presented in the popular media and will understand that the process is rarely a short term solution to any difficulty. It is not uncommon for patients to remain in psychoanalysis for several years before significant changes are realized.

Perhaps the great service that Freud did by impressing on us the importance of the unconscious mind was, to a certain extent, counter balanced by his mis-handling of the technique of hypnosis. Even today, because Freud did not understand hypnosis (there is no blame here as few at the time grasped its relevance and Freud's teacher Charcot insisted that only hysterical patients could be hypnotized) the technique is underrated by psychologists and held in mild contempt by classical psychoanalysts.

This is quite unfortunate, not only for the practice of psychology but for the many patients who's treatment could be much briefer and less financially demanding if hypnosis was rightfully employed. In my private practice over the past decade I have proved to myself the validity of the idea that many problems have a psychogenic origin. This is often due to emotional energy repressed into the unconscious as a result of some trauma in the patient's past. By exploring the patients unconscious mind with skillful analysis these charged memories can be uncovered and the symptoms  relieved. 

Unlike Freud I have found that analysis in hypnosis (hypnoanalysis) is an excellent technique for quickly locating and releasing repressed material. So much so that on many occasions presenting problems that have proved resistant to orthodox treatment have been treated in one or two sessions. 
Surely more research must be devoted to this therapeutic approach. After all, nobody's interest is served by prolonging a patients therapy, is it?

What follows is an excerpt from a recording titled "Helen, a case of Psoriasis" and is part of the transcript of a hypnoanalysis session I conducted in the autumn of 1998. The patient was a woman of 32 years, who had for most of her life suffered from psoriasis. Her psoriasis had resisted the onslaught of a great number of orthodox and unorthodox treatments throughout her life and when she arrived at my office she was covered in inflammations from head to toe. Even her face was mildly affected, this was disguised by makeup. The part of the transcript I give here starts after the induction has taken place and the patient is deep hypnosis."

Continued in part 2

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