Hypnosis Facts

By Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas

Good Citizen,

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.


Hypnosis enhances happiness, focus, motivation, learning and memory for work, school and motivation. Tiger Woods and Olympic athletes of all ilk, use hypnosis to stay in the zone. It is also used by advertisers, salespeople, 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 hypnosis techniques relieve pain, fear, panic, anger, stress, and easily changes negative patterns and habits into positive ones for wellness; 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.


1955: British & American Medical Association Agreement: A hypnosis report published in the British Medical Journal and the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Mental Health claimed “essential agreement” for the use of hypnosis.

1956: Roman Catholic Pope Pius XII Sanction: A dictum sanctioned hypnosis for childbirth in medicine.

1958 (September 13): American Medical Association (AMA) Endorsed Hypnosis The AMA published and approved a two-year study/report on the medical uses of hypnosis by the Council on Mental Health indicating, “definite and proper uses of hypnosis in medical and dental practice” and recommended, “necessary training facilities” in the U.S.A.

1958 (Fall): French/ British/ Italian Medical Endorsement: Hypnosis was officially introduced into French medical school curriculums. It encouraged research on hypnosis although pointing out that some aspects of hypnosis are unknown and controversial. The British Medical Association followed suit shortly thereafter and Italian Medical Association founded the Study of Hypnosis.

1961, February 15: Council of the American Psychiatric Association Endorsement “Regarding Hypnosis Position Statement,” issued, saying “hypnosis has definite application in the various fields of medicine.”

1961: American Medical Association Recommends Training Hours: AMA Council On Mental Health recommends 144 hours of hypnosis training in medical school.

1990: New England School of Medicine Journal Report; says providers of “unconventional” therapies (non-medical alternative therapies) claimed an estimated 425 million patient visits that exceeded 388 million visits to primary care physicians.

1995: United States National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement: An NIH Technology Assessment Panel notes scientific evidence for the use of hypnosis for insomnia and chronic pain, and particularly pain associated with cancer.

1996: National Institute of Health Statement: (Published in the Journal of American Medical Association -JAMA) “The American Medical Association recommends including hypnosis instruction in medical school curriculums. Still most physicians today have no hypnosis training or experience and know little about this specialized field.”

1989, September 23; Council of Professional Hypnosis Organizations (COPHO) Founded: Comprised of United States and Canadian hypnosis organizations representing more than 12,000 practicing hypnotists and hypnotherapists who “monitor, support and contest legislation pertaining to the practice or hypnosis.

2004, December: Biotechnical Report: The National Center for Biotechnical Information reports more than 5,000 research studies that underscore the benefits of hypnosis

2007 National Institute of Health: Reports that Americans spend some $4 billion on “alternative” modalities rather that indulging in drug and surgery based medical practices.

2007 Medical Mandate: Over 100 medical schools had mandated courses on “relaxation techniques,” spirituality, and health.

2010 Medicare Coverage: Compensation for “meditation,” exercise, diet and support groups to help heart disease and the use of hypnosis for pain or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hospitals, clinics, and healers wittingly and unwittingly use hypnosis. Hypnosis is called upon in the courts, sports, schools, military and advertisers. Programs like Blue Cross of California at one time recommended professional hypnotists in their “Healthy Extensions” referral programs.

NOW: The International Hypnosis Federation represents both licensed and certified hypnosis professionals worldwide. Well-versed licensed medical professionals refer patients to IHF professional hypnotists. To get a referral to a qualified hypnotist near you, go look at the referral section of this site.


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.


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.

  1. 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.”

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.


Hypnosis certification training is offered by hypnosis societies like the International Hypnosis Federation, post secondary schools and individuals at colleges, universities, seminars and through 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 training followed by Practicum Training to become a “Certified Hypnotherapist.” Hypnotherapists take part in regular continuing education opportunities. The International Hypnosis Federation annual “It’s All About YOU conference is continuing education provider.


Though it is not required for a practitioner to join any organization or union, many hypnotists and hypnotherapists are members of International Hypnosis Federation and agree to our code of ethics. IHF members spend hundreds of hours learning and practicing hypnotic techniques, and keep their education up to date. They network with like-minded people, and openly share 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. To learn more about hypnosis call (310) 541-4844 or e-mail ihf@cox.net


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