Now for some real facts:
It's important that you understand and know that there are absolutely NO educational requirements, on the California "State" level (or any other state in the U.S.), to call yourself a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Unfortunately most practicing Hypnotherapist have extremely little, if any formal education. Try not to be fooled by the fact that someone is a member of a Professional Hypnotherapy organization.
Lots of Hypnotherapists will try to impress you, by telling you that these organizations have strict requirements, but most hypnotherapy organizations never even ask the "so called" Hypnotherapist for proof of education, and their idea of education is frankly...limited. All they have to do is mail the organization their membership fee, and they're in.
Claudia has been in private practice for many years, With that being said, Claudia would caution you about being automatically impressed by the number of years someone has been practicing as a Hypnotherapist, as this is in no way an indication of their education or real skills.
Keep in mind that anyone can open up a HYPNOTHERAPY SCHOOL... even YOU! There are hundreds of HYPNOTHERAPY SCHOOLS in the United States, and ONLY two are actually "Federally" approved as such. To be "State" approved, you just send the perspective State a check ($) and maybe a photocopy of a certificate of achievement from a so called "State" approved school. Of course exams are required of every Hypnotherapy School, BUT remember that the "State" has no requirements, so they are not very difficult, on the contrary, they are very easy.
Also be aware that often the actual owners of hypnotherapyschools, have very little formal education themselves, but they are members of all kinds of organizations to try and impress you.
Opening a Hypnotherapy School is an easy and great way for a person who is not financially making it in their own private practice, to make a lot of money off unsuspecting, innocent people. Even you yourself could open up a Hypnotherapy School in a one room office, your home or even your garage!
Use caution when listening to the media about Hypnosis or even articles about certain hypnotherapists, most media stories are just that ....stories. 98% of all United States Hypnotherapists are taught a "SUGGESTIVE" technique, because it is the easiest to learn, it's also one of the least effective. It's a percentage game, when a Hypnotherapist is using a "suggestive" technique.
Your least knowledgeable about hypnotherapy will be your Dentist, Doctor, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Marriage & Family Counselor, Social Worker etc. They are all wonderful people, BUT their real education and extensive training is actually in those fields, NOT in hypnotherapy.
Most Hypnotherapist have at most one solid week's worth of education (40 hours), a weekend seminar, or a hypnosis class in college (which is the same thing as a weekend seminar, it's just an hour at a time). Look for Hypnotherapists who are graduates of a Federally Approved school (The federal Gov. demands extremely strict requirements from that school and it takes at least 3 years of intense scrutiny before that school is even considered for such approval).
The Federal Government is NOT easy to impress, and most hypnotherapy schools won't go through the high expense, stress and hardship of the approval process, because most owners themselves are not "Federally" approved, and they can make lots of money without having to go through all of that.
Often European trained Hypnotherapist are some of the best. Their training is usually much more detailed and difficult. Look for someone who has at least two years of the type of education and training Claudia advises you look for in your community, on top of any general education they might have, and at least one full year's worth of supervised externship training under a federally approved hypnotherapist.
Keeping this in mind that professional hypnotherapist should have most of their certificates and/or diplomas hanging on their office walls for everyone to see.
This is not to say that there are not a few really talented "Suggestive" hypnotherapist out there in the United States. Keep in mind that a lot of the uneducated hypnotherapist count on those people who are so suggestible, that practically anyone could just say, "boo" to them and it would work.
Claudia realizes that this is not comforting information, but she feels strongly that honesty is the best policy, and that it's wrong to take advantage of those who are seriously vulnerable and in desperate need of real help.
Of course there are going to be those hypnotherapist that disagree with this information, but talanted and successful ones won't be among them.
Claudia cares deeply for each and every single one of her clients, and takes their individual growth, success and care very seriously. This is the only reason she has included this particular page on her website, in order to try and prevent innocent, unsuspecting people from being taken advantage of.