I know some of you that are reading this may not be clients of mine. Some of you may live out of state or out of town and would like to find somebody in close proximity. I would like to go over five simple things to think about when you’re looking around for the right hypnotherapist.
Number one, make sure that the person is certified. I’m certified with the National Guild of Hypnotists. It’s been around for a very, very long time, and has a really good reputation. Another really good one is American Guild of Hypnotists. This might be something that you want to put on your radar when you look around: National Guild of Hypnotists or American Guild of Hypnotists.
2. Years of Experience
The second thing you want to look for is years of experience. I find that the more experience somebody has, most likely the better they’re going to be. I would recommend a minimum of about five years of experience.
3. Ask for a Referral
Number three, and here’s a really good one, is just to simply ask your doctor or nurse if they have a good referral. I collaborate with a lot of doctors and nurse practitioners in town because I work with many people who have issues with smoking, weight loss and phobias that directly affect their health. A lot of doctors and nurses have a referral for reputable hypnotherapists that they work with. You might want to start there and ask your family doctor if they have a referral for hypnotherapy services.
4. Find Someone Who Specializes
Number four, it’s a great idea to find someone that actually specializes in the issue that you are wanting to work on. All hypnotherapists specialize in different things. Some specialize in issues like smoking. Other hypnotherapists are more into helping people with anxiety. Finding someone who specializes in your issue is a great way to ensure that the hypnotherapist you decide to see will be a good fit for your needs.
5. Ask for a Free Consultation
Lastly, when you contact somebody, ask them if they can give you a free consultation because determining whether you have good chemistry and getting to know somebody a little bit before you come in for a session is a really good idea. I myself offer 10-15 minute free consultations. It’s part of what I do when I take on a new client. I set up a time to call them. They can ask me questions and I can talk to them and see if we’re the right fit. Just asking someone if they can give you a free 10-15 minute consultation can help you feel so much more confident about going into your first appointment.
As always, I’m here to help. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!