Hypnotherapist Ė Occupational Titles Ė Per United States Department of Labor
United States Department of Labor
Office of Administrative Law Judges Law Library
Dictionary of Occupational Titles
079.157-010 HYPNOTHERAPIST (profess. & kin.)
Induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior patterns: Consults with client to determine nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic state by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subject to determine degree of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client, using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client's problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.
GOE: 10.02.02 STRENGTH: S GED: R4 M3 L4 SVP: 7 DLU: 77
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP 2000)
51.3603 Hypnotherapy/hypnotherapist. A program that prepares individuals to employ the controlled inducement of altered states of consciousness, or trance, to reduce pain, resolve emotional conflicts, and enhance communications as part of diagnostic and treatment programs. Includes instruction in the principles of hypnosis and suggestion, induction and deepening, post hypnotic suggestion, awakening techniques, regression, pacing and leading, resistance transformation, client testing and management, practice management and regulation, and professional standards and ethics.
Hypnosis was accepted by the American Medical Association in 1958 and by the American Psychiatric Association as a form of treatment in 1961. Hypnotherapists are listed in the D.O.T of the Department of Labor (1977) as a profession (079.157.010) separate and independent of psychiatry or psychology. The National Center for Educational Statistics of the USDoE (1989) assigned a CIP number (51.2303) to hypnotherapy under the Human Services classification in the Health Sciences & Human Services Division.
Key Questions &
Review the following Questions To Ask about hypnotherapy in order to discuss these important issues with the Hypnotherapist.
What are your professional credentials?
Diploma from the institution graduated from; the number of hours required for graduation (minimal National Requirement to be certified is 150 hours) as well certification or accreditation in your area of interest (your issue).
How frequently do I need to meet with you?
3-6 sessions unless other issues materialize.
How long have you been practicing?
A Hypnotherapist with longer experience is generally preferable.
What are your fees? Are they covered by insurance?
Fees range from $70 to $125 per hour depending on experience. Some Ė by no means all - insurance programs offer coverage. You will need to check with your insurer to see if they cover any of what your hypnotist/hypnotherapist offers.
5. Iím intelligent and strong-willed. Does that mean I canít be hypnotized? Intelligence and imagination are the most important components to successful hypnotization. Imagination is the ability to suspend the analyzing mind until after the hypnosis session is completed. Thinking, ďNo, I am not relaxing in a cozy cabin by a warm fire place, I am sitting in a chair in your officeĒ is not helpful to being hypnotized. Decide, with your hypnotist, on a relaxing place for you before you are hypnotized and when the hypnotist uses your words to describe that place, imagine you are there. Observe instead of analyze what happens in your mind throughout the hypnosis session. Analyze afterwards. Yes, you will remember unless you have a reason not to, in which case listen to the recording of the hypnosis session your hypnotist will give you to take home with you. This is always a good idea even if you think you remember everything. Your mind may have been thinking of something else when important information surfaced in the hypnosis.
What is your experience with the problem or
condition that is the focus of my concern?
It's a good idea to spend some time with the Hypnotherapist to determine whether you will work well together. This can be accomplished either by phone prior to your first visit or by the end of the interview or intake session. If youíre uncomfortable in this session, trust your instincts and donít return.
How long is a Session?
Sessions with a Hypnotherapist can last from 45 to 90 minutes.
Where do I find a Hypnotherapist?
Major sources are Yellow Pages, past client referrals, and Associations such as the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. (A.C.H.E.)
I want to quit smoking. Will hypnosis help?
It will, if you are highly motivated. In fact, the American Cancer Society promotes hypnosis as one of many techniques for quitting. A study in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis found that smokers who underwent hypnosis fared better than did smokers who used patches.
What about my medical concerns?
For medical problems, Hypnosis is an excellent complementary modality used in addition to your medical treatment. Itís used in hospitals nationwide because it is a modality through which you may become more alert to your own thoughts and feelings, and therefore can be appropriate for a number of health conditions, especially ones with emotional or psychological components. While the success rate varies, many health care professionals recommend considering hypnosis for the following:
Blood Pressure: an immediate benefit to hypnosis is the reduction of High Blood
been found very successful, since it also helps in the creation of healthy
eating habits, thus balancing sugar levels.
suggest that hypnosis may be an effective treatment for asthma, especially when
there are emotional and psychological factors involved.
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) takes hypnosis a step further,
maintaining that hypnosis can not only ease the pain but, when used early
enough, may also reduce inflammation and promote healing.
helps ease the stress and pain of childbirth and eliminates the risk of
overmedication. It reduces labor time by two to four hours.
Chronic pain: A
National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel concluded that hypnosis is effective
in alleviating pain associated with various cancers. The panel also stated
that hypnosis can be a part of the treatment program for other conditions,
including inflammatory conditions of the mouth, temporomandibular (TMJ)
disorders and headaches. Itís also used to relieve the chronic pain
associated with multiple sclerosis, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and back
Hypnosis has been used for a variety of skin
conditions, including warts, itching, acne, various forms of dermatitis, herpes
simplex, psoriasis and rosacea. Its use can speed healing. A study in the
Archives of Dermatology, concluded that in certain patients, it can decrease or
eliminate symptoms and, in some cases, cure the condition ó or at least send
it into remission.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Successfully used to treat various problems. A study presented to
the American Gastroenterological Association concluded that hypnosis can be a
part of the treatment program for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Insomnia: Hypnosis techniques
are used to promote relaxation and reduce stress and treat sleep disorders
Other habit disorders: Used for other addictive behaviors and habit disorders e.g. bruxism (teeth grinding) nail biting , drug and alcohol addiction.
Stress and anxiety: As a relaxation technique, hypnosis is used to reduce stress and
anxiety and to help cure phobias. It also can sometimes help you and the
therapist come to a better understanding of whatís causing the anxiety or
Weight loss: Helpful with
establishing weight loss by promoting healthy eating habits.
Of Course, more research is being
conducted to understand how hypnosis works. Hypnotherapists know it works; being
able to understand how and why will help increase their effectiveness.
Questions not withstanding,
hypnosis seems to be an effective modality for many people. In fact, a
National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel has endorsed its use for the relief of
various types of chronic pain. As a relaxation technique, hypnosis can
help reduce your stress. Itís also used to relieve phobias, lessen
anxiety, break addictions and to ease symptoms of conditions such as asthma or
allergy. Using hypnosis can help patients control nausea and vomiting from
cancer medications and morning sickness, reduce bleeding during surgery, steady
the heartbeat and bring down blood pressure. The history of hypnosis is a
long and interesting one.
Hypnotherapy is used in an amazingly wide range of issues. It can boost creativity, enhance confidence, self-esteem and improve study skills. It can be used to create new, healthy habits and break detrimental ones. In short, help release the person within, unleash that unlimited potential you have inside you.
Modern hypnosis dates to the 18th century when James Braid, an English MD, realized its potential and around the 1840s, coined the term "hypnosis". Thanks in part to Braid, interest in hypnotherapy was rekindled. Today, this modality is used with confidence and increasing success throughout the world.
Guided Imagery (a form of hypnosis) has also proved
beneficial in a wide range of medical problems not the least of which is the
reduction of pain. Medical professionals understand easing pain aids
Hypnotherapy is used in an amazingly wide range of issues.
It can boost creativity, enhance confidence, self-esteem and improve study
skills. It can be used to create new, healthy habits and break detrimental
ones. In short, help release the person within, unleash that unlimited
potential you have inside you.
Modern hypnosis dates to the 18th century when James Braid, an English MD, realized its potential and around the 1840s, coined the term "hypnosis". Thanks in part to Braid, interest in hypnotherapy was rekindled.
Today, this modality is used with confidence and increasing success throughout the world.
7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Hypnotherapy
Guided Imagery and its Benefits!
Guided Imagery is a relaxation technique, facilitated by hypnosis that aims at easing stress, and promoting a sense of peace and tranquility at a stressful or difficult time in a person's life. It can be used by young children all the way up through the elderly.
Guided imagery has shown to be effective in reducing blood loss during surgery.
Experimental studies have proven that it can be used to increase or decrease the flow of blood. It creates a sense of calm, reducing anxiety, tension and fear of medical procedures. It can relax the muscles during invasive procedures.
It reduces the amount of chemical anesthesia needed for patients who may have allergenic reactions of severe side effects to chemical anesthesia or analgesics.
It has been documented that guided imagery can boost the immune system by stimulating the white blood cells to multiply, speed the recovery time, and stimulate wound closures.
It is used in burn units to decrease depth of burns, decrease scarring, reduce or eliminate pain. It can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea.
Research has documented a reduced stay in the hospital of 1-5 days. In one study alone the savings were calculated to be 1-4 million dollars to the hospital.
Guided imagery helps children to cope with medical procedures, keeps them still and calm during treatments.
It Reduces and even eliminates the pain of childbirth.