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How to Become a Hypnotist

Movies, television and other popular culture might portray hypnotist as some sort of "mad scientists," making people do things that they wouldn't normally do, or becoming something that is against their nature. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Hypnotherapy is recognized form of holistic healing in which hypnotists, or people who are specially trained in the practice, can help people overcome traumatic events, remember things they could not place before, or it can be used for positive behavior modification. For example, it can help people lose weight or quit addictions such as smoking. 

Hypnotists help their clients become very relaxed and they put their clients in a state of such deep relaxation that the conscious mind lets go and the subconscious mind takes over. Once in this deep state of relaxation, hypnotists can make suggestions that put the client's mind, body and spirit at one with another. 

How to Become a Hypnotist While Working Full Time 
The first step is to find a school that is certified by the American Council of Hypnotic Examiners. This is a certification agency that has been around for over 35 years and helps the industry maintain professionalism and integrity. To be certified with the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, you must have at least 200 of instruction. To become a certified hypnotherapist through that certification organization, you must have at least 300 hours of instruction. The school should also be recognized by your state's board of education. 

The next step is learning what kinds of hours your school will allow you to study to become a hypnotherapist. You may have the need to stay at your full-time job while studying; therefore, you might decide to take a weekend and evening program.  

How to Become a Hypnotherapist by Taking Online Courses
According to some reports, about 70 percent of schools that teach hypnosis offer online classes, making learning hypnosis even more convenient. However, just because you are taking online courses, this doesn't mean that your school still shouldn't be certified by the American Council of Hypnotic Examiners. Whether your program is on campus or online, the certification and recognition by the State Board of Education should be the same. Your requirements to become a certified hypnotherapist will be the same as well. 

Once you become a hypnotherapist, you should join organizations and get involved with communities of hypnotherapists to help you stay on top of what's happening in the industry. Subscribe to trade journals, as well as scientific research data on the industry to help you continue your education past your schooling. It might also benefit you to take some continuing education classes to stay on top of the game.