You’ve discovered hypnotherapy, but what do you do about it?
So you’ve had an issue for some time, you may have even tried several methods to feel better or resolve this issue but it persists and you feel it is time to do something about it. This is often the point at which people look into hypnotherapy. Whatever has been bothering you, whether you have low self-confidence, whether you have tried many methods to stop smoking, or to lose weight, whether your phobia is no longer manageable, the effect it can have on your well being is real. So you have decided that since other methods haven’t helped, to look more towards hypnotherapy. But what do you do now you have come to this option in your efforts to feel better? Hopefully you will find some useful information with these following tips:
Read some background information.
You could have a look around at some information to find out more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy so you have some idea as to what it is. This can be a tough one as there is so much information around that it is easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Look for information from reputable and knowledgeable sources in the subject area such as governing bodies and societies. Their websites will usually have the most accurate and up to date information.
What therapists are around?
Is there a particular therapist that specialises in the issue you would like help with? Perhaps you would feel more comfortable seeing a male or female therapist or perhaps you don’t feel a specialist is in order but simply want to see the therapist that you feel most comfortable with. Whatever your requirements, you could use search engines to see the therapists local to where you live to find out more about if they specialise in a particular subject, such as weight loss or smoking cessation or offer a more general service. You can also search on the websites of societies and governing bodies for therapists local to you, just be aware that unless therapists are a member of that particular society they may not appear in the results and so this may not give the most comprehensive results. Therapists usually have websites where you could have a look around to get further information.
Give therapists a call.
This can be a big deal for lots of people and good therapists understand this. It may have been a long road to get to this point or perhaps it has taken courage to make the call. Speaking to the therapist gives you a chance to have a discussion and to ask questions which can help you to get a feel for whether or not the therapist is the right person for you to see. Therapists aren’t always available to answer calls so why not leave a short message asking them to call you back.
My advice is not to be afraid to ask questions. This may be daunting but is the best way to ensure that you are seeking out the right therapist and also the right therapy style too. Don’t be afraid to ask about their training, what governing body or society they belong to if any, have they done any further training etc. Maybe you aren’t entirely sure what hypnotherapy even is and would like the therapist to explain it more to you so you can decide if it is the way forward for you. Ask your questions, a good therapist will be happy to go through them with you.
Also, during this conversation it is worth bearing in mind that the therapist will need to also ask some questions. The detail required will of course depend on how the therapist works, for example, some therapists will conduct a full consultation on the phone where others will ask more questions during the face to face meeting.
Ask about a consultation.
During your phone conversation you could ask the therapist about a consultation and what their process is. A consultation may incur a charge or a deposit or they may offer a free initial consultation over the phone or in person as I do with my clients. It has been my experience that many clients prefer to have a more in depth discussion in a face to face meeting and that is why I offer my clients a discussion over the phone to ask me questions and to find if they want to proceed and then have a more detailed consultation in person. Since my methods are very much based on the individual, I have found this to be the best way for my practice. However, different therapists have different practices and it is worth finding out just how they work and if this fits in with your needs as a client.
Starting something can often be the most difficult step and seeking hypnotherapy is no different. Hopefully these tips for knowing how and where to start will help make it a bit easier if you are one of the increasing number of people turning to hypnotherapy to help change their lives.
Here are some helpful links for further information, you can also read a bit more about my practice here: