Choosing a Hypnotherapy & NLP Training Course

Choosing a Hypnotherapy training CourseFinding and choosing a hypnosis training course can be very confusing. As a Practice Supervisor of newly qualified and experienced hypnotherapists, I have increasingly become frustrated and concerned by the quality of training that offered to people who wish to join the profession. Frustrated because in some instances potentially talented therapists cease to practice because they are ill equipped to work with clients outside the “bubble of the training room” where all “clients (fellow students)” are fully compliant. I am concerned because the poor quality of training has a detrimental impact on all of us who seek to deliver a competent professional service which focuses on the needs of the client.

Common issues are:

The importance of the Client Intake Questionnaire has been poorly explained or merely skipped over. Consequently therapist struggle to get a proper grasp of the problem they will have to deal with the client.

There is too much emphasis on “suggestion therapy” i.e. the therapist creates hypnosis and uses a script to “embed” suggestions for the client’s subconscious to follow. I feel that this is tantamount to building your house on sand i.e. when the water comes the house falls down!

 Therapists are taught too few approaches to inducing hypnosis which limits their understanding and has an adverse impact on their knowledge and beliefs regarding hypnosis. E.g. the obsession that you need deep hypnosis or that you need absolute quiet for hypnosis to be generated etc.

Therapists are taught that stage hypnosis is the “bogie man.” The profession is happy to benefit from the higher profile it gives hypnosis but it appears to consistently ignore the vital skills for therapists that are found in stage hypnosis e.g. suggestibility tests

 The pre-occupation with teaching Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques. Whilst these techniques can have a profound impact for some clients, there are many clients for whom it is not the best approach. Often they will need regression therapy during which the emotional hurt stored in the subconscious mind will need to be explored and deactivated so that the client is free of the negative emotions or behaviour.

Students are not taught approaches to negotiate with a person’s subconscious mind e.g. ideomotor responses, parts work etc

 There is insufficient emphasis on the nature of different kinds of problems that clients can present with. Consequently there is a misguided over emphasis on such areas as “improving confidence,” becoming more assertive etc. Training needs to cover the specific issues that can arise in a wide variety of conditions.

Students and potential clients need to be looking for therapists who are very clear about their expertise and offer a wide variety of interventions which include a broad range of the following:

Ericksonian hypnosis
Elman approaches to hypnosis
Regression or Hypnoanalysis 
Suggestion therapy
Ideo motor work
Conversational hypnosis

 All too often client focus is on the cost of the therapist rather than the skills they possess. Students looking for courses all too often focus of the name of the trainer and/or the size of the marketing budget. It is critical that both groups talk to the potential therapist or trainer and go with the one that appears to be most in tune with their needs.

 Next course starts Friday 3 October 2014.