One of the great things about living in a metropolis like Sydney is that there is access to many specialist professionals. It does not matter what kind of help you might need, you are able to find it in Sydney and there are plenty of professionals offering hypnotherapy services. In choosing which professional to visit, it is important to take your time and find out about the experience of that professional in the field of hypnotherapy.
People come to practise hypnotherapy from many different access points; some may be psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, nurses, dentists or clinical hypnotherapists who specialise in hypnosis and related subjects. Training is also equally diverse as some professionals may only have done a short course, but clinical hypnotherapists may have spent years studying hypnosis and the art and science of clinical hypnotherapy.
Always look for a practitioner of hypnotherapy who tells you about their training and puts it on their website. If they are well trained they will advertise it loud and clear. Just because someone may be trained well in medicine and psychology does not necessarily mean they have very much experience or knowledge in hypnotherapy because it is a speciality in and of itself.
As with all professional health fields clinicians need to belong to professional associations that monitor their practice and require them to be engaged in constant retraining every year. Professional associations also require their members to be engaged in what is called professional supervision on an ongoing basis with other clinicians to be able to discuss their cases, confidentially, with other clinicians to get an objective point of views on how to help their clients.
Practitioners of hypnotherapy in Sydney are also covered under the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission under the Public Health (General) Amendments) 2008, of the Public Health Act 1991. Practitioners are required, by law, to enter into a contract with their clients governed by a minimum code of conduct. That Code of Code must be displayed on the wall in their practice for the public to see.
Hypnotherapy is a really powerful modality that can help you change your mind, behaviour and even the ways your body works. It has been used for thousands of years as a healing discipline. It is well respected within medicine and the psychological disciplines. When used respectfully and professionally it can change people’s lives very quickly indeed and help you to achieve your goals.
Because the practice of hypnotherapy in NSW and Sydney is not a registered profession with the government, it is important to ensure that the practitioner you choose has the right qualifications, professional associations and is abiding by a peer reviewed standard of practice.
When choosing a hypnotherapist in Sydney do not choose the cheapest option. Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for. Choose the therapist because they have the right qualifications and experience to help someone like you and they know about the condition or issue for which you may seek help. When you do that, hypnotherapy can be a very good experience for you and help you move positively towards your goals.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BSHc, ND – Sydney is an internationally recognised and qualified clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, counsellor, medical herbalist, medical nutritionist and naturopath who holds a degree, post-graduate advanced diploma and doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy and a degree in natural medicine. She is the Director of the Australian Health and Education Centre in Sydney. For many years Tracie has helped thousands of people with hypnotherapy to go on to have a happier more positive life.