Hypnotherapy Course

Course Syllabus

1. Welcome

  • Course overview
  • Grading
  • Hypnotism in the media
  • Origination of the term ‘hypnotherapy’
  • Definition of hypnotherapy
  • Uses of hypnotism
  • Evidence that hypnotherapy works
  • Certification
  • Professional Environment

2. History of Hypnotherapy

  • Hypnotherapy in Ancient Times
  • Hypnotherapy in Religious Texts
  • Franz Anton Mesmer, the Father of Hypnotherapy
  • The Nancy School of Bernheim
  • Sigmund Freud, the Father of Psychotherapy
  • Milton H. Erickson and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
  • James Esdaile and Mesmeric Analgesia
  • The Alchemical Theory of Hypnosis
  • Hypnotherapy and Modern Medicine

3. Myths About Hypnotherapy

  • Myth 1: You will give up your free will
  • Myth 2: Hypnosis is mind control
  • Myth 3: You will get stuck in a hypnotized state
  • Myth 4: It takes a long time
  • Myth 5: Hypnosis is the same as being asleep
  • Myth 6: You will not remember what happened
  • Myth 7: Only the weak-minded can be hypnotized
  • Myth 8: The hypnotist has magical powers
  • Myth 9: Hypnosis is dangerous
  • Myth 10: Using hypnotherapy requires no training
  • A few more myths you may encounter

4. How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

  • Getting a client into a relaxed state
  • Light trance
  • Medium trance
  • Stages of deep trance
  • Heightened state of awareness
  • Physical changes
  • Rewiring the brain
  • Open to suggestion
  • Types of suggestion
  • Bringing it all together

5. How to Hypnotise the Client

  • Have the client get into a relaxed state
  • Rapid induction
  • Progressive induction
  • Direct induction
  • Indirect induction
  • Spoken scripts
  • Taped scripts
  • Music, other props
  • How to develop effective scripts
  • Ending the hypnotized state

6. Advanced Techniques

  • Direct suggestion
  • Indirect suggestion
  • Parts theory
  • Age Regression
  • Guiding the client through their past
  • Reframing the experience
  • Age progression

7. A Typical Hypnotherapy Session

  • An introduction to a typical hypnotherapy session
  • Completing patient intake forms
  • Discussing your billing procedures with patients
  • Taking a complete medical history
  • Discussing areas of concern to the patient
  • Explaining the various treatments available
  • Determining your average session length
  • Focusing on the patient’s goals and objectives (and expectations)
  • Entering a state of hypnosis
  • Exploring the experience with the client
  • Teaching your patient the essentials of self-hypnosis

8. Using Hypnotherapy for Physical Problems

  • Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation
  • Fight insomnia with hypnosis
  • Conquer chronic pain with hypnotherapy
  • Whittle the pounds away with weight loss hypnosis
  • Hypnotherapy for managing migraines
  • Hypnosis: making chemo treatments easier to bear
  • Anaesthesia: hypnotherapy on the operating table
  • Hypnosis + arthritis = a better quality of life
  • Hypnotherapy offers help and hope for IBS sufferers
  • The new novocaine: hypnosis at the dentists’
  • A labour of love – hypnotherapy for child birth

9. Hypnotherapy for Psychological Disorders

  • Using hypnotherapy to alleviate performance anxiety
  • Hypnosis to de-stress
  • Using hypnosis to overcome phobias
  • Putting panic disorders to rest with hypnotherapy
  • Eradicating eating disorders with hypnosis
  • Treating post traumatic stress disorder with hypnotherapy
  • Defeating anxiety disorders through hypnosis
  • Dealing with depression with hypnotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy for dissociative disorders
  • Tackling test anxiety through hypnosis

10. How to Set up a Practice

  • Rates
  • Billing
  • Finding an office
  • Using your home as your office
  • Building a calm atmosphere
  • Networking
  • Building referral network with nurses, doctors, dentists
  • Creating a client list
  • Building a web site
  • Advertising
  • Creating your own hypnotherapy CDs