A general hypnotherapy session begins with a pretalk. This is where you explain hypnosis to the person you are hypnotizing and reassure her about the power of her mind. Next comes the induction, which is the initial attempt to drop the person you are hypnotizing into a light trance. After the induction, the hypnotherapist will conduct a deepening that drops the person you are hypnotizing into an even deeper trance, as the name suggests. The hypnotherapist will then use a script, which is the therapy portion of the session. The script includes a suggestion for change. Upon finishing the script, the hypnotherapist will segue into amnesia, which suggests that the mind of the person you are hypnotizing will forget the session. Finally, the hypnotherapist will use trance termination to bring the person you are hypnotizing out of hypnosis. In this course, each of these steps will be covered in detail.
However, each person you will be hypnotizing is different, and so the therapy session might be changed depending on the needs of the person you are hypnotizing. Hypnotherapists should be flexible and able to think on their feet. Do your research so that you can take an alternate path if you are on a course that does not seem to be working.
When conducting a hypnotherapy session, learn to speak monotonously and slowly. Throughout the session, you will want to lengthen your words. Your tone should be dull and boring. (See Chapter 3, Inductions, for more details.)
You will also want to use positive words. For instance, when I work with people on procrastination, I do not call it "procrastination." I call it "motivation," because this is the positive way of looking at the situation. Learn to spin things positively. Instead of saying that a person is "afraid to fly," say that she wants "freedom to fly." Experiment with phrasing things positively.
Some professionals believe that hypnotherapists should not use the word "no" or "not," because they believe that the subconscious mind drops these words. In other words, instead of hearing, "You will not eat carbohydrates," they believe the person you are hypnotizing will hear, "You will eat carbohydrates."
I often use the words "no" and "not" with positive results. However, to be on the safe side, you may choose to avoid using negative words. Instead, say, "You will be done eating foods with carbohydrates," or "You will crave foods that are low in carbohydrates."
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Hypnosis is a capital instrument for relaxation and alleviating stress. It helps calm down both the brain and body, giving a useful rest. All the same it can be rather costly to hire a clinical hypnotherapist, and we might not always want one around when we would like to destress.