Resistance in Therapy
No matter how good a practitioner is or how well the prepared their client, there will be the possibility of resistance. Of course, if one does a good preparation this situation should not arise very often. However, it is best to be aware of the possibility.
Resistance can take many forms; resistance to the hypnosis itself, suggestions, other therapeutic processes, or self-sabotage. Examples of the latter may be being late for sessions or forgetting appointments.
Yapko has 13 responses to resistance. They are as follows:
Whichever response you choose will depend on the client and the situation. It is important to always remember that resistance with a client is far more often than not an unconscious process which can be looked at and improved using a process like hypno-psychotherapy.