A hypnotherapist is a skilled and trained professional who, by inducing a trance-like state, helps people use their subconscious mind to change behavioural patterns or ways of thinking. It is important that the client is really wanting to change their negative thoughts, feelings or behaviours in order for the hypnotherapist be able to help the client.
The mind is very powerful, and to one degree or another everyone is susceptible to suggestion; the hypnotherapist will determine an individual's degree of suggestibility by guiding them through some exercises.
Before hypnotizing the client, the therapist will discuss in detail the problem that needs to be resolved and the goal that the individual would like to achieve. The hypnotherapist will also explain what hypnosis is, how the mind will be operating in its subconscious state (or the 'first gear' of the mind), what will be experienced during hypnosis and how it will work to help the individual.
Finally, based on the results of the client's suggestibility and the nature of the problem or goal, your hypnotherapist will induce a hypnotic state. The therapy will become more individualized and have a greater impact if the hypnotherapist can share in the experience of the client.
Some issues hypnotherapy can help with:
Hypnosis can help people with psychological issues or goals, but it is not done by waving a watch or pendulum in the patient's face and saying "you are getting sleepy" as often seen in old and popular cartoons and films.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not involve being put in a deep sleep, and the client cannot be forced to do anything that they would not ordinarily do. They remain completely aware of their surroundings and situation. The essential thing is how much they are motivated to make a change, and to stay away from their habit or addiction. Their motivation and eagerness, as well as their relationship with the therapist, are major factors leading to the success of hypnotherapy.
There are different types of certifications available, therefore it is important to know which one you should train for. This will depend on what your aspirations are. Do you want to have a serious hypnotherapy practice and help others? Do you just want to help yourself change some negative thoughts, feelings or behaviours? Or are you simply curious and want to get entertainment value?
In order to become a hypnotherapist that will be taken seriously by potential clients, proper training and certification is required. There are many hypnotherapy courses that you can take online, but it is recommended to have certification from an accredited school and take the course in person, especially if you are serious about making this your career. Also make sure to take a course that will allow you to become a member of a professional organization. The biggest in the world is the National Guild of Hypnotists. They have a code of conduct and a complaints process that removes anyone doing unethical work. They also have a requirement for ongoing training in order to be re-certified every year.
You will want to be affiliated with a school that is internationally recognized as a quality provider of hypnotherapy training, and that has produced many competently trained graduates that have opened their own successful businesses. Also check to see if the school you are considering is certified with the International Medical and Dental Association.
Getting certified can take anywhere from a few weeks (full time) up to a year (part time).
When you are considering this kind of career, you have to think about how comfortable you would be around different people and how patient you are. Hypnotherapy involves a lot of talking and your presentation will either help or hinder your career.
It is becoming increasingly popular to run a successful hypnotherapy practice from home. A room and office set up neatly in your home gives a warm, homey feel, allowing the client to feel more at ease and more relaxed. Of course, many hypnotherapists also set up practices in private clinics.