Therapy can have a snowballing effect.
It is commonly believed that when patients go to therapy, the majority of their therapy is done in the interval between sessions. This is due to the phenomenon called a snowball effect which occurs when a therapist gets involved into a patient’s life. The hypnotherapist can intervene with the intention to trigger an unintended chain reaction. The chain reaction can be therapeutic because it permits certain cause-and-effect mechanisms to take place in the individual’s life between therapy sessions, or even after therapy has ended.
The role of the therapist isn’t just a problem-solver The therapist must consider himself to be an educator. The patient needs to know not only how to deal with their problems here and now, but also how to prevent future issues from developing. In addition is that the patient must be able to achieve the long-term goals. There will come a time in all patients’ lives where they need to stop therapy. However, this doesn’t mean that therapy should be a lengthy experience. The patient may be receiving therapy for one three, two or even four times. Even when therapy is of a shorter duration, it usually is a snowball effect that continues to linger after therapy has ended.
It is not uncommon to observe dramatic changes occurring much later in the patient’s life due to the intervention of a therapist during the phase of trouble in the patient’s life. Sometimes, these changes can be considered to be due to the therapist’s intervention directly, in other instances there appears to be no causal connection, but in the future as the therapist , or the patient reviews the experiences of the patient, it may be realized that certain events or circumstances might not have taken place without due to the intervention of the therapist.
At times, patients may require to “weaned” off of therapy.
The last thing we want is for our patients to be dependent upon us. The ideal is for patients to feel accountable for their own personal development while acknowledging the role of the therapist as an integral part of the process but not more. When the therapist is convinced that the treatment has come to an end, it is time to begin the process of gradually easing the patient off of therapy. This usually happens in two phases:
1. Re-framing therapist/Patient relationship.
2. Define clearly the long-term objectives for the Patient.
Stage 1. The patient/therapist relationship needs to be redefined.