Different Styles of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapists are using different styles when performing hypnotherapy and clients have to pick a style that suits them. One way to know what style is going to work best for you is by observing yourself how you respond or react to people who tells you what to do.
If you’re the type of person who feels at ease when given directions, then you can go with the directive approach but if you see yourself more of the rebellious type, then a permissive approach will surely be a better pick. 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 – when chosen this path, the hypnotherapist is guiding the client to reach a state of hypnosis by telling instructions of what must be done. Many people are quite familiar with this said approach as it’s the kind of technique that is similar to what we see in movies and stage hypnosis.
Basically, many styles of hypnotherapy is taking on this aspect. Just telling clients to be comfortable and relax and take deep breaths is already a direct suggestion. There is a high probability that direct suggestion will work if for instance the client is open, receptive and suggestible and that they are not having any problems in the focus of the hypnotherapy session.
Open ended style – as for this style, what the hypnotherapist do than simply telling their client to close their eyes is to apply a permissive or embedded suggestion that uses permissive or embedded suggestion. In this suggestion, the language is mirroring what the client is experiencing and that he/she has the freedom to respond to what is suggested or not.
When it comes to open ended style, the hypnotherapist is utilizing metaphor to teach clients new inner responses to the current situation or perhaps, expanding their resources and perception about the issue or problem. Clients who are under this hypnosis style experiences to be more fluid, effortless and organic.
Transpersonal approach – oftentimes, the hypnotherapist will invoke the inner wisdom of the client directly and ask for support in guiding 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.