As in choosing any health care professional, care should be exercised in selecting a hypnotherapist. Hypnosis and the use of hypnotic therapies are not regulated in most states, and hypnotherapists are, in most cases, not state licensed.
Lay hypnotists are people who are trained in hypnosis but lack medical, psychological, dental or other professional health care training. A lay hypnotist may be certified and claim to have received 200 or more hours of training, but licensed health care professionals typically have seven to nine years of university coursework, plus additional supervised training in internship and residency programs.
Their hypnosis training is in addition to their social work, medical, psychological, or dental training. Careful questioning can help you avoid a lay hypnotist who may engage in fraudulent or unethical practices. Please note a C.ht is not a NY State approved professional license.
Ask if the person is licensed (not certified) in their field by the state. If they are not legitimately licensed, they probably lack the education required for licensure. Find out what their degree is in. If it is in hypnosis or hypnotherapy, rather than a state-recognized health care profession, the person is a lay hypnotist.
Check for membership in the American Psychotherapy Association, as well as membership in NYSEPH (New York Milton H. Erickson Society For Psychotherapy and Hypnosis), the American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Contact a state or local licensing component section to see if the person is reputable.
If you have doubts about their qualifications, keep looking.