In my previous post Hypnosis For Those Who are Afraid to Stop Smoking, Part One – Taking Breaks I explained how I use humor to help my clients get rid of the notion that if they stopped smoking they would no longer be able to take breaks. And, after reading that post, readers may have wondered where is the hypnosis in all that?
The answer is that there is a lot more going on under the hood in a hypnotherapy session than meets the eye.
Experienced hypnotherapists know that the most effective sessions begin before the official hypnosis starts. We start by getting in rapport with the client, particularly at the unconscious level, because the client must trust us enough to follow and act on suggestions. With that rapport, useful suggestions can be seeded inside of a normal conversation.
Also, as the hypnotherapist is interacting with the client, he or she will notice and respond to any slight indicators of trance or unconscious cues of openness. When those indicators are present, the client will be receptive to the kind of humor and suggestions that can create some serious rethinking of obstructing beliefs, such as, “The only time I take breaks is when I smoke”.
The hypnotherapist will also go into a light trance state, in which he or she is paying attention to the client’s conscious and unconscious responses to the conversation. And, the client tends to follow along into that state of light trance because of the rapport that has been established. That littlest bit of hypnosis makes it easier for them to adopt the new belief. The new belief in our example being, “As an adult, I can just take a break whenever I need or want one”.
Clients are usually just aware of having an interesting and engaging conversation. They rarely notice that they have gone into a very light state of hypnosis. But, an awareness of hypnosis is unnecessary as they are moving a few steps closer to becoming a nonsmoker by replacing a long held obstructing belief.