Which Hypnotherapy Style is for You?
Hypnotherapists are using different styles when performing hypnotherapy and clients have to pick a style that suits them. Observing yourself the way you are reacting or responding to people who tells you what to do is one simple way of knowing which works best for you.
If you’re the kind of person who feels secure when you’re given directions or requests, then directive approach is likely the best for you, if you deem yourself to be rebellious when people are telling you what to do, a permissive approach will be of better choice. You have to interview your prospective hypnotherapist regarding his or her style and training in order to know if you will be comfortable or responsive with their chosen approach.
You’re going to have brief overview of some of the styles of hypnotherapy in the next lines, which will help you understand what is best for you.
Directive approach – in this approach, what the hypnotherapist will do is guide the client in a state of hypnosis and then, gives suggestions on what to do. This is basically the type of approach that we are often seeing in movies and stage hypnosis, which is the same reason why people are very familiar of this approach.
Any style of hypnotherapy adopts aspects of such style. It’s a direct suggestion already to tell clients to take deep breaths and be relaxed and comfortable. If ever the client is open, receptive and suggestible to the process and if they don’t have inner conflicts on the focus of hypnotherapy session, direct suggestion will work effectively.
Open ended style – instead of telling what the client has to do, the hypnotherapist uses permissive style of hypnosis that might be using permissive or embedded suggestion. In this suggestion, the language basically reflects what the client is actually experiencing and that they are free to whether or not respond to what’s being suggested.
In open ended style, the hypnotherapists use metaphor in teaching clients new inner response to the situation or expand the resources and perception of client regarding the problem or issue. The client under this style of hypnosis experiences it to be more fluid, effortless and organic.
Transpersonal approach – most of the time, hypnotherapist invokes the inner wisdom of their client directly and asking for its support to guide the session. What happens then is enabling the client to access this wisdom and be able to work in it with trance through voice dialogue, symbolic communication etc. With this style of support, it is cultivating the ongoing relationship of client with his/her inner wisdom.