Is Hypnotherapy Safe for Me?


​Part 4: How do I know if hypnotherapy is really safe?  What would I need to know about hypnotherapy safety?

The answer is with the right hypnotherapist, yes!   The key is selecting a well-trained hypnotherapist who is more than just a hypnotist.

There is a common saying I learned during my training which is "It takes 30 minutes to learn the basics of hypnosis and a lifetime to master it."

Safety first comes from researching the training,  skill level and experience level of the hypnotherapist.

There are different levels of certification available in hypnotherapy.  Level 1 is Certified Hypnotherapist, Level 2 is Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Level Three is Transpersonal Hypnotherapist.  I talk about these different training levels and what they include in the next articles, Levels of Hypnotherapy Certification.

In this section I will be focused on Certified Hypnotherapist.  Questions you might consider asking include:

  • What school was attended, and is the school state certified?

Different states have different laws.  Hypnotherapists are not licensed, however, a school can be licensed.  So it becomes important to know if the hypnotherapist was trained by a state licensed school, which would follow very specific guidelines including the extent of program content, safety, and best practices.

  • How many hours of training did the hypnotherapist receive to be awarded a certification.

Each school varies.  The last I checked the minimum requirement for Certified Hypnotherapist was 200 hours.  I was required to complete 300 hours of training.

  • Was the training done in-person, online, or a combination of both?

This question helps you identify the amount of practical experience the hypnotherapist received in their training.  There is much "content" that can be learned on-line, however supervised, hands-on practice is essential for learning.  

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  • What other relative training has the hypnotherapist taken?  When was the last time they tool relative training?

There are other topics of study that a hypnotherapist can add to their knowledge base, which adds to their over skillset.  Asking questions about what else the hypnotherapist has studied can give you a sense of their overarching experience and skills.  A hypnotherapist actively practicing hypnotherapy will want to routinely pursue latest available techniques and skills.  Basically keeping up with the times.

  • Does the Hypnotherapist belong to any Professional Associations?

Hypnotherapists have the opportunity to associate with different professional organizations.  Those organizations provide on-going training opportunities and many require a certain amount of credit hours of training for each calendar years.  

I am currently Certified by iACT, International Association of Counselors and Therapists, and ACHE, American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.  I am also Certified in NLP as a Neurolinguistic Practitioner.

  • How much practical experience does the hypnotherapist have and what is their current success rate?

I saved this question to last as this would be the order in which to consider these points.  The truth is I had my beginnings as well.  I started out at one point too, everyone needs a start.  When I started, I actually offered free services to my first 25 clients in exchange for experience.  Truthfully, the school I attended was 500 hours of training, so by the time I did set up my office, I was truly ready. 

In the next section, I answer questions about the different types of Hypnotherapy Certification and what they mean to you.