Despite the advances in hypnotherapy, many people still view it with skepticism or outright dismissal. The article “Should I Take Hypnotherapy Training to Become a Certified Hypnotherapist?” from Quantum Healing Hypnosis, says that many people are unaware of the benefits of hypnosis because of the way it is depicted in the media. But hypnotherapy is now considered a legitimate treatment for phobias, stress, anxiety, and addiction recovery. If you think hypnotherapy is the career for you, read on.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is essentially a trance-like state, similar to being fully absorbed in a movie or a book. It is based on the concept that the subconscious and unconscious mind can be accessed to address how the conscious mind operates. While they're in this trance-like state of heightened concentration, the client can turn their attention toward finding inner resources which can be used to change certain aspects of their conscious lives.

A certified hypnotherapist helps the client to achieve a state of relaxation wherein they can connect with their subconscious, thereby molding their perception of things like pain or fear.

Understanding the Subconscious

The subconscious mind can perceive the processes that are developing in the client's core being that cannot be perceived in their ordinary state of consciousness. Things like suppressed memories, feelings, and reactions to events are all thought to be controlled by the subconscious.

Relaxation is the key to unlocking the subconscious. Helping the client to achieve a level of relaxation where they can focus on particular aspects of their behavior and perception is the job of the certified hypnotherapist.

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What a Hypnotherapist Does

There are several methods being used in the practice of hypnotherapy, but all involve something called "induction." This is the means of assisting the client in achieving a deep level of relaxation, allowing access to the subconscious. Once the client is relaxed, the hypnotherapist uses different methods based on the goal of the particular client. These methods include:

  • Suggestion Hypnosis: Suggestion hypnosis is used to address a particular behavior, commonly an addiction, that is affecting the client's standard of living. The hypnotherapist will guide the client's mind toward focusing on the idea that the behavior must be changed.

  • Regression Hypnosis: Rather than addressing particular habits or behaviors, regression hypnosis aims to focus on the state of the client's emotions, self-perception, deeply rooted fears, and self-esteem, with the goal of helping them to overcome past traumas and to help them elevate their perception of themselves

  • Timeline Hypnotherapy: This type of hypnotherapy is grounded in the idea that our memories are stored in a linear fashion or a timeline. Timeline hypnotherapy is used to help the client release negative beliefs and emotions based on their past. This type of hypnotherapy has been found to be very effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and stress.

While there are other methods of hypnotherapy, including Erickson Hypnosis, hypno-psychotherapy, and cognitive hypnotherapy, the above modalities are the most commonly used.

How to Become a Certified Hypnotherapist

In order to become a Certified Hypnotherapist, you will have to have an academic background in whichever area of hypnotherapy you intend to practice. It is a wide area of study. Most people aiming for certification in hypnotherapy begin by obtaining a bachelor's degree in one of those areas, such as psychology, nursing, social work, or whichever area in which they want to practice.

To become certified, you must complete 50 hours of classroom work, and 20 hours of supervised practical study. Once those requirements are completed, an application must be sent to and accepted by the Board of Hypnotherapists. You will also be required to obtain certification from other fields of study, such as social work or addiction counseling.

Is Hypnotherapy the Career for You?

Making the decision to become a Certified Hypnotherapist will change your life, and the lives of your clients. While the path to obtaining certification may seem daunting, if you've already begun an academic career in an area where hypnotherapy is utilized, there is nothing stopping you from gaining that certification.

In addition to benefiting you, your decision to become a certified hypnotherapist will also help to change the lives of your clients. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful method of treating a client without using medication or other invasive techniques.

Hypnotherapy is a natural healing method that utilizes the qualities that are already present in the client. If your goal is to help people move on from their past, or cope more effectively with their present, hypnotherapy could well be the career choice for you.


Published by Daphenee Plaisir