Hypnotherapy ethics

Hypnotherapy ethics

John Buckley’s been letting me write about my hypnotherapy practice in Northwich’s Ourtown magazine for two and a half years now and I thought I’d share a couple of cases where that are less typical, and involve hypnotherapy ethics.

The first one is a young man who saw me about a fear of public speaking. Although he needed some encouragement to listen to the recordings he responded quite well to the work that we did, and in our last session about mentioned for the first time a fear of flying.

I was puzzled that he wasn’t that happy when I told him that he’d be able to use some of the same techniques as for his fear of public speaking. That, and his mentioning yet another fear, meant that I asked him to see a counsellor who I work closely with. He later rang me to confirm what I had suspected – he was over-stating his existing fears as a way of delaying a wedding that he had reservations that he’d never spoken to anyone about.

The second case is a man who came to see me about workplace stress. He described his panic every time the phone rang or his boss spoke to him, and how he spent all his time in work struggling with anxiety. We’d spoken for a while about changes there’d been in his job or at home, and about how stress caused in one area could show itself in another, when I asked him if there was anything else he thought that I should know. After thinking for a moment he mentioned a sum of money that he still owed his employer after “borrowing” it without their knowledge.

Because he’d come to see me himself, and not through work, I didn’t inform anyone else – both the law and my professional code of hypnotherapy ethics are very clear about this – but neither could I do anything to help his stress. It was actually the healthy response to his situation, and for practical and moral reasons I couldn’t make him feel more relaxed about it.

Those were two different people who in coping with their immediate circumstances found themselves in situations they wouldn’t have previously imagined. They both got the space to be honest about what was happening, and to make decisions about what they would do next without being judged, and in that sense they are typical – because that’s at the heart of what I do.

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