Should You Use Scripts In Your Hypnotherapy Sessions?

I was talking to a good friend and newly qualified hypnotist recently, and we were discussing the pros and cons of using hypnosis scripts when working with clients. He confided that he really hates using scripts… but if he doesn’t use a script he doesn’t know what to say.

A lot of us feel awkward with a script in our hands. For a good hypnosis session to really flow, we don’t want to be speaking stiff, wooden lines, using words or patterns of speech that just don’t feel right coming out of our mouths.

We want to speak naturally and fluently to the client, using our own, normal language patterns. But, especially if you’re a student, newly qualified or inexperienced hypnotist, dispensing with scripts can leave you floundering, lost for quite what you should be saying next.

You can only get away with repeating, “relaxing more and more with every breath” so many times before you really have to come up with whatever the next part of the session is focusing on! If you find your clients frequently squinting quizzically at you when they were meant to be deeply relaxed, chances are you’re not quite ready to abandon the scripts yet!

So what’s the answer?

Well, in my opinion I’m afraid the answer is some hard work! The fact is that if you’re determined to work without hypnosis scripts, you really have to know what you’re talking about. This means getting to know a set of core scripts for general use as well as you possibly can. I don’t mean memorizing them word for word… you’ll still end up sounding like a stilted automaton.

I mean getting to know the meaning and the flow and flavor of them so well that you can confidently run through them in your own way, using words you feel comfortable and natural with, but confident that the structure and content are doing the job you want.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for being creative, coming up with original metaphors, and tailoring your sessions to suit your specific client. But you can only do this if you already have some core scripts to base your original ideas around. If you’ve learned your stuff well, you’ll know that gentle repetition is good; flowing connectives are good; using the present continuous tense is usually good too.

If you know a good induction script, or one for general calmness, relaxation and confidence… really know it so that you can rephrase it to suit yourself… the creativity and freedom comes in when you’re doing the specific therapeutic work with your client.

So you have them thoroughly relaxed and receptive, and then you use your imagination with whatever metaphors or visualizations you feel will work well for them and the particular situation they’re wanting your help with.

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But I really don’t believe there’s a shortcut to working without scripts. If you want to feel natural and comfortable about what you’re saying in a hypnosis session, then you need to put the preparation time in.

Practice reading aloud the scripts you like when there are no clients around. Gradually look at the page less and less, and exchange awkward phrases, or words you just wouldn’t use, with ones that feel more natural for you.

Do this again and again until you’re completely relaxed about it. You know what you need to say, and you can adapt it to the situation.

Once you can run through a session without any trouble, you’ll find that you naturally begin to change and adapt and create sessions “on the hoof”. And when you’ve got that safe, stable, tried and tested core of “off the shelf” scripts well and truly locked in place, you’ll find that rather than being in a straight-jacket it gives you the freedom to be safely creative, to stumble upon those moments of magic where exactly the right words come to you… where exactly the right image or metaphor bubbles up out of your unconscious mind, and because you’ve already been speaking naturally and comfortably, you’re new idea just slots in perfectly.

And nothing is a substitute for experience. Put the hours in, practicing on family and friends if necessary, and you’ll soon find that you just naturally begin to know what to say to bring a client into deep relaxation. Your experience will teach you what works best for you and your clients, and you’ll find that you increasingly know what to say and how to say it, even in new, unfamiliar situations.

There Is No Right Answer When It Comes To Hypnosis Scripts

I know not everyone will agree with me about this. Some people only feel confident if they have a script in their hands, while others escape from the restrictions of scripts as quickly as possible and don’t want to base their work on what others have come up with.

Most people go through a transitional stage, working with brief notes and bullet points to keep them on track before abandoning scripts altogether. And many very experienced hypnotists will still revert to using a script or at least some notes when they are dealing with an unfamiliar topic.

If you have an idea or a tip on how best to break free from using hypnosis scripts without running into the, “ummm… what do I say now?” trap, please do share it below in the comments section. Everyone works slightly differently, and we can all benefit by hearing how others tackle the same problem.

In addition, if you are one of those Hypnotists who enjoy using scripts, which there is nothing wrong with if it works for you. I wanted to provide you with a resource that I use a lot when I get stuck or don’t know what to say.

So I thought I would include a link to the service I personally use and get all my script from.I will use these scripts to get a general idea of how a direct suggestion session may flow and then create my own patter based on the scripts. Think of them as a cheat sheet or study guide to help guide you in the right direction.