Before you put your trust in a hypnotherapist you need to be confident that the person you’ve chosen is appropriately trained and qualified. So how do you check a hypnotherapist’s qualifications?
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it may appear. In common with the majority of alternative and complementary therapies, there is no official regulation of hypnotherapy. Legally, anyone can set themselves up as a hypnotherapist after taking a short online course, reading a book, or even copying their own experience of therapy.
But that doesn’t mean you have to trust entirely to luck. While it is true that there is no official register of hypnotherapists, there are a several voluntary registers which you can read about here. The membership criteria for these varies, but they all have the general aim of improving training and professional practice among hypnotherapists. They lay down standards for initial training, continuous professional development and supervision that their members are required to abide by.
I am a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and am also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), a voluntary body set up by the government to ensure standards among complementary health practitioners. I believe this offers potential clients the reassurance they need.
However, I know some excellent therapists who are not registered with any external body. The important thing when considering using an unregistered therapist is to look at their qualifications and the training body that issued them. Although specialised techniques and approaches can be taught by distance learning, particularly now that the internet allows students to interact with their tutors and each other, initial practitioner training in hypnotherapy should, in my opinion, involve a high level of face to face tuition. I studied at Motivation Training in the Scottish Highlands but there are many other excellent training providers and you can easily check your potential therapist’s provider online.