Rapport with your hypnotherapist
It is highly desirable and some would say absolutely essential when looking at any form of therapy that you have good rapport with your therapist.
The message to clients is that whilst standards are in place to protect the public, clients still need to ensure that they find a therapist with whom they feel they can work. It isn’t as simple as looking at a hypnotherapist's qualifications. There has been recent debate about Academia making hypnotherapy more of an academic subject. I applaud this initiative, though just as there are good and bad doctors, the amount of training really doesn’t necessarily determine how good a hypnotherapist is.
Clients should also look at feedback from satisfied clients and make a shortlist of therapists. It isn’t essential to visit each hypnotherapist but it is certainly worth having a telephone call for a few minutes with two or three of them and then following your gut feeling.
Why is it so essential to have good rapport with the therapist?
If you find that some of what your hypnotherapist says objectionable, then this will tend to keep your conscious mind more active than it would otherwise be. You then start to filter the messages that are trying to be delivered to your subconscious and this can reduce the effectiveness of the session.
In addition if the hypnotherapist doesn’t have good listening skills then he or she may miss vital clues about your core values and may use a one size fits all approach. Let’s take for example a client who says they would like to have just a single hypnotic gastric band hypnotherapy session. The more proficient hypnotherapists will probably advise the client that this is therapy and a one size approach is not appropriate. A less experienced hypnotherapist might be tempted to try to just run with a gastric band script, take the client’s money and send them on their way.
Within a relatively short period the client may find that the session’s effectiveness has diminished. This undermines what better hypnotherapists are capable of achieving. A more proficient hypnotherapist will probably encourage the client to come for three or more sessions. They will look at stress and emotional eating and help the client with their perspective to reduce some of the stressors and the client’s reaction to the stressors. Regression to help the client understand their emotional attachment to food and eating can be helpful in reducing or removing the tendency to self sabotage weight-loss efforts.
In summary, it really is important that clients invest a little time to ensure that their hypnotherapist has a very good grasp of their issues. All clients should be encouraged to leave feedback on the Internet about the effectiveness of their hypnotherapist.
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About Jeff Cassapi
I am passionate about hypnotherapy and make sure that I take enough time to understand my clients issues. Rapport with your hypnotherapist is essential and I recommend that all prospective clients phone for a 20 minute chat to see if they think we will get on.