Why would I write an article on how to find a hypnotherapist if you've already found my website or blog? Well, even though I'm confident I can help my clients create the changes they want, I know that I'm not going to be a perfect fit for everyone. That's why I 'm sharing these tips to help you find the hypnotherapist that's right for you.
Hypnotherapy as a treatment emphasizes personal empowerment and choice. Making an educated choice about your mental and emotional health requires some time and research. Here are a few suggestions for finding and choosing a therapist right for you:
Knowledge is power
The more knowledge you have about hypnosis, the easier it is to make an informed decision about which hypnotherapist is right for you. Read articles and books, watch YouTube videos, and listen to podcasts about hypnosis. A little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to making decisions about your health and well-being. Here's a video of a talk I gave on hypnosis that you can check out for more information:
Experience and Credentials
Requirements vary from state to state and country to country. Some states in the U.S. allow people to describe themselves as hypnotherapists while others only allow the title "hypnotist" or "clinical hypnotist". Either way, check the credentials of any prospective therapist and make sure they are qualified to practice in your state or region. One highly respected trade organization is The National Guild of Hypnotists. The guild has thousands of members nationwide and has a directory of active practitioners on their website.
Many hypnotherapists offer free initial consultations. These are great opportunities to personally meet a number of different therapists and compare their services.
Interview potential therapists
You are about to hire a person to perform a valuable service. Conduct your initial conversation with a prospective therapist like you would a job interview. For example,
What is their experience with helping people with similar issues?
What kind of success have they had with past clients?
What kinds of additional support do they offer before and after your sessions?
Who do they consider to be an ideal client?
In the end, trust your gut as well as your head. If you get the impression that the therapist has empathy for your issue and you feel a sense of rapport, then that person is likely to be a good fit.