How Many Hypnotherapy Sessions Do You Need?

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Throughout the years there have been many questions revolving around the exact amount of sessions a person might need when it comes to hypnosis sessions. Some schools teach that you only need a single session for practically everything, while other schools suggest a set amount of sessions in a package.

So how many hypnosis sessions does it take to be free from whatever problem might be latching on to a person’s life?

In this blog post, you’re going to quickly discover that there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, but once you understand a few differences between single session fixes and multiple session transformations, you’ll be one step ahead of the others inside the hypnotic world.

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With that, let’s dive right into what we would classify as a single session fix.

Can hypnosis really help with just one session?

Years ago, we used to suggest to our students that every problem should just be a one & done fix. We thought, “If you do the absolute best you can during the first session, what are you going to do during the second sessio? The second best you can do?” 

Of course, this kind of thinking can be limiting to a budding hypnotist and just as limiting to a certified and experienced one. It would be like telling a basketball or hockey player that unless they scored a goal every single time they had control over the ball or puck, they might as well not even try.

In reality, there are several single-session fixes for some problems, while others require more than one.

So what can you expect to get helped with (or help others with) when it comes to single session fixes? Here is a short list for starters.

Problems that typically require just a single session:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Phobia removal
  • Overcoming past negative events
  • Pain management

While this list might be short in terms of single-session fixes, the amount of work a hypnotist can do with what’s listed is substantial.

Just within the line of work of phobias, there are over 116 different types of phobias identified throughout the world. It’s estimated that in North America alone 19 million people have some kind of phobia - so you can see there is plenty of single-session work available with just phobias alone.

What issues require multiple hypnosis sessions?

When it comes to multiple hypnosis sessions, one way to think about it is the metaphor of a house, specifically when it comes to cleaning.

If you had a subject who was suffering from a single past event that they want to work on, that can be like cleaning a single room of a house. If that same subject had complex trauma, years of past abuse, or other layered negative life-events, then you can consider that like cleaning the entire house.

It’s much easier to clean a house one room at a time, where your sole focus is strictly on that single room, rather than attempting to clean a little of each room throughout the entire house, bit by bit.

Reasons for multiple hypnosis sessions:

  • Education & ongoing coaching
  • Complex trauma
  • Creating a new life and new behaviors
  • Weight management

Another way to think about the multiple session approach would be looking at a personal trainer and how they work with their clients.

If a personal trainer gained a new client who had never worked out before and were just getting started in their fitness journey, then a single workout just won’t do. There will be sessions revolving around fitness, diet, food cravings, and unhelp habits that need to be unlearned.

When it comes to someone who approaches a hypnotist wanting a complete life transformation, (skill building, self esteem, values and goal setting, etc), then a single session won’t cut it here either. Instead, we suggest working on one issue at a time that your client or subject brings to you and working with what’s being presented at the moment.

What's Next?

We won’t tell you that joining The Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy will give you all the skills and tools you need to help people transform their life because it’s so much easier to start a free trail and experience it for yourself.

You’ll discover why 6,000+ students around the world choose MMHA over other schools because we teach principles of hypnosis rather than script reading. This means you’ll be able to hypnotize anybody, anywhere, at any time, without needing a piece of paper as a crutch.

Once you unlock what really makes hypnosis work, then you can spend less time wondering “if” it’s working and more time focusing on your client and their success.

Simply put, The Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy is the smart investment when it comes to helping people because we make learning hypnosis easy and fun. The video lessons are short enough that you will naturally absorb them, and the lessons are broken down into step-by-step instructions. 

So when you are ready, claim your spot inside of The Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy  and join the private community of like-minded students who are using hypnosis every day to transform the lives of countless numbers of people.

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