by Mark Barrus
So what is the most important thing to look for in a hypnotist?
Find one that listens more than they “talk”. We are born with 2 ears and 2 eyes that we should hear and see twice is much as we speak.
Develop rapport with the person and request a consultation either in person or on the phone, before for the sessions begin.
Interview them and make sure that you are comfortable and being honest with them.
Ask for references if you would like. Many will be happy to oblige.
Photo credit: Todd Plitt USA TODAY
Karen Weintraub, Special for USA TODAY brings up some good points on how to select a hypnotherapist for behavioral change:
She goes on to say:
Finding a good hypnotist:
There is no national licensing board for hypnotherapists. Some practitioners are doctors or psychologists with extra training and the skills to use hypnotherapy in conjunction with other treatments; others have no more professional training than a weekend seminar.
To decide if a hypnotherapist is right for you:
* Do some Internet research, seeing how they present themselves online and checking review sites like Yelp (though remember that not all reviews are legitimate).
* Get personal references from people you trust.
* Talk to the hypnotherapist on the phone before scheduling a session, to see how they come across, and to ask about training and experience.
Avoid people who promise quick fixes or miracles.
There are many good resources to find a good hypnotherapist. You are always welcome to get my 2 cents, by contacting Healthy Life Centers, and the NGH has many hypnotists across the country that can help you.
Most importantly, Hypnosis is guaranteed NOT to work if you are entering into a behavioral change under duress. No one can force you to do something for yourself that you do not want to do.
Example, let’s say that you do not like asparagus, just for a moment. There is no way on earth that hypnosis, or anything else, can force you to like asparagus. Your mind is in control of itself.
However, if you want to change and have a desired outcome, hypnosis can help you to disassociate the triggers from the unwanted behavior.