How to Pick a Hypnotherapist

The term "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning "sleep." Hypnotherapists use exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. Hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness. By doing so they can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses. [1]


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    Choose carefully. Most hypnotherapists are licensed medical doctors, registered nurses, social workers, or family counselors who have received additional training in hypnotherapy. Contact any of the following sites for a list of hypnotherapists near you:
    • The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis:
    • The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis:
    • The American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists:
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    When you find a potential option, ask the following questions:
    • Do you have training in a field such as psychology, medicine, social work or dentistry?
    • Are you licensed in your specialty in this state?
    • Where did you go to school, and where did you do your internship, residency or both?
    • How much training have you had in hypnotherapy and from what schools?
    • What professional organizations do you belong to?
    • How long have you been in practice?
    • What are your fees?
    • Does insurance cover your services?
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    On your appointment day, wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing to help with relaxation.
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    Make sure that you're well rested before having hypnosis so that you're not inclined to fall asleep during the session. [2]


  • In 1958, both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association recognized hypnotherapy as a valid medical procedure. Since 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.


  • Adverse reactions are rare but may include: headache, dizziness, nausea, anxiety or panic, creation of false memories.
  • This practice remains controversial and has limited scientific evidence to support its use.

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