The proliferation of hypnotherapists and hypnotherapy as a treatment option has been phenomenal in the last 10 years.  Once the only hypnotherapist in my small town, I’m now competing with at least 3 others that I know of.  However, the range of styles and interventions within the general term, ‘hypnotherapy’ is diverse, ranging from pure suggestion through to analysis, regression and on into past life regression to name but a few.  It is a minefield for clients out there searching for the right hypnotherapist for them.  And it can be likewise a minefield for hypnotherapists, knowing which clients they can and cannot help.

Becoming NHS fit for practice

In light of the recent publicity from the Royal Society of Medicine around the misuse of hypnotherapy

Are you on solid foundations?

to induce false memories, and the NHS drive to employ more and more hypnosis in their range of treatment options, it would be useful if you had a sound and solid foundation to your practice.  That may well mean studying to achieve an understanding of the underlying psychology that would support all the hypnotherapy training you have embarked on to date.

Why do I suggest this?  I hear again and again from newly qualified hypnotherapists who are becoming  students and supervisees of Open Mind’s Integrative Therapy Training and membership site all the fears and anxieties that surround their practice.  Here’s a common story:

“I’ve seen a client  for a single session (or a couple of sessions) of hypnotherapy.  I’ve since had a message from them that they’re having depressive thoughts and are feeling low since the therapy.  I’m naturally worried that I’ve awoken something dark in them and may have caused them harm.” All those aspirations to help others have suddenly turned to anxieties.  Why might that be?

Why be a therapist?

Are you an heroic therapist?

Are you an heroic therapist?

The world of therapy attracts to it people who want to remove another person’s pain and misery.  Why are we driven to do this?  Probably because we know from first hand experience, how it feels to have to go through our own pain and misery, but fortunately, to recover.  If we can save other people from their misery then we can make use of our own pasts. A certain altruism mixed with a messianic awakening spurs us on.  We may have achieved a certain closure on our own pain and feel we are ready to share the fruits of our journey with our clients.  However, that may not be the end of it.

With a client like the above one, perhaps they’re headed to that place we only narrowly escaped ourselves.  What if we can’t help this one?  What if we can’t get to the root of this one’s problems for them?  A number of my students have found me because they can’t work out why, what worked for them, doesn’t work for their clients.  With the rapidly growing awareness that you need more than just techniques to reach your clients, hypnotherapists could lay themselves open to unwitting accusations of causing more harm than good if they haven’t yet studied the foundations of psychology, or more accurately, psychotherapy.

What is involved in psychotherapy with hypnotherapy?

Both camps: psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, view each other with some suspicion and condescension.  However, both are incredibly powerful tools used in the right hands on the right people.  But who are the right people and how does the general public know who is right for them?  In short, they don’t.  Not even with all the qualifications emblazoned on a therapist’s credentials can they know which one is best for them.  Unless they are of course, linked to the world of therapy in some way, the majority of which, are not. 

Getting involved in psychotherapy, as an adjunct or foundation to your hypnotherapy practice, involves you gaining more self knowledge and being more aware of the differences between people. It will enable you to feel more confident and to transfer less anxiety to your hypnotherapy clients.

If you’re a hypnotherapist with a psychotherapy foundation, how much more insightful and effective might you be than the hypnotherapist, a year or 2 into practice with a raft of techniques under their belt, who is rapidly learning that all that glitters is not gold?

How will it benefit my Hypnotherapy practice?

The benefits of having a psychotherapy underpinning to your hypnotherapy practice are as follows:

  • You can assess quicker what is going on subconsciously without using hypnotherapy
  • You can reach your clients by using skills in listening and questioning which leads your
    Create calm in your hypnotherapy practice

    Create calm in your hypnotherapy practice

    clients to awareness

  • You can feel more comfortable in the therapists chair as you release the pressure to perform ‘tricks’ in every session
  • You can create insights and awareness by talk alone
  • You can learn to use any outcome in a therapy session to enhance your client’s increasing self knowledge
  • You can learn how to identify faster which clients need which kind of input
  • You can become much more flexible in your hypnotherapy practice
  • You can choose to use talk instead of hypnotherapy if a session calls for it.
  • You will increase your client list
  • You will reduce your need to prep
  • You will increase your income
  • You will enhance your reputation
  • You will be able to help more clients with more issues

In a time of recession, it has never made more sense to be more multiskilled.  If you want to increase your confidence, enhance your reputation, and build a hypnotherapy practice on solid foundations, I’d be very pleased to help you do that.

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