Is It Easy?
Being hypnotised is very, very easy. I can teach you in a couple of hours how to hypnotise others. The reason that learning to be a hypnotist takes so much longer than 2 hours is that you have to know what to do once a person is in a trance (very important), and you have to learn how to deal with all the other stuff, including people who consciously or unconsciously decide that it has to be harder than it really is.
If you want to learn hypnosis from a counseling and helping people perspective, I highly recommend Richard Bolstad. Richard is possibly the best teacher I have ever had. I cannot say for sure he is the very best only because I have been blessed with several outstandingly good teachers in my adult life. Richard has a gentle NLP based teaching style, he teaches you the same style. I did both my NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner training with Richard and his team.
For a slightly more traditional approach to hypnotherapy and the very highest standard of teaching and ethics, I’d recommend Anny Sleghten and the folk at the Alberta Institute of Hypnosis. They trade as www.success-and-more.com. Incidentally, this is where I completed my stage hypnosis certification and diploma. The stage hypno training is delivered by Attila Kun, a successful hypnotist and magician in his own right.