The Therapy Room for NLP & Hypnosis


Above all, you must make the therapy room congruent with the therapist and comfortable for the client. You need to provide a hypnotic environment and create a soothing calming influence on the client. Have as few as possible outside or negative influences affecting any of the senses in the interior of the room or in any external view visible to the client.

Don’t allow any interruptions and turn off any phone in the room, including your and you client’s mobile, prior to any client session. Set up an appropriate signalling mechanism with the secretarial services.

Choose an adequately large room that’s reasonably soundproofed and maintain it at a comfortable temperature. Keep pictures to a minimum with generally comfortable images carrying little or no message that the client could pick up inadvertently. Display a small number of certificates and some relevant reference books in a bookcase or on a shelf, just to support your credibility as the hypnotherapist.

The two main items of furniture are the client’s chair and the therapist’s chair. Make sure that both are comfortable, but not overly reclining, as you’ll both spend a lot of time sitting in them. If at all possible, make sure that the client’s chair has some sort of unobtrusive head support so that they don’t readily slide or fall out of the chair when a deep trance. Ideally, both chairs comfortably allow the client to place both feet flat on the floor.

Set up the client’s chair so that they are above the level of the therapist’s eye-line – to make the therapists seem less imposing and authoritative. Ideally, when looking in the therapist’s direction, the client should not be able to see out of any window, particularly if it opens onto an active environment.

As a general rule, for a right-handed client, or for a client where you do not yet know if they are right-handed or left-handed, position the chairs at 90-135° to each other, so that the client is looking at you from their right hand side and you are looking at the client’s right eye. This allows you to unconsciously associate yourself with the emotions stored in the right side of the client’s brain. As a male therapist and on a case-by-case basis, review the option of sitting facing a female client rather than at 90-135°. In either case, position the chairs to separate the client and the therapist by at least 18 inches to avoid intruding into the client’s personal space.

Categories : Hypnosis, NLP
Comments (2)


  1. Andrew Fogg says:

    Thanks for your kind comments, Jonty.

  2. jonty rhodes says:

    I just came onto your post and found it quite interesting. I am also associated with Back Logic, Homeopathy, Physical and Natural Therapist, specialising in homeopathy, sports massage, recovery from injury, diet and nutritional advice, postural assessment in the Surrey and London area and enjoy to read the stuff on the same as its rarely found on internet. Thanks again for writing such a good post.

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