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The Essential Guide for Hypnotherapy Clients and Becoming a Hypnotherapist in New Zealand

Top 10 Tips
for Choosing a Hypnotherapy Course in New Zealand

by Grant Boddington
  1. Understand the Difference between "Hypnotist" & "Hypnotherapist"
  2. Styles of Hypnotherapy
  3. Chat With Your Tutor Before Signing Up
  4. Test the Communications Before Signing Up
  5. Confirm the Reputation of Your Tutor/Course
  6. Understand the Course Content
  7. Qualifications Offered
  8. Financial Considerations
  9. Legal Considerations
  10. Ask the Questions and Listen to the Answers

If you intend to practice as a Hypnotherapist in New Zealand, I strongly suggest that you choose a homegrown  NZ course that teaches a style to match New Zealanders' unique expectations and attitudes.

There are many factors that may influence your decision of which of the many NZ Hypnotherapy courses and tutors is right for you.  You'll probably already have some idea as to why you want to learn Hypnotherapy and to what level.  Maybe it's as a personal life-skill; to complement an existing natural therapy business; or to practice solely as a professional Hypnotherapist. 

Whatever your reason, there is probably one or more Hypnotherapy courses to suit your needs - EG: C
ertificate, Higher Certificate, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma. With some training establishments you can start with a gentle home-study course to test the waters.  You can even begin a career in Hypnotherapy with the better ones - as long as it's a properly structured Homestudy Course with support, examinations and a certificate on completion. 

Or, a Classroom Course may be more your style and is certainly a popular option - especially if you're already certain about learning Hypnotherapy and have a good budget.  Whatever your thoughts, I trust that my following personal views and opinions may assist you in your choice of a appropriately structured course and effective, personable tutor.

Tip #1

Understand the Difference between "Hypnotist" & "Hypnotherapist"
All Hypnotherapists are Hypnotists, but not all Hypnotists are Hypnotherapists! 
A Hypnotist hypnotises people - whereas a Hypnotherapist has learned how to use the state of Hypnosis in conjunction with a range of therapeutic techniques.  Also, Hypnosis is not Hypnotherapy!  Hypnosis is simply a state of trance  - whereas Hypnotherapy is the combination of that state with various therapeutic techniques.
Caution: The internet abounds with short courses teaching you "How to Hypnotize". And yes, doing that can be very simple, but it won't turn you into a Hypnotherapist.  To learn Hypnotherapy takes a much more comprehensive course that should ideally be presented & supported by a highly experienced Hypnotherapist!
Tip #2
Styles of Hypnotherapy

Are you learning an "authoritarian" style or a "permissive" style? 
People of different cultures respond very differently to the two styles of Hypnotherapy/Hypnotherapist.  Most NZ clients prefer the permissive approach from their Hypnotherapist.  Kiwis may not respond so well to an authoritarian approach, learned from an overseas style of Hypnotherapy from an overseas trainer!
Caution: If you intend to practice as a Hypnotherapist in New Zealand, then having a local tutor teach you a locally acceptable style of Hypnotherapy can be much more rewarding for you and your clients.
Tip #3
Chat With Your Tutor Before Signing Up

Who exactly is your tutor? Firstly and most importantly, I suggest very strongly that you call and talk in person with your potential tutor to make sure he/she is experienced, knowledgeable and personable.  You'll be potentially working with, and be associated with, your tutor for many years after your course, so choose one with a genuine passion for openly sharing and passing on his/her knowledge and support.  Your tutor should be prepared to become your mentor, your colleague (and probably your friend) for life, so it makes good sense to be of similar mindset, motivation and personality. 

Caution: Some courses use several different trainers from the person who originally created the course.  So make absolutely certain that the tutor you chat with is the same person who will actually be fronting the class for the majority of the lessons! 
Tip #4
Test the Communications Before Signing Up

Do the course providers answer their emails, phonecalls & messages? Two-way communications pre and post course are vitally important, so make absolutely certain that you can contact the tutor at any reasonable time - by a variety of methods.  I highly recommend calling and talking with your potential tutor. If you have a question, or require support, you need to know your tutor is readily available and willing to assist.  They should provide you with at least their business phone & mobile phone numbers; their constantly monitored email address and their physical & postal addresses. 
Caution: Be wary of trainers with only anonymous contact details; (EG: Just a mobile phone and a PO Box).  Also, if emailing, remember to check your email spam traps for replies too. Many legitimate emails find their way to this folder by mistake.
Tip #5
Confirm the Reputation of Your Tutor/Course

What do others think of this person & their training? Popular, well established training courses and tutors will have plenty of recent testimonials, comments & reviews readily available, so please read them!  Remember that a good number of recent positive testimonials probably means many happy students.  Capitalise on the experiences and reports of those recent past students. 
Is your chosen tutor an integral part of mainstream Hypnotherapy in New Zealand? A Registered Hypnotherapist, a member of one (or more) of the reputable NZ Hypnotherapy Groups/Associations?  Ask your potential tutor how many years he/she has been both practicing and teaching Hypnotherapy in New Zealand? 
Caution: Like any other business, Hypnotherapy training companies can change ownership. So check that the experience and the testimonials cited are for the current owner/tutor of the specific course that you're considering.  
Tip #6
Understand the Course Content

What does the course involve? Was all of the detailed information about the course easy to find and understand; or did you have to go hunting high and low for prices, dates, course content, etc?  If a trainer is open and forthcoming about what is taught, when, where, and for what price, before the course; then he/she will probably be equally as sharing and supportive during and after the course.

There are two common and effective styles of Hypnotherapy: Suggestive and Analytical.  And within those two styles there are also peculiarities of treatment structure more or less suited to different therapists and clients' issues. Ideally, Suggestive Hypnotherapy techniques should be learned, experienced and mastered separately - before progressing on to the more complicated and advanced Analytical Hypnotherapy styles.   
Caution 1: If a course advertises a certain number of hours of training; check exactly how much of that is face-to-face time with the tutor (either in a classroom or as an online meeting) and how much is expected extra study or assignment time!  Also, find out how much of the course content is not Hypnotherapy (EG: NLP) but cited as part of the Hypnotherapy course.

Caution 2: New Zealanders respond better to a very specific style of Hypnotherapy. Many of the overseas  courses and/or trainers may teach a style that fits perfectly for clients in the USA or UK, but which could be totally unsuitable for NZ clients. So, if you plan to begin a practice in NZ, I strongly suggest that you chose a course designed and taught by Kiwis for Kiwis!
Tip #7
Qualifications Offered

Is their qualification recognised? Each individual trainer in NZ awards either their own independent qualification, or maybe one from an overseas organisation.  This should be awarded immediately on completion and passing of the course examination(s).  If it's not clearly advertised, ask what the standard time for assessing your examination might be and how soon afterwards you'll receive your qualification Certificate or Diploma from them.

Most trainers offer a range of their own different qualifications. Some refer to them as "Certificates" - EG: Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Higher Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy; while some prefer to call them "Diplomas" - EG: Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Diploma in Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy. Be sure to research what content is covered in each course and that it is appropriate to your current knowledge/experience level in Hypnotherapy.
Caution 1: Avoid the temptation of trying to run before you can walk!  Most people should ideally start with the more cost effective basic courses before they can fully understand and appreciate the more advanced techniques of the usually more expensive training. Trying a more cost effective option is like testing the waters of Hypnotherapy - to see if it's right for you - and that you're right for it!

Caution 2: Please also be aware that there is no NZQA qualification for Hypnotherapy in New Zealand!  So while a training establishment might advertise NZQA accreditation, no-one can offer an NZQA Qualification in Hypnotherapy - because there quite simply is not one! 

Tip #8
Financial Considerations

How much does the course cost? Make certain you pay a fair price for your Hypnotherapy education.  After all, it's a safe natural therapy and should be easily within the reach of anyone who chooses to learn it.   The course pricing (including GST if applicable) should be clearly advertised by the trainer and be realistically structured for a natural therapy.  Ask about any application fee or deposit; or any other expenses such as buying certain publications in order to complete the course. 
Caution 1:  Make sure that a classroom course has a clear and confirmed date and venue before paying any money!  Fees for classroom courses can be many thousands of dollars.  If you do choose a "high cost" classroom course, look for a clear (in writing) course fee refund or transfer policy.  Also, it pays to check what happens if the course is postponed or transferred to a different venue or city, because you may have to meet extra travel and accommodation costs if it's held in a different location from that which you originally signed up for!
Tip #9
Legal Considerations

What are your rights & obligations? Hypnotherapy in NZ is relatively free and unregulated; reflecting its fine safety and effectiveness record as a natural therapy.  So therefore, there is little need for specific governmental legislation or control in NZ.  You must of course run your Hypnotherapy practice in conjunction with the general laws of the land, including: Occupational Safety & Health; Inland Revenue; The Fair Trading Act; The Commerce Commission; The Health & Disability Commissioner; etc.
Caution: When you enrol for a course, be careful about signing away any future rights to practice as a Hypnotherapist. Some trainers may require you to do this!  You might have to complete a certain part of, or even all of, their course and pass their examination processes before practicing professionally - or even before you hypnotise anyone at all, for any reason!  
Tip #10
Ask the Questions and Listen to the Answers
Will you make a good Hypnotherapist?  Start out by using the basic interview skills of an effective Hypnotherapist with each of the course providers you are considering. Prepare a short list of the questions that you require answers for and note down the answers.
Caution: Be sure to insist on either a face to face meeting, a telephone call, or a video chat with the actual person who is offering the training rather than an email response that could be from anyone!

Final Thoughts

Hypnotherapy is a wonderfully simple and effective natural therapy, that is easily learned and practiced within reasonable time and money parameters.  So please check carefully that the courses that you're investigating can offer you the results that you are seeking, within the time and money boundaries that you're comfortable with.

Most importantly: Please call the trainer of any course you're considering and discuss details of the training with him/her before committing to any course.

Any questions?  Contact me (Grant Boddington) for a chat.

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