Finding A Professional Hypnotherapist

When choosing a hypnotherapist, seek recommendations from doctors, friends and family members. Hypnotherapy certification alone may not mean a practitioner is properly qualified.

Asking for Hypnotherapist Referrals
An excellent place to begin your search for a hypnotherapist is through your primary care physician. Most doctors and medical practitioners have the necessary resources and connections to find reputable specialists in your local medical community, and can find a hypnotherapist who will cater to your specific needs. If you have friends or family members who have used hypnotherapy in the past, it can be helpful to ask them for recommendations as well.

Some websites and organizations such as the American Hypnosis Association (AHA) offer directories of hypnotherapists in your area that include reviews and profiles of the local practitioners. When choosing a hypnotherapist, always seek the qualified advice of people you trust to help you make the right decision.

Consulting Your Insurance Provider
If your health insurance plan covers mental health, you can call your local representative and ask for a listing of psychologists or professional counselors who specialize in hypnosis. This should provide you with a list of qualified professionals who are covered by your insurance. You should note that before health insurance covers these expenses, they may require a documented referral explaining that a physician prescribed hypnotherapy as treatment.

Don’t be Fooled by Certificates
In the medical world, practices and credentials are heavily controlled and surveyed by state and federal governments. For this reason, it is relatively easy to find out how reputable a prospective doctor is by looking for the “M.D.” prefix and researching where they acquired the title. Additionally, in the event of malpractice, laws and procedures ensure your ability to pursue retribution.

However, psychotherapy, hypnosis and other forms of mental therapy are comparatively unregulated. Many national hypnotherapy boards, guilds and organizations only require online applications and fees to acquire certification. Due to the unregulated nature of hypnotherapy, a certification is no guarantee that the hypnotherapist you are using has any substantial qualifications at all.

When seeking out a hypnotherapist, awareness and patience is necessary. Try to stick to the recommendations of your trusted doctors, friends and family members who’ve had direct experience with a given hypnotherapist.

If you’re a hypnotherapy enthusiast, learn about practicing self hypnosis.