Facts to Know About Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Guided Imagery

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 & Answers
Review the following Questions To Ask about hypnotherapy in order to discuss these important issues with the Hypnotherapist.

1.       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).

2.       How frequently do I need to meet with you?
3-6 sessions unless other issues materialize.

3.       How long have you been practicing?
A Hypnotherapist with longer experience is generally preferable.

4.       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. 

6.       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.

7.       How long is a Session?
Sessions with a Hypnotherapist can last from 45 to 90 minutes.

8.       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.)

9.       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.

10.   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 Pressure.

         Diabetes: Has been found very successful, since it also helps in the creation of healthy eating habits, thus balancing sugar levels.

         Asthma: Studies suggest that hypnosis may be an effective treatment for asthma, especially when there are emotional and psychological factors involved.

         Burns: The 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.

         Childbirth: Hypnosis 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 problems.

         Dermatological problems: 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 successfully.
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 phobia.

         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.

More Interesting Facts
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 healing.


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

  1. Last year, one third of Americans spent $14 billion on breakaway treatments.
    In over 80% of the world outside the US and Canada these treatments are considered mainstream medicine.  Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for, but an adjunct to conventional medical and psychological treatments.  It is an additional tool you can utilize in the healing process.  Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have had the full support and recognition of The American Medical Association since 1958.
  2. Hypnotherapy is complimentary healing modality, appropriate, for instance for pain, which has not responded to conventional treatment; to reduce stress, fear and anxiety; and to lower blood pressure.  Viruses, germs and physical trauma are not the only consideration in disease, mind/body interactions, environment and lifestyle all play roles.
  3. No one disputes that the Mind and Body are closely linked.  The connections between stress and diseases are well documented.  Each stressful episode reduces the number of immune cells in circulation by 60%, thereby making the body more prone to illness, from sore throats to heart disease and cancers.
  4. In the conscious waking state of awareness, our minds process between three and seven bits of information per second.  However, our unconscious (subconscious) mind processes two billion bits of information per second.  Through hypnosis we learn to utilize more of our natural resources for our own healing and enrichment.
  5. DO WHAT WORKS BEST!  Those suffering from problems that may not have been alleviated by standard medical and psychological treatments deserve another chance and another choice.  Those who are seeking greater satisfaction and more fulfillment in their lives deserve another vehicle.  Hypnosis represents that chance, that choice that vehicle to a more rewarding life.
  6. If you were in financial distress, you wouldn't use only 10% of your available money to ease that distress, would you?  But, each time you do not use the 90% of your mental assets represented by your unconscious mind, thatís what you are doing to your body. Isnít it about time you let the largest portion of your mental resources work for you?
  7. Since all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, you never lose control.  You are always awake and in full control.  Motivation is required, Will Power is NOT.  Normal intelligence and a reasonable imagination are all you need for one to work effectively with the hypnotherapist.

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.

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