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How to Choose the Right Therapist?
A Guide to Find the Right Mental Health Professional

how to choose the right therapist

Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, finding the right therapist can make all the difference in your recovery and self growth journey. In this article, we will discuss how to choose the right therapist to help you find the right mental health professional for your needs.

What to Look for When Choosing a Therapist?

Choosing the right therapist can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for. There are some questions you can have in mind when making the decision:

  1. Does the therapy target the underlying cause of the issue? This is an essential question to ask when choosing therapy. Effective therapy should aim to address the root cause of the issue, rather than just treating the symptoms. 

  2. Is the therapy highly effective? How long does it take to see results? No matter how long you have suffer from your issue or pain, if the therapies is effective, it would only take few sessions, and never take months or years. 
  3. Does the therapy align with your values and beliefs? For example, if you prefer a more holistic approach to treatment, you may want to consider alternative natural therapies such as Hypnotherapy, NLP, Havening.
  4. Is the therapy evidence-based? It is important to choose a therapy that is based on scientific evidence and has been proven effective in treating the specific issue you are facing. Evidence-based therapies have been tested in clinical trials and have shown positive results in treating specific conditions.

  5. Does the therapist have the necessary qualifications and experience? The therapist’s qualifications, experience, and credentials should be considered when choosing therapy. Look for a licensed and trained therapist who has experience treating the specific issue you are facing.

  6. Does the therapist provide you with a step-by-step roadmap or treatment plan? It is important to choose a therapist who can provide you with a clear treatment plan that outlines the goals, objectives, and steps involved in the therapy process. A well-structured treatment plan can help you track your progress and stay motivated throughout the hypnotherapy process. Additionally, a therapist who provides a roadmap or treatment plan can help you understand what to expect from therapy and how long it may take to achieve your desired outcomes. Of course, the treatment plan should be tailor made and flexible.
  7. What is the time commitment and cost involved? Typically, seeing a psychologist involves regular sessions, it costs around AU$280/hour, seeing a counsellor costs around AU$180/hour, whilst Hypnotherapy, NLP, Havening can be ranging from AU$150-$800/session (1-2 hours). In fact, Hypnotherapy, NLP, Havening sessions can be more cost-effective than traditional talk therapy sessions as it involves only few sessions to get significant results with the experienced hypnotherapists.

  8. Can you do online sessions? Modern therapist give you an option to do the session online. Online therapy is good especially when you like to feel safe and comfortable at your own space, as well as saving your travel time.

Therapies for Rapid Changes

If you want to to see rapid changes in yourself, instead of seeing a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist, you may prefer to choose Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Havening. These are examples of therapies that can bring about rapid changes in mental health conditions.

Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis to access the subconscious mind and promote positive changes in behavior and thought patterns. It is often used to treat anxiety, depression, and phobias and has been shown to produce relatively effective and rapid results in some individuals.

Havening: Havening is a therapy that uses touch to help individuals process and release traumatic memories and emotions. It involves gentle stroking of the arms, face, and hands to stimulate the production of delta waves in the brain, which can promote relaxation and emotional healing.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): NLP is a therapy that focuses on the connection between language, behavior, and thought patterns. It involves techniques such as visualization and reframing to help individuals change their thoughts and behaviors quickly.

Finding a Good Therapist

Once you have a better idea of what to look for in a therapist, it’s time to start your search. Here are some ways to find a therapist:

1. Google Reviews: Google Reviews can be a helpful tool to find a good therapist. Here are some tips for finding a good therapist from Google Reviews:

  1. Look for therapists with a high overall rating: A high overall rating can be a good indication that the therapist has provided quality service to their clients.

  2. Read through multiple reviews: Read through several reviews to get a sense of the therapist’s strengths, weaknesses, and overall approach. Look for reviews that are detailed and specific, rather than general comments.

  3. Look for reviews from clients with similar concerns: Look for reviews from clients who have similar concerns or issues to yours. This can help you get a sense of how the therapist has helped others with similar needs.

2. Professional organizations: Many professional organizations, such as Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association, and Havening Techniques Directory have directories of licensed therapists.

3. Ask for referrals: Ask friends or recommendations from relevant Facebook group. Personal referrals can be a great way to find a therapist who has worked well for someone you know.

See Whether the Therapist is a Good Match

Once you have found a potential therapist, it’s important to schedule a Strategy Call to see if they are the right fit for you. Here are some things to keep in mind during your first session:

Ask questions: Don’t be afraid to ask your potential therapist questions about their experience and approach to therapy. This can help you get a better sense of whether they are the right therapist for you.

Be honest: During your first session, be honest with your potential therapist about your mental health issues and what you hope to gain from therapy. This can help them determine if they are the right therapist to work with you.

Assess how you feel: Pay attention to how you feel during your first session. Do you feel comfortable talking to your therapist? Do you feel like they understand your situation? If you don’t feel a connection with your therapist after the first session, it may be time to find someone else.

Online Therapy

In addition to traditional in-person therapy, there are also many online therapy options available. As long as you trust the process, online therapy can be a good option for people who experience certain mental health condition, or live in rural areas or have limited mobility, and it can sometimes be more affordable than in-person therapy. Here are some things to consider when choosing an online therapist:

Credentials: Just like with in-person therapy, it’s important to make sure the online therapist is licensed and has the necessary credentials to provide therapy.

Security: Make sure the online therapy platform you use is secure and protects your personal information.

Technology: Check that you have the necessary technology to participate in online therapy, such as a stable internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone.

Therapeutic relationship: As with in-person therapy, the therapeutic relationship between you and your online therapist is important. Make sure you feel comfortable communicating with your online therapist and that they understand your situation.

Conclusion: Choosing the Right Therapist is Key to Your Mental Health

Choosing the right therapist is crucial to your mental health and well-being. It can take time and effort to find a therapist that’s right for you, but it’s worth it in the end. A good therapist can help you work through your mental health issues and develop strategies to cope with them. Don’t be afraid to take the time to find the therapist that’s right for you.

In conclusion, finding a good therapist can be a challenging but essential process. Once you’ve found a potential therapist, scheduling a Strategy Call can help you determine if they’re the right fit for you. Online therapy is another option that can be more accessible and affordable for some individuals. Regardless of the type of therapy you choose, the most important thing is to find a therapist that you feel comfortable working with and who can help you achieve your mental health goals. If you like to find the right therapists through us, book a FREE Strategy Call now.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hypnosis has been shown to be effective in treating a range of conditions, such as anxiety, phobias, and smoking cessation. It works by inducing a state of deep relaxation and focused attention, allowing the hypnotist to suggest positive changes to the patient’s behavior or thought patterns. However, its effectiveness may vary depending on the individual and the specific issue being addressed.

The success rate of hypnotherapy varies depending on the individual and the issue being addressed. Research has shown that hypnotherapy can be effective in treating a range of conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. However, success rates may vary depending on factors such as the skill of the hypnotherapist, the patient’s level of suggestibility, and the patient’s willingness to participate in the process.

Both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy are effective treatments for a range of conditions. CBT focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors, while hypnotherapy uses suggestions to promote positive changes in behavior or thought patterns. The choice between the two will depend on the individual’s needs and preferences, as well as the specific issue being addressed.

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