Choosing a Hypnotherapist

A certified hypnotherapist (C.Ht.) has successfully completed training in a school of hypnosis and received certification in the use of clinical hypnosis.

Hypnotherapists receive training in standard procedures for facilitating the hypnotic state, making appropriate and effective posthypnotic suggestions to change a client's behavior, and handling negative reactions to hypnosis. Hypnotherapists sometimes have additional training in other fields such as social work, psychology, and naturopathy.

Anyone can see a hypnotherapist to help with habit control, performance goals, or personal development issues. When hypnotherapy is used to address medical or psychological conditions, the hypnotherapist often provides a referral letter to the client's physician. A referral letter typically accomplishes two goals:

  • It states that the hypnotherapist conducted hypnotherapy with the client for the particular condition.
  • It solicits the physician's acknowledgement of the use of hypnotherapy for the particular condition.

When considering hypnotherapy, it is important to evaluate the experience and credentials of the hypnotherapist. Inexperienced, ill-trained, or incompetent hypnotherapists can induce unwanted reactions. It is recommended that people choose a hypnotherapist who is trained and certified, is knowledgeable in various techniques for handling difficult situations, and has an awareness of the complexity of physical and psychological conditions and their symptoms.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 01 Jan 2001

Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015