It sounds appealing to earn a certification in hypnotherapy where one could call him- or herself a “Master Hypnotherapist,” yet what does it take to become a master in any field? This brief article is dedicated to informing those interested in the field of hypnotherapy just what the term “Master Hypnotherapist” means and why we, as professionals, need to consider the use of this credential very carefully. Read more here…
Becoming a Master
It has been said that it takes ten years of consistent practice to become a master of anything. However, many hypnotherapy trainings throughout the years have offered the title of “Master Hypnotherapist” after only about 200 hours of hypnosis training. Mastery is something that takes many years to achieve and cannot be done in a matter of weeks or months. First, we need to acquire the knowledge, theories, and skillsets of our profession, then we need many years of practice to comprehend, apply, and synthesize our learnings.
How do I become a “Master Hypnotherapist?”
At the Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy, we no longer offer the credential of Master Hypnotherapist for the reasons stated above. We have instead termed a comparable 200-hour training as “Advanced Hypnotism” so as not to mislead prospective students, and so as not to mislead the public. Therefore, when considering an education in hypnosis, it is important to truly consider how good we could feel about ourselves putting up a “Master” credential after only a few months of training. After seeing 20 clients per week for over 10 years, then the practitioner might consider the title, yet most people with such experience would still tend to shy away from the word.
What does true mastery take in the field of hypnosis certification?
We would first suggest that one’s training begins with a solid, state-licensed education with at least 300 hours (and preferably 500 hours or more), where one’s certifications are also legitimate diplomas backed by the Department of Education. One’s initial dedication to studying and practicing the learned materials is crucial. Both online and in-house training are extremely helpful. After graduation, we encourage practitioners to help as many people as possible to better the world and to continue to refine skills, understanding and confidence. We recommend logging hours, and after 10,000 hours of hypnotherapy, then only the practitioner him- or herself can determine if mastery has been achieved or not.
To learn more about getting hypnosis training that covers 300, 400 and 500 hours of education, visit: https://www.instituteofhypnotherapy.com/courses/