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Is a Career in Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis right for me?

A hypnotherapist and hypnotist are skilled and trained professionals who, by inducing a trance-like state, help people use their subconscious mind to change behavioral patterns or ways of thinking. This may help people overcome fear and phobias, severe stress, grief, anger management, self-esteem issues, weight loss, and weight management, relationship problems, and more.

If you are already in the field of mental health or are interested in changing people’s lives, hypnosis may be a great tool to add to your career.

Great hypnotists and hypnotherapists tend to be empathic and creative individuals who are intuitive, sensitive, articulate, and expressive. If this sounds like you, hypnotherapy may just be your calling.

What is the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist?

Although hypnosis and hypnotherapy are often used interchangeably, they are not the same. Hypnosis is a state of mind, also known as the “trance-like state”, while hypnotherapy is the name of the therapeutic approach in which hypnosis is used. As for the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist, the answer is that it all depends. A hypnotist who is not a licensed therapist can not diagnose or treat any disorder. Differing laws in each US state govern the titles that can or cannot be used by professionals. Over time, laws have become stricter, which is why the National Guild of Hypnotists encourages its non-licensed members to use the title “hypnotist.”

You don’t need qualifications or experience to become a hypnotherapist or hypnotist. Everything you need to get fully certified is gained upon completion of your chosen hypnosis course. Many wellness practitioners, coaches, and medical professionals use hypnosis as an effective change method in their existing practice. Some combine hypnosis with other modalities while others solely focus on the practice itself. A lot can be done through hypnosis as a standalone modality.

What can hypnosis do for my clients?

Hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind. Hypnosis can also encourage the body to activate its natural relaxation response through the use of a phrase or nonverbal cue, slowing breathing, lowering blood pressure, and instilling an overall sense of well-being. This can help patients who experience excessive worry or fears.

Hypnosis can also help with:

  • Reducing pain associated with surgery

  • Reducing chronic pain

  • Helping identify underlying causes to fears and phobias

  • Helping individuals overcome insomnia or sleepwalking

  • Improving symptoms of IBS and other digestive maladies

  • Replacing the habit of drinking or smoking with one that is beneficial

How can hypnosis be used as a therapeutic tool in my existing practice?

Hypnosis can be integrated into traditional therapies in many ways. It can be used to build positive expectations, amplify and work with emotion-laden memories, instill better-coping skills and a positive-response-set to stressful situations, and increase self-efficacy and confidence. Many therapists use hypnosis to help clients move through difficult topics like trauma and addictions.

Hypnosis also pairs extremely well with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

A 1995 study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology published a groundbreaking meta-analysis, comparing CBT treatment without hypnosis to identical treatment with hypnosis…

The evidence was compiled from 18 case studies covering therapy issues ranging from obesity and hypertension to insomnia and public speaking anxiety.

It showed that “the average client receiving cognitive behavioral hypnotherapy benefited more than at least 70% of clients receiving the same treatment without hypnosis.

The Language of the Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind is your brain’s hard wiring or your “master program.” It is where all of your emotions, instinctual thoughts, beliefs, memories, and trauma points are stored. The subconscious mind is subjective. It does not think or reason independently, yet it is always listening and responding to the conscious mind in a way that fits its programming. To change behavioral responses and unfavorable beliefs, we must learn to speak the language of the subconscious mind. Hypnosis is, after all, the use of language to reprogram thoughts and behaviors.

Make Long-Lasting, Permanent Changes for Your Clients

Well-executed and well-structured hypnosis sessions bring about a change that can last for a lifetime. Depending on how open the client is to get in a hypnotic state, it takes on average four to eight sessions of hypnosis to experience the benefits.

It’s important to remember that hypnosis is a process of unlearning and re-learning. It encourages people to learn and accept things that they are normally not able to. Strong suggestions can stick with the client forever, allowing for deep healing and helping the client to move forward with a new, positive and optimistic outlook on life.

Running a Professional Practice

Building rapport and trust are extremely important in hypnosis. As a therapist or coach, you may have an advantage as you have already built trusting relationships with your patients and clients. If you are just starting out, finding a course that teaches you everything you need to know from the first client meeting to setting proper expectations, record keeping, basic business tools, and more is important to ensure that your practice is successful as quickly as possible

Learn More About My Class

My next Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Certification class will take place in Miami, FL from February 16, 2022, to February 22, 2022, 9 AM-6 PM. I will be teaching you direct and indirect hypnosis techniques, kinesthetic anchors, basic Neuro-Linguistic tools, In-life and past life regression methods, and so much more.


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