I have now retired but will continue to keep this web site live as a resource in case it is helpful to people.
It is important to choose a properly trained, reputable, qualified and registered competent hypnotherapist, counsellor or psychotherapist and the following guidance can be helpful:
Skills and Competence
Make sure that the Hypnotherapist or Counsellor belongs to one of the main hypnotherapy or Counselling organisations and that they are formally accredited. I recommend the National Counselling Society.
This organisation has minimum requirements from their members: a recognised qualification including 150 hours classroom study, professional insurance, ongoing face-to-face supervision and continuous further training and development.
There is a published list of therapists on its web site (click on the above links) so choose your therapist from here to be safe.
Don’t choose a therapist who has simply qualified from an internet or correspondence course.
The therapist should carry an up to date certificate of professional insurance covering hypnotherapy and counselling.
If you are seeing a therapist in their own home, make sure it looks professional and all effort has been made to ensure there is no disturbance.
It is not always possible to predict the exact number of sessions which will be required because every individual is unique and has encountered different life circumstances but the therapist should make a plan of treatment for your condition in your first consultation.
Personal qualities to look for when finding a therapist or counsellor are:
Good therapists will always be consistent, polite & they should be genuinely interested in how you feel. Make sure that you feel comfortable with them & that you feel they are on your side.
For hypnotherapy, make sure that they always take a medical history and will not treat you if there are any contraindications, including early pregnancy.
Ensure that they request your GP’s permission to treat you if you have been diagnosed with psychosis, a brain injury or dementia which may impact the kinds of therapy available to you.
Beware of any therapist that:
- evades questions about their training, experience or certificates.
- keeps leading you during therapy i.e. putting ideas in your mind that are not your own, or pushing you to ‘solutions’ you don’t recognise.
- suggests a sexual relationship, either verbally or otherwise.
- encourages a social relationship or friendship outside of the consulting room.