Before you learn to be a hypnotherapist, it’s obviously important that you choose to undertake your hypnotherapy certification with the best hypnotherapy training company that you can find/afford. There are many different hypnotherapy trainers and companies out there offering a variety of different training solutions, but many of the so-called “hypnotherapy trainers” that are running courses in the UK aren’t actually much good… In fact, some of them are downright terrible!
We don’t want you to end up shelling out for sub-par hypnotherapy training, because you deserve the best. Even if you do your research and end up training with another course provider, so long as they’re GOOD that’s all that truly matters, because as hypnotherapists ourselves, we don’t want poorly trained hypnotherapists out there giving the rest of us a bad name!
So here are 4 awesome tips on how to choose the very best hypnotherapy training course, so that you can become a truly professional, capable hypnotherapist:
Don’t sign up to the first course you see…
Rule 1: Shop around! Shopping around means that you probably shouldn’t sign up to the very first course that you stumble upon. The most common way to find a hypnotherapy course would be… Google!
As a rule, the “organic” entries featured at the top of Google (or on the first page), have been around for a while, or they have plenty of referring links. That said, just because a hypnotherapy trainer is on page 1 of Google, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are a good hypnotherapy trainer… It just means they’re more easily searchable.
PLEASE ignore the adverts at the top of Google. Lots of companies pay to be at the top of Google because they can’t get there naturally (which means they either have a bad website or low interest – usually for good reason), so I always advise people to beware the ads at the top of Google searches.
If you see a little box that says “Ad” next to a Google entry, this means the company has paid to put their business in front of you:
Unfortunately, most ads won’t be as overt as our example there.
Another way to find courses would be to check out hypnotherapy related forums and groups on Facebook. People are only too willing to share their own learning experiences with you…
Once you’ve done some research and found some courses, you can then compare the differences. The main differences being:
That last one is important, because you need to find out what you’re actually going to learn (in detail) otherwise, there’s not much point doing the comparison!
There’s a time and place for “cheap”
Unfortunately, there are many people out there trying to make a money by teaching hypnotherapy. Many low-level trainers manage to fill up their terrible courses by drastically undercutting those trainers & companies that do actually teach hypnotherapy properly and effectively. So you might want to take that “half-price diploma” with a pinch of salt…
Yes, we all like to save money, so by all means buy the cheap ketchup instead of Heinz, but when it comes down to hypnotherapy training, you tend to get what you pay for, and if you pay peanuts, your trainer will probably be a monkey!
(but also…just because something is really expensive doesn’t necessarily make it good either…)
Reviews & testimonials are important!
Testimonials are useful when you’re buying something from websites where companies cannot delete their negative reviews (i.e. Amazon), but when you’re looking on a company’s website, it might not be so straight forward. You must remember, companies are in charge of their own websites, so if they get negative reviews, they probably won’t put them up on their website…
When looking for true feedback, you should focus on taking a closer look at the reviews and testimonials that these hypnotherapy trainers have featured on their own websites… Student testimonials will usually be in 2 formats, text or video.
Obviously, video is great, because you get to see that it’s a real person leaving the review, just like this review of our NGH Hypnotherapy course:
When it comes to “written reviews,” a dishonest hypnotherapy trainer/training school could easily forge a bunch of fake reviews from imaginary students. Unfortunately, yes, it does happen (but luckily you can often tell).
How to spot a fake review:
Generally fake reviews are all written in exactly the same way (using very similar words/language on every review).
It’s a good idea to try typing a “reviewers” name into Google, do they exist? (most people exist on Google these days – so if you get no “hits” then it could be a fake).
If reviews have no names included at all (or just first names), that’s generally a bad sign, and to a lesser extent if reviews do not have pictures – the more proof you can get that reviewers are REAL, the better.
Some hypnotherapy training websites (including our own) post student pictures/names/jobs alongside their reviews, so that you can see that the reviews given are genuine, and if you were to Google the reviewers, you’d probably be able to find them:
Check out our full hypnotherapy training testimonials, just to get an idea:
Oh, and needless to say, if you come across a company that has no reviews, get out of there, quick!
Ensure that your qualification is REAL…
You can complete a hypnotherapy course, get “certified” and you might even get a “membership” to some organisation, which sounds great on the face of it, but you must be aware that some “hypnotherapy trainers” will make all of this stuff up…the certificate, the qualification and even the associated organisation! Seriously – I’ve come across some companies who’ve made their own fake “regulating organisations” to give the illusion of quality/security/whatever, when in fact it’s all a scam …but sadly, a completely legal scam.
Ask your prospective hypnotherapy training companies whether their qualification meets the requirements of any hypnotherapy regulators or training/accrediting bodies, and if it doesn’t, find a new hypnotherapy trainer. If they DO give you the name of some company/body, be sure to check it out online to see if it’s a respected, long-standing organisation (if you’re not sure, you can always ask around on forums whether it’s reputable).
Really, the bare minimum you should be checking is whether the course meets (or exceeds) the hypnotherapy core curriculum, if a course has this (and they can prove it), it’s generally a good sign.
There are a select few highly ranking national and international organisations that top quality hypnotherapy training companies will be linked to, and you will usually see the logos on their websites. As a rule, these organisations require their trainers to meet the hypnotherapy core curriculum (as previously mentioned) or their own mandatory curriculum. Here are the top 3:
The National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
The NGH are one of the oldest hypnotherapy bodies in the world, with members across the UK, USA, and in more than 25 countries. The NGH has trainers all over the world, and continues to offer some of the most comprehensive hypnotherapy training available.
The GHSC are comprised of representatives from both professional hypnotherapy organisations & training schools. Their job is to oversee the criteria for the accreditation of hypnotherapy training courses and the ongoing requirements for registration of practitioners within the General Hypnotherapy Register.
British Institute of Hypnotherapy & NLP (BIH)
The BIH was established in 1984. It’s primary aim is to offer information for the public, who are searching for help with health and well-being issues and looking for a suitable practitioner to help them. And also to run and monitor a register of hypnotherapy practitioners, who are qualified, insured, competent and ethical.
There are other organisations, but these are 3 of the most prominent and well respected in the UK, and when you study with a hypnotherapy training company, I would personally advise you to seek out one that is registered with at least one of these organisations, for your own peace of mind.
Now it’s time to act…
Hopefully this post has been of some help to you, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us personally.
Whether you train with us at HypnoTC: The Hypnotherapy Training Company or somewhere completely different, what’s important is that you are trained well, and that you leave the course knowing what you’re doing. The more well-trained hypnotherapists there are, the better the public opinion of hypnotherapy will become!
Best of luck on your journey towards becoming a qualified hypnotherapist, be shrewd in your decisions, make sure you know the facts, and know that you’re getting the best training before you book, because let’s face it…you deserve it!
– written by Rory Z Fulcher