In making the determination as to whether an hypnotic intervention is suitable for a client, it is important to learn whether the client has had any prior experience with hypnosis or other alternative health approaches such as meditation, relaxation tapes or guided imagery. When there has been previous experience, inquiry about the client's experience as to depth of trance, reaction to suggestions, and the client's measure of the success or usefulness of the previous interventions, will provide the clinician with valuable data. This feedback will be useful in several areas: continuing to set positive expectancies for the client; tailoring the hypnotic intervention to the individual needs of the client; and correcting misinformation. Therapists report that when a previous experience with hypnosis has soured a client on the use of hypnosis, it may still be valuable to pursue the consideration of using hypnosis, patiently correcting misinformation and encouraging the client to reassess the previous 'bad' experience.
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