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How to Choose a Clinical Hypnosis Professional

The major dilemma in deciding to pursue hypnotherapy is selecting a qualified Hypnotist.

You need to decide whether you want to work with a psychiatrist or other licensed mental health practitioner who includes hypnosis as a part of their practice, or if you want a hypnotist who uses hypnosis exclusively as a healing modality.

Psychiatrists and other licensed mental health practitioners at times use hypnosis in treating people; however certified hypnotists have more in-depth training. The psychiatrist or licensed mental health practitioner may have attended a weekend workshop and learned how to induce hypnosis but may have little or no experience in communicating with the mind in its subconscious mode.

The first question to ask anyone with whom you consider working is “Are you a certified hypnotist and by whom?” The National Guild of Hypnotherapists is the oldest and largest worldwide non-profit certifying organization cited by Congress in the Congressional Record of May 11th, 1993 as the foremost hypnosis organization in the country.

Although, one assumes all licensed professionals are highly qualified, that does not hold true with hypnosis, a licensed professional needs to be certified in hypnosis in addition to their license. Therefore, whomever you choose, be sure they are certified by a certifying institution or recognized organization and have had a minimum of 100 hours of training–not just a weekend seminar.

In addition, it is important to consider a Hypnotist, who is also a certified Regression practitioner. The reason it is important to choose a Hypnotist, who is also a certified Regression practitioner is because the root cause of your issue is more often than not rooted in your past experiences–therefore, regression to those experiences to heal the emotional issues is necessary. A certified Hypnotist has little or no training in regression work. Therefore, to have the most qualified Hypnotist make sure they are a certified Hypnotist and certified Regression practitioner.

The International Board for Regression Therapy (IBRT) Inc. as an independent examining and certifying board www.ibrt.org is the foremost regression certifying organization. Its mission is to set professional standards for practice, evaluate the preparation and qualifications of practitioners and the quality of training programs, and to issue certificates to those who pass the rigorous evaluation process. It is a not-for-profit corporation registered in New York State.

Another area to explore is how much experience the prospective therapist has had in your area of need. How long have they been in full-time practice? What are their specialties? Do they have experience in addressing the problem you want to address or in attaining the goal you want to achieve? How many clients have they treated? How many successfully?

Another question particularly helpful is “What is the law regarding the practice of hypnotherapy in your state?” In Illinois, it is PA473. The reason it is important that any prospective hypnotist know the law is because hypnotherapy must be practiced in strict conformity with it. Be suspicious of anyone who doesn’t know the limits of their practice.

Finally, if you are satisfied with the responses to all other questions, ask yourself one final question. “Am I comfortable with this person?” Attempting to work with someone who maybe highly qualified but with whom you have no rapport or with someone you don’t feel you can trust will only serve to interfere with your progress.

Seven Things That Hypnosis Can Help

1) Anger management

Hypnosis can be used to directly treat anger issues, for example if a person is prone to throwing fits of rage, they can be pacified; using hypnotism the person can be trained into automatically calming themselves before signs of fury start to show. Hypnosis can also be used to treat anger problems by resolving any underlying problems such as high stress levels or lack of sleep.

2) Depression

It is estimated that one in four people will end up being treated for depression in their lifetime. Hypnosis can be used to communicate with the sufferer’s unconscious mind and encourage a more upbeat demeanour and attitude while discouraging thoughts which may lead to a progression in their condition.

3) Pain

Pain is just in the mind, though it is a useful tool as it helps to detect issues in the body. However as everybody knows pain is not just a boon. For example when a person has cancer they will still feel pain as their mind expects then to be able to cure the condition (which is basically not possible). In this case the best option is to manage the pain; there are many options available for this. Hypnosis is very effective for dealing with, and is sometimes favourable than other options as it is completely un-invasive.

4) Fears

Fears and phobias are a construct of the mind. They are one of two things; innate (we are born with them; or learned from the surrounding and environment. Regardless of where they come from hypnosis is a very effective treatment, and in fact can be better than other methods in some cases. For example complex fears such as a fear of failure should be treated with hypnosis as it can’t be treated with the most conventional method: flooding, which involves exposing the sufferer to an extreme amount of the thing they’re afraid of in the hope that they will become desensitised. However this is neigh impossible to do with a fear of failure as the person can’t be flooded with failing… Fortunately there is hypnosis.

5) Nerves

One of the stages in clinical hypnosis is called deepening. This involves completely relaxing the patients entire body. During this stage patients are so relaxed that any nerves or worries that they have will seem oblivious and insignificant. In some cases if the patient has gone to see a hypnotherapist to treat an illness and they happen to have nerves as well, they often find that after the treatment is finished the symptoms of nerves have also been alleviated.

6) Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

The symptoms of OCD normally involve the patient repeating an action multiple times, for example a common action is to wash ones hands repeatedly. OCD can consume both a patient and their lives. It is considered a ‘learned’ condition that originates from the sufferer’s childhood; in particular times of great stress the sufferer will perform the action to relieve stress. As it is a fairly severe condition many treatments have been developed, among them hypnosis. In the case of OCD hypnosis works by delving into the patient’s unconscious and removing any links they have between the action (e.g. washing hands) and the relief of stress thus encouraging them to find better ways of removing stress.

7) Alcoholism, smoking and other drug addictions

Similar to OCD addictions such as alcoholism are simply a psychological link between a stimulant (e.g. alcohol) and a positive feeling. However addictions aren’t as deeply embedded into the mind. This means that they are far easier to treat and often can be done with self- hypnosis tapes as opposed to a trained hypnotherapist.