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Becoming a member of the NZAPH 

Who are the NZAPH?


The NZAPH is an independent non-profit incorporated society established to promote practicing standards and professionalism for hypnotherapists, and to increase the New Zealand public's awareness of the powerful benefits of hypnotherapy. For many years we have been at the forefront of developments in the NZ hypnotherapy profession. 


*All members are required to adhere to the NZAPH professional ethics and code of conduct as set out in the constitution. All members are required to be 21 or over.

Membership of the NZAPH is available at four levels:
1. Non practicing member
  • For people that have an interest in hypnotherapy

  • or are retired hypnotherapist's who would like to learn and share information with other hypnotherapists in the NZAPH

2. Provisional Member
  • Is studying towards a qualification in hypnotherapy

  • or has finished their hypnotherapy certification but has less than one years practice a a clinical hypnotherapist

  • or less that 150 hours with clients as a hypnotherapist (with minimum of a year practicing)

  • proof of study 

  • 2 personal character references with contact details

  • We will require you to fill out a police clearance form for this when joining


3. Professional Membership
  • For people who have completed their clinical hypnotherapy academic qualification

  • Maintains a police check

  • Holds full indemnity and liability insurance

  • Have been in practice for a year or more

  • Have a minimum of 150 clinical practice hours

  • Applicants should provide proof of having done at least 600 hours of study at a reputable clinical hypnotherapy school (course should include 120 hrs practical hands-on classroom experience).  The applicant should be prepared to demonstrate to the examination committee knowledge and/or experience on the following subjects:

(subject to change at the discretion of the executive committee)

  • Hypnotic Induction Techniques, Supportive Hypnosis, Hypno-Analysis, Age Regression, Post Hypnotic Suggestion, Ideomotor Questioning, the Conscious and Subconscious Minds, the Principles and Laws of Suggestion ...

  • Counselling techniques

  • The psychological appraisal of clients; Neuroses, Psychoses, Depression, Psychosomatic, Stress...

  • Therapies for Smoking, Slimming, Anxiety, Stuttering, Migraine, Study and Memory improvement, Sexual problems, Hypnosis in childbirth, Enuresis, Skin disorders, Phobias, Insomnia ...

  • Human sexuality, Sexual dysfunction, Anatomy and Physiology ...

  • An overview of various psychotherapies as used in hypnotherapy

  • Client Management, Professional and Ethical Practice, Hypnosis and NZ Law

  • The Constitution, Rules and Ethics of the NZAPH Inc.

  • Professional development 15 hours per year

  • Evidence of practice experience and ongoing supervision must be provided to the organisation at lest 6 hours of clinical supervision over the last year.

  • The final step is an interview with the Examination Board

  • Please note that applicants must complete a minimum of a year of practicing and supervision before they can apply for professional membership. Then if you meet the requirements for registered professional membership you can apply to upgrade.

4. Registered Professional Membership
  • Meets the requirements of Professional Membership, plus

  • Professional development 15 hours per year

  • Maintains a police check

  • Holds full indemnity and liability insurance

  • Holds an up to date first aid certificate

  • Undertakes at least six hours of clinical supervision per year, one on one.

Professional Standards of Practice for the New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (NZAPH)




The New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (NZAPH) upholds the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and integrity in the practice of hypnotherapy. These Professional Standards of Practice are designed to guide our members towards exemplary conduct and the provision of high-quality hypnotherapy services. Adherence to these standards is essential for all members to maintain the trust, safety, and wellbeing of their clients and to enhance the reputation of the profession within New Zealand.


1. Ethical Standards


1.1 Client Confidentiality: Members must protect the confidentiality of their clients at all times, except as otherwise required by law or with the client’s explicit consent.


1.2 Informed Consent: Prior to commencing any hypnotherapy session, members must ensure informed consent is obtained from their clients, providing clear, understandable explanations of the therapy process, any potential risks, and the anticipated outcomes.


1.3 Equality and Respect: Members shall provide services with respect, fairness, and without discrimination on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or any other status protected by New Zealand law.


1.4 Professional Boundaries: It is imperative that members maintain professional boundaries, avoiding dual relationships or any conduct that could impair professional judgement or exploit the client-practitioner relationship.


2. Professional Conduct


2.1 Scope of Practice: Members must practice within the bounds of their competencies, based on their education, training, supervised experience, and adherence to the NZAPH guidelines.


2.2 Continuing Professional Development: To maintain and enhance their clinical skills, members are required to engage in ongoing professional development activities, keeping abreast of advancements and research in the field of hypnotherapy.


2.3 Record-keeping: Comprehensive, accurate, and confidential records of all client sessions must be maintained, in accordance with legal requirements and for the benefit of client care.


2.4 Representation of Services: In all forms of communication, members must represent their qualifications, affiliations, and services honestly and accurately, avoiding any misleading claims about the efficacy of hypnotherapy.


3. Quality of Care


3.1 Client Welfare: The primary responsibility of NZAPH members is the welfare of their clients. Members should work collaboratively with clients to establish clear, therapeutic goals and outcomes.


3.2 Evidence-Based Practice: Members are encouraged to utilise and integrate evidence-based practices in their hypnotherapy services, contributing to the effectiveness and credibility of their practice.


3.3 Safety and Wellbeing: Ensuring the physical and emotional safety of clients during hypnotherapy sessions is paramount. Members must take all necessary precautions to create a safe, supportive, and positive therapeutic environment. Link to code of ethics


4. Complaints and Disciplinary Procedures


4.1 Handling of Complaints: The NZAPH is committed to addressing any complaints about members’ professional conduct promptly and fairly, in accordance with established procedures.


4.2 Disciplinary Actions: Should a member be found in violation of these Professional Standards of Practice, the NZAPH reserves the right to take appropriate disciplinary action, which may include suspension or termination of membership. Link to complaints procedure


This framework is intended to safeguard the interests of both practitioners and clients, ensuring the highest standards of hypnotherapy practice across New Zealand. Members are encouraged to review and adhere to these standards diligently, as part of their commitment to professional excellence and ethical practice within the NZAPH community.

Benefits of Becoming a Member
NZAPH Group Clinical Supervision

The NZAPH have a monthly program of Group Clinical Supervision and offer this free of charge to members of the NZAPH.

Benefits of Attending Peer Group Support sessions:
  • Assist participants to maximize professional standards of conduct

  • Ensure safe efficient and appropriate therapeutic interventions with clients.

  • Validate and refine present skill/ knowledge base.

  • Identify areas of potential growth and recommend access to resources.

  • Increase personal and professional confidence.

  • Contribute meaningfully to the development of hypnotherapeutic skills and competence

    among your colleague / members of the NZAPH and as a direct result to the development

    of hypnotherapy in New Zealand.

  • Peer group process in order to support members development.


These groups are held on the Zoom platform, so an Internet connection is all you need to join. No travel, no parking, and minimise your time investment.


Continued Professional development

Online free training meetings are a popular feature for our membership. These meetings are primarily educational where presenters, and/or open forums cover topics of interest and relevance to our profession. They are also a great place to keep in touch with colleagues and to add to the professional development hours required to keep your membership valid. These meetings are recorded and published to the membership area of our website so that you can review them later if you are unable to attend.

Typical topics which have been presented include:

  • Working with anxiety teaching the relaxation response how to promote mindfulness into your therapy as a hypnotherapist

  • Working with Children

  • Creative inductions

  • Promoting your business by finding your message

  • Looking after your data base and building up your email list

  • Creating a solid foundation for your hypnotherapy business looking at what to avoid

Mentor System

Providing personal support, guidance and suggestions from Professional members; on request you will be advised of a panel of mentors close to your area with whom you can consult.

One on One Clinical Supervision

The NZAPH encourages members to participate in monthly one on one Clinical Supervision sessions. These are especially valuable for provisional members who are new to hypnotherapy and building up their practice. We have a number of our Professional members who are trained in clinical supervision and are available to set up one to one clinical supervision. A list of Clinical Supervisors is provided on our website.


The professional benefits in belonging to the NZAPH and adhering to its Rules and Ethics, creates the public credibility necessary in practising hypnotherapy.

Advertising NZAPH Membership

Once you have attained Professional Member status, you are permitted to advertise your membership of the Association and use the NZAPH logo in your promotional material.

Public Directory of Members

Professional members can have their clinic details available for public access on the NZAPH website. Links to individual websites via the directory can help the public find services in their area.

Website – Members’ Forum and Communication

NZAPH membership provides you access to a members’ forum through the NZAPH website; where members can actively post topics of interest, share their developments, raise questions for discussion, or request further information in a specific area of hypnotherapy that their professional colleagues may be able to contribute to.

For items of significant interest to the Association, such as events and special notices; membership will be emailed separately by the committee.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Discounted professional indemnity insurance for Professional members is available.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the NZAPH, once you filled out this form below we will get back to you as soon as we can to advise if you have been successful with your application. If you have further question please feel free to send us an email and we are happy to help in any way. You are welcome to sign up to our members area where you will find blogs and recorded professional development meetings.

Membership fees

First annual subscription pro-rata based on the month you join.

*Please note that there is a $50 administration fee to join as well as the membership fee.

  • Joining Admin fee *$50

  • Non-Practising $50

  • Provisional $130

  • Professional membership $150

  • Registered Professional $150

  • A nominal one-off administration fee of $50 to upgrade from Provisional to Professional will apply. 

You have the option to pay through credit card at the bottom of this form.

Internet banking instructions are sent out with the confirmation email.

If paying by internet banking, please email proof of payment to

Step 1.

Please fill in the online form to the become a Member of the NZAPH.

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Step 2.

Download and fill out this Vetting Service Request & Consent Form for a police check this is in word format to be filled out with appropriate ID that can be sited and verified

NZAPH Membership form

Please complete the form to become a member

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