It is a widely held belief that the most important factor in a successful therapy is the relationship between the therapist and the client. Your first issue might be how to select a hypnotherapist from a list of people so here are some helpful pointers…
For some, it is best to choose a therapist who is also qualified as a counsellor. This is because some hypnotherapy trainings concentrate more so on the practical skills of hypnosis rather than the great wealth of information on how to deal with a real person in front of you.
The core values of counselling, according to Carl Rogers' work, are: empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.
Let’s look briefly at each of these.
Everyone needs to be truly “heard” and to sense that the therapist is at least partly able to enter their world (empathy). People also need to be approached with a non-judgmental, loving kindness (unconditional positive regard). They also need to feel that the therapist is true to who they say they are (congruence). For example, it would be very suspicious to enter a hypnotherapists clinic if they were greatly overweight or just extinguishing a cigarette.
Other factors to consider might be whether the hypnotherapist has insurance, which professional body they belong to, have they already worked with your presenting issue and might they be prepared to make a supporting mp3/cd for you to use?
Ideally, your chosen therapist will also spend some quality time with you on the telephone (perhaps 15 to 20 minutes), allowing you to explain why you are ringing and to ask some of the important questions in the previous paragraph.
I wish you well in your choice and a successful therapeutic outcome.
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About Daniel Fishel
I'm Daniel Fishel, a qualified hypnotherapist and counsellor, working at three different locations in North London (Muswell Hill, Hendon and Belsize Park). I work confidentially with any issue and have also helped many children and teenagers (I was a Primary School Teacher for over 20 years).