If you’ve decided to seek the help of a therapist you will already know that there is an overwhelming number to choose from. Here I outline some key pointers on what to look for. Hopefully, you can make sure that your choice of therapist will provide the best possible treatment for you.
1. Talk to the therapist before booking
Unsurprisingly, speaking on the phone gives you a lot more insight than an email or online exchange. If possible, schedule a time to speak to your therapist before booking your initial appointment.
A quick conversation will give the opportunity to discuss the treatment in greater detail. It’s also a chance to get a good sense of whether you will work well together. You may decide that finding a personality fit is more important to you than finding a specialist in the treatment that you’re looking for.
2. Is the audio file included in the fee?
A one-off hypnotherapy session may be effective. However, a recording that you can listen to time and time again will reinforce the original treatment. Make sure your hypnotherapist provides you with an MP3 or audio file. This ensures a very cost effective treatment.
If your chosen hypnotherapist doesn’t automatically provide an audio file, then you can still request to record the session. This may not be the ideal solution. It will entail setting up your phone or recording device when you want to be focusing on the treatment itself.
Some hypnotherapist may make generic recordings available on their website. That can be useful, but it’s not as powerful as receiving the unique recording from your session.
3. Desired Outcomes
The clearer you can be about what you’d like to achieve from your therapy session the better. Ideally, you should be able to give specific outcomes you would like to achieve. This is a helpful step in clarifying whether your expectations are both realistic and achievable.
4. Specialist or Generalist?
Find out whether the therapist you’re planning to see has direct experience with the specific challenges that you’re facing. Some hypnotherapists specialise in, for instance, smoking cessation or pain management. It may not be a make or break if your chosen therapist doesn’t specialise in your area. But it gives you a benchmark if you’re talking to more than one hypnotherapist. It will give you a good sense of which therapist will give you the best results.
5. Is Hypnotherapy combined with CBT?
Hypnotherapists who combine CBT with hypnosis have a much higher success rate than those using hypnosis on its own. CBT enables people to change their habits by working on thoughts, emotions patterns as well as ultimate goals.
What does this mean in concrete terms? Under hypnosis the CBT hypnotherapist will create a clear image of both the end goal and the behavioural, cognitive and emotional changes that will lead to achieving this goal.
6. Length and Number of Hypnotherapy Sessions
Find out how many minutes each session is scheduled to last. It’s also useful to discover what the hypnotherapist hopes to achieve in the first appointment. Will hypnosis be included in the first session? Or will it purely be an introductory meeting? If hypnosis is included, approximately how many minutes will it last?
Hypnotherapists are trained in many different schools. As you would expect, there are many varied ways of working. It’s worth finding out up-front if the therapist anticipates that your treatment will be just one session or a series of two, three or more.
7. What Next?
Does the therapist have a follow up plan? Are you going to be able to call them for additional help following your treatment? How many sessions do they anticipate that you will need?
The more follow up your hypnotherapist is prepared to provide, the higher your chances of success.
If you would like to discuss hypnotherapy, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07990 572900.