Who We Are

The Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (ARCH) is a Canada-wide accrediting registry for qualified Hypnotherapists and Counselling-Hypnotherapists. ARCH is a Non-profit Professional Association incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia and Registered Federally with the principal goal of promoting the professional practice of Clinical Hypnotherapy in Canada. ARCH Membership is not sold, membership is only attainable in the Association once a candidate has met the rigorous academic training, clinical experience and the supervision requirements as outlined in our Standards of Registration and Standards of Practice. Prospective members are also reviewed through a criminal records check and must remain "members in good standing" with ARCH to continue to be accredited by them.

ARCH permits their professional members to identify themselves in three categories: as "Registered Hypnotherapists/Registered Hypnosis Practitioner" (RHt/RHP.), "Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists/Registered Clinical Hypnosis Practitioner" (RCH/RCHP.) and/or "Registered Clinical Counselling-Hypnotherapists/Registered Clinical Counselling-Hypnosis Practitioner" (RCCH/RCCHP.) and holds them accountable to the Association and to the public through our Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Our International Members identify themselves as "International Designated Hypnotherapists" (I.D.Ht), "International Designated Clinical Hypnotherapists" (I.D.C.H.) and/or "International Designated Clinical Counselling-Hypnotherapists" (I.D.C.C.H.) and are held accountable by a Certifying/Accrediting Organisation in their Country of Practice.

Associate/Friend Of ARCH is a non-certified member of the Association that supports the goals and mission of ARCH Canada. An Associate/Friend of ARCH is not recognized or certified to practice Hypnotherapy by ARCH Canada.

International Reciprocal Alliance

In 2008 The Association Of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (ARCH) entered into an International Reciprocal Alliance with the Australian Hypnotherapists' Association (AHA), the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) in the UK for the promotion of excellence in the Profession of Hypnotherapy internationally. The AHA is the foremost certifying body in Australia, and a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia - the GHSC and GHR represent some of the highest standards of certification in the United Kingdom. They, like ARCH, represent some of the highest standards for membership, ethics and practice in the profession.

Members of COPHO

ARCH is proud to state that we are members of the Council of Professional Hypnosis Organizations. The Council of Professional Hypnosis Organizations was founded on September 23, 1989. It is comprised of hypnosis organizations throughout the United States and Canada, which represent in excess of 20,000 practicing hypnotists. The mandate is to promote the ethical and professional use of hypnosis.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis, techniques and protocols for the purpose of assisting clients to understand their issues and concerns in order to enhance self-growth and personal effectiveness. The Hypnotherapist facilitates physical, emotional and/or mental health in individuals who fail to respond to other therapeutic interventions. Hypnotherapy focuses on the causes and effects of symptoms, unravels the causal mysteries of physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms to reduce and/or eliminate them. Hypnotic applications and protocols can be used to heal, improve general health, reduce and manage pain, and change patterns of behaviours and habits.

Associate/Friend of ARCH is a non-certified member of the Association that supports the goals and mission of ARCH Canada. An Associate/Friend of ARCH is not recognized or certified to practice Hypnotherapy by ARCH Canada.

Registered Hypnotherapists use techniques and protocols for the purpose of assisting clients deal with general behavioural issues such as: Smoking Cessation, Self-Confidence, Stress Management, Regression etc.

Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists are trained in the use of more advanced techniques and protocols for the purpose of assisting clients deal with medical/behaviour issues such as: Pain Management, Addictions, Eating Disorders and Weight Management, etc.

Registered Clinical Counselling-Hypnotherapists are trained in further advanced techniques and protocols for the purpose of assisting clients deal with psychological disorders.

What are the Benefits of Choosing an ARCH Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist?

Registered (Clinical) Hypnotherapists have successfully fulfilled requirements of education, supervision and clinical experience to the satisfaction of the Association for certification in their professional registration level.

All Registered Professional Members are extensively screened, including Criminal Record Checks and must carry Professional Liability Insurance.

Some third-party payment plans such as Extended Health Care Insurance and Employee/Family Assistance Programs may pay partial or total coverage for Hypnotherapy services.

What concerns would I bring to a Registered (Clinical) Hypnotherapist?

Registered (Clinical) Hypnotherapists are qualified to address many medical, emotional and behavioural issues through assessment, prevention, and treatment/intervention. Some examples of concerns/issues which are appropriate to bring to a Registered (Clinical) Hypnotherapist include the following (this is not an all-inclusive list and specific training is required for many specialized concerns):

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Addictions/Substance Abuse
  • Allergies
  • Assertiveness
  • Bed Wetting
  • Body, Mind Healing
  • Catastrophic Illness
  • Communication skills
  • Cross-Cultural Issues
  • Childhood and Adolescent Issues
  • Co-dependency Issues
  • Dream Analysis
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Exams/Study Habits
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Improved Concentration
  • Inner-Conflict Resolution
  • Insomnia
  • Medical/Dental Procedures
  • Memory Improvement
  • Motivation
  • Nail Biting
  • Obsessive/Compulsive Behaviour
  • Panic/Anxiety Disorder
  • Personal Growth and Self Development
  • Pain Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Regression Therapy
  • Relaxation
  • Stress Management
  • Self Confidence
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sports Motivation
  • Stuttering
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Tension Headaches
  • Weight Management
  • AND Much More!

It is important to remember that Hypnosis cannot, and should not, stand alone as the sole medical or psychological intervention for any clinical disorder. Hypnosis should not be used instead of appropriate medical, dental, or psychological treatment, and any individual with a medical or psychological problem should first consult a qualified health care provider for diagnosis and professional advice. Hypnosis should only be practiced by those who have been appropriately trained, who practice appropriately, and within the scope of their training.

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