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7 Top Tips for Choosing a Hypnotherapy Course

There are many factors that may influence your decision of which Hypnotherapy course and tutor 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 a course to suit your needs.  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 properly structured course and effective tutor.

Tip #1
Chat With Your Tutor Before Signing Up

Who exactly is your tutor? Firstly and most importantly, I suggest very strongly that you 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: 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 #2
Test the Communications Before Signing Up

Do they 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.  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 #3
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: Make sure that the testimonials are for the current tutor of the specific course that you are investigating.
Tip #4
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.  Ideally, Suggestive Hypnotherapy techniques should be learned, experienced and mastered separately - before progressing on to the more complicated Analytical Hypnotherapy styles.   
Caution: 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 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.
Tip # 5
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).  Remember to 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.
Caution: Please also be aware that there is no NZQA qualification for Hypnotherapy in New Zealand.  So while a training establishment may advertise NZQA accreditation, no-one can offer an NZQA Qualification in Hypnotherapy - because there quite simply is not one! 
Tip # 6
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:  Fees range from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars.  If you do choose a "high value" 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 # 7
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!  
Final Word
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 you're comfortable with. Most importantly, please call the trainer and discuss details of the training with him/her befor committing to any course.

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