Most people do not recognize that there are a lot of different ways of going into hypnosis. Hypnotherapists have known for many years that one person might require a very different method of going into hypnosis than their next-door neighbor.
Conversational hypnotherapy uses a variety of hypnosis techniques inside of the seemingly normal conversation. It is fairly common for my clients to start blinking and wanting to close their eyes half an hour into a hypnosis session, well before we begin the official hypnosis.
The advantage of hypnotizing my clients before I officially hypnotized them is that they’re not wondering whether or not they been properly hypnotized. I’m communicating with their unconscious minds outside of their awareness. This allows me to give them suggestions about creating their own solutions to the concerns that brought them to hypnotherapy in the first place.
Typically clients will be showing signs of hypnosis which can include a reduced rate of blinking, a fixed stare, becoming completely physical still or some combination of all of those. When I noticed those signs I began giving them suggestions about unconsciously creating new choices for themselves.
A lot of people believe that when they get a stop smoking hypnosis session at all the hypnotherapist needs to do is guide them into a hypnotic trance and then tell him to stop smoking. Usually, it’s much more complex than that. Smokers typically associate a number of feelings, thoughts and beliefs to smoking all which need to be taken into account as their unconscious mind creates new automatic responses to the situations in thoughts that used to get them smoking.
Of course, when it comes to weight control their typically a fairly large number of considerations to be addressed. For example, many people eat as a way of coping with stress. They may also associate celebrating pleasant events with eating. And my job is to encourage their unconscious mind to create new ways of responding to the situations that are ultimately much more satisfying. As well as being moral, legal, and non-fattening.
The bottom line is that there is no one right way to go into hypnosis. There is no one set of suggestions is can help everyone stop smoking or lose weight. Each person must be approached as an individual. And a hypnotherapist who can stimulate a person’s unconscious mind to creatively resolve and take care of their issues is being much more respectful of the person and one who tries to push a particular solution on a client with hypnosis.
Wesley Anderson, Doctor Of Clinical Hypnotherapy
Atlanta’s Foremost Hypnosis Expert