Choosing a Hypnotherapist

Once you decide to explore Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy as a way of making the changes you need and want in your life, you’ll need to decide on a therapist.

Many people ask what makes a great therapist, and I often reply that it’s what makes a great therapist for YOU as each client is as unique as each therapist, and it is the working relationship between two people (supported by two very powerful subconscious minds) that helps in personal transformation.

A few guides that will help you in selecting a trained and trustworthy supporter for your positive shifts:

    1. Make sure of proper training. Well established certifying bodies in hypnosis such as the NGH, IMDHA, ACHE and various regional authorities usually have standards of training and include Codes of Conduct and Ethics that are important when selecting someone to trust in your change process.


    1. Ask questions – a good therapist will be prepared to answer your most important queries. While responses may be by email, on the phone or skype, or even through information on websites, a good hypnotist or hypnotherapist should be willing to take some time to respond. Through this information you’ll also get an idea of whether or not your sensibilities align with the therapist’s.
        • One question you might ask is whether or not they know about root or causal therapeutic approaches in hypnosis. While not always required, these are more advanced techniques that reveal the training and awareness of the different processes that exist in the field.


        • You might also ask them about whether they ever use more rapid inductions – while not always used, this tends to be an indicator of comfort in more advanced techniques used in the field.


      • Also ask them about the anticipated time schedule and number of appointments for hypnosis. Hypnosis is brief therapy, so, for the most part, it does not extend into years of therapy. Most issues that we work with can be completed in only 4 to 6 sessions. Stop smoking may be as little as two sessions. A combination of issues may require more session, however, once the subconscious mind understands the benefits of the changes you make, these new habits for positive change tend to be relatively speedy and complete.


    2. While we do work with pain management and physical healing, as well as childbirth issues, all hypnosis involving medical conditions are done under supervision of a physical or medical practitioner or by referral. We work with the medical community – this is a complementary therapy and we encourage dialogue and sharing for enhanced general health. Make sure that your therapist takes other approaches to healing into account.


    1. Check your hypnotist or hypnotherapists policy on confidentiality – sessions should be completely confidential and you should feel comfortable about working with your therapist during each session. We strive to understand your individual needs and goals and work with you to get the results you want that are best for you.


    1. Some therapists also use different modalities along with hypnosis – if you find a combination of methods that suits you, that therapist may be a good one for you.


Remember that you are the most important part of the session! You want to be prepared for change before you arrive. Other than being in comfortable clothing (if possible) and being open to change, there is nothing more you need to prepare. Your hypnotist or hypnotherapist will collect some information briefly from you (by form and in conversation) and you will be guided into an state of focused consciousness that is often called hypnosis.

You want to be comfortable with your hypnotist or hypnotherapist as your ability to focus and follow instructions with and easy-going attitude is important in the two of you making effective and lasting changes for you.

There are many ways to experience change through hypnosis. Individual sessions are the most personalised and customisable approach to change. We work with you to develop the right program for you to get what you truly want and need in your life. You can make an appointment by skype with Jennifer Norris-Nielsen or search for a hypnotherapist in our Grey Matter Network.

Sometimes we work with groups of individuals to make changes, either in a small-group setting, over the internet in streamed classes or within companies, social groups or teams. As they say, Birds of a Feather, Change Together. Within these group settings you can find like minds that are taking control of the subconscious to make permanent shifts for good – you can see that you aren’t alone and can find a community of support if you need it. While each person is individual with different issues and influences, we have found that working within a group can support each participant in the transformations you require. Look to our Events page to discover what’s happening that might help you make the change you want.

Reminder: What’s Hypnotherapy Good For?

Hypnotherapy is helpful in allowing you take control of your life, success and self-esteem, stop smoking, release weight and inspire healthier habits, enhance public speaking skills or reduce shyness, stop nail biting and other habits, manage anger or fears or grief, enhance creativity, improve sports performance, enrich relationship or move past sexual issues, get rid of sleeping problems, help memory and concentration, deal with obsessive-compulsive-like behaviours, get support out of an emotional ruts or down times, alcohol or drug issues, boost your work-life, really relax, and more…

If you have habits, beliefs or behaviours are no longer useful in your life, hypnosis can help. Whatever stress tends to make worse, hypnosis tends to make better. Contact us to discover more and make an appointment.