People are surprised to discover that in every state in the USA, and in almost every country, there are few restriction on the requirements to become a hypnotherapist. A hypnotherapist is someone who helps others solve problems, learn new strategies, and improve life by using hypnosis.
That being said, there are a few caveats. The word “hypnotherapist” (because of the suffix “therapist”) is a restricted term is some states and some countries. The reason this term is restricted is that to call yourself any type of “therapist” implies treating diseases and psychological disorders, and so the term is restricted to licensed medical or mental health professionals.
It is important to note, that professional hypnotists actually do something entirely different than just therapy. In fact, in many cases they are not working with ill people or people with problems, and rather are helping normal people and healthy people to achieve goals, and move to a higher level of peak performance. This includes helping students and test takers get higher scores, helping people stop smoking, or to control stress.
Even in states where the term hypnotherapist is restricted, people who practice hypnosis can refer to themselves as hypnotists (Certified Professional Hypnotist is the term the ICBCH uses). But the practice of hypnosis itself, is virtually unrestricted. In most places there are simply no requirements to become a hypnotherapist, beyond using the right terminology.
That being said, it would be pretty impractical for someone to simply watch a movie about hypnosis, and then imitate that and open a successful practice. And so the requirements to become a hypnotherapist are for the most part practical, rather than legal.
It is important to select a training program that is recognized by other professional peers, and a training associated with a strong multi-member organization. This gives you a chance to learn from an organization that adheres to best practices, and provides networking and even mentorship opportunities to help your success.
The cost of a program does not define the quality of a program. Many high quality programs are inexpensive, but have stood the test of time. And many expensive programs are of dubious quality, often revolving around personality rather than technique. The ICBCH training programs, offered in live seminars and in our online learning center, have many graduates that say the guidance they have received and the course materials themselves, really helped them prepare to do the actual work of hypnotherapy (or professional hypnosis.)
The requirements to become a hypnotherapist also include a real desire to help other people using hypnosis, and the ability to communicate using special language patterns, often called “hypnotic language”.
If you would like to become a hypnotherapist, call the offices of the ICBCH at (918) 326-6116 and speak to our staff to discover the right process for your state or country, and what specific training will best help you to do the work of a hypnotist.