If you're reading this after booking your first online hypnotherapy or coaching session, congratulations on taking a courageous step! It means you are keen to invest in yourself and create change in your life – you're already on the road to success.
Still trying to decide whether our Sydney hypnotherapy or coaching services are right for you? This article is for you too. I start with some insight into what to expect from your online session, and then give you nine steps that will help you get the most out of it.
As soon as I let go of who I am, I become what I can be. – Lao Tzu
1. Start with focus and intention
Focus and intention matter for both hypnotherapy and coaching sessions. The clearer the focus and intention for your sessions, the faster will transformation take place.
Clarify Your Goals:
Clearly define what you want to achieve through your online sessions, whether they involve hypnotherapy or coaching.
Invest time in thoughtful reflection to paint a vivid mental picture of your desired transformation.
Visualise Your Ideal Life:
What aspects do you want to transform, and how will this change manifest?
Think of what outcomes you hope to achieve through the sessions.
Identify Transformation Indicators:
Consider how you will recognise and measure change in your life. Be realistic with your expectations.
Define tangible indicators that signify the successful achievement of your goals.
Focus on Overall Areas:
If specificity proves challenging, concentrate on a broad focus area. For example, determine the overarching theme, such as relationship patterns, confidence issues, career transitions, or a search for purpose.
Acknowledge Inner Needs:
Reflect on any inner needs for change or areas of your life that feel incomplete.
Acknowledge and explore the reasons behind your desire for transformation.
Before Your Online Sessions:
Write down your goals in a journal before your online sessions.
If you struggle to be specific, it is ok. We can work together to identify a more specific goal during your first session.
2. Take care of possible distractions
The last thing you want to experience when in hypnosis is an unexpected call or someone coming into your room to ask you questions. You want to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for your session.
Turn off notifications on your devices to create a quiet environment.
Inform those around you that you shouldn't be disturbed during the session.
If you have dogs that bark, arrange for someone to take them for a long walk.
Make sure you are not hungry or thirsty before the session.
Address any immediate needs, including using the bathroom, right before starting the hypnosis.
3. Get comfortable
Take advantage of being at home and enjoy the relaxed comfort that is available to you there.
Choose loose and comfortable clothing.
Whether you choose a chair or bed, make sure you have a good support for your head.
Consider covering yourself with a light blanket for added warmth and comfort.
Adjust the lighting to a dim, calming setting for a soothing atmosphere.
Create a relaxing ambiance by introducing soft, pleasant smells, with lavender oil being a particularly delightful option.
Keep water nearby to stay hydrated throughout the session.
5. How to avoid technical issues
As your sessions are online, it is best to make sure that from your technical side of things you set yourself up for success.
Use a laptop or computer for optimal visibility during the session.
Ensure I can see you clearly from your waist up, including your hands.
It is good to test the sound input and output to avoid technical interruptions.
It is best to use a headset than AirPods or earphones. Headsets tend to enhance the audio quality and minimises external noise.
6. Set up your mindset for success
It's completely normal to feel a bit nervous before your first session. If you do, just let me know, and together we'll work towards easing you into a state of relaxation. Remember, it's often our own expectations that can act as barriers to our progress. Here are some tips to help you set the stage for a successful experience:
Set aside your expectations of what hypnosis 'should' be like or what answers your therapist may expect from you, and open your mind to your own unique experience. There is no right or wrong way of accessing your subconscious mind.
Be prepared to go with the flow and allow yourself to be surprised by the thoughts, feelings or memories that come to you.
Don't worry about how easy you will find the session. Everyone is different, and you are already committed to hypnotherapy or coaching because you believe it is right for you.
Trust yourself and the process. It has worked for many people for decades if not centuries, and if you let it, it will help you too. Trusting the process can lead to meaningful insights and positive transformations.
Remember: You are unique, and your journey is your own.
The Journey to Mindful Acceptance
Remember, change isn't always easy. You might feel a bit of resistance from within, and that's completely normal. It's all part of the journey. The key is to stay committed. With time and persistence, you'll find yourself easing into a more relaxed state.
Sometimes, your conscious mind, the part that's always thinking and analyzing, might try to butt in with doubts or skepticism. You might hear a little voice asking, "Is this really working? Can I actually relax?" When this happens, gently but firmly redirect those thoughts. Say to yourself, "Yes, I am relaxing." It's about shifting from questioning to accepting and believing in the possibilities.
This act of redirecting your thoughts and accepting the suggestions is more than just a mental exercise; it's a doorway to new possibilities. This simple shift in mindset is a powerful tool that can significantly aid in the change you're seeking.
Change is a process, not an overnight event. It's important to recognize that facing challenges and inner resistance is a natural part of this process. Each small adjustment in your thought pattern is a step towards a significant transformation.
As you navigate through this journey of change, remember to acknowledge the challenges, stay persistent through resistance, and actively manage your conscious thoughts. This simple shift from doubt to acceptance is more than just a change in mindset; it's the key to unlocking a more relaxed and transformative experience. It opens the door to positive change and the incredible potential within you.
8. Commitment to change
Now that you chose to make a powerful step towards reshaping your life, it's essential to approach this journey with the right mindset.
Change, whether it's in behaviour, mindset, or beliefs, demands intentional effort. It's crucial to assess your readiness for this change. If you find yourself hesitating, perhaps starting with coaching might be more suitable before diving into hypnotherapy. It's all about taking the step that feels right for you at this moment.
Your active participation is the cornerstone of this transformative process. As your hypnotherapist, I'm here to guide and support you every step of the way. However, the true power to overcome any resistance to change lies within you. It's your journey, and your engagement is the key to unlocking your potential.
Before you begin, take a moment to reflect on your commitment to this journey. Are you ready to fully embrace the process of hypnotherapy? Your dedication to this path plays a significant role in determining the success of your transformation. When you commit wholeheartedly, you greatly enhance the likelihood of achieving the meaningful change you seek.
Embarking on this journey with a clear mind and a committed heart sets the stage for a truly transformative experience. Remember, your journey towards change begins with a single, yet powerful, decision to embrace the process.
9. Have fun!
Most of all, have fun and enjoy the experience. Hypnosis online or otherwise offers you a wonderful, deep connection with your subconscious mind. Most clients who experience it don’t want it to stop because it’s such a great space to be in.
You are on an exciting journey! Prepare to achieve goals, create self-awareness, think critically, gain new insights, be supported, challenged, inspired, encouraged, and create the change you truly want in your life.
The foundation of any hypnotherapy and coaching services is based on the Five Key Principles for Best Hypnotherapy and Coaching Sessions.