Choosing an effective Hypnotherapist can be a daunting task. Currently, there is an attempt to provide National Standards for Hypnotherapy. Unfortunately, because this needs to include every hypnotherapist in the country, the standards are low.
In order to address this and to help the public make an informed choice when electing to go for hypnotherapy, we have created the Atkinson-Ball Standard. Est. 1985.
The Atkinson-Ball College of Advanced Hypnotherapy is an Associate (Founder) Member of the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations, click link or image for more info UKCHO.
By knowing what to look for, you can avoid the pitfalls and link up with a fully-qualified Advanced Hypnotherapist who can really help.
When it comes to choosing a therapist, most people have three big concerns:
- Is Hypnotherapy right for me?
- Will this hypnotherapist be able to help me?
- What should I look for?
In the current climate of enthusiasm for drug-free, holistic therapies which complement conventional medicine, Advanced Hypnotherapy techniques are being used successfully to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional and physical problems.
Advanced Dynamic Hypnotherapy is far more effective than many of the ‘talking’ therapies for one very simple reason. Talking about your problem may help in the short term, but to get to the cause of the problem, you need to get to the subconscious mind.
This is why, in the world of hypnotherapy, ‘highly qualified’ does not necessarily mean ‘highly effective’. That is not to say you should ignore professional qualifications, but what you need is effectiveness.
No one’s psychological problem is intellectual in nature; it is emotional – it sits in the subconscious mind. You need a therapist who is skilled in using tools which enable you to get to the cause of the problem and fix it, without dragging up or re-living your past.
It’s a bit like having your portrait painted. Would you choose an artist with a PhD in Art, who may know all there is to know about art, or would you choose an accomplished artist who can actually paint the picture?
One problem is: all hypnotherapists are NOT the same. There are many schools of hypnotherapy, many teaching Ericksonian style hypnotherapy. Often, this results in practitioners engaging in suggestion therapy – wordy sessions that either seem to ramble, or are based on scripts which are read to the client.
Our hypnotherapists are trained in Elman-based hypnotherapy, employing effective tools, specifically for the client, based upon what the client needs at any given point in the process.
All hypnotherapists meeting the Atkinson-Ball Standard:
- Have successfully completed Advanced Hypnotherapy training at The Atkinson-Ball College
- Are members in good standing of The Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy
- Are fully insured
- Are committed to Continuing Professional Development
Next, speak with them on the telephone.
- Are they friendly?
- Are they interested in helping you?
- Do they understand the nature of your problem?
Then, arrange to meet with them for an Initial Consultation (usually up to 20 mins), without any obligation. You should not be booking any sessions at this point. When you meet:
- Do they have a professional appearance?
- Do they have a professional manner?
- What is their environment like?
- Do you feel comfortable with them?
- Are they understanding and friendly?
- Do they appear competent?
- Are they able to answer your questions and clear up any misunderstandings?
- Do they explain what hypnosis is like?
- Do they give you an idea of how many sessions might be required?
The standard atkinson-ball therapist, what happens next. Click here...
If you find that your experience appreciably differs from the above, please address this to your therapist; there is usually a very good reason. If, however, you are not satisfied, please contact me directly. E-mail is the best option for this (firstname.lastname@example.org), but I can be reached at the following number: 0800 289 5198
Mr Greg Forde - President, The Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy