Unco-operative Patient

© Helen Lesser 2006

A therapist asks for help with a patient who appears to be deliberately refusing to co-operate with treatment.  The patient is an educated and intelligent people who clearly has the ability to understand what is required, but questioned every instruction of the initial Induction and while he did relax nicely, his final comments were that he didn’t feel hypnotised.

The patient was due to return for his second appointment and the therapist was concerned as to which techniques to use and how best to proceed.

The full response is provided here, including the probable cause of the lack of co-operation, examples of the kind of reassurance/explanations the patient required and ends with feedback from the therapist on how the advice had been implemented and the outcome achieved.


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