Ericksonian Induction No 1 Question Set Induction

We are going to begin with an induction called a Question Set, which will take about 10 minutes. By doing this induction and experiencing it as a subject, you will discover how to induce trance simply by asking questions. When you assume the Therapist's role, pay attention to what the client does each step of the way. Each time they exhibit trance-like behavior, say, That's right, in a soothing and encouraging tone of voice. 1. Have you ever been in a trance before right now To consider their...

Evaluation of Results

The third stage of the utilization approach is joint Evaluation of Results by the client and the Hypnotherapist. This might mean asking the client questions that will lead you and them to perceive the changes that have taken place. It might be a single direct question That was a big one, wasn't it The client's acknowledgment of changes will act as a powerful convincer, building confidence in the process and allowing deep integration of the changes they have made. Here is one way to set up the...

Ericksons Hypnotic Patterns of Indirect Suggestion

Erickson left us with a rich variety of hypnotic patterns to use in Trance Work. While you are developing your personal style, you can use this section as a reference to review these patterns. 1. Indirect suggestions. The first major difference between Ericksonian hypnosis and other forms of hypnosis is that Ericksonian hypnosis is generally indirect rather than direct. A direct suggestion appeals to the Conscious Mind and invites evaluation. When you say, Please close the window, the...

Chapter

Milton Model Patterns of Hypnotic Language In developing a permissive style of hypnosis, Milton Erickson found that certain language patterns would gain him rapport with the client's Unconscious Mind, without the need for more authoritarian techniques of hypnosis. Earlier hypnotists usually began by saying, Uncross your legs, put your feet flat on the floor, put your hands on your thighs, take a deep breath, and close your eyes, directing the client into trance. Erickson developed a completely...

How to Use a Pendulum

You need two items for a pendulum intervention the pendulum itself, and a pendulum chart. It is best to have a pendulum that hangs from a finger clip. (See picture on page 108.) This will keep the pendulum steadily fixed on the finger and allow it to swing freely. It will also avoid the client's being distracted by the need to hold on to a string or chain. You can find this type of pendulum at a New Age bookstore or order one from Advanced Neuro Dynamics at 1-800-800-6463. You may copy the...

Elman Induction No 1

Take a long, deep breath and hold it for a few seconds. (Reminder if the client closes their eyes when you say, Take a deep breath, stop the induction and restart. The client needs to do what you say when you say it.) And as you exhale this breath, allow your eyes to close (Start with your hand above the client's eyes and bring it down to below the chin as the client's eyes are closing), and let go of the surface tension in your body. Just let your body relax as much as possible, right now. Now...

Trance and Learning

You may notice that you are often in trance while reading this book. It is useful to be in trance when you are learning hypnosis. There is no need to be concerned about whether you are missing a number of details at the Conscious level, because your Unconscious is recording everything that you are learning. Trance is the most important thing we can learn for learning. Because all of our information is stored at the Unconscious level, trance can give us a steady state for recalling information....

Questioning Techniques

At the beginning of your first session with a new client, you need to gather detailed information about events in the client's life leading up to his reasons for seeking your help. Ask questions based on the client's presenting problem and questions about what they want to change. The time you spend asking questions is an excellent time to establish rapport. I recommend the set of questions below, which will lead you to the client's presenting problem and its root cause. As you ask the...

Suggestibility Tests as Convincers

These three simple, standard suggestibility tests are designed to allow a client who has never been in trance before to experience their own suggestibility. They act as convincers. I recommend doing at least one of these tests before you hypnotize the client the first time. I usually do all three, saying, You may be better at one than the others. We are using different muscle groups and different parts of the body. In the Dictionary and Balloon Test, we use the full arm and shoulder muscle...

Techniques for Making Post Hypnotic Suggestions

Post-hypnotic suggestions are imperative to successful change work in hypnosis. A post-hypnotic suggestion is a suggestion that activates and operates at a time or times after the client has come out of trance. Typically the client will feel a compelling desire to respond, often without remembering or realizing what has prompted the desire. To make your post-hypnotic suggestions effective, remember the following points Lead the client into medium to deep trance in order to produce amnesia for...

Elman Induction No2

Take a long, deep breath and close your eyes. Now relax the muscles around your eyes to the point where they won't work and pretend you can't open them even though you know full well that you can. As long as you hold on to this relaxation, you can pretend they just won't work. When you're sure they're so relaxed that they just won't work, continue to pretend that they won't work and test them to make sure THEY WON'T WORK. Test them hard that's right. Now let the feeling of relaxation go right...

Ericksonian Approaches

A Comprehensive Manual Rubin Battino, M.S. amp Thomas L. South, Ph.D. Already highly acclaimed, this is an outstanding training manual in the art of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. Designed to be easily accessible, it provides a systematic approach to learning set against a clinical background, developing the reader's learning over twenty-two chapters that include the history of hypnosis, myths and misconceptions, rapport-building skills, language forms, basic and advanced inductions, utilization of...

Case History

A client came to see me with a bleeding ulcer. As I worked through the 6 steps described above, the client's Unconscious Mind told me, Yes, I know what to do to heal the ulcer. It is possible. It is OK. I said, OK, Unconscious Mind, how quickly will you start to heal this ulcer Sometimes Unconscious Minds like to begin healing things like ulcers right away, and sometimes they like to take a long, long time to start the process, maybe as long as 24 hours. How long will you take The client's...

Full Body Catalepsy

Optional addition to Progressive Test Induction Based on Estabrooks You have the option of adding a powerful extra convincer to the Progressive Test Induction, following Visual Hallucinations. This option is Full Body Catalepsy. Before considering this option, determine whether the subject has knee, back or neck problems if they have, do not attempt this test. We did not include Full Body Catalepsy in the script for the Progressive Test Induction because it is safest to induce this state only...

Table Stages of Hypnosis

adapted from LeCron, Hypnotism Today, 1964 The best indicator of the level of trance a client has reached is the hypnotic phenomena they have produced at your suggestion. The table on the next page is a useful guide to stages of hypnosis and the phenomena you can usually expect to induce at those stages. You will find a detailed discussion in the text that follows the table. Stages of Hypnosis Adapted from LeCron, 1964 Catalepsy of Isolated Muscle Groups Arm Catalepsy Catalepsy of Complete...