How to Chose a Professional Hypnotherapist

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It seems like every time you open a newspaper or log on to Facebook there is a bombardment of advertisements offering certificated or professional hypnotherapy training. A frightening number of these so called training centres provide very little in the way of training and are simply in the business of making money. Trainee Hypnotherapists hand over their money, are given a basic set of notes and a freshly printed certificate announcing they are a Certified Hypnotherapist!

There are ways, however, that clients can safe guard against themselves and pick a truly well qualified hypnotherapist

1. Enquire about your hypnotherapists training -the length of course, how many classroom hours were involved and how many practice hours. Your hypnotherapist should be able to provide contact details of their training school, for you to conduct your own research as to the depth of their education

2. Ensure your hypnotherapist belongs to a professional register. Ensure the register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, and is part of the Accredited Voluntary Register scheme. The scheme was set up by the Department of Health, and administered by the Professional Standards Authority who are an independent body, accountable to Parliament. Only two hypnotherapy registers are currently part of this scheme - The National Hypnotherapy Society and the CNHS.

3. Indemnity insurance - no professional would be complete without it!

4. Continuing Professional Development. A professional Hypnotherapist will complete a certain amount of CPD each year.

5. Supervision. A professional hypnotherapist will attend regular supervision meetings - either on a one-to-one basis or with a group of other qualified hypnotherapists

6. Too many fingers in too many pies. Many therapy methods compliment hypnotherapy well - NLP, CBT, mindfullness, life coaching to name a few but if you find your therapist has a whole list of alternative therapies under their belt rather than just one or two you can be almost certain that they are spreading themselves too thin!

7. Ask about success stories and testimonials, especially in the area you are interested in

8. Do they explain the process to you in clear simple English and give you the opportunity to ask relevant questions

9. Make sure your hypnotherapist is up front about their fee structure and cancellation policy

10. Are you comfortable with your hypnotherapist. It is vital for successful treatment that you feel a good rapport between you.

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