How To Choose The Right Hypnotist / Hypnotherapist
The choice of the right Hypnotherapist will often make the difference between you successfully reaching your goals or simply wasting your money and time.
There are 4 key areas that you need to ask questions about when deciding who to trust with your care.
Training of The Hypnotherapist
Hypnotherapists should have extensive training by a state licensed school. Non-state-licensed schools frequently pass students just for attending lectures without even passing any final exams of any significance. As a matter of fact, many of these schools issue diplomas to students who never set foot in a classroom or actually even hypnotized someone with an instructor present. If a hypnotist or Hypnotherapist did not graduate from a state licensed school you have much less surety about their level of skill, education and the results you will get.
If a hypnotist or Hypnotherapist did not graduate from a state licensed school you have much less surety about their level of skill, education and the results you will get.
Colleen Lopez CHt. attended The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy (Florida’s first and only school to be licensed by the Florida Department of Education ) beginning in 2010 and graduated in October, 2012. The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy has credentialing by one of the bodies that are one of the most respected and well-acknowledged in the field - The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE) with over 30 years of dedication to some of the highest standards in the field of creating professional Hypnotherapists.
Techniques & Modalities Used
Many Hypnotherapists have limited training and are only trained to do what’s called Suggestion Therapy or Hypnotic Programming. While effective, this tends to be the least powerful technique in a well trained Clinical Hypnotherapist’s toolbox. It tends to work on the symptom level, whereas other more powerful techniques such as modified gestalt (parts-therapy), age regression, memory reprocessing and belief reframing can go beyond the symptoms to get to the root and cause of the problem.
Colleen Lopez CHt. is a highly trained Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CHt) with extensive training in advanced technques and modalities such as Modified Gestalt (Parts Therapy), Advanced Regression Therapy, Age Regression Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), memory reprocessing and belief reframing, Modified Eyemovement Therapy (EMT), Healing and Pain Management, Core Transformation, and Breath Work.
Number of Sessions Required For Results
This is a great question to ask because it frequently tells you so much about the level of education and training of the Hypnotherapist. The truth is that most things that clients want help with require about 6-10 sessions to resolve permanently, yet many Hypnotherapists will tell you they can permanently cause you to quit smoking, lose weight, or resolve other issues that may have plagued you for a lifetime in one session.
Quite frequently this is because, as mentioned above, many practicing hypnotists and Hypnotherapists are only trained in suggestion therapy and hypnotic programming and therefore wouldn’t have anything much to offer beyond one session.
Colleen works to help her clients and patients reach their goals in the shortest amount of time possible and still be successful and maintain that success for a lifetime. She is always honest with her clients and patients, giving them her best estimate of how many sessions it will take to get them permanent results. If calling through the phone book, it is likely someone else with less training and fewer credentials will tell you they can get you to your goals in one session. Colleen will help you reach your goals and maintain your success, and while it may be more than one session, she will do it in the fewest number of sessions possible while putting you in the best possible position to have lasting changes that last a lifetime.
Affliliation With Medical Doctors In The Community
Quite often patients and clients have medical or mental health conditions that need to be considered. In these instances, Colleen will obtain a referral before proceeding with hypnotherapy. Colleen recommends that you also ask this question to ensure that the Hypnotherapsit that you are considering has the resources to facililate that process for you if necessary, as well as a medical doctor to review your medical history to best match your hypnotherapy program with any and all medical conditions and concerns you may have.