Hypnotherapy itself is considered as a self-regulated profession and therefore there are no exact standards that are set by one specific governing body.  With that said, it is up to the opinion of each individual hypnosis practitioner or organization to decide what they mean by the terms “hypnosis” or “hypnotherapy.”  At the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy we have created our own basic understandings of these terms and they have transferred over to the International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists.


Hypnosis can be defined in many ways.  At the Institute we define it as a natural, yet altered state of mind, where communication and responsiveness with the subconscious mind is occurring.  In traditional models of hypnosis this usually involves the concept of inducing and deepening the altered state often known as trance.  We can therefore say that hypnosis in and of itself has nothing directly do to with being a hypnotist or a hypnotherapist.  The term hypnosis simply refers to a certain state of consciousness.


A hypnotist in our model is someone who learns the basics of inducing the hypnotic state and usually is limited in his or her scope of training to do relatively simple work usually involving the power of direct suggestion and often aided by scripts for specific conditions. Of course other organizations might define this term in other ways, yet for us it refers to someone who is not necessarily diving as deeply as they could into hypnosis training and a solid hypnotherapy education.


A solid education in Hypnotherapy would refer to being trained far beyond just the simple induction of trance and the use of pre-scripted suggestions. A Hypnotherapist is someone who is trained with true transformational modalities that provide deeper and much longer lasting change where the subconscious mind is engaged rather than just spoken to.


A Hypnotherapist, in our model, is someone who is ideally abiding by some of the highest standards in our profession because to use the term can be misleading to the public if we are not up to par with our more educated peers.  As Hypnotherapy has been acknowledged as a true occupation on the Federal level, then one of the highest standards in Hypnotherapy Training is to graduate from a school that is licensed by their respective State’s Department of Education to offer career diplomas as a Hypnotherapist.


The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy offers career diplomas as a Certified, Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist with 300, 400 and 500 hours of training respectively.  To graduate from a State-Licensed School with over 500 hours of training, in our opinion, makes you worthy of calling yourself a Hypnotherapist and of representing our profession in a way that you can be proud of.