I'm asked this question all the time on the phone. Is a group session as good as a private session. At first glance the question might seem obvious but there are times when both will work just as well.
For example, a good thing about a group is people can feel more at ease when they are with a friend. Regardless of what you see on Youtube, the more relaxed you get, the better session you're going to experience. If you're new to the world of hypnosis, during your first session you may not feel totally relaxed because of various reasons. Too many to go into in this article but bottom line, if you're a little apprehensive, the conscious mind may have a little trouble giving up control. Of course the job of the hypnotist is to discuss any questions and misgivings you may have. But sometimes time gets in the way.So in this sense you can first attend a group, experience what it is like and later do a private session.
The downside of a group is everyone is different. There is no way a hypnotist is going to zero in on everyone's problem and find a way to reprogram the unconscious mind. Again, not enough time. So a general induction for a general problem and hopefully everyone's bad habit routines are touched on and new healthy habits are installed.
I welcome both kind of sessions. An ideal situation with a small group of 3 to 5 would be a general talk and induction and then a quick session with each individual so a specific induction and game plan can be developed.
Of course there is nothing like a private session for one on one focused attention.
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