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If you’re curious about what happens before, during and after a hypnotherapy session, find answers here.  A typical hypnotherapy session lasts from one to two hours.


At Essential Balance Holistic Wellness Center, a typical hypnotherapy session lasts from one to two hours.  Upon arrival, Hayden Sutherland CHt will review the Client Health History form and will sign the Client Bill of Rights.  Then Hayden will conduct an extensive pre-induction interview where he will ask you a number of specific questions so that he can better understand the scope and source of the issue that you are seeking to address.  Hayden will then take you through two brief pre-hypnosis test exercises.


The  purposes of these exercises include:

Giving Hayden insight into how you process information.  Since different people process information in different ways (visually, auditorily or kinesthetically), understanding how you process information allows him to determine which hypnotic techniques will work best for you.

The exercises also help Hayden evaluate how susceptible you are to suggestion and to which types of suggestion you are most susceptible.  Knowing this will allow him to utilize the types of suggestions that will be most effective for you.

Giving you a brief experience of hypnosis before being guided fully into the hypnotic state.  Having this brief experience with a light hypnotic state will allow you to feel more comfortable and familiar with the process, preparing you for the full hypnotic session.

Finally, before starting the full hypnosis session, Hayden will take time to address any further concerns or reservations you may have about the process of going into and through hypnosis. He will answer any last questions that you may have to ensure that you are completely comfortable with the process. Being comfortable and confident going into a hypnotic session greatly increases the effectiveness of the session.


After Hayden has gained a comprehensive understanding of the issues you face and you are comfortable in your understanding of the process, he will use special techniques to gently guide you into a hypnotic state. He will then follow an issue-specific protocol that will begin the process of transforming your issue, moving you to a state of greater balance and wellness. Upon completion of the in-trance therapeutic protocol Hayden will begin the process of bringing you out of hypnosis and back to a state of full and regular waking consciousness. Once you are in a fully conscious state Hayden will review the session with you discussing insights from the session and determining what techniques were more and which were less effective for you. Finally Hayden will make recommendations for applying the insights from your session and will discuss whether or not he feels that you will need additional sessions. He will estimate how many additional sessions, if any, based upon the complexity of your issue(s) and your responsiveness to the initial session. Each client is unique. While some clients successfully clear an issue in as little as one session, others can take up to six sessions or more. Studies have shown that hypnotherapy is one of the most effective, and cost effective, protocols for addressing mental and behavioral issues.

Take a look at the following statistics*:

Psychoanalysis: 35% recovery after 600 sessions

Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions

Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

* Hypnotherapy: A Reappraisal, Alfred Barrios, PhD: originally published in The Psychotherapy Journal of the American Psychiatric Association; 1970.

As you can see, hypnotherapy is a less expensive, often faster and often more effective option to consider when weighing wellness options.  Hypnotherapy is often more effective than other treatment methods in addressing problem issues and enhancing the quality of clients’ lives because, unlike most other treatment modalities, it addresses the problems where they reside, within the SUBCONSCIOUS mind.

Do You Have Other Questions About Hypnosis?

If you have any other questions about hypnosis, about Essential Balance Holistic Wellness Center or about the qualifications of  Hayden Sutherland CHt, our Certified Clinical and Transpersonal hypnotherapist, please call for a FREE initial phone consultation at (813) 928-9850.


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* Clients with diagnosed or observable medical and/or mental health conditions are only seen with a referral or prescription from, or under the supervision of, an appropriate, licensed practitioner of the healing arts.

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