It’s unfortunate but true. For all of the good, honest hypnotherapists out there whose training enables them to help you get over any of the many ailments hypnosis can help with, there are plenty of shysters out there, too. Perhaps you’ve seen the type: they’re the sort who are more interested in your money than in helping you lose weight, quit smoking, manage pain, etc. Luckily, there are two things to look for that can help you figure out if you’re dealing with someone who’s “on the level.”
1. Ask For Credentials
Hypnosis works by opening your mind, making you receptive to the positive change you want to make in your life. This naturally entails opening yourself up, and becoming vulnerable in the process. If you’re doing that, you want to be sure you are only doing it with someone you can fully trust.
While your hypnotherapist may not necessarily have a PhD., as I do, in chiropractic medicine, they should still have proof of their ability to use hypnosis as a valid medical tool to offer potential patients. This means board certification. Find out about their degrees, and then ask about what organization they’re a part of as well. This offers them legitimacy and you peace of mind. If your hypnotherapist cannot offer any proof of his board certification or his involvement in medical-hypnosis based organizations, feel free to walk away.
2. Trust Your Gut
This rule sounds very un-scientific, but sometimes it just applies.
Ever been to a used car dealership with an aggressive, pushy salesman? Many of us have, and it’s never a pleasant experience. You feel rushed, and get that feeling that says that this guy is far more interested in taking your money than in helping you make the best decision for your unique situation.
It’s similar with hypnotherapy, when you’re shopping around for a quality practitioner, except that it’s even more important. The reason is because, unlike making a decision about a machine, you’re making a decision that could affect your health and wellbeing. So never put your trust in the hands of a pushy salesman. Go to someone who will take his or her time, get to know you and your situation, and who genuinely wants to help. That could mean looking for someone who takes an entire session just asking about you and your habits, your stress levels, your health, etc. before he or she actually hypnotizes you. The extra attention is worth it.