Purpose and Mission
Hypnotherapy is an increasingly popular type of complementary medicine using hypnosis to help people implement positive change in their lives. Hypnosis is the practice of putting an individual into a deeply relaxed state.
A hypnotherapist works with people to help access the deeper parts of their minds. This can assist these individuals in dealing with a broad range of psychological and physical conditions ranging from quitting drugs, alcohol or nicotine to improving sleep. A hypnotherapy session typically involves a good bit of talking and rhythmic visual stimulation to reach a deeply-relaxed trance-like state.
Although some hypnotherapists are employees at larger clinics and hospitals, the large majority of these healthcare professionals are self-employed and run their own practice. Many self-employed hypnotherapists work on a contract basis at hospitals and clinics.
Direct employees may report to a mid-level administrator at his or her place of work, but self-employed hypnotherapists will not typically have a direct supervisor.
The supervisory responsibilities of hypnotherapists varies notably by individual and the nature f his/her job. Senior hypnotherapists working at a large clinic may have a good bit of supervisory responsibility, including training and evaluation, but a self-employed hypnotherapist with a small practice may have almost none.
There is no official regulation of hypnotherapists in Australia, and a wide variety of accredited and non-accredited training options are offered. An accredited hypnotherapy training course has been independently evaluated and found to meet comprehensive government and industry standards.
Completing an accredited training course in hypnosis or hypnotherapy can lead to a formal qualification such as a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy or an Advanced Diploma of Hypnosis. Accredited training courses can only be taken through Registered Training Organisation and requires a formal assessment of students undertaking training.
Responsibilities of a Hypnotherapist
The primary responsibility if a hypnotherapist is helping people with psychological and physical conditions including:
- panic attacks
- sleep issues
- lack of self-confidence
- stress-related physical conditions
- bad habits such as smoking or overeating.
- managing pain, and helping with childbirth.
Hypnotherapists induce a state of deep relaxation in their clients, and then make suggestions to their subconscious mind to change negative patterns of behaviour and thinking. Most clients require multiple hypnosis sessions for the treatment to be successful.
Daily tasks for a hypnotherapist include:
- setting up an initial consultations
- discussing medical and social history with clients
- analyzing the information received and recommending a course of treatment
- inducing a hypnotic trance
- making a series of positive, reinforcing suggestions or statements
- making notes during sessions and writing reports on client progress.
Some hypnotherapists are also trained in psychotherapy and other counselling techniques.
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