Finding the Right Hypnotherapist
Finding the hypnotherapist that is the right one for you increases your chances for success with therapy. So it's worth taking a little time and trouble over the selection of your therapist. Here you'll find some pointers to make the process easier.
There are three levels upon which you will probably select your future partner in hypnotherapy:
- Qualification and experience
- What is being offered (the treatment package)
- How you feel about them as a person
Check Out Qualification and Experience
You will need to be assured that the therapist you choose is qualified to provide the service they are offering. This means checking they are registered with a governing body or belong to a professional association, and whether they are experienced in the area you need them to be.
In the UK hypnotherapists gain their qualification through a college or other learning establishment under the umbrella of an association which awards a certificate or diploma to successful students. The association has a register of such therapists whose training and performance they can vouch for. Therapists may also belong to other independent bodies, hence sometimes long strings of letters after their name.
Finding the name of someone in your area can usually be accomplished by referring to the registers kept by institutes and associations for hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. These may be found online or at your local library.
If you obtain a contact through the yellow pages, you can ask the therapist which association he/she belongs to and confirm this with the appropriate register. Alternatively you could check out the letters after the name by putting them into a search engine on the internet.
Once you go to see the hypnotherapist, there will usually be certificates or a diploma in evidence, together with a valid insurance certificate, although the absence of such visual indicators may not mean anything untoward.
The reason for checking out if your problem lies within the hypnotherapist's experience is that training and professional development is an ongoing process and there will be areas both within and outside the current competence of the therapist.
Check your Understanding of what is Involved
Once you have contacted a hypnotherapist you will need to find out what is on offer, what to expect, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. By asking questions you are also gaining an impression of the person, which is also important in choosing your therapist, but more about this later on.
You will need to have some idea of what to expect in the form of:
- How many sessions might be needed?
- What is the cost of each treatment?
- How do I pay?
You might also ask what a session involves and hopefully you will gain a picture of the way the therapist works.
Having this kind of knowledge helps to allay uncertainty and anxiety about entering an unfamiliar process. Some therapists offer a free or low-cost initial consultation so you can actually meet them before deciding. If you get this opportunity, make the effort to go along. You do not have to decide in that session whether to commit or not. In the unlikely event that a therapist tries to pressure you (a bona fide one won't), don't choose them.
A hypnotherapist should be honest about whether they feel short or long term work is needed. In the case of longer term therapy, you could say you would like to have, say, 5 sessions and then a review before committing to more.
Ask whatever you need to in order to make yourself comfortable.
This brings me to the next very important point.....
Check Out your Feelings
Ask yourself now: How do I feel about what is being offered? How do I feel about this person?
Your feelings are an expression of your instincts. If you have all the information you need yet you have a nagging doubt or discomfort, it could be that this is not the right person for you. Although they may be a bona fide hypnotherapist, you might sense a potential clash of personalities or you may be unable to trust enough with this person. If you cannot resolve the discomfort, it's time to interview another therapist or two.
If you are unhappy with the cost, you might want to shop around and there is no reason why you should not do so. If, at the end of the day, you don't like anyone's fees, at least you will know what the going rate is! Whatever you do though, don't choose economy if it means going to a therapist you don't like or respect.
Once you are attending sessions with your hypnotherapist, should anything arise to unsettle you, do not sit on these feelings. Raise any issues that crop up with your therapist. Sometimes these are pertinent to the problem you are seeking to address, and resolving them can contribute to the therapy.
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