Choosing a Therapist

Maybe you’ve decided that you’d like to have some therapy or make changes to your life in general. Choosing the right person to work with can be a difficult decision, because we all relate better to some people than others.

So how do you go about making the right choice? I’ve put together some ideas which might be of help.

First of all, there’s a lot of good therapists out there and so it’s a good idea to do some research. 

I guess you can narrow it down firstly by travelling distance. (Yes, location, location, location!) For something as important as this you might be prepared to travel some distance. On the other hand, for some people distance could be an issue so to start with you might decide to narrow your choice down to a few who are within your preferred range.

The next most important thing for many people will be subjective. Do you like the look and sound of them? Research has suggested that the one most important factor for the success of any therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. When deciding on a therapist, it’s a good idea to have a chat first and ask as many questions as you need to. Don’t feel pressured to book a session straight away. No good therapist will mind if you say you’ll get back to them.

The next thing is their qualifications and experience. If you’ve been looking for a therapist you’ll have noticed that this can get really confusing. At the moment anyone can call themselves a hypnotherapist, but things are gradually changing for the better.

If you see a therapist with the letters HPD after their name, this means that they hold the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma. This is an externally verified qualification that meets the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy so you can be sure that their training is at the highest standard available in the UK.

They may also be registered with the CNCH (Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council) who are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means you can be sure that they abide by strict ethical codes.

Don’t hesitate to ask to see certificates and registration documents. We work hard to achieve our qualifications and are quite happy to show them to you!

Finally, it’s a really good idea to ask as much as possible about the type of approach used. There are many different types of hypnotherapy and not all will be right for everyone.

If a therapist says that they practice ‘clinical hypnotherapy’ this just means that they practice hypnotherapy within a clinical framework. So really all hypnotherapists can rightly be called ‘clinical hypnotherapists’.

Traditional hypnotherapy usually involves the therapist guiding you into a state of trance and then making suggestions for change. On it’s own this works really well for some people, but not all.

If a therapist uses NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) this will involve various techniques used to ‘re-programme’ the way your unconscious mind relates to the situation around you. This can be a powerful approach and often achieves results in a surprisingly short space of time. It’s quite an interactive process and requires the full involvement of the client.

The approach I use is individually tailored to the needs of each client and draws from NLP (see above), positive psychology, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), metaphor and narrative therapy and elements of the more traditional suggestion- based hypnotherapy using a powerful system of hypnotic language called wordweaving. It can also involve a type of life coaching called Project You.

I hope you find the the right therapist to help you, if I can be of any help at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch.