Hypnosis is a tool used by consulting hypnotists to help people with a range of goals. These include quitting unwanted habits (such as smoking), losing weight, gaining confidence, increasing performance focus, better sleep, and stress management.
Hypnosis is about goals and achievement—making the improvements and changes that you want to make.
Hypnotism is not a form of healthcare, mental health therapy or counseling, or psychotherapy. Nor is it a substitute for medical treatments or medications. I am not a medical doctor or mental health practitioner and I do not, and cannot, diagnose, prescribe, treat, cure, or heal any physical, mental, or emotional illness (including sexual issues).
As such, I will withhold hypnotic services if a client’s behavior, appearance, or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed healthcare professional. Consult a qualified medical or mental health specialist if you suspect that you may have a physical or mental health issue and whenever otherwise appropriate.
Results of any hypnosis session may vary from person to person.
As a practitioner of hypnotism, I am bound to the National Guild of Hypnotists’ code of ethics, which you can find on the right-hand column.
The Code of Ethics Of The National Guild of Hypnotists, USA:
The National Guild of Hypnotists requires its members to conform to the following ethical principles, and shall hold members accountable for any departure from these principles, which may include revocation of membership.
A. Client Welfare: Members shall make the physical and mental well-being of each client a prime consideration.
B. Client Safety: Members shall not engage in verbal, physical or sexual abuse of any client.
C. Practice Limits: Members shall use hypnotism strictly within the limits of their training and competence and in conformity to the laws of their state.
D. Advertising: Members shall be truthful in their advertising.
E. Credentials: Members shall always be honest about the nature of their titles and degrees when referring to them to the general public, the media, and within the confines of our profession.
F. Complementary Practice: Members shall neither diagnose, treat nor prescribe for clients regarding issues related to medical or mental health conditions. Members shall work with clients only with the intent to enhance the client’s own natural restorative and coping abilities, and will make no therapeutic claims.
G. Reasonable Practice: Members shall withhold non-referred hypnotic services if a client’s behavior, appearance or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed health care professional. Members shall provide services to such clients only after evaluation and with the approval of the licensed health care professional.
H. Colleagues: Members shall treat hypnotist colleagues without public defamation.