Douglas is a highly professional and ethical Clinical Hypnotherapist, as such he does not believe or advocate the use of testimonials to sell or attract potential clients to therapy.
Many Hypnotherapists will cover their websites with testimonials. However, these testimonials simply give initials, often location i.e. town or city of supposed client and short statements to highlight benefits. This is supposedly done to maintain client confidentiality but unfortunately it could potentially be open to abuse if fictitious testimonials are posted. Also in terms of legal guidelines to check that material displayed can be verified, then if asked to validate a testimonial the Hypnotherapist would have to give over their client's full details to a third party. This is a direct dereliction of the nature of therapy as far as Douglas is concerned.
Douglas will never betray his client's confidentiality. He is very strict on this because he considers the confidentiality of the therapeutic contract between Clinical Hypnotherapist and client to be of the highest priority. Can one begin to imagine consulting with another health professional and being asked to supply a testimonial? Douglas sees his GP, his Dentist and at times has utilised Psychotherapy services for his own well being, never has he been asked for a testimonial and if he was he would not be impressed with the person asking for it.
Now some Hypnotherapists will state that the client wrote, texted or emailed to say how wonderful their treatment was. Douglas himself has had communications like this from clients who were of course delighted to have been helped with well applied therapy. However, this is by no means a normal occurrence because let us think about this, when a professional does a good or even great job most people take it for granted don't they? because after all they are qualified as well as professional and that is the nature of their job isn't it? After all, Douglas does not write and thank his Doctor when he sees them, nor does he write to his Dentist when they do treatment on his teeth. It is expected that because they are a professional the job will be carried out competently and to a good standard. The same should apply to the work of a Hypnotherapist. Why should Hypnotherapists ask for and/or use testimonials from clients to advertise their work. Some people looking for a Hypnotherapist may be impressed by this but one would hope that by thinking things through carefully one will begin to see the pitfalls of testimonials from clients who have been in therapy being displayed in the public arena.
Lastly another reason Douglas does not ask for or use testimonials from clients is because of the unique nature of the hypnotherapeutic contract (by contract Douglas means simply the client being engaged in the process of therapy). Hypnosis is designed to bypass the critical factor and to open up the unconscious mind (subconscious mind), this is utilised to allow the Hypnotherapist to work on the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the client. Now let us think about this, to work with a Hypnotherapist in this way requires openness, rapport and also trust. Trust is dependent on high ethics and one of the most important of these is a genuine plus sincere regard for the client's welfare, which means that confidentiality is paramount.
The best professional associations state that testimonials must not be displayed as it runs contrary to the nature of therapy. So if you want to see testimonials here then you will not see them either here, or on any website related to Douglas Clark as he will never betray the confidentiality of his clients. Some may say that this will lose Douglas business. If that is the case so be it because Douglas's primary concern is the health and welfare of his clients.