Certified professional hypnotherapists
That means if there are any unresolved complaints about their practice, they can be held accountable and not be re-certified. You can also contact the association to learn if the hypnotherapist has a history of complaints. Beware of bait and switch! If the hypnotherapist practices other modalities, such as Reiki, Tarot, massage, or does psychic readings or psychotherapy, chances are you are going to get a “watered down” version of hypnosis.
Free, In-person consultation services
Free, in-person consultation to insure you are comfortable not only with their voice, which you might have heard over the phone, but also with their office, demeanor, and professionalism. Since all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, how you feel in their presence and office will have a significant impact on your outcome. Is the chair comfortable? May be the office quiet and private? You probably won’t be able to determine that with just a 10 minute phone discussion.
Low session-by-session prices offered
A low session-by-session price may indicate that they are set up for a long-term process, like in psychotherapy, which is great for the hypnotherapist, but may be unnecessary for you.
Fifth, and most important, find out if instruction and techniques of self-hypnosis is included. Do they record the session, provide reinforcement recordings, or is there an extra cost for that? Yes that means something important to the relevant professionals.