What makes a good hypnotherapist?

by Lorraine McReight

If you are thinking of becoming a hypnotherapist this is a crucial question. It is also something that will be of major importance to a client when they want to make the right decision to engage a hypnotherapist. Here are a few points to consider.

Do you listen very carefully?

To demonstrate to your client that you understand their issues requires you to listen carefully. You will need to ask the right questions and not lead them in their answers. Listening intently and being open-minded, not making any assumptions and not being judgemental will show you them that you really do care and are totally focused on them.

Can you wear your client’s shoes?

You will need to be empathic. The dictionary defines empathy as the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s shoes. Empathy is not a learned skill; it is something which is inherent, but in your training you will learn how to show empathy whilst keeping the desired outcome and steps towards it in mind.

Do you like learning new skills?

Training is important and most good therapists strive to continually improve and keep skills updated. How much hypnotherapy training you need cannot be measured by attendance and study hours alone, but most professional bodies do have minimum requirements for training hours, including how much training takes place face-to-face in a classroom. Being proficient in a variety of methods is vital and will enable you to select the ones that work best for your client. Flexibility in your approach is key; if one method doesn’t produce the desired approach, then you’ll need to use another.

Getting support

Whilst you might be confident and comfortable taking decisions on the right techniques, and what approach to use with clients, each case will be different and some difficult. Setting yourself up with regular sessions with a supervisor enables you to get another viewpoint and think creatively about other ideas and approaches. Everyone needs to offload sometimes and therapists need to get support from a more experienced therapist.

Certificates and CPD

Training and qualifications are very important, and it’s great to see your first certificates on the wall. Next, I’d recommend you join a relevant, professional body to keep you abreast of the latest thinking and techniques. Most good therapists strive to continually improve and keep their skills updated. This can be achieved by attending conferences and CPD (Continuous Professional Development) courses. They also have a passion for what they do and are dedicated to their therapy. If you believe that becoming a hypnotherapist is right for you, you can look forward to a lifetime’s worth of job satisfaction.

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