By: Cheryl Mitchell, CCHt

The idiom “The devil is in the details” may be appropriate for things like carpentry work, accounting, sewing, laying tile, or any work or task one does by hand, yet the complete opposite is true when it comes to Hypnotherapy, and especially Interpersonal Hypnotherapy.  It is not the details of the event, or memory, or even the memories of a particular relationship where the devil, or pain, is found, but rather how you feel about the event or memory and what you concluded to be true because of that relationship.   
To me, the beauty of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy is that you don’t need to focus on the details or facts of an event, of who said or did what, when or how they did it, but instead you clear the negative emotions experienced because of the event and transform the false beliefs you carry around now as fact based on memories of the relationship.  
Interpersonal Hypnotherapy focuses on relationships, and while there is usually an initial sensitizing event that starts off the false beliefs and negative emotions, it is the initial sensitizing relationship that is also transformed during the session, and that allows for a deep and lasting transformation for the client.  Many times this relationship is with a close family member, such as a parent or guardian. Sometimes though, the relationship is with the neighborhood kid you grew up with that was always beating you up.  But remember, it’s not about the details, so the number of times you encountered the kid doesn’t really factor in, whereas how the kid made you feel about yourself does.  
During a regression session a shift occurs when understanding is gained, and the person harmed realizes the true motivation of why things occurred the way they did.  There is no room for blame; therefore, the details really do not matter since no one is being held accountable, so to speak.  A greater understanding of the person or persons involved is uncovered and in the end a knowing that we are all doing the best we can do, even if we are doing it badly!  
I know personally just how powerful the change is when insight into an Initial Sensitizing Relationship has been gained, and that relationship is transformed.  By healing the relationship, the details fade away.  They are no longer important.  As one of my classmates said to me one time, “it’s like all that pain is just scooped out and all you’re left with is peace.”  


As a graduate of The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, Cheryl has over 500 hours of hypnotherapy training.  She is a member in good standing with The International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists (IAIH) and is the Director for the Tampa location of TFIOH, where she shares her knowledge of, and passion for, Hypnotherapy through supervising and mentoring students.  Operating a successful practice in Saint Petersburg, FL, she personalized her client session to facilitate incredible positive change by using a variety of powerful transformative modalities such as Regression Therapy, Parts Therapy, and Gestalt techniques, and facilitates incredible positive change.
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