What Is A Hypnotherapy Session Like & What Steps Are Involved

What Is A Hypnotherapy Session Like & What Steps Are Involved

Here is What Happens in a Hypnotherapy Session. 

In a hypnotherapy session you will be asked to sit in a comfortable chair and after asking some some questions and checking that you are ready.

I will then begin a hypnosis induction.

The induction is a form of words designed to lead you into a very relaxing and comfortable hypnotic trance.

If you are nervous, then I will demonstrate your hypnotic abilities by taking you briefly into trance…

And back out again so that you experience it first hand.

That way you get to understand the amazing power of hypnosis.

What happens in a hypnotherapy session


Although you are deeply relaxed you are actively involved in the process at every stage.

In hypnotherapy you are not a passive observer…

You are always aware of what is going on and following what I am saying, and actively working with me.

I might ask you at various points to open your eyes, to move a hand or to speak to me.

These tasks are all designed to let me know how you are progressing…

And to let you know that things are going smoothly.


You will not go to sleep.

I will make sure that you do not get so relaxed that you go to sleep

I need you to be able to communicate with me all the time.

Once you have reached the level of trance that’s right for you,


“I will begin the process of helping you to make the changes you want.


I will usually start by gently taking you to a place where you can feel safe, warm and content.

From there I will possibly take you on a guided journey where you overcome obstacles, meet wise leaders…

Or interact with people (Grandmother, Grandfather, Mom/Dad etc.) you used to know.

Taking you to a safe place

The exact content of the session depends on what you are wanting to achieve.

I will also usually mix in a lot of suggestions about your own capabilities, assumptions, perceptions and behaviour.

I will also usually invite you to some future situation where you will act with complete confidence with your new found abilities.


At the end of the hypnosis session I will guide you out of trance again.

You will come out of trance feeling refreshed and alert.

Most people feel as if they have just wakened from a long nap, and feel really relaxed.

And most people find the whole experience very enjoyable.

Sometimes you will have to return for another session or two, if what you want changed cannot all be done in one day…

But you can expect to get a major change in the situation even after the first hypnosis session.


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Will I remember everything after my hypnotherapy session?

Usually you will remember everything that was said to you and how you felt about it.

You interact with people you used to knowVery occasionally a client will get so relaxed that they will have no recollection at all of what went on.

This shows that they went into a really deep trance, and this is a really good thing…

They actually do remember it, but not consciously.

If I ask them “Do you recall me talking about a rose?” they will say “Oh, yes, actually I do, now that you mention it”.

What very often happens is the client says afterwards “Look I’m sorry I must have fallen asleep during the trance, there are parts I just don’t remember”.


This is an indication the client was going up and down in trance and remembers the parts where they were lightly hypnotised…

But when I touched on things of real importance they went deeper into trance and cannot recall those parts consciously…

Because they were not processing them with their conscious mind but with their subconscious awareness.

If I was to put them into trance again they can give complete details but still cannot recall a thing when awake.


“This is known as State Dependent Memory and is quite harmless.


What if I get it wrong?

Everyone can be hypnotised. Hypnosis is a natural ability we all have.

Going into trance is something you already know how to do.


“All I do is guide you in, like the air traffic controller guiding a plane down on to the right runway.


It is always you flying the plane, not me, all I do is to give you some suggestions like your sat nav for when you might want to turn left or turn right.


Types of Hypnotherapy used:

Each hypnosis session is carefully designedI mainly work with hypnosis but I also use other techniques.

Sometimes I do not use hypnosis at all, depending on the problem.

Some people feel more comfortable with one approach rather than another…

and some problems are easier to solve using one particular therapy style…

I use the style best suited to each client.


Each hypnosis session is carefully designed to match your individual needs…

And the most effective approach may combine one or more different therapies.

The main thing is to find the right way to get the result that you want.


If you have any worries at all, just ask for clarification.

Call me Mary on 086 388 0044



About the author

Mary Ananda Shakti administrator

Hypnotherapist Mary Ananda Shakti of Donegal Hypnosis Services Ireland. Today you're one step closer to a new you, where you feel more empowered and can move towards a positive path of personal growth and wellbeing.   Call me Mary, if you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life.

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