There is no question that Clinical Hypnotherapy is one of the fastest growing therapeutic modalities in North America. In the pursuit of alternative mental health therapy, more and more health care professionals are recognizing the overwhelming positive results of thousands of peer reviewed studies demonstrating the effectiveness of Clinical Hypnotherapy. But the challenge of the lack of regulation and in turn, lack of standardization and consistency in training continues to be a roadblock in furthering the recognition of our modality in Canada. Professionally recognized, standardized training does exist, but far too often, unaware students choose the convenience of online hypnotherapy training or the allure of shorter-term hypnosis training. Some even fall for aggressive marketing strategies, buying into expensive training offered by a mass marketed, professionally branded hypnosis training unrecognized by health care professionals with dated methods and unsubstantiated results.
The truth is, without the extensive training required to not only practice Clinical Hypnotherapy but to build a successful practice (no marketing required), many newly certified hypnotherapists fail in their efforts to achieve their goals of quitting their day jobs and fulfilling their passions and dreams of being a fulltime therapist. Too many “certified” hypnotherapists find themselves under qualified and in over their heads when faced with real clients presenting with real issues. Unfortunately, these otherwise gifted and talented therapists lacking the skills they need continue with a few clients a month until they become disillusioned and eventually quit, discouraged by their lack of training, support and mentoring that can only be achieved through a registering association.
And what about the clients? Clients who often as a last resort seek hypnotherapy for help when every other attempt has failed, only to find themselves in the office of a well intentioned yet ill trained hypnotherapist who lacks the necessary skills to help them, often using dated techniques and protocols that re-traumatize rather than de-traumatize. Some clients may find relief for a few weeks or a few months but when it becomes apparent “it didn’t work” the client may blame the hypnotherapist, sometimes they’ll blame the modality, but a heartbreaking number blame themselves.
If you are endeavouring to build a full-time practice or even add Clinical Hypnotherapy training to your existing private practice, then it’s important to understand how crucial it is to invest your time and tuition into a program that is standardized by a professionally recognized, accrediting body and in turn taught by an experienced and successful Clinical Hypnotherapist.
There is strength in numbers. If you are considering a career in Clinical Hypnotherapy, please consider training with us and registering with ARCH Canada. The training provided by us and accredited through ARCH Canada is current and encompasses Root Cause Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy, Neuro-Rewiring Therapy, as well as Skilled Helper training and the business skills needed to build a thriving practice.
Together we can maintain the standards of practice and elevate the recognition of our therapeutic modality and hopefully increase accessibility to those whose lives could be greatly enhanced by experiencing it.