It can be confusing when you want to solve your problem by the use of hypnosis. Hypnotists use a wide number of different titles. Some of these titles are basically the same, while other imply a difference in the form of treatment you will receive. This article will help you distinguish between some of the titles that hypnotists use.
Classical hypnotists: A hypnotist that practises “classical hypnosis” you will be put into a trance and thereafter offered hypnotic suggestions, that should change the behaviour you want to get rid of. Let’s imagine you want to use hypnosis to stop smoking you could receive suggestions like this: “From now on you are free of cigarets”, “You no longer crave cigarets, as you are a non-smoker”, “You are fine with being a non-smoker”, “Cigarets taste awful”. For some people this works great, for others it’s only a short term effect and some people experience no effect. I once hypnotized a family member to stop smoking by classical hypnosis. He reported that cigarets tasted more awful than ever, but in a matter of days, he overcame the awful taste and started to smoke again.
Hypnotherapists: I don’t know who originally thought of this title, but it’s a title that covers hypnotists who use therapeutic techniques along with direct suggestion. This is by no means techniques that are validated by science, but some that are a experienced by hypnotists of having a lot greater effect than merely direct suggestion. The “therapist” part of the word can confuse clients to think that these hypnotists use some kind of conventional therapy, even though it’s not the case. For that reason the National Guild of Hypnotists promotes a new title called: Consulting Hypnotists.
It’s these to forms of hypnosis you should know the difference of, when you are seeking a hypnotist. Often the hypnotists calls themselves both hypnotist and hypnotherapist, or simply one of them, even though they use both techniques. As hypnotic regression can be seen as somewhat of a therapeutic intervention, that may bring some merit to the “therapist” part of the title, since some people could have a belief that hypnotists doesn’t use therapeutic interventions (whatever that might be). If you would like to work with your problem using classical hypnosis – and thereby not hypnotherapy, you should tell that to the hypnotist you choose to contact.
It’s impossible to say anything about the competencies any given hypnotist may have, because the education in hypnosis is not regulated by any official body. It should however be noted that there are a lot of fields where it’s hard to distinguish the effective people from the not so effective. There is a great difference between psychologists and doctors as well other forms of alternative therapy. The main difference is that a psychologist who does something unethical can lose his license to practise as a psychologist. As there is no official body to regulate hypnosis, a hypnotist cannot lose any license to practise as a hypnotists. You could ask why this is so, and the answer would be that there exists a lot of misunderstandings about hypnosis, since its effectiveness in treatment is very hard to test against normal scientific principles. This doesn’t mean that the state of hypnosis cannot be tested. There exists several scientific studies of hypnosis that validate the trance state and hypnosis ability to induce altered states of mind.
Since the practise of hypnosis is not regulated by an official body, the field of hypnosis has regulated itself through certification. Many trainers have their own certification programmes and thereby allowing their students to call themselves certified hypnotists when they have completed the course. There is also some large organsations that provide certifications, where the largest worldwide organisation is National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). If you choose a hypnotists who is a member of NGH in good standing, you are safe to know that the hypnotist has never voilated the ethical code of NGH. The organisation also demands that its members educate themselves further to be able to renew the membership.
So the primary rule for finding a hypnotist is checking wether the one you have found is a member of NGH in good standing. After having checked this, you should try to determine wether the chemistry between you and the hypnotist is good. Call the hypnotist and talk to him/her about your problem and use your intuition to determine wether this is someone you would like to help you.
– By having these things in mind, you can start your search for a certified hypnotist/hypnotherapist to help you.