Hypnotherapy failing? Can’t be so. Anyone who’s been in business for 6 months or more knows that hypnotherapy can fail. It can fail because not everyone responds to it and perhaps because you aren’t yet proficient enough to know when to use it and when not to use it. hypnotherapy failing

Choosing the Right Approach

What do I mean with that? Well, sometimes rapport building is more important than any intervention you make. If you haven’t done your rapport building so that your client trusts you, you could do hypnotherapy interventions till the cows come home and still your client would be untouched by it. If you don’t know how to maintain rapport and to guide your client to where they need not to go not where you want them to go, then you’ll fall out of rapport and end up with an unhappy client. Gaining rapport is important. Maintaining it is even more so but can be quite tricky.

So how do we cater to our clients needs as they change and grow AND maintain rapport with them? It’s like asking you to cook the dinner, wash the floor, do the ironing, oh and manage the kids all at once! And to be egalitarian, this is not just women’s work!

The Past is Present!

Let’s take an imaginary client. You’ve done your analysis, your regression, your inner child work and suggestion and the client seems to have grown and reports feeling less burdened. You prepare to let him go and in the next session he tells you he’s slipped back and feels as fed up as he did a few sessions before. Heart sink! What do you do now?

personal history hypnotherapy Well, if you’d been in rapport throughout your sessions and understood the pitfalls inherent in personal development you may have been able to anticipate this coming. And I’ll tell you why.

Many people who have hangovers from the past that stop them being happy in the here and now, have also created circumstances in the here and now that reflect their histories. For example, a man who considered he had to marry someone because of his inability to speak up for himself, and realises he felt bamboozled into it, still has an unhappy marriage to deal with. Does he sort it out, divorce her, or develop some other strategy to stay within the marriage while feeling better about himself? These are big questions. Therapy doesn’t stop at sorting out self esteem issues from the past.

When Progress Stops

So after a run of good sessions, your client comes in saying they feel worse than ever. What do you do? Do you do another analysis or do you listen as to what maintenance factor it is that is contributing to his former patterns? In the above client’s case, the maintenance factor is his marriage which he is unhappy in. How do you support him?

Are you going to refer him on to marriage guidance or to another service? Or are you going to change approach and start working much more on his challenges in the here and now? If you want to understand more about working in the here and now then you need to be aware of how to work in a cognitive kind of style integrating it with a range of models and approaches. That means, challenging a person’s thinking and belief system and clarifying with them what it is they want to achieve. It also means trusting when a client has reached the end of a process with you and will come back for more whenever they are ready to.  Your clients have their own personal mountain to climb. Where are you going to place the support along the way?

You’ll find some excellent ways of guiding clients through the mire of gaining assertiveness skills and confidence from my 4 hour audio course on Building Assertiveness and Confidence.  When they have managed to resolve issues from the past and now need the sensitivity and awareness to negotiate a different way of living in the here and now, this course is essential listening.  Just click here for more details.