Certificate in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis Training)
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Certificate in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis Training)

Learn The Secrets Behind Milton Erickson's Approach To Hypnosis & Therapy & Ericksonian Hypnotic Language Patterns
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This course includes
  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1.5 hours on-demand audio
  • 13 articles
  • 46 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to do client-responsive hypnotherapy
  • How to utilise your observations successfully
  • How to do hypnotherapy without needing hypnotherapy scripts
  • How to do hypnotherapy without needing structured inductions
  • How to utilise almost any response clients give you to help them achieve their goals in hypnosis and therapy
  • How to use Ericksonian, conversational, indirect hypnosis language patterns
  • How to structure hypnotherapy sessions
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  • Printer, if you want to print out the handouts or other written material

This course is for those who want to quickly and easily learn how to do Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. Join over 10,000 students on this hypnosis course learning from Dan Jones, one of the UK's foremost Ericksonian hypnosis instructors. Dan is committed to supporting you through this hypnotherapy course. He reads every comments and replies to every question (usually within 24 hours - depending on time zone differences).

Learn the simple principles which hide behind the complexities seen in Ericksonian hypnotherapy. People often say that the Ericksonian approach to hypnosis and hypnotherapy is too difficult to learn. This isn't the case. There is a lot of complex language patterns, techniques and creative interventions, but, as you will learn in this course, these are all built on really simple principles which I have uncovered from over two decades of studying and clinical practice with the Ericksonian approach.

To help you with your learning this course includes: 

  • Over 8.5 hours of video lectures

  • A 119-page PDF workbook of supporting information

  • 20 hypnosis inductions and hypnotherapy demonstrations

  • PDF's of the slides from the video lectures

  • Six quizzes to check your knowledge as you work through the course

  • Sussex Hypnotherapy Centre completion certification which can be helpful to evidence CPD

This hypnotherapy course will take you on a journey from:

  • The history of hypnosis and why you should use hypnosis

  • To the work of Milton H Erickson

  • To the underpinning foundations of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

  • How to do Ericksonian Hypnotherapy language patterns

  • And finally on to how to structure hypnotherapy sessions

By the time you complete this course you will know how to do hypnotherapy:

  • Without the need for structured hypnotic inductions

  • Without the need for hypnotherapy scripts

  • Without the need to just do 'suggestion therapy' hypnotherapy

You will know:

  • How to work with clients as unique, individual human beings

  • How to tailor what you do to each person as an individual

This Ericksonian hypnosis and hypnotherapy course contains clearly laid out content which is explained well in a calm, relaxing manner allowing you to fully absorb and integrate the concepts and ideas you are learning. To get the most out of this training it is recommended that you take time to absorb and learn from each lesson by going and practising with friends, family and like-minded people, as well as going and observing people and reading books from the recommended reading list to broaden your knowledge. Curiosity is the key to developing mastery and success. It is also good to ask questions and interact with others in the discussion areas of the lectures to get others understandings and views and experiences on different elements of the training. 

Current students on the course have describe it as:

  • Valuable, easy to comprehend information

  • Very high-level teaching and thorough information, you won’t find any course or certification out there like this

  • Easy to understand and well presented

  • Teaches what is usually complicated material in an easy and comfortably way to help with solid acquisition and retention

  • Taught in normal, down-to-Earth language

  • Informative and interesting

  • Great information I can immediately implement in my practice

This course is ideal for:

  • Those that are new to hypnosis and keen to learn about how to do hypnosis

  • Those with experience with hypnosis who perhaps use hypnosis scripts or structured inductions and just suggesting problems away, that want to develop their skill and knowledge at being able to do hypnotherapy with people without the need for structured inductions and just the use of suggestion therapy

  • It is also ideal for hypnotherapist that perhaps don't have much knowledge or experience with Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and want to take a course for continued professional development (CPD)

  • Life-Coaches, NLP Practitioners, Coaches, Counsellors and other therapists that want to learn about Ericksonian Hypnotherapy to add this skill to the therapy or coaching you already offer

(Different places in the world have different rules around who can practice as a hypnotherapist. My view is to practice as a hypnotherapist you should undertake extensive live classroom tuition (minimum 120 hours of classroom tuition and minimum 450 hours total training) which teaches therapy and then only work with those client groups you have been trained to work with. If you are totally untrained but have an interest in learning Ericksonian hypnotherapy this course will teach you what you need to know, but I would recommend you shouldn't work as a hypnotherapist based on just taking this course. This course will still teach you advanced communication skills which can be helpful in a wide range of life situations. If you have trained in hypnotherapy, counselling, coaching, or NLP or other similar fields then Ericksonian hypnotherapy should make great additional skills for your tool-box to use with clients you have been trained to work with, and this course should also give you a greater understanding about your use of language and other skills with clients even if you aren't doing hypnosis)

Autistic Hypnotherapy instructor Dan Jones, is one of the UK's leading experts on Ericksonian Hypnotherapy with over 20 years experience. He has also authored and contributed to many books and articles on the subject.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners with little or no experience with hypnosis and hypnotherapy, but holding a keen interest to learn about the mind and to learn how to effectively help others overcome problems or achieve success
  • Hypnotherapists or those with hypnosis training that would like to learn about Ericksonian Conversational, Indirect Hypnotherapy
  • Hypnotherapists and other therapists, coaches, NLP Practitioners and counsellors that want to do this training as continued professional development (where your relevant organisations allow it to count towards your CPD)
Course content
Expand all 106 lectures 14:17:21
+ Introduction
5 lectures 15:39

An introduction to the Ericksonian hypnosis and hypnotherapy course and the course content.

Preview 04:15

In this lecture you will find the 119-page, 42,000+word Ericksonian hypnosis and hypnotherapy PDF workbook which you can download, print off and read. This workbook supplements the contents of this hypnosis and hypnotherapy eCourse.

119-Page, 42,000+Word Ericksonian Hypnotherapy eCourse PDF Workbook

This video is a demonstration of Ericksonian hypnosis. This video is to give you a taste of what Ericksonian hypnosis looks like when it is being used. This is a frequent way in which I hypnotise clients during sessions. I will start a conversation about the conscious part of them and the unconscious part of them, and how the unconscious part of them knows more than they do consciously, and is the part that I need to talk to to help them to make changes within that part of the mind. This is a very typical example of what Ericksonian hypnosis looks like.

Preview 06:37

An introduction to how you can get the most from this course

Preview 02:51

Here is a list of recommended reading that will help you with understanding and broadening your knowledge of the course content.

Preview 01:51
+ History of Hypnosis
7 lectures 38:37

Learn about the early days of hypnosis, through to when hypnosis became 'hypnotism'

Preview 08:37

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Preview 10 pages

Learn about the development of mesmerism into hypnotism and some of the key figures during that time

Preview 06:52

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Preview 9 pages

Learn about hypnosis being the root of modern psychotherapy - the PDF slides can be downloaded

Preview 06:20

Learn about Milton H Erickson MD and some of the influence he had on modern psychotherapy

Preview 16:48

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Preview 11 pages

Quiz Description

History of Hypnosis - Test
6 questions
+ What is Trance & Hypnosis
15 lectures 01:07:39

Lecture about trance and focus of attention

Trance & Focus of Attention

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Trance & Focus of Attention Handout
7 pages

Lecture exploring some of the responses people give when they are in a trance that hypnotists can look out for and notice

Trance Behaviours

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Trance Behaviours Handout
8 pages

This is an example of an induction where the main focus is using focus of attention to induce hypnosis. You can watch this and notice signs the client is responding and entering hypnosis due to holding their focus. I am also guiding their attention, signally to enter hypnosis with the downward movement of my finger and helping this along with my supportive comments, like 'that's it' and 'all the way'.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Focusing Attention Demonstration

This hypnosis induction demonstration uses focusing attention. In this case I am using a fidget spinner as the thing to focus the clients attention.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Focusing Attention Two

The trance used by hypnotherapists is the optimal learning state. This lecture explores how this is the state used within hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis - The Optimal Learning State

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Hypnosis - The Optimal Learning State Handout
7 pages

A lecture about how hypnosis can be induced and how 'hypnosis' is induced by 'triggering' or facilitating an aspect of the process leading to dreaming sleep.

Inducing Hypnosis

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Inducing Hypnosis Handout
8 pages

A lecture about guiding attention to help people access hypnosis or a trance state.

All of the demonstrations you will see through this course, and the one at the beginning of the course involve guiding and focusing attention so when you watch or listen to the demonstrations you can pay attention to how I am guiding and focusing attention and notice what I am guiding and focusing attention towards.

Guiding Attention

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Guiding Attention Handout
6 pages

This hypnotic induction is my take on the traditional staircase induction. What I am doing in this induction is guiding the client's attention into an experience, into building that experience up in their mind, drawing their attention to different aspects of the experience and then using the idea of a staircase to narrow their focus of attention and guide them deeper into hypnosis. Later in the course you will learn about metaphorical hypnotic inductions. This is a metaphorical induction, using guided visualisation and metaphor of going deeper etc to induce hypnosis.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Guiding Attention

A lecture about ultradian rhythms. Ultradian rhythms include the Basic Rest and Activity Cycle (BRAC) which is our 'everyday trance cycle' where we enter an inner focus roughly every 90-120 minutes, and between this we raise to a peak of activity and external focus.

Ultradian Rhythms
Ultradian Rhythms Handout
6 pages
What is Trance & Hypnosis - Test
6 questions
+ Why Use Hypnosis
10 lectures 56:39

First video in a 3-part lecture introducing why it is useful to use hypnosis

Why Use Hypnosis Lecture Part 01

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Why Use Hypnosis Lecture Part 01 Handout
7 pages

Continuing on the 'Why Use Hypnosis' lecture.

Why Use Hypnosis Lecture Part 02

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Why Use Hypnosis Lecture Part 02 Handout
4 pages

Part 03 continuing the 'Why Use Hypnosis' lecture.

Why Use Hypnosis Lecture Part 03

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Why Use Hypnosis Lecture Part 03 Handout
5 pages

A lecture about using a positive focus of communication and how important this is especially in the highly responsive state of hypnosis, and then exploring how the type of trance experience someone has varies depending on how it is induced.

Positive Communication

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Positive Communication Handout
5 pages

Lecture discussing trance depth, trance absorption, and state-dependant learning and behaviour.

Trance Depth

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Trance Depth Handout
7 pages
Why Use Hypnosis - Test
6 questions
+ Observation & Utilisation
11 lectures 57:47

Learn about observation and its importance to Ericksonian Hypnotherapy


A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Observation Handout
11 pages

In this hypnotic induction demonstration I am demonstrating using observations. I am using this induction to demonstrate this point because I don't do too much additional utilisation. In this hypnosis induction I say 'that's right' or 'that's it' when I observe non-conscious signs from the client which are linked with going inside their mind and relaxing, so I acknowledge things like blinking, defocused eyes, out-breaths, non-conscious muscle movements etc. You can watch this and see if you can notice the different things I am noticing. There is a lot I am not commenting that you can notice you would perhaps have commented on.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Observation

Learn about utilisation and its importance to Ericksonian Hypnotherapy


A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Utilisation Handout
8 pages

In this hypnotic induction demonstration I am demonstrating utilising my observations of the client. The hypnosis induction is about 'describing about how I go into hypnosis' but that isn't what I am doing, that is what I tell the client I am doing. What I am really doing is observing the client and my description is actually of the client's ongoing experience and as they follow along and with the context being that what I am describing means going into hypnosis, they follow along and start to go into hypnosis. The information I focus on in my description to the client is the information which is relevant to entering and relaxed inwardly focused state and by focusing more on these observations rather than just commenting on all behaviours etc, this helps to guide them into hypnosis.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Utilisation

Learn how you can use observation and utilisation, and the importance of listening to and using client feedback

Using Client Feedback

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Using Clients Feedback Handout
11 pages

This lecture explores the three pillars of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, observation, utilisation and having a clearly defined goal.

The Three Pillars

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The Three Pillars Handout
11 pages

The 'My Friend John' induction is probably one of the most famous Ericksonian inductions The idea is that you talk about your hypothetical friend or client 'John' and describe how they were curious about hypnosis and about how to enter hypnosis and what happens as you go into hypnosis, so you explained this to them.

Your actual client is then listening along to you talking about this other person unaware that you are actually hypnotising them. What you are really doing is using observation, utilisation and having a goal (the three pillars of Ericksonian hypnosis) to hypnotise the client in front of you. So your goal at this stage is to guide the client into hypnosis, so you are observing for behaviours the client does that are related to this, like unconscious movements or times they are naturally drifting inside their mind and these are what you talk about to the client about 'John'

So you may say "So I explained...as you start to drift into hypnosis, so your breathing begins to slow down." this would be timed to match when the client in front of you is breathing out, you are using a presupposition (which you will learn about later in the course - presuppositions are words like: before, during, while, as, after, when - they are words that imply something, so "as you start to drift into hypnosis" implies you are drifting into hypnosis) to imply 'this is happening', you are using an embedded command by pausing between 'explained' and 'as' and you are using a linking suggestion by linking the first part of the sentence "as you start to drift into hypnosis," with a second part of the sentence "so your breathing begins to slow down", you are using vague language that contains very little information so they have to fill in the blanks themselves and it is difficult to challenge the comments because you don't know what 'drifting into hypnosis' feels like, and 'as you start' means even if you don't notice that you are drifting into hypnosis there could be signs a hypnotist can notice that you just aren't aware of yet so it is difficult to disagree that you are drifting into hypnosis, likewise as long as the breathing rate hasn't increased (in which case you wouldn't give a suggestion like this) the client is unlikely to be able to tell or disagree with whether their breathing has slowed because even a very small imperceptible slowing would count as slowing which they wouldn't notice.

So all you are really doing is observing the client, taking your observations and utilising them by suggesting to the client what you are observing in them that is in the direction of going into hypnosis. The use of all the Ericksonian language patterns I have mentioned above (which is all covered later in the course) come naturally out of just using the three pillars, so a simple sentence like "so I explained...as you start to drift into hypnosis, so your breathing begins to slow down" is packed with many different hypnotic language patterns and techniques.

Hypnosis Demonstration: 'My Friend John' (Three Pillars Demonstration)

Quiz Description

Observation & Utilisation - Test
5 questions
+ Introducing Hypnotic Inductions
15 lectures 01:27:53
Doing Hypnosis Without Calling It Hypnosis
Pattern Interrupt Inductions

With this hypnotic induction demonstration you can see the way that I interrupt the client's pattern to induce hypnosis. I start with a rhythm of counting and then break my rhythm at points when the client has got used to the rhythm, so she expects to close her eyes but I delay saying the number and this frustrates the response and focuses attention and deepens hypnosis, then other times I suddenly count quicker, again breaking the rhythm and increasing focused attention and deepening hypnosis.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Pattern Interrupt
Other Types Of Inductions

This hypnotic induction demonstration is of an arm movement confusion induction. I use confusion to interrupt the pattern of the client's thinking, ending with clarity and guiding the client into hypnosis with suggestions given during the confusion.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Arm Movement Confusion Induction

This is a hypnotic demonstration of the Elman Induction which is a very directive induction.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Direct Hypnotic Induction
Naturalistic and Creating Your Own Inductions
How To Guide Someone's Thinking
Naturalistically Creating Responses
Working Metaphorically
Making The Client Always Correct
Hypnotic Rhythm And Fractionation

This hypnosis induction demonstration is of an induction I use a lot when I teach people self-hypnosis. Each time the client closes their eyes they go deeper into hypnosis and find it harder to just open their eyes and come back out of hypnosis until eventually it is so much more comfortable for them to just remain in hypnosis, that they stop opening their eyes.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Fractionation Induction
Self Hypnosis Demonstration: Learn To Relax
+ Ericksonian Language Patterns
35 lectures 03:49:03

A lecture introducing you to Ericksonian 'Conversational' Hypnotic Language Patterns

Ericksonian Language Patterns Introduction

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Ericksonian Language Patterns Introduction Handout
4 pages

Learn about the agreement set, what it is, how to use it, and why you would use it in hypnosis and therapy

Agreement Set

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Agreement Set Handout
8 pages

Some further examples to support your learning around the agreement set

Agreement Set - Examples

This demonstration is hypnotising a subject sticking as much as possible to just using the agreement set.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Agreement Set Induction

Learn about linking suggestions, what they are, how to use them and why to use them in hypnosis and therapy

Linking Suggestions

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Linking Suggestions Handout
10 pages

Further examples to help with learning about linking suggestions

Linking Suggestions - Examples

This video is a demonstration of using linking suggestions as a hypnotic induction

Hypnosis Demonstration: Linking Suggestions Induction

Learn about presuppositions and how to use them, and why you would use them to enhance your effectiveness with hypnosis and therapy.

All of the hypnotic induction demonstrations on this course use presuppositions, you can go back and review past demonstrations and listen out during future demonstrations for presupposition use.


A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Presuppositions Handout
10 pages

Some further examples to help with learning about presuppositions

Presuppositions - Examples

Learn about vague language and how vague language can increase your effectiveness with hypnosis and therapy

Vague Language

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Vague Language Handout
9 pages

Further examples relating to vague language to help with learning the topic

Vague Language - Examples

An mp3 self hypnosis demonstration made almost exclusively of vague language to help people find inner wellbeing. This self hypnosis mp3 demonstrates how vague language can be used hypnotically and can be listened to educationally to notice how what has been taught in the vague language lecture can be applied

Hypnosis Demonstration: Vague Language (Self Hypnosis Mp3)

This lectures teaches you about the Ericksonian Language Patterns of binds and double binds, and how they offer an illusion of choice but only really have one outcome.


A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Binds Handout
9 pages

Examples of binds to help with developing your knowledge further

Binds - Examples

This lecture is a demonstration of inducing hypnosis using double binds.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Double Binds

Learn about how commands and suggestions can be used within Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, learn how to give covert, indirect commands and suggestions in a conversational way and why this can be helpful.

All of the hypnosis demonstrations throughout this course demonstrate the use of commands and suggestions as this is the main thing you are doing in an induction, whether it is embedded commands and suggestions within talking about my experiences of going into hypnosis, or when describing to 'my friend John' what it is like to go into hypnosis, or commands and suggestions given during linking suggestions or double binds, or when working within the agreement set. So you can watch any of demonstrations from this course to see how commands and suggestions are being used.

What often happens is when you re-watch demonstrations having learnt a bit more knowledge you see more of what is going on,even during the seemingly most basic demonstration, so I highly recommend as you continue through this course you review the demonstrations multiple times because you will get more out of them each time you watch them because you will know to look for more of what is taking place.

Commands & Suggestions

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Commands & Suggestions Handout
13 pages

Further examples to help with learning about commands and suggestions and how to apply them in hypnosis and therapy

Commands & Suggestions Examples

In this hypnosis demonstration I am doing a simple induction and repeatedly telling the client to go deeper and deeper, to go all the way into hypnosis.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Direct Suggestions and Commands

In this hypnosis demonstration I am doing an ambiguous touch induction but using indirect suggestions, which you have learned previously, including embedded commands and suggestions to suggest the client has an experience and enters hypnosis. Most of my suggestions in this course have demonstrated these techniques, even when they have been demonstrations of seemingly simple inductions. It is worthwhile revisiting the various demonstrations to see how much you notice now you have gone through much of the course.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Indirect Suggestions and Commands

Learn about how metaphors and analogies can be used in hypnosis and therapy. For a clear demonstration of metaphors and analogies being used as part of inducing hypnosis and being used therapeutically listen to the 'Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Demo' mp3 in a few lectures time at the end of this section on Ericksonian Language Patterns. This demonstration includes examples of everything you will have learnt being put together into a therapeutic hypnosis track.

Metaphors & Analogies

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Metaphors & Analogies Handout
10 pages

Further examples around metaphor and analogy use to help with learning

Metaphors & Analogies - Examples

Rounding up what you have learnt about Ericksonian Language Patterns and the next steps with developing your skills at using them

Ericksonian Language Patterns Summary

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Ericksonian Language Patterns Summary Handout
3 pages

This video is a clip of me hypnotising someone by telling them to look at the hand they think will lift as they go into hypnosis, it uses a mix of direct and indirect suggestion, linking suggestions, presuppositions, double binds, and all the other techniques you have been learning. It uses confusion and is a failsafe induction because any response is the correct response.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Putting It All Together

A self hypnosis mp3 that is to help the listener to feel accepted and change their perspective on their life and feel more serene and increase their wellbeing. It is included here as a demonstration of 'putting it all together'. So this session uses Ericksonian Language Patterns as a full self hypnosis therapy session. You can listen to it as a self help product, or as a training product where you can analyse what I am saying and doing, and why I am saying and doing what I am doing.

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Demo - Self-Hypnosis Mp3 'Innner Wellbeing & Serenity'

These are further examples of Ericksonian Hypnotic Language Patterns being used to help you to get ideas and to increase your knowledge about how they can be applied within hypnosis and therapy

Examples of Ericksonian Hypnotic Language Use

This lecture is a client session for time distortion and personal growth demonstrating the different hypnotic and Ericksonian knowledge you have learned, demonstrating how I focus and guide the client's attention, how I respond to trance signs I observe, I use pattern interrupt, confusion, metaphor and analogy, direct and indirect commands, suggestions and techniques, linking suggestions, binds, vague language, presuppositions and the three pillars of the Ericksonian approach.

If you don't notice all this at first it can be worth watching multiple times and looking out for different things each time.

Hypnotherapy Demonstration: Therapeutic Client Session

Quiz Description

Ericksonian Language Patterns - Test
6 questions
+ Structuring Hypnotherapy Sessions
4 lectures 24:28

This lecture teaches you a structure to use when you are doing hypnotherapy with clients, this structure gives you a template to follow to connect with a client, get gather useful information, know how to use that information and know what you need to do during the session, through to working therapeutically and to integrating more formal hypnosis.

Structuring Hypnotherapy Sessions - RIGAAR Model

A copy of the slides used in the video from the previous lecture

Structuring Hypnotherapy Sessions - RIGAAR Model - Handout
4 pages

This is further information about the RIGAAR model

Hypnotherapy Session Structure, The RIGAAR Model

This lecture is a PDF you will need to download

This is a full transcript of a hypnotherapy session helping someone to improve their artistic abilities. This transcript is annotated with my description of what is taking place through the session, of the techniques I am using and why I am using those techniques. This transcript breaks down a full one hour hypnotherapy session showing how I am building rapport and getting a agreement and engagement with the client (Rapport Building from RIGAAR), how I am gathering information relevant to the goal for the session and for what the client wants beyond the session (Information Gathering and Goal Setting from RIGAAR), I don't necessarily explicitly 'Agree a Strategy' (from RIGAAR) but I do state the strategy and how this is being done implicitly, I didn't see a need to state it explicitly, I demonstrate and describe how I am accessing resources from within the client (Accessing Resource from RIGAAR) and I have some mental rehearsal during the session (Rehearsal from RIGAAR).

I go into as much detail as I can to explain what I am doing and how I am using all the techniques and knowledge you have learnt during this session. The effects of this session still continue to this day with the client continuing to have improved artistic abilities. The client says his musical abilities he has developed since this session in about 2005 also came from his creativity and changes to his thinking that all developed from this session.

Hypnosis Demonstration: Transcribed Full Hypnotherapy Session
25 pages
Structuring Hypnotherapy Sessions - Test
4 questions
+ Summary
2 lectures 07:16

A summary of the whole course, discussing what you have learnt.

I highly recommend now that you have completed the course you go back and re-watch and listen to the various demonstrations, because you will have far more knowledge now of things to look for. Each demonstration contains a rich array of techniques being used so you can watch demonstrations for example about the agreement set and this time instead of watching it for how agreement is being used you could watch for double binds, or linking suggestions, or use of commands and suggestions, or for use of vague language. Each demonstration contains far more than what I was using it to demonstrate.

Summing Up What You Have Learnt

Thank you for taking the time to complete this course, only a small percentage of people are self-motivated enough to get to this point, so congratulation in your achievement.

Certificate of Completion
+ Bonus Lessons
2 lectures 26:20

This lecture is a hypnotherapy session demonstration. It is an edited session rather than the full hour long session. The client wanted to lose weight, quit smoking and stop drinking cola, she achieved all of this and a decade later still maintains the results. This isn't high quality video due to its age and the equipment I had available to me at the time. I don't often get opportunities to do hypnotherapy sessions on camera with permission of clients, so I don't have any high quality recorded videos.

Students have asked if it would be possible for me to share some video hypnotherapy sessions rather than just the annotated hypnotherapy session transcript so that they can see me applying RIGAAR and using hypnosis with real therapy clients.

I have chosen this video specifically because I edited it when I was teaching a Solution Focused Therapy course to local authority staff (so I needed to minimise my mentioning of hypnosis) and as part of my editing I added in notes about what I was doing throughout the video which I thought would be useful for students here.

Hypnotherapy Demonstration: Edited & Annotated Hypnotherapy Client Session
Motivating Clients