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Getting Started with Hypnotherapy: What to Expect and How to Prepare

January 4, 2024 is World Hypnosis Day! You many may be considering trying hypnotherapy for the first time. This blog, brought to you by the New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (NZAPH), aims to guide you through the process of starting your hypnotherapy journey, helping you understand what to expect and how to prepare for your first session.

The first step is to find a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist. Ensure they are certified and a member of a reputable organization like the NZAPH. You can visit the NZAPH directory to find a list of accredited hypnotherapists in your area.

Understanding the Hypnotherapy Process

Hypnotherapy involves the hypnotherapist guiding you into a relaxed, trance-like state. In this state, your mind is more open to positive suggestions and exploring solutions to your issues. Despite common misconceptions, you remain in control throughout the session.

What to Expect in a Session

  • Initial Consultation: Your first session will typically include a discussion about your goals and any concerns you might have.

  • Induction: The hypnotherapist will gently guide you into a state of deep relaxation.

  • Therapeutic Work: While in this state, the therapist will work with you using techniques tailored to your specific needs.

  • Conclusion: You’ll be gradually brought out of the trance state, and you may discuss your experience with the therapist.

Preparing for Your Session

  • Be Open-Minded: Approach hypnotherapy with an open mind and a willingness to engage with the process.

  • Set Clear Goals: Know what you want to achieve from the sessions. This could range from stress relief to changing specific behaviors.

  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: Ensure you’re dressed comfortably as you’ll be sitting or lying down for an extended period.

  • Avoid Heavy Meals or Caffeine: Eat lightly and avoid caffeine before your session to help you relax more easily.


After your session, you might feel relaxed and refreshed. Some people notice changes immediately, while for others, it may take a few sessions. It’s important to reflect on your experience and maintain open communication with your therapist.

Hypnotherapy is a journey of self-discovery and transformation. As we celebrate World Hypnosis Day, remember that starting this journey could be a step towards a more fulfilling life. The NZAPH is here to support you, offering access to qualified professionals who can guide you on this path.

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