More on Professional Ethics in Hypnotherapy
As many regular readers will know, I have written quite a few pieces on professional ethics in the hypnotherapy profession. A topic I would like to include in this is that there seems to be a growing number of practitioners who feel like they are able to comment on approaches and even other practitioners when they do not have the experience or knowledge base to do so.
Look, I get it, we all have opinions and I have on more than one occasions let my opinions out for some fresh air. Sometimes, with hurtful results. What I have learned in my 30 years of clinical practice is this, we all have opinions, but these are not facts. We all have people we dislike in our profession, that does not mean that they deserve to be insulted or maligned. Finally, we all have our preferred approaches to working, that does not mean that those who do things differently are wrong, they just have a different view on things.
This is meant to be a profession of caring individuals who want to do good work to help people in distress. Perhaps, we should all take a step back and consider how our ambition and frailties impact the work that we do. As well as how people both in and out of the profession see our behaviour as professionals. This article is not aimed at any one practitioner, but is merely my suggestion that we should embody more of the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard we use in our work in our interactions between ourselves as fellow professionals and human beings.