Everything you need to know about interviewing clients, building rapport, and developing personalised, effective session content, whether you work from scripts or off the cuff.

It was a class discussion with my hypnotherapy practitioner students which inspired Their Worlds, Your Words. We all agreed that the benefits of adapting session content to suit individual clients seemed self-evident. Exactly how to achieve this was less clear.  

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My students had lots of very relevant questions. Which parts of our knowledge of the client should we use? How can we personalise a generic script when it looks complete just as it is? Where do the personal details go? Can we adapt and re-use the content we have created ourselves for a specific client?

I looked for resources and discovered there was relatively little on these questions to refer my students to. Lots of debate about the pros and cons of scripts, true. But nothing on the mechanics of breaking them down into their constituent parts and personalising them.

‘If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it,’ or so says Toni Morrison, So, Their Worlds, Your Words was born (or, at least, conceived).

I intended at first to talk only about adapting hypnotherapy scripts, and developing your own off-the-cuff session content. But knowing what information had to be collected in the first place was essential to do this effectively. I took a step back and started with that.

The content of TWYW

The first section of this book, therefore, covers how you get into your client’s world: how to listen to both what they say and what they don’t say, and the right questions to ask to ensure you can offer really effective therapy. These chapters include some ‘try it out’ practical exercises so you can develop your skills as you move through the information.

The second section concentrates on how to find the right words to help your clients achieve their goals. There are tips for integrating personal information into pre-written scripts, and also for writing original session content of your own. Practical examples and case studies show you exactly how the process works.

The book is an invaluable resource for newly qualified or student hypnotherapists who want to ensure that their sessions are unique, personalised, powerful and effective.

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