Last night there was another hypnosis networking dinner I attended here in Bournemouth whereby we enjoyed a private dining room at a hotel, ate, drank, debated topics of and around hypnosis and therapy, and got to share some demonstrations. There was great company, top debate and a thoroughly enjoyable evening for us lovers of all things hypnosis and hypnotherapy.The main discussion on this occasion, was the “science versus art in hypnosis” debate and we really got under the skin of the subject. Within there somewhere, a hypnosis performer (i.e. Not a hypnotherapist) asked the group if they tested clients to see if the individual was truly hypnotist.Not many hypnotherapists did so formally it seemed. Many of our techniques and strategies include some testing, some forms of induction have innate tests within them and most of the good therapeutic interventions should be tested for efficacy and with the client to check that the therapeutic intervention is having a progressive and beneficial effect upon the client.
It was not discussed much further because it would have gone off the track of what we were discussing centrally, but it did get me thinking.Lots of people who work with hypnosis professionally, especially hypnotherapists will encounter clients who perhaps need some proof that they are hypnotized.hypno therapist direct I can remember in my early years in the field working with clients, I could see that an individual was beautifully hypnotized, but they may not really know and often would question whether they were or not.This is dealt with by creating the correct expectations, educating before hand and ensuring the individual understands what hypnosis is and even perhaps explaining some common misconceptions and realities about what the hypnosis experience is and is not.