Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Auckland Regional Pain Service, Auckland, NZ
Kate works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at TARPS (The Auckland Regional Pain Service). In 1991 she was introduced to the use of clinical hypnosis for chronic pain management by Dr Bob Large (Psychiatrist/Pain Medicine Specialist). Kate became a member of the New Zealand Society of Hypnosis, and in her clinical work is actively involved in using relaxation techniques and hypnosis with patients on an individual basis and also in a group setting.
Communicating with your patients – how to use hypnotic suggestions and metaphors in your daily practice
Even if you never actually do “hypnosis” with a patient, using suggestions and metaphors when speaking to people can be absorbing, calming, reassuring and therapeutically beneficial. For example, pain from nerve damage is often described as having a burning quality. These conditions may respond well to the use of hypnotic suggestions for cooling the affected area with snow, a cool healing salve or a suggestion that the area is “cool and comfortable”. Headaches typically described as a tight band around the head may be relieved by the suggestion that the affected muscles are “letting go…becoming more relaxed as you let go more and more of any unnecessary tightness, stress or strain”.
The goal of this session is to provide you with an overview about the major principles and guidelines involved in creating effective hypnotic suggestions and metaphors. Case examples will be provided along with simple, pragmatic exercises to help you quickly and confidently learn how to develop and apply these methods for enhancing outcomes with your own patients whether in an inpatient or outpatient setting.