Extreme anxietyAnxiety Forum
By Alison Rowlands
I have a client who has extreme anxiety who has never had hypnosis before, during our first session he came out of hypnosis half way through extremely anxious saying he was scared he wasn't going to wake up so I spent the rest of the session talking through his issues and reassuring him. The client has booked another session and I am going to try a different method.
What would people suggest for this?
I would do a thorough interview and understanding of what hypnosis is. You can even say would you like to know what hypnosis is, I can show you what hypnosis is without hypnotizing you. If they are agreeable then just say "close your eyes, take a deep breath, open your eyes, that's it." If they can't manage this it is possible they are not a candidate for hypnosis and need therapy like a licensed therapist. Of course I am assuming you are not. Hope this helps.
place the sentence " you remain in control at all times and are perfectly safe whilst in this hypnotic trance" spasmodically throughout the script, you are then reassuring the client they remain in control and are also safe. Helped one of my clients that kept opening their eyes throughout the hypnosis initially!
I actually had this on my second session with a client. I reassured her that she did amazing and she now realizes she can have come out at any time. Coming out of hypnosis reassured her that she was always in control. We have had 4 sessions since and I have taken her much deeper than the time she had her anxiety attack. You can reassure in the cognitive portion of the session and when you are putting him under mention that now that you know that you are in control and can come out of hypnosis at any time, you will allow yourself to relax even deeper because it feels good to relax.
I would explain that he is doing exactly what he is supposed to do under any hypnosis, in that, if he is frightened or does not want to continue for any reason he can come out of the trance in the way he has just done. I would also congratulate him on having the courage to do it, now that he knows what he can do what you have already explained, he should be able to relax knowing what he can do in his worst case scenario.