For some, deciding that they are going to see a hypnotherapist can be a big step for many people. Then how do you choose which hypnotherapist to is right for you. At this point in may be worth pointing out that in the UK, hypnotherapy is practices under Common Law. And as such anyone can call themselves a hypnotherapist. So depending on how these people acquired their skill and knowledge, the therapy you get can vary a dramatically.
One of the best ways to find out about a competent hypnotherapist in your area, would be to check out what hypnotherapy Organisations they belong to, if any. Then depending on the Organisation, this would then at least show you that they have attained a certain level of skill so they know what they are doing and would also abide by a strict code of ethics, if the Organisation has any.
For me, the National Council for Hypnotherapy or NCH https://www.hypnotherapists.org.uk/ is one Organisation in the UK stands out from the rest as its members have to complete its Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma or HPD to gain full membership. And it’s HPD is still currently the only diploma qualification that meets all the learning outcomes of the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy.
This is one of the reason I decided to join the NCH, as they would not have accepted me if my training was not up to standard. If you have the time look, it may be worth your while to see what other Organisations or support groups they have in place. I joined the Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Group https://www.hypnotherapy.org.uk/ which is a National Practice with associate practitioners who have either trained with or whose training is known by the Founder of Brookhouse Hypnotherapy, Dr Shaun Brookhouse. Places for this group is strictly limited as only one hypnotherapist can practice in its particular geographic area.
So, do your research first and be happy with the hypnotherapist of your choice, otherwise any therapy undertaken may be a waste of time and money.