Once you have decided hire a hypnosis professional, 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. I have put together a list of 14 questions you might want to ask when determining if a particular hypnotist is right for you.
Read on to learn about 14 things you should ask your hypnotist BEFORE you hire them.
Do you have experience helping people with my particular issue?
It isn’t always necessary for a 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 trying hypnosis.
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 you have testimonials from recent clients?
You can find testimonials on most hypnosis websites. If you don’t see any testimonials, you might want to ask to read some. Feel free to ask for additional testimonials since most hypnotists don’t put all of them on the website.
Many people would like to speak to former clients themselves. However, keep in mind that this is not usually possible. Hypnotists are required to abide by strict confidentiality rules. They will not be able to give you the contact information for their clients. If they are willing to give out confidential information, they will probably do the same with your information. Do you want random people calling you about your hypnosis experience?
You might also want to read reviews on 3rd party websites such as Google or Yelp. Finally, take a look at their website. Most hypnotists are highly committed to educating the public about hypnosis. Their website should reflect this. The more content you find on their website, the more committed they are to improving public perception of hypnosis.
The purpose of the content on my website is to educate the public on hypnosis, dispel myths, and encourage the widespread use of hypnosis.
Sure, it’s also to promote my services. However, if someone who wouldn’t normally consider hypnosis sees one of my videos and decides to visit another hypnotist, that is still a victory for me! I want everyone to consider the use of hypnosis as a self-improvement tool.
If it seems like the hypnotist is just interested in selling their own services, you might want to look for someone else. Also, browsing the website content (especially videos) should give you an idea of their personality and expertise with your particular issue.
Do you 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 hypnotist. There are many licensed therapists who are also excellent hypnotists. But, keep in mind that just because they have a terminal 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 you work with a hypnotist yourself?
As professional hypnotists, our first job is to improve ourselves. The more we improve ourselves, the more equipped we are to help others.
Ask your practitioner if they practice self-hypnosis and see a hypnotist. 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 YOU?
Your hypnotist 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, and the quality of my relationships.
If your practitioner hasn’t achieved anything significant with hypnosis, they are either just starting out, or they haven’t made the necessary commitment to better serve others by improving themselves.
Are you a certified 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 you 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 do your clients typically see you?
Hypnosis is a short-term self-improvement process. The average client will usually see a hypnotist for 5-6 sessions. That being said, some issues need as many as 15 sessions. If your hypnotist tells you that most of their clients see them for 30 sessions, something’s not right. Like I said, hypnosis is a short term process. An ethical hypnotist will get the work done in as few sessions as possible.
What kinds of results can I expect to achieve?
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 receive intuitive insights on your goal. The hypnotic process is like taking off your blinders so that you can see your true potential.
What do you 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 listen to a reinforcement CD 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. That’s OK as long as they use another reinforcement tool, such as self-hypnosis, 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.
How will you assure me that I am in control of my experience?
You hypnotist should explain that they are just the facilitator and that you are the one doing the hypnosis. They should also explain how they demonstrate this fact to clients.
I do 2-3 mini hypnosis experiences with each client before we do our main session. This gives them the opportunity to “dip their toes in the water” and experience what it’s like to respond to hypnotic suggestions. As a result of these experiences, clients always discover that they are in control. This discovery allows them to relax and enjoy subsequent sessions.
What do you 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 $75-$250 per session. Don’t hire anyone charging less than $75 per session. If they don’t have the confidence to charge at least $75 per session, they probably don’t have the skills to help you. On the other hand, someone who is charging $200 or more per session is probably a highly experienced practitioner and well worth the money. If you have the budget for it, go for it. You get what you pay for.
You also need to consider your own motivation to improve yourself. If you are not willing to invest at least $75 per session you aren’t serious enough about positive change. Your financial investment actually holds you accountable and makes positive results more likely.
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.
Can you offer me 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 $20 deposit for my consultations. This is a way of weeding people out who aren’t really serious. How will they pay my session fee if they have issues paying the $20?
Once my prospective clients have decided to purchase a package of sessions, the $20 goes towards that purchase. So, in essence, I do offer a free consultation. I will also do a telephone consultation for free.
Can you point me to some of your 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.
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 benefits of hypnosis.by Sean Maness, CHP