Seven Questions You Might Want To Ask Before Hiring A Hypnotherapist

Written by giles.hayes

March 15, 2024

Have you ever been put off hiring a hypnotherapist because you found yourself asking “How Do I Know I Can Trust This Guy With My Mind” ?

You are certainly not alone here and perhaps for very good reasons.

The difference between the results from one hypnotherapist to another can be quite remarkable and even shocking in some cases.

In this article we explore the reasons behind this and share our ideas on some questions you could ask that will help you to make an informed decision when you decide to hire someone to help you.

So the reasons behind the apparent variability in results between different hypnotists can be attributed to several factors, each influencing the effectiveness of the hypnotherapy process.

Firstly, the level of expertise and experience of the hypnotist plays a significant role. Experienced hypnotists who have honed their skills through years of practice and continual learning tend to achieve more consistent and successful outcomes. They possess a deeper understanding of various hypnotic techniques, nuances in client responsiveness, and effective methods for addressing individual needs.

Secondly, the approach and style of hypnotherapy employed by each hypnotist can vary greatly. While some may adhere to traditional or clinical approaches, others may incorporate more innovative or holistic methods. The compatibility between the hypnotist’s approach and the client’s preferences and goals can greatly influence the effectiveness of the sessions.

Furthermore, the quality of the therapeutic relationship between the hypnotist and the client is crucial. A strong rapport built on trust, empathy, and understanding fosters a conducive environment for therapeutic change. Hypnotists who excel in establishing rapport and tailoring their approach to suit the client’s personality and communication style often yield better results.

Additionally, the hypnotist’s ability to adapt and respond to the unique needs and challenges of each client significantly impacts the outcomes. Flexibility in adjusting techniques, providing personalised interventions, and addressing unexpected reactions or obstacles enhances the effectiveness of hypnotherapy sessions.

Moreover, external factors such as the client’s readiness for change, level of motivation, and commitment to the process can influence the results. Hypnotists who effectively assess and support clients through these factors can facilitate more profound and lasting transformations.

In summary, the variability in results between hypnotists stems from a combination of factors including expertise, approach, therapeutic relationship, adaptability, and client factors. By understanding and addressing these factors, skilled hypnotists can maximise the effectiveness of their sessions and facilitate positive outcomes for their clients.

Professional Code Of Conduct

It may come as a surprise to discover that, currently, there exists no specific legislation in the United Kingdom that governs the code of conduct and standard of practice within the field of hypnotherapy.

Unlike some other professions, such as medicine or psychology, which have strict regulatory frameworks, hypnotherapy operates in a relatively unregulated environment.

This lack of formal regulation means that individuals seeking hypnotherapy services must rely on other factors, such as professional associations, qualifications, and personal recommendations, to ensure they receive safe and effective treatment.

While this may seem concerning at first glance, it also allows for flexibility and innovation within the field, with practitioners often adhering to high standards of professionalism and ethical conduct voluntarily.

Nonetheless, it underscores the importance of carefully selecting a hypnotherapist who is well-trained, experienced, and affiliated with reputable professional bodies, such as the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP), to ensure quality care and peace of mind for clients., to ensure quality care and peace of mind for clients.

Keeping that in mind here are seven insightful questions you can ask along with explanations of their significance:

  1. What is your training and certification in hypnotherapy?

    This question helps gauge the hypnotist’s level of expertise and whether they have undergone proper training. A certified hypnotherapist demonstrates commitment to their craft and ensures they adhere to ethical standards and best practices.

  2. Can you describe your approach to hypnotherapy?

    Understanding the hypnotist’s approach allows potential clients to determine if it aligns with their preferences and goals. Some may prefer a more traditional or clinical approach, while others may seek a more holistic or spiritually oriented method.

  3. How do you customise sessions to suit individual needs?

    Every client is unique, and tailoring sessions to individual needs is crucial for effective outcomes. A skilled hypnotist will assess each client’s specific challenges, goals, and preferences, adjusting techniques and interventions accordingly.

  4. What results have your clients experienced from hypnotherapy?

    Testimonials or case studies can provide insights into the hypnotist’s track record of success. Positive outcomes and client testimonials offer reassurance and build confidence in the hypnotist’s abilities.

  5. How do you ensure client comfort and safety during hypnotherapy sessions?

    Importance: Ensuring a safe and comfortable environment is paramount in hypnotherapy. A competent hypnotist will prioritise client well-being, establishing rapport, addressing concerns, and maintaining confidentiality throughout the process.

  6. Do you offer any additional support or resources outside of sessions?

    Importance: Post-session support and resources can enhance the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. Whether it’s providing recordings for reinforcement, recommending supplementary practices, or offering ongoing guidance, additional support demonstrates a commitment to client success.

  7. How do you handle any unexpected reactions or challenges during sessions?

    Importance: Hypnotherapy may evoke unexpected emotions or reactions in clients. A skilled hypnotist should be equipped to handle such situations with professionalism, empathy, and adaptability, ensuring a positive and constructive experience for the client.


In this article we’ve looked at some of the key things that contribute to the ability of the hypnotist to get results like expertise and experience, approach style, the therapeutic relationship, the flexibility of the hypnotist and the clients readiness and motivation for change.

We have highlighted the lack of regulation concerning the delivery of hypnotherapy in the UK.

We’ve also identified seven simple questions you could ask that any competent hypnotherapist should be able to answer which will guide you to a better, more informed, decision when choosing the right hypnotist for you.

Speaking as someone who has both witnessed and experienced some of the most positive and profound transformations hypnotherapy can bring, it is my sincere wish for you to experience the same benefits.

May you embark on this journey of self-discovery with courage, embrace the possibilities of change, and emerge stronger, happier, and more fulfilled than ever before.

Remember, within you lies the power to transform your life. Dare to dream, believe in yourself, and take that first step towards a brighter tomorrow. Your transformation starts now.

Your Friend Hamer The Hypnotist.


About The Author

Giles Hamer Hayes BSc(Hons), CHPT, MPNLP, is a seasoned real world hypnotist with a passion for guiding individuals towards self-discovery and empowerment.

Trained and certified in Real World Hypnosis, Identity by Design, Regression Therapy, and NLP by Dr. David Snyder of the San Diego Hypnosis Institute, Hamer brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his practice. As a member of the APHP, Hamer is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct in his work.

When you experience hypnosis with Hamer, you’re not just booking a session; you’re embarking on a journey towards self-discovery, personal transformation and empowerment.

Click Here for more information about how you can experience the transformative power of hypnotherapy with Hamer the Hypnotist today.

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Published : Mar 15, 2024