If you are looking for help from a hypnotherapist here are some tips on how to find one that suits you and your issue. Many of these points require that you meet and have some initial discussions with your prospective therapist before commencing therapy – most therapists will offer some kind of initial consultation for this purpose.
A short and sweet checklist:
Does your therapist put you at ease, do you get a feeling that you can trust them and value their skills. Do you feel like they are on your side and have your best interests at heart? Do you feel that you can be completely honest with your therapist?
Are they easy to get to, are there good transport links or parking facilities. Is their therapy room well appointed and professional looking. This is less important that other tips – bear in mind that you may need to travel further afield to find the right therapist for you.
Comprehension and Collaboration
Does your therapist explain things to your satisfaction, are you clear and fully on board with their therapy plan for you? Did they involve you as an active participant when deciding on the approach, strategy and therapy plan for you? Do you and they have a jointly agreed concrete goal for your therapy?
Hypnotherapy is the delivery of therapy using hypnosis, but the nature of the therapy varies and different approaches appeal to different people. Key questions and criteria to ask – to what degree do they rely on evidence based approaches supported by research, to what extent does their approach deal with the issue in the here and now or need to delve into your past and refer to some historical cause. To what extent does their approach teach you skills and self-efficacy to guard against future relapse and perhaps serve you in other areas of your life? What are you looking for – rapid and specific changes or the opportunity for discussion and reflection offered by a more counselling oriented approach?
Hypnotherapy qualifications vary in approach and depth with some qualification requiring only a few days study and others involve a much more extensive program with required coursework, case studies and external validation of individual students. Look for qualifications that conform to national standards and are externally validated. Look also for a range of qualifications including other therapeutic areas for a therapist with a breadth of knowledge.
Membership of Professional Body
Membership of a credible professional body can indicate a therapist who has committed to standards of ethics and behaviour. This often includes a commitment to keep their skills honed and up to date by participating in professional supervision and continuous professional development training.