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How You Can Choose A Hypnotist

Jun 26, 2008
Hypnotists have become popular for their skills in helping people resolve difficult situations. Hypnosis has been successfully used for smoking cessation, weight loss, relief of social inhibition, confidence building, and much more. If you've been trying to solve a bad habit or a roadblock in your life and have not met with success, perhaps you should try hypnosis. It's not entirely known why hypnosis works, but done properly, it can be a very relaxing way to greatly improve your life.

There are two important factors inherent in making hypnosis work. The first is that you have to be willing to consider it. If you're going in for a hypnosis session and you are convinced that it's not going to work, that's probably going to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, look at hypnosis as a tool that's going to help you get past roadblocks you've got. You should at least give it a chance to work without being skeptical until you've given it an honest try. Another point to consider is that unless you plan to use self-hypnosis, you'll need to work with a trained and reputable hypnotist or participate in hypnotherapy sessions. For best results, you need to look for a reputable professional. You want someone who has experience with this very valuable tool and can truly use it to your benefit.

It can be a challenge to find a professional hypnotist or hypnotherapist. The reason for this is that hypnosis or hypnotherapy is not regulated in most states. Therefore, it becomes your responsibility to do careful homework and conduct research so that you can find a truly reputable professional. If a hypnotist has been "certified," he or she will have completed 200 or better hours of training in hypnosis. Nevertheless, even though this training can be extensive, a hypnotherapist does not need to have any type of professional healthcare training.

By contrast, those who have been licensed in healthcare can practice hypnotherapy. Some of those who may participate in this practice include psychologists, doctors and social workers. In this case, the professional in healthcare will complete his or her degree and then will receive additional training in hypnosis. Whether you wish to choose a certified hypnotist or licensed hypnotherapist is your choice. However, research the professional you choose as carefully as you would any other healthcare professional, such as a doctor or dentist. To do so, ask the following questions and make sure you receive specific, honest information in regard to the following:

- Where did the professional you're considering receive his or her training, residency, etc.?
- What school or university did he or she attend?
- How many years has this person been practicing hypnosis and related training, such as medicine, psychology, etc.?
- Does the professional you're considering have specific training in a related field such as psychology, medicine, or social work?
- Is the professional you're considering licensed in a particular healthcare field in the state he or she is practicing hypnotherapy or hypnosis in?

In most cases, if you choose a trained hypnotist or hypnotherapist, you're going to be safe. These professions and professionals care about you and your success almost as much as you do. However, you should ask the above questions, request references, and check out such organizations as the Better Business Bureau to make sure the organization or professional has no unresolved or excessive complaints. Finally, follow your instincts when you choose your hypnotist or hypnotherapist, since you'll want one that is not just professional but who will also make you feel comfortable and earn your confidence. If you have confidence and are comfortable with the professional you choose, you'll be much more likely to have success with hypnosis in overcoming your particular difficulties. This comfort will make you much more open to receiving suggestions and help from the professional you choose.
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Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of My-Personal-Growth.com, a site that provides information and articles for self improvement and personal growth and development.
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