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What to expect from a hypnotherapy session ?


I have outlined some of the processes used during a hypnotherapy session. The session’s format presented below is a proposed treatment outline, is amenable to changes depending on the client’s needs, capabilities and emotional constitution, and is not a mandatory outline for every client. Some of the contents can be omitted or added. Usually sessions done with one client do not look the same to another. However, the information below can give a “feel” to what to expect when coming for a hypnotherapy session. 


First session


• Create rapport

• Gather information regarding the client’s personal history: 
        Physical history - Migraine, other related issues
        Medications used
        Emotional history 

        Assess relevant beliefs about the client’s condition

• Provide information:
         What is hypnosis ?           
          Allying fears and misconceptions regarding hypnotherapy 

          The theory of the mind
          The affective components of pain

          The goal of hypnotherapy for migraine


• Formulate a therapeutic outcome/goal

• Evaluate hypnotizability

• Experiencing hypnosis


Techniques :

• Well formed outcome and ecology check - Clean language

• Symbolic modeling process and creating resources

• NLP and changing limiting beliefs

• Hypnotic induction and deepening

• Ideomotor responses - seven psychodynamics of a cause
• Creating a “Safe place” technique

• Autosuggestions

• Teaching self-hypnosis


Following sessions


• Provide information: False memories
                                            Ego states

• Discover the cause for the presenting problem

• Desensitize the symptoms

• Evaluate progress 

• Establish therapeutic outcomes



• Hypnotic induction and deepening

• Reestablish ideomotor responses

• Regression therapy: Induction and imagery

                                          Discover the cause

                                          Release (using various techniques including gestalt, informed child technique etc.)

                                          Subconscious relearning

                                          Ego strengthening


• Working with ego states:

    Ego state therapy or parts therapy:

             Bringing the desired ego state to the executive

             Ego state negotiation and release

             Negotiating and mediating between relevant ego states

             Subconscious relearning

     Core transformation therapy:

             Communicating with the relevant ego state

             Discovering the core cause

             Behavioral relearning

             “Growing up” a part

             Parental time-line re-imprinting


• “Coming to Wholeness” techniques


• Working with client’s metaphors using symbolic modeling 

• Autosuggestion for symptom relief


mind map for hypnosis and hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy sessions - mind map
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