When selecting a hypnotherapist, it is advisable to select a fully trained counsellor. Trained counsellors generally have a full post-secondary education, which includes both a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree. The counsellor should be certified or registered with a registering body, such as: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association or the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
It is possible, in British Columbia, to claim to be a counsellor without a Masters Degree. There are many ways in which people can gain training in hypnotherapy through weekend workshops, unregulated schools, and seminars. Thus, it is advisable to double check the credentials of the counsellor, and make sure they are fully trained in the profession and that hypnotherapy is merely one of many techniques used in-session.