And so synchronicity strikes again, much like a random lightening bolt illuminating during a hot spell. Yesterday’s client story about success with an up and coming psychologist came about at an interesting time. As I continue to shift through past files, I came across two stories from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. I suppose writer Michaela Gibson Morris has an interesting sense of irony. In this case, on May 9, she published two stories about hypnosis
One was a very personable article about two hypnotist, one a social worker who uses hypnosis for dealing with traumas (Melissa Ratliff) and one who does smoking cessation and phobia work (Steve Dunn). The article talks about their methods and philosophies.
But interestingly enough, on this same day, Morris wrote another article titled “Hypnosis not always best choice.” It is based on an interview with a clinical psychologist. This particular professional is a bit skeptical about using anything but “cognitive” approaches. The article does wisely point out some of the ideas that are important with work in hypnosis, such as it is not an instant, miracle cure for things like weight loss (you still have to do the work). On the whole, it is not a bad article and does state some good points, but it is just oddly titled perhaps. What a strange piece overall.
I should note that there are time stamps on the articles. The negative one actually appeared before the positive one. Perhaps the positive one happened because the paper wanted to show both sides? If so, bravo Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
Over dinner last night, my partner and I discussed these articles. His take on hypnosis and psychology is that it would not be productive often in a psychology setting because it would mean less time seeing the same patients. It would mean a decrease in appointments, hence a potential decrease in income. That may be a good point. I would love to know Melissa Ratliff’s, the social worker first mentioned in this post, take on it.
And these articles are synchronistic because of the unusual session I had with a psychologist and her ideas that hypnosis can cut to the case in certain therapy situations. It can often lead to the break-through “ah ha” moment. Now I know I cannot really say such things, not being a psychologist myself, but I have heard this from other psychologists who have recommend clients my way. Maybe that will be a story for tomorrow.