Generally, once the evaluative and educational phases are complete, and hypnotiz-ability has been assessed, the clinician is ready to teach the client self-hypnosis. This is phase IV of the preparation process. A principle for success is to separate the teaching of hypnosis from the presenting problem. For example, the client who presents with a headache should not receive a first intervention for symptom relief until basic hypnotic principles have been taught. Otherwise, the clinician risks the client viewing hypnosis as a failure, should the headache not be relieved. In addition, because hypnosis is considered a skill, it is subject to improvement with practice. Clients can be instructed to practice self-hypnosis, thereby increasing their skills while simultaneously validating their altered state, thus increasing positive expectancies.
Was this article helpful?
These techniques will work for stage hypnosis or hypnotherapy, however, they are taught here for information purposes only. After reading this book you will have the knowledge and ability necessary to hypnotise people, but please do not practice hypnosis without first undergoing more intensive study.