What makes us different:
- Our training programme is not a brief or superficial hypnotherapy course nor a combination of “mind-therapy” methods that lack substantial clinical or research evidence.
- We call our training Advanced Hypnotherapy Training because it goes far beyond “relaxation and basic suggestion-giving” therapy, simplistic forms of “hypnoanalysis” or hypnosis combined with some basic elements of traditional psychotherapy systems such as cognitive-behaviour therapy, cognitive-analytical therapy, psychoanalysis, etc. The latter combinatory approach has been termed “hypno-psychotherapy” and while it has its own established place in the field of counselling and other “talk therapies” it does not constitute a comprehensive and integrated approach to hypnotherapy based on classical hypnotherapy and its modern developments. Hypnotherapy as a healing art in Western culture has a history of over 200 years, with a very broad and deep philosophical and practical basis, and gave rise to the field of psychotherapy which is an offshoot of Hypnotherapy. They are related disciplines but also substantially different and each requires its own comprehensive training for the practitioner to be effective.
- We do not offer certification for minimal training. Such dubious certification is only “recognised” by regulatory bodies with minimal standards of education.
- We do not use non-hypnotherapy methods to occupy the teaching time; as little as 50 hours or less of classroom training is often devoted to the hypnotherapy component of many courses in the UK. In some courses, introductory-level concepts from conventional psychotherapy training (psychoanalytic, CBT, etc) are used as the conceptual basis of the training programme or to fill out the hours of training so that the training is actually an abbreviated psychotherapy training that uses hypnosis as an adjunct to the psychotherapy approach rather than primarily hypnotherapy itself.
- HTI’s training programme is not a correspondence or online-only course. While personal study and online materials are valuable resources, these learning methods alone cannot provide an adequate training for professional clinical practice of in-depth hypnotherapy.
- Our training programme provides the student with methods far in advance of the “relaxation and script-reading” forms of hypnotherapy. This very commonly-taught form of hypnotherapy is more accurately described as a very elementary form of “suggestion” therapy. This does not incorporate the sophisticated procedures of analytical hypnotherapy and other methods
- We offer advanced analytical hypnotherapy, an approach which is far more comprehensive than older forms of hypnoanalysis which were overwhelmingly based on early psychoanalytical methods.
- HTI’s course content is not dominated by intellectual theoretical speculation but on the best-established theoretical principles, scientific evidence and highly practical methods of clinical practice, which have been shown to produce consistent results over a long period of time.
- This specialised course teaches clinical hypnosis independently from NLP, a system based primarily on interpretations of Milton Erickon’s clinical hypnotherapy, Fritz Perls’ Gestalt therapy and Virginia Satir’s psychotherapy. To become effective as a hypnotherapist requires a comprehensive training in hypnotherapy separately from the study of many different systems such as NLP, EFT, TFT, EMDR, etc. A comprehensive training in hypnotherapy equips a graduate to provide such adaptations individually for clients in the course of therapy, understanding their theoretical basis and practice techniques.
Courses teaching hypnotherapy in combination with different, though overlapping, systems can provide the student with a very inadequate training in hypnotherapy (and the other systems) resulting in a lack of mastery in basic skills as a practitioner.
Training programmes advertised as “clinical hypnotherapy” may offer “certification programmes” in which hypnotherapy is taught in a few days along with NLP or other systems. Graduates of such trainings find very quickly that the “jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none” approach to therapy has failed to provide them with a proper basis of knowledge and adequate skills to help clients with deep problems. These practitioners very often withdraw from practice from lack of success with clients, lack of fulfillment in their clinical work, a lack of referrals and an associated lack of financial success. It is not uncommon for individuals who have failed to establish a successful clinical practice to set up a hypnotherapy school offering training to become a “certified” hypnotherapist. This practice of proliferation of training courses by inadequately experienced therapists has been strongly criticised by experts in the mental therapies.