I see that this thread is still going. Perhaps it is time to suggest that you might feel more comfortable to see an Alternative practitioner.
I had a client come to me just this week that was fearful of seeing me. The only reason she came was because two of her friends recommended that she come and see me. Yet, some of her first words to me were; "I don't think that you will get me to go into hypnosis." and, "I don't think that you will be able to help me."
Whilst coming to see a hypnotherapist might seem scarier than seeing a psychologist, as most people have a feeling they will lose control to the therapist (I wish!), that is not the case. As with every health modality, you really need to check the Associations that your practitioner belongs to, and then check the Association for what is required to be a member of that association. That is common sense when it comes to self-regulated Associations. It doesn't mean even when you do that, that the therapist has any success with your type of problem. It also doesn't mean that a psychologist will be able to fix your problem either. And, if they haven't got the skills to help you, what are they going to do to solve your problem - will it work?
I was a member of PACFA as someone else stated above, however, my association removed themselves as they were encroaching on the association to bypass them to go directly to their membership. That just wasn't going to be on as far as my association was concerned. Then I couldn't be a member unless I joined an association that was a member association of PACFA. I was not prepared to do this, as my association was a Peer Leader in Hypnotherapy which is my modality of practice, despite having the skills in counselling which is a big part of that practice.
Whilst my fearful client that I mentioned wasn't about weight, it was a worse problem in that she was fearful of having any medical tests or treatments without feeling terror and/or panic. As she required an MRI to see if a work accident would need surgery and she also needed to look into having a cataract operation on one of her eyes, you can see that without taking some action to rectify these issues, the prognosis of not getting these things done, was not good. She was so fearful that she had already cancelled an MRI appointment.
The list of fears that I jotted down during our up-front talk nearly took up a whole page of notes, trust issues being just one of those. The fear of being relaxed related to a fear of not being in control. In fact, all of the issues related to the need to be in control. As I pointed out to my client, the fact that she had come to see me was her choice which meant that she was in control of having made that decision, and that by the time we got to go into hypnosis, if she didn't feel comfortable with me and didn't feel that I would be able to help her, then it was her right to be able to halt the session just there and then. That didn't happen, and her problem was solved.
Realise that we are all here to assist you. Some people are specialists in certain fields. If one doesn't work for you, perhaps it is time to try another, and if that one doesn't work for you there will be something else that will, or another person in the same field that will. But it all starts with you.
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