So you have made the decision that you want to tackle your anxiety, phobia or bad habit and all that remains now is to book an appointment. But how do you decide where you should go?

Choosing a therapist is a very important decision as you want what will perhaps be your first experience of therapy to be a pleasant one. With hypnotherapy, like other therapies, this is especially important as you will be tackling an issue that is important to you and you have made the decision to invest in yourself to get to the root of it and bring about positive change.

So where to begin?

Many people will do a search online of therapists in the local area. Some will look at therapists with the relevant qualifications and experience and others will seek recommendations from friends or family.

Whatever you do, it is important to consider that one of the most important things for successful therapy is the therapeutic relationship. This means that you the client must feel completely comfortable and relaxed in the presence of the therapist. This will allow you to open up freely in the therapy room about your situation and background and about any worries or anxieties you have.

Of course, some pre-session doubts and niggles are to be expected before the very first session and this is perfectly normal. By the end of the first session however, all nerves should have dissipated and with hypnotherapy in particular you should have experienced your first hypnotic journey and leave feeling more positive, calm and relaxed, looking forward to the next session.

It is essential that you feel a sense of trust with your therapist and feel reassured that you will be treated respectfully, without judgement and everything discussed will be completely confidential.

A good therapist should be able to make their clients feel at ease almost instantaneously so that therapy can begin straight away within an open and trusting environment which is the foundation of good rapport.

Remember that therapists are just human!

We are not judging you and only want the best for your wellbeing and your future. This should be effortlessly conveyed within the therapy room, by approaching issues in a sensitive and caring manner.

Recommendations or testimonials are always a good indicator of a therapist’s work and do some research into their qualifications and experience. As hypnotherapy is unregulated it can fall foul to bad practice but if you do your homework you should find the therapist that is right for you.

Make sure when you attend for your first session that you feel a good connection with your therapist and are happy to continue working with them in the future.

Above all, just relax and enjoy the experience as that’s when you will get the most out of it.

Good Luck!