Finding A Hypnotherapist – The Top Ten Tips To Getting The Right Hypnotherapist

by Steven Harold

If you have come to the conclusion that hypnotherapy is the best form of help for your issue, the next step is to find the right hypnotherapist for you. The following top ten tips will help you come to an informed decision.

1) Get A Personal Recommendation

If you know someone who has seen a hypnotherapist before, then you might choose to accept their recommendation to see a particular hypnotherapist. If you are fortunate enough to have a recommended hypnotherapist it will help you feel more confident and probably help you feel more relaxed with the therapist.

Sometimes, although a hypnotherapist has been recommended to you, they may not, for various reasons be the most appropriate for you or your particular issue. For example, the person making the recommendation may have seen this hypnotherapist for controlling weight. Your problem may be something more personal like an unwanted urge and this hypnotherapist may or may not offer sessions for this type of issue.

2) National Hypnotherapist Associations

If you do not have details of a recommended hypnotherapist, your next choice is to contact one or more of the professional hypnotherapy associations. Any hypnotherapist that has membership of these organisations, would have had to supply confirmation of their training and their indemnity insurance at the very least.

Hypnotherapists that are members of these organisations have to follow strict codes of conduct and ethics.

A way of tracing national hypnotherapy organisations is via the internet’s search engines. Simply type the words “hypnotherapy association” and you will given a list of the websites for these bodies.

3) Location

Geographical location of the hypnotherapist is an important consideration. Try to find one that is close to your home or work place. If it is too far to travel to, you mind find yourself making excuses and not keeping your appointments.

4) Availability

Hypnotherapists offer different days and times for appointments. Some hypnotherapists have limited times and days that they are available. Others operate during weekdays only whilst some may be able to offer you an appointment on a weekend.

Many hypnotherapists provide evening appointments realising that some clients will be unable to take a daytime appointment because of work commitments.

5) Price

The fee for any hypnotherapy session will be an important consideration for most people. Fees, even between hypnotherapists in the same location, can vary quite substantially. These differences are because of factors such as experience and the hypnotherapist’s cost for providing a room for the hypnosis session.

6) Hypnotherapy Consultation

Many hypnotherapists will offer a free initial consultation but not all of them.

The purpose of initial consultation is to allow you to meet the hypnotherapist in person and make a better judgement as to whether you want to see them or not. It gives you a chance to provide more information about your problem. It is also a time to ask any questions you might have about the hypnotherapist and hypnotherapy sessions.

With the vast majority of hypnotherapists the consultation is provided without any commitment to having a hypnotherapy session. It is important to clarify this is the case with any hypnotherapist although any professional hypnotherapist should be clear about their terms.

When a hypnotherapist does make a charge for a consultation this will usually be a token amount and mainly to cover their costs.

7) The Sex of the Hypnotherapist

Sometimes, choosing whether to see a male or female hypnotherapist will be important to you and your ability to discuss personal details. All hypnotherapists are trained to treat many issues specific to men or a women.

8) Experience of Hypnotherapist with your issue

In your assessment of which hypnotherapist to visit, knowing how much experience the hypnotherapist has in resolving your issue will be important. This can help your confidence in knowing that you are receiving treatment from a hypnotherapist who understands and has successfully helped similar issues.

9) Rapport

A crucial part of deciding to see any hypnotherapist is your impressions about them once you have made contact. The contact may be by telephone or it may be at the consultation. The hypnotherapist should help you feel comfortable and respected. All hypnotherapists are trained on how to build rapport with any client quickly.

We are all different and sometimes some clients and hypnotherapists recognise that it would be best not to work together. If this is true the hypnotherapist will normally suggest other hypnotherapists to contact.

10) Training

There are over 100 different schools providing hypnotherapy training in the UK alone. Some schools provide courses that run over a year whilst others provide an intensive course over a set number of days. Some schools provide a correspondence course without any practical training. Anyone based in the UK, can at the moment, set themselves up as a hypnotherapist and even those without any training whatsoever.

For your own confidence in your hypnotherapist, you may want to do some research into the type of training your hypnotherapist has received. This can quickly be done by finding out who they trained with and then looking at the courses offered by that training school.

In conclusion, do try to get a recommendation for a hypnotherapist first. As this is not always possible the next best alternative is to contact one of the national hypnotherapy associations and obtain details of hypnotherapists who are local to you. Then go through each of the tips above to help you decide on the best available hypnotherapist for you.

Steven A. Harold
Clinical Hypnotherapist

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