Hypnosis Training Video #483: Defeating the Hypnosis Client Saboteurs – Even When They Mean Well!

Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH, OB, MCPHI

Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH, OB, MCPHI

Erika Flint, BA, BCH, A+CPHI

Erika Flint, BA, BCH, A+CPHI

Watch Out for Hypnosis Saboteurs

A client comes in because their spouse insists they stop smoking, a parent offers to pay for hypnosis sessions for their (adult) child. We’ve all had clients like these, and as hypnotists our first instinct is to offer them help. But even with the best of intentions, those well-meaning friends and family can act as saboteurs to the success of our clients if the client themselves is skeptical or uninvested.

We need to make sure that our client really wants to be there for the right reasons or the hypnosis work we do with them is going to be really challenging. They need to have a desire to make a change, to take ownership in the process. If you take on a client that doesn’t want to be there and they’re not successful it’s not good for your reputation and it’s not good for business.


When your client has a personal investment in the hypnosis process they are more likely to achieve their goals!

Sometimes a saboteur can be a family member or friend who is skeptical of the hypnosis process and undermines your clients’ confidence. In those cases, remind your client that they are making a positive change:

You are here, and you are investing in yourself.

Have your client visualize and share what their life might be like if they could simply press a button and make the change they desire. You can even make them press a real button! You might get a laugh, but in the end they have taken a first positive step in visualizing a better future through hypnosis.

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