How To Choose Your Hypnotherapist:

In the internet age, choosing your therapist can be an overwhelming decision. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people out there all claiming to be the best solution for your needs.

In many ways it's the complete opposite of the situation when I chose my first therapist to help me overcome anxiety. In the absence of any sort of guide as to how to chose and with the phone directory as my reference manual, I went for the most conveniently located person to where I worked. I had no comprehension of different types of hypnotherapy and naively assumed if someone was trained and had an office then they were probably ok and that one hypnotherapist was probably near enough equivalent to another.

In my case it was one of the worst decisions I've ever made, financially and psychologically.  In fact, the regression style approach adopted was nothing short of cruel. In the end I said I felt better just because being anxious was less painful than being guided to vividly pour over every painful and embarrassing moment that may (or even may not) have happened. It was several years before I even considered going and talking to another hypnotherapist.

So to avoid making the same mistake I made first time around, what can you do? Below I've listed the six things I think any professional hypnotherapist should be doing and offering. If I was advising someone I deeply cared about on how to find the right hypnotherapist then this is the list I would give them (assuming they couldn't work with me for some reason!). 

After all, I'd want the very best for them and their mental health and wellbeing. 

how to choose your hypnotherapist

Choosing A Hypnotherapist

Whether you decide to come and work with me for hypnotherapy or to go elsewhere, there are some essential things to be sure about when choosing your hypnotherapist:

​​​​​​​1. Ensure that they have the right qualifications and make sure they continue to attend further training to stay up to date with the latest research and knowledge. Be wary if they suggest that one technique or approach works every time and with every person (all too common I'm afraid and can leave you and them high and dry if it doesn't work for some reason). 
 
2. They should be willing to meet you face to face before you commit to working with them. If they have your best interests in mind they will be happy to meet you at their office to talk about your issues and goals and to answer any questions you have so that you make the best decision about who you want to work with. Would you really want to invest your time, money and psychological wellbeing to a faceless voice down the end of a phone line who doesn't want to meet you face to face for some reason?
 
3. Make sure you feel comfortable with them. If you want the best results you need to be able to work collaboratively and trust your hypnotherapist. In many ways this links with meeting the hypnotherapist face to face before you start sessions so you can be sure you feel comfortable with them before you invest time, money, hope and energy. In the same way I won't be everyone's cup of tea as a hypnotherapist, so the same applies to other therapists. That's why you want to meet them and find out what they are all about before you dive in.
 
4. The most successful hypnotherapists work full time in hypnotherapy from professional consulting rooms. You should ask them whether they are a full time hypnotherapist or practice it as a hobby on the side or from a spare room at home.
 
5.  It is essential that they will teach you skills and strategies that you can use between sessions to be in control over your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Knowing these puts you in control and means that once sessions are completed, you can maintain your success. Otherwise you run the risk of having to rely on that therapist every time something happens rather than being able to manage most challenges yourself.
 
6. Ensure that they can demonstrate evidence of real life success with clients. If they are good at what they do they will have dozens of written and video testimonial from happy clients. If they show you testimonials make sure that they are for the individual hypnotherapist (and not for someone else who may use the same approach or programme or who attended the same training course they did - again sadly all too common with hypnotherapists these days). 
 
If they can't meet all of these then I'd strongly suggest that you look elsewhere for the very best professional to work with. 

I learnt a lot from my first encounter with a hypnotherapist, most of it about what not to do! Thankfully I did give hypnotherapy a second chance (or I may never have overcome my anxiety and gone on to help many hundreds of others too) and I made sure all of the above were covered first to put everything in the best place to get a beneficial outcome. 

To your success,

Dan Regan

Hypnotherapy in Ely & Newmarket 

P.S. If you are looking for help to achieve your goals and feel better then you can come and meet me face to face for a free consultation where I'll answer all your questions.

And be sure to have a look at what other people have said after their sessions too!