Finding a competent hypnotist that is a good fit for your needs can be confusing. Hypnosis is usually considered an alternative therapy (other alternative therapies include acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, etc.) and is frequently offered as part of a practitioner’s overall practice. For example, a psychologist may also offer hypnosis. So one good question to ask is if the hypnotist is a full-time practitioner of hypnosis. A full-time practitioner uses only hypnosis (and closely related techniques such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP) to help the client achieve his or her goals. As such, a full-time practitioner is usually more up-to-speed on the most cutting-edge techniques for achieving success. Many hypnotists only do hypnosis on a part-time basis, and a practitioner who earns a full-time living from hypnosis has many more accumulated hours of valuable clinical experience than a part-time practitioner.
Another good question to ask is if the hypnotist is certified. For example, in Texas, it is not necessary to be certified to practice hypnosis. While it is not a foolproof guarantee of competency, a hypnotist who went to the trouble and expense to become certified is likely to be dedicated to a higher level of knowledge, ability and integrity than one who has not.
Ask the hypnotist about continuing education (often referred to as CEUs or “continuing education units”). When was the last time the hypnotist took a course to improve his skills or expand her knowledge base? Does the hypnotist attend national educational/professional conferences? Hypnotists who strive to improve continually will likely offer the highest and most effective level of service to clients.
Does the hypnotist have testimonials from satisfied clients? These can often be found on the hypnotist’s website and can not only give you clues to the quality of the hypnotist, but you can also gauge the effectiveness of the hypnosis in the area you are interested in (smoking cessation, for instance). In addition, reviews on websites such as Yelp.com can be very useful. Yelp offers a one- to five-star rating system for each review left by a client. A hypnotist with a consistently high rating over multiple reviews can instill greater confidence in potential clients.
Where does the hypnotist practice? Some hypnotists sublet office space from other health-and-wellness professionals, and this is fine. But a hypnotist with a dedicated office in a professional building sends a message of professionalism to potential clients.
In summary, a competent, professional hypnotist will welcome these questions and more, because creating confidence in their clients is a priority.
I am glad to answer the questions above and more in a free half-hour consultation. We will also discuss your specific needs in depth and come up with a hypnosis strategy to help you achieve your goals. Call me at 800-481-5949 for your confidential consultation today!