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"Storytelling during hypnosis is often used in the treatment of abused children. By a story, the therapist gains an opportunity to use comforting suggestions, symbolism, and metaphor to provide the emotional distance necessary to deal with the trauma of abuse. Hypnotherapy begins by building of a sense of safety and security. From here, the storytelling can introduce imaginative sharing. It is easier to introduce reality at this point. The final step is addressing complex emotional issues of loss, trust, love, and guilt brought about by the abuse.