Aromatherapy is a growing field of alternative medicine, with new practitioners setting up every day. As in any new and unregulated medical field, it can be hard to pick a qualified aromatherapist from a name out of the phone book. With the right resources, however, finding a qualified aromatherapist can become a lot easier.
One of the fastest and easiest ways to find a qualified aromatherapist is through NAHA – National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists. NAHA’s Member Directory lists aromatherapists from around the world who have completed professional level aromatherapy causes, and have been judged qualified to practice aromatherapy professionally.
To find the NAHA Member Directory:
Click on the Member Directory link on the right side of the page.
Log in to the website using the guest usename and password that is automatically provided.
Enter your geographic location in the search box.
If NAHA does not have any aromatherapists in your area, a general search for aromatherapists in your area (try typing: aromatherapy city, state into any internet search) will probably turn up at least a few local aromatherapists.
If these therapists have websites, visit them and look for a webpage detailing their education and qualifications. Most alternative health courses are described by the number of course hours. The more course hours an aromatherapist lists as part of their education, the more training they have had.
Look also for training that includes long running courses – 100 hours of training at a school for aromatherapy will provide better training then 100 hours in 10 different weekend seminars.
Some aromatherapists will have been self-taught, or trained by another professional. These are the hardest to judge. If an aromatherapist has been trained at a school, it is possible to look up the school, find out whether or not it has any accreditation to get a feel for how well trained the therapist is. A self-taught therapist has no such assurances.
However, many self-taught aromatherapists will be highly qualified and skilled. A self-taught aromatherapist should be able to offer references to other alternative or allopathic medical practitioners. Use these references to determine how qualified the aromatherapist is.
Finally, if there is a practitioner that you trust in another field of alternative medicine, call them and ask them to recommend an aromatherapist. Alternative medical practitioners tend to network with each other, and will generally be able to tell you who in the area is best suited to your needs.
Of course, if there is a selection of aromatherapists available to you, take the time to speak with them either over the phone or in person, and find a practitioner who is not only qualified, but with whom you are comfortable.