Once you have decided hire a professional hypnotist, actually finding them is the next step. The field of hypnosis is largely unregulated. Therefore, it’s necessary to do your due diligence when looking for a qualified professional hypnotist. I have put together a list of 14 questions you might want to ask when determining if a particular hypnotist is right for you. Check out this article, if you’re not sure what a hypnotherapist does.
Read on to learn about 14 things you should ask any professional hypnotist BEFORE you hire them.
Does the professional hypnotist have experience helping people with your particular issue?
It isn’t always necessary for a professional hypnotist to have experience with a given issue. Some issues are so rare, that you might not be able to find anyone with a lot of experience with that issue. Don’t let that deter you from hiring a professional hypnotist.
On the other hand, if your issue/goal is more common, it’s a good idea to make sure your hypnotist has experience with that issue. For example, if you were working on an athletic goal, you would probably want to hire an experienced sports hypnotist.
Do they have testimonials and/or reviews?
Testimonials on websites such as Google or Yelp, or lack thereof, speaks volumes about any professional hypnotist. A professional hypnotist without reviews either has no clients or no satisfied clients. Take that into consideration when hiring someone to help you.
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Does the professional hypnotist specialize in hypnosis?
It is important that the practitioner specialize in hypnosis. Many practitioners use hypnosis under an umbrella of many related services. Be on the lookout for therapists who also do hypnosis. Some of them attended weekend hypnosis courses, or completed as little as 60 hours of training.
That’s not to say that a counselor or psychologist can’t be a good professional hypnotist. There are many licensed therapists who are also excellent hypnotists. But, keep in mind that just because they have a degree doesn’t mean they are a competent hypnotist.
You might want to ask how much training they have in hypnosis. If it is less than 100 hours, I would not hire them.
Do they work with a professional hypnotist themselves?
A professional hypnotist’s job is first and foremost to improve themselves. Doing so makes them more equipped to help others.
Ask your practitioner if they practice self-hypnosis and see a professional hypnotist themselves. If the answer is no, you might want to look for someone who is more oriented to improving themselves. Would you train with a coach who didn’t exercise?
If someone doesn’t get hypnosis for themselves, they don’t really believe in what they are selling. Hire someone that does.
How has hypnosis helped them?
Any professional hypnotist you hire should have achieved a significant personal breakthrough with hypnosis. Ask them how hypnosis has helped them.
If you asked me, I would say that hypnosis has helped me improve my income significantly. In 2004, I quadrupled my income in 3 months time. Between February and April 2017, I tripled my income. I’ve also improved my confidence, reduced my anxiety, and improved the quality of my relationships.
If your practitioner hasn’t achieved anything significant with hypnosis, they haven’t made the necessary commitment to better serve others by improving themselves.
Are they a certified professional hypnotist?
This question seems obvious, but hypnosis is an unregulated profession. Anyone can call themselves a hypnotist. Make sure that your practitioner has achieved certification under a recognized board of hypnotherapy.
Under which board of hypnotherapy are they certified?
Once you have determined that your practitioner is certified, you can take another step to see if they are legit.
If you ask your practitioner about their certifying board, they will say something like – ACHE (American Council of Hypnotist Examiners), NGH (National Guild of Hypnotists), or IBH (International Board of Hypnotherapy). This is not an exhaustive list of certifying boards, just some of the more common ones.
Which one is best? Well, you will find great practitioners with just about every board. I’m partial to the IBH, which has the highest standards of all the boards. But, like I said, as long as your practitioner is certified under a recognized board of hypnotherapy, they are legit.
If you go to the board’s website, you should be able to look up the name of your hypnotist. That’s the final step you need to take to know if they’re legit. Here’s my listing on the International Board of Hypnotherapy website.
How long is your professional hypnotist’s program?
Hypnosis is generally a shorter-term process than traditional therapy. The average hypnotist usually recommends 1-6 sessions. In our experience, this is not enough to get a significant change with the average person. An ethical hypnotist will be up front and honest that change takes some time, typically at least 90 days.
Many professional hypnotists offer one-session “cures.” Single sessions are largely ineffective because they don’t address core issues. Any hypnosis professional claiming to help you solve your issue in one or two sessions is only interested in your money.
What kinds of results can you expect to achieve with your professional hypnotist?
You might ask what kind of results you can expect to achieve. Make sure your practitioner talks about results in realistic terms. For example, they should say something like: “Hypnosis is not a magic wand, but it’s a great way of giving yourself the motivation and mental resources you need to achieve your goals.”
I always tell my clients that the first result they will notice is a change in their emotional state. Even if nothing in your life has changed at that point, you will feel a lot better. From that improved emotional state you become highly motivated to take action on your goal.
You will also be in a better position to gain insights on your goal. The hypnotic process is like taking off your blinders so that you can see the best way to approach your goals/issues.
What does your professional hypnotist offer clients for reinforcement/homework?
Does your hypnotist give homework? Part of the power of hypnosis comes from the accountability factor. The homework is important because it requires you to APPLY what you learn in your hypnosis sessions.
Your hypnotist should require you to do self-hypnosis or listen to a hypnosis audio everyday. When you do hypnosis, you are changing mental habits. In order to make your sessions “stick,” you need reinforcement.
That being said, not every hypnotist makes recordings for clients or teaches self-hypnosis. That’s OK as long as they use another reinforcement tool, such as visualization or affirmations.
The law of repetitive effect states that the more often your mind is exposed to an idea, the more likely that idea is to be accepted.
Be wary of hypnotists who offer no means of reinforcement between sessions. These hypnotists either don’t understand how mental programming works, or they don’t care enough about your results.
What does your hypnosis professional charge?
The question of money will need to come up at some point. Some hypnotists will give prices over the phone, and others won’t. Some hypnotists, like me, prefer to tell you about the value you will receive before discussing prices. Your hypnotist should be willing to give you a free consultation, either in person or on the telephone.
When it comes to price you will get quotes from $150-$400 per session in the Dallas area. Don’t hire anyone charging less than $150 per session. If they don’t have the confidence to charge at least $150 per session, they probably don’t have the skills to help you.
On the other hand, someone who is charging $400 or more per session typically has the mindset of getting as much money from you as possible for a few sessions. Pricing that is this high does not encourage a client to stick with something for 90 days, the minimum time to create a significant change. Therefore, most people stop after a few sessions, totally wasting their money.
Most hypnotists will offer a package of sessions for a reduced price per session. These packages are often a good deal. Paying in advance also prevents financial concerns from delaying future sessions.
Does your professional hypnotist offer a free consultation?
Your hypnotist should be willing to offer you a free consultation. A consultation allows you to meet your practitioner in person. Meeting in person is a good way to determine if you’re a good fit to work together. You will also learn more about hypnosis so that you can make informed buying decisions.
I charge a $25 deposit for my consultations. This is a way of weeding people out who aren’t really serious about showing up. How will they pay my session fee if they have issues paying the $25?
Once my prospective clients have decided to purchase a package of sessions, the $25 goes towards that purchase. So, in essence, I do offer a free consultation.
Can they point you to some of their educational materials?
Like I said earlier, any hypnotist should have a large amount of educational content on their website. If you don’t see it, ask them to show it to you. Again, it is important that your hypnotist is interested in educating the public at large about hypnosis rather than just promoting their services. Check out our blog for great hypnosis and self-improvement articles.
Well, that’s it. Choosing a hypnotist doesn’t have to be difficult. Do your due diligence and pick a practitioner you feel comfortable with. Ask these questions, then relax and enjoy the positive changes you make.
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“I had just started a weight loss program and I knew based on past experience that my motivation wouldn’t last. I had a little hesitation about the price, but these are skills that will benefit me the rest of my life, so it was well worth it. Now, I am able to stop sabotaging myself. I’ve lost 33 pounds so far in conjunction with an eating plan and I’m still going strong.”
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“I was having a lot of anxiety that stemmed from a previous abusive relationship. I was also having trouble sleeping, and focusing on the good things in my life. I am now able to see my problems from a totally different perspective. Before, I was anxious, distracted, and nervous, and now I am calm, focused, and happy. I use the mental conditioning Sean taught me as a daily tool to work through things I couldn’t work through before.”
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I can now focus on the trip instead of the process of getting there. Even my parents have noticed that when I call them after hypnosis, I am now so much more relaxed. Before purchasing services, I had some doubts because it was unknown territory for me. However, it’s nothing like you’ve seen on TV or what you might think of it. I ended up doing hypnosis here because they did not present it as a quick fix, but as a process and one that I felt comfortable with.”
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