Facts and Information about the Profession of Hypnotherapy

What you are about to read will help you gain a better understanding of hypnotism services and a clearer way of thinking about using them. Our purpose is to provide you with the necessary information and understanding to properly evaluate hypnotism services for your particular use.

Benefits of Hypnosis

A wonderful quality of hypnosis is that you can be taught to use it alone, at will, and without complicated procedures. This fact makes many benefits readily available throughout your lifetime.

Hypnosis can be used to further any human endeavor.
With hypnosis you can:

   Develop and express awareness and intuition

   Feel worthwhile, self-confident, zestful

   Gain a happier home life; become a better husband, wife, parent, or friend

   Acquire the ability to relax completely in any situation

   Make better decisions

   Improve concentration

   Overcome procrastination

   Increase the quality of your emotional expression

   Reduce conflict and stress

   Promote health and well-being

   Regain your natural ability to sleep easily

   Sell yourself, your ideas, and your services with confidence and enthusiasm

   Increase your income

   Attract and maintain worthwhile friendships

   Discover your negative mental patterns and how they affect you

   Free yourself from hostility, resentment, fear of rejection

   Select your goals in life; chart your course for their realization

   Program your mind with positive mental concepts and success attitudes

   Develop the ability to construct mental images easily


Hypnotic services are available in four major forms and eight application areas.
The four major forms are:
  individual consultations
  small group setting such as weight-loss and stop smoking programs
  self-hypnosis classes

  books and cassette tapes

The eight areas of application are:

    1. mental and emotional health
    2. physical health
    3. psychic and spiritual development
    4. creative and educational endeavors
    5. athletics and sports motivation
    6. business interests
    7. legal concerns
    8. use of imagery to achieve personal goals

Common Questions

Q; I am not sure I can be hypnotized. Can anyone be hypnotized?
A; Yes. Everyone can be hypnotized and many people are taught to hypnotize themselves to reinforce what they are working on in the hypnotherapy sessions.

Q; Will I be asleep the entire time?
A; No. You will be very aware whether your eyes are open or closed and finish the session rested and refreshed as if you have had a perfect "cat nap"!

Q; Will I remember what was said?
A; Yes. You will remember everything you choose to remember. This is especially helpful when accomplishing certain goals.

Q; Do I have to lay down and what should I wear?
A; Most often you will want to relax on a recliner or something comfortable, however some people are comfortable sitting upright in a chair. There is no special clothing needed. You will always wear whatever clothes you are wearing for that day.

Q; I want my child to do better on exams.  Is there a certain age required for Hypnotherapy?
A; Usually 7 years of age and above is recommended, however children under the age of 18 will always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Q; Will my insurance cover the fees?
A; All insurance providers are different. Check with your own insurance provider.

Q; Will one session be enough, or will there be several?
A; Each person is unique, with his or her own goals. After an initial consultation, a session plan can be discussed and determined.

Q; Does the Hypnotherapist need to be licensed?
A; No. There are no laws requiring a Hypnotherapist to be regulated or licensed by state or federal boards. Your Hypnotherapist should be a current member of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. This will ensure that he or she has been certified with the proper number of hours and practical training necessary to be a professional Hypnotherapist.

In addition to the information listed above, this quote from the current President of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, may prove helpful when making a decision about which Hypnotherapist is right for you.

"Hypnotherapy is a self-regulated profession and does not qualify for State licensing. The American Council Of Hypnotist Examiners is a non-profit professional organization, chartered by the State of California, to establish training standards, standards of professional practice, and a code of ethics. The A.C.H.E.'s Ethics Committee can suspend or revoke certification. Certification is awarded to those who attend ACHE approved schools, with ACHE approved hypnotherapy instructors. Although the state does not regulate curriculum or a required number of hours of training, the American Council of Hypnotism Examiners has the highest requirements for certification of any major Hypnotherapy organization in the USA. The ACHE logo is the Hallmark of Quality for the Hypnotherapy profession. Be sure to look for it."

Hypnotherapist offering private sessions usually provide recommendations for the purchase of books and cassettes. Some hypnotherapists provide both group and private sessions.