Expert's Guide to Hypnosis - Nine Essential Hypnotherapy Techniques

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Every Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist should practice at becoming an expert in the following techniques:

1. Altered Mental State - Subjects are more receptive while relaxed, sleepy, or in a light trance. This can be achieved with simple deep breathing exercises, visualization, eye movement, gentle movement of the arms or fingers and the light touching of the subject's head, shoulders, knees & ankles.

2. Memory Revivification- Helping a subject remember, briefly focus on, and revivify past experiences when your subject enjoyed good physical and emotional health (earlier, healthier, ego-states) can increase his or her strength and confidence and can contribute to the healing process.

3. Guided Imagery - While your subject is feeling very peaceful in a light hypnotic trance, you should read or recite new relaxing and beneficial scripts every session. A script is simply whatever you typically say to your subject  to make him or her feel even more deeply relaxed. Peaceful and comfortable images (beaches, gardens, mountain tops, in bed with the covers pulled up, etc) are especially desirable, and you should suggest that your subject re-create these images in his or her mind's eye.  In the very least, ask your subject to pretend that he or she can imagine the relaxing images that you describe.

4. Parts Hypnosis - A therapeutic method pioneered by Charles Tebbetts to identify conflicting parts that are damaging your subject's well being. The aim to is ultimately facilitate the negotiation of those parts to help bring about a solution to your subject's issue. Parts therapy is not only extremely effective, but the session can almost resemble a play or puppet show at times when different parts of the client are explaining their particular jobs in helping the client to either continue with a habit or to stop the habit. Try to speak directly to each of the conflicting parts of the client to learn why they support the client in the way that they do. Then ask what each of the parts desire from one another to make positive changes. You should facilitate a negotiation and agreement between the two conflicting parts thereby helping the client to resolve their inner conflict and integrate the two conflicting parts of themselves.

5. Repetition - The more an idea is repeated by the hypnotist, the more likely it is to be accepted and acted upon by the subject.  Combine this technique with other techniques as often as possible.

6. Post-hypnotic suggestion - A very versatile tool to use once your subject has been induced and sufficiently deepened.  Useful suggestions should be implanted in the subject's subconscious with the intention that they will be carried out after the trance has ended, i.e. "When you re-awaken you will feel refreshed and happy!"

7. Visualization - Lead your subject to vividly imagine or clearly visualize a desired outcome. Simply visualizing an outcome will make it more likely to actually occur.

8. Direct suggestion - Suggesting the desired outcome directly to your subject while he or she is in hypnotic trance, i.e. "You have perfect blood pressure of 120/80"...

9. Emotional Freedom Techniques -  While your subject is in a light hypnotic state, help him or her to recall key moments from his or her past and gently release the associated emotions by having your client use their fingertips to tap on key EFT acupressure points on his or her face & body while he/she is tuned into specific aspects of the key events of their past. Finding & releasing repressed memories of childhood traumas that need to be released, will allow your client to give his or her body permission to embrace the therapeutic healing process.

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This article was published on 2010/03/31