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What Is a Hypnotherapist

Hypnotherapy is guided hypnosis achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist. This trance-like state is like being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or you own thoughts or meditations.

As a therapeutic practice, hypnosis may be used within behavioural medicine, dentistry, traditional medicine and psychotherapy. Some of the practitioners who may use this type of modality include:
  • substance abuse counsellors,
  • marriage and family therapists,
  • psychiatric nurses,
  • psychiatrists,
  • social workers comprise.
To become a hypnotherapist, you need to become a fully qualified and recognised Clinical Hypnotherapist:
  • Recognised qualification from an accredited training provider from Australia or overseas
  • Membership to a relevant professional association in Australia.
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance

Steps to Become a Hypnotherapist

Step 1: Complete a Bachelor's Degree
Holding a Bachelor’s Degree will give you greater professional opportunities. A Bachelor's degree will provide you with a foundation for further training in this area.
Step 2: Obtain a Graduate Degree
It is also a good idea to obtain a master’s degree in the specific area of interest.
Step 3: Gain Clinical Experience
Furthering your career in the mental health and/or medical fields requires gaining solid clinical experience.
Step 4: Become Licensed or Certified
In Australia, the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA) is Australia’s largest independent national registration and industry body representing and promoting the interests of the Australian hypnotherapy sector, committed to achieving better options for all Australians. The Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association provides the endorsement of your hypnotherapy skills that clients are looking for.
The AHA represents only professional clinical hypnotherapists and fulfils many crucial roles within the framework of the hypnotherapy profession.
Step 5: Keep Certification or Licensure Current
It is necessary to meet continuing education requirements. This can include attention classes, seminars or sitting for an exam. Hypnotherapists who do not yet hold certification may want to consider this route.

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