April 21

How to Know For Sure the Hypnosis Worked

Preliminary Techniques


Even when your client emerges feeling like a new person, you won’t know for certain whether or not the problem is completely resolved.   You won’t know whether or not you got everything.  You won’t know whether or not the results are going to stick.  Or for how long. 

To get a complete healing of an issue, you need to take care of all the aspects that are contributing to it.  And the only way to know for sure that you got everything is to test your results. 

There are two ways to test outcomes. 

  1. During the client’s session. 
  2. Between sessions. 

The tests you use during a session are really just preliminary tests.   They’re helpful because they give you a way to gauge the client’s expectations and responses.  But they won’t tell you whether or not the issue has been completely resolved.

The only true test of the results is in the client’s daily life.  This is because the client’s daily environment is a support system for the problem. Whatever is supporting the problem has to do with the status quo.  

When the issue is not completely resolved, stuff can happen in the client’s daily life to trigger old responses. There might be a problem in the family system.  It might have something to do with their primary relationship.  It might be in the workplace. There could be saboteurs the client is not even aware of.  

This is why Regression Hypnosis is not a single session approach. 

It’s because the real transformation doesn’t happen in the session room.  It happens after the client leaves your session.  That’s where post-hypnotic suggestions are going to take effect - or not. 

If all you do is see a client for a single session, you’ll never know whether or not the problem was resolved for good.  If there’s a recurrence of symptoms, or things get worse, you may never hear about it.  And the client will just assume that the hypnosis didn’t work . . . which is a shame. Getting the problem resolved for good could just be a matter of resolving that one last thing.  So, if your goal is to get lasting results, the single session approach can rob you of your success. 

One session doesn’t give you the time you need to uncover everything that’s contributing to the problem.  And it doesn’t allow you to thoroughly test the results. Even if you are successful at getting that one-session miracle, you won’t know for certain whether the client is going to be able to hold onto the changes.  

You need to test the results under real-life conditions.  That’s where the rubber meets the road.   So, you need at least one follow-up session. Having a follow-up session will allow you to test the client’s responses between sessions.  That way, when they come back in for the next session, you’ll know.   The client’s feedback will tell you whether or not the issue seems to be fully resolved.  Simple, right?

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About the author 

Wendie Webber

With over thirty years of experience as a healing practitioner, Wendie brings a broad range of skills to her approach to regression to cause hypnosis. She combines a gentle, yet commanding way of presenting with a thorough, clear and systematic approach to helping healing practitioners to make sense of regression hypnotherapy.