Hypnotherapists take a lot of ribbing, from colleagues as well as the clients they serve. “Are you going to make me cluck like a chicken?” “That’s just a bunch of hocus-pocus.” “I saw something like that at a bowling banquet. How can it possibly be therapeutic?”

These are just some of the questions and statements that misapprehensions about hypnotherapy can inspire. Therapists who use hypnotherapy know that it is an extremely powerful tool that can help their clients recover from and manage trauma, shock, anxiety, and even physical pain.

Therapists who are considering certification in hypnotherapy might be concerned that delving into this modality might taint their reputations, or at least color them with a crayon that says “not really clinical or serious.” In fact, hypnotherapy is an extremely efficacious mode of delivering support, relief, and healing to clients.

What hypnotherapy is, and is not

The main distinction between hypnotherapy and talk therapies is the state of mind of the client. In hypnotherapy, the client is encouraged to relax and enter a light trance state, so that communication between the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind can easily communicate. This way, memories, sensations, and emotions can come forward so the client can work with them. In talk therapy, the client’s ability and willingness to retrieve memories or feelings from the past is more difficult to facilitate.

Age regression, emotional release, reframing, and corrective experiences allow the client to find healing through hypnotherapy. Inhibitions, fears of letting go, and embarrassment easily dissipate when the client enters the safe container of the hypnotherapy session. These are the essential components that define what hypnotherapy is. But, before you can present this to your clients, you will also want to know what hypnotherapy is not:

●     Hypnotherapy is not stage hypnosis. It is a gentle, caring way of offering therapy while the client is in a relaxed state.

●     Hypnotherapy doesn’t cause anyone to lose control. Hypnotherapy gives the client the dignity of expressing repressed emotions so that it becomes possible to stop past trauma from influencing present situations.

●     Hypnotherapy doesn’t cause people to forget. Rather, hypnotherapy assists clients in their efforts to remember incidents that might have affected them. They do not relive the memories, but they do recall them so that they can identify the emotions they brought up, and how they might affect the present and future.

●     Hypnotherapy isn’t a way of “fooling” anyone. The best candidates for successful hypnotherapy sessions are aware, alert, and curious about the messages they might bring up from the subconscious part of the mind. The hypnotherapy client will remember everything that happens in the session, and use it to help them modify their attitudes and behaviors in healthy, more productive ways.

How hypnotherapy empowers therapists and clients

Becoming a hypnotherapist is a step toward greater empowerment for both therapists and clients. Therapists are able to help clients get in touch with the issues they need to work on, and clients realize they have the power to change the way they think and behave, simply by recognizing old ideas and behaviors, and reframing them into more appropriate ways of thinking and living.

With hypnotherapy, therapists can expand their capacity to serve more clients, and facilitate the progress of their clients’ therapeutic processes. Hypnotherapy, while not necessarily considered as “scientific” in many ways, is an effective and evidence-based way of treating clients and their issues. This article from the NIH National Library of Medicine shows several examples of evidence-based studies based on hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy is a highly reliable, incisive, helpful, and life-changing modality that assists millions of people every year. When you become a hypnotherapist, look beyond the stigma to see the opportunities expanding your worldview and your skills can bring. You may begin to get referrals from colleagues who want their clients to experience hypnotherapy. By offering age regression, you’ll be able to attract clients who are looking for insight into their being, help with managing the effects of trauma, and a greater meaning for their lives, among other things.

What’s more, getting trained and certified in hypnotherapy is rather easy, especially when you study with The Wellness Institute! Our Six Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification Program will prepare you to understand

●     the distinctions between hypnosis and hypnotherapy

●     NLP techniques

●     evaluation and administration of techniques, including trance management

●     how to address issues such as codependency, addiction, sexual abuse, eating disorders, and more

●     how to conduct hypnotherapy sessions through hand-on experience


All classes are taught online by live teachers who are there to guide you along your journey toward becoming a hypnotherapist. Once you complete the training, certification is earned through administering practice sessions and submitting your results to the Institute.

The Six Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification Program is the best way to start your career as a hypnotherapist, and experience your own healing in the process. Further exploration and learning can be obtained through our advanced training programs, with include:

●     The Advanced Internship

●     Personal Transformation Leadership Intensive Leadership

●     Mentorship

●     Topical Seminars for Advanced Studies


For those who would like to explore hypnosis, a less intensive program, Introduction to Hypnosis, is available.

Shatter the stigma of hypnotherapy by learning it for yourself, and seeing how powerful it can be. Share it with your clients, and the results will speak for themselves.