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Points to consider if you intend seeking help from a hypnotherapist

A good training with supervision is absolutely essential for practising clinical hypnosis regardless of whether the therapist is a psychologist, medical practitioner such as a doctor or psychiatrist, social worker or a non medical person.

There are over 70 different organisations in the UK offering training in hypnosis, hypnotherapy or clinical hypnosis. Properly taught, the ability to induce hypnosis is easy to acquire. However, it takes a long time to learn how to use this skill effectively within a therapeutic framework.

Established and recognised training organisations and colleges teach hypnotherapy by presenting and then demonstrating the hypnotherapeutic techniques. Students then practice on each other to gain experience of working with acquiescent and resistant subjects.

There are also organisations that offer training in hypnosis through distance learning. You are strongly advised to look for a therapist who has trained with an organisation that promotes the highest ethical principles and standards of professional practice in hypnotherapy and not through distance learning. Would you be willing to be the passenger in a car whose driver 'qualified' without ever sitting behind the steering wheel? Ensure that the therapist is fully trained and ask pertinent questions. A professional therapist would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Remember that hypnotherapy is not a magical cure; it is a branch of psychotherapy. It is termed 'brief therapy' which means unlike traditional psychotherapy, it takes much fewer sessions.

Just like any other form of psychotherapy it may not work for everyone.

Anyone who wants to be hypnotised can be. The reverse is also true and you can resist hypnosis.

The mind has an incredible capacity to heal and this power can be unleashed through hypnotherapy. However, it is important to rule out any possible medical causes for the symptoms by first visiting your GP.

Hypnotherapy is completely natural and safe.

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