Monday, 19 October 2009

How To Find A Good Hypnotherapist

One of the more unusual news items in the last few weeks is the story of the presenter who registered his pet cat George as a Hypnotherapist with three of the main industry bodies, to prove how easy it is to get accredited as a Hypnotherapist in the UK. Apparently all three of the industry bodies accepted George's certificate from the non-existent Society of Advanced Mind Therapists without question.

So how do you go about finding a reputable Hypnotherapist?

1) Speak to your friends and colleagues and find out if they have seen a Hypnotherapist that they could recommend. Nothing beats a personal recommendation from someone you know and trust.

2) Approach one of the professional bodies, such as the General Hypnotherapy Register and ask them about Hypnotherapists in your area. They may well have a facility to search for practitioners in your area on there website.

3) Search online for Hypnotherapists in your area and call a few of them. A good therapist will be more than happy to spend a couple of minutes talking to you and answering your questions.

4) Don't be shy about asking your potential Hypnotherapist about their qualifications and experience. Ask to see their certificates and check out if the qualifications really exist.

5) Remember even after you have started your Hypnotherapy sessions, you are free to stop them at any time. Also, if you feel that the Hypnotherapist has behaved inappropriately or unethically in any way, you can approach the industry body that they are registered with.

And finally, always trust your gut feeling - if someone doesn't feel right for you they probably aren't. You need to feel comfortable with your Hypnotherapist and feel that you will be able to trust them.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Do We Have A Sixth Sense?

There was an intriguing article in the Daily Mail today as to whether we have a sixth sense. It looks at a new book by Larry Dossey called 'The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing The Future Can Shape Our Lives' which outlines many examples where people have dreamed of future events that have actually come to pass.

The article gives examples of a little girl who had predicted the disaster in Aberfan in Wales, several examples of premonitions before 9/11 and the story of a mother who had removed her baby from its crib because of a dream where a storm caused a chandelier to fall into the crib, only for the chandelier to crash down at exactly the time that was pinpointed in her dream.

The article and book also highlight the phenomenon of doomed flights and sailings that have less passenger bookings than would be expected. Apparently the planes that crashed into the World Trade Centre were 74% and 81% empty. Also, the incredibly wealthy J.P Morgan cancelled his passage on the Titanic at the last minute because of a hunch.

The author believes that premonitions are a natural human ability, as it would make evolutionary sense for humans to develop an aptitude in sensing impending dangers and take steps to ward them off.

This book is available to purchase from Amazon: