When a student qualifies on any hypnotherapy training course they are usually eligible to join as a member of one or all of the bodies which accredited the training.
It can be useful to visit the websites of these bodies to ensure that the recognition they are claiming to have is valid. You will also get a ‘flavour’ from the site vis-à-vis the legitimacy of the body.
Hypnotherapy Certification Questions
The following are some additional questions you may like to check with those associations who offer course accreditation:
- Do the organizations maintain a register of practitioners?
- Do they have an Advisory Council which meet on a regular basis to ensure maintenance of standards in training and professional practice?
- Does it have a formal Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics, Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures in place? (If you are already a member of a professional association in a different field of endeavor, check to ensure that the accrediting body’s codes and procedures do not contradict those of your own)
- Does the organization provide support, raise the profile of the hypnotherapy profession, and uphold course standards, thereby safeguarding the welfare of both the public and the hypnotherapist?
- Does the organization support or sponsor regular peer group meetings as a forum for the exchange of views, information, advice, and discussion? Do they have an internet forum on their website?
- Does the society provide its members with a useful publication, monthly or quarterly?
The Clinical Hypnotherapy Training Course offered by The American Wellness Hypnosis Institute (AWHI) certainly meets with the entire above criterion.
AWHI members are recognized as having received meticulous instruction and training in hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypno-healing, hypnoanalysis, past-life regression, psychotherapy and on graduation are deemed proficient, meticulous and knowledgeable in each of these areas. There are many advantages to hypnotherapy certification.
They are also committed to ongoing Postgraduate training as a means of continuing personal development and as a method of keeping up to date with new changes and advances. Learn more at http://americanhypnosiswellnessinstitute.com
Questions To Ask When Looking For a Suitably Qualified Hypnotherapist
- Call them.
- Ask about their level of certification and find out how long they’ve been practicing. Find out how many clients they are seeing on a regular basis.
- Visit their website and verify if they have been professionally certified and recognized.
- Check if the therapist offers an initial consultation which allows you to meet and discuss any concerns you have before you commit to a session? This is a really good idea because rapport supports the hypnotic process and it is not easy to make an informed decision over the phone.
- Ask how many sessions the therapist thinks you would be best. If the recommendation is for more than two, without prior discussion, I would be cautious. Make sure to listen carefully to the arguments they use to support the proposed number of session.
- It is not possible to judge how quickly or otherwise a client will respond to hypnotherapy. Much depends on the individual client, their motivation, and other determining factors. Do not allow yourself to enter into a commitment which involves multiple sessions even if the therapist offers ‘bulk discounts’!
- Use your gut instinct.
- All good hypnotherapists should undergo continuing professional training. This would not be an easy area to question; however, membership of most legitimate professional bodies will require evidence of this. Make sure to verify with their accrediting organizations.