Humanist Hypnosis in a few words

Patricia d'Angeli-Lockert
Olivier Lockert

Patricia d’Angeli-Lockert
Jungian oriented therapist, specialized in symbology, teacher, co-founder of the French Institute of Humanist & Ericksonian Hypnosis (IFHE). She facilitates workshops focusing on the relationship with oneself and others, issues related to couples and workshops on dreams. Author of “Self-hypnosis for beginners” and “Psychotherapy”.

Olivier Lockert 
Hypnotherapist, author, President of the French Institute for Humanist and Ericksonian Hypnosis (IFHE), International teacher in Hypnosis, Certified trainer in NLP and author of about twenty books sold in more than 60 countries, including “Hypnosis”, “Humanist Hypnosis”, “Metaphors” and “Creators of Reality”.

Olivier Lockert and Patricia d’Angeli’s practice of therapeutic hypnosis is characterized by its humanism. It is both simple, approachable to the many and yet profound – as it reaches the essential strata of the mind. Humanist Hypnosis blends in with European psychotherapy, focused on a deep understanding of the Unconscious, and American brief therapy, which allows for quick results.

Humanist Hypnosis is identified by its hypnotic inductive patterns called “opening inductions”. The standard pattern used to place a person in a state of hypnosis has simply been reversed: the technique applied to the person in their ordinary state of consciousness is the same as that applied at the end of a hypnosis session.

“Awakening” them when they are in their “ordinary” state curiously leads them to another kind of trance: it might have seemed like nothing would happen, but the same “trance signs” (physical cues) that show that a person is in a state of hypnosis are also present!

There is indeed an “altered state of consciousness” with the possibility of producing all of the known phenomena of Hypnosis but with greater consciousness (and no longer with unconsciousness). This is referred to as a “heightened state of consciousness”.

This very particular state of consciousness is pleasant, “lighter” (physically, in sensation) and does not make the person numb or “pasty” but energized and sparkling. Rather than intensifying the natural break between the conscious and the unconscious and rendering the person unconscious, Humanist hypnotic inductions allow the person to “wipe out” the gap existing between consciousness and unconsciousness.


With the expanded consciousness that benefits the person in Humanist Hypnosis, the person “becomes conscious” of what is stuck in them and therefore can describe it to the therapist, who will guide them as to how they can fix it on their own during the session.

The therapist no longer intervenes directly “on” the person. There is no interference or manipulation (even “therapeutic”). The person does not have to let go or give in like in other forms of hypnosis. The therapist acts as a guide and pedagogue, who guides and helps the person in carrying out the psychological exercises on their own so they can change, with complete autonomy.

Humanist Hypnosis, therefore, does not apply the usual tools of “classic” or “Ericksonian” hypnosis (suggestions, subliminal techniques, confusion, etc.), as they only serve to further dissociate the person (depotentialising the conscious) and give the therapist the “strings” of change.
With the person in a “state of heightened consciousness”, they would no longer let themselves go anyway. Instead, they will ” take back the helm ” of their lives and will be able to disentangle or rebuild what needs to be.

This implies a completely different way of working in hypnosis: by means of the “inductions in opening” the deep psychology of the person (symbology, archetypes, etc.) can be accessed and we no longer only address the Unconscious but also the Higher Consciousness or “Capital Consciousness” of the person.

This capitalized Consciousness has nothing magical about it: it allows us to know that we are dreaming at night, while our conscious mind is asleep. It is also the one that, in dissociative hypnosis, allows the person to “know” that they are in a state of hypnosis, even though they are in a trance…

This capital Consciousness is therefore the vector of change in Humanist Hypnosis. It is the higher stratum of your mind, beyond the Unconscious and the Conscious. This is the part of you that you associate with “I”, ideally. What the Jungians would call the “Self”.

Humanist Hypnosis allows for a global impact on the person, not only biological and emotional but also reaching all the strata of the person at once: from the body to emotions, from the mind to your higher mind…” In your soul and conscience”.


Humanist Hypnosis is extremely versatile in that the person works “in consciousness”. As a result, it is greatly appreciated by coaches, including those in the workplace, and can process everything related to health, problems related to daily life, emotions, etc. using psychotherapy. It even enables you to work on your Personal Development.
The difference is in the way it stands out: the deep psychology of the person is very important in Humanist Hypnosis – which makes this form of hypnosis more like that of C. G. Jung’s work – mainly for the “Advanced Symbolic Therapy” part, developed by Patricia d’Angeli.
It provides tools and techniques that allow for a communication “in consciousness” and thus bridges the gap between “understanding” (the psychoanalytic heritage) and “acting” (“the brief therapy” approach).

The person who experiments with Humanist Hypnosis does not fall asleep, does not lose control, does not have to let go or place any particular trust in their therapist… Rather, the person awakens and gains in self-consciousness, although only slightly, and this is enough to initiate the therapeutic process assisted in this by the therapist and the special techniques of Humanist Hypnosis.

A further particularity of Humanist Hypnosis is that it offers therapists and possibly patients who so wish, a holistic vision of the psyche, of its strata and functioning – which helps the hypnotherapist in understanding the persons they are supposed to help and can also become a full-fledged Art of Living for those who so desire.

The benefits of Humanist Hypnosis: taking into account the whole person, from body to mind, by accepting their beliefs or also their spirituality; allowing the person to consciously act on themselves, guided by the therapist; taking action both to heal a simple injury or improve a person’s behavior or to effectively and efficiently address the unconscious; becoming conscious of what is meaningful in one’s life (events, parents, situations, etc.) and awakening the person to themselves; and be simple and immediately effective…

You do not get out of a Humanist Hypnosis session as you entered it, there is a before and an after. Such Hypnosis allows for results that would otherwise be impossible to achieve.

Would you like to listen to a very simple hypnotic “induction in opening”?

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