Not all hypnosis centres are alike, and hypnotherapists have vastly different amounts of training and experience. Here are some things to consider when selecting the perfect hypnotherapist for you:
Does your hypnotist demonstrate a high level of thought and insight?
When you hire a hypnotist, you’re hiring somebody to think on your behalf. During hypnosis, you are literally being asked to suspend your usual mode of critical thinking, and to accept the hypnotist’s speech without judgement or analysis. We do not take this responsibility lightly. We view ourselves as philosophers and truth-seekers first and foremost, with hypnotism as a means to communicate principles for high-quality living, but never as the main point. We do not expect you to come up with all the answers yourself, and we definitely do not place much faith in step-by-step techniques.
Does your hypnotist offer any kind of recourse for disputes?
In Ontario, hypnotherapy isn’t a regulated profession. If you’re working with an independent hypnotherapist and you’re not happy with the service they provide, there’s usually little you can do about it. At Morpheus, if you’re unsatisfied with your hypnotherapist’s skill or professionalism for any reason, we’ll buy your feedback for the cost of up to three sessions. (If it’s your first session and you can’t be hypnotized, it’s free.) Our money-back guarantee means that your satisfaction is completely guaranteed when you choose The Morpheus Clinic for Hypnosis (click here for terms and conditions).
Is your hypnotist’s approach more spiritual or naturalistic?
Hypnotherapists fall into two broad categories. The first incorporates elements of spirituality, such as past-life regression, spirit entity release and channeling. The second emphasizes the “real” world that doesn’t require any leap of faith to perceive. It’s important that your hypnotherapist’s approach matches your belief system, or your inner skeptic would make it hard for you to enter hypnosis. Here at Morpheus, we take a strictly naturalistic approach. We believe that hypnosis can be explained by innate human abilities, and we place our understanding in natural, rather than supernatural, explanations of our work. Our approach is empirical and we refuse to use any techniques that are based in unfalsifiable theories.
Does your hypnotist focus mostly on relaxation or results?
You’re seeking hypnosis because there’s a part of your life you are not satisfied with and that you want to improve. That means your hypnotherapist must focus on the outcome of your sessions, not just on relaxation or enjoying trance. Our results-oriented approach emphasizes the changes you make in the real world, not merely what you experience during your session(s) of hypnosis. We do not consider our work to be complete until you experience significant, lasting results in your life outside our office.
Does your hypnotist design a program specifically for you?
Even if you’re suffering from a common issue, your thoughts, experiences, emotions and reactions are personal to you. Likewise, the way you respond to hypnosis might be different than someone else with the same issue. That means it is important to find a hypnotherapist who does not use scripts or generic recordings. We create specifically designed program plans that address your individual needs and the goals you want to achieve, and you can even read our thoughts about your case in a written treatment plan for free. This maximizes both your time and your results.
Is your hypnotist upfront with the information you need to make an informed decision?
Before you begin hypnotherapy, you need to become comfortable with the process, and know how compatible it is with your individual characteristics and needs. This is why we offer a comprehensive assessment and written plan at no cost. We’ve released hours of content on our YouTube channel that you can peruse at leisure to understand our practices and principles. If you engage with us, part of our intake process includes an assessment to estimate suggestible you are. Finally, by requesting a treatment plan, you will be able to vet and approve the ideas we intend to suggest to you in advance. Because we believe that information should be easily accessible to those who desire it, this online consultation process is absolutely free. Then, if you decide not to continue with hypnosis afterward, you are under no obligation to proceed with a paid session.