As a professional and registered Hypnotherapist I believe it's vital you consider the person you choose carefully. Good rapport and the building of trust is vital for the therapeutic relationship.
Do your research
What training have they had?
Have they worked with this issue before?
How does hypnosis work?
What will it be like to be hypnotised?
Do they offer support between sessions?
How many sessions do they envisage and how will you know when you’ve done enough?
If their answers are open and you feel comfortable with how they sound, this is a good first step.
What about the cost?
Calling to establish prices may give you an idea of price but not of quality. Some hypnotherapists offer a free half hour to entice you in. But don’t be fooled by a gimmick. You won’t get a great deal from 30minutes and they will not get a detailed assessment in such a short time. We all like a freebie, but in the long term it may cost you more.
Talk about the trance state
People may experience trance differently: some feel heavy, some light, some drift off into a sleep-like state, some can hear every word that's said. Your therapist will have lots of techniques to help you access trance and can vary what they do to suit you. Talk to your therapist in advance about what it might be like and let them know afterwards how you experienced it.
Say how you feel!
Hypnosis is likely to involve you closing your eyes, sitting in a room with a hypnotherapist who you've only just met. Not the most naturally relaxed of situations! If you don't feel comfortable, say so. Sometimes we feel a sense of politeness and believe that the therapist must be right, but a good therapist would much prefer to hear any doubts or queries and can put your mind at rest. When you are relaxed with your hypnotherapist, you're more likely to get the outcome that you want from your therapy.
Know that change can happen quickly and sometimes it takes a bit longer
Hypnosis can feel magical. If your issue has been with you for many years, it may take a number of sessions for you to create the new patterns of thinking and behaving that you want.
Be prepared for ‘homework'!
Your hypnotherapy session takes up a fraction of your day. Be ready to do your part in continuing your progress between sessions; your therapist may ask you to do ‘homework assignments', such as ‘self hypnosis’. This weill help reinforce and strengthen the work.