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Choosing a hypnotherapy training course: 9 Reasons to Choose Online Live Training

Updated: Apr 9

Updated 9th April 2024.

Academy of the Inner Mind has been offering fully accredited hypnotherapy training online for the last four years. In March, 2020, I was in the middle of training a group of hypnotherapy students who were nearing the end of their training. The last time we met in person, rumours were circulating about Coronavirus. The following week, the UK was in lockdown and the course moved online. As a hypnotherapy training provider, who had worked in the same manner for many years, I panicked. Could people really learn how to be ethical, confident hypnotherapists with hypnotherapy training via zoom? The feedback surprised me. Not only did my students find their training continued to deliver: they preferred the online training format (not least because they didn't have to travel hundreds of miles in some cases!).




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Online Hypnotherapy Training Course

It's not just training which has changed. People want to access online therapy. They want to be able to find a hypnotherapist who specialises in their needs, no matter what part of the world they’re in. Four years on from the start of Covid, the world of hypnotherapy is never going to return to what it was. Yes, there will always be a place for face-to-face therapy, and an in-person hypnotherapy session remains a very special experience. But online therapy is booming and hypnotherapists who have trained online have greater confidence in working with their clients online, in addition to enjoying a face-to-face practice too, if they wish.


Over the past four years, I have built up an international client base, including celebrities throughout the world, who are attracted to my way of working and specialisms. One obvious benefit to this is that I can earn a living which would never have been possible if I’d remained a “local therapist”. But it’s given me so much more in terms of creative fulfilment and the ability to reach into the lives of those who need my support, no matter which continent they live on.


Covid was tough on us all and there are many things I really missed, including going on holiday, spending time with loved ones and going out for meals. But face-to-face teaching isn't something I miss as I find online teaching is so much better for my students and what matters to me is providing a great student experience. As a result, I've chosen not to return to face-to-face teaching in favour of online courses as it feels like a limiting, retrograde step.


After four years of online training, when it comes to choosing a hypnotherapy training course, here are 9 reasons why I feel that live zoom hypnotherapy training offers my students the best experience.

Confidence online

Even prior to Covid, there was an increasing demand for online therapy and my own practice had been moving that way. When you've trained and practised online, you're confident and skilled in doing so. If you haven't, there's a lot of catching up to do. There are particular approaches and techniques which favour online therapists and their clients and being confident in those helps you stand out from the crowd.


Quality teaching experience

The aspect of teaching online which was the biggest surprise for me was how good the teaching experience was. Much as I'd tried, in the past, to allow students to practice with each other in peace, it's very difficult to find a completely private space. It's also difficult for me to properly check in with every single practice group without causing a disturbance. My courses are extremely hands-on, and moving online improved the practical element considerably. Students practice in break-out rooms and I can observe unobtrusively.


Equitability

I've had would-be students in the past who would have loved to attend face-to-face courses but who have been unable due to mental or physical disabilities or chronic health problems. Online training opens the course up to people in a way which was inconceivable in the past.


Accessibility

My students come from some of the remotest parts of the UK, not to mention the world. I've had students who would never have been able to attend any hypnotherapy training, let alone mine. I lived in Shetland, one of the remotest parts of the British Isles for many years and know how important it is that people in rural areas have equal access to services such as a course which can completely transform their lives.


Cultural experience

One of the best parts of delivering training online has been teaching people from as far afield as Asia, Africa and America. It's been fascinating for myself and my students to learn about other people's cultures (not to mention rather nice seeing the sun in the background on a cold winter's day in the UK).


Choice of course

In the past, my students tended to choose a course based on one thing; proximity. You might love the look of a course in London, but if you're in Glasgow/ Rome, you're not realistically going to be able to attend. Now, people can do their research and choose a training provider and course which really suits their needs.


Student support

There's one thing that's going to make you a really great hypnotherapist, and that's practice. In the past, some students who lived near each other might make the effort to meet up, but they were often stopped in their tracks by bad weather, sick kids in the background, etc. Meeting online allows students to easily meet with each other and every new cohort of students creates their own support group where they share experiences and practice.


Environmental sustainability

In an earlier phase of my life, I worked for an environmental organisation. Fifteen years ago, we were talking about the need to change work practices and avoid unnecessary travel. Training via zoom is a small, but important, part of a shift towards practices which recognise the need to look after our environment. By making tiny changes, we can be a part of a far bigger sea change.


Comfort, relaxation and enjoyment

Getting on a busy train to Glasgow (particularly in the run up to Christmas!) and making my way through the city crowds to a training venue is something I've done many times. Was it fine? Yes. But sitting on my sofa, in a cosy room is just so much nicer. And I dare it is for every student who attends, too! I've noticed a far more relaxed, chilled out atmosphere where people can focus on learning and having fun, without worrying about driving home in the dark.


One of the concerns that some people might have had before embarking on online training was whether it would be socially as supportive and enjoyable as meeting face-to-face. What I've seen over the last few years is some close, supportive friendships develop between our hypnotherapy students, in exactly the same way as they do in real life. Some students have discovered that they live near enough to each other to meet for coffee now and then. Others have made the effort to travel to meet each other (both within the UK and abroad!). And I've continued to feel connected to my students over the years in exactly the same way as I did when I taught them face-to-face. I find it hard to see any drawbacks to online hypnotherapy training and am looking forward to this September's intake of hypnotherapy students!



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