When I first learnt hypnosis I learnt it from a person “with a different background” only. He was a retired manager from a rubber company, But he did much better hypnotherapy than a psychiatrist that I knew. I used to spend hours and hours of time with him, watching his sessions etc. till almost his death in 1993. Then I continued his practice in the same place till 1997. It is the nature of hypnosis practice even now in India, a lot of people with no formal health or psychology background have a lot of interest in hypnotherapy and do a lot of good work. Madras Hypnotic circle of which I used to be a member had about 95% folks without formal training in medicine or psychology but good therapists nevertheless. I certainly believe that healing is not just for physicians. Healers can come from any background.