I recently received the following enquiry from a prospective client which I though my readers might find of interest…
||I found your website through Google. Although I work away I am at home most weekends. I am considering hypnosis to help me get over a difficult emotional time. I have been advised by my GP to check any therapists credentials thoroughly. I hope you don’t think this rude in any way. Can you let me know which organisation you trained in for your CTB/REBT, NLP, EMT and counselling. Do you have insurance and how long you have been a therapist. Do you offer Friday evening or weekend appointments and how much per session. Many thanks Sue
I hope that my reply might help those considering hypnotherapy but are unsure how to find a properly trained and qualified therapist…
Many thanks for contacting me with your questions. No, I don’t think they’re rude at all, they are very sensible and I wish that more people would ask questions of their therapists!!
Because your questions are so fundamental to finding a good therapist this reply is probably more fulsome than you might have expected. I plan to add the information below to my blog as a guide to others looking for help, so you might as well have the benefit of a sneak preview of the content…
So, to answer your questions:-
a) Your GP’s recommendation to check out credentials comes from the fact that the term Hypnotherapist, is as yet, an unprotected title. In other words, ludicrous as it might seem, anyone – trained or not – can set themselves up as a hypnotherapist. This appalling situation is an historic anomaly which is being addressed by the profession and regulatory bodies right now. However, for now, caveat emptor is the byword in choosing a hypnotherapist.
b) I received my training at the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis (www.ichynposis.co.uk
) in London. It might be useful for you to take a look at their website and click on the Courses tab where you can read details of all the elements of training which I received. I consider the training I received to have been not only thoroughly enjoyable but also very comprehensive. Since completing my training and going into practice, I have never found myself at a loss as to what to do with a client and I have (modestly!) a very high success rate.
In addition, and as part of my membership of this and other professional organisations, I undertake annual Continual Professional Development training. This usually takes the form of weekends training in a particular technique or aspect of therapy. So far my CPD has covered advanced elements of therapy such as Eye Movement Therapy, Weight Loss strategies, Advanced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Use of Metaphors in Hypnosis, Current and Past Life regression analysis, Deep States Training plus others. I also undertake a set amount of reading of technical papers/instructional books etc each year and attend quarterly meetings of the Association of the ICH where we attend lectures and brief training sessions on a wide range of topics. I also attend a number of ad hoc events during the year such as Professor Windy Dryden’s recent revival of the 1930’s tradition of doing 45 minute CBT therapy sessions in front of an invited audience and the Royal Society of Medicine Hypnotherapy Section’s meeting on Pain Control.
These activities allow me to meet and network not just with hypnotherapists but also with therapists from many other disciplines and thus create a support network of people who have particular and very specialist knowledge which I regularly tap into for ideas and advice.
c) I am a Registered Practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Register (one of the largest registers of reputable hypnotherapists in the UK) and the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council), a government and NHS sponsored organisation which registers practitioners with recognised qualifications and experience. CNHC registered practitioners are preferred suppliers to the NHS (take a look at their website for more info). You can look me up on the register of both organisation too!
I would advise you to avoid anyone who has trained online. The essence of successful hypnotherapy is not just about knowing facts but in the practice and the advice and support of tutors/supervisors. It requires the development and practice of “bedside manner” skills and empathy, and tuning of techniques, which simply can’t be learned over the internet IMHO.
c) Yes, I am insured through Towergate Insurance who seem to handle a lot of the professional indemnity insurance for hypnotherapists.
d) I have been qualified since July 2008 and immediately started practice. I work full time from a purpose built therapy room in the Havering area.
e) I offer weekday & evening appointments starting at 9.30am and starting the last appointment at 7.00pm. I do Saturday’s from 9.30 to midday. I can also do Sundays by exception.
f) I charge £60 per session which includes the cost of a CD given at the end of the first session, any tailor-made CD’s provided thereafter and any advice packs or special instruction sheets required.
I hope that these answers give you the information you are looking for.
One more word of advice I would offer is to always speak to a prospective therapist on the phone to briefly discuss your problem. Things to look out for are i) whether or not they are genuinely interested in discussing you problem and learning more about it or just anxious to get you to book an appointment b) if their questions demonstrate a knowledge or understanding of your issues c) if their comments have some insight and good sense. Ask yourself “do they sound like my kind of person?”. Some therapists specialise in the “that must be dreadful” school of sympathy. Personally, I don’t do a lot of sympathetic clucking but a lot of empathic understanding (or so my clients tell me). So a phone call is really worthwhile. The question is “can I really work with and trust this person?”
If you’d like to chat further, or you’ve any questions unanswered, please do feel free to give me a call. I’m always happy to discuss concerns and make sure that you’re happy with whatever you decide to do.
In the meantime, best wishes with your search. Keith