6 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE HIRING A HYPNOTHERAPIST
In this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast I am going to share with 6 things you must know before you see or hire a hypnotherapist.
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Today I am going to share with you 6 things you MUST know before you see a hypnotherapist. These are MUSTS! These things will ensure your experience and results are positive and that you are safe. Knowledge is key and there are things that may surprise you!
- IS YOUR HYPNOTHERAPIST LICENSED?
There is a difference between licensed and certified.
Hypnotherapists are not required to be licensed in most states.
Hypnotherapists are not required to have any mental health training in most states.
Hypnotists/Hypnotherapists obtain “certifications”. Certifications can come from many different groups/organizations. Some certification programs can be done strictly online with only a few hours of “training”. Other programs require in person learning and a specific number of hours.
Your hypnotherapist may be a plumber who finished an online course in a couple of weeks and can now call him/herself a hypnotherapist (and have no mental health training or education).
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and am licensed by the State of Michigan to practice mental health as a counselor/therapist. I am also a Certified Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist.
The following states have no requirements for a hypnotist/hypnotherapist to be licensed to practice mental health and no specific requirements regarding certification.
Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Regulated States (15 states) There is an explicit law in these states that regulates the practice of hypnosis. In order for hypnotists/hypnotherapists to practice lawfully in these states, they must comply with the state laws. California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire (regulation voluntary, otherwise Guild Standard), New Mexico, Nevada (forensic hypnosis and in Clark County, all forms of hypnotism), North Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington. Requirements vary from state to state.
THE MAIN TAKEAWAY! ASK YOUR HYPNOTHERAPIST IF THEY ARE LICENSED TO PRACTICE MENTAL HEALTH OR IF THEY ARE JUST “CERTIFIED” AS A HYPNOTHERAPIST.
- HOW MANY YEARS HAS YOUR HYPNOTHERAPIST BEEN PRACTICING?
Experience is one of the most important aspects to look for when booking a hypnotherapist. Ask about the hypnotherapist’s certification. Most hypnosis certification programs are online only and I would question the ability and skill of someone who has only learned online without in-person learning experiences.
- DOES YOUR HYPNOTHERAPIST HAVE REVIEWS OR WILLING TO PROVIDE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PAST CLIENTS (with client’s consent of course)?
Any reputable hypnotherapist will be willing to provide reviews of their services and even provide client contacts with permission. If your hypnotherapist is not willing to do this, take that as a red flag
- DOES YOUR HYPNOTHERAPIST GUARANTEE SUCCESS?
It is unethical and unprofessional for someone to falsely claim that they can “guarantee” someone else’s behavior, success, learning or results. The only thing anyone can actually guarantee is their own behavior or actions.
Beware of hypnotists or programs that offer claims about high success rates using hypnosis or promises about things you will or won’t do or achieve. As if they can “make you” lose weight with hypnosis or stop smoking or gain confidence. No one can “make” anyone do anything. As with so many other things, the hypnosis results you get are 100% dependent on your actions and choices. That is why hypnosis is really training to learn a skill: The skill of going into a calm, relaxed state of mind and use your unconscious mind to help you visualize and achieve whatever goals you choose.
The best hypnotist will be someone who is confident guaranteeing their own commitment to you and providing training to help you achieve your outcomes. What you do with that help, commitment and training is up to you. You must first choose what goal you want. Then, as long as you come for your sessions as scheduled, and follow the suggestions and recommendations given to you in your hypnosis training, your hypnotist should have no problem guaranteeing that they will stick with you until you have accomplished what you set out to do. The best hypnosis results happen when you take 100% responsibly for following directions and learning, and the hypnotist takes 100% responsibility to give you the right suggestions to teach you.
Your Hypnotist should offer a Written Service Guarantee, and they should mention in their advertisement that client results do vary, there are no guarantees about client behavior, and that the client’s choices and actions determine the outcomes and results they get in their programs.
- DOES YOUR HYPNOTHERAPIST HAVE EXPERIENCE IN YOUR SPECIFIC ISSUE?
Many hypnotherapists will claim that they can help with any issue. Often, hypnotherapists may specialize in a few specific areas but not have much experience in others.
Make sure to ask how much experience your hypnotherapist has with your specific issue.
- DOES YOUR HYPNOTHERAPIST HAVE LIABILITY/MALPRACTICE INSURANCE?
This is not something most clients think to ask. Any licensed mental health professional is required to carry liability/malpractice insurance. However, since many hypnotherapists are not licensed mental health professionals, it is important to verify if they do indeed have liability/malpractice insurance.
A hypnotherapist is like any other therapist. You need to have a good working relationship that is trusting, secure and know that the hypnotherapist has your best interests in mind. If something does not feel right or seem right, go with your gut.
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David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT
The Motor City Hypnotist