Five Factors of an Effective Hypnosis Session

Today I am going to describe five factors which will help any hypnotists to successfully achieve an effective hypnosis session.

Factor 1 – Be Prepared

The very first thing that you need to do, is to make sure that you are prepared for the forthcoming hypnosis session.

This includes having your Client Intake Form ready.  This is a form which either you will need to fill out yourself possibly from a telephone conversation that you have previously had with the client, or the client fills out when they come to the appointment.  The form will typically contain such things as the client’s name, their address, their telephone number, their family doctor’s address and telephone number, and a few listed questions about their medical history.  You will need to make sure that they sign their name at the bottom of the form when they have completed it.  That is the Client Intake Form.

Know beforehand, what they are coming to you for.  You should know what this is, if you have previously spoken with them on the telephone about their problems and what they want help with.  You need to know this, so that you will know what to say to them at the hypnosis session.

Any hypnosis scripts to read from, should be ready and at hand, so you won’t find yourself rustling around during the hypnosis session.  Make sure the scripts that you are going to be reading are clearly written out or preferably typed, and they are easy for you to read straight off without having to think about it.  You need to be able to read them straight through with no breaks or hesitation, or “now what comes next breaks” that can hold you up during the process.  Know what you’re going to do next, and always just be ready so that all of your attention can go right to the client.

Factor 2 – Prepare The Environment

Make sure the general environment is quiet.  Have your office clean and ready.  It must be clean, and not stinking of rubbish.  It should also feel welcoming.

Have everything in order.

Remove any clutter.

Clutter is the last thing you need, because it demonstrates that you’re very disorganized and you’re not very much in control, so there must be no clutter.

Do not have a load of paperwork on top of your desk, and do not have piles of paper or boxes lying around in a mess on the office floor.

Do not have rubbish bins in the office filled to overflowing.

Make a point of regularly cleaning out your desk and throwing away anything you do not need to keep, and give your desk a deep clean.

Always make sure that you frequently wipe the top of your desk free of any dust, dirt, smudges or food particles.

Have any papers in order, and only those papers necessary for the session.

Make sure that anything the client is going to see will not be distracting for them.

Remove all technological distractions.  Completely turn off your computer monitor(s) and / or your cell phone (mobile phone).  Instruct your client to do the same.

Minimize any distractions from inside the room, and make sure noises from outside do not occur, like voices, door slamming and things like that.

If you have a waiting area for your clients, display some interesting and useful magazines and leaflets about hypnosis for them to read.  Make sure you keep all these reading materials clean and tidy and up-to-date, and regularly remove any which are old, torn or dirty.

Make certain available washrooms are clean and presentable.

Factor 3 – Demonstrate You’re The One In Control

Give them very simple instructions to follow.  For example, tell them where to sit, how to sit, turn off their phone.  You could say, “here’s the form, just take this pen, fill it out, thank you.  Did you sign your name on the bottom there?  Excellent.  Very good”.  Make your instructions simple and direct.

As the hypnotist, you’re the one in control, so you have to be able to demonstrate that.  Being in control is not being controlling.  If you’re in control, it means they can put themselves at ease, they can willingly follow you because they trust your level of competence.  They need to know that you are familiar with the hypnosis process, and they need to feel comfortable with you, knowing you have done this hundreds of times.

If you’re the one in control, then they are under your influence, and they are therefore under your protection.

You must sound confident and direct.  You must speak clearly, and communicate with your clients with ease and efficiency.

Factor 4 – Make Your Client Feel Interesting And Important

First of all, you start off liking the person as they are.  Just accept them.

Making your client feel interesting and important is just a part of having excellent customer service skills.  There are several ways of doing this, and being able to create a professional and friendly rapport with your client will make them comfortable returning to you.  This rapport will enable them to fully place their trust in you, and they will feel safe, and look forward to coming to see you for hypnosis.

Always acknowledge your client as soon as they arrive.

Smile and make eye contact, and shake their hand warmly.

Greet them and talk with them in a professional and friendly way, and you should make them feel as though they are interesting and important.

Call your client by name.  Use whatever technique will work to remember your client’s name.


Ensure that your client enjoys the conversation you have with them prior to the hypnosis session.  This will make them feel appreciated and valued as a person.  Try to establish a personal yet professional connection with them.

If they are a returning client, always remember to ask them how their previous session went for them.  Listen carefully and intently to their feedback, and make notes about their hobbies and interests.  When you next see them, mention or ask them about their hobbies or interests.

Acknowledge their strengths when they talk about challenges that they have overcome.

You should occasionally nod your head when they’re talking.

You should repeat back to them what they’ve said, to demonstrate that you were listening.

Anytime you have an opportunity to show admiration or approval for what they’re doing, do it.  Acceptance, approval and admiration are three things people respond very positively to.

Factor 5 – Give Your Client Your Full Attention

Paying full attention to your client is a valuable customer service skill, which will keep your clients coming back to you.

In order to give your client your full attention, focus on their needs.  Every client has personal and unique needs, listen to what they are saying, so that you can discover what their real needs actually are.  Be responsive to their needs by acknowledging what they say and asking clarifying questions.

Try not to interrupt your client whenever they are talking to you, or you might miss what they are trying to say and appear rude.

By turning off your phone in front of your client you are demonstrating that you are giving them your full attention.

Pay attention to your client throughout the hypnosis session.  You will see the subject respond in very subtle ways.  They may only give a slight head nod when asked to nod their head.  Their faces may flush, they may swallow slightly.  All those things are some response to your hypnosis session.

Be prepared.  Know what kind of hypnotic inductions you’re ready to use.  Have several hypnotic inductions ready.  Use the induction you think the client will respond to best.

Always follow up with clients through the method they prefer, whether this is by email, text or a phone call.  This shows that you have paid attention to them, and they will know you made a note of their request.  It also shows you want to build upon the professional relationship with them.







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