Once you’ve decided on hypnotherapy your next step is to decide which one to choose. Many factors could influence your decision and it’s important you make the right choice for you. Here are a few pointers to help you make your decision.
Whilst there is no official regulation for hypnotherapists in the UK, they can voluntarily register with professional bodies that ensure they meet ethical and professional standards set out by the industry. Choosing a registered or accredited therapist means you can be sure the person you choose has a substantial level of training, experience and positive feedback from past clients.
It also means they’ll have all the necessary paperwork and insurances so you can visit them with complete peace of mind. I am registered with The National Council for Hypnotherapy who have a useful database of local practitioners.
Whilst a therapist’s age and gender shouldn’t make any difference to their competence, it’s possible that you may feel more comfortable discussing your issues with someone of a specific gender or age. Consider whether this is important to you and factor this into your decision.
For completely enjoyable and effective treatment you’ll want to make sure you feel comfortable with the therapist. Do they come across as someone you trust and are their methods and techniques ones that suit you? A good therapist will design an individual treatment plan for you but you can usually read about their preferred methods and techniques on their website.
Think about the location of the therapist’s office. Is it in a safe, respectable location and somewhere you can travel to easily? What are their opening hours? Do they suit your schedule?
It’s worth checking whether a hypnotherapist has relevant experience or any particular specialisms. Have they treated people for similar issues before? Have they published any papers, articles or books that are relevant to you? Check their website or ask them about their knowledge of specific areas. Be aware that a hypnotherapist with a broader knowledge may be useful as many symptoms can turn out to be related or caused by unexpected issues.
How many sessions are they expecting you to sign up for? A good therapist should often be able to make progress in relatively few sessions. What is the cost? Does it seem reasonable for an experienced therapist? Do they offer a free consultation so you can meet them in person and ask any questions?
Are you able to view client testimonials on their website or can they provide them when asked? Can anyone personally recommend them?
Are they visible within the industry and vocal about their practice and experience? Check to see what they have published on their website lately or on social media.
Trust Your Instincts
At the end of the day there’s no right or wrong answer – you just need to make the decision that’s right for you. Do you research, check their details then go with your gut.
Please do contact me to discuss any of these issues in more detail. I’d be happy to talk to you.