Every client is an individual so the best way to use and read the scripts is to keep the essence of the script whilst adapting the wording to suit each client. You can also mix and match scripts to include what would be best suited to the client you are working with. Make sure your client has an understanding of what hypnosis is and how it works. I often ask clients how quick they expect the changes to take before they begin to notice the improvements.
This gives me the opportunity to discuss any unrealistic expectations the client may have. So if I know a client is unlikely to be a non-smoker instantly which in lots of cases they can be because they have other issues to sort out and they tell me they expect to instantly be a non-smoker then I would discuss this with the client until we get some agreement on how long it is likely to realistically take, what stages the client may well go through and if they may have a relapse I will discuss with them how they will be able to have a few relapses, what they can learn from them and how they can get back on track again to move on.
I talk about how in the session we lay down new patterns of responding in the brain and that these new patterns need strengthening and reinforcing to make them become habitual and some of the patterns may need specific events to happen before they become active. I often mention that sometimes suggestions and ideas need time to seep through from the unconscious to the conscious mind because they need time to be understood and incorporated fully before they can be used. Hypnosis can be induced by focusing attention it could be on a spot on the wall, or on a thought, or on a rhythm, or on almost anything else.
Everyone uses hypnosis all of the time.
When people think about winning the lottery and what they would do with the money, they are visualising which induces a light trance. Smokers may go into a trance when they focus on the cigarette they are having and they take deep breaths as they allow their muscles to relax.
When people have cravings they enter a trance as they become so intensely focused on what they crave. When people get angry they focus on what is causing the anger. When people get depressed they focus on worrying and negative thoughts. It used to be thought that not everyone could be hypnotised but this was because in the past hypnotists would use a script that was the same for each person. This is something that is often done when researching hypnosis because it means that everyone gets the same treatment so that the treatment can be evaluated.
Now well-trained Hypnotherapists will tailor the induction to the specific client and let clients go into trance in their own way.
Recreating stages of sleep could be a relaxation induction getting the client to relax their body perhaps starting with their head and working through their body; then relaxing their mind by getting them to think of something pleasant. Or it could be getting them to imagine something relaxing. Or getting more of their attention focused inwardly in some other way. Recreating a state of not knowing what is happening next could be done by interrupting a pattern of behaviour, or causing confusion.
They involve embedding suggestions and utilising on-going experiences or events to induce a trance. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Personal Growth. Save For Later.
Create a List. Summary This book of more than Hypnotherapy scripts is based on over 20 years of experience. I find that almost everyone understands the concept of an unconscious mind when I interrupt what we are talking about to ask the name of their favourite TV programme or if they know their phone number.
Once they have answered, I point out that, although they were not consciously thinking about it beforehand, the number was stored in their unconscious or inner mind along with other memories, feelings and the knowledge of how to do all kinds of things, such as walking, using the computer or sleeping. These examples can be changed according to the interests of child, his or her age and the presenting problem. At the same time, you can find exactly the opposite response. The same child may be less tired at the next session or just feel like having a more active interaction than before.
The best advice is to always be on your toes and ready to swap a planned out approach for one that seems more appropriate at the time! The age range I am focusing on in this book is from about 5 or 6 years old to 15 years old although I have included the occasional script which could be used with children as young as 4 years old but it is important to remember that anyone under the age of 18 years old is considered a minor in the eyes of the law in England and many other countries. I highly recommend that therapists working in private practice with children investigate and comply with the legal requirements and safeguards that apply in their own country.
This step is essential for the protection of both the child and the therapist. For the safety and comfort of all concerned I am very happy to have a parent in the room, but I am careful to explain beforehand that generally I will be speaking to the child directly rather than about the child to the parent. This brings up another difference when treating children: parents and children may have different agendas regarding treatment goals and these may be either explicit or covert.
For example, a child may feel perfectly happy just to improve classroom behaviour so as not to get into trouble at school whereas parents may feel that treatment has not been successful unless the child has stopped being difficult at home. It may be that such discrepancies need to be brought out into the open; how, when and where this is done will depend on individual circumstances.
When I speak to the parent initially, usually on the telephone, I explain that however young the child may be, it is important to set up the appointment so that the child wants to come. When children feel they are being dragged along against their will, they are unlikely to respond positively. What do you think?
Basic Structure of a Solution-Focused Session within a Hypnotic Framework When you use the following structure, adapting it, leaving out parts and doubling back as appropriate, you will find that the therapy is already taking place as you ask the questions. Error rating book. When children feel they are being dragged along against their will, they are unlikely to respond positively. Return to Book Page. How would it be if we try to find out more about when and where it happens so we can help you to feel more in charge? K Instructional Technology Coordinator. This gives me the opportunity to discuss any unrealistic expectations the client may have.
Normally, children are a bit surprised that I am asking and the interaction helps establish rapport. Who knows, you might only need this one visit! It is important to explain the approach to parents before treatment begins and to gain their commitment to supporting the work to be done. This may mean practical support in terms of limiting drinks at bedtime in the case of nocturnal enuresis or it may mean more nuanced support in asking them to change the way they talk about the problem. It is also wise to explain that, although change sometimes comes immediately, it can also happen gradually with the occasional setback if a child is tired or unwell.
The most helpful thing parents can do is to acknowledge positive change wherever they notice it, and be supportive and not make an issue of it if there is little or no immediate change. Here is not the place for a detailed discussion of the solution-focused approach but the interested reader will find a list of books and helpful websites at the end of the book. Suffice it to say that taking a generally forward-looking approach with children is very safe and will normally bring very positive results.
In my opinion, general regression techniques are out of place with children except in special instances by those with very specific training and qualifications. When you use the following structure, adapting it, leaving out parts and doubling back as appropriate, you will find that the therapy is already taking place as you ask the questions. By the time you come to the hypnotic script, you may merely be reinforcing a change already made or, at least, begun. I spoke to your mum on the phone and she told me a bit about the problem as she sees it. Can you tell me a bit more about how you see it?
If the problem is embarrassing, such as bedwetting or soiling, it is better for you to mention it first in a matter-of-fact way so that it is easier for the child to talk about it. Ask parents beforehand how their young children refer to the problem and use their language where appropriate.
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Following are some examples of questions that appeal to different personalities, genders, ages or cultures. Is that right?
Mummy told me that sometimes your poos pop out into your pants without you noticing it. How would you like it if they only popped out when you want them to? How would it be if we try to find out more about when and where it happens so we can help you to feel more in charge? As with adults, but perhaps particularly with children, it is important to wait to hear what a child has to say before making a hypothesis about cause and treatment.
Listening actively will give you the required information and suggest a suitable strategy for the first treatment session. Suppose Father Christmas came early this year and sorted out this problem and that was his present to you, what would be different in your life? How will you know next week that it was worth coming to see me today? What will be happening that is different from before? Once you have sorted out this problem, what will you notice first that is different?
What then? What next? How does that make a difference to you?