How to choose the best hypnotherapist in Boise

options.jpgIt would be easy for me to say call me at 208-286-8966 to set up an appointment if you want the best hypnotist! But that answer wouldn't be entirely correct. That's because there are many different styles of hypnosis, and you need to find the hypnotist that YOU connect with most. It might very well be me, but then again it may not. That is how you will get the best work done and the most permanent change in your life.

I want to give you a few questions that you can ask ANY hypnotist in town so that you can make an informed decision on who to choose. I will also include my answers below. 

I recommend that whenever you are seeking a counselor, hypnotist, or mental health professional that you first have an initial phone conversation with them. It can be as short as a few minutes, but it will definitely tell you a lot about them and what strategies they use. Most hypnotists in town will offer a free phone consultation. I also offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to anyone that is interested in making a change in their life. 

The nonverbal answer

The most important thing is not the answer to any specific question, but instead how you 'feel' during the conversation with the hypnotist? First of all, are you talking to the person who will be hypnotizing you or are you instead speaking to a salesman? That alone will speak volumes on the quality of care you will receive. Some larger franchise hypnosis facilities employ salespeople as the first point of contact.

Second, do you feel pressured at all during the initial phone? Do you feel like you are being 'sold' into a preset package deal, or are they instead treating you like an individual? Package sessions aren't inherently a bad thing even though I don't personally offer them, but they sometimes do require a higher upfront cost. You should not feel any sort of pressure talking to the hypnotherapist.

Question #1:

The question:  

"What type of education or training do you have in hypnosis?"

Why this question is important:

Hypnosis is an unregulated profession, meaning that there are no laws in the united states preventing people without enough training from calling themselves hypnotherapists. That means you might see a website online of a personal trainer who took a weekend course in hypnosis right along side a psychologist with a doctorate who also does hypnosis.

There are schools with excellent training programs dedicated to the study of hypnosis. These are additional specialized schools since hypnotherapy is not covered in depth during most psychology programs. 

My answer

I have studied hypnosis for nearly 10 years at this point. In 2008 I began self study of hypnosis by reading books, taking training programs, and working with mentors. In 2012 I participated in HPTI's medical hypnosis program, which culminated in one year of study and an internship period. It gave me the training I needed in order to call myself a medical hypnotist by being board certified with the IMDHA (International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association). I've been in private practice in Boise since 2013 with a focus on chronic illness, insomnia, anxiety, and sexual dysfunction.

Question #2:  

The question:

"What was the last training program you've taken or book you've read to improve your skills?"

Why this question is important:

Things in the medical and mental health world are always changing. Hypnosis is no exception. New techniques are being developed and new scientific studies are showing what works in the real world. Anyone that takes helping people seriously will always be learning and taking new training programs. 

My answer:

Obviously this answer will fluctuate with time. At the time of this writing I’m in the process of re-reading 'Trancework' by Michael Yapko (one of the best books on clinical hypnotherapy), and am scheduled to go to a three day training conference in Las Vegas in late 2015.

Question #3:

The question: 

"What is your success rate?"

Why this question is important:

No one has a success rate of 100%, or even 99%. Not hypnotherapists, counselors, or even doctors. If someone says something like that, be wary. It means one of two things: Either they are being dishonest with you, or they are being dishonest with themselves by not following up with clients after their sessions. 

My answer:

My goal is to help most of the people, most of the time. It’s hard to put a percentage on success, but I’d say around 85% of my clients reach their goals in hypnotherapy. 10% make some progress but don’t fully reach their goal by the end of our last session. And 5% have some sort of block that prevents them from moving forward. This usually means hypnosis isn’t right for at this time, which is when I usually refer out to another modality (like counseling, acupuncture, doctor etc…). 

I also follow up with my clients a month or two after our last session, and sometime in the next year. That way I can make sure what I am doing is effective in the long term, not just the short term.  

Pick up the phone

Now that you are armed with these three questions I highly recommend you search around town for a great hypnotherapist to work with if you are interested in making a change in your life. Hypnosis can make challenging problems seem easy and can shrink insurmountable obstacles down to size. 

If you want more information about hypnosis or you want to ask ME the three questions over the phone, feel free to call me at 208-286-8966. Or you can e-mail me through the contact page on this website.