What is the Difference Between Hypnotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy
For many people looking for hypnotherapy services, one cannot help to notice that there are many people who are advertising themselves as Clinical Hypnotherapists who practise Clinical Hypnotherapy. This may sound impressive and even kind of official, however, all hypnotherapy is clinical. Hypnotherapy is the clinical application of hypnosis, if one wants to use the term clinical it should be appended to hypnosis not hypnotherapy.
There is a trend with many hypnotherapists and that trend is to puff up what a person does professionally. The title hypnotherapist is an honourable title and it describes exactly what a person does. By adding the word clinical could be argued as a means of marketing rather than being a general descriptor of what one does. Ethical hypnotherapist undertake reasonable training for what they do. It is not appropriate for practitioners to imply through their title that they are somehow more qualified than other hypnotherapists.
If the hypnotherapy profession is to evolve it is time to have an adult discussion about levels of training, professional titles, and a common code of ethics across the profession. Unless the profession and professional societies are prepared to do this the hypnotherapy profession will continue to stagnate and never reach its full potential.