I am not naming names in this post. Although maybe I should, so you’ll know exactly who to avoid. But any post like that would ultimately prove to be inadequate, since deceptive hypnotists seem to continually pop up all over the place.
It’s better for me to describe these mediocre individuals to you. You’ll then know how to spot their fatal flaw. These people don’t know anywhere near as much about therapy as they’d like you to believe.
They think relapse is commonplace and something you, as their client, will just have to live with. It’s not. And part of the fault of the relapses they hear about lies with them.
They Are NOT Therapists.
Like really not. The superior ones own up and admit this. The good ones try to be and later force themselves to ask for help. The mediocre ones never bother to mention that fact. This can feel confusing because…
They Offer Therapy.
I often use those two terms interchangeably on this blog. There is a good reason for this. Most showmen (and ladies) have a good grasp of how posthypnotic suggestions work. For an hour. Or two. The superior ones know that one repetition of an idea is not good enough to prevent a relapse. Even this is not sufficient knowledge to call oneself a hypnotherapist.
They Do NOT Know Hypnotherapy.
To a great extent, if you have a willing and wise expert to work with, you can be your own hypnotherapist. It is unrealistic to expect a stage performer to be able to fill that role for you (although some are knowledgeable in that area to varying degrees.) Ultimately, only you will know how many repetitions of an idea you will need. (It should be noted that there are professional hypnotherapists, but even those people cannot know exactly how your mind will process their statements.)
Are you a professional who thinks I’m wrong? Are you a disgruntled client who has listened to a dozen hypnosis videos without receiving any lasting benefits? We should talk in the comments.
This is the final post in a 6 part series about relapses and why they happen. Come back next week to learn how to handle the hardest part of therapy (affiliate link).
Learn more about the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist from Jer Grafsgaard on YouTube.