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Hypnosis Facts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas   
Thursday, 05 March 2009 11:22
Good Citizen, the following hypnosis facts are offered for your edification and elucidation:

Hypnosis is a legal self-regulated self-help, alternative wellness modality that uses the mind’s natural ability to create a positive attitude that supports life, joy, goals and health care. It reduces stress and relaxes the nervous system. Hypnosis is fun and easy to learn and belongs to all of us. Hypnosis or self-hypnosis came with the package of your consciousness. You regularly hypnotize yourself with self-talk. You can easily learn to hypnotize (or de-hypnotize) yourself or another in less than ten minutes and can learn from exceptional books.

1. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Help a Lot of People
Hypnosis is used to enhance happiness, focus, motivation, learning and memory skills for work, school and sports (Tiger Woods uses hypnosis to stay in the zone). It is also used by advertisers, salespeople, athletes, religious leaders, motivational speakers, parents, students, teachers, politicians and, of course, by and for yourself.

Hypnosis techniques like visualization, progressive relaxation, suggestion, reinforcement, mental rehearsal and more enhance your natural resources for a more positive outcome. Hypnosis demonstrations are educational and entertaining.

Hypnosis is used medically to reduce pain and for more rapid rejuvenation. More and more licensed medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, physical therapists and dentists refer clients for these complementary services. They know that a patient who learns specific non-medical techniques relieve pain, fear, panic, anger, stress, change negative patterns and habits into positive attitudes, sleep better, lose weight, become more motivated, optimistic and joyous and stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal. Just what the doctor ordered.

Forensic hypnotists work closely with law enforcement and enhance the accurate recall of victims and witnesses to crimes and civil cases. Hypnotists work on the movie sets with actors for stress reduction and serve as advisors on major motion pictures. These hypnotists are members of the Screen Actor’s Guild.

2. Hypnosis Is Recognized By The American Medical Association
It is an historical fact that Hypnosis was formally recognized by the AMA in 1955. Blue Cross of California recommended certified Hypnotherapy on its list to their members. An occasional doctor, dentist and psychologist make it their business to go to hypnosis school to be certified as a Professional Hypnotherapist. Yet, most of these well-versed professional, do not have time to practice hypnosis. That is why so many hypnotically educated licensed professionals refer patients to certified professional hypnotists.

3. Hypnosis is Good Business
Hypnotists bring revenue into your city. Statistics released by the New England School of Medicine, prove that over half of all people seeking health care, go to practitioners like hypnotists. Several professional hypnotists are now part of the permanent staff at major hospitals.

Over half of all people who seek health care now go to alternative providers like professional Hypnotherapists according to a 1993 study published in the New England School of Medicine Journal, providers of "unconventional" therapies (non-medical physicians) had an estimated 425 million patient visits in 1990. This figure exceeds the 388 million visits to primary care physicians.

4. Hypnotists are Law Abiding
Hypnotists are trained to satisfy local and state laws. They hold business licenses in their communities, are active in the chamber of commerce and community events.

5. Hypnosis Is A Legal Profession
Hypnosis is recognized as a “Legal Complementary-Alternative Health Care Modality” by the state of California. In accordance with The 2003 California State BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE 2051, 2052 and 2053 hypnotists and other complementary modalities disclose their qualifications to clients with a formal written disclosure that they are a “legal alternative/complementary health care provider; not a licensed physician” and inform their clients of their hours of training and experience. (See attached form). Forms protect “Legal alternative practitioners from being cited, penalized or fined for violating the Medical Practice Act of California.”
Advertising regulations state: “A person who advertises such lawful (alternative) services must say that he or she is a Legal Alternative Healthcare Provider and not a California licensed healing arts practitioner.”

6. Hypnosis And Hypnotherapy Is A Self-Governed Profession
Since hypnosis is self-regulated, no certification is legally required. However, Certified Professional Hypnotherapists are not only well trained in their specialty they take it upon themselves to regularly attend continuing education seminars and conferences.

7. Hypnotherapists are Well-Informed
Hypnosis certification training is offered by hypnosis societies, post secondary schools and individuals at colleges, seminars and through long distance learning. The numbers of hours required for certifications vary and can be as long as three years. The International Hypnosis Federation® and other membership organizations require at minimum 150 hours of class room training followed by Practicum Training to become a “Certified Hypnotherapist.” Hypnotherapists have yearly continuing education.

The International Hypnosis Federation that certifies hypnotists and offers a conference annually that is approved by the state of California as a continuing education provider and for state licensed nurses, marriage and family counselors, and social workers.

8. Hypnotists Are Unionized And Belong To Professional Hypnosis Organizations
Though it is not required for a practitioner of a self-regulated profession to join any organization or union, most hypnotherapists are members of international hypnosis organizations and associations and agree to a code of ethics, spend hundreds of hours learning and practicing hypnotic techniques, have been certified and regularly attend conferences on the subject. They network with like-minded people, can purchase malpractice insurance and stay informed as to the latest information in the field.

In November, 1971, Hypnotist Union, Local #467 OPEIU AFL-DIO-CLU was chartered in Pennsylvania. Local charters in New Jersey and California soon followed. Hypnotists nationwide support the union. In the words of the past Union President, Howard Coughlin, “Do you want to go on record as the city government official that put a union worker out of work?”

COPHO, is the Council of Professional Hypnosis Organizations


The Licensing Confusion and the Facts: What’s In A Name?

The post nominal most commonly used is “CHt” meaning “Certified Hypnotherapist.” Occasionally, someone licensed in another profession is also certified as a hypnotherapist. Confusion comes if someone licensed in another profession falsely claims to be “a licensed hypnotherapist.”

In most states, anyone can call himself or herself a “psychotherapist” “counselor” or “therapist” as these are unlicensed titles. You cannot, call yourself “Psychiatrist,” “Psychologist,” or “Clinical Social Worker” unless you have specific licensure. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and therefore can write prescriptions. A “psychoanalyst” has been trained in analytic techniques and may or may not be licensed. In California, Marriage and Family Counselors, Social Workers and Psychologists require licensing. Hypnotherapy does not.
A hypnotist’s designated title is based on training and desires. Titles include but are not limited to Hypnotist, Master Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist, Advanced Hypnotherapist, Childbirth/Midwifery Hypnotist, Clergical Hypnotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Educational Hypnotist, Ericksonian Hypntherapist, Forensic Hypnotist, Higher-Self Hypnotherapist, Holistic Hypnotist, Humanistic Hypno-Anesthesiologist, Hypnotherapist, Hypno-advisor, Hypnoanalyst, Hypnocoach, Hypnocounselor, Hypno-Healer, Hypno-Kinesiologist, Hypnologist, Hypnomotivator, Hypnopsychotherapist, Hypnoresearcher, Hypno-Technician, Hypnosis Instructor, Medical/Dental Hypnotherapist, Motivational Hypnotist, Motivational Speaker, Neuro-Linguistic-Programmer, Performance Hypnotist, Stage Hypnotist, Sports Hypnotherapist, Transformational Hypnotherapist or Transpersonal Hypnotherapist. Other legal alternative providers include Coaching, Counseling, NLP, Spiritual Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Therapy, Trance Induction, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Energy Work, Past Life Regression & Movement Therapy.

Turf Wars: Follow the Money

Some put hypnosis down because they think hypnotists take away their business, because they are uneducated about what hypnosis really is or because they want to be elite, powerful or own the light.

Academics vs. Non Academics
A “lay hypnotist” is a derogatory term coined by academics to discredit non-licensed but certified hypnotists as not being “educated” in hypnosis. Ironically a doctor, dentist or mental health professional like psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurse, marriage and family therapist usually has no instruction in hypnosis at all and is not educationally qualified to practice hypnosis or make hypnosis diagnosis. Yet, for the sake of more business, many of these folks suggest that only licensed medical practitioners practice hypnosis because “lay practitioners” are not qualified to make a “medical diagnosis.” Certainly, a hypnotist is not usually a psychologist or doctor and a psychologist and doctor is not a hypnotist. For professional hypnotists, hypnosis is their well-studied main therapeutic method. They spend hundreds and often thousands of hours learning and practicing hypnotic techniques.
A few licensed doctors, dentists and social workers may be thoroughly trained as hypnotists too. But most medically licensed folks have had little or no background in hypnosis and are not qualified to make hypnosis diagnosis.

Spiritual Prowess
Evangelists, faith healers and some whose income comes from veiled hypnosis techniques sometimes preach fear-based suggestions against hypnosis. It’s fun to watch a skilled “faith” healer use rapid hypnosis inductions so the faithful (literally) fall into a deep hypnotic trance and powerful healing suggestions work wonders.

There is room and abundance for all who offer nourishing and positive service to humanity. We must work together for the good of every profession and avoid putting self-serving interests of any person, government or organization ahead of that goal.

Hypnosis Questions Answered

Who Can Do Hypnosis?
Anyone who has the mind to, and even those who don’t, can and do, do hypnosis. If you can concentrate for a few moments you can easily learn the steps it takes to induce a self-hypnotic trance. You practice hypnotism every day with the things you say to yourself and others. You hypnotize yourself with repetitive actions and thoughts. This is called autosuggestion.

Mothers and fathers are master hypnotists and their verbal and nonverbal conditioning often stick for life. Advertisers use hypnosis in all their work and so do religions.
Professional hypnotists receive special training in the technique and use of hypnosis before they achieve certification. To choose a professional hypnotist, find out what training and experience they have and if they belong to a hypnosis organization.

Professional groups offer training and opportunities to keep skills updated.

A psychotherapist may have only attended a lecture or a one-day class in hypnosis and then present themselves as hypnotists. If you want psychotherapy, go to a psychotherapist. But if you want hypnosis, go to a professional hypnotist. Hypnosis is a Professional Hypnotists main focus and training.

How Does Hypnosis Feel?
Familiar! The by-product of all hypnosis is relaxation where muscles, nerves and mind relax. Some describe it as feeling passive, placid and mellow, others as filled with light or surprised by new perception: “I saw strange pictures for the first time, felt new feelings, thought new thoughts and understood things I never could before. It’s difficult to find the words to describe the hypnotic experience.”

hen in hypnosis there is often a distinct experience of automatic, spontaneous or involuntary thought or action as compared to the feeling you get with conscious choice. Returning to regular “room awareness” makes everything more peaceful. One friend says that after a hypnosis session, “My heart went around grinning all day.”
Hypnosis is definitely a common and varied experience. Each hypnotic trance may be different from what you expect, or from the last one you experienced. This makes sense considering you are not the same person you were the last time! Your experience of trance will differ from another’s. Sometimes part of us can be hypnotized while another part is not. For instance, if you are driving a car and having an animated conversation with your passenger, the part of you driving may be unaware and hypnotized and the part of you talking, fully conscious.

Hypnosis, like sex, looks different than it feels. From the observer’s point of view, the subject might appear caved in or passed out and, therefore, we might presume that the subject is unconscious. Actually, subjects are super-conscious and keenly aware of everything going on around them. This keen focus may leave the subject feeling like they aren't doing anything particularly unusual.

Why Do Some People Have Doubts About Hypnosis?
Since hypnosis looks different than it feels, it is often misunderstood. Once you feel it, the apprehension goes away. The media cliché “Look into my eyes you are in my power” and the stage performance “Cluck like a chicken” have sometimes misrepresented the value of hypnosis.

  • Unknown Quantity - Some doubt the value of hypnosis because they themselves have not experienced its benefits. And there is a tendency for the conscious mind to judge new unfamiliar ideas harshly. Once they experience hypnosis for themselves, they know how safe and rewarding it is.
  • Fears and Superstition - Some folk’s fear that hypnosis will force them to “go out of control” and then they’ll reveal some buried truth that they're "not supposed to" or that they’ll lose control. Or, even worse, look foolish. While in trance your inner wisdom is your guide and that wise part of yourself will tell you the truth. Such truth offers insight and a tremendous relief. And, you needn’t worry; your subconscious mind will only reveals what you choose to reveal. In a trance, any suggestion that violates morals or self preservation is greeted with a natural “cancel, cancel, cancel.”

Can Hypnosis Be Dangerous?
Hypnosis is no more dangerous than natural slumber. Practiced by yourself or a qualified Hypnotist, hypnosis is safe, satisfying and self-empowering.

Not learning hypnosis can be dangerous. If you allow all suggestions to accidentally enter your mind during your natural trance states, you may buy things you don’t want and act in ways that harm you. Advertisers use hypnosis to sell products. If you are hypnotized to smoke, for example, you could kill yourself smoking. If you are “hypnotized” by parents, teachers, mates or your own self-talk to believe you are “less then,” incompetent, or a failure,, that harms you too.

Self-hypnosis lets you decide which suggestions to embrace or discard. It puts you in the driver’s seat of your behaviors and emotions. When you learn to choose which suggestions you receive or act upon, you take back control of your life. If you don’t control your subconscious mind, it will definitely control you. It’s ironic that some folks worry that hypnosis will make them lose control, because hypnosis gives them back control.


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