Certified Hypnosis Therapist Career and Certification

Hypnosis therapists may earn certification through the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. Read on for information about typical duties of hypnotherapists, applications of hypnosis therapy and details about certification. Schools offering Complementary & Alternative Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Hypnosis therapists, or hypnotherapists, work with patients to treat a variety of mental, emotional and physical issues by tapping into the subconscious mind to change habits and behaviors. They accomplish this through a variety of techniques, including guided imagery, scripts, breathing techniques and visualization exercises. Once you finish your training, you can work in a private practice or as a consultant. Many hypnosis therapists also conduct group sessions and seminars and go on to become instructors for hypnosis organizations.

Certification Offered through professional hypnosis organizations such as the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE)
Courses Hypnotherapy, Handwriting Analysis, Clinical Applications, Hypnosis and Sports, Smoking Cessation, Transforming Resistance, Hypnotic Age Regression
Career Outlook (2014-2024) 17% growth for all health diagnosing and treating practitioners

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Does a Hypnosis Therapist Do?

As a hypnosis therapist, your sessions would center on relaxation so that your patients can reach a state of hypnosis. One of the goals of hypnotherapy is for patients to reach new stages of awareness, and your task would be to guide patients as they enter into an altered state of consciousness. Hypnotherapists come from a variety of educational backgrounds; many are licensed health care workers, clinical social workers, counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists.

What Is Hypnosis Used For?

According to the American Psychological Association, hypnotherapy is recognized by most mental health clinicians as an effective therapeutic model for healing (www.apa.org). This type of therapy has been used to treat:

  • Depression
  • Gastro-intestinal issues
  • Addictions
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Stress
  • Mood and anxiety disorders

Hypnosis can be applied as a supplement to wellness and weight loss programs, and can be used to improve confidence and body perception. It has also been used by athletes to improve athletic performance, promote relaxation and provide motivation.

How Do I Become Certified?

The profession of hypnosis therapy is not regulated or licensed, so the titles and certification of practitioners can vary greatly. Generally, certification is granted by national professional hypnosis organizations upon completion of a hypnotherapy program. Some organizations, including the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE), also require at least 200 hours of instruction and the completion of practical and skills examinations. Hypnosis therapist programs generally require 100-300 hours of study for completion.

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