Finding a competent hypnotist: questions to ask

hypnotist-and-clientFinding 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!

Migraine relief with hypnosis

migraine relief houston texasAbout 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches.  Migraines are characterized by an intense painful throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and/or extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine pain can last for hours or even days. Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in your arm or leg. Common treatments include drug therapy (such as calcium blockers or beta blockers) and lifestyle changes (avoiding migraine “triggers”).

What is less commonly known is that migraines respond very well to hypnosis intervention. Hypnosis has long been used for both acute and chronic pain relief, and those same techniques, in the hands of a skilled hypnotist, can help not only relieve pain from an ongoing migraine, but can even head off a migraine as it is just beginning. Some cursory research on the internet may lead you to believe migraines can only be managed, but the truth is, hypnosis can help eliminate them entirely, freeing you from both side effects of various drug interventions as well as limiting lifestyle changes.

In a 1961 study published in the American journal Northwest Medicine, of 90 people who suffered from vascular and migraine headaches, hypnosis intervention provided up to 8 years of complete relief (or more) for approximately 38% of the sufferers. Others reported significantly diminished suffering. This study was interesting to me, because 7% of the sufferers developed “substitute symptoms” after their migraines diminished. Such symptoms included nightmares, hay fever, arthritis and ulcers. Most modern hypnotists now understand the mental process by which these substitute symptoms occur, and can employ techniques to prevent them from occurring.

I use a very effective migraine protocol developed by Colorado hypnotist Melissa Roth that is aimed at creating lasting, complete relief from migraine headaches, without any occurrence of substitute symptoms. In just a few sessions, you can free yourself from debilitating migraines and have a much happier, pain-free lifestyle! Check out Hypnosis Works! for more information. Call 800-481-5949 for a free consultation.