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.