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on: July 2, 2011, 20:55
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By sandac1 on: October 19, 2008, 10:23:11 pm
I have been a psychotherapist in private practice for 10+ years. I recently finished the NGH course. I am having difficulty memorizing scripts. I have been more or less reading them verbatim. It does not sound authentic to me when I do this. Does anyone have suggestions. I feel overwhelmed because I am using hypnosis for various issues such as quitting smoking, anger management, improved sleep, etc. It seems like so much for me to remember.
Sandy daCunha, LCSW

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on: July 2, 2011, 20:57
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By Patrick G on: October 20, 2008, 11:24:08
I have found it helpful to re-write scripts using my own words. It has been easier to remember (the act of writing them out helps me) as well as sounding more authentic.

When I first started and was more reliant on scripts, my instructor recommended using plastic sheet sleeves as it reduces the noise when handling pages. Many clients could still tell I was reading. It's a very big problem as it reduces rapport.

Patrick Glancy, BCH, CI

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By sandac1 on: October 22, 2008, 11:37:45
Thank you I will try that. I do use the plastic sheets as well. It does sound like I am reading. I guess it comes with experience.

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By Steve Tracy on: July 09, 2009, 10:27:08 pm
I agree that rewriting scripts with your own flair is helpful. I find myself writing several scripts and variations if I anticipate multiple meetings with clients.

Having said that, part of what makes for good rapport and good results is being able to wing it (so to speak) using the specific information gathered from the specific client – they’re not all the same.

I have no problem using bits and pieces from written or memorized scripts, or even fully prepared scripts, but I think we need to make sure we are not overly generic.

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By bbrenner on: July 17, 2009, 04:12:05 pm
The problem with reading scripts verbatim is very simple to understand. No two clients are exactly alike and therefore the word used for each client needs to be chosen based on the client not the script. The script reading may bring about permanent change in a very small percentage of people. The way to get around this is to not read a script but instead make an outline of the script that follows the script in its intent but allows you to speak normally as opposed to reading Word for Word. If within the script you find a word or set of words that you feel are very powerful and will be powerful for many people you may want to write just those words in the area you intend to use them on your outline.

Your outline should just be very sketchy at best yet follows the intent of the script. The advantage of using an outline as opposed to a script is that should you be distracted you may return to the proper area on the outline as opposed to hunting for the exact word you left off at on a script. If at first you find it uncomfortable to work off of an outline you might want to practice using a tape recorder to tape so that you may hear how it works.

I believe that if you practice this a little you will discover your sessions become far more powerful and satisfying for both you and your client.

Good luck and take care,
Bob Brenner

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