There are many ways to assist your hypnotherapist that costs nothing but helps ensure the hypnotherapist/client relationship is significantly more productive and enjoyable for both parties. Most are common sense, but others may require awareness.
Hypnotherapy is a self-healing modality. This is often a strange concept for clients who are use to being told what is wrong with them and how the therapist or doctor will fix it. And when the authority-figure’s ‘fix’ doesn’t work, they may be told they have a rare genetic disorder or told to ‘try’ yet another unproven treatment…all without much discussion about the true risks and the fact that ‘trying’ implies they are being used as a subject in an experiment. For too many people conventional treatments seem to disempower and the seemingly unavoidable diagnoses cause panic.
You can help maximize your hypnotherapy experience by:
a. choosing a hypnotherapist carefully on the basis of their verifiable credentials and track record…do your homework! This way, you will be comfortable with knowing you are working with someone you are already familiar with, which allows you to trust your inner guide;
b. being on time, every time, for your sessions and if progress reports are part of the healing program, be diligent with providing your progress reports; understand that your therapist makes their living at helping others and therefore should be paid fairly for their time and energy on your behalf. Be certain you have set aside the amount of distraction-free time you need to do the work required to heal yourself.
c. being a solution-oriented client, not a problem-oriented client. A solution-oriented client looks for the small positive changes and builds on those. A problem-oriented client ignores the positive changes and spends their valuable energy and time looking for something in their lives that has not changed yet. Instead of working to change what has not yet changed, they complain it hasn’t magically fixed itself without their necessary attention to it.
d. realizing a hypnotherapist cannot ‘fix you’ and has no intention of trying. A hypnotherapist will help you understand the process and will guide you to self-heal. A hypnotherapist cannot force you to do anything; they cannot force you to relax, to be mindful of your thinking or to utilize the tools you’ll be provided to help you maximize the benefits of the therapy. Thus you need to come to your sessions fully committed to healing yourself.
e. understanding that a hypnotherapist is interested in how you feel about yourself and life and from there can help you bridge your unproductive and unwanted feelings back to the subconscious reason for those feelings being so persistent in your life. The best way to help the process is to be as honest as possible about how you feel and what you truly dislike about your feelings and behavior.
In summary, treat your hypnotherapist as you would any other health care professional…with respect, committment to the process and understanding that you need to do your 100% of the work to self-heal. Full committment to healing oneself is everything…without it, everything is just ‘trying’ and ‘hoping’.