FAQ from Professionals

This section is to answer some of the frequently asked questions received by the Board and all attempts are made to give as clear an answer in as unbiased way as possible. In some instances, you will find
a link which enquirers are referred to.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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I have found several organisations, associations or societies representing hypnotherapy as a profession in New Zealand. Is there a structure for hypnotherapy in New Zealand?  What does each organisation do, and why is there a need for so many?

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I only practice hypnotherapy part time. I completed the full training in all areas to operate as a hypnotherapist. Why do I need to register?

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I have just moved into NZ or I am planning to move to NZ. How do I become registered so that I can confidently practice in New Zealand as a registered hypnotherapist?

* I am practising as a hypnotherapist. How do I go about getting insurance cover for my professional practice?

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I already have my name on a few directories and registers of hypnotherapists. I am getting sufficient clients for my practice business. I do not see the need to be on the NZHRB website register. I have been operating for years without being registered, why should I consider registering now?

* Do I need to join a professional organisation? What are the benefits?

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ANSWERS

Q:- I have found several organisations, associations or societies representing hypnotherapy as a profession in New Zealand. Is there a structure for hypnotherapy in New Zealand? What does each organisation do? Why is there a need for so many?

A:- The Board recognises the confusion that may arise especially if they come across several professional hypnotherapy associations.

The New Zealand Hypnotherapy Federation Inc. is currently organising a format that can clearly outline its role as the umbrella organisation for hypnotherapy.

The explanation that follows may help address this on the interim. If you require further clarification, please Contact Us directly with your queries.

With the evolution and development of hypnotherapy, arising from the different needs based on professional practices, strategic demographic placements, geographical influences and training backgrounds, the Board recognises that each association was set up with the best interests of its members. Each may have a specific focus or foundation in its operation e.g. psychoanalytical tools, technical focus, spiritual inclination or academic drive.

The New Zealand Hypnotherapy Federation Inc (NZHF) was established in 1994 as the umbrella organisation to maintain closer ties within the different groups of dedicated and committed hypnotherapists in New Zealand, no matter what their foundational focus. The NZHF membership began with the four main hypnotherapy associations as its member organisations.

The four different organisations that arose out of this structure were:

  1. International Hypnotherapy Practitioners Society Inc. (IHPS)
  2. New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists Inc. (NZAPH)
  3. New Zealand Society of Clinical Applied Hypnosis Inc. (NZSCAH)
  4. Psychoanalysis and Hypnotherapy Institute of New Zealand Inc (PHINZ) – formerly the Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Institute of New Zealand Inc.

Note: Organisations above are listed in alphabetical order.

All the above organisations, as listed above, and the main hypnotherapy training schools at that time were included as members of the New Zealand Hypnotherapy Federation Inc (NZHF) and therefore members of each organisation were eligible to be members of the Federation.

The New Zealand Hypnotherapists Registration Board Inc (NZHRB) was set up at this time with the focus of being an independent registration board for all hypnotherapists trained in New Zealand or abroad, wanting to practice as professional hypnotherapists in New Zealand.

To ensure that the profession could become and maintain a strong self-regulated profession for the long-term future, the New Zealand Hypnotherapists Registration Board Inc (NZHRB) has its responsibility to assess and determine the competencies of registered hypnotherapists based on a minimum professional level as determined by the Board.

Since its inception, the demands for hypnosis or hypnotherapy training in certain areas of New Zealand has increased, resulting in the hypnotherapy profession growing with the development of additional training establishments and new professional opportunities.

Due to geographical limitations, hypnotherapists operating in regions outside of the main centres, where the organisations were based, could not access all the benefits of membership to the NZHF, NZHRB or
organisations. As a result of this, small groups were set up through the initiative of the professionals involved to support hypnotherapists operating outside of the main centres.

The Board wishes to recognise the wonderful work that has been achieved to date in response to the independent needs for each region. The Board acknowledges the diverse differences in the needs of hypnotherapists from each region. We invite you to join us as the Board continues with its aim to unify and strengthen the profession of hypnotherapy in New Zealand.


Q:- I only practice hypnotherapy part time. I completed the full training in all areas to operate as a hypnotherapist. Why do I need to register?

A:- The Board understands that different graduates of hypnotherapy have different needs and life plans. For some this reservation may be due to the financial outlay, for others it may be a lack of clarity in the role of the Registration Board.

You may be in the midst of changing your career path and one can be understood to think that registration is for full-time professionals. However, if we compare being a hypnotherapist to a doctor … it would be unimaginable for a doctor to practice even an hour a week without becoming registered.

On a different perspective, if someone owns a car, does he get his license only for the days he drives? Obviously not.

That is why, in order for you to achieve in your chosen new field or professional career, belonging to a professional body will assist you towards attaining your goals much quicker and more efficiently.


Q:- I have just moved into NZ or I am planning to move to NZ. How do I become registered so that I can confidently practice in New Zealand as a registered hypnotherapist?

A:- To become registered, you will need to download the full NZHRB APPLICATION FORM and CONSTITUTION AND CODE OF ETHICS.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your application.


Q:- I am practising as a hypnotherapist. How do I go about getting insurance cover for my professional practice?

A:- The Board offers comprehensive Professional Indemnity and Public Liability cover at special discounted rates through www.bizcover.co.nz.

The Board is aware that some hypnotherapists are practising without professional insurance and wishes to encourage all practising hypnotherapists to recognise the importance for this in any practice, whether as a full-time or part-time hypnotherapist.


Q:- I already have my name on a few directories and registers of hypnotherapists. I am getting sufficient clients for my practice / business. I do not see the need to be on the NZHRB website register. I have been operating for years without being registered, why should I consider registering now?

A:- That is wonderful. Becoming a registered hypnotherapist is not about advertising. It is about recognising a standard in our profession in which we can be proud to be part of.

The Board is a professional body that one can belong to for the purpose of professional recognition that has a flow on effect of encouraging public confidence. While you as a hypnotherapist may be experienced in the field of hypnotherapy alone or alongside other modalities, through your registration process, you can then be assured that you have met the minimum standards of practice for New Zealand, as set by the Board.

The standards may continue to be reviewed by the Board and its assessors working alongside other modalities of therapy and this is dependent on new developments arising from international research, social evolution and changing environmental influences. The Board recognises hypnotherapists who have met the entrance criteria by taking into account many important aspects of being a professional and effective registered hypnotherapist.

While it is recognised that there is no legislation at the moment for hypnotherapists to be registered, inevitably the goal is to become a strong body of registration for all professional hypnotherapists.

Over the last few years, more and more medical professionals have found it useful to refer their patients to work with fellow hypnotherapists as clients to provide a different perspective to healthy living and duty
of care. As this shift in consciousness and awareness brings a better understanding for what hypnotherapy is capable of, hypnotherapy can now continue towards becoming a publicly accepted modality for better balanced living.

By joining now, you can become part of the development that is leading us into the next stage of helping ‘hypnotherapy’ become a fully recognised modality and profession. This will then allow for the practice of hypnotherapy to become affiliated with other organisations like ACC, insurance providers etc.

Not so very long ago, chiropractors were not fully recognised as a therapeutic modality by many health organisations. Now they are. This is the change that the field of hypnotherapy is moving into. So, by
becoming registered you will move from being a practitioner of hypnotherapy to becoming a recognised professional registered hypnotherapist.


Q:- Do I need to join a professional organisation? What are the benefits?

A:- By ‘the organisation’ you may mean a hypnotherapy association / society.

While it is not compulsory to join a New Zealand hypnotherapy association, the Board wishes to acknowledge the value of being a member of a hypnotherapy association simultaneous to your registration.

The Board provides for your registration needs as a registered hypnotherapist, while the associations provide for other profesional needs as member, e.g. professional contact and support with other colleagues, continued education through meetings and conferences (often with national and international presenters). Some associations may also provide for mentoring and supervision services as required.

Each association is different and it is recommended that you discuss with each association its membership benefits and future vision with its independent process and requirements for membership.

In accordance with what your needs may be, you can then better decide which association can serve you best.

Thank you for sending in your enquiry. The Board wishes you well.