Choosing The Right Hypnotherapist

Jan 19


Peter James Field

Peter James Field

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These days more and more people are turning to hypnosis to help deal with emotional problems. But how do you choose a good practitioner? In this informative article, a leading British hypnotherapist tells you all you need to know in order to choose wisely.


As hypnosis and hypnotherapy become more and more popular,Choosing The Right Hypnotherapist Articles choosing the right practitioner can be quite a confusing process.

Here are a few pointers to help you should you be considering working with a hypnotherapist or professional consulting hypnotist.

Qualifications & Associations

To begin, check out the practitioner's qualifications. Unfortunately, there are far too many hypnosis practitioners who have received inadequate or only the minimum degree of training. There are schools that proffer their 'qualification' for little more than the completion of a few easy correspondence assignments and the payment of a nice fee.

All reputable hypnosis practitioners will have their qualifications clearly listed on their website. Look for people who are accredited members of hypnosis organizations that operate independently of specific schools or groups of schools. Accreditation with a professional body means that the therapist has accomplished a substantial level of training, and has the required experience to treat clients in a professional and competent manner.

You can check the association's website to see whether membership is open to all suitably qualified hypnotists, or exclusively to graduates of the association's school or affiliates, since these will have obvious business interests in the association.

In the USA, organizations such as the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA), and the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE) are amongst the foremost associations to which qualified practitioners can belong.

In the UK, some of the key organizations to which reputable and well-trained therapists may belong are the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP), The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), the National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (NRPC), and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

In both the UK and the USA, therapists are required to fulfill continuing professional development (CPD) requirements in order to maintain membership in these associations.

Major Sources

An excellent way to find a fully professional, competent hypnotist is to ask around. Check with doctors, family and friends, and ex-clients who have visited a hypnotist or hypnotherapist and got results.

Don't be shy in calling around and asking questions. You should exercise the same care in choosing your hypnosis practitioner as you would in choosing a new car. Talk to the therapist. Above all, make sure you feel comfortable talking to him or her.

Important Questions To Ask The Practitioner:

What kind of experience do you have in treating my kind of problem? What is the length of time you have been in practice? Which qualifications do you hold? How soon can I see you? What are your fees? Will you teach me self-hypnosis as part of the treatment?

Key Questions To Ask Yourself:

Does this practitioner seem genuinely interested in my problem and me? Does this person appear to be knowledgeable and really professional? Am I treated with respect? Do I feel accepted? Do I feel heard? Does their clinic or office feel like a professional setting and haven?


It's best not to be overly concerned with the per session rate of a good hypnotherapist or consulting hypnotist. A really low fee may sound attractive, but it really is the total number of sessions that will count in monetary terms. Reflect on how much you would be prepared to invest on your vacation, your teeth. In truth, resolving a troublesome issue can turn even a relatively high fee into a real bargain.

In a valid therapeutic relationship you are listened to, heard, accepted and you learn how to strengthen your own inner resources. The hypnosis practitioner is your ally. Not your friend. Not your business partner. Not your guru. And certainly not your lover.

How Many Sessions?

One of the most frequently asked questions for any consulting hypnotist or hypnotherapist is: how many sessions will it take? While any competent hypnotist will be able to give a rough guide - often in the 2 to 6 session range for most problems - no one can predict in advance the exact number of sessions a problem will take to resolve. It depends on the way the person responds to the therapy, and to many other variables.

Be assured that hypnosis, when employed by a fully trained and experienced practitioner usually speeds up the therapeutic process enormously. Even complex difficulties that might otherwise have taken years to resolve can often be successfully treated in a matter of weeks -- provided the hypnosis practitioner knows what he or she is doing.

Success Rate

This is something of a pointless question. Which practitioner would tell you his or her success rate was a mere 5%? And how and when is the success to be verified? And consider this: even if the success rate of a practitioner is 95%, this tells you nothing about your chances of success. For a host of different reasons you just might fall into the negative 5%. It's much better to rely on other factors when deciding whom to go with.

You Can Change

If you truly want and are ready to change, be assured that you can change. And a good consulting hypnotist or hypnotherapist can guide you to the success you deserve.

In a proper therapeutic relationship you will feel accepted and understood. A good therapist will guide you, helping you to connect with and build your inner resources. Don't forget that the hypnosis practitioner is your guide and ally. Though friendly, he or she cannot be your friend. They cannot be your personal guru, or your business partner. And it goes without saying that they certainly cannot be your lover.

You owe it to yourself to work only with a truly competent, expertly trained and fully qualified professional hypnosis practitioner.

In the right hands, hypnosis is a wonderful and powerful means of bringing about real change on a permanent basis. Remember to do your research, call around, and then - trust your instincts.