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Creating The Best Environment For Hypnosis

Updated on June 11, 2012
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When practicing Hypnotherapy, professionally or even as a hobby, it is important to create the right conditions for your hypnosis clients.

Although you can certainly induce hypnosis in all sorts of different situations and locations and a large part of the success of your work comes down to your training, your experience, your rapport with clients and your natural abilities, creating the right conditions, the best situation, the most relaxing environment, will make a big difference to the success of your work and make it easier for your clients to relax and feel safe and secure during their time with you.

So, what's really needed to create the ideal conditions for your sessions?

The client should feel comfortable talking to you about anything.

Whatever a client feels that they need to express to help you understand where they are currently and where they want to be is all good material for you to help them. Encourage your clients to be open and honest, to say the things that are important to them and to share the concerns they have so that they can begin to heal.

The client should feel that they are heard and that what they are saying is important.

Provide the appropriate amount of confirmation that you are listening and hearing what they are saying. They should at no time feel that you are distracted or uninterested in what they are saying. Do twice as much listening, as speaking. While it is important to build trust and create rapport, only share your personal stories if they are relevant to the progress of the client.

The client should not feel judged, criticised, embarrassed or belittled.

There will be things you might hear from your clients that are different to your thoughts, beliefs or range of 'normal' but your client should not notice any conflict from you. The only time this may be difficult is if the participation in illegal activity is shared with you. In this case, you should follow the guidelines of the professional ethics you have agreed to adhere to.

The client should feel confident that the session is completely confidential.

Your client should trust that whatever they say, or do, in the session will be upheld in complete confidentiality. This isn't just good practice, ethically, you are required to maintain complete confidentiality for your clients and the content of their sessions unless there is a lawful reason why you should disclose any of your clients details.

The space should be relaxed and cosy.

To make your clinic room feel welcoming and relaxing, choose to decorate it with soothing colours, comfortable chairs and non offensive artwork. Obviously if you are renting a space it might be difficult to make too many changes but where possible, select furnishing and decor that is soothing and

The space should have the right lighting levels.

Choose subtle lighting that's not too bright, but not so dark that the client may become uncomfortable. Dimmers can be a great addition to make it easy to adjust lighting. Lamp lighting can also provide the right level of light without seeming too intimate.

The session should be undertaken in a space that is private and quiet.

Not only is it important that your client feels protected in a private space while they undergo their session, it is important that the session is able to progress without any interruptions. The space should ideally be somewhere where external noise can be limited so that the client isn't distracted by noises outside of the session. If your practice room is in your home, ensure children are playing some where away from the area, that dogs are somewhere they won't be heard barking and noises such as TVs and Radios can't be heard through the walls.

The smells in the room should not be too overpowering or distinctive.

Some of your clients may be allergic to, or offended by the smell of, air fresheners or aromatherapy oils so either ask before using them or limit their use between sessions. Opening the window and allowing in fresh air is preferable to most people, than creating artificial scents in the room.

The music or sounds used during the session should be relaxing.

The background music or sounds should be complimentary to your hypnotherapy. Any music you use should be without extreme high points or extended low points and if you are using other sounds such a binaural beats, make sure you understand how these can affect your clients before incorporating them into your session.

The hypnotherapist should be dressed professionally.

To help your client feel confident in your abilities, and trust that they are working with someone who takes their work seriously, dress in a way that is professional, comfortable and not too distracting for your client. Too short skirts, low cut tops or overly flamboyant clothing may cause your client to question how qualified you are to work with them.

It can take time to bring together the ideal practice room but it doesn't take too much time, and barely a cent to use the tips above to create a session that has all the makings of success for your client.

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