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All The Hypnosis & Hypnotherapists Licenses

certIt is best to avoid all online schools that offer hypnosis training. State-licensed schools are more reputable and trust worthy, other schools that are accredited by accreditation agencies are also trust worthy. There are usually only a few accredited or state-licensed hypnosis schools in each state.

Before reading further, I suggest you read my previous article on accreditation in the US and avoiding diploma mills (here). The article briefly discusses state accreditation along with Regional, National and Programmatic (or professional) accreditation agencies in the US.

When it comes to hypnosis, there are several accrediting professional bodies, or agencies, that issue certifications to hypnotists or hypnotherapists. The goal in this article is to list all these agencies.

As I researched in preparation for this article it became clear that there were many organizations offering accreditation, certification or membership. In fact, I think  there are just too many of these agencies. Am I the only one that thinks this?  Checkout the list below, and let me know..

All the 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


ASCH – American Society of Clinical Hypnosis


SCEH – Society of Clinical and Experiment Hypnosis


AHA – American Hypnosis Associations


International Alliance of Professional Hypnotists


What is C.Ht?

The certified hypnotherapist is one 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.

Too Many Licensing Agencies?

spiralIt seems that many new organizations have come on to the scene in the past 20 years or so that have some people question their credibility. If you are new to the world of hypnosis or are not a therapist yourself, seeing all these organizations could make you feel dizzy.

I would start by google’ing their name and see what comes up, also make sure they are not using a P.O.Box for their address.

Ultimately, to judge the qualifications of your hypnotist, check their years of experience, their academic training and degrees, publications, etc… Best of all, get a referral from a professional that you trust.

Let Me Know:

  • Have I missed an accreditation / certification organization? If so please let me know by leaving a comment.
  • If you prefer a certain organization over another please let me know.
  • If you dislike any of these organizations, I’d love to hear from you.


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  1. May 16th, 2009 at 23:18 | #1

    For those in the UK I found these hypnotherapy organizations that you could be registered or certified by:
    * The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
    * The Hypnotherapy Association (HA)
    * The British Institute of Hypnotherapy (BIH)
    * The National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (NACHP)
    * The UK Guild of Hypnotist Examiners (UKGHE)
    * The Society of Stress Managers (SSM)
    * British Association of Therapeutical Hypnotists (BATH)
    * British National Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists (NRAH)
    * Association for Professional Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (APHP)
    * Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy (CAH)

  2. May 16th, 2009 at 23:33 | #2

    I found a long list of US and European hypnosis (and hypnosis-related) organizations. Here’s the list:

    AAPH American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists
    ABH American Board of Hypnotherapy
    ABNLP American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming
    ACH Academy of Curative Hypnotherapists
    ACHE American Council of Hypnotist Examiners
    ACMT Association of Complete Mind Therapists
    ACPP Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry
    AEP Association of Educational Psychology
    Affil.RSH Affiliate Royal Society of Health
    AFPsSI Associate Fellow Psychological Society of Ireland
    AFT Association for Family Therapy
    AGC Association of Gold Counsellors
    AHHC Association of Hypnotherapists in Health Care
    AHP Association of Humanistic Psychology
    AICH Associate Institute of Clinical Hypnosis
    ALC Associate Lambourn Court
    AMCAP Associate Member Centre Association of Psychotherapists
    AMRSH Associate Member Royal Society of Health
    AMT Association of Meridian Therapies
    ANLP (PCS) Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming (Psychotherapy and Counselling Services)
    ANLP Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming (UK)
    ANM Association of Natural Medicine
    APA American Psychological Association
    APHP Association of Professional Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
    APHT Association of Psychological and Holistic Therapists
    APRT (USA) Association for Past-Life Research and Therapies (USA)
    APT Association of Professional Therapists
    AREBT Association of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapists
    ASD Association for the Study of Dreams
    ASIIP Adlerian Society of Great Britain
    ASRST Association for Spirit Release and Soul Therapies
    BABCP British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists
    BAC British Association for Counselling
    BANT British Association of Nutritional Therapists
    BASRT British Association of Spirit Releasement Therapy
    BAThH British Association of Therapeutic Hypnotists
    BCMA British Complementary Medical Association
    BCPA Bedfordshire Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
    BDA British Dental Association
    BHMA British Holistic Medical Association
    BHR British Hypnosis Research
    BIAET British Institute for Allergy and Environmental Therapy
    BIHom British Institute of Homoeopaths
    BMA British Medical Association
    BPS British Psychological Society
    BRCP (Hyp) British Register of Complementary Practitioners (Hypnotherapy Division) Linked to ICM
    BSBSD British Society for Behavioural Sciences in Dentistry
    BSCH (Assoc) Associate British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
    BSECH British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis
    BSPD British Society of Paediatric Dentistry
    BTAA Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia and Bowen Association (UK)
    BTS British Thoracic Society
    CCNN Couples Counselling National Network
    CITA Counselling for Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction
    CPHVA Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association
    CPS Counselling and Psychotherapy Society
    EATA European Association for Transactional Analysis
    EDA Eating Disorders Association
    EMDRA Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Association (U.K. and Ireland)
    EMDRIA Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing International Association
    EMRCT East Midland Region College of Teachers
    ESMH European Society of Medical Hypnosis
    ETSI European Therapy Studies Institute
    F.Coll.P Fellow College of Preceptors
    F.Inst.H.T. Fellow Institute of Holistic Therapies
    FAACT Fellow Association of Analytical and Cognitive Therapists
    FAAP Fellow American Association of Psychotherapists
    FAGC Fellow Association of Gold Counsellors
    FASH Fellow Academy of Scientific Hypnotherapy (USA)
    FASM Fellow Association of Stress Management
    FBST Brief Strategic Therapy Foundation
    FCAP Fellow Centre Association of Psychotherapists
    FCRAH Fellow Central Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists (Linked to National School of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy)
    FGSCT (UK) Fellow UK Guild of Smoking Cessation Therapists
    FHRS Fellow Hypnotherapy Research Society
    FHS Fellow Hypnotherapy Society
    FHSR Fellow Harley Street Research Study Centre for Anxiety Management
    FHT Federation of Holistic Therapists
    FIAPT Fellow International Association of Precision Therapists
    FIBMS Fellow Institute of Bio-Medical Sciences
    FICHM Fellow International College of Holistic Medicines
    FIHP Fellow Institute of Hypnosis and Parapsychology
    FNACHP Fellow National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists
    FNCP Fellow National Council of Psychotherapists
    FRSH Fellow Royal Society of Health
    FRSM Fellow Royal Society of Medicine
    FSMCA Fellow Stress Management Counsellors Association
    FSPCAH Fellow Society for Primary Cause Analysis by Hypnosis
    FSSM Fellow Society of Stress Managers
    FSSPS Fellow Scottish School of Psychic Studies
    GCP Guild of Complementary Practitioners
    GDC General Dental Council
    GMC General Medical Council
    HPA Health Practitioners Association
    IACT International Association of Counsellors and Therapists (USA)
    IAHH Irish Association of Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis
    IAHP International Association of Healthcare Practitioners
    IAT International Association for Transactional Analysis
    IBS (UK) UK Register of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Therapists
    ICHP Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
    ICM Institute for Complementary Medicine
    IFA International Federation of Aromatherapists
    IFT Institute for Family Therapy
    IHE Institute of Health Education
    IHT Institute of Holistic Therapies
    IIHHT International Institute of Health and Holistic Therapies
    INEH International Network of Esoteric Healing
    IPD Institute of Personnel and Development
    IPTI Independent Professional Therapists International
    IRPH International Register of Professional Hypnotherapists
    ISH International Society of Hypnosis
    ISMA (UK) International Stress Management Association (UK)
    ISPA International Society of Professional Aromatherapists
    ITEC International Therapists Examination Council
    LCI Lambourn Court International
    LCSP London and Counties Society of Physiologists
    LHRS Licentiate Hypnotherapy Research Society
    LHS Licentiate Hypnotherapy Society
    LNCP Licentiate National Council of Psychotherapists
    LSEPH London Society for Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis
    M.CoH Member College of Healing
    MAACT Member Association of Analytical and Cognitive Therapists
    MAAT Member Association of Analytical Therapists
    MABNLP Member American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming
    MACH Member Academy of Curative Hypnotherapists
    or Member Association of Clinical Hypnotherapists
    MAGPC Member Association of Gold Psychotherapeutic Counsellors
    MAHH Member Association of Holistic Hypnotherapists
    MAQCH Member Association of Qualified Curative Hypnotherapy
    MASC Member Association of Stress Consultants
    MASM Member Association of Stress Management
    MBAcC Member British Acupuncture Council
    MBASRT Member British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy
    MBHA Member British Hypnotherapy Association (London)
    MBIH Member British Institute of Hypnotherapy
    MBSCH Member British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
    MBSH Member British Society of Hypnotherapists
    MBSMDH Member British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis
    MCA Hyp Member Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy (Linked to Atkinson Ball College of Hypnotherapy)
    MCAM Member College for Anxiety Management
    MCRAH Member Central Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists (Linked to National School of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy)
    MFHT Member Foundation of Holistic Therapies
    MGCH Member Guild of Curative Hypnotherapists
    MGSGT Member UK Guild of Smoking Cessation Therapists
    MHF Member Hypnothink Foundation
    MHPG Member Hypnotherapy Practitioners Guild
    MHRS Member Hypnotherapy Research Society
    MHS (Acc) Accredited Member Hypnotherapy Society
    MHS Member Hypnotherapy Society
    MIACT Member Irish Association for Counselling and Therapy
    MIAH Member International Association of Hypno-Analysts
    or Institute of Analytical Hypnotherapists
    MIAPT Member International Association of Precision Therapists
    MIBiol Member Institute of Biology
    MICHT Member International Council of Holistic Therapists
    MIFA Member International Federation of Aromatherapists
    MIHA Member Institute of Hypnosis and Autogenics
    MIHE Member Institute of Health Education
    MIHP Member Institute of Hypnosis and Parapsychology
    MIMgt Member Institute of Management
    MINT Member Institute of Natural Therapy
    MIPA Member Institute of Primary Activation
    MIPP Member Institute of Psychology and Parapsychology
    MNACHP Member National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists
    MNATH Member National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists (USA)
    MNCH (Acc.) Accredited Member National Council for Hypnotherapy
    MNCH (Lic.) Licentiate Member National Council for Hypnotherapy
    MNCH (Reg.) Registered Member National Council for Hypnotherapy
    MNCP Member National Council of Psychotherapists
    MNFSH Member National Federation of Spiritual Healers
    MNRAH Member National Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists
    MNRSCT Member National Register of Smoking Cessation Therapists
    MNSPH Member National Society of Professional Hypnotherapists
    MPHC Member Professional Hypnotherapy Centre
    MPHINZ Member Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Institute of New Zealand
    MPI Merseyside Psychotherapy Institute
    MRAGPH Member Register of Approved Gastro-intestinal Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists
    MRF Member Reiki Federation
    MRPS Member Royal Pharmaceutical Society
    MSIR Member Scottish Institute of Reflexologists
    MSMCA Member Stress Management Counsellors Association
    MSMN Member Scientific and Medical Network
    MSSM Member Society of Stress Managers
    MSSM Midland School of Stress Management
    MSTAT Member Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
    MSTT Member Society of Transformational Therapy
    MWF Medical Womens Federation
    NAP National Association of Psychotherapists
    NAPsy National Association of Psychology
    NASEN National Association for Special Education Needs
    NGH National Guild of Hypnotists (USA)
    NIM Northern Institute of Massage
    NRHP National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (Linked to National College of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists)
    ORP Oxsem Register of Practitioners (Divorce and Separation Recovery)
    PICT Parks Inner Child Therapy (Counsellors Association)
    PF Peiffer Foundation
    RCGP Royal College of General Practitioners
    RCN Royal College of Nursing
    RCPsych Royal College of Psychiatrists
    RSM Royal Society of Medicine
    SEAL Society for Effective/Affective Learning
    SIRA Silkwood International Reiki Association
    SMCA Stress Management Counsellors Association
    SNLP Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming (USA)
    SNU Spiritualists National Union
    SOCH Society of Curative Hypnotherapy
    SPCAH Society for Primary Cause Analysis by Hypnosis
    SSCH Swedish Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists
    TLTA Time Line Therapy Association
    UKCC United Kingdom Central Council for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors
    UKCP United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
    UKGHE UK Guild of Hypnotist Examiners (Formerly British Council of Hypnotist Examiners)
    UKMHMA United Kingdom Homoeopathic Medical Association
    UKRC United Kingdom Register of Counsellors (Linked to BAC)
    UPA Universities Psychotherapy Association
    WFH World Federation of Healing
    WIPH World Institute of Professional Hypnotherapists

  3. May 17th, 2009 at 08:47 | #3

    I am amazed at the number of hynosis organizations. Thanks for the information.

  4. May 17th, 2009 at 14:45 | #4

    @Rev. Lynn
    Thank you for stopping by :)

  1. May 17th, 2009 at 13:24 | #1