Question about how time consuming his hypnosis process is.

Answered by Calvin D. Banyan, MA, CI, BCH


I'm seeing people with a lot of problems & this is not quick hypnosis for these folks. I can see that I might have to spend 2-4 months doing hypnosis. Now I realize I have to get faster--but I usually don't rush the inductions. I'm still awed by all this and want to get good at getting people to different levels of trance. But can I do the hypnosis faster by altering techniques? Looking at your notes- I see you prefer rapid inductions which makes sense & you seem not to visit too many SSE when doing a case.


On a first session I will use either an instant or rapid induction. During that first session I will give them a post hypnotic suggestion for instant induction of hypnosis for the remaining sessions. I will then see my clients for 3-5 sessions on average, doing either 5-PATH® or 7th Path™ (self-hypnosis training). I schedule my sessions to last 90 minutes. I'm usually done in a little less than 90 minutes, so I can get prepared for my next session.

Learn and use instant and rapid inductions. Learn the 5-PATH® system. Go through my course if you have time. You can either go through my NGH certification course or my Advanced Hypnosis Course. You might consider getting the my book, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy: Basic To Advanced Techniques for the Professional. I also have an article on this web site that you will find interesting (see below).

The Eight Word Hypnotic Induction(5-22-2002)

Accepted for the NGH Journal of Hypnotism, December 2002.
This article has an additional RealAudio file, in which the author briefly demonstrates the induction and discusses its use and appropriate cautions.

Listen to the audio(approx. 5 min.)

Here are some tips that can help:

  1. You can become more comfortable doing instant inductions by first hypnotizing your client the way that you have been doing it. Then once you have established the level of hypnosis that you want, give your client a post-hypnotic suggestion for re-induction of trance. For example, the instant induction that I use most is a simple "hand drop technique." If you want to use that one in the future, during your first hypnosis session, simply suggest to the client that next time that you do hypnosis with her that all you have to do is to drop her hand and say "Sleep!" and she will go right back down to this level or deeper. Then ask, "Is that alright with you?" If she says "yes" then you have established a contract with the subconscious mind that it will work.

  2. Ultimately, the results that you get are what is most important. Focus on efficiency and you will become more efficient. This is one of the reasons that I developed and teach the 5-PATH® system. It is very efficient and reliable, so you get good consistent results with each client.