How to find a hypnotherapist is a question that keeps coming up and it’s hard for me to give an objective response because I am one!
There are so many courses to teach hypnotherapy. There are nearly as many professional bodies for hypnotherapists as there are courses. How can you tell what is a good one and what is not so good. I would say that it’s nearly impossible to answer that.
The professional bodies that I register with are the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH). Both are regarded quite well, both have a different emphasis, both have a code of ethics that members are expected to adhere to.
I also register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC) which is a body that was set up with government support, they ensure that a therapist is a member of a recognised professional body.
When it comes down to it then as a non hypnotherapist you may have trouble deciding. So here is a brief summary of hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapists use hypnosis as a tool to provide therapeutic changes to a person.
There are a lot of styles of hypnotherapy and there is no real way to say if one way is better than another.
- Clinical hypnotherapists tend to work in a straight forward way using cognitive behavioural techniques in hypnosis. So that’s a form of teaching new mental and in some cases physical skills using hypnosis and learning. Most of the therapies tend to have some evidence to prove that they work.
- Ericksonian hypnotherapists start from the point of view that the mind has all the tools that it needs to make the changes it needs to make. They make use of linguistic techniques like metaphors to involve the mind and to teach the mind new ways to do things.
- The Humanist style of hypnotherapy brings together many techniques of clinical hypnosis and adds other more esoteric techniques.
- Hypno analysts essentially make use of psycho-dynamic (similar to the classic talking therapy started by Freud) principles using hypnosis. It’s an approach of free association that attempts to find to the root cause of an issue.
- Regression therapy uses hypnosis and several other techniques to allow a person to go back in their memory to find the root cause of an issue.
- Past life regression therapy is harder to describe. For people who believe that we have lived lives before this one then this technique makes use of hypnosis to access the past lives. The basic ideas is that an issue of the present may be a symptom of something done in a past life and this can be resolved by acknowledgement and acceptance.
There is some overlap between some of the styles.
Personally I make use of clinical / cognitive behavioural style hypnotherapy. I find it more effective and straight forward and there is a reasonable evidence base to support it.
Most hypnotherapists offer an initial phone consultation and that allows you to get to know them a little. You can ask them what sort of thing they will be doing in hypnosis with you. That will allow you to understand if you and they are going to get along.
Many hypnotherapists also offer other therapies and use a mixed mode approach to therapy. Personally I am qualified to use Integral Eye Movement Therapy and I find that the two therapies together make a powerful combination.
You can also take the opportunity to read their blog so that you get a feel for what they are like because at the end of the day it’s a person to person therapy where you need to be able to establish a therapeutic alliance.
I hope you have found this useful.