How to choose a hypnotherapist
It’s time to make some changes in your life and you’ve decided to work with a hypnotherapist to help bring about this change. Following your decision, the next step is to find a therapist to work with. You’ll need to find someone with whom you feel relaxed and comfortable to share your concerns. It will also be important that you feel confident in their ability to help you as well as their friendliness and capacity to listen.
It may surprise you to know that anyone can call themselves a therapist; no specific qualification or training is required. There is voluntary regulation of therapists so you will want to be sure that your chosen practitioner has received training that meets prescribed National Occupational Standards, has professional insurance and belongs to a professional association that is widely recognised.
Whilst good rapport with a therapist is essential, you may also want to enquire about the duration of their training and if it’s important to you, whether their training was face to face or online. You may want to know how long they’ve been a practising therapist and if they have a specific area of focus, such as anxiety, weight loss or smoking cessation or whether they have experience in a very broad range of issue.
When choosing a therapist you will need to decide what’s important to you. What is essential when selecting a therapist will vary from one person to another. The gender or age of your therapist may figure in your considerations; you might prefer someone of a similar age to you or prefer to work with someone older or younger. Working with someone from a similar religious or cultural background may or may not be important to you. These are personal preferences and there is no right or wrong choices.
Hypnotherapy is usually conducted face to face, although therapy using Skype is on the increase. Face to face working can be helpful in building rapport with your therapist, but there are some advantages to doing online therapy, especially if you have caring commitments, mobility challenges or have a phobia such as agoraphobia. One of the advantages of this method is that you are not limited by geography; you can work with a therapist on the other side of the globe.
Ultimately you have to decide who you believe is right for you. A chat with your prospective therapist before making your first appointment maybe something you want to do and many therapists offer this. It’s important to remember, however, that therapy is a collaborative process and a therapist can’t just ‘fix you’ for a fee. That is why a good relationship with your therapist is crucial, so that you can work together to help you to achieve your desired outcome.
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About Lorraine Mcreight
Lorraine McReight is an award-winning hypnotherapist with a therapy centre in Wimbledon. She is principal of London Hypnotherapy Academy & is editor of the professional journal, Hypnoversity. Lorraine is Development Director of the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy) & a Fellow of the APHP (Association for Professional Hypnosis & Psychotherapy)… Read more
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