I often think that learning hypnosis is like learning to play the piano – more of an art as a craft or technique. Many children, in the UK at least, take up the piano, only a tiny percentage get though to the highest grade. Fewer still continue to play and use what they have learned. Fewer still make a living from it.

The hypnotherapy training I undertook was pretty demanding and the drop-out rate was high. That is to say, students would often complete a stage but then fail to progress to the next level. Only two of us in my first-stage group made it through to the final stage.

And some of those who make it to the end are quick to abandon the use of hypnosis or to relegate it to the level of a technique for occasional use – maybe when all else fails! This is a great shame – experience, or practice, is so important, so vital. I feel sure that many would-be hypnotherapists give up on hypnosis because they have not really understood it or have not gained the practice and experience to use it effectively. Read the rest of this entry »

I read an interesting article in the Independent recently written by Jeremy Laurance, the Independent’s Health Editor: “Cowboys” Hamper Use of Hypnotherapy. Full text of the article can be found here:

“Cowboy” is not a very happy choice of term in a profession in which over half of all practitioners are women. But the article made some very interesting points. Read the rest of this entry »

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