Hypnotherapy Courses Online or Something Else?

Hypnotherapy training isn’t all the same

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If you are thinking of becoming a hypnotherapist you need to think about the type of training you are going to go for. Don’t be fooled by the schools claiming advanced hypnotherapy training or advanced diploma in hypnotherapy. You need to look deeper at the trainers and what the do and the experience they have.

Distance learning (not to be confused with hypnotherapy courses online) can seem very attractive on the face of it with regards to price and convenience.

However learning the skills required to be an hypnotherapist by distance learning is like trying to learn how to ride a bike by using phone tuition. It simply does not work. I have never met a successful hypnotherapist who learnt by distance learning, although we have dealt with their failures.

However, nowadays technology can come to your rescue. Doing hypnotherapy courses online can offer a very close second to in-person training if, and its a big if, they are done as part of an in-person classroom course. When hypnotherapy courses online are done the right way, they can offer the same classroom interaction as well as real-time practical sessions

But if you have a real passion for the work; i.e. you really want to help the people out there with real issues like anxiety, IBS, low self confidence, social phobia, etc, etc, then you need to think carefully about the type of hypnotherapy training that you choose. So lets have a look at the different types.

Types of Hypnotherapy Training

Distance Learning

Pros: Cheap, convenient and easy
Cons: Low standards, no interaction, no guidance and no examples

Personally I think you might as well buy a book or two, read them, and start trading as a hypnotherapist. Learning to be a hypnotherapist by distance learning just does not stand up. If we just look at the hypnosis part to start with; how can you train someone in the vocal aspects of hypnosis unless you are in the room with them?  The tempo, tonality, volume and speed to name just a few are all critical to achieving a good hypnotic voice.

When I train new hypnotherapists they invariably speak to quickly, but by working together with a tutor they can be coached to take their time.  If a tutor is not present they cannot be taught properly.   When it comes to dealing with particular issues, without any interaction with the tutor and the rest of the class the learning is by definition sub-standard. Many of the good points and ideas we get come from discussions in the class, and this is something that just cannot happen at a distance. My advice would be to keep distance learning at a distance. It is simply not worth any amount of money, even a fiver.

Hypnotherapy training by DVD

Pros:Is visual and can give examples
Cons: Very rigid, no interaction and quality level varies

This type of hypnotherapy training course tends to cover very little material in any depth. The lack of interaction with the tutor does not make for a very good learning experience.  In fact I do not know of a single person that has taken this type of course that has qualified as an accredited hypnotherapist.

It is very difficult to see how this type of course can teach you to treat clients affectively. Quite frankly this type of course in my experience doesn’t train you up to hypnotherapy diploma level. They are normally just light weight courses with very little content.

Hypnotherapy diploma – 1 Year monthly weekend course

Pros:Plenty of time to absorb the knowledge needed, good structure
Cons:Extended period of time, Somethings continuity difficult to maintain for some students

Generally if the hypnotherapy training is accepted be the main hypnotherapy professional bodies then this type of hypnotherapy training is to be recommended with a few points that you should clarify:-

  1. Make Sure the trainers should be practising therapists. Often training courses are run by people that have just qualified and/or see very few, if any clients. I came across a case just yesterday where the training course website claimed that the trainer was a very experienced hypnotherapist, followed by a list of her qualifications and the various areas where she was a “self proclaimed expert”. With very little research I discovered that this lady had only been qualified a mere 2 years.
  2. Now with the best will in the world I fail to see how you can claim to be “very experienced” with just two years in the profession. I then discovered that she was not supervised and that in fact she did not see clients! Draw your own conclusions.
  3. Make sure the course has a high practical content. Students learn best when they are actually doing, rather than just reading about. For example, in our courses we demonstrate techniques which the students then go out and practise. We work with real clients in front of the class with little or no prior knowledge of the client. The students work with real clients during the course under close supervision.
  4. Make sure the course is run in an appropriate environment. Many courses are run from a hotel where all the students practise in the same room which makes for confusion and chaos during the practical. It’s important for the student to hone their delivery including timing, tone, timbre and volume of their hypnotic voice. It is very difficult for the lecturer to assist the student to do that when there is a lot of background noise. Furthermore, how can the student experience it the way a client would in that sort of environment? So ideally the course should be run where the students have use of breakout rooms where they can develop their skills effectively.

Hypnotherapy diploma – Intensive course

Pros:Fast, high knowledge absorption, confidence building
Cons:can interrupt work and home life

To my mind this has to be the best way to learn. The knowledge comes at you hard and fast. However, because all your knowledge is recent when something previously learned is referred to it’s normally fresh in your mind.

Of course, all the above proviso’s that I talked about in the weekend course still apply. However, if you have the time to do an intensive course (normally run Mon-Fri) then you can complete your training inside 8 weeks.  This means you can start practicing while your passion for the work is still on a high. The sooner you start the sooner you start to build your skills.

Can you learn hypnotherapy online?

Hypnotherapy courses online – intensive/weekend diploma

Pros:convenient, high knowledge absorption, confidence building
Cons:You have to be disciplined to spend the hours on a computer.

To my mind hypnotherapy courses online come a very close second to the in-person training. When you are doing hypnotherapy courses online the information is delivered in the same way as the in-person training.

You get the ability to work with the class and the trainers during the practicals. You have the ability to ask questions and learn from the other members of the class. You also get instant feedback and to learn from the experiences of the trainers that are doing the work in the field every day.

It is this that makes hypnotherapy courses online far more valuable than distance learning.

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Hypnotherapy training – Your choice

Basically you need to choose the hypnotherapy training that meets your needs and circumstances. But it is important that the training you choose gives you the skills you need to practise in a commercial world. Private practise is not easy but it is rewarding as you get to help hundreds of clients make changes that make a real impact on their life.

Paul Howard is a clinical hypnotherapist and trainer with approximately 30,000 client hours under his belt. With over 20 years experience he says he is still learning everyday with every client. He specialises in anxiety and psoriasis.

He works as a full-time hypnotherapist and trainer with the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy. They run weekend and intensive hypnotherapy training courses in-person and online based in Wallington, Surrey.

If you are looking for accredited hypnotherapy training all our courses are accepted by the major hypnotherapy professional bodies and then the CNHC. All of our clinical hypnotherapy courses, online or in-person, offer best hypnotherapy certification available.

6 thoughts on “Hypnotherapy Courses Online or Something Else?”

  1. Hi,
    I am recently retired and at the age of 52 would like a new profession. Hypnotherapy appeals to me and I think it would be a new venture into a field I could be really interested in. I am aware of a course in Manchester over 11 weekends, what courses do you do? Kind Regards, Bill

  2. Do you have an introduction day where I can decide the course suitability?
    I am 69 and after many years of yoga teaching wish to help friends and family who wish to make changes in their lives.

    • Hi Monty

      Hypnotherapy is very effective at helping people make changes in their lives. However the introduction course is just about how to hypnotise someone and it allows you to experience hypnosis.


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