Another technique for helping someone to feel comfortable about the upcoming session is to do a short "demo." I will often tell the client that I am about to do a demonstration so that they will have the proper expectation of what hypnosis may feel like.
I say, "Close your eyes" and I wait a couple of seconds and follow up with, "that is what hypnosis feels like!"
Then, I like to add that some people on their first session only go into hypnosis at a light level and will not feel any differently than when in the normal conscious state. However, some do go deeper and if they do they might experience certain subjective sensations such as tingling, heaviness, lightness, dissociation or extreme relaxation. Most of your clients will report having had one of those experiences during the session. That will help to build confidence in the client that they are doing well.
Was this article helpful?