Hypnosis is not a skill that is merely for entertainment; it is actually very helpful in helping patients heal and recover from an injury or surgery. Furthermore, it is also useful in helping people stop their unhealthy habits, get over their fears, as well as manage the pain they are feeling. Like any other skill, learning the art of hypnosis doesn’t actually happen overnight; many would practice it for years to be considered competent enough. The process of learning can be very demanding but it can be learned through training.
Steps on How to Become a Hypnotist
- Research more about hypnosis. Look for online journals and articles in your local library. You will be able to see that several writers would describe what hypnosis and how it can be used in various ways. Note that, your decision to train and study hypnosis should not be based upon what you see on television and movies. Stage hypnotist usually chooses a person from the audience who are most suggestive; that is, someone who is somnambulists who easily go to deep trance on their first shot at hypnosis. However, most people are not like that; most of us require multiple sessions to achieve deep trances.
- Read or watch interviews with hypnotists that will help you determine the field of hypnosis you wish to specialize in. If you want to work in a hospital or clinic, you may specialize being a medical hypnotist which requires extensive knowledge and training. Meanwhile, if you want to be a stage hypnotist, you will need to get an agent and prepare yourself for a lot of traveling.
- Arrange a meeting with a hypnotist so that you will have a chance to ask questions. This will allow you to have an idea how the life of a hypnotist is. You may also read books about this.
- Look for a school that is credible to give you a certification as a hypnotist. Although there is no professional organization for hypnotist, you may want to check out requirements for training and the standards of becoming one. Check out schools in your area; if there are none, you may need to consider enrolling in online courses or temporarily moving closer to the school that offers such training.
- As soon as you’ve enrolled, practice what you’ve learned during and after your classes. During training, you will be taught about the different stages of hypnosis, interview methods, different tests, and other skills.