Choosing a Therapist

What you need to know when choosing a therapist:

It is often very confusing for anyone choosing a therapist for Hypnotherapy & CBT Therapy in North London, City of London, South Woodford or Hertfordshire to know who to approach and who is likely to offer you the best help for your particular problem. To that end, I have compiled a list of questions that you should ask any therapist who you are considering going to see. Your wellbeing is precious! So whoever you eventually see for therapy, do please ensure that you have checked and are satisfied with the responses you receive.

Q: Will you understand my problem?
A: A skilled therapist will be highly empathetic, and will begin by listening more than talking. This should be the case for Hypnotherapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

He or she will be asking you questions which will help them to learn about your condition; whether it’s weight loss or anxiety; help with smoking cessation or pain control; and then to find the best solution for you. Your therapist should be working hard to develop a trusting relationship with you, so that whatever comes up during the sessions can be understood and handled in a manner that keeps you feeling safe and secure. They will continually seek to explain all that they are doing so as to involve you fully in your own wellbeing.

Q: Are you properly qualified? How do I know you that you are competent?
A: It is unfortunately possible for anyone to simply buy a book, read it, and call themselves a therapist without actually ever having received formal training and without any recognised qualifications. At the very least, any Hypnotherapist that you see should belong to an accredited body (for example the National Council for Hypnotherapy or the General Hypnotherapy Register) which will prove that required training standards have been met. Then look a little further – have they had any original articles published? Do they have an understanding of other related and relevant disciplines such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)? Have they undertaken training in other specialised fields like Stress Management, Mindfulness, or Weight Loss?

Q: Can I talk to you before making a commitment without any pressure or obligation?
A: You should be able to speak at length with your therapist through an initial consultation to enable him to explain his approach to you and for you to feel satisfied that he is right for you. This should always be without any charge or obligation. Only when you are happy with everything you have learned should you then decide to go ahead. It is important that you feel free to decide at a later date as well as there and then without feeling pressured in any way to make a decision.

Q: Why you and not the therapist down the road who is £20 cheaper?
A: The very best training will take years to complete. A skilled and dedicated therapist will also undertake further training constantly throughout his career. He will regularly attend seminars and knowledge-exchange programmes with peer groups and other therapists from allied disciplines. Finally, it would also be a great advantage for him to be involved in the training of other therapists. This helps to gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of all aspects of therapy in his field. All this will have to be privately funded. If your therapist meets all these standards, then he will undoubtedly be able to offer you effective and genuine help.

Q: Do you have reviews from past clients that I can see?
A: Certain professional bodies (like the National Council for Hypnotherapy) don’t encourage the use of unverifiable client testimonials. This is for a number of very sound reasons. Firstly, there are issues of confidentiality. Not everyone that has sought the help of a therapist would wish this fact to be widely publicised. Secondly – and very obviously – how is anyone to know that any such testimonials are genuine? This is where sites such as “Trusted Practitioner” and “Google Reviews” can be very useful as their algorithms are designed to weed out and exclude any post that isn’t authentic. So look for therapists that have these verifiable and fairly recent reviews on their sites. Also, when looking for a particular therapist for Hypnotherapy & CBT Therapy in North London, City of London, & Hertfordshire, feel free to ask the therapist where the bulk of his clients come from. If many of the therapist’s clients tend to come from personal recommendation, or from referrals from medical professionals then this is a very good indication of his standing.

Q: How long is all this going to take? I don’t want to be coming here for weeks on end.
A: Your initial consultation will enable this very important question to be addressed. The information gleaned during this time will enable your therapist to give an opinion as to the length of therapy likely to be required. We are all different, and though we may often have similar issues, there should be no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to therapy. It would be counter-productive for example to promise a result in three sessions and find that we actually need five; and conversely, should the therapist guess that five sessions might suffice, then find that the work has been completed satisfactorily within three what then? Might he be tempted to keep the client coming back regardless? Whenever I begin any programme of Hypnotherapy & CBT Therapy in North London, City of London, & Hertfordshire, my own view is to discuss this fully and openly with the client, and gauge between us exactly how we feel about the progress that is being made.

Q: You see people with so many very different conditions, shouldn’t I see a specialist?
A: A professional and experienced Hypnotherapist is by definition, a specialist. The conditions listed on my website like phobia and fear elimination; or self-esteem and confidence issues for example, may all have common root-causes. The approach would be similar however – through addressing the subconscious and by learning to change habits and behaviour.

So many of the conditions that I deal with during my Hypnotherapy & CBT Therapy in North London, City of London, & Hertfordshire are stress and/or anxiety based though, and in these cases helping my clients to develop a sound and reliable relaxation strategy would always be part of my approach. Though of course, as I mention elsewhere in this list, all clients are individuals with issues completely unique to themselves, and all therapy must be developed on a wholly individual basis.

Q: Is Hypnotherapy taken seriously by the medical profession?
A: It is now widely accepted by Doctors and Health Professionals in all areas of conventional medicine; that in the battle against depression and anxiety-based conditions, the ability to relax adequately and to manage stress is vital for recovery and on-going psychological well-being. Hypnotherapy is an extremely powerful method of promoting rapid and deep relaxation, which leads to the alleviation of stress overload. In my own sessions for Hypnotherapy & CBT Therapy in North London, City of London & Hertfordshire, I often teach my clients the method of self-hypnosis where appropriate, which will help them to continue their recovery and strengthen their mental health for themselves – long after their sessions with me are completed.