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What does this conjure up for you? The very notion that you have attitude…


Whilst I have admittedly only been practicing as a hypnotherapist for a short time, I have already come across what to me are questionable attitudes from other practitioners. Allow me to give examples:


(details changed to protect client confidentiality)


The time when a young woman was referred to me by an alternative practitioner. She reported to me that the previous person she had sought hypnotherapy assistance from had insisted that she must attend the office – this young woman at the time happened to be extremely fearful of outside and openly announced herself as agoraphobic. The previous practitioner had also allegedly reported that she would not be visited at her home, despite her protestations that she could not contemplate going outside at this time, because “it is illegal” for anyone to so visit. Both the other practitioner and I were quite incredulous at this statement, as we both are happy to consider home visits and are not in fear of the Law when doing this. We obviously both take the usual precautions when visiting…


Then the time when a young woman sought my assistance for fear and anger problems. After spending much time considering the possible reasons for this development, she sought help from another practitioner, who then is alleged to have told this young woman that she was “too mentally ill” to be helped. A quick Lüscher identified high stress levels and huge self-doubt, but no major mental health problem that would preclude hypnotherapy help as the previous practitioner had alluded.


These may well be in the extreme, but in my short practicing career, to have come across two such instances does make me wonder about what attitude we are giving off to others and to our clients, both potential and actual.


I am also taken to wonder what drove such responses from the practitioners involved. Were they burned out, without the energy to consider changing their routine for a client? Were they so set in their own routine that to broaden their working horizons is not an option for them? Are they so comfortable with the ‘usual’ that they are not spurred on to learning more? Have they so many clients that they don’t want any more, but choose to not say this and instead lie to put people off?


Just what design was behind telling any potential client that they are too mentally ill to be helped? She certainly felt fobbed-off, and I do not consider this to be client empowering at all, I have to say.


So, whilst you may not have any reason to doubt your integrity and rightfully consider yourself a caring and honest practitioner, are you the best you can be?


Or is there just a little hint of attitude coming through as the time goes by…



Rosalyn Young. R.M.N., L.N.C.P.




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