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Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals
By: Steve G. Jones, M.Ed.
Clinical Hypnotherapist www.SteveGJones.com
Editors: Jocelyn Baker, Lori Stephens of Verbatim Editorial and Dr. Patricia Coberly
Copyright © 2007
All rights reserved. No material in this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission from the author.
For Kristen. Sam. and Trish… Four Capricorn ladies who made all the difference. . Mina.
....................... 31 Sample Pretalk 4........ 4 What Is Hypnotherapy? ........................ 1 Chapter 1: Introduction.................Introduction .............. 22 Abreactions................................................ 17 Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 1 ........... 41 Chapter 3: Inductions ........................................ 22 Sleep Is Fine.................................... 42 Relaxation Inductions ........................................................................................................................................ 53 Suggested Practice............................. 6 Ethics ......................................................................................................................................................................... 16 Suggested Practice................................... 8 Hypnotherapy Overview ...................................................... 40 Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 2 ........................... 18 Chapter 2: The Pretalk .....................................................................................................................................Inductions ............... 13 Controlling the Environment............... 11 Recording Your Sessions ............... 14 Clients to Refer Out .................................................................... 35 Helpful Tip........ 24 Sample Pretalk 2...... 55 .................................................. 19 The Client Is in Control .............................The Pretalk ...... 28 Sample Pretalk 3..Table of Contents Table of Contents ..................................................... 39 Suggested Practice.......... 16 Helpful Tip............................................. 54 Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 3 ......................................................................................................................................... 43 Sample Induction 1 ......................... 23 Sample Pretalks.......................................................................................................................... 5 Foreword .................................................... 23 Sample Pretalk 1........................................................................... 53 Helpful Tip....................... 51 Sample Induction 2 ................................................................ 3 Stages of Consciousness ..............
..................................................96 Sample Amnesia 3 .....................................................80 Sample Script for Weight Loss 1 ...........97 Helpful Tip......................99 Chapter 7: Trance Termination........................................78 Sample Script for Financial Success .....98 Suggested Practice ......................................................................................Chapter 4: Deepenings........................................................................75 Sample Script for Finding Love...........83 Sample Script for Weight Loss 3 ............................................................................................................................................................63 Helpful Tip....................106 Chapter 8: Tying It All Together .........................................................56 Sample Deepening 1 ......................Deepenings ......................................................................................................105 Suggested Practice ......61 Sample Deepening 2 ........87 Helpful Tip: ..............111 Suggested Practice .....................67 The power of Scripts ................107 Your next step ...............................................................................................64 Suggested Practice ...91 Sample Amnesia 1 ...........................................................113 Glossary ...........................................................86 Sample Script for Weight Loss 5 ...........................................................94 Sample Amnesia 2 ........................82 Sample Script for Weight Loss 2 ..................................................................................................................................111 Final Exam......................................79 Sample Script for Overcoming fear of Singing on Stage ....88 Suggested Practice ..........................................................Trance Termination ...................................105 Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 7 ..66 Chapter 5: Scripts...............................89 Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 5 ....110 Helpful Tip......................90 Chapter 6: Amnesia ........................114 Answers...........................................................................................................Amnesia ....................................................................116 ......100 Helpful tip .Scripts .....................85 Sample Script for Weight Loss 4 ................................65 Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 4 ............98 Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 6 ..........................................................Certification..................................................
........ 137 ... 134 Resources ..................... 122 Forms ........................................................................ ................... Jones................................................................. 125 CANCELLATION/ RESCHEDULE POLICY.... 131 RECORD SHEET ........... 124 INTAKE FORM ........ 133 References ........................Appendix ...........Ed....................................................................... M............................................ 132 CLIENT LEDGER ................ 136 Books by Steve G.........................................................................................................................
they act in exactly the same way as hypnotic suggestions. Because these phrases are delivered by an authority figure. More obvious hypnotic suggestions are also sometimes given to patients by doctors trained in hypnosis. Additionally. and for over a century. At no other time has the world of hypnotherapy been as wide open with exciting possibilities as it is now. the medical profession scoffed at hypnotherapy. Doctors continue to use hypnosis to calm their patients. They regularly tell patients how easy recovery will be. doctors tell patients that a procedure is common and meets with a high degree of success. smoking cessation. as many as 40% of Americans use some form of complementary and alternative medicine such as hypnotherapy. Since then. but today it is being readily embraced as a complement to long-standing medical procedures. According to the southern Medical Journal (2004). the American Medical Association took notice of hypnosis after a patient underwent a thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid) while in a hypnotic trance induced by a hypnotherapist (Blakeslee.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Foreword In the 1950s. and to ease pain during procedures (Bierman. Before the 1950s. 1995). 2005). Because more and more people are exploring 1 . dentists have used hypnosis to ease discomfort during dental procedures. In addition to using hypnotic techniques themselves. hypnotherapists have made powerful strides toward changing public perception about hypnosis. doctors and dentists regularly refer patients to hypnotherapists for help with weight loss. and overcoming fears about dental and surgical procedures. and become reality for the patient. No other painkiller or anesthesia was used.
It’s free.org the website of the American Alliance of Hypnotists. You will be guided through a basic hypnotherapy session. Become a member. and you will be given homework opportunities to use and modify your techniques so that you can help others lose weight. For the latest information about the hypnotherapy world. but it is now open to practitioners worldwide. and increase their financial success. Among other things.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals and accepting the benefits of hypnotherapy. The goal of this book is to give you — a potential or practicing hypnotherapist — a strong base for building your practice. The organization started in America as a network of hypnotherapists. visit www. of which I am the founder and director. a much greater need for qualified hypnotherapists to open practices now exists.americanallianceofhypnotists. 2 . find love. among other issues. this site lists hypnotherapists and classes available in your local area.
Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Chapter 1: Introduction 3 .
also referred to as the patient. who 4 . and Delta. 2005) and they are more suggestible than when they are in Beta. Stages of Consciousness Hypnotherapy practices deal with four stages of consciousness: Beta. Normal waking consciousness is called Beta. or when you have been driving for a lengthy period. Anything deeper than Alpha (Delta or Theta) is helpful but not necessary. In Alpha. you may be aware of things around you such as cars and pedestrians. In Beta. From time to time. Alpha. also known as “Alpha. and processing stimuli from the outside world. After prolonged driving. your attention is focused on the elements of driving. the goal of hypnosis is to get the client into a very light trance. clients will experience this state. a client’s brain waves are altered (Blakeslee. Theta. At first. not-really-out-of-it” phase. your attention shifts to what is happening directly in front of you. Equate Alpha to the state you are in when watching TV. It is paying attention to. Alpha is a “not-really-here.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Hypnotherapy is not a Zen-like trance in which the client. a person’s brain is fully functional and in an alert state. They are therefore more able to receive messages that influence positive change. is in some sort of metaphysical state. This is Alpha. the person is slowed down slightly and is therefore more focused and able to dedicate her train of thought to one thing. however. Outside stimuli play a lesser role. In Alpha. When driving.” When in Alpha or deeper. outside stimuli no longer distract the client.
the patient is always in the driver’s seat. patients in hypnosis still can react as things happen. and that therefore the hypnotherapist has ultimate control over the patient. 5 . In Alpha. and is fully capable of reacting and making decisions. Alpha. regardless of what the hypnotherapist does. and most patients will transition between Beta. It is important to note that similar to driving in a trance. Some patients will never attain Theta or Delta.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals is then able to receive habit-altering messages from the hypnotherapist. and Delta during the session. Theta. Some hypnosis patients go deeper than Alpha into Theta or Delta. A common misconception is that clients under hypnosis cannot react.
Some methods of hypnotherapy are more effective in Theta and Delta.) Because patients generally toggle among stages of consciousness in any given hypnotherapy session. Traditionally. a hypnotherapist will spend about half of his or her time talking to the client while the client is in Beta (normal waking consciousness). 6 . reliable means of altering negative behavior. however. Hypnotherapy is quite different from traditional therapy. (Incidentally. outcome-oriented therapy and targeting the subconscious mind. that there are tests for ascertaining how deeply a person has fallen. Hypnotherapy works by combining hypnosis with precise. the client will be in hypnosis (Alpha or lower). Techniques for guiding patients to Theta or Delta are more complex.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals However. You should know. Those techniques are taught in my advanced class. fast. clients who undergo hypnotherapy will have an efficient. almost everyone will fall into Alpha on the first session. and this is one of the many attributes separating it from stage hypnosis. and are beyond the scope of this course. actually remember very little. the person whose thyroid was removed while under hypnosis was in Delta. What Is Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is a combination of hypnosis and therapy. most will have the experience of only remembering some of the things the hypnotherapist has said. Patients often believe that they remember everything but. The remainder of the time. Instead of spending years with a therapist. Hypnotherapy produces the most immediate results for changing beliefs and/or behaviors.
The beauty of hypnosis is that a person’s body does not know the difference between imagining something and having it happen. The client gets the benefit of tackling her fears. This means that when it comes time for the client to eat healthy foods. go on a date. if your patient wants immediate results. or becoming motivated without ever having left the hypnotherapist’s chair. The client is still reclined in the chair. The client therefore has the advantage of intellectually knowing that a situation is happening only in the imagination. she will have the confidence and ability to move forward. Hypnosis is just one of the thousands of ways a person can achieve her goals. Some patients will even respond better to long-term. Therefore. or stop procrastinating. regardless of whether the client is imagining something or actually experiencing it. losing weight. the physiological responses are the same. 7 . As far as the body is concerned. lost weight. she has conquered her cravings. her body will feel as though she has already done this. non-hypnotic therapy. getting to know themselves and examining the roots of their behavior. Some patients want to spend years in traditional therapy. and so on. hypnotherapy is the most effective tool.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals It is important to note that hypnotherapy is not for everyone. and physically responding as though it has happened. yet as far as her body knows. however. learned how to speak to romantic interests.
If you continue to treat a client who is not getting the results she wants. Not all patients will respond to hypnotherapy. but also that of hypnotherapy in general. hypnotherapists should adhere to the following guidelines: 1. you must first make a commitment to making only positive changes in your patients’ lives. In doing so. If hypnotherapy is not working on a given patient. you must assess how the treatment is progressing and if it is of any benefit to the client. Do no harm. 2. and move on if goals are not being met. If you have a client whose idea of a “positive change” differs from yours.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Ethics To help move hypnotherapy into the mainstream. For example: If a weight-loss client wants to lose 15 pounds in one week. and to keep them moving toward their goal. Let’s say that you have a client who is a mortgage broker and wants to make more money. Accept this. If she has not made the calls after the third 8 . I would have her make a certain number of calls per week. At the end of those sessions. For this client. you will have wasted your client’s time and money — and damaged not only your reputation. and not all patients will respond to your method of hypnotherapy. I always assign homework to patients to get a measure of how invested they are in their own change. This course provides powerful tools for tapping into the subconscious mind. You should initially have her agree to three to six sessions. Then offer a more reasonable plan and refuse to treat her if she insists on attempting to lose 15 pounds in one week. you have a responsibility to refuse to perform therapy on that client. stop treatment and refer the patient elsewhere. you should explain to her that this is unhealthy.
3. In week two.” Never allow this. attainable goals. Expect that your client will get off to a slow start. she should make 10 calls. as with the mortgage client discussed above. for instance. I would break up her homework into small steps. In week one. and I would terminate the hypnotherapy. Believe it or not. she should make 20 calls. These people are waiting for a zombie-like trance to take over their mind and body and cause them to act uncontrollably. Aim high. it works quickly. Perhaps she will not do the homework at all the first week. Long-term. Set reasonable. Never promise clients that they will. legislation in early 2003 required hypnotherapists in California to disclose certain information to their clients. we are obviously wasting each other’s time. lose 50 pounds in three weeks. Do not set your clients up for failure. Take things slowly when you have a client who wants to lose 100 pounds. solid. and so on. but make sure that she is at least doing her homework and making small steps forward. wonderful effects may reveal themselves later. do your research and set a reasonable goal. some clients would be happy to undergo hypnosis for years because it makes them feel and appear like they are “trying. The patient either understands that she has to work toward her goal. but most of the changes begin to happen within a few weeks. It is YOUR responsibility to know the law in 9 . For instance. productive. reality should set in. 4. For instance. or I must explain to her that she is wasting her money. Instead. Follow all state and federal laws.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals session. for example. By week three. Keep in mind that many people expect you to wave a magic wand over them that forces them to accomplish their goals. When hypnosis works. but give your clients time to respond.
In any situation. you have a built-in compass for right and wrong. Use it. 6. You have not been handed a blank check. Make sure that you have permission (a signed form or letter authorizing the treatment) from the client’s physician before moving forward when you are treating any medical condition with hypnosis. Do your job. report your findings to the appropriate healthcare professional. Treat people with care and respect. and in many states. the hypnotherapist. Check with your client’s physician before performing hypnosis to determine whether or not the client has a medical condition related to his or her hypnotherapy goals. 10 . and end the treatment. or the psychotherapist. are not strictly regulated. Respect the process of the MD. Do the right thing in your practice. if another healthcare professional refers a client to you for treatment of a specific problem. hypnotherapists are given a lot of leeway. 5. treat only that problem. Perhaps your client wants to lose weight but has a history of bulimia that she “forgot” to mention. Unlike many medical professionals. Likewise. Consult an attorney if you have to.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals your area concerning hypnotherapy.
the hypnotherapist will segue into amnesia. for more details. Learn to spin things positively. 11 . learn to speak monotonously and slowly. Next comes the induction. 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. Hypnotherapists should be flexible and able to think on their feet. The script includes a suggestion for change. In this course. Inductions. I do not call it “procrastination. Your tone should be dull and boring. The hypnotherapist will then use a script. which is the initial attempt to drop the client into a light trance. Finally. For instance. which suggests that the client’s mind will forget the session. the hypnotherapist will conduct a deepening that drops the client into an even deeper trance.” because this is the positive way of looking at the situation. you will want to lengthen your words.” say that she wants “freedom to fly. which is the therapy portion of the session. Throughout the session. However. This is where you explain hypnosis to the client and reassure her about the power of her mind.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Hypnotherapy Overview A general hypnotherapy session begins with a pretalk. the hypnotherapist will use trance termination to bring the client out of hypnosis.) You will also want to use positive words. Upon finishing the script.” Experiment with phrasing things positively. when I work with people on procrastination. each of these steps will be covered in detail. Instead of saying that a person is “afraid to fly. as the name suggests. and so the therapy session might be changed depending on the client’s needs. each client is different. (See Chapter 3. After the induction.” I call it “motivation.
However. “You will be done eating foods with carbohydrates.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Some professionals believe that hypnotherapists should not use the word “no” or “not. “You will not eat carbohydrates.” 12 . you may choose to avoid using negative words. “You will eat carbohydrates. to be on the safe side. In other words. say.” or “You will crave foods that are low in carbohydrates. Instead.” they believe the client will hear. instead of hearing.” I often use the words “no” and “not” with positive results.” because they believe that the subconscious mind drops these words.
and better golf! These clients may intend to listen to all four recordings at once. Do not try to force change. unlimited motivation. unlimited confidence. or if you tell the client to listen to the recording 21 times in one day. etc. and sometimes people buy four or more recordings at once: weight loss. both you and your client will get frustrated. and stop at the conclusion of the session. mp3.) immediately when hypnosis begins. Be prepared to begin the recording (CD. Allow the client to ease into the change. The hypnosis session begins when you begin the induction. Only record the hypnosis portion of the session. If you try to force change.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Recording Your Sessions Because it takes approximately 21 days to form new habits. you should be prepared to record your hypnotherapy sessions so that your clients can listen to their sessions each night. 13 . Do not let your clients do this. doing so could be counterproductive. Remember: Set reasonable goals. thus reinforcing their change. I sell hypnosis recordings from my website. Tackle one problem at a time. and give your client three weeks to change a single habit.
Give the patient the option of being reclined. over their eyes to block out any light. The client listens to my voice through headphones. He is not going to hear anything except my voice and the sound of gentle ocean waves that I play in the background.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Controlling the Environment You will want to establish an office space that allows you to control the environment. I want to completely control the environment. reclining chair is perfect for this. There should be no barking dogs or sounds of traffic. A comfortable. So ask her before you start. Dropping your client into Alpha and sustaining hypnosis is difficult if she is squirming with discomfort. like the ones that are sold for sleeping or airplane trips. In controlling the environment. “Do you need to use the restroom before we begin?” Likewise. Control the environment. Get one. I generally avoid going to a person’s house to conduct a hypnotherapy session. You must have them relaxed and have them in an oasis from the outside world. The client is perhaps 14 . make sure that the client’s cell phone or pager is turned off. I prefer to have my clients reclined in a nearly horizontal position with an eye covering. first make sure that the client has gone to the restroom. and for this reason. Cut your clients off from the outside world and demand their complete attention. Make sure that she is in an environment where no one and nothing is going to disturb her. The client is not going to see anything because his eyes are going to be covered. Make sure that the client is not too cold or too warm.
who wanted to be hypnotized. but hypnosis is not the place for multitasking. depending on the temperature. and she kept getting up during the hypnosis session to respond to her pager. Show your clients how you want them to respect the hypnosis session. tell her to come back another day. 15 . or if the doctor stopped operating so that the patient could take a cell phone call. Think of it like surgery — it would not be acceptable if someone knocked on the door during surgery. She was not respecting the session. Some clients like to multitask. your job as a hypnotherapist is to prevent anything that could interrupt the session. Do not allow yourself or your client to be disturbed. I had a patient. If your patient is on call. She was on call during our first session. The bottom line is this: control the environment! It’s YOUR responsibility. a doctor. I learned this lesson the hard way in 1986. I immediately formed a strict policy against this disruptive activity. Again.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals going to be covered with one or two blankets.
gaining motivation.” It is always a good idea to refer out (send to a more appropriate healthcare provider) anyone who informs you that she is.” I cannot list all of the types of cases that you should refer out. This visit will pay for itself over and over again. we work with changing behavior in otherwise high-functioning clients. This means they are stable individuals who simply need help with losing weight. Also. We do not “turn insane clients sane” or psychotic clients “normal. You can get some great ideas from other hypnotherapists. You can also see what it is like to be a client. and pay attention to how they do things. 16 . These are serious mental health conditions that you are NOT trained to handle. being more confident.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Clients to Refer Out Occasionally. you are RIGHT. for example. Never take a client just for the money. schizophrenic or psychotic. you will receive a call from someone who is not an appropriate client for a hypnotherapist. You will know when you are in “over your head. and so on. Helpful Tip Go to a hypnotherapist for a general session on motivation. You are NOT trained to deal with the emotional fallout of such scenarios. And you can decide what NOT to do in your practice. Refer them out. We enable behavioral changes that stem from changes in their belief systems. As hypnotherapists. but use your judgment. refer out anyone who wants to uncover past memories of abuse. If you feel you are not qualified to handle the case. stopping smoking.
Although reading this book and doing the lessons will not lead you to become a certified hypnotherapist. flying back from Canada. Look through them for positive hypnosis-related articles. You’re going to be surprised how frequently this topic is covered by the press. when I noticed the person across the aisle reading an article in Golf magazine about how Tiger Woods went to a hypnotherapist.htm 17 . I teach a basic certification class online. I’m going to start you off really easy.com with any questions. and to e-mail me at Steve@SteveGJones.) Cut out the articles that you find and start saving them in a scrapbook. to do your suggested practice. All I want you to do is get the newspaper every day for a week (or more). As you go through this book. it is the textbook for several hypnotherapy certification programs. You can register online for a class now at http://www.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Suggested Practice Okay. Use the time to thoroughly understand each chapter. they like to see articles that discuss the positive benefits of hypnosis. I suggest that you take at least one week to complete the suggested practice in each chapter.com/learn. This scrapbook will eventually make a fine addition to your waiting room.stevegjones. This reassures them that they have made the right decision and that hypnosis really works. as well as any magazines you may want. When clients come into your office. Starting it now will help you tremendously with the suggested practice exercises in Chapter 2. (I was recently on a plane. and around the world using this as the textbook.
Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 1 Introduction (See back of book for correct answers) Question 1 List three examples of the Alpha state that can occur in everyday life. Question 2 How long does it take to form a new habit? Question 3 Whose responsibility is it to control the office environment? 18 .
Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Chapter 2: The Pretalk 19 .
here’s what else could happen: • • • He could get the impression that he cannot be hypnotized. most of these tasks will only have to be done once. you must explain to the client that he “may be aware of everything you say during the session. get ready to work! From now on. follow-ups are one hour each. The first hour of the first session is devoted to getting to know the client. the first session is two hours. Stick with it though. Aside from possibly wanting a refund. if you do not say this. Without exception. and that’s okay” because he “is still in hypnosis. and you can use the information forever. but there is part of the pretalk that is very important. This is simply a talk about hypnosis. having him fill out some forms (which we will cover later). When I work with clients.” Trust me. finding out why he has come to see you (I think you can handle those two things without any coaching). eventually a client will emerge from the hypnosis session and claim that he was not in hypnosis. He could cancel all future visits with you and never seek hypnosis as a healing modality again. It is only done during the first session. You are educating the client about hypnosis and how you practice it. During the pretalk. I will generally see them for three to six sessions. and giving him the pretalk. 20 . you will be doing a lot of writing or typing. He could damage the profession by telling people that hypnosis doesn’t work.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Okay. what is the pretalk? The pretalk is one of the most important parts of any professional hypnotherapy session. Now.
scratching. is fine and will not interfere with the hypnotic state. Movement by the client is fine during the sessions. you have an hour to talk with him before the first hypnosis session. etc. If you do it my way.” Read the above bold print again.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals • • He could damage your career by telling people that you don’t know how to hypnotize people! So listen carefully: the main part of the pretalk is telling the client that he “may be aware of everything you say during the session and that’s okay” because he is “still in hypnosis. In addition to explaining the above information to the client. 21 . Moving. right now. ten times aloud! And remember it. you will want to share other information with him. Some clients think they have to stay perfectly still during hypnotherapy sessions.
I had just told the class that abreactions are rare. “Has this happened before?” He said that it happened all the time. or yell you are not prepared for this. convulse. Tell him that if at any time he has a problem with the hypnosis session. I recently taught a class in which a client began to yell and breathe heavily. he can end it by counting “one-two-three” in his mind. let’s make sure that you are prepared as well. Before you begin the for abreactions. natural state. a while under hypnosis. and there was the volunteer client/student having an abreaction. Chances are that if a client does any of these things under hypnosis. If can be quite surprising. To be frank. Here’s what to do: Reassure the client that everything is fine. Her husband was also in the class. I was shocked. It’s only hypnosis. Then go immediately to Trance 22 . These hypnosis. So I followed the “Abreaction First Aid” advice that I am about to share with you. Sometimes. Abreactions While we are talking about getting the client prepared for a session. you should be prepared are simply bad reactions to client will cry. it Relax. I was also not sure what to do.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals The Client Is in Control Reassure the client that he is in control. he would do them in other situations as well. (Reassure yourself mentally too). There will come a time when you experience an abreaction from a client. a normal. He was very calm and not saying a word. I leaned over to him and asked. session.
Do this in a polite. Your client may “wake up” sweaty. “What happens if I fall asleep during the session?” As mentioned. In each chapter.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Termination (covered in Chapter 7). but relax. professional way. This person needs more advanced therapy. I will give you samples. Sample Pretalks These are pretalks that I have written to serve as models for your pretalk. 23 . or crying. The fact is that you are not equipped to deal with the problems that have caused this abreaction. the calmer he will be. even when the client’s eyes close. taking in information. his ears always remain open. The calmer you are. caring. Clients often ask. before I give an assignment. I explain to the client that this is normal and happens sometimes. I then refer him to a psychologist or psychiatrist and explain to him that I do not feel comfortable treating him further. and his brain is still recording all the information. Sleep Is Fine One last point before I share with you some pretalks. out of breath. After an abreaction.
yes. about what hypnosis is and is not. It’s that state you are in when you are watching TV. your body and mind would be able to properly respond. It's also the state you are in when you are just waking up or just going to bed. Everyone enters a hypnotic state every day. to notice the beautiful trees or old farm mills or anything else you may be driving past. You are not fully conscious. say. Hypnosis is just like the state you are in when you have been driving a car for a long distance. reading a good book. is achieved easily. It’s not that you are oblivious to everything. mostly by Hollywood.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Pretalk 1 The lightest state of hypnosis. Some people can play video 24 . If something were to happen that required your attention. Many of our everyday normal activities are actually performed under hypnosis without us being aware of it. such as a car trying to pass you. several times per day. Your focus is the road. “Well. In this state.” These people have been misinformed. even driving. Hypnosis is a natural state that everyone moves in and out of throughout each day. in Beta. it's just that you have tuned out all of the unimportant stimuli. another example of hypnosis is playing video games. playing video games and. you’re up to 200 times more suggestible than when you are fully awake. You would be able. It is not necessary to be in some sort of an ‘otherworldly trance’ to be in hypnosis. but you are not fully unconscious either. Alpha. You know that feeling. when they hear about hypnosis. Many people. As I mentioned. I can't be hypnotized. at any time you chose.
They are in a light hypnotic trance known as Alpha. your mind is slowed down just a little.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals games for hours in a sitting. overcome a fear of flying. let’s get back to the pretalk. You can have an extremely effective hypnosis session while being aware of. worked on a computer. stop smoking. played a video game. People who are using a computer are focused on what they are doing. playing video games. and you may experience that today during our hypnosis session. However. your breathing is slower. That is perfectly normal. or working on a computer. Most people have driven a car. or read a really good article. to say that you cannot be hypnotized is to misunderstand the true nature of a hypnotic state. A third good example of a hypnotic state is working on the computer. but can intelligently answer the phone when it rings. Since you are up to 200 times more suggestible even while you are in the light state of Alpha. and you are relaxed. anything beyond this is unnecessary for most purposes (programming someone to lose weight. your focus is narrower. So hypnosis is no different from driving a car. they would be able to respond. If someone were to talk to them while they were in a video game session.) In Alpha. but they are. 25 . the game player often feels that he has only been playing for a fraction of the time that he has actually played! This is because he was in hypnosis and has experienced time distortion. (By the way. Most people engaged in these activities would not think that they are in a trance. Therefore. and so on). surprise! You’re in hypnosis!!! Okay. since reading is a form of hypnosis. and able to recall every word spoken by the hypnotherapist.
This cannot happen. a part of our brain is always alert — our hearing. It stays alert to protect us or our offspring. People of a below-average IQ find it difficult to go into a hypnotic state. taking in information constantly. we use this to your advantage. In case you are worried about being too intelligent to be hypnotized. It has been discovered by several research groups that your hearing acts like a surveillance camera.” and they do not consciously remember what happened during hypnosis unless the hypnotherapist suggests that they will. When a mother is “asleep” and hears her baby cry. And there is no need to worry about not waking up.” you will be alerted as soon as you hear a noise. or “black out”. If someone breaks into your home while you are “asleep. Your hearing is “on” 24/7. This accounts for their ability to transfer information from their subconscious mind to their waking life and bring their creations to the world. so even if you fall “asleep” during the session. Geniuses are naturally close to a hypnotic Alpha state most of the time. The truth is that we never really sleep. the more easily you can be hypnotized. even these people will wake up at the end of a 26 .Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals You also don’t have to worry if you fall asleep during hypnosis. and therefore enter hypnosis easily. Less than 10% of the population achieves such a deep trance state that they dissociate. They always remain open. However. Such people are called “somnambulists. Your eyes close. taking in information and recording it. In hypnosis. but your ears cannot close. she will “awaken” immediately. intelligence is directly correlated to suggestibility. like they do when they receive anesthetic. your brain is still recording all the information in your subconscious. The more intelligent you are.
Most people achieve only a light trance state (Alpha) in which they are aware of what is happening. 27 .Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals session. although they are completely relaxed and focused.
Our minds function in four stages of consciousness. This is when the brain slows down and narrows its focus. In the 1950s.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Pretalk 2 The first thing I would like to do today is explain in detail what hypnosis is and what it is not. you have experienced hypnosis. It turns out that during Alpha. Since then. Theta is when you are in a light sleep. and you will experience that shortly. the American Medical Association took notice of hypnosis after a patient underwent a thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid) while in a hypnotic trance induced by a hypnotherapist. most people have experienced hypnosis several times a day throughout their lives. this is when you are just falling asleep and when you are just waking up. Delta is a deep sound sleep. The first stage is called Beta. The third stage is Theta. they get to deliver their message while you’re very focused on your favorite show. hypnotherapists have made influential steps toward 28 . really involved in watching a movie. Alpha is the only stage necessary for hypnotherapy. If you have ever been absorbed in a good book. For starters. This is why marketing companies spend millions of dollars on advertising. As you can see. For example. Alpha is the stage necessary for us to bring about positive change. you are in all of these stages in any given day. In Theta. this is the stage where you are awake and able to make conscious decisions. The final stage is Delta. No painkillers or anesthesia were used. The second stage is called Alpha. or working at your computer and one hour seemed like 15 minutes. you can be awakened fairly easily by a sound or a light touch. your brain is two hundred times more susceptible to suggestion than when in Beta.
Doctors tell patients that a procedure is common and it comes with a high degree of success.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals changing public perception about hypnosis. The use of hypnotic techniques by these professions has increased steadily in recent years because hypnosis is gaining widespread acceptance as a safe. In its early 29 . Hypnosis has countless uses in psychotherapy. smoking cessation. And for more than 100 years. the patients act exactly the same as they would with hypnotic suggestions. In the modern climate of skyrocketing healthcare costs. Doctors continue to use hypnosis to calm their patients and to ease pain during procedures. In addition to using hypnotic techniques themselves. and various medical specialties. effective. hypnosis is also proving invaluable as an aid in speeding recovery from physical and mental problems. and comfortable alternative. The first usage of hypnosis by health professionals occurred in the late 1800s. doctors and dentists regularly refer patients to hypnotherapists for help with weight loss. psychiatry. the medical profession didn’t really take notice of hypnotherapy. Clinical hypnosis is by no means a new healing tool. reliable. and overcoming fears about dental and surgical procedures. Before the 1950s. Today. which can really cut down on medical costs. There are also more obvious hypnotic suggestions given to patients by doctors trained in hypnosis. Because these phrases are delivered by an authority figure. dentists have used hypnosis to ease pain and discomfort during dental procedures. doctors are readily embracing hypnosis as a complement to long-standing medical procedures.
and was also very useful for the induction of anesthesia in surgery in the days before anesthetic drugs. 30 . but it eventually gained respect as a powerful clinical tool. In the first half of the twentieth century. and provide their members with specific ethical guidelines for the professional use of hypnosis. performed over 340 major operations. It finally earned formal recognition as a valuable tool in health care in 1958. hypnosis was often viewed as an exotic or fringe method in medicine and psychology. when the Council on Mental Health of the American Medical Association recommended that instruction in hypnosis be included in medical school teachings. Professional organizations in clinical hypnosis provide extensive training and continuing education in hypnosis. Thousands of psychologists. including amputations and removal of large tumors. The American Psychological Association similarly embraced hypnosis several years later. For example. and physicians in various specialties now have thorough training in hypnotic methods within their specialty areas. a Scottish physician working in India in the early part of the nineteenth century. with hypnosis as the only anesthetic. Around the turn of the twentieth century. dentists. James Esdaile. clinical hypnosis was used to treat hysterical conditions. Sigmund Freud used hypnosis extensively in the first years of his psychiatric practice.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals days.
How does it feel to be hypnotized? There is really no such thing as a specific hypnotized feeling. Ordinarily. is perhaps the subjective sense of "involuntariness" of things happening without you (seemingly) acting to make them happen. no such uncovering is needed in many applications of clinical hypnosis. hypnosis is not sleep. we would 31 . However. Sometimes. because you will still be in hypnosis! Will I lose consciousness? As mentioned above. it is important to uncover mental material that is related to the problem being treated. material that you have been ignoring or keeping secret from others and even from yourself. though. As described earlier. and that’s okay. the one that people tend to remember best and find most surprising. you will be conscious of everything that goes on when you are in the hypnotic state. The most unique characteristic. and if you were very uneasy about the possibility of introspective exploration of this kind. you may relax so much under hypnosis that you may drift off and lose track of what is happening or even fall asleep! Will I reveal deep secrets about myself? In some psychotherapeutic applications of hypnosis.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Pretalk 3 Many people feel somewhat apprehensive and have numerous questions when they consider the possibility of seeking clinical hypnosis for their problems. You may also be aware of everything I say during the session. These are some pretty common questions. a number of different experiences are commonly associated with the hypnotic state.
the great majority of people. perhaps 32 . Uncovering techniques may not be needed at all to deal with your problem. While the degree to which people are receptive to hypnosis varies from individual to individual. You may become more emotional or feel more childlike. it is not as easy as one might think to make people do things against their will with hypnosis. You do. Hypnosis can be used in many different ways. You are making the decision to go along with my guidance at every step. the benefits of these hypnotic states are quite simply amazing. however. What if I do not want to lose control of myself? Hypnosis does involve a certain amount of letting go of yourself.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals discuss that when beginning our work together. You can benefit from hypnosis as long as you are willing to go along with the instructions. What if I cannot be hypnotized? The odds are against it. It may be helpful to think of me as your personal coach — a person helping you to master new ways to use your own mind. They can resist direct instructions that are at odds with their wishes or moral standards. For this reason. Will I do something embarrassing or silly? A clinical hypnotist will not make you cluck like a chicken or do other things for amusement at your expense. sometimes act differently under hypnosis than you do in the normal waking state. you are not really losing control of yourself when you respond to what I suggest. people under hypnosis are not captive and spellbound. However. and opening up to a new experience. And generally. Can I be made to do things I do not want to do? Contrary to a popular belief.
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three out of every four, can be hypnotized to a sufficient degree to enjoy some of the benefits that hypnosis can offer. Aren't gullible or simple-minded people most easily hypnotizable? Not at all. In fact, researchers have found that more intelligent people are slightly more hypnotizable. It seems that openness to new experiences rather than gullibility is related to hypnotic ability. Are women more hypnotizable than men? Research has conclusively shown that, on average, there is no difference between men and women in their hypnotic suggestibility. Can hypnosis be dangerous to my mental health? The state of hypnosis is generally very safe and free from complications, probably no more disturbing to your mind than ordinary sleep. For most people, however, the experience of hypnosis is pleasantly relaxing and refreshing. The only aftereffects that you are likely to experience are possible drowsiness and disorientation for the first few minutes afterwards, and possibly a stiff neck or (rarely) a minor headache. All these side effects are transient and harmless. Can people hypnotize themselves? Yes, they can. Entering hypnosis is simply a mental skill, and hypnotherapists commonly believe that regular hypnosis is nothing more than assisted selfhypnosis. It is just more easily learned under the guidance of a skilled hypnotist. However, once you have mastered it, you can do it on your own. This is the goal in my practice of clinical hypnosis, when processes such as pain control can be made available at any time.
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I would like to give you an opportunity to ask any further questions you might have at this point. Otherwise, I’m excited to start working together. Are you ready to begin?
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Sample Pretalk 4 Many people have seen stage hypnotists in the movies and on TV, and believe that a hypnotherapy session leaves the participant at the mercy of the hypnotist. I can assure you this is not true with this form of hypnosis. In fact, you may be aware of everything I say. You may be in the Alpha state, which is the lightest state of hypnosis. This happens to you many times during the day. Drivers often experience the Alpha state while driving. We often end up at our destination safe and sound without remembering much of the trip. We arrive at our destination on a kind of autopilot. You were still in control of the car, but you tuned out most of your surroundings. Also, when we read a great book, we often become unaware of our surroundings. We become lost in the story. This is the Alpha state. So this is something you have experienced many times. Have you ever seen a child immersed in a video game? She is so lost in the world of space creatures or other worlds that she takes no notice whatsoever of her surroundings. People can do this for hours. They are in an altered state, but they are still very much awake. This is the Alpha state, the state that you will be under for hypnosis. The difference is that instead of playing a video game, you are using that hypnotic state for your own healing. Even though you are aware of everything I say, you will still be under hypnosis. Remember, you are in control. If for any reason you would like to stop the session during hypnosis, merely count to three in your mind, and the session will be over.
you may be aware of everything I say during hypnosis and that is okay. because hypnosis has been used since the beginning of history. you will still be listening to what I am saying and getting the same benefit from this session.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Once again. He became Europe’s foremost expert in magnetic healing. James Braid. You will be very relaxed during our session and may be in the Alpha state. The term hypnosis comes from a Greek word meaning sleep. Also. He found that some people could go into a trance if they fixated their eyes on a bright shiny object. Both the new and old testament of the Bible talks of what could be deemed as hypnosis. that is okay. Modern hypnosis began with Anton Mesmer in the eighteenth century. So if you do feel yourself drifting off to sleep. a Scottish surgeon. The use of hypnosis has been traced back to 3000BC in Egypt. The ancient Greeks and Romans had sleep temples where people’s dreams could be recorded. I would like to talk a little about the history of hypnosis. You are still in hypnosis. and you are always in control of the session. You will still be benefiting from what I am saying. 36 . even when you sleep. People under hypnosis are alert and are able to talk and move. You are here to change the things you want to change. if you fall asleep. Your subconscious will be getting all the information needed to make positive changes in your life. Hypnotherapy has been used for centuries in different forms by different cultures. coined the term hypnotism in 1843. Your hearing never turns off.
Hypnosis has even been used in cases where anesthesia cannot be used.S. Dave Elman brought acceptance to hypnosis from the medical profession in the U. such as depression or fear of flying. Hypnosis has become popular because it is an effective tool used to help people safely and quickly heal from many different conditions. Hypnosis is a well-respected practice and is used by doctors.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Hypnotherapy regained popularity in the mid1900s thanks to Milton Erickson. This proves how powerful the mind is. recognizing hypnotherapy as a compelling medical procedure. depression and addictions. the National Institute for Health has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain. including phobias. the medical community began to recognize hypnosis as a valid and important therapy. Since 1995. Because Erickson was well-known and had so much success with hypnosis. This shows how powerful the subconscious mind is. and even law enforcement. You are here today to tap into 37 . when traditional methods have failed. psychologists. The power of the subconscious and the mind is limitless. when the Council on Medical health of the American Medical Association accepted the use of hypnotherapy in 1958. Hypnosis is used for many conditions. Hypnosis is also used for self-improvement. People have had operations with no anesthesia in deep states of hypnosis. People have had teeth extracted with no anesthesia by using only hypnosis. It has been used to successfully cure diseases and phobias. a psychiatrist who used hypnosis successfully in his practice.
You are not under my power. it is also widely used and accepted. You are not asleep or in a trance. the more intelligent you are. Actually. You will only do what is in your personal comfort zone. and that hypnosis is a powerful tool used to make positive changes in our lives. Just count to three in your mind. We now understand how powerful the mind is. you are in control of the hypnotherapy session. and as I said before. just very relaxed. 38 . They feel that not being intelligent is directly correlated to suggestibility. moral code. very easy to do so. You will remember everything and will feel relaxed during and after hypnosis. You always have a choice and can come out of hypnosis whenever you want. Once again. and the session will be over. or value system. if you want to come out of hypnosis it is very. You are here to use the power of your mind to help you. You are still you.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals the power of your subconscious and to create the changes that you want to make. Just count to three in your mind and you will be out of hypnosis. you are just very relaxed. You are able to get away from the noise and stress of daily life and immerse yourself in peace and relaxation. You may be aware of everything I say. and you are still under hypnosis. You can be hypnotized and you can make positive changes in your life. the more easily you can be hypnotized. You are always in control. as I just mentioned. Some people have the belief that they are too intelligent to be hypnotized. Hypnosis is perfectly natural and.
Rather than changing my pretalk for each person. I want to tell you that you may be aware of everything I say and you will still be under hypnosis. I want you to just sit back and relax now as we begin the session. In the same day. you are still under hypnosis and you are safe. Helpful Tip Clients can be quite diverse educationally.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals I learned hypnosis because I had discovered how powerful the mind was in my own search from healing from a chronic illness. I have found that everyone appreciates simplicity. Trust that you are safe and protected at all times. imagine how much power our mind has and how much we can heal our own lives in so many ways. Once again. So please close your eyes and relax. It was through hypnosis and working with holistic doctors that I finally was able to be cured. you could have an MD and a tile installer as clients. You may be aware of everything I say and that is okay. 39 . If the mind can make someone heal when doctors give no cure or hope. If you can explain concepts in simple terms. you avoid any confusion. Remember. You also avoid seeming arrogant or like you are trying too hard. You have come here with the intent to heal and so it shall be. I had made many changes in my thinking that helped my own body heal itself.
Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Suggested Practice Use those articles you have gathered and put together your own pretalk of 750 words or more. Boil the lofty concepts down so that they are easy to quickly understand. so write it well and use as much scientific information as you can. Write it as if your client knows nothing about hypnosis and is a bit nervous about the whole experience. (Feel free to use some of the concepts covered in the samples. just read your pretalk to them! 40 . Reassure the client that he may be aware of everything you say during the session and that that’s okay because he is still in hypnosis! Your pretalk can be used over and over again for years to come. Explain everything as if speaking to a person of average intelligence.) You can also use your pretalk as a speech. If you are asked to give a talk about hypnotherapy to a group. Give specific examples of hypnosis being used successfully. but use your own words. though. Don’t talk “over the client’s head”. and some notes about the history of hypnosis.
Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 2 .The Pretalk (See back of book for correct answers) Question 1 What can the pretalk be used for outside of your practice? Question 2 Name two things which might occur if the client is not informed that they “may be aware of everything said during the session and that’s okay…”? Question 3 What steps need to be taken if the client experiences an abreaction? 41 .
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you must be very careful that you say exactly what you mean. monotonous teacher speaking for 45 minutes will definitely lull you into a trance. congratulations! Now you can help others with your natural ability to bore. you want to bore a person into the Alpha state. Some people will start talking. Driving a car will lull you into a trance. Although you could not consciously pay attention. It marks the beginning of hypnosis (and the beginning of the recording you will make for your clients). Imagine talking to someone and trying to bore her. you may have processed some of the information hypnotically. The 43 . Some people are able to do this naturally. Stretch out your words. This chapter will focus on inductions that are simple yet effective. When working with the subconscious mind. Have you ever been in a classroom with a teacher who talked incessantly with a monotone voice because she has taught the same subject for years and has no passion left in her entire being? That may have actually done you some good.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals An induction is the tool that hypnotherapists use to induce hypnosis. Relaxation Inductions The basic induction is called a “relaxation induction. During a relaxation induction. That type of speaker would be an excellent hypnotherapist. Speak slowly and methodically and enunciate clearly. Watching TV will lull you into a trance. If you are one of those people. A slow-talking. and their listeners immediately get a glazed-over look in their eyes. I guarantee you that the teacher was lulling you into a trance.” With a relaxation induction. speak in a monotone voice. Inductions come in all shapes and sizes.
Let me illustrate this point by taking you through an induction. you should also play soft. you can get to the one that the client relates most strongly with. I like to involve as many of the other senses as possible. This is the only time in your life when being boring is a good thing. or taste. Practice saying the phrase.. touch. If you have already determined that the client relates strongly to one particular sense. smell. You need to speak slowly and clearly so that there is no misunderstanding. But use all of the senses with everyone to make a well-rounded induction every time. visit www. boring) as possible. calming music in the background. It is important to refer to the five senses during the induction. (Feel free to use verbatim any of the hypnosis session material I provide in this book. Most people relate strongly to one of the senses: sight. Any time you are working with someone under hypnosis.” Stretch out the words. If you are not sure of the tone of voice that you should use. to feel. because if you pronounce a word incorrectly.com. Act as though your patient is a foreigner and does not speak your language very well. especially the word “and. reference that sense more often than the others in your induction. Make sure that she can understand every word. to hear. hearing. Any of the CDs there will serve as an excellent example. By involving all the senses. and to smell. Because the purpose of the induction is to slow the person down.) 44 . Make sure that the induction has something for the client to see.e. “Jack and Jill went up the hill. the subconscious mind may process it as another word. to taste. speak very clearly.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals subconscious mind will take things literally.stevegjones.” Practice this until it is as relaxing (i.
You are walking along the beach. having people breathe in and out slowly is going to relax them. I am referring to the client’s sense of sight. Now to help you to relax. and as you do. relaxing. Inhale the scent of the sea air.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals All right now. Hold it. Taking a “smoker’s break” allows the smoker to take a break. and blow it out. I want you to take a deep breath in through your nose. Everything shuts down while the smoker takes deep. and stop working. go outside. where the waves are making a relaxing sound. (Many people who are addicted to cigarettes are simply addicted to the idea of taking deep. I have engaged the feelings of motion 45 . You are walking along the beach. They are taking the time to take a deep breath. Open your mouth slightly and exhale very slowly. soft sand on your feet.) Your client will take three or four deep breaths in and out. the smoker is also inhaling 4. You are relaxed and safe. Feel the relaxing breeze blowing gently across your body as you walk slowly down to the water. Here. Let’s now take a look at the rest of the induction. I want you to visualize yourself on a beautiful beach. Unfortunately.000 chemicals. Let’s break this down. That’s right. inhaling very slowly. This is the kinetic (movement) aspect. relaxing breaths. It is your beach. just feel your body relaxing. hold it. Just relax the person and get her to slow down. First of all. relaxing. I want you to visualize yourself on a beautiful beach. Good. filling your lungs and stretching them out. Feel the warmth of the sun relaxing every part of your body. Feel the warm. yogic breaths and blows them out.
Here I am using the tactile sense (the sense of touch). put buildings on the land in the distance. in their mind’s eye. and that sand is warm. also called touch or the tactile sense. For example. Feel the warm. The sand feels warm. soft sand on your feet.” I described the sand. Most people have walked barefooted on a beach in the daytime. I have been on the beach many times. Be sure to use something that is familiar to a wide variety of people. That brings back a clear memory for me. and add a few clouds in the beautiful blue sky. I’ve also linked the feeling to something relaxing. I have prompted the olfactory sense. As you walk slowly down to the water. They will fill the ocean with sailboats. (You may even say the sand is white. if not hot. Again. It is important to engage all of the senses because some people relate strongly to just one sense. appealing to the sense of smell. “You are feeling the sand. Now I have engaged tactile listeners. which again involves the visual sense.” Feel the relaxing breeze blowing gently across your body. The client is moving. Again.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals and have offered something to those people who relate strongly to motion. I am engaging the kinetic (motion) sense. I made it real. Inhale the scent of the sea air. Most people know exactly the smell I mean when I say “sea air. Here. It feels soft. Feel the warmth of the sun relaxing every part of your body. I am referring to the sense of feeling. so I can relate strongly to this experience. 46 . Notice that I did not just say. Some people are very visual.) I grew up in South Florida. they will see the beach clearly.
Think about the possibilities. if your client is afraid of water or of beaches for any reason. the scent of the sea air draws them in.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Others do not see anything. They will have the feeling that they are on the beach because they can feel it on the soles of their feet. add the other sensory elements. down. you should use a different induction. cover every sense. Maybe the smell. If you are writing an induction for someone in a wheelchair. You want to make sure that the client hears a description of all the things people typically experience at the beach. your inductions might be about a dive. Inductions should incorporate the types of experiences that the person enjoys. She could imagine the drive in the Mojave Desert at night with the top down on a convertible. deeper and deeper. Ask the client ahead of time about her abilities. then she is not going to have a relaxing experience. Choose another scenario for the induction. The client is going down. By the way. 47 . Stay open and creative. Ask the client ahead of time if she likes the beach! Remember to be sensitive to each of your clients. For instance. Even if you know that the client relates strongly to motion. likes. do not describe how the client is walking along the beach or rolling her wheelchair along the sandy beach. They will listen to that exact same induction. If you are talking about swimming and your client cannot swim. if you are hypnotizing a scuba diver. Or they just somehow sense that they are there. and they will have a nonvisual sense of being on the beach. Unless you want to get into an extensive (and unnecessary) pretest to determine which sense the client favors. Maybe the client likes to go driving in the desert. and dislikes. doing so will more fully engage her.
the client said. Sometimes. Know that the rules are flexible. At the same time. You might want to mix it up. In her mind. and if the mistake is a bad one. Be aware of the ramifications. a mistake could be used as a confusion induction. The mind makes it real for the body. do not point out the mistake. Think about it like dancing at a club. She was there. or the person does not even notice it. the mistakes are not as bad as you think they are. In this case. except for when you told me to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth. I have been doing hypnosis for a long time. and I still make mistakes. she was scuba diving. I was looking at the client in the chair and thinking that she should breathe through her nose. After the session. In fact. Instead. when I was doing a diving induction. “And now you take a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals If someone is coming to you for a few sessions.” Divers wear regulators in their mouths to get air from the tank. and I was incongruent.” I was not thinking of what the patient was experiencing. you may not want to use the same induction every time. do not be afraid to make mistakes. Are the 48 . They do not breathe through their noses while diving! They breathe through the mouth. Make sure that you plan ahead of time and think on your feet. do what you can to fix it in a calm way. Once. There is freedom of expression. “You know. I said. that was great and relaxing. which is covered in the next section.
it seems as though the car drives itself. If something does not work. And you see the high cliffs to your upper right. She likes the city sounds. You may think. but that does not matter because she likes them. Second. You are in a convertible and enjoying the breeze in your hair. That’s right. Do no harm. leaving Los Angeles. just allow yourself to enjoy the beautiful day and relax more deeply. “I just could not get into that. And the more you drive. And you find yourself driving along the Pacific Coast Highway now. fix mistakes. And as I am silent now. She is going to get them. the more you relax. You can be flexible. You are relaxing more and more as you drive. just relaxing and drifting as you drive down the road in your convertible. I was not relaxed.” What should you do? First.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals rules set in stone? No. And as you now look in the rearview mirror. Sometimes. in fact I find them annoying. but be flexible. the beach induction is not working on this woman. Enjoying the beautiful day.” The following is an example of a short induction script. try something else. I do not like them. and I guarantee that you will grow. You see birds overhead. make a change. You are headed north. and smell that salty sea air as you continue to drive down the road. The person may report. you realize just how far down the 49 . assure the client that even in Alpha. Try things with the best of intentions and flex your muscles. a person is up to 200 times more suggestible. “Okay. You are safe and protected. You see the relaxing ocean to your left.
50 .Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals road you have driven. And it occurs to you that you are very relaxed.
The flower smells so sweet and the honeysuckle tastes like honey. it is warm and bright. You haven’t a care in the world. You’re driving on a smooth. You come to the end of the road. There are trees lush with leaves. You see a clearing and a path and you park your car close to the clearing. you notice that it is wide and carpeted with the same fine gravel as on the road. The engine of your car purring gently is the only sound. The car door closes gently as you walk toward the trail. You hear the gurgling of water nearby. You approach a gravel road. so you turn onto it. There is beauty all around you and you take it all in. As you continue on the trail. and there are stepping-stones that lead to a waterfall. It is large and circular. enjoying the beautiful scenery as you drive. You pick a flower. You feel the warm air against your skin as your car follows the road. you are at peace. You hear the light crunching of the tires on the finely ground gravel. The road curves gently to the right. and your car hugs the curves of the road as if it were on a track. it’s afternoon. You savor the taste and continue on the path. the gravel path turns to grass. curving road that leads through the hillside. You feel yourself begin to relax. It’s quiet. The sky is blue and it is clear. you hear some birds singing. As you walk past the trees. There are beautiful 51 .Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Induction 1 You’re in your car. The road leads through a wooded area. it’s early spring. but for a few wisps of clouds. The grass is vividly green. You walk slowly. You see a honeysuckle bush. You take off your shoes and carry them along with you. As you approach the trail. The mist in the air rises and clears as you drive. The sun filters through the trees. taking in all the sights and smells. You are so comfortable and serene. You notice that your car is the only one on the road. It’s safe. It calls to you. You’re driving slowly. The air is fresh and clean. and colorful wild flowers are in bloom on the sides of the road. and you stop and smell the flowers. taking in the beautiful scenery.
You easily get into the hammock. You sit down on the rock. You can taste the freshness of the air as your chest rises and your lungs fill with the clean air. You slowly lift yourself out of the pool and walk toward the hammock. Each stone is a different color of the stone rainbow. You set your shoes aside on a rock near the pool. You continue on the stepping-stones. You wade into the pool and find a large rock to sit on. feeling the warmth of the water between your fingers and around your hand. You look around and see a hammock hanging between two trees. You take a deep breath through your nose. Each step relaxes you more. deep breath through your nose. As you step on each stone on the path. The water gently falls into the pool and ripples in the water traveling slowly toward you. so relaxed. You put your hand in the water and move it slowly back and forth. Once again. The stepping-stones feel smooth and warm on your feet. You watch the ripples of the water and become more relaxed as each ripple floats by you. relaxing more with each step. The stones are beautiful. You feel as if you’re floating in the softness of the hammock. They take with them any cares and anxieties that may have remained.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals purple and yellow flowers on either side of the trail. The trees filter the warm sun and you feel safe. The hammock is covered with a large pillow that perfectly fits the hammock. you become more relaxed. You put your toe in the water to test the temperature. The waterfall ends in a calm. You take another slow. supported. clear pool of water. another slow. 52 . deep breath. They linger a few minutes and then fly off. You are getting closer to the waterfall. You open your mouth slightly and exhale slowly. Two purple dragonflies hover on the water. comfortable. and again exhale slowly though your mouth. You take another deep breath and feel so calm. You close your eyes and rest your mind. The hammock supports you effortlessly. You find it warm and inviting.
You hear the silence of their wings as they glide through the sky. It is a brilliant blue. but you can also hear the flapping of their wings as they increase their speed. You no longer hear or see the birds.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Induction 2 Now close your eyes. Reach out and imagine what the clouds feel like. or when you just get up in the 53 . You are at complete peace with yourself. One more time. I want you to imagine now that you are looking at a clear. hear the birds. Forget you even have a name. Light and airy. Just go on listening to my voice and let yourself relax even more. Now let it out completely. blue sky. There are no distractions. Not only can you hear their calls. Take another deep breath and exhale. like no other color you have ever seen. white and cloud-like in a clear. deep. See your name floating …fluffy. Now let your name just disappear with the wind. Breathe in. cloud-like letters. Take a nice. Let the winds just blow your name away into the blue of the sky … and forget about your name. Take a nice. Also. a sky-writing airplane is writing your name in fluffy. Helpful Tip As you write inductions and deepenings (next chapter). deep. Perhaps a great idea for an induction/deepening will come to you in the grocery store. you need to use your creativity. blue sky. and feel yourself relaxing even more. full breath and hold it in. Names are not important. Feel yourself beginning to relax now … from the very top of your head … all the way down … to the very tip of your toes. in the shower. full breath and exhale slowly. And in the sky. Try keeping a pocket recorder or note pad and pen handy. white. You relax even deeper. You relax with the increasing silence.
though it should be no more than 10 minutes long when read aloud. continue to play it during the silent periods. that is fine. Between each section of the recorded hypnotherapy session. See if it relaxes you. See if it drops you into Alpha. so make it outstanding! Caution: Do not ever listen to your induction or anything hypnotic in a moving vehicle. you will use this induction over and over. Then listen to it and see if it bores you. Do not spend a lot of time laboring over this — just let your creativity flow and write it out. Remember when reading it to pronounce everything perfectly so that there is no misunderstanding. Like everything else you do in this book. It can be one page or 10 pages. It should. You never know when a brilliant idea might come. Suggested Practice Write your own induction. If you have gentle. This aids in relaxing the client. Record the induction on a computer (mp3 file or CD). Have the client walk along the beach. soothing music playing in the background. just a little bit more relaxed than you normally are when fully awake. This book will guide you through recording an entire hypnosis session. or in any other place that is relaxing and peaceful. where you are just a little bit slower. or in the woods. insert 30 to 60 seconds of silence. Incorporate all the senses.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals morning. And if it puts you completely to sleep and you wake up a couple of hours later. 54 . See if it gets you into that altered state of mind.
which. when used in an induction. which. would involve the sense of touch (tactile sense). would involve the sense of sight (visual sense). Question 5 Why is it important to speak slowly and clearly in a hypnotherapy session? 55 . when used in an induction. Question 3 Write one sentence. when used in an induction. when used in an induction.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 3 Inductions (See back of book for correct answers) Question 1 Write one sentence. Question 2 Write one sentence. which. would involve the sense of sound (auditory sense). which. would involve the sense of smell (olfactory sense). Question 4 Write one sentence.
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“With each step you take. When I first started using hypnosis in 1983. however. To do so. It is better to have several from which to choose. In fact.. I like to have several inductions with accompanying deepenings. occasionally you will have clients who do not like several of your induction/deepening combinations. First. During a deepening. The purpose of the deepening. Now that you have the patient under your control. clients coming in for several sessions like to hear different inductions and deepenings. is to drop the patient into a deeper state of consciousness. an elevator. I had people go down miles of stairs.” Make sure that you communicate that with each step (or floor. stairs) of one event. Confine your deepening to 10 units (e. This is for two reasons.” And. the terms deepening and induction are often interchanged. the patient is relaxed. deep state of relaxation. and peaceful. always tie in the fact that the client is going “deeper. as in the above example. you want to relax him even more. Second.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals A deepening varies only slightly from an induction. Strictly speaking. If your patient is reasonably relaxed. After the induction. or an escalator. so to speak. very. You do not want your client to imagine tripping down a set of stairs. if you are 57 . two short stairways (of ten steps each) are plenty.g. as the name implies. Say things like. Overkill is not necessary. There is no need to give your client a workout. a deepening comes after an induction and before a script. you are going deeper and deeper into a very. You feel comfortable and safe. make sure that your patient knows that nothing will harm him. you will take your patient down something such as a set of stairs. comfortable.
You may want to say. he will be relaxed and slowed down. take the first step down. down. “In this particular 58 . the elevator will not get stuck. down. feel free to incorporate activities that the client likes into the deepening.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals sending a client down an escalator) your client goes down. down the escalator. use a deepening that involves repelling the client down a mountain. you are so much more relaxed. tell your client that it is a long escalator and that by the time you get to one.” As with an induction. “Ten. Tell him that the ropes are secure and that nothing bad is going to happen. Do not just tell him to go down the stairs. tell him that those stairs are allowing him to go deeper as you count the steps. “Ten. another step deeper. he is going deeper into his subconscious. Because hypnotherapy is positive. be sure to tell your client that nothing bad will happen. make sure that the client feels safe. he will be at the bottom. I like to use positive phrasing wherever possible. You are ten times more relaxed every foot you move down. moving deeper a little more. Do not say. With each floor you go down. moving down a little bit. If you have an adventurous client who relaxes by repelling (an activity that causes the rest of us to feel sheer terror!). If your client is on an escalator. before the counting begins.” By the time the client is at the bottom of the stairs. However. The client will not fall down the stairs and will not run into a tree while skiing down the hill. Nine. Nine. your client may imagine himself at the bottom of the escalator when you are at the count of five. Otherwise. Make sure that you spell out everything for him. No matter what scenario you use.
they cannot relax. “You are relaxing more deeply.” Do not let the client’s imagination run wild. Say something like.” “down.” and “relaxing. By using all of these tricks of the trade. It will be smooth. Like having a massage. Remember to use words such as “deeper.” These words imply deepness and slowing down. Many of my patients say that in addition to the problem for which they came to see me. Unlike massage therapists. Also. Be sure to coordinate a downward motion with downward counting. hypnotherapists add positive suggestions for change. In fact. It also helps to tie your instructions together in a relaxing way. this phrase will be planted in his mind and he may envision it nonetheless. a hypnotherapy session is a perfect opportunity for the client to relax. annnnnnnd unwinding completely. These same patients often leave feeling more relaxed than they thought possible.” For example. 59 . nothing will happen to you. many people compare hypnotherapy to massage in the sense that it offers relaxation.” Clients report finding this quite relaxing. your session will be successful. you will not run into a tree.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals trip down the side of the hill.” Although you are telling the client he will not run into a tree. and the client going downward into hypnosis. “In this particular trip down the side of a hill. frequently use and stretch out the word “and. but the type of relaxation is very similar. and much of this is due to the deepening. It will be your smoothest trip down the side of a hill ever.
If you are unsure. you also can roughly ascertain what state of consciousness a client goes into by having a discussion with him at the conclusion of the session. do not omit the deepening in the first session. use the deepening. feel free to skip the deepening if the client falls into Theta or Delta immediately. In subsequent visits.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Though there are clients who might drop immediately into Theta or Delta during the induction. but do not omit the deepening during the first visit. and he appears to be equally relaxed during subsequent inductions. It will not hurt. Aside from physical indicators such as slowed breathing or slowed pulse (observed visually on the neck. head. This client obviously goes into a deep trance quickly. 60 . and hands). you can safely skip the deepening. If the client’s last memory of the first session occurred about two minutes into the induction.
The planks are warm from the sun and inviting on your feet as you go down another step. The dock is inviting. you will go deeper and deeper into your trance with each and every step you descend You know that you are safe and secure as you grab hold of the sturdy handrails and move calmly to the top step. and you hear the call of baby ducks as they swim circles around their mother. and handrails that lead to a wide platform. to which the small white rowboat is tied. bump of the rowboat continues as you go down another step. And you will count them backwards from 10 to 1. You slide your hands a little further down the handrail and step down again. Nine. the mother duck 61 . You see the baby ducks swim into the cool shadows of the dock as you take another step down. and you are relaxed and contented. And you are going deeper and deeper. and hear the rocking of a small rowboat as it floats gently next to a small dock. The well-constructed wooden dock has ten evenly spaced planks for steps. safely and securely. You feel comfortable and relaxed as you step onto the next step. going deeper and deeper. Five. There is an antique iron park bench sitting at the end of the dock. wooden handrail as you slide your hands along it and go down another step and go deeper. one by one. Eight. Ten. Seven. overlooking the lake. and deeper. near the end of the dock. bump. The bump. You can feel the smooth. Stepping further down. And as you count them.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Deepening 1 You are completely relaxed and contented as you stand at the edge of the lake. There are tiny peeping noises coming from the ducklings. Six. You will go down the steps. confidently.
Note: Reading time of this deepening is approximately 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Four. as you take the step safely onto the platform. to join their mother. to allow the client to go deeper on his own. and you lower yourself onto the next plank. One. and you are going deeper. Three. if desired. The ducklings come out from under the dock.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals calls her babies. You are more relaxed. Pauses would extend the time needed to complete the deepening. which may be added. 62 . The rhythmic waves lap onto the shore. The author did not indicate any (pauses). as you calmly go down another step. Two.
Feel how it pleasantly glides past your feet as it recedes back into the ocean. near the water’s edge. Walk through the door into the golden sunlight.” Reach out and turn the doorknob. A sign on the door reads “Doorway to the Beach of Relaxation. A stream of golden sunlight pours through the open door. Before you. Smoothly and easily. Beyond the edge of the beach is an endless ocean of clear blue water. you are feeling more and more deeply relaxed. Watch them diving for fish in the sea below. A gentle wave comes ashore and rushes past your feet. Now down to step eight … going deeper still. They show their appreciation for life in their smooth flight and the happy songs they sing. Now you are standing on the floor below. There is a door in front of you. Notice the seagulls in the sky above. stretches a beach of pure white sand.” With each wave that touches the sand. Stand here a moment and notice all of the sights and sounds. Walk on the beach until you come to the place where the dry sand meets the wet sand. Feel yourself going deeper. 63 . Notice the majestic expanse of the ocean in front of you. Open the door.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Deepening 2 Take a step down now … down to the ninth step. This ocean is the “sea of relaxation. Now down to step seven … going deeper … down to step six … deeper still … going further down to step five … and step four … step three … two … one. Notice the other birds around you. Listen to their chatter as they return to the sky.
which programs you to maintain full awakening consciousness and mental sharpness during your sessions. To combat fatigue.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Helpful Tip If you have several clients in one day. you may find yourself beginning to get sleepy. 64 . you may want to create a hypnotherapy recording for yourself. especially during the deepenings.
you do not need to record this final silence. Record the process. and another 30 to 60 seconds of silence. which is discussed in Chapter 5. I mention it so that you will remember to include it when you add the next part.) 65 . making sure that the client knows he will be going deeper as the numbers decrease.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Suggested Practice Write a 10-unit deepening. 30 to 60 seconds of silence. the script. When you are done with this. Incorporate counting from 10 down to one. a deepening (three to five minutes in length). (Obviously. you should have a recording with an induction.
going down some stairs).g. downward counting (10 to 1).Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 4 Deepenings (See back of book for correct answers) Question 1 In a deepening. and what else? Question 2 Where on the client’s body can you look for signs of their bodily processes slowing down? Question 3 How many sets of deepenings should be used in one hypnotherapy session? Question 4 If you are unsure of a client’s “deepness.” should you omit the deepening? 66 . you are correlating downward motion (e.
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induction. Instead of being afraid. on a stage. eating health foods. you are not doing hypnotherapy. As part of a self-hypnotherapy session. but you are not helping her. is the script. I have a prospective client who is afraid of entering parking garages. It is where the therapy occurs. or near a snake. During the script. memory improvement. 2007). You may be hypnotizing your client. Warren. and therefore the most important chapter of this book. a hypnotherapist could even write a script to enhance her creativity — to suggest to her subconscious mind that she is going to write more creative scripts! The script is where you form new associations for the client. academic success (Bloom. the client will associate a pleasant feeling with talking to members of the opposite sex. 2007). The pretalk. If you do not have a script. being in a crowd of people. smoking cessation (Rouse. & Wallace. A script is the portion of the hypnotherapy session during which you suggest change. attracting romantic partners. A script is the meat of the hypnotherapy experience. going down an escalator or an elevator. improved confidence. she will be given a new association 68 . It delivers the main message to the subconscious mind. Research clearly indicates that a script can be helpful in dealing with many issues. 2006). or whatever the client’s challenge may be. improving efficiency for increased financial success.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Perhaps the most important part of any hypnotherapy session. 2007). and deepening all prepare the client for the script. dealing with IBS (Weil. in an airplane. weight loss (Holt. 2005). The association she has now is scary for her. Some examples include overcoming alcoholism (Jayasinghe.
During a live sermon. and she will no longer be afraid. You need to have a full understanding of the script so that you can tailor it to achieve the best possible results. (Because your client’s eyes are covered. You do not have to memorize it. you can read a script and every other part of the hypnotherapy session except the pretalk. The script will plant positive suggestions that her body will remember when she actually enters a parking garage. Beware of procrastinating and ending up in a situation that causes you to stumble. If you are new to hypnotherapy.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals for entering a parking garage. Prepare every time. The worst thing that you can possibly do is go into a session without previously having read the script. First. Do not allow yourself any excuses.) Second. Each client is different. you might want to start with a script written by someone else.” But you cannot do that under 69 . Let me backtrack. make sure that you have read through it before the hypnotherapy session. Do your due diligence. a preacher can say. you do not want to trip through words and concepts while reading the script during the session. You want to be familiar with the script for several reasons. When using a script that someone else has written. “I am sorry. for example. so you will need to find and eliminate those things in the script that are not going to apply to a particular client. and also at the end of the book). you need to carefully evaluate the script prior to reading it to your client. You can borrow one of my scripts or use one from the countless books available on this topic (see the recommended resources toward the end of this chapter. I made a mistake.
Although an analogy might be good and potentially powerful.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals hypnosis. “Here. use this when you have someone who wants to lose weight. If someone hands you a script and says. Consider a script for weight loss that begins like this: Now. you will not be confident when reading it. Would this script be appropriate? Probably not. if it does not feel natural for the client. And. 70 . I do not say this to scare you. or inspired by the machine analogy in the script. You are dealing with the most precious part of a human: their mind. And let’s say that your client is not at all interested in machines. Make sure that there are no surprises. and you can put different types of batteries in your power center. Treat it delicately. Every word you say goes into the patient’s subconscious. you will chose proper batteries that power you for a long time and do not leave any residue. more importantly. I say this to prepare you. Let’s say that you are not interested in. and especially your client. Go through any script you intend to use. Be prepared.” make sure that you go through the script ahead of time. if it does not feel natural for you. Be prepared. another script choice will be more appropriate. you will imagine that you are a machine. related to. From now on. It would be more powerful to use a script that described something that you. You have been choosing batteries that do not last very long and that leave a residue.
Take heart in the fact that everything you need is already within you. Bore her. Here. Do not excite your client.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Do not be afraid to alter a script. The main rule for modifying scripts is this: never insert anything that could cause harm. you will have to write your own script. Say good things. Do not say frightening or harmful things. ask yourself what the goal is. The Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors by D. Take the general idea of the scripts and rewrite them. Everything is positive. What should you do? Do not give up. Everything is beautiful. You just need a little guidance. your script will be fine. Everything is peaceful. Make the script something that flows freely from your mouth. I cannot emphasize this enough. We help people. Let’s take this step-by-step. psychological. If you do not have a script to modify. and medical degrees. the goal is for the client to lose weight. First of all. Before writing the script. Everything is calm. Do not allow the client to expect to 71 . Some of the scripts are fairly technical. Note that the scripts in this book were written by hypnotherapists with advanced educational. and you do not have a script for weight loss. you need to find out what a reasonable target is. Corydon Hammond. We do not harm people. Many good scripts may be found in one of the books I recommend. As long as you remember not to harm people. Scripts are not written in stone. You should tailor things with your own unique flavor. Let’s assume that your client wants to lose weight.
perhaps the client says. make sure that you are in agreement with the course of treatment. Your due diligence should continue with a conversation with the client. then in the script have her imagine that she gets on that plane. right before I go to bed. the script is the place to insert suggestions to help her make positive changes in these areas. She takes that plane ride. The script is where the healing takes place. and everything 72 . (Remember: if your client is under the care of another healthcare professional. Have her imagine the whole experience. Say things such as. consult a dietician or a physician. She gets off that plane and nothing has gone wrong. or scared of flying. For example. I cannot figure out why on Earth I am gaining weight. If she is afraid of planes. and when are you eating them?” Then work this information into the script. I eat three of them each night. If you are not sure what is reasonable for this particular client. Before you write the script. Be creative.) Find out how much weight the person can expect to lose. It’s just not fair. unable to talk to potential romantic partners. “I am eating Snickers bars at 11:00. find out what the client is eating that is contributing to the problem. and set a reasonable target within a reasonable timeframe. If the person is gaining weight. “You can see the cockpit from where you are sitting. Ask the client: “What are the foods you are eating.” The script is the place to alter the negative behavior that is causing the problem. She is safe the entire time.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals lose 100 pounds in six weeks. Your script will tell this client that she can and will change this behavior.
And it is daytime and you see the sky and it is so beautiful. Is she unmotivated because she does not think she will accomplish the desired results? If so. The client should imagine that the change has happened.” Or. have her see a snake from a distance. You look outside. you can walk closer. If the client is afraid of snakes. Do not dwell on the negative. you can allow yourself to get closer but understand that no harm will come to you. “I am getting as 73 . Focus on the positive. Keep your plan. because that would limit your creativity. your idea.” If you are working on motivation. I am inviting you to reach inside and pull something out of yourself. keep the client’s focus on the positive change from within. I am getting on that plane and I am flying. Likewise. The client already has achieved whatever it is that was causing her to procrastinate. You want the client to think: “I am already flying. Keep your eye on the mark and remember that you will end up at whatever point on which you have focused. Just let it flow. And each time you hear my voice. It is a smooth flight. something that will be helpful. “Everything is fine. and now if you want to.” I am inviting you to use your creativity in writing the scripts. Keep everything positive and uplifting. I am not imagining it. and your motive in mind. Only walk as close as you feel comfortable with and no closer. I am not going to tell you that these methods are “written in stone”. the script should help the client to see herself as having already accomplished the results. and you just feel great because everything is taken care of.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals looks fine. And you know that your bags are stowed. find out why the client is not motivated. Your motivation is to help the client. I am not planning on it. Tell her.
G. Hypnotherapy Scripts: A Neo-Ericksonian Approach to Persuasive Healing.. and I am on it and everything is fine. Oxford: Taylor & Francis Group. she feels that she has experienced the event. Therefore.. Ronald A. 2007 The last two are written by me and can be found on my website at http://www.” As discussed earlier. Corydon. 74 . I recommend the following books for more information and samples of scripts: • Havens.) • Jones. and Catherine R. • Hammond. she will feel as though she has already had a positive and successful experience going down an escalator.” Or. but physically and emotionally. 1990. Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors.. New York: W. 1989. This means that the client has the advantage of knowing rationally that the situation is not occurring. Walters. when it comes time for the client to go down the escalator. S. 2007 • Jones.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals close to that snake as I feel comfortable. Hypnotherapy Scripts Volume I.G. (A Norton Professional Book from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. S.htm. D. Hypnotherapy Scripts Volume II. W. Norton and Company. a person’s body does not know the difference between imagining something and having it actually happen.stevegjones.com/books. “I am taking the steps to get to that escalator.
The group members that did not have hypnosis did not lose any more weight and. and Coulthard-Morris. 1985). The take-home is that the hypnosis group continued the eating and exercise habits learned in the experiment. published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. and the studies showed that far more people in the hypnosis group met their long-term weight loss goals. After nine weeks. Cochrane and Friesen (1986) investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females. The second group was given the same diet and exercise treatment and was also given hypnosis for reinforcement. while the non-hypnosis group did not. divided 109 people into two groups for a nine-week study. The researchers interviewed each participant this time about 75 .Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals The power of Scripts One study (Bolocofsky. continued to lose weight during both intervals. and you simply have to follow a healthy eating and exercise plan. in fact. There is no magic pill for weight loss. not surprisingly. However. however. at least 20 % overweight and not involved in other treatment. most gained most of their weight back. it is clear that hypnosis supports diet and exercise adherence. The first group was treated with changes in diet and exercise habits (the only way to lose weight) without the addition of hypnosis. both groups lost weight due to the changes in diet and exercise while under supervision. The hypnosis group. but from this study. Dwayne. what happened after the eight-month and two-year follow-ups might surprise you.
Even more importantly. increased grip strength. and to have the research indicate that people are losing anywhere from 2 to 17 times more weight under hypnosis than when they do not use it clearly indicates that hypnotherapy should be used by anyone who is serious about weight loss. The results were very interesting. indicating again that the effects of hypnosis seem to compound over time. In a clinical study of six chronic stroke subjects. What is impressive about these results is that doing hypnosis under controlled conditions is extremely difficult. The researchers also found that "hypnotizability" and social and educational backgrounds had nothing to do with the results.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals their family background.83 pounds with hypnosis. and 76 . The group was split into hypnosis and non-hypnosis groups. The group using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds by the six-month follow up. improved outlook. the average short-term weight loss was six pounds for those not using hypnosis. In the studies of hypnosis versus no hypnosis. The group that did not receive hypnosis only lost one-half of a pound. Kirsch (1996) conducted a meta-analysis. and their belief as to their hypnotizability. which is when researchers look across multiple studies. but with hypnosis it jumped to 14.88 pounds. He was able to confirm the results of previous weight-loss hypnotherapy studies. with both groups being given weight-loss behavioral treatments and counseling. over the long-term. and 11. the average weight loss without hypnosis remained at six pounds. researchers using hypnotherapy observed qualitative improvements in motor function related to increased range of motion. educational background.
O. Special diets and drug therapies often fail to work well. Irritable bowel syndrome troubles up to 58 million Americans. bloating. S. (2004).. Schaechter. & Howe. constipation and diarrhea. J.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals increased motivation (Diamond.. 2006). Recently.. C. causing abdominal pain. 77 . British researchers followed 204 patients for up to six years and found that 12 weekly onehour hypnotherapy sessions significantly improved symptoms 71% of the time Choi. R. Davis.
You deserve to give and receive love now. See your perfect mate now. laugh. you are irresistible. body.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Script for Finding Love As you relax. See the qualities you admire reflected in your perfect mate: hair. philosophy. You deserve love. You deserve happiness. You find yourself connecting with everyone you meet easily and effortlessly. and secure. and interests. selfassured. eyes. see and feel yourself becoming more confident. drifting and floating peacefully and completely. Because you are self-confident. Know now that you are open to accepting your perfect mate into your life. and feel how good it feels to be with your perfect mate. And you understand that you are open to receiving your perfect mate into your life now. desirable. and irresistible. choosing to be and feel attractive. voice. imagine the perfect mate. outlook. 78 . Now.
79 . Your contributions to the world and your spouse become clearer and clearer each day.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Script for Financial Success You are a magnet for money. Money comes to you easily. Who you are being creates passion in your life. such as the house in (place). It is all coming to you. You let go of worry and doubt. You enjoy relating to people. and your new company doing very well. You focus on your financial goals. financially and emotionally. You are enough. See yourself being successful with all the many wonderful things you deserve in your life. You find new and creative ways to contribute to others. You feel abundance. You create strong and powerful relationships at ABC Banking. the bank account of (amount). Your greatest self becomes clearer and clearer day-by-day. You are fully engaged every day. Who you are attracts wealth. The person you want to become is clear. and you reach them. You are living abundantly. You are successful. You have unlimited energy.
even as loving friends and nonjudgmental individuals who encourage you to be your very best. you will remain relaxed and less tense when you are in the presence of other people. You will become so deeply interested. whether it is just a small gathering of friends and acquaintances or a midsized room of people. without becoming embarrassed or confused. without becoming selfconscious. It doesn’t matter at all. all the way up to a large audience of strangers. With ease. you will remain completely relaxed. so deeply involved in delivering your best singing performance — exercising complete control over your beautiful voice — that you will concentrate entirely on your singing to the complete exclusion of anything else that might be going on around you. you will deliver each word with perfect pronunciation and perfect tone. You feel so at ease in their presence without the slightest feeling of inferiority. Because of this. perfectly calm and self-confident. You will be able to meet them on equal terms and see them as peers. You will consequently be able to sing quite freely and naturally. without being 80 . exactly as you wish to.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Script for Overcoming fear of Singing on Stage As you become more and more relaxed. and know that you will delight them with your talent. without feeling conspicuous. and you become less conscious of yourself and your own feelings.
You will become so deeply interested in the words you sing that the presence of an audience will no longer faze you in the least. And you will remain so throughout your performance — perfectly calm. 81 . you will feel even more confident and more exhilarated than the last. If you should begin to think about yourself. completely at ease and confident.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals worried in the least by the presence of your audience. or uneasiness. You no longer feel uncertain or confused or conspicuous in any way. With each successive performance. you will immediately shift your attention back to your singing. You look forward to each new performance with anticipation and excitement. and will no longer experience even the slightest nervousness. The moment you get up to sing. discomfort. and perfectly at ease. and you will feel completely relaxed. all your nervousness will disappear completely. perfectly confident.
Dump the plate in the trashcan. You love these foods. And you now imagine that in front of you is a large plate. You allow yourself to lose the weight you no longer desire.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Script for Weight Loss 1 As you continue to relax. you may leave food on your plate when you are at home or at a restaurant. 82 . You are highly motivated to lose weight. healthy foods such as vegetables. thighs slim. Every day. abdomen flat. And now on that plate you may place the foods you really enjoy: effective. you imagine your perfect body. That’s right. you will focus on this perfect image. and they taste so good. They are unappealing to you. Your body avoids these foods. You look amazing. You deserve to be healthy and beautiful. fish. You find that from now on. you stop eating. You are looking in a mirror and seeing yourself a short time from now. Muscles tight. Nearby is a trashcan. fruits. This plate has some of the foods that you are trying to avoid: “fast food” and foods high in fat and calories. at your target weight. and chicken. When you start to feel full.
83 . In fact. high-fat. very soon. Until you do reach this ideal weight. After waking in the morning. Instead. You will have less desire for rich. The numbers you see are showing you your ideal weight. Smaller meals will completely satisfy you. When you have reached your desired weight. nourishing foods to maintain your ideal weight. See this new thinner you very clearly. healthier foods will become more important to you as you realize how nourishing and tasty they can be. you will find yourself with less and less desire to eat snacks between meals. See your body appear the way you would like it to be. you will have no desire at all to eat between meals. And as you believe this. you will be able to maintain it easily. You will find yourself eating just enough healthy. And this is the way you will look … the way you will become. and as many times in between as you feel are necessary. It simply becomes unnecessary. You will find yourself happy and content with smaller meals. before going to sleep at night. so it will be. unhealthy foods. and bring this image to mind many times during the day. high-calorie. the weight you want to be. See those parts of your body that need the weight removed … watch as these parts of your body become smaller … lighter … slimmer.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Script for Weight Loss 2 And now I want you to imagine yourself standing on a scale and looking down at the numbers on the scale.
each and every day. in every way. 84 . With less weight.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Imagine yourself in the not-so-distant future. you will feel better and better. having reached your exact goal weight … [enter goal weight here]… pounds lighter … thinner … growing stronger and stronger … healthier and healthier. just six months from now.
your muscles are more toned. you happen to look down in the water. here by the waterfall. You are wearing much more flattering clothes today. and you see your reflection. You will be so proud of yourself. I want you to imagine yourself here six months from now. your stomach is flatter. and breads. and you think. you will see that you only brought things that are good for you. and you will choose the chicken because it is much better for you. You will notice that you can’t wear the same clothes because they are all too big for you. You even notice that your shoes aren’t as tight. sweets. sitting on this same blanket at this same spot. I have done it and I look amazing!” 85 . you decide to take a little walk. and low-carb foods. After you have eaten your lunch. vegetables. You notice how much healthier you look. You have a choice of a hamburger or grilled chicken. You have also begun a new workout program that you are loving and having so much fun doing that it doesn’t seem like exercise. your hair is shining from the sunlight. But you are going to be [enter number of pounds they want to lose here] pounds lighter. You have worked hard to achieve what you want. and as you open it to have lunch.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Script for Weight Loss 3 As you are relaxing on a blanket. Today. And in place you have grown to love fruits. you brought a picnic basket of food. “Wow. chicken. You have stopped eating all the bad foods such as fast foods. The bad foods no longer appeal to you. lean meats. you are able to breathe easier.
The sky’s the limit to your possibilities. healthy. You’re now an example to your friends. It’s now so easy to have a large meal ordered and simply quit when your plate is half full (with absolutely no guilt). In six months. All of life is opening up for you with your beautiful appearance that radiates from the inside to the outside. co-workers. you deserve to be slender. Clearly. As you gaze into the mirror. eating bright. 86 . and family on healthy diet structure and planning. so simple and easy to follow. of sound weight management. in just a few months 10 pounds were simply gone. That’s right — your body is perfect. exercised. You will find yourself drinking more water. and followed those few principles. you’re satisfied that you have achieved your goals! While you ate. friends and family noticed how good you look. imagine the perfect you. as new doors of opportunity open just for you. All because you paid attention to those details. You are now the expert in dealing with ineffective foods as opposed to effective and healthy dietary functions. well-seasoned vegetables and being very selective with the various healthy meat choices. and beautiful.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Script for Weight Loss 4 As you continue to relax. You may even be invited to teach and assist others in how to deal with their weight problems.
Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Script for Weight Loss 5 The subject of this script is weight reduction. You are at perfect peace." promote a healthy self-image and celebrate her success. and you are safe and sound. There is nothing there that can harm you. and hold it in. white rowboat. The client has reached the middle of the lake in a small. and contented. and let your mind drift. and the sun warms you. Now. 87 . as you lay back in the boat. help her to visualize her "new self. Let your mind drift with the boat. as you lean back in the boat. and you can still hear their compliments about your figure and how wonderfully healthy you appeared. or the Continued Deepening. you have reached the middle of the lake. at the conclusion of the Alternative Deepening. warm. and smell the fresh lake air. your mind goes back to the days when you were slender and proud of the way your body looked. Enjoy the peaceful solitude of floating and relaxing in the warm lake breezes. Its intent is to motivate the client to reduce carbohydrate intake. (Pause and let the client savor the moment. and relax. Feel the gentle rocking. Relax. as the boat settles to a rest.) As you lay there resting. Breathe in deeply through your nose. Ride in a Rowboat. we will start this script where we left off. Draw in a deep breath. You can see how people’s heads turned when you came into a room. For the sake of continuity. and to set realistic weight loss goals. Now let the air escape through your lips slowly. close your eyes. reject harmful foods.
You are charming. They are not in a hurry.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals You are still the same wonderful person on the inside. The image that you have of yourself is the image that others will see. They enjoy slowly-spoken words. 88 . Helpful Tip: Beginning hypnotherapists have a tendency to speed up as they progress through reading the various parts of a hypnotherapy session to their clients. Remember. Take the 30-60 second pauses between hypnotherapy sections to make sure you are relaxed and reading slowly. witty. Rejoice when you eat healthy foods that are good for you and that give you a bright and energetic glow. mind. Bask in the praise of others when they see the real you. enjoying all those wonderful foods that are truly good for your body. and full of youthful vitality. and spirit. your client is in a slowed-down state.
Remember to leave 30-60 seconds of silence between each part of the session you are recording. Record your script. It should be between one and five minutes long when read aloud slowly. 89 . and all sessions you record in the future.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Suggested Practice Write a weight loss script.
can you refer to if you need a script? (Get those books!) Question 2 What is the most important part of any hypnotherapy session? Question 3 Are scripts magic wands that can help people lose 50 pounds in a week? 90 .Scripts (See back of book for correct answers) Question 1 Which books.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 5 . suggested in this course.
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The conscious mind will be analytical and skeptical. The information is stored in the client’s subconscious mind. Another goal of ours is to cause the client’s conscious mind to forget the session. In Alpha. and I know I am not. We want the client to forget as much of the hypnotherapy session as possible. and defensive. but now you know that you also want to have her conscious mind forget to be skeptical. The conscious mind is often busy creating streams of negative chatter such as. you have dropped the client at least as deep as Alpha.” So far in your hypnosis session. 92 . because I know you are telling me I am confident. attempting to debunk what the hypnotherapist has told the client.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Amnesia is the term that hypnotherapists use for the section of the hypnotherapy session in which we suggest to the client that he will forget what has been told to him during the session. The memories will not be lost. You therefore use amnesia. because the conscious mind is part of what is causing the problem. Rest assured that the information will not be lost by the subconscious mind. You want to have her subconscious mind listen to you. I am afraid to get on that airplane. and I do not want to do things against my will. I am nervous about that audition. analytical. and it will subtly work its way into the conscious mind. the client is up to 200 times more suggestible than in normal waking consciousness (Beta). I am scared to go in that parking garage. and I know that you cannot tell me otherwise. I am going to pay attention to as much as I possibly can. I am scared. and then I am going to analyze it. “I have heard things about stage hypnotists and what they make people do.
They are wonderful clients! Some people will try to stay awake during the entire hypnotherapy session. “You will forget. Do not say. This is why amnesia is so handy. even though she will act on it. you will tell your client that she will forget everything you have just told her. the secretary becomes confused and unable to do the job of bringing files to the boss. Only the secretary can access the cabinet. but no files are actually lost. She will erase it from her mind. the client will forget a considerable amount of what you say. Let’s say that the subconscious mind is a filing cabinet in an office. Avoid making them more nervous or skeptical by blatantly saying. She will not remember anything. in full waking consciousness.” When you use amnesia.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals During amnesia. However. you will want to be subtle about this. and afterward.” This will raise a red flag for the client’s analytical mind. critique everything you have said. Even if you do not use amnesia. Amnesia throws the analytical person’s mind a curve ball and makes it difficult for the conscious mind to remember the hypnosis session. Let’s face it: people are nervous about hypnotherapy. and do not really pay attention to what you say anyway. The following analogy will help you to understand amnesia. 93 . she will probably forget a considerable amount of what is said during the session because she will go in and out of consciousness. “You are going to forget everything. When we use amnesia. Some people go very deeply. The boss is the conscious mind.
I think you are just saying that. This process makes it difficult for the conscious mind to hang on. or what you were thinking 14 minutes ago. Think of this as a process similar to scrambling eggs. relax.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Amnesia 1 As you continue to relax. And you can try to remember what I was saying five minutes ago. As with all events. and I want you now to become aware of your breathing. And then you can become aware of how difficult it is to remember what I was saying exactly 10 minutes ago. but they are scrambled about. but I do not believe it. this information will be recorded indelibly on the client’s subconscious mind. and we are simply disrupting their access to the information. relax. Okay. The choice is yours. what have I done? I have taken all the information I have suggested to the patient and scrambled it up within her head.” Again. we are not erasing the information from the client’s mind. and images that they experience. I do not think I really can. and understand that it is not necessary to remember what I say when it is too much work to do. by having the client consciously forget as much as possible. You will not 94 . “I know you said I can fly in that plane. every breath you take is soothing you. sounds. it seems that it takes more effort than it is worth. And I wonder how much attention you have paid to all the different thoughts going through your mind. You can choose to forget to remember what I said or remember to forget what I said. But doesn’t it seem like too much work to try to remember all of that? In fact. We are making it difficult for the client’s analytical mind to say. so I want you now to relax. the ingredients do not disappear.
always ask your client for feedback. Even if you tried to permanently erase the information. Like the deepening stage. At the end of the first session. 95 . but it has lasting effects. it would still be there. If the client reports that he drifted away as soon as you began speaking. you might experiment with skipping amnesia. use amnesia. If there is any question. Some will go so deeply that you can eliminate this step. however. feel free to eliminate amnesia in subsequent sessions. this is not a necessary component for all clients.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals erase the person’s “hard drive” by performing amnesia. If you find that you have a patient who seems to go deeply into a hypnotic state. This section of the session is about one minute long.
breathe regularly. in through your nose. relax. like playing a musical wind instrument. You really don't have to try to remember when it’s too difficult to do so. in and out. out through your mouth. white. relaxing. auditory memories of suggestions float by in panoramic style. relaxing. 96 .Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Amnesia 2 As you continue to relax. floating lazily in the warmth of the sunlight. In your mind's eye. fluffy clouds. Allow serenity to waft you along and sink into soft. Can you remember the order in which the suggestions were given? Can you classify the suggestions by their level of importance? Can you remember the exact number of suggestions given? Does it seem like too much effort to try to remember? Relax.
I want you to take them and put them in your picnic basket. Your thoughts are safe in your basket. Again. 97 . put the basket in the water and just let it float away. you begin to think of all the different things I have said. but there are too many for you to try and remember. After you have placed them in your basket. notice the peaceful feeling that you have. Your mind is now clear. You don’t have to remember everything I have said.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Sample Amnesia 3 As you are standing there looking into the water. So.
which you will learn in the next chapter. Amnesia does not need to be longer than one minute in order to be effective. You know that if you don’t write it down immediately. they may lose conscious access to it forever.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Helpful Tip Immediately after doing trance termination. it may be lost forever. their short-term memory of the session will deteriorate over that time and they will have more difficulty remembering the session later. This distraction method works the same way. This will cause the client to think about something other than the hypnotherapy session. It doesn’t go away. ask your client if they have any exciting plans for the weekend. it just becomes difficult for your conscious mind to retrieve it from your subconscious mind. leaving a 30-60-second period of silence at the end of it. Write and record the amnesia. If they do not recount the events of the session immediately after it is over. Suggested Practice Write a subtle amnesia. It should be no longer than one minute. 98 . It is short and to the point. If you can distract them in this way for just a few minutes. Perhaps you have woken up in the morning with the memory of a dream.
Amnesia (See back of book for correct answers) Question 1 How long should the amnesia portion of the hypnotherapy session be in order to be effective? Question 2 When might amnesia not be necessary? Question 3 Why do you not want to be straightforward when using amnesia? 99 .Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 6 .
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It works. Based on my experience. Put yourself in your client’s shoes. or Theta to Beta (normal waking consciousness). During trance termination. you are going to come back up at the count of three. Remember that unlike you. your client will want to stay in your chair all day. Trance termination describes the process of bringing a client back to Beta. you want to allow the person to slowly transition from Alpha. As you know. The process of ending a hypnosis session is similar. monotonous tone to a more lively tone. script and amnesia have been completed. it is time to bring the client out of hypnosis. Your voice should transition from a smooth. Trance termination is like waking up gently and coming back to the world. you are going to feel comfortable. When I bring you back up. Delta. You are going to feel as though you have had a peaceful nap and even after you are out of hypnosis. in just a few moments. and ease her into normal waking consciousness. deepening. the client is in a state of total relaxation prior to trance termination. The following is an example of a trance termination. but it is not that much fun. Now. understand that your subconscious mind will act on every word on this 101 . Waking up is a more pleasant experience when you have completed a dream and sleep cycle and you awaken easily.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Now that the induction. You have brought the client to that place of total peace and relaxation. being awakened abruptly is not enjoyable. You are going to feel relaxed. You will want to be gentle but firm. and she does not want to leave it.
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recording, and each time you listen to this recording, these suggestions will become stronger and stronger in your mind. Each and every time you listen to this recording, these suggestions will become more and more a part of you, and you will become more and more the person of your choosing — a relaxed, calm, confident, peaceful person who is able to lose weight easily and effortlessly. All right now. One: beginning to come up, feeling very good, filled with energy, rested, feeling as though you have had a peaceful nap. (Pause) Two: coming up even more, beginning to move now, beginning to stir and you are totally at ease. And, at the count of the next number, you will be completely awake (this prepares the client one last time for beta, full waking consciousness). Three: eyes wide open, relaxed, refreshed and feeling wonderful. Note that there should be a considerable build in the volume of your voice between one and three. Gradually begin to speak louder. By the time you get to the count of three, you should be speaking slightly louder than your normal conversational volume. Notice that in addition to bringing the client back up, trance termination also recaps the session, reinforces the script, and programs the client for future success. Notice that I told the client ahead of time that I would count from one to three, at which point she would be awake. I preempted the count not only to give her time to prepare, but also to reinforce that her mind would absorb
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the script that I read to her earlier, that the process is going to work, and that it will become stronger and stronger for her each time. I did not just say, “You are going to come up at the count of three. One, two, three.” I was very soothing, gentle, and affirmation-filled. When I finally brought her up, it was made more powerful by a transition in my voice, as I eventually spoke slightly louder than a normal conversational tone. After the trance termination, you want to allow the client to relax for a reasonable amount of time. After you bring her back up, she probably will not jump up and walk right out the door. Most people want to relax and get up slowly. In fact, many times after I bring people back up, they remain in the position they were in while under hypnosis. When this happens, rest assured that everything is fine. Let that person relax for a minute. If the client still is not moving, you should suggest to her that she will begin moving. If the client still does not respond verbally or by moving, they are probably asleep. Simply repeat the counting part of the trance termination. This time, begin “One” at the same volume you were at when you said “three”, and build your volume from there. Continue repeating the “One, two, three” portion louder and louder until the client awakens. If you are having the client listen to you through headphones, simply increase the volume and repeat the “One, Two, Three” portion louder and louder until she awakens. After the client is awake, it is advisable to give her ample time to adjust to being fully alert and awake. Adjustment may be assisted through the introduction of a conversation in a normal speaking tone, increased volume
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of any background music, the turning up of any lighting, the opening of any curtains, etc. Hasten the adjustment smoothly and gradually, but don't take an exorbitant amount of time. Ignore this next part in italics when doing your suggested practice, but keep it in mind when you make recordings in the future. On my hypnosis CDs, which I sell at www.stevegjones.com, I instruct the listener to play the CD at night while she is in bed. I tell the listener that she will fall asleep at the conclusion of the CD. I suggest that when you make a recording for yourself or a client, you make it with the intention of it being played at bedtime. With this in mind, you should stop taping prior to the trance termination. When working in your office, you need the client to come up at the count of three. However, you do not want that on the recording since you do not want them to awaken when they want to fall asleep at night listening to the recording. To accomplish this dual goal of getting her awake in your office and putting her to sleep at night, you should say (on the recording) something such as the following: “And now just allow yourself to drift into a peaceful sleep. When you awaken in the morning, you will be well rested and full of natural energy. You will be ready for a wonderful day.” That will be the only thing on the recording after amnesia. At that point, stop recording and do a trance termination, which will not be on the recording.
“From now on. “Three: eyes wide open. Helpful tip To make future sessions easy. “One: beginning to come up. be sure to reinforce the notion that all went well and there is every expectation of continued progress and success. every time you hear me count from one to three.” There is a part during which you prepare the client to come back up. you will become fully awake at the count of three. “One.” Record a trance termination. Be sure that she understands she must continue treatment with the recording you have given her by listening to it for 21 consecutive nights as she goes to sleep.” Suggested Practice Practice transitioning from the low volume and monotonous tone you will use during a hypnosis session to a higher volume by reading the trance termination given previously. This transition portion of the trance termination should start with. Remember that there should be 30-60 seconds of silence between amnesia and trance termination. three. Remember. a trance termination is not just saying. you can say. you are also reinforcing the messages that you have given her in the script. right before the trance termination. two.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Once the client is sufficiently awakened. 105 . During that preparatory portion of the trance termination.” and end with. Review the full sample given in this chapter.
a termination script can accomplish several other things.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Test Your Knowledge on Chapter 7 . Name one. 106 .Trance Termination (See back of book for correct answers) Question 1 It can be shocking to come out of a hypnosis session suddenly. How do we avoid this situation and still return the client to full waking consciousness? Question 2 Aside from simply returning a client to full waking consciousness.
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3. Sometimes you will have a very talkative client. Controlling the environment. Getting the client in a safe. with follow-ups monthly until the client reaches his ideal weight. 2. Other times. they can fill out the forms there.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals So. The pretalk. If you have a waiting room. In those cases. 3. you will perhaps want to give them bits and pieces of your pretalk as part of the ongoing conversation. comfortable position. Having the client fill out forms. Asking the client if he needs to use the restroom. This comes with practice. Answering any questions the client may have about hypnotherapy. 2. Remember. In those cases. I let them fill out the forms while in the client chair in my office. 108 . spend two hours with the client. During the first session. your client will be not as talkative. The second hour and all follow-up sessions will consist of: 1. Most situations will require 3-6 sessions total. the correct order of hypnotherapy sessions is a two-hour first-time session and one-hour follow-ups. The first hour consists of: 1. Hypnotherapy is an easy process when you use a step-by-step process. Weight loss requires six initial sessions. I have included samples of those forms in this book. Sessions should be one week apart. You will soon develop a unique style for delivering your pretalk in either situation. there you have it. you can deliver your pretalk and pause for occasional nods of understanding from your client.
Clients will be using your recording at night and would generally prefer to just go to sleep at that time and sleep through the night. I just want you to be aware of it. Reading the induction. 7. You do not give refunds or credit for unused time. Reading the deepening (Remember. 5. 30-60 seconds of silence between each part of the hypnotherapy session. 8. The hypnotherapy session begins with the induction and ends with the trance termination. If it seems like this is the case. Remember that for this point onward. 109 . Reading the script. This part is not necessary to explain to the client. Reading the trance termination.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals 4. Remember that if you are making a recording. Reading the amnesia (Also possibly optional in subsequent sessions). just like on your practice tape you made while working through this book. This is especially common with clients who say very little. it is possibly optional after the initial session). Keep in mind that sometimes the first session will be shorter than two hours. I do. 6. that is fine. you can simply read everything. stop recording before you bring them back up. Explain that that time is theirs and if they do not want to use up the entire first hour. Be sure to leave. explain to the client that you have set aside two hours to work with them and they can use the first hour to ask any questions.
These courses are outstanding for 110 . perhaps you will not want to go through the actual certification class. you will be in contact with me as your personal trainer throughout the course.Certification You may have read this book as part of a certification class. Even if you train online. smoking cessation. I applaud you for having an interest in the power of the mind and wanting to help others. The only prerequisite is completion of the basic class. either online or in person. This class is taught both online and in person. you may want to go onto the advanced certification program now. Register for either online at: http://www. You can register online for either at http://www. If you read this book as part of a certification class. Now you can make it official by going through the class and becoming certified.stevegjones. college class. or just for your own knowledge. Specialties include weight loss.com/learn. whether or not you complete the advanced course.stevegjones.com/advancedhypnosiscertification classes.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Your next step . Additionally.htm The only prerequisite in the basic certification class. and you already have a good understanding of the material.htm If you read this book for a college class or for your own knowledge.stevegjones. Whatever the case.htm Classes are offered throughout the world depending on my yearly travel schedule. you can register for any of three specialty classes online at: http://www.com/advancedhypnosiscertification classesII. and pain management. You already have the textbook that I use.
Results. if any. how about practicing a complete hypnotherapy session on a friend? I suggest that you choose someone who knows and trusts you. I generally do not conduct studies on former patients beyond six months since I do not want to remind them of their former habit ongoing. a 90. Always be honest and do your job to the best of your ability. and a 91.34% success rate with weight loss (tracked out to one year). Helpful Tip As you begin your career as a hypnotherapist. If you do these two simple things. your business will skyrocket and you will not need to do much. Remember this and you will be 111 . This includes how to set up multiple-week sessions and what to do each week. When people trust you. if they are going to come. understand that you cannot guarantee any results. You will be taught complete protocols for each specialty.12% success rate with smokers (tracked out to six months). Suggested Practice Now that you have made your complete recording and answered the questions at the end of each chapter.45% success rate with pain management (tracked out to six months). are always up to the client. You will simply perform hypnotherapy in the way that you have been trained. advertising. I have a 98. they are more likely to tell a friend about your services.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals anyone interested in seeing clients who need assistance in these areas. friends or otherwise. These protocols are the result of my 20-plus years of trial and error. Tell them that you are just learning and that you cannot guarantee any results. I would like to save you some potential problems and have you making money as a successful hypnotherapist. you should always make sure that your clients. In fact. keep in mind that the best advertising is word of mouth.
Always adjust upward for inflation over time. Best of luck to you! Sincerely. advertising online. After you have done a session or two with this friend. Steve G. I suggest that you very quickly raise your prices.stevegjones. creating and selling hypnotherapy CDs and mp3s). After about a week of this.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals able to detach yourself from potential feeling of failure when the client does not get the desired results. Clinical Hypnotherapist 112 . websites. choose another friend. It is important that you begin now while the knowledge is fresh in your mind. forms. M. within a month.htm. It is available at http://www. Then another. Jones. For more tips on marketing yourself as a hypnotherapist and making a good living at it. search engine optimization.com/books. you may want to get my book: Business guide for Hypnotherapists (Office set-up. to $250 and $150. That is what I charge at the time of the writing of this book.Ed. You can start by charging $100 for the first twohour session and $50 for the one-hour follow-up sessions if you want to. start charging people for your services.
What is the most important part of the pretalk? 3. 113 . that you are trained as a hypnotherapist. When we use amnesia. Write three sentences which. True or false: When you need a script.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Final Exam (See back of book for correct answers) There is no minimum word requirement for each answer: 1. 2. True or false: Scripts need to be 2 pages long or more in order to be effective. you may want to write several inductions with accompanying deepenings. would help involve the senses. just get a book of scripts and use one in a session with a client. 10. when used in an induction. for this question. psychologist. List and describe the four levels of consciousness. After finishing this course. Why? 4. does this cause the client to forget everything we did in the hypnosis session? 9. Which parts of a hypnosis session can you omit after the first session? Why? 7. Which part of a hypnotherapy session. Address one sense per sentence. 6. without reading it beforehand. Let’s suppose. You are not a physician. would make your session not actually a hypnotherapy session. etc. if omitted. but rather a hypnosis session? 8. What should you do if hypnotherapy is not working for a client? 5.
etc. Beta: Normal waking consciousness. 114 . Amnesia: Brief yet powerful suggestions given to cause the client to consciously forget the hypnosis experience.” Keep in mind that hypnotherapists are not qualified to diagnose.” Deepening: Suggestions given after an induction meant to deepen the state of hypnosis. he may identify with it. motivation. it is better to say.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Glossary Alpha: The lightest stage of hypnosis. Phobia: A fear. which is intended to ease the client into a trance. That is the job of a licensed therapist or MD. but if the client hears this label. smoking. “You are a smoker. May also be called the “patient. Be careful not to share this label with the client. It is not necessary for a client to achieve this state in order to have the full benefit of hypnotherapy Diagnosis: The patient’s main “problem” (weight. When talking with the client. Alpha is just below Beta (normal awakening consciousness). Client: The subject of the hypnotherapy session. “You are a person who used to smoke. You need to know what you are dealing with. Delta: The deepest state of hypnosis.). Induction: The first part of a hypnosis session.” Avoid saying.
Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Pretalk: A talk given to the client one time. 115 . The purpose of it is to educate the client about hypnotherapy. Theta: The state of hypnosis just above Delta. the script is the main part of a hypnosis session. during which the primary therapeutic message is delivered. or by suggesting that the client go to sleep (Delta or Theta). Script: In this course. It is not necessary for a client to achieve this state in order to have the full benefit of hypnotherapy Trance Termination: Ending the hypnosis session either by returning the client to full waking consciousness (Beta). It is given during the first hour of the first session.
They could damage the profession by telling people that hypnosis doesn’t work. They could damage your career by telling people that you don’t know how to hypnotize people! 116 .Introduction Question 1 answer: Some possible answers are: driving a car. They could cancel all future visits with you and never seek hypnosis as a healing modality again. This can be an outstanding way for you to get new clients while spreading the word about the power of hypnotherapy. Toastmasters Clubs. Question 2 answer: 21 days (or nights). etc. Chapter 2 .The Pretalk Question 1 answer: Lectures about hypnotherapy in front of groups such as classrooms. Question 3 answer: Yours.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Answers Chapter 1. Question 3 answer: Possible answers include: They could get the impression that he cannot be hypnotized. reading a book and watching TV. Rotary Clubs.
Your client may “wake up” sweaty. soft. Then refer them to a psychologist or psychiatrist and explain to the client that you do not feel comfortable treating them further. Question 5 answer: 117 . powdery sand under your feet. the calmer your client will be. Question 2 answer: Possible answer: You can smell the fresh. caring. Chapter 3 . Then go immediately to Trance Termination (covered in Chapter 7). The calmer you are. Question 4 answer: Possible answer: You can hear the waves as they gently roll onto the shore. salty.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Question 4 answer: Reassure the client that everything is fine. professional way. (Reassure yourself mentally too). explain to the client that this is normal and happens sometimes. but relax.Inductions Question 1 answer: Possible answer: As you walk along the beach. or crying. The fact is that you are not equipped to deal with the problems that have caused this abreaction. After an abreaction. This person needs more advanced therapy. Question 3 answer: Possible answer: You can see the birds off in the distance above the blue ocean water. you can feel the warm. out of breath. Do this in a polite. ocean breeze.
Question 4 answer: No. S. Oxford: Taylor & Francis Group. Hypnotherapy Scripts: A Neo-Ericksonian Approach to Persuasive Healing.G. D.. W. Hypnotherapy Scripts Volume II..Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Because the subconscious mind takes words literally. Question 2 answer: Chest for breathing. 1990. (A Norton Professional Book from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Question 3 answer: One set is enough. S. Hammond. you must make sure that what the client hears is the correct pronunciation of each word so that they do mistake one word for another.) Jones. Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors. 2007 • • • 118 . 1989. Walters. Norton and Company.. neck and hands for pulse. Ronald A. Chapter 5 – Scripts Question 1 answer: I recommend the following books for more information and samples of scripts: • Havens. New York: W. Chapter 4: Deepenings Question 1 answer: Relaxation. Hypnotherapy Scripts Volume I. Head.G. Corydon. and Catherine R. Therefore. Keep it in just to be sure of their depth of trance. 2007 Jones.
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The last two are written by me and can be found on my website at http://www.stevegjones.com/books.htm. Question 2 answer: The script. Question 3 answer: No. Chapter 6 – Amnesia Question 1 answer: Up to one minute long when read slowly aloud. Question 2 answer: When a client doesn’t need it because they are clearly going into a very deep state. Question 3 answer: The patient may detect that you are attempting to get them to forget something. This may cause the client to become unnecessarily alarmed. Chapter 7 - Trance Termination Question 1 answer: By bringing them back slowly to the count of three and gradually raising your voice volume. Question 2 answer: Possible answers: a. Recap the session. b. Reinforce the session. c. Program the client for future success.
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Chapter 8 - Final Exam Question 1 answer: Beta: Normal waking consciousness. Alpha: The lightest stage of hypnosis. Alpha is just below Beta (normal awakening consciousness). Theta: The state of consciousness just above Delta. Delta: The deepest state of consciousness. Question 2 answer: Telling the client that they may be aware of everything you say during the session, but they are still in hypnosis. Question 3 answer: There are two possible answers: a. So that you have a variety of inductions and deepenings to offer clients in case a particular client does not like certain inductions and deepenings. For example, some people are scared of the ocean, so a beach induction would be inappropriate for them. b. So that you will have a variety of inductions and deepenings for clients who come to several sessions. Question 4 answer: Refer the client to another heath care provider. Question 5 answer: Possible answer: And as you walk in the woods, you hear the relaxing sound of leaves crunching gently beneath your feet. You smell that fresh, relaxing pine scent. You see the beautiful blue sky through the treetops.
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Possible answers: The deepening and/or amnesia, because they may be unnecessary for that client to achieve relaxation and amnesia. Some clients relax and/or forget without the use of one or both of these. Question 7 answer: The script. Question 8 answer: Sometimes. But generally, it simply makes it more difficult for the client to completely recall the hypnotherapy session. Question 9 answer: False. Question 10 answer: False.
and smokers wanting to change their habits. an M. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. For more information about me and about hypnotherapy. I currently live in Savannah. Among the recorded sessions. I know that you can help your patients find love.Basic Hypnotherapy for Professionals Appendix I have over two decades of experience in hypnosis. My client base consists largely of people who need to lose weight or gain confidence. There. It is my hope that this book will create a cadre of hypnotherapists who feel a strong commitment toward practicing with integrity. and reach their optimum level of physical fitness through hypnotherapy.stevegjones.com. you will find a collection of hypnotherapy CDs. while allowing people to make positive changes. To this end. I am a certified clinical hypnotherapist. and I am working on a doctorate degree at Georgia Southern University. Georgia. www. and director of the Steve G. a member of both the American Board of Hypnotherapy and the National Guild of Hypnotists. to name just a few topics. you will find over 120 titles including 122 . and audio books. mp3s. thus altering negative perceptions about hypnotherapy. president of the American Alliance of Hypnotists. I invite you to visit my website. but I see clients and teach classes worldwide.Ed. I am also on the board of directors of the American Lung Association in Los Angeles. from Armstrong Atlantic State University. and to help them overcome fears. I am providing you with the tools to change people’s habits and perceptions. insomniacs desiring proper sleep. Jones School of Hypnotherapy. singles searching for love. make a fortune. Other clients include sales teams interested in boosting motivation and increasing income.
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