How to find the right hypnotherapist

Through suffering with severe depression and anxiety myself, I decided over four years ago that I wanted to try hypnotherapy to see if it helped.


Through having a handful of sessions myself and being so impressed with the improvements I saw in myself, I took the bold move to sign up to study to become a qualified clinical hypnotherapist.

Prior to seeing a hypnotherapist myself, I had comprehensively researched what would be the most beneficial and effective type of hypnotherapy for the issues I faced.

It soon became apparent that ‘solution-focused hypnotherapy’ was a stand-out. This was because the therapy was based on the most current and up-to-date neuroscience. Further, it was a brain-based therapy which allows the client to focus on solutions, rather than the actual problems themselves.  

It was at this point that I contacted the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training school and enrolled to become a solution-focused hypnotherapist.

The Clifton Practice is the only Hypnotherapy training school which is considered to be of ‘gold standard’ in the country. I trained for a year with the school and qualified with a diploma in solution-focused hypnotherapy.

During this year, I completed over 200 practice hours and became competent in practising hypnotherapy through assessment in all areas of the therapy. The areas included depression, anxiety, fears, phobias, PTSD, sports performance and many more.

After the course, I then completed a further advanced diploma which the National Hypnotherapy Council accredited. This qualification was to prove that I was competent in advanced areas of the therapy, as well as, understanding it in practice.

Since qualifying, I have enjoyed gaining invaluable experience and have helped hundreds of clients with a variety of brain-related issues. The feedback which I have received from clients has been humbling.

For anybody looking to see a hypnotherapist, I would certainly research the subject and chose somebody who is both experienced and suitably qualified. This is because many people claim to be hypnotherapists without being suitably qualified or experienced. 

This is why the likes of the  Hypnotherapy Directory play an invaluable role in directing prospective clients towards hypnotherapists who have all the required credentials to help you.

Further, always ask the therapist whether they specialise in areas of expertise. For example, certain hypnotherapists may only concentrate on clients who suffer from anxiety disorders. Whilst others may concentrate and be very effective in the area of fears, phobias or PTSD.

As a qualified clinical hypnotherapist, there is no greater feeling than helping someone who is struggling. The pride I experience from helping a client from day one to the day they bid a fond farewell is amazing. 

When practised correctly and within the tried and tested boundaries of the therapy, there is no better therapy in my opinion which can change a person's life for the better within such a relatively short space of time.

Maybe through reading this article you too will reach out to a bonafide hypnotherapy training school and will also see the attraction of helping others who are often at their lowest ebb when they first contact you.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Prescot, Merseyside, L34
Written by Chris O'Connor, MNCH (Reg) HPD,DSFH MAfSFH NCH (Reg)
Prescot, Merseyside, L34

I am an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist who has now helped hundreds of clients in achieving a better quality of life through Hypnotherapy.
I am passionate about helping and supporting people who suffer with mental health related conditions. I have played sport all my life and am lucky enough to world as a Professional Boxing Timekeeper

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