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Laughing Session with William Song!


This meeting may scramble your brains (but in a good way). It's not for the faint of heart or easily offended.

Have you ever wondered why the co-founder of NLP, Richard Bandler, was so effective with clients? One reason: he used a strange technique. Bandler learned it from Frank Farrelly, creator of Provocative Therapy. Nick Kemp added to Farrelly's work and developed Provocative Change Works. I've nicknamed my version a "laughing session," because clients tend to laugh, even if nothing funny was said.

Here's a taste of you doing a laughing session with a new client... Jane, a smoker.

Hypnotherapist (H): What's the problem?

Jane (J): [Goes into great detail about smoking.] Blah, blah, blah.

H: "(Yawn) Sorry, I was daydreaming because I got bored."

J: What!? What kind of hypnotherapist are you!?

H: I'm a Scorprio, but does that matter? Do you believe in astrology, because I do, though only the real stuff, not newspaper horoscopes which aren't real, which reminds me, there was an article in the Wall Street Journal last week about apples, oranges, and astrology. Did you hear it?

J: [In a confused voice] No. Uh, I don't read that paper.

H: It's a great paper, it even has an extensive comics section that makes me laugh every day. They've added a large section devoted to model trains, which I skim through but don't care for since I don't collect model trains, oh, hold on, I had another thought, darn, gone so fast, oh well, what were we talking about? Oh smoking I've got mixed feelings about quitting smoking, because I think it's overrated, because you only live once, why not do what you want? Have you considered that smoking could be better than the stress of quitting? I hear it's hard to quit.

J: But I want to quit smoking! You're supposed to help me quit, right?

You chain surprise after surprise, deepening the hypnosis, and listen as she laughs while letting go of old patterns. At session end, she has no idea what you did, but she's made major progress. Though it doesn't come through in the language, this session is done with great care and respect for the client, and they sense it.

William Song is a certified hypnotherapist with a private practice in San Francisco, California. He specializes in helping people with habits and those with chronic health issues. He’s also the author of the book, "Healing and Hypnosis."

His website is