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4 January 2024

When hypnotherapy doesn’t work

Whether you’re trying online hypnotherapy or a face-to-face session, it sometimes just doesn’t work. Here’s why.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that can be used to treat a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, and phobias. However, it is important to note that hypnotherapy is not a magic bullet, and it does not work for everyone.

I have now conducted more than 5,000 sessions (both face-to-face and also online hypnotherapy), and as with any other therapist, it would be inconceivable to claim a 100% success rate. That’s because there are a large number of reasons why hypnotherapy may not be effective for a particular individual.

These include:

  • A lack of chemistry between the client and hypnotherapist.
  • A lack of commitment or motivation from the client.
  • The incompetence or inexperience of the hypnotherapist – or his/her failure to give a client their full attention.

There are several other possible causes behind an unsuccessful session, but it’s my belief that these three are the main ones. For every client, I do everything in my power to eliminate anything that could detract from a successful outcome.

Let’s look at those three main ways that a hypnotherapy session is sometimes derailed.

1 Lack of Chemistry Between the Client and Hypnotherapist

The relationship between the client and hypnotherapist is essential to the success of hypnotherapy. The client needs to feel comfortable and trusting with the hypnotherapist in order to be able to relax and let go. If there is no chemistry between the client and hypnotherapist, it is unlikely that the hypnotherapy will be effective.

2 Lack of Commitment or Motivation from the Client

Hypnotherapy is not a passive process. The client needs to be committed and motivated to change. If the client is not committed or motivated, it is unlikely that the hypnotherapy will be a success.

3 Incompetence of the Hypnotherapist

Hypnotherapy is a complex skill that requires training and experience. If the hypnotherapist is not competent, it is unlikely that the hypnotherapy will be effective.

How to Avoid These Pitfalls

If you are considering hypnotherapy, it is important to take steps to help your session get off to the best possible start. Here are a few tips:

Do your research to find a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist

You can ask your doctor for a referral or search online for hypnotherapists in your area. Once you have found a few potential hypnotherapists, read their reviews and schedule a consultation with each of them to see which one is the best fit for you.

For my own part, I offer a free consultation lasting a full 20 minutes over the phone so that new clients can get an idea of what to expect. I also have more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients who say their experience with me was a positive one. Additionally, I have more than 10 years of experience and have completed 2,000+ hours of training.

Be honest with yourself about your commitment to the process.

If you are not sure whether you are ready to make the changes that hypnotherapy can help you with, it is best to wait until you are more motivated.

Trust your gut.

If you don’t feel comfortable with a particular hypnotherapist, don’t be afraid to move on to someone else. And if you just don’t feel ready or are convinced it isn’t for you, don’t force it. Belief is a powerful part of the process.

What to Do If Hypnotherapy Isn’t Working for You

If you have tried hypnotherapy and it just isn’t working for you, there are a few things you can do:

1/ Try a different hypnotherapist. It is possible that the hypnotherapist you are seeing is not a good fit for you. Try working with a different hypnotherapist to see if that makes a difference. I have certainly worked with people who have tried other therapists before coming to me.

2/ Try a different type of therapy. There are many other types of therapy that can be effective for a variety of issues. If hypnotherapy is not working for you, talk to your doctor about other options.

3/ Be patient. Change sometimes takes time. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results immediately. Keep working with your hypnotherapist and be patient with yourself. In some cases, I find that a single session of hypnotherapy can be enough to help clients deal with whatever is holding them back, but two is more common.

In cases of trauma or complex anxiety cases, three or more sessions have led to the best results.

What I Do If Hypnotherapy Isn’t Working For Me

As with every career, there is a learning curve. In my earliest days as a hypnotherapist, I was inclined to work with clients even when there had been a disconnect during the initial consultation.

I quickly learned that when this happened, the results were disappointing. I became aware of the power of connection – so much so that I then started to recommend that certain would-be clients should try another hypnotherapist if I felt I wasn’t right for them.

This, I believe, is the sensible thing to do. I still do it today. If we’re not right for each other, I’ll say.

But if you come to me or any other hypnotherapist with the belief that this is all a waste of time and that your hypnotherapy session is the worst idea ever, it’s pretty much guaranteed to fail no matter who you choose.

I am an expert in helping people to deal with anxiety, phobias, confidence issues and many other problems that are holding them back. Get in touch today and I’ll not only give you 10% off your first session, we can schedule a free, no-strings chat and I’ll send you a free one-hour relaxation download worth £17.99.

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