How to Find the Best Hypnotherapist

The decision to start therapy is a difficult one, but one you should be so proud of yourself for making. You’re ready to take the next steps toward being in better control of your thoughts and leading a more fulfilled life. Of course, finding a therapist—in this case, a hypnotherapist—to help isn’t an easy task.

Hypnotherapy can help in situations where a problem is caused by habit formation, built-up anxiety or unresolved events in your past. People use hypnotherapy to tap into and “reprogramme” these subconscious complexes. Whenever you’re looking for help with your health, mental or otherwise, you need to find the right person. So, how do you find the best hypnotherapist for you?

How to Find a Good Hypnotherapist

Here are six things to look for in a hypnotherapist:

They are authentic and don’t use scripts. Some therapists, hypnotherapists or otherwise, tend to use scripts and a one-size-fits-all approach. This practice usually doesn’t work as not everyone’s issues, mental states, and habits are the same. It’s important that your hypnotherapist sees you individually, even if they’ve treated people with similar issues before. They should be genuinely interested in helping you rather than reading from a prescribed list and trying to sell you a certain number of sessions.
They have a hypnotherapist certification. A hypnotherapist certification will prove they’ve undergone some formal training in handling themselves, their clients, and in different techniques they can use to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask about their certification if they don’t have it stated clearly on their website. It is also imperative that they have undertaken their own self-analysis too.
They’re an excellent communicator. A good hypnotherapist must communicate their plans for each session, what they expect from you and their desired results. Because hypnotherapy taps into the subconscious through mutual communication, the hypnotherapist must get to know you a little before treatment begins in earnest. And communicating doesn’t just mean giving you information; it means actively listening to you and hearing your problems.
They’re trustworthy, and you like them. It takes a lot of trust to allow yourself to become unconscious in a room with a virtual stranger, so it’s vital that you trust your hypnotherapist and feel comfortable. Hypnotherapy should be a collaborative effort, with you candidly sharing what you need help with and your hypnotherapist listening to you and adapting themselves. You should feel safe around them and trust that they are invested in a positive outcome for you.
They have a strong sense of empathy. A good hypnotherapist can think on their feet, responding and connecting with their client’s mind. These kinds of skills cannot be taught and must come from the hypnotherapist themselves. The important quality that is empathy also ties in with all the previous points; a hypnotherapist that is confident, communicative and trustworthy is also likely to be empathic too. You’ll get a good feeling for this when you first speak to the hypnotherapist, but you can also look for reviews and testimonials from past clients.
They’re confident in themselves and the art of hypnotherapy. If a hypnotherapist is visibly uncomfortable and lacks self-confidence, it’s unlikely that you will achieve optimum results from the session, so make sure you go to someone who wholeheartedly believes in what they do.

What Does a Hypnotherapist Certification Involve?

Most hypnotherapy training programs involve:

Studying the history and theories behind hypnosis
Hypnosis for clinical treatment
Selecting the right techniques for each patient
A code of ethical conduct
Working with specific mental health issues like addiction, trauma and negative habits.

Key Takeaway

Most approved hypnotherapy certification programs entail between 40 to 100 hours of hypnotherapy training workshops and 20 hours of supervised individual training. A hypnotherapist certification also usually involves between 2 and 5 years of practical experience as a practicing hypnotherapist.

Most practitioners who train in hypnotherapy are licensed medical or mental health professionals who already have their patients’ wellbeing in mind. Hypnotherapy can be hugely beneficial for many people, and finding the right hypnotherapist for you is the first step in your journey towards healing.

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