Scott Sandland joins me as we examine how as hypnotists evolve and how the practices and concepts they believe in tend to change over time. We discuss the ongoing dialogue about whether hypnosis scripts are good or bad and where he falls on the issue. He also describes the craftsmanship of the hypnotic process and how hypnotists can adapt the techniques and tools used by their colleagues and trainers to fit their own style.

Scott Sandland is an award-winning speaker, hypnotherapist, and the founder of Goal Oriented Hypnotherapy. He has received specialty certification in medical hypnosis, pain control, dental hypnosis, and addiction hypnosis. He has held a position on the Board of Directors for the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association since 2006 and has served as a mentor for its members since 2005. In addition to running a private practice, he also holds workshops and gives presentations at educational institutions.

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“I really, truly believed deeply that hypnosis was an art until I realized it’s a craft. And the difference is the subjective nature of time.” – Scott Sandland

  • How he accepted that not every technique is a great fit for him.
  • Why you should avoid incorporating too many techniques into your process.
  • The merits of intention-based session work.
  • The problems that arise when new hypnotists do not know their voice or style, so they try to emulate other practitioners.
  • The consequences of second-guessing yourself in front of the client.
  • How he guides new practitioners through the process of external to internal confidence.
  • Why it is beneficial to view scripts as flexible frameworks.
  • How he uses a cooking metaphor when instructing hypnotherapy students.
  • How to look at scripts in a new way by breaking them down into different “ingredients.”
  • The difference between art and craft.
  • How to view a session as an outline instead of a script.
  • Why it is helpful to view a script as a transcript from a session and not a script to follow word for word.
  • When it is okay to go on autopilot during a session.
  • What it means to be present during a session.
  • The importance of continued learning and how you can curate your education.
  • Why the hypnotic state is not as delicate as we think it is.
  • The process of earning comfort and confidence as you become more experienced.
  • How to combine and curate chunks of scripts, phrases, and techniques from colleagues in a way that will benefit your client.
  • The importance of creating friendships with peers who can keep you in check.

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