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This master guide to set up the perfect hypnosis session looks, in-

depth into how to set up a therapeutic hypnotherapy session and how

to get your client and yourself in the correct head space to conduct a
successful meeting.

However, while we have taken special care and thought to put this
guide together, we understand that outside influences can play a
significant role to conducting a success session, and these forces and
factors need to be personally taken care of by the Hypnotist before,
during and after an intervention or meeting.

This guide will highlight ideas and concepts that need to be adjusted
accordingly, as this is not one size fits all but rather the broad brush
strokes of the perfect hypnotic set up for your clients.

Master Guide Breakdown:

Hypnotic set up



Unconscious Markers

Hypnotic Monologue Complete

The Hypnotic set up

Primarily the hypnotic set up is the pre-game show ( if you will ), and
special care needs to be taken here for guiding a client into and out of
a successful therapeutic trance.

Your set up will include the professional basics such as your intake
form, possible payment and your meet and great.

Once this is complete ( every hypnotist should do their research to put

together this intake form, as individual states, countries and other
mediums of therapy require certain questions, rules, and statements,
that clients must adhere too )

The hypnotic set up we will look at is how to begin.

The beginning stages of your intervention are crucial to the natural

flow of the session, and this is where we will turn our attention.

Compliance and permission ( as a subkey note ).

Taking away the assumption that because our client has shown up to
their session, that they are ready and willing to begin once you ( the
hypnotist ) is.

Being that a session could take an extended time length, getting

compliance to start is a must.

Compliance states that your client is ready to begin the session,

without distractions.
By distractions, we mean external factors such as a client, maybe
needing to use the bathroom, or may require more water before they

With your compliance, we are not just asking permission to start such

"Are you ready to start your session today" but rather to ensure your
client does not need the bathroom or anything else to make the
session comfortable, to begin with.

Be sure to cover these basics such as bathroom break, water, tissues,

a blanket in cold weather or a fan in the hot weather.

Once the basics are covered, then we can progress into OUR
compliance question such as "Are you ready to begin your hypnosis
session now."

With a congruent yes, we can start

Congruency with this answer is needed from your client, without

hesitation or thought is important.

Because if we see doubt or hear hesitation, this may reveal our first
block and will transition us into the mindset section.

If your client is excited and ready to jump in head first into the session,
covering the next step ( mindset ) should still not be missed, as this
will add more unconscious congruency into the mix, which works in our

Key insight : Be sure to think of the basics and ask your client if they
need more water, a bathroom break, or a blanket etc. The last thing we
want is for our client's attention to be on external thoughts instead of
the internal thoughts we require for hypnosis


What do we mean by mindset? We need to answer certain questions to

understand how our client think, feel or even the thoughts our client
have about hypnosis.

Now while these questions need to suit the client you have in your
session and the context of the session, our goal is to tease out any
hesitation and negative feelings towards hypnosis.

For example ...

let's say we have asked our compliance question as stated previously,

and we can hear slight hesitation and a noncongruent yes to begin.

This hesitation should alarm us to a client being in the wrong

headspace. Hypnosis requires our clients to be clear-headed ( if you
will ) and not caught up in any preconceived thoughts ( in the
negative ) for this interaction.

It is these preconceived thoughts that will block our approach and put
the conscious mind on high alert.
The hesitation, fear or old thoughts a client brings with them, could be
from a variety of situations, so let's cover the basics here.

Our client may have had a bad experience with hypnosis in the past

Maybe our client does not believe this session will work

Our client might be skilled in hypnosis and have certain things they
would have done differently up until this point

Your clients may have watched a stage hypnosis show and felt scared
about what they hypnotist was doing with his subjects, and take away
the wrong assumptions.

The key distinction here is that society has decided upon poor ideas
about hypnosis, and it could be these things that your client brings
with them into the session.

So to counteract this, finding out these possibilities opens up the

mindset and may allow us as the hypnotist to squash these objections.

Simple questions you may use to correct the mindset:

Have you ever been hypnotized before? ( this will alert us to any
experience good or bad )

What are your thoughts about hypnosis? ( this may give us a clear
example of what they have witnessed or seen in their life, that they
assume hypnosis )

How do you think hypnosis feels ( again to highlight an experience

where your client may have thought hypnosis was to feel a certain way
but didn't get that feeling, thus negating a session in the past )

These questions are essential to begin a dialog and bring to the

surface any concerns or thoughts about hypnosis, and these concerns
can then be rectified inside your priming sequence.

Key insight : Understanding the thoughts of your clients and bringing

them to the surface to reframe during your priming stage, puts us in a
great position and takes away possible blocks that could resonate later
on and halt our therapeutic interaction. Ask basics questions to find
these out. This is not a point to teach a client and tell them they are
misinformed but to reframe during the next stage of your interaction.

Priming or formatting the unconscious mind:

Known in a classical sense as the pre-talk, this stage is to let our

clients know about the what, why, how and when of the session that is
about to commence.

And with this, there are many versions of a pretalk and arguments
about what should be said in this chat.

What we will look at is not just creating a suitable pre-talk ( or priming

sequence ) for our client, but to add in certain hypnotic principles that
will turn, what is usually a part of any hypnotic set up, into the first
stages of our induction.
Meaning we will use this pretalk format as our induction.

Our priming ( or version of the hypnotic pretalk ) will cover the

essential part of the session including privacy, safety, and care, and
also include principles that will begin the induction phase.

The priming basics:

Think of priming as warming up the mind, just like an athlete would

warm up their body before physical activity.

Our goal here is to warm our client's conscious mind and unconscious
up to the fact of the hypnotic interaction that is about to commence.

And inside this will dissolve the negative thoughts and feelings and
objections of hypnosis ( which is why we asked the mindset questions
first )

The mindset questions have been invited to find negative themes that
are present in our clients that we can reframe inside our pretalk.

Our priming sequence will become a monolog of sorts and will include
two common hypnotic principles that will turn our pre-talk into an

This principle is repetition and overload of information. Hypnosis basics

will dictate towards repetition on many occasions. And even in the
most advanced techniques, repetition is still an occurring factor.
By using repetition inside our priming chat, we will be reframing any
objections, causing trance to occur and warming up our client to the

The what, when, how, why themes of priming.

To get the most from this stage, we need to make a list of things that
will become our entire interaction.

This will not include the therapy, as this will need to be adjusted
accordingly to suit your client.

What it will include will be as many positive feelings, thoughts,

sensations, and possibilities that we can fit into this portion of our

To get this done correctly, simply ask yourself, "how you would like
your client to feel, think, experience and notice ( in the positive ) while
entering into or once in a trance"?

Or better yet, consider yourself as being a client who may have

objections towards hypnosis, fears, anxieties or even doubts, that you
would like your Hypnotist to reframe for you, so you are in the right

Feelings and sensations:

What does trance or hypnosis feel like? What positive things would we
like our client to feel and experience?

Comfort, relaxations, depth, at ease, peaceful, tranquil, looked after,

cared for, heavy/light, clear-minded, rest, internal thinking, at one with
self, free, SAFE, LOOKED AFTER, focus, clarity, special, internal, etc.

As you can clearly see from this list, everything is stated in the

With this ( as we create our monolog or speech ) by overloading and

using repetition + these positive themes, will active a positive
neurology and becomes a version of a suggestion, which will active an
unconscious process, thus the more we overload, the more trance our
client will get, feel and experience.

With these positive themes, we need to construct our speech. To do

this, we need to add in simple conjunctions to bridge ideas together.

Using words like because, and, as, which, if, you, can, etc.

These linguistic terms join ideas and words together and become the
flow of our speech. Without them, our speech would become a
checklist, and not allow the induction to take hold.

Here is an example of our feelings and sensations ( experience ) words

+ our linguistic conjunctions

Hypnotist : Before we begin our session today, you did mention that
you were not sure if hypnosis actually works, and I totally understand
this, and with this I want you to realise something important about the
trance you will go into, a trance that is not just relaxing but allows your
mind to drift while feeling great. You see everyone will go into a trance
differently, so it's not a matter of if hypnosis will work or not, what
really matters is how much of a tranquil sensation you will begin to
feel before you go into a deep and convincing trance. Becuase not only
will you be safe and know that I will look after you, you can begin to
experience subtle shifts in your body that mean your breathing and
relaxation is beginning to slow down now. And this is the beginning of
trance, to wonder what wonderful things you will experience, and
consider how life changing a connection with your unconscious mind
will be, and all you need to do is simply listen to my voice and wonder
which part of you will go into trance first while your breathing shallows
out, your mind begins to clear and you go gently into a peaceful and
transformational trance.

So as you can see we have simply combined our positive words with
our conjunctions + reframed the wrong thoughts about hypnosis all in
the one speech.

While using this monolog, it is important to watch for signs of trance,

to see if the frames you are setting are taking place.

So if you mention the breathing slowing down, keep an eye out on it. If
you mention your client's eyes will get heavy, watch out for this

Now the question should be, how long do we do this for ?. Just like
hypnosis is individual, so will the length of this monolog, which is why
watching your client act upon these suggestions is key.

By utilizing this overload and repetition of suggestions the unconscious

mind can begin to activate these very suggestions, and this puts our
client into the right mindset.
To practice, this, task yourself 30 seconds and talk without stopping.

Once you have mastered 30 seconds, double your time and test
yourself to see how long you can monolog for without stopping or

Key Insights : The priming sequence combines overload and

repetition + positive words to put a client into a positive mindset for
the session ahead. Our client's focus will start on the negative of the
issue, our goal is to begin to get them into a mindset that is more
accepting of trance, rather than in a negating stage.

Unconscious markers ( priming extensions )

Just like priming, unconscious markers now point out the WHAT type of
things they may feel, see and notice as a result of our induction and or

By doing this, we can set up the unconscious mind to be accepting of

our inductions and therapy.

The majority of inductions used in hypnosis consist of a few basics:

These are memories ( regression / revivification ) imagination

( symbols / guided interventions / parts integration symbols ) emotions
( Emotional Trance methods, forgiveness cycles ) and hypnotic
phenomena ( hand levitations / hallucinations / confusion etc )
So just like our priming has set up the session for what the trance itself
will feel and be like, we can now add these unconscious markers inside
our speech, so when we come to use our techniques, the unconscious
mind is already prepared criteria for our inductions to work

Key note : If you have trouble with your indcutions working, set your
client up ( unconsciously ) as this is the type of induction you will use,
ahead of time, and allow the unconscious mind to get ready for it.

Unconscious markers for priming ( themes )

See things, remember events, hands may get heavy, light or even lift,
your body might get extremely heavy, emotional experience, a sense
of release and joy, connect with symbols and pictures, confusion, etc

Being very similar to your priming themes, these unconscious markers

are now laying down the foundation for the inductions you many
choose to use.

To do this with ease. Pick your favorite inductions and break them
down to being something that suits the category of the above
unconscious markers.

If your inductions involve memories, be sure to add this as an

unconscious marker

Now we have our unconscious markers; we just need to include this

inside our priming theme.

Below we have taken a portion of the above priming example and

added the markers along the way. Unconscious markers will be

You see everyone will go into a trance differently, and who knows what
you will remember or see inside this trance, so it's not a matter of if
hypnosis will work or not, what really matters is how much of a tranquil
sensation you will begin to feel before you go into a deep and
convincing trance where your emotions can be set free in a
transformational way and begin to reconnect all new ways to view your
life . Becuase not only will you be safe and know that I will look after
you, but you can also start to experience a subtle shift in your body
that mean your breathing and relaxation is starting to slow down now.
And the best bit about trance you may learn things from how your
body feels and how in some cases people can experience their arms or
just fingers lifting by themselves and its at this point you gain an
internal connection with the real you inside ...

With the highlighted areas, you can see we have just prepared
possibilities. And this is the key distinction.

These are possibilities, not pre-requests. We are not telling a client how
to experience trance we are using options and you might, and you
could style frames

Key insight: Pepper in your unconscious markers. These markers let

the unconscious mind know, ahead of time, what style of hypnotic
induction and therapy you as the Hypnotist would like to use, and this
gives time for the unconscious mind to either prepare things based on
your wishes or find a better way for you and your client. The key is we
are putting the client's unconscious mind to work immediately.

Once we combine priming sequence ( all positives ) + our unconscious

markers we have completed our hypnotic monolog.

This monolog is an overload of positive, safe and pleasant experiences

+ possible trance phenomena, that add to the experience of the

By doing this well enough you will find your inductions have more
power and are less likely to fail, and with practice, you will break down
and reframe the blocks our clients and society has about hypnosis.

Disclaimer: When using this approach, we advise to view the

information as an addition to your current theories. This should not be
a substitute and used in an inappropriate manner. Your client welfare,
safety, and care are always a top priority and should be considered
thoroughly before every session. Use these examples and information
as a guide and include your style to gain a richer experience with

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