How to Choose a Hypnotherapist
7th June, 20100 Comments
There are a lot of hypnotherapists to choose from, so how do you find the right hypnotherapist for you?
The first criterion is whether you choose a specialist or someone who covers a variety of issues. Some hypnotherapists specialise in a particular field such as childbirth, depression, anxiety, working with children, stopping smoking or sports motivation. Working with a specialist in a particular field means the hypnotherapist has a lot of experience in that area.
Often though there may be more than one issue to deal with so experience in a lot of areas can be an advantage. For instance, a weight problem could be due to lack of self esteem, an addiction could be a result of a childhood loss and a phobia could be related to a past trauma. Because of this many hypnotherapists do deal with a variety of issues.
A very important criterion is the hypnotherapist as a person. There may be several hypnotherapists who have the same qualifications but you may prefer working with one more than the others.
Do some research into your hypnotherapist. Look at their website, email them and talk to them on the phone to make sure that you feel comfortable with them and that you think they can help you. Read reviews and testimonials.
Some people feel more comfortable with a male hypnotherapist, others with a female one. You may think that someone from a similar age or background will be more suitable. The hypnotherapist's personality is another factor. If you are quite analytical and down to earth then you will probably want to choose someone who you think gives good explanations of what they will do. Bear in mind though that hypnosis is unique to each individual so it can be difficult to give an exact description beforehand.
Some hypnotherapists use a lot of technology such as headphones to reduce background sounds and biofeedback machines to monitor your level of relaxation. That may appeal to you or you might find it intrusive.
Whilst it's a shame that money is a factor, the cost and number of sessions will probably play a part in your choice too. It is always difficult to say exactly how many sessions someone will need but the hypnotherapist should be able to give you some indication. You may prefer to see a hypnotherapist who charges £80 per session and thinks 2 sessions will be enough rather than the person who only charges £25 per session but says you will need 10 sessions.
Time and location may also be relevant. Does the hypnotherapist work at times that are suitable for you? Would you feel more comfortable if they work from a clinic or from home? If you are always short of time or have difficulty travelling then there are hypnotherapists who work by webcam.
Finally, if you are looking for a hypnotherapist a personal recommendation is always a good place to start. Ask around and find out if any friends have used hypnotherapy - you might be surprised how many have!
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Liz Sharpe BSc (Hons), Dip Hyp, Adv MIBWRT, Dip CounsNovember 24th, 2016