How to Choose a Hypnotherapist: The Indefinables
They have the education, they have the experience, now what about the rest? What makes one hypnotherapist better for you than any of the others?
I call these factors the indefineables. They have definitions for sure, but what those definitions are will vary for each person.
Rapport. When you talk to the therapist, do you feel comfortable? Do you feel they understand and are listening to you? Often times, this factor will actually outweigh issues of education and experience. Because when it comes right down to it, therapy of any sort, but especially hypnotherapy, is a very intimate experience, and you need to feel comfortable with not only the process of therapy, but also the person who is guiding you through the process.
Philosophy. Hypnotherapy, perhaps more than any other therapeutic modality, has a distinctly spiritual aspect to it. While no therapy situation is an appropriate setting for “evangelism”, hypnotherapists often work from a spiritual perspective. If spirituality is important to you, feel free to ask your hypnotherapist about his or her views on this aspect, and be sure that you are comfortable with their answers.
Treatment Philosophy. Be sure to talk to your hypnotherapist about his or her treatment philosophy. Do they use standard scripts in a kind of “one size fits all” method, or do they individualize each treatment session around the needs and desires of the client? Do they have an understanding of different hypnotic processes, and how they work? What is the framework that they build their work on?
By taking into account education, experience, and these and other indefinable factors, you can make an informed decision about which hypnotherapist is best equipped to help you reach your goals.