In short they do work, but if you go to see a hypnotherapist who uses hypnotherapy scripts then you are going to see someone who perhaps lacks the intuition to deal with you on a personal level. If they had that intuition they would not deal with your presenting issue by using someone else’s words, someone who has never met you.
The person who first taught me hypnotherapy carried many scripts with her, she had some for every presenting issue and read them to her clients after putting them in a relaxed state using another script. She spent £8000 a year on advertising and saw quite a lot of people but had no idea of her success rates as she never followed up on appointments and so she was not learning as she went. I do not believe she had any real understanding of the hypnotic process either as I had to go elsewhere to learn about that.
Your anxiety, for example, is unique to you and when treating your anxiety I’m sure you would like to know that you are being treated by someone who has met you and listened to you rather than someone who wrote the script three years ago.
Hypnosis is like a dance, a conversation with your subconscious mind and so you need to know that the person having that conversation with your subconscious mind is listening and responding directly to it and not just regurgitating words based around the general idea of the problem that you have come to solve.
Hypnotherapy scripts do work with extremely good hypnotic subjects or if the words of the script happen to match your anxiety experience, but there is a higher chance of hypnosis working if the hypnotherapist has tested that they have hypnotised you before commencing and that they involve you in the process so that everything that is done in the session is focused on you and your unique experience in order to change your life free you from it and give you greater comfort.
Come and see me for hypnosis in Worthing and there will not be a script in the room. I have numerous techniques that I use and the setup and framework is the same from person to person, but once hypnosis has been achieved and tested, I am very flexible within that framework to ensure that the suggestions made and the work we do is based around what you have told me leading up to the hypnosis and anything you say once we are in hypnosis.