When it comes to finding a good hypnotherapist, its much the same as anything else. You need to use the resources at your disposal and apply a certain amount of common sense along the way.
As a professional, theres no greater compliment than a referral. If someone recommends me to another potential client, its because they have had a good, positive experience working with me and their therapy has been successful. Thats indicative that I’m doing something right. From the potential clients perspective, its immediately comforting to be referred to someone. It’s like some of the research has already been done for them.
But even with a good referral, there are other considerations, and anyone seeking to connect with a hypnotherapist should take appropriate measures in assuring they are working with the right hypnotist.
Sourcing a hypnotherapist should not be very complicated. You can compile a starting list from browsing the internet. I would then encourage clients to get informed, and compare services. For instance, you might find several hypnotherapy clinics in your area, and not be able to identify any differences at first glance. You should investigate their inner workings just a bit. Its okay to telephone them and ask questions, just conduct a little fact-finding mission.
Consider things like whether the hypnotist is a full-time professional or whether they are just sort of moonlighting at this activity. Do they have an office or are they working from their living room? What about the services they offer. Is he/she making unrealistic promises? Are their rates suspiciously lower than average? Check out credentials and qualifications.
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These are a few examples of the sorts of things you can investigate, but a lot of times, your judgment will come straight from your gut feeling. If you can speak to the hypnotherapist over the telephone first, you may find that all the other variables are irrelevant because you felt you had an instant connection with that person, and you would be very comfortable working with them.
If you do get a chance to speak to the hypnotherapist before you decide to work with him or her, you can investigate their approach, and see if you are comfortable in how they plan and execute their work.
Personally, I like to spend time speak with a new client over the phone first so that I can identify their cause of concern, what it is they want to achieve, and if I can genuinely help them. Then I investigate their willingness or inclination to work together as team. I also like to get their impression of hypnosis before we start, so that I know what Im working with in terms of myths or beliefs, etc. Its important to go into this with realistic expectations so I need to get some indication of what the person has in their head in terms of expectations.
During the initial consultation I find out more about the specifics of that client. We can start to explore the problem. This process is really about getting to the root cause of the problem. Its important at this stage that I am extremely flexible, because I dont want to lead the client in any way. Its their own personal journey, I am just a facilitator.
What people usually expect when they first come into it, is a brief chat of a few minutes, then a typical session including an induction, deepener, suggestion, and then bring them back. They will typically expect a few minutes of chatting afterwards. Thats normal and its very common practice for most professional hypnotherapists.
Because my approach involves getting to the root cause of the problem for permanent and lasting change, I do not use a set approach or technique. There really isn’t a set prescription for a specific problem. Even if I have two clients with the same problem, I wouldn’t apply some sort of generic therapy. I would treat each case as an individual case, because it is. What works for one client might not at all work for the other, so its imperative to be open and flexible and adaptable.
Interpretation skills are extremely useful and important here as well. I want to be able to make a determination based on what I interpret from what the client has told me, and the information offered from their subconscious mind. I want to hear what theyre telling me and also read what they aren’t saying, and determine the best course of action from there.
The best quality in a good hypnotherapist is likely his or her ability to be flexible and apply a treatment that is as unique as their client. If you have any further questions on hypnotherapy, please feel free to contact us.