Boston Hypnosis' Process

Hear clients describe what the process was like for them...

  • "Brian’s instincts about how to proceed to address a problem are incredibly accurate. But if for some reason his approach doesn't work, he willingly changes his strategy."

    - Kat, Brookline

  • “Brian has a jam-packed toolbox of approaches, not just hypnosis. He doesn’t waste your time and he approaches his work with honesty and integrity.”

    - Elise Delano, Newton

  • "Brian has many non-hypnotic tools in his toolchest. For me personally, I was *shocked* that he was able to solve my problem with a more cognitive focus on the issues that didn't involve any 'deep trances.' "

    - Anish Potnis, Boston

How Brian describes the process

Types of Hypnosis used at Boston Hypnosis

Every client is unique. Their process is, too.

The way clients structure their issues is different from person to person. Even across different clients who have the same issue. So I'm constantly changing and adapting approaches to fit each client and the unique structure of their issue. The work usually involves hypnotherapy, but there are also many other ways to get things solved.

These are some of the approaches I combine to help clients succeed.

Hypnotherapy is a great way to get to the core of an issue. It's a way of engaging the deeper/unconscious parts of the mind so clients get results they can feel, not just intellectual understandings. It's also a great state for learning and a useful tool for relaxation. These are some of the hypnotherapy approaches I use in my practice:

Ericksonian hypnotherapy

Classical hypnosis

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Regression Hypnotherapy

Ideomotor Hypnotherapy

Through careful use of language, I can help clients work with some very deep (and usually outside of consciousness) parts of themselves. These approaches can sometimes streamline the process, reduce performance anxiety ("Am I hypnotized?!") and make the process easier.

Neuro-linguistic programming offers a suite of tools that help clients gain more control over the way they're thinking about things. More control + more options usually equals new choices that feel better.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is a close relative of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). It's a way of helping clients see some of the "filters" they've been seeing the world through so they can find more choices. On it's own it can be a bit dry and hard for clients to accept. Combined with hypnotherapy and NLP, it can be life-changing.

BD is based on the work of BJ Fogg, director of The Behavioral Design Lab at Stanford University. His research shows that long term change is best accomplished when people feel good. Taking very small steps in a consistently positive way can yield powerful results.

Some clients create their issue by (innocently) hypnotizing themselves into some really bad trances. The stories and images they create can be powerful drivers for a lot of bad feelings.

Helping clients develop tools to "wake up" when they start do that can often make a big difference. The Psychological Illusion Model offers tools to help clients to see through those thoughts in a way that allows for a lot more peace of mind. It's another way of helping clients wake up from some of the "thoughtmares" they've been having.

Metaphors and stories can often help clients see things in much deeper way than more analytical/left-brained conversations. Invaluable for helping clients "connect the dots" and see outside of the places where they've been stuck.

Helping clients slowly work in the direction of fear trigger can often be an important part of the process. The really important thing is being sure that before they start they have new resources (usually developed through the other approaches mentioned here). That way they can feel safe as they move into the experiences.

Sometimes being very direct or playing the devil's advocate with a client can help them to see new options in a way that more circumspect approaches can't.

Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy and the Emotional Freedom Technique are both ways to "unstick" some thought/feeling combinations. One involves the client gently tapping some acupressure points, the other following a prompt for some simple eye movements.

Certain breathing patterns act as effective tools for resetting the sympathetic fight or flight response. They can be a shortcut to creating a sense of calm that can be extremely useful, especially for clients with panic issues.

Visualization work, much like the type athletes do to prime themselves for success, can sometimes be a useful tool in client work, particularly after a client has solved most of the issue.

Could I help you, too?

Nine out of ten Boston Hypnosis clients are successful because I limit my practice. Would you be a good fit?