In all cases, both Christian and non-Christian, the client and hypnotherapist have an easy-going discussion about what you want to accomplish (weight management, stop smoking, elimination of phobias, etc.). Once the goal is established, there is a discussion about the approach to be taken during the hypnotic session.
The hypnotherapist then assists (coaches) the client to achieve a relaxed state in which the conscious mind is asked to stand aside and observe while the subconscious mind receives suggestions directly in support of achieving the objective. If, during this hypnotic state, some suggestion is made that runs directly counter to the clients core value systems, the client would immediately return to full consciousness and nothing would happen.
There are a number of "issues"Christians will want to consider when selecting a hypnotherapist.
Curiously, these issues have nothing to do with the
process of hypnosis, but have everything to do with the faith-basis of the coach - the hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis is just like any other tool: the end result is determined by the person(s) using that tool.
It has to do with the way in which a hypnotherapy session progresses:
The notion of reincarnation – that our souls are recycled, and the one we have now has lived before, runs straight against the Judeo-Christian actual facts about souls in so many ways it would be difficult to enumerate in this small space.
For starters, however, consider
Hebrews 9:27-28
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him."
Regarding the idea of talking to the dead, shamanism, smoke and mirrors and all that go with it: we would be well-advised to consider the many Biblical prohibitions against just such things. The earliest such reference is Deuteronomy 18:10 - 11:
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
Hopefully this little overview will give you enough of the basics so that your experience with hypnotherapy shall be a positive, faith-empowering one.

If you'd like to talk about the possibility of our providing for you Christ-Centered assistance in dealing with some specific behavior, or if you'd like more information generally, please feel free to give me a call. (702) 802-8505
Also prevalent in non-Christian hypnotherapy is the notion that we are self-contained units who do not need input from any source other than our own internal systems and tools.

That thought subtly cancels what we know as the benefit of our personal relationship with God, Christ, the Holy Spirit and Prayer. It is unacceptable, no matter how smoothly it is presented.
Those are the "Big Three".

The non-Christian hypnotherapist has these thoughts as part of his/her core perception of reality. As a consequence they would be introduced in a matter-of-fact way, and there is danger that a Christian, not thinking critically about the conversation, may accept all or part of these notions.

Even if the non-Christian hypnotherapist agrees to avoid these issues, there remains the question as to whether he/she has a full enough understanding of our relationship with the Living Christ to provide an empowering experience.
However, in a non-Christian setting, a number of topics may arise that are so subtle as to be easily overlooked. For instance:
Tracy W. Bradford
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