How do you begin your study of hypnosis? Which courses lead to Hypnotherapist Certifications? How do you choose your hypnosis school?
The Most Commonly Asked Questions
1. Question: Where Do I begin?
Answer: You want to begin with Fundamentals of Hypnosis (the 25 hour course) or the professional course, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy (150 hour course for seeing clients). You can also begin with Intuitive Skills I (20 hours) to practice simple techniques to become more grounded and focused in your daily life and with clients.
2. Question: What course do most people take?
Answer: Most students enroll in Transpersonal Hypnotherapy (150 hours) to graduate as a Certified Hypnotherapist and open a professional practice.
3. Question: What courses can I take to become a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist?
Answer: After you complete Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, take another 150 hours to receive the Clinical Hypnotherapist Certification. You can take three 50 hour courses or combine courses for a total of 150 hours or more. For example, you can enroll in Medical Hypnotherapy (50 hours), Transpersonal NLP (50 hours), Intuitive Skills I: Tools for Life (20 hours), Intuitive Skills II: Tools for Inner Sight (20 hours) and Intuitive Skills for Relationships (20 hours) for a total of 160 hours to become a Clinical Hypnotherapist. (See Certification Courses)
More Questions & Answers About…
- “What is Hypnosis?”
- “What is Hypnotherapy”
- “How is Hypnotherapist defined?”
- “How is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) defined?”
- “How is Hypnotherapy legally recognized?”
- “What are the legal aspects of practicing hypnotherapy in my state?”
- “How is hypnotherapy different from psychotherapy?”
- “How is hypnotherapy different from meditation?”
- “How is Transpersonal Hypnotherapy different from traditional hypnosis?”
The Course Work
- “What is transpersonal about the training?”
- “What client issues will I learn to work with?”
- “Will I learn the nuts and bolts?”
- “Is working with smoking and weight issues boring and repetitive?”
- “Will I learn how to set up my hypnotherapy practice and attract clients?”
- “If I already have a professional practice, will I learn how to incorporate hypnotherapy?”
- “Can I apply what I learn if I don’t plan on making it my profession?”
- “Can I just start with self-hypnosis?”
- “What do I do if I am curious about becoming a hypnotherapist?”
- “What do I take if I want to become a professional hypnotherapist?”
Choosing a School
- “Why would I want to take a comprehensive THI Training when I can take a weekend class from another school?”
- “People are telling me I’ll be glad I took the THI Training. What makes such a difference?”
The THI Logo
“What is Hypnosis?” Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness in which we are open to suggestions. It is similar to “zoning out” while watching television or becoming absorbed in a novel. Our bodies are relaxed, our conscious “mind chatter” is quieted and our attention is free to examine and reprogram thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that no longer serve us.
“How is Hypnotherapist defined?” According to the Federal Dictionary of Occupational Titles published by the United States Department of Labor under Hypnotherapist 079.157.010 it is defined as follows: “Hypnotherapist induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior pattern through hypnosis. Consults with client to determine the nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subjects to determine degree of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state using techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client’s problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.”
“How is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) defined?” According to the State of Colorado, Department of Regulatory Agencies, it is defined as: “a detailed operational model of the processes involved in human behavior and communication. Although it is not itself a psychotherapy, NLP’s principles can be used to understand and make changes in any realm of human experience and activity. NLP, however, has been applied to therapeutic concerns, and the result is a powerful, rapid, and subtle technology for making extensive and lasting changes in human behavior and capacities. NLP deals with modifying and redesigning thinking patterns, promoting flexibility and forging new capacities and abilities.”
“How is Hypnotherapy legally recognized?” Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) is recognized as a legal stand-alone profession by the US Department of Labor. It is listed in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (079.157.010). The US Department of Education lists “Hypnotherapy-hypnotherapist” (9CIP 2000, 51.3603) under instructional programs. The Office of Administrative Law Judges Law Library lists “Hypnotherapist” as a “legal profession.”
“What are the legal aspects of practicing hypnotherapy in my state?” According to the International Hypnosis Federation (IHF) there are no known formal licensure or educational requirement for hypnotherapists. Indiana requires in-state training (check with Indiana Hypnotist Committee). New Jersey (1994 NJ Hypnosis Exemption Legislation) requires hypnotherapists to call themselves “hypno-counselors” or “hypnotists;” avoid the words “depression” and “insomnia;” have a doctor’s referral to work with “mental or health disorders;” freely offer smoking cessation, weight management, study skills, sports, creative activities. Colorado and Washington require unlicensed psychotherapists (hypnotherapists) to register with the State Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Mental Health Section. California (2003 CA Business & Professional Code) requires clients of non-licensed practitioners to sign a Complementary & Alternative Health Care form. Some cities require a business license. Students are encouraged to check with their state occupational licensing authority.
“How is hypnotherapy different from psychotherapy?” Psychologists and psychiatrists can work with mental disorders and hypnotherapists work with functional individuals who want to change behaviors and improve the quality of their lives.
“How is hypnotherapy different from meditation?” There are many styles of meditation, but the primary difference is the intent. Meditation is used to develop concentration, to focus, to be centered, to relax and to empty our minds. The purpose of traditional hypnotherapy is to reprogram the subconscious mind. The purpose of Transpoersonal Hypnotherapy is to de-program the subconscious mind to allow better access to the higher mind and the wisdom of intuition.
“How is Transpersonal Hypnotherapy different from traditional hypnosis?” In addition to reprogramming the subconscious mind with the client’s suggestions (which are given to the facilitating hypnotherapist during the session), Transpersonal Hypnotherapy goes beyond the personality to access intuition or inner wisdom. The goal is to increase awareness around personal and societal programming. With increased awareness comes the personal choice to keep or reject these programs. Once the choice is made to reject old programs, the undesirable patterns are de-programmed. This leads to the waking-up of spirit. As stated in “A Course in Miracles,” “What you think you are is a belief to be undone.”
The Course Work
“What is transpersonal about the training?” The term “transpersonal” comes from the Greek “trans,” which means beyond or through, and “persona,” which means mask. Transpersonal techniques make us aware of our spirit beyond our social conditioning, our masks.
“What client issues will I learn to work with?” Weight management, smoking cessation, phobias, habits, sports performance, stress, educational improvement, management skills, selling skills, emotional health, physical health, sexual health, grief and loss, relationship enhancement, personal growth and spiritual unfoldment.
“Is working with smoking and weight issues boring and repetitive?” No. But working solely with traditional hypnosis techniques can be. With Transpersonal Hypnotherapy you have tools to move beyond the basic techniques of direct suggestion and examining the root cause of a problem to the deeper spiritual motivating factors. This leads you on an exciting and transformative journey with your client.
“Will I learn how to set up my hypnotherapy practice and attract clients?” Yes. Sections of “Transpersonal Hypnotherapy” and all of “Marketing Your Hypnotherapy Practice” are dedicated to the success of your private practice. These courses provide coaching on marketing so that you can reach the personal and financial success you desire.
“If I already have a professional practice, will I learn how to incorporate hypnotherapy?” Yes. Professionals feel these techniques are the most valuable and effective tools you can add to your practice.
“Can I apply what I learn if I don’t plan on making it my profession?” Yes. By watching these DVDs you receive different perspectives on human behavior, better ways of communicating, techniques to relax with self hypnosis and more. You can apply these new awareness and skills in your personal and professional life.
“Can I just start with self-hypnosis?” Yes. Order some CDs under “Books, CDs, DVDs.” Pick the topic area that appeals to you and then begin listening in the comfort of your home. The music was written especially for these scripts.
“What do I do if I am curious about becoming a hypnotherapist?” Take the 25 hour course “Fundamentals of Hypnosis” (see Order Beginning Courses). These give you a great introduction to the classroom and live sessions.
“What do I take if I want to become a professional hypnotherapist?” Take Transpersonal Hypnotherapy (see Order Beginning Courses) (150 hours). This course includes not only the “Fundamentals Hypnosis” (and its hours) but also the in-depth study of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy. Take additional courses, according to your interest, to advance your certification level to Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (300 hours total).
“What body will certify me?” Your certificates of completion are issued by THI, an approved and regulated vocational school through the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools. Your professional certifications of Certified Hypnotist, Certified Hypnotherapist and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist are issued by the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and Hypnotherapy (ATPH), a professional association. (See Certifications Available)
“Can I transfer-in hours from another school?” If the school is state approved, THI will review its curriculum. Then, if given approval, it is possible to transfer-in credit hours towards a THI Certification.
Choosing a School
It simply serves you and your clients to be skilled in your art.
Many people who have hypnotherapy certifications from other schools transfer to THI. THI’s courses provide lectures which give you an in-depth intellectual understanding. The live demonstration sessions show you how to apply techniques practically. And the Transpersonal approach addresses the spirit of a client as well as the personality. This is all in the home study format, so you can study the techniques thoroughly and at your own pace. Your education makes a big difference in your ability to help others. It also effects your potential for professional success.
“Your trainings give me so much material and information! Unlike other courses I’ve taken, I feel spiritually recharged and nourished. Thank you for your intense commitment to providing top quality trainings.”
– Jan Hulme Shepard, Educational Design Consultant
“The training I’ve received from THI was far beyond my highest expectations. I researched many schools before choosing THI and have absolutely no doubt that this is the richest and most rewarding available. I take great joy in knowing my life, from this point on, will be a catalyst in healing others and thereby helping to heal the planet itself.”
– Joan Marlow, Professional Artist
“These courses are the best I have ever seen. As a CPA, I can see applying this information and the techniques to assist my clients in healing their money issues, creating their businesses more successfully, and having their finances be a satisfying part of their lives.”
– Gale Free, CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
“What is the THI Logo?”
It is the dharma wheel which was one of the many images given to the Buddha in his moment of enlightenment. It translates from the Sanskrit as “the way” or “the truth.” It is used as a mandala to focus on during meditation. When we unravel the illusion of who we are as separate, discrete, individuals, we can realize the truth of our oneness.
The eight lotus blossoms in the wheel represent the eight-fold path for attaining true knowledge of life’s meaning. It involves: 1. right views (or understanding); 2. right purpose (or aspiration); 3. right speech (speaking truth); 4. right conduct (or action); 5. right means of livelihood (or vocation); 6. right effort (sustained); 7. right awareness (mastery of mind); and 8. right concentration (or meditation).
“What are the school policies?” You can read the THI School Policies, the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and Hypnotherapy Policies and the Appointment Policies on-line at the end of the catalog.