Hypnotherapist or Hypnotist? What is the difference?

People often ask what the difference is between a Hypnotherapist and a Hypnotist.

The definition of a Hypnotherapist was written by Dr. John Kappas, founder of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, in 1973. The definition can be found in the Federal Dictionary of Occupational Titles;

A Hypnotherapist;
"Induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior patterns: Consults with client to determine nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic state by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subject to determine degree of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client, using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client's problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning."

 A Hypnotist;
Is often defined as, an individual that induces a state of hypnosis for entertainment purposes.

However, some memberships and organizations provide the status of Hypnotist to a member that may have just started their training in Hypnotherapy and are acquiring hours to become a fully Certified Hypnotherapist.

It is important to find a qualified Certified Hypnotherapist when seeking out help in this area. This is a profession that is not regulated by the government and virtually anyone can label themselves as a Hypnotherapist. For your own peace of mind, it is up to you to look into the individual’s education and certifications prior to receiving Hypnotherapy services. Do not assume that every Hypnotherapist has received the same quality of education.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your Certified Hypnotherapist should be eager to share their education and certifications with you. Many will present you with a Biography prior to or at the very beginning of your first session.

Remember that Hypnotherapy is an incredible healing modality and that it is your responsibility to make sure that you receive services from qualified individuals!