Hypnotherapy and Code of Practice
Very often, hypnotism carries a negative public image due to the distorted views presented at stage performance. As such, it is misinterpreted by some people as a form of magic, or an act of witchcraft. Its negative reputation is also caused by people having some undesirable or dangerous effects after receiving some unprofessional or irresponsible hypnotic treatments. In fact, hypnotism can be used as a powerful means of influencing behaviour. It plays an important role in alleviating human pain, trauma, and other forms of suffering.
The practice of hypnotherapy is to enable people to remove obstacles at some point of their life time, and take control of the changes they want to make. Hypnotherapists are required to observe and adhere to the code of ethics of the relevant professional bodies at all times so that the interests of their clients are protected. In order to ensure good standards of treatment and care are provided, hypnotherapists will seek to work closely with their clients and provide the support where needed. Respecting the privacy and maintaining the confidentiality throughout the treatment process is of utmost importance as maintaining a trusting relationship with the client is one of essence of effective treatment.
The initial consultation meeting is considered essential and good practice. It provides an opportunity for the hypnotherapist to gather as much information as possible about the client, and the issues he or she would like to address. It also helps to clarify and explain the role, type and scope of hypnotherapy to be utilised, and agree on a specific outcome for the therapeutic treatment. On the other hand, this initial meeting will enable the client to gain a better understanding of the hypnotherapy treatment, and give him or her a piece of mind as to how the process will take place. It will also allow the client to consider whether the treatment is in accordance with his or her expectation, or if the approach or method of treatment is appropriate in meeting the needs.
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