A lot of people have asked me, what’s the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist and there is a vast difference. A Hypnotist uses hypnosis for entertainment and fun. A hypnotist is not trained to administer therapy. They may do a short course of stop smoking or weight loss et cetera, but I really mean a short course! Which in my mind is insufficient to treat anybody.
Also there is a vast difference between what a hypnotist is insured for, a hypnotist will be insured for stage and entertainment purposes only. Whereas a hypnotherapist is insured for the administering of hypnosis and therapy.
I’ve never really liked hypnosis for entertainment – making someone stupid or do stupid things while getting strangers out of an audience to hyper- pretend in a hypnotic state does not take into account the persons vulnerabilities or sensibilities or mental state.
Hypnotherapists go through a lot of training, and I mean a lot of training and a lot of ongoing continuous training. A Hypnotherapist is covered by indemnity insurance, with extensive training in therapy, and is held to high standards and literally looks after you the client with a duty of care.
My training includes: Professional Clinical Hypnotherapy• Humanistic Psychotherapy• Gestalt Therapy• Neuro Linguistics (NLP)• Psychodrama Encounters• Human Sexuality• Breath Therapies• Psychopharmacology • Medical terminology• Clinical Supervision as well as First Aid.
Hypnotists don’t come under any jurisdiction or are governed by a body that oversees their work. There is a global trend for hypnotists to fly in and fly out of towns for say “stop smoking”, and may not be covered by indemnity insurance, or have adequate training to administer therapy under hypnosis.
A hypnotist is only trained in entertainment and fun, there are many street hypnotists, magician hypnotists, stage hypnotists, of all ages – you get my point. What they do is not illegal, but it’s buyer beware.
Before you sign up for therapy regardless of what the therapy is – ask these questions .
- What are your qualifications to do hypnosis and therapy?
- Are you covered by indemnity insurance?
- Do you belong to a professional recognized Association of hypnotherapists
- Are you bound by a strict code of ethics?
- Do you have ongoing supervision and training?
These seems simple enough, but many people do not understand the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist. Buyer beware is the old adage here.
More than just training to become a Hypnotherapist. Before I could even train as a hypnotherapist, (which took many years to complete to professional level). I was psychologically assessed as capable and sane to do so. In other words – safe to practice.
Hypnotists have no safeguards in this respect – anyone regardless of psychological hang-ups or mental states can be a street hypnotist. Now I am not implying that all hypnotists have Psychological problems that may affect their work. What I am implying is there is no safeguards in place to assess such a thing with street hypnotists.
That is why belonging to a professional association, covered by a code of ethics, having ongoing training and supervision, has becomes that check and balance that professionally trained hypnotherapists have – It keeps the client safe. A professional hypnotherapist has highly respected standing in the community.
Now you can get a stage hypnotist that’s a professional, but only professional in entertainment and fun, and that is okay – it is only when they diverge into therapy is where problems could eventuate. So, I hope this has answered your questions and puts things into perspective.
As a highly qualified and trained professional clinical hypnotherapist, I look forward to helping you with all that you need.