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This is a form of directive, therapeutic communication based on a strictly complementary relationship (complementarity). The hypnotherapist induces a trance state in the client, placing the client in a position to use his or her own creative problem - solving abilities. The various hypnotherapeutic methods aim at the creation and stabilization of complementary client - therapist relationships either by means of circumventing the client's resistance or by making resistance appear to be fruitless. Within the framework of this complementary relationship, the therapist is able to implant suggestions that alter pathology in the client's interpretative and behavioral schemata (reframing).


Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)


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