3 Tips for Finding a Good Hypnotherapist

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Finding a Good Hypnotherapist

Whether you are trying to lose weight, quit smoking or deal with longstanding phobias, hypnotherapy can be a remarkably effective treatment. People have been using hypnotism to banish their demons and deal with the stresses of life for decades, and many former smokers and newly fit men and women sear by its long-lasting effects.

As with any type of therapy, the results you get from hypnotism will only be as good as the person who performs it. There are good and bad hypnotherapists, just as there are good and bad doctors, dentists, chiropractors and other medical providers.

Failing to vet your hypnotherapist properly means you will simply be wasting your money. Worse yet, a bad experience with a hypnotherapist could lead you to believe the treatment is worthless.

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In some ways choosing a good hypnotherapist is not that different from choosing a good doctor or dentist. You can start by asking your friends and coworkers for recommendations. You may be surprised at the number of people in your life who have had success with hypnotherapy. They can provide recommendations and valuable tips you can use to get the most out of every treatment.

1 Licensure and Certification

The first two credentials you will want to look for are licensure and certification. First, the person should hold some type of licensure within the state she or offers hypnotherapy. Examples include a licensed psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, etc.

Second, the person should hold some type of certification in the field of hypnosis. There are many different organizations that certify however, there are only a few who have strict training and education requirements. A great place to check for a credentialed hypnotherapist is the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists.

In addition to the above, search for a hypnotherapist with a minimum of five years in the business; 10 years’ experience is even better. It is important that the hypnotherapist you choose have experience relevant to your particular problem.

If you have a deep-seated fear of water or spiders, you will probably have better success using a hypnotist who specializes in treating phobias. If you want to stop smoking and get rid of your cravings, a hypnotherapist who has helped hundreds of others kick the habit can improve your odds of success.

2 No Quick Fixes

Many people think that hypnotism is a quick fix for just about any problem, and the popular media often reinforces that notion. Magazines and websites are full of anecdotes about people who attended a single seminar and never smoked again, but it rarely happens that quickly.

In the real world, getting to the bottom of a deeply ingrained habit like smoking or overeating takes time and patience. A good hypnotherapist will look for the root of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms. While it might be tempting to sign up with the quick fix artist, in the end a more structured approach is better.

Keep in mind that hypnotherapy should be considered an adjunct to therapy and not “therapy” itself. In other words, a professional using hypnotherapy will combine elements of hypnotherapy with other forms of psychotherapy.

3 An Honest Approach

A good hypnotherapist will be proud to share his or her successes with you. Do not be afraid to ask about success rates and past experiences. Watch out for hypnotherapists who provide only vague details, or those who claim they can help everyone.

As with any form of therapy, hypnotherapy may not work for every person. An experienced hypnotherapist knows that and will freely share that information. And an honest hypnotherapist will tell you about the limitations of hypnotherapy.

Finding the right hypnotherapist is not always easy, but it is important to shop around carefully. Hypnotism can be a great way to lose weight, stop smoking and deal with your fears, but only if you choose the right provider. Knowing what to look for and what to avoid can help you make the best choice the first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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Last updated: 3 Oct 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Oct 2016
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