Finding a Qualified Hypnotherapist – Organizations and Links

Selecting a Qualified Professional

Many practitioners claim to offer hypnosis to the public for a variety of purposes; losing weight, managing pain, or stopping smoking, etc. Frequently, extravagant statements and guarantees are presented in a sensationalistic way, and it can be confusing to know where to turn. One way to reduce that confusion is to ask yourself , “Is this practitioner able to help me without using hypnosis?” Or to say it another way, “How do I know I can trust this person to solve my problem safely?” When you are seeking a qualified professional to assist with a particular symptom or goal, you should keep in mind that hypnosis is only one tool for change.

Choose a health care provider who is properly trained, licensed and credentialed.  This means that the individual has a graduate degree and holds a currently valid license in a health care field, such as medicine, dentistry, psychiatry, psychology, social work, or nursing. The individual has had supervised experience in their professional field. Once you determine that the practitioner is degreed and licensed in their field, then inquire about their certification in hypnosis.

It is important to note that every member of the major hypnosis societies mentioned on this site must also be eligible for membership in their respective clinical organizations such as the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, National Assocation of Social Workers, American Dental Association, etc. and they must adhere to relevant ethics code and state and federal laws pertaining to their work.  They must also comply with the Codes of Conduct of the state, their profession, and their certifying association.  The following pages provide information on the three professional hypnosis societies in the U.S.  There are international societies as well, such as the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH), the European Society of Hypnosis (ESH), etc.