FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Accreditation and how do I
I sometimes get asked who gives
accreditation to Hypnotherapists? Is it the
Government or individual organisations? Is accreditation
recognised by a country's government and is accreditation necessary to
open a practice?
Let me say outright that the word
'Accreditation' is a powerful word used by most con merchants trying to
sell their courses at ridiculously high fees ( One guy in London
recently was charging UK£5000.00 for a 12-day course. He
claimed to have been in practice for twenty years. I found out
later he had only qualified a few months earlier, and there are plenty
like him advertising on the internet).
every Hypnotherapy (and N.L.P.) training organisation, claims to be an
'official' Accreditation Body
and some even claim that they have sole right from the Government to give Accreditation to
graduates (but only if you attend their courses).
Don't fall for it!
They are after your money and have
nothing but self-interest at heart. Of course, there are also
genuine training organisations, but they do not try to convince you that you
can only open a prractice if you train with them, and nobody else.
This equally applies to the many 'quango' Associations, Guilds and
'Governing Bodies' - money and, one of the three most powerful
motivational instincts in your Unconscious Mind, power. (The other
two are self-preservation and sex). Writers, Newspapers and anyone
advertising know that putting together these three will always 'iinfluence'
there is no such thing as Accreditation for Hypnotherapists.
All Hypnotherapists in the U.K. practices under Common Law and that means, in
effect, anyone can call themselves a Hypnotherapist. There is no
controlling body sanctioned by the Government. To date, the
Government have only asked the world of Hypnotherapy, to self-govern
themselves. The result of which is that organisation have sprung
up all over the country claiming to have Government approval. THAT
I was at the very first meeting of
Hypnotherapy organisations, held in the U.K. being held at a London College
circa 1990, when many Hypnotherapy training schools were represented.
It was a pantomime of self-interest and the organisers, sitting on a
platform at the front, were torn apart
by some of the representatives and their self-interest exposed. I swore I would never
go to another such meeting and leave it up to the Government to set
something up. To date they have not. If you don't
believe me, write to your local Member of Parliament and ask him for
clarification, it will only take you a few minutes and a postage stamp.
Something else you should be aware of. Some Hypnotherapy
training organisations run their courses in Universities of Colleges,
especially in London. They give the impression that their courses are
endorsed and approved by the Universities and Colleges. Again,
don't fall for that. Anyone, yes anyone, can hire rooms for teaching
purposes in Universities and many Colleges. You can even hire bedrooms
(dorms) when they in recess. Personally, I even hired a room to
teach a course at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, but used them
only once as I felt such a fake.
So the bottom line is that if you
want to practice in the U.K., there is nothing to stop you and no need
to waste your money joining the many 'dubious' organisations.
Your diploma and free Association membership on graduation is all you
other than the U.K. there are various regulations, but
generally there is none. It is almost always left to local
authorities to make bylaws governing the practice of Clinical
Hypnotherapy. In the U.S.A. there are some
States who have strict regulations, but there are also many who do not.
My advice is that if you are in
doubt, and live in a country other than the U.K., phone a local Hypnotherapist and ask about Government
recognition and always contact your local Government Representative or
Congressman etc. and ask for clarification.
The College has been around for
years and we give you accreditation. In the past
14 years when the course has been available online, not one single
feedback has been received saying accreditation was a problem or could
not be resolved.
To the best of my knowledge,
in the U.S.A. there are no
restrictions in the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska,
North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont,
Virginia, and Wisconsin. (I am thankful to Steve Jones, a very
trusted Hypnotherapy Training provider, for this information).
What are the advantages of Distance Learning?
You can study in your own time at
your own pace - take
as long as you wish up to one full year. After one year from
joining, it is at the College's discretion if and when you take the
As there is no live training, how
do we practice?
I advise all students to use friends
and relatives to practice on . This is often much better
than live training in a classroom as in a classroom, students are often
'too kind' and not honest in their critiques. However, with friends and
family you almost always get honest individual feedback and, of course,
you are also helping your friends and family members with their
individual problems (the most common being helping to stop smoking or lose
weight - either one worth the cost of the course)..
I also invite all students to send me recordings of their
inductions etc. for an honest critique from myself. This is easily
done through a computer and email. Just make a recording of a
session through your computer/laptop microphone, and send it to me as an
Why no videos showing techniques
Most videos teach you other people's
methods and styles, including my own. I don't always think
that is a good thing. I remember after graduating and suddenly
realising when inducing hypnosis with my clients that I was standing
with arms folded and supporting my chin. I was
shocked when I realised I was mimicking my course tutor. I
was also mimicking his voice - I have a Geordie accent and I am sure you
don't want to talk like me:-) Although I had the greatest respect for him, I had promised myself that
I would be much better than him and mimicking his body language and
only hold me back.
Everybody is an individual and must
develop their own individual style. That's what makes a
great Clinical Hypnotherapist and separates him or her from the many
Hypnotherapists who just carry on in the same way they left their
When I ran live courses, I would
shock my students by telling them at the very beginning of the courses, that, "I did not want them to become
as good as me."
I would then tell them that, "I wanted them to be
much better than me and only that would make me feel proud of them and
happy I had done a good job." I
think that alone encouraged most of my students to become leading
Who will recognise the Diploma awarded?
The first question I need to ask to
answer this question is, who do you want to recognise the diploma, an
organisation or clients? The second question is what is the
benefits you are looking for by having the diploma recognised?
Personally I believe that It is your
skills and knowledge that are important not pieces of paper.
However I understand that you may want to join an organisation to give
your qualifications credibility and to give your clients confidence in
There are literally hundreds of
organisations worldwide offering membership and support to Clinical
Hypnotherapists. Some of them ask for ridiculous, fees to join
them and to add their membership to your qualifications. Some
are well established and genuine and others, far too many I'm afraid,
are just out to get your money and give little in return.
I have had too many sad experiences
with some of the U.K. organisations and swore never to join another one,
unless it becomes absolutely necessary. The College was at
one time a registered Hypnotherapy School with The American Board of
Hypnotherapy and myself a registered trainer with them. The Governing
Body changed and overnight my memberships were rescinded because my
course did not include hands-on training. I believe they
have again changed their minds and I could apply again, but 'once
bitten, twice shy' and I shall not be doing so.
So if you want recognition by an
external organisation, there are many that will accept you for membership
after graduating. All you need do is look for one and be VERY
careful you are joining the right one.
If you want recognition by your
clients, and that is perfectly understandable, display your diploma in
your waiting room, or in your consultation room, being sure a client can
see it and read it without embarrassment. Be sure to display
your Membership Certificates also and most importantly, you Public
Liability Insurance Certificate. With those on display, your
clients will feel reassured that you are a bona fide qualified Clinical
Incidentally, you will have no
problems getting insurance after completing my Distance Learning
clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma Course.
I have never had a graduate report back to me that they could not find
an Insurance company that would accept them. I also provide the
name of a reasonably priced company that accepts my graduates. (I
recommend them because they are good and am not connected to them
financially in any way).
Is there support given during the
course and after graduation?
You should be surprised to learn that
regardless of the price you pay, you get all the support you require
from me personally, both during the course and after you have completed
it. All it takes to get support is an email (my web
sites all have contact details - I don't hide behind the Internet
complexities) and I will give you the benefit of my experience and give
you advice and guidance. But let me say that my course
is so comprehensive, it is not often that anyone needs clarification or help,
with the course itself, but I do get occasional requests for help from graduates,
sometimes as much as 10 years later, when they feel they have nowhere
else to turn for advice with a difficult problem. I answer ALL emails received.