Are you qualified or is it just a load of woo-woo?
This is a question, or something similar, I'm often asked!
If you're looking to work with a hypnotherapist, it's a great question to ask as not all hypnotherapists are created equally.
Unfortunately, its an unregulated industry so anyone can do an online/weekend course and call themselves a hypnotherapist. That being said, there few ways to find a decent, qualified practitioner.
First and foremost, look for someone who is registered with a member body. The Australian Hypnotherapists Association is the largest national registration body. To become a member, a hypnotherapist must meet some strict criteria including;
A qualification from a recognised training provider
Minimum number of hours of study and coursework
Continuing Professional Development
First Aid Certificate
Secondly, check them out online. Most good practitioners will have a website, social media or Google reviews to see what their clients are saying. Its great to be qualified but you also need to be effective at what you do :)
Last but not least, see if they offer a free initial consult as it's really important to feel comfortable with your hypnotherapist who can answer any of your questions before you commit to an appointment.
I am a Clinical Member of the Australian Hypnotherapists' Association, a registered member of the HCA, the industry peak body and also hold a Mental Health First Aid certificate.
I offer all new clients a free, confidential phone consultation to explain how I work, answer any questions they may have and discuss what they want to change. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to understand more about hypnotherapy and how it may be of help to you, or someone you love.