Indirect Hypnosis

At A Little Hypnosis, we are excited to introduce our newest service: Indirect Hypnosis. This innovative approach to hypnotherapy offers a subtle yet profoundly effective route to personal transformation, appealing especially to those who may find the idea of traditional hypnosis intimidating.

What is Indirect Hypnosis?

Indirect hypnosis, also known as Ericksonian hypnosis, diverges from traditional hypnotic techniques that often involve direct commands. Instead, it utilizes a more conversational and permissive approach. Developed by Dr. Milton H. Erickson, this method works by engaging the unconscious mind in a gentle and non-confrontational way. Erickson believed that an indirect approach could lead to therapeutic change just as effectively, if not more so, than direct methods (Zeig, J., 1980). Indirect hypnosis operates on the principle that the unconscious mind is creative and solution-generating, and it can be accessed through storytelling, metaphors, and ambiguous suggestions that allow individuals to find their own meaning and solutions.

How Does It Work?

Indirect hypnosis involves techniques such as metaphoric stories, strategic ambiguity, and therapeutic tasks that do not require a person to enter a deep trance state to work effectively. This method is particularly useful for clients who are analytical or resistant to more overt forms of hypnosis. By using language that is deliberately vague or pattern-interrupting techniques, the therapist allows the client to fill in the gaps with their own experiences and insights, leading to personalized and internal discoveries.

Benefits of Indirect Hypnosis

  • Subtlety and Comfort: Indirect hypnosis is less intrusive and can be more comfortable for clients who are apprehensive about traditional hypnotic methods.
  • Empowerment: This approach encourages clients to use their own creativity and resources to solve problems, fostering a sense of empowerment.
  • Flexibility: It is highly adaptable and can be tailored to suit the unique needs and preferences of each client.
  • Effectiveness: Indirect hypnosis can address a wide range of issues, from anxiety and stress relief to behavioral change and emotional healing.

Ideal for Everyone

Whether you are new to hypnotherapy or have experienced traditional methods without success, indirect hypnosis offers a refreshing alternative. It is suited for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, providing an effective tool for those seeking a gentle yet powerful path to change.

At A Little Hypnosis, our trained hypnotherapists are skilled in the art of indirect hypnosis, ready to guide you through a transformative experience that respects your pace and personal journey. Embrace the power of your unconscious mind—discover how indirect hypnosis can help you achieve lasting change.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today. Let your journey to self-discovery and healing begin with us.


Zeig, J. K. (1980). A teaching seminar with Milton H. Erickson. Brunner/Mazel.

What does a session look like? You might be surprised to know that it will feel a lot like a talk therapy session, in the sense that you will be awake and not placed in a deep trance. Through conversation, we will teach your unconscious mind how to move to completion of your goal…whatever that might be. We will talk, laugh, and learn together as your unconscious reprograms the way that it looks at your goal, motivating your own mind to complete the goal with ease.