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In the US, state-licensed hypnotherapy schools are the best ones to attend. It is best to avoid all online schools that offer hypnosis training.

Several accrediting professional bodies that require minimum standards in specialized hypnotherapy education to become certified as a hypnotist or hypnotherapist (C.Ht.) are also available to professional hypnotherapists.

Professional societies (links):

Hypnosis database:

The Scientific Hypnosis Home Page

Hypnosis Journals:

  • American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
  • Contemporary Hypnosis
  • Dissociation
  • Imagination, Cognition, and Personality
  • International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • Psychological Bulletin

APA-recommended  books:

General collections presenting theories and research in hypnosis from a variety of viewpoints:
Fromm, E., & Nash, M. R. (Eds.). (1992). Contemporary hypnosis research. New York: Guilford Press.
Lynn, S. J., & Rhue, J. W. (Eds.). (1991). Theories of hypnosis: Current models and perspectives. New York: Guilford Press.

General collection addressing clinical applications of hypnosis from a variety of theories and viewpoints:
Lynn , S. J., Rhue, J. W., & Kirsch, I. (Eds.). (1993). Handbook of clinical hypnosis. Washington , DC: American Psychological Association.

A basic hypnosis text recommended by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis:
Hammond, D. C. (Ed.). (1988). Hypnotic induction and suggestion: An introductory manual. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Accreditation agencies:

IMDHAInternational Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association:

Founded in 1986, a referral service of Certified Hypnotherapists dedicated to providing the community with excellently trained Certified Hypnotherapists. These Certified Hypnotherapists will work harmoniously with allied health care professionals to aid individuals in dealing with specific challenges and procedures.

IACTInternational Association of Counselors and Therapists:

Founded in 1990, IACT is a multidisciplined association, which specializes in holistic techniques. IACT’s membership includes medical practitioners, psychologists, clinical social workers, stress consultants, NLP practitioners, clergy, licensed massage therapists, hypnotherapists, biofeedback specialists, nutritionists, educators, mental health therapists, substance abuse counselors and others in the helping, healing arts.

NBCCH National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotheraphists:

Organized in 1991, the NBCCH certifies mental health professionals in the field of hypnotheraphy and provides referral services for persons seeking hypnotherapy throughout U.S.A and western Europe.

ACHEAmerican Council of Hypnotist Examiners:

Organized in 1980, ACHE certifies examiners worldwide

NGHNational Guild of Hypnotists, Inc.


ABH – American Board of Hypnotherapy


AAPH – American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists


APMHA – American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association


AHA – American Hypnosis Associations


ASCH – American Society of Clinical Hypnosis


International Alliance of Professional Hypnotists


What is C.Ht?

The certified hypnotherapist that has gained certification as a C.Ht. through a professional organization such as IMDHA, IACT, or NGH has at the minimum level, training in basic and advanced hypnosis with a minimum of 120 hour specialized hypnosis instruction.

Please research these organizations. It seems that a lot of online and relatively new organizations have come on to the scene in the past 10 years or so that have some people questioning their credibility. I would start by google’ing their name and see what comes up, also make sure they are not just using a POBox for their address.

Other Hypnosis Links:

Hypnosis education in Minnesota (Study Hypnosis in MN)

International Registry of Professional Hypnotherapists IRPH – UK

International Hypnosis Federation – US

Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy – UK

The National Council of Hypnotherapy – UK

International Association of Research and Regression Therapists IARRT – US

American Board of Hypnotherapy ABH – US

HMI – California http://www.hypnosis.edu/hypnotherapy/training/

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis http://www.asch.net/

Hypnosis Training:

Reference which includes lists of training programs with ongoing research and practicum sites in hypnosis:
Mayne, T. J., Sayette, M. A., & Norcross, J. C. (2004). Insider’s guide to graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology (2004/2005 edition). New York: Guilford.

General collection of papers of historical importance to the field of hypnosis:
Gauld, A. (1992). A history of hypnotism. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Tinterow, M. M. (Ed.). (1970). Foundations of hypnosis. Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas.

From Associations Directory (retrieved on 10/06/2009):

Last updated: 10/12/2009

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  1. November 16th, 2009 at 19:59 | #1

    Once again you have have provided a great service to the psychotherapeutic community. Thank you so much for this comprehensive list. I find myself developing a growing interest in hypnosis and hypnotherapy as well, especially in cases in which the various talk therapies fail due to repressed shadow material, lack of self awareness, deep trauma, and so forth. I am beginning to think that hypnosis might be a useful tool for every therapist’s toolbox.

    I will repost this on my blog as well.

  2. November 16th, 2009 at 21:29 | #2

    Andrew, thank you for visiting my site and your complements. This article is a work in progress so make sure to revisit in the future.

    I believe that hypnosis can help dramatically in these areas, it’s been documented in many instances to be of great help. I continue to research and practice hypnosis now. I do not do hypnotherapy as I am not a therapist, but therapy always happens in the client as a result of hypnosis. So many seek hypnosis after they’ve tried years of main stream mental health care and failing. Hypnosis to me is the most direct and effective method than can tackle all sorts of mental and physical issues. :)

    I was seriously considering psychotherapy and took some classes, then I decided that hypnosis was what I was looking for.

    Checkout the ‘hypnosis’ category here: http://www.seekingwholeness.com/category/hypnosis

    Also check out the this site that I am slowly filling with evidence http://www.holistichealinghypnosis.com

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