Can you speak during hypnosis?

Sometimes it may be necessary to speak during hypnosis. For example the therapist may want to check in with the client, to make sure that whatever they are doing is best suited to their client. There are times in hypnotherapy when a client may get emotional and the therapist may want to be sure that it is ok for their client to experience those emotions.

When this happens the therapist can clearly be heard, although it may sound distant and for some people, they need extra time to process each question and then plan an answer as the cognitive process appears to slow down. Some people report some key differences when it comes to speaking during hypnotherapy. Some people report that they have clear thoughts in their head but find it is really hard to muster the energy to share these.

A sign of a good hypnotherapist is someone who regularly asks the client questions whilst they are in trance to gauge how they are experiencing the treatment. Because it can be often tiring to speak during hypnosis, one technique used by therapists to more easily aid communication involves getting their clients to either nod or raise a finger to yes or no questions as this is less mentally demanding.

The rate at which a client speaks is not the only thing which may change. If a client is experiencing regression work where they are being taken back to their childhood there can be unusual changes too. Here, they may exhibit the same voice and command of vocabulary as when they were the age to which they have been taken back to. So although a client may be able to talk, their disposition may regress with the treatment and the client may adopt a voice which is one associated with childhood. In these circumstances a good hypnotherapist will adopt language which is suitable for a child to understand if that type of work is being done.

Another way in which a client’s voice can change is when a client is experiencing hypnotherapy which delves deep into their unconscious. Here, a client may speak during hypnosis as a character who governs a particular behaviour trait. A client may look at what drives them to feel guilt and a character may emerge, with a different accent, language, tone and vocal appearance that purports to be the source of this behaviour. A good therapist will work with this character, demonstrate respect and work with this character in a cooperative and collaborative way to help the client solve their problems.

When answering the question “can you speak during trance?” Though the answer is yes, what is said and in what accent or age bracket, set of values and sense of self, may be very different to who is sat in the therapists’ chair.

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