Today: Jan 21 , 2019

Mind Matters: Hypnotist vs. Hypnotherapist

21 April 2018  

All about hypnotherapists and hypnotists.

Q. What is the difference between a hypnotist you see on TV and a hypnotherapist?

A. A hypnotist describes a person who guides a subject into an altered state of consciousness: There are many altered states of consciousness that come under the heading of hypnosis that can be achieved through various methods called inductions. Anyone who attempts to hypnotize a subject can call him or herself a hypnotist. There are many armature hypnotists out there, they can cause serious problems for their unwitting subject. I always recommend that people do not allow anyone to hypnotize them who is not fully qualified. It should not be used for fun and games. The hypnotists you see on TV and at night clubs are entertainers, and not administering to the subjects needs, but to demonstrate how hypnosis can be used to release inhibitions and perform for an audience. Most scenes in movies and TV wherein hypnosis is shown to be employed seldom if ever depict appropriate or even legitimately and professionally applied methods; they are unrealistic and misleading.

The hypnotists who engage large groups in hotel rooms, for example for stopping smoking, cannot legitimately claim to be hypnotherapists in that situation. Also the common “one shot” approach they employ has very poor statistical and long term results for the vast majority of participants for many reasons. One being that not everyone will be hypnotized by the same method of induction, another is that not everyone will act on the same suggestions given in hypnosis to change behavior. 

A hypnotherapist is a person trained and fully qualified to employ hypnosis for therapeutic purposes, such as helping people overcome various behavioral problems, addictions, pain and other issues, and facilitate positive change as well as healing. Unlike a stage hypnotists a good hypnotherapist will not take a generalized approach. Each client is treated as in individual. The word therapy is indeed an indication that the hypnotist does genuine therapy, and that means he or she does all that is necessary to resolve the issues, that is the causes of the problems. They know that hypnosis is a tool and how it is used will make all the difference between good and satisfying outcomes or disappointing ones.

I suggest you go to my website and listen to the lecture “Introduction to Hypnosis,” and also other information on that site to answer your questions. The better informed you are the more realistic your expectations will be.

Q. Where would a person look for a qualified hypnotherapist?  Is there an association like Better Business Bureau?

A.  The Better Business Bureau (BBB)  does not qualify hypnotherapists, they simply do their best to assure people get legal, ethical and fair and honest  business treatment.The BBB though could tell you if  a hypnotist or hypnotherapist has been complained about for wrongful or misreading business practices.

There are many professional organizations who train hypnotherapists, some obviously better than others; and others who have a registry of those qualified and certified as hypnotherapists. Not all hypnotherapists are members of those organizations. There are many hypnotherapists who have been through courses and been given their diplomas. However, that does not mean they are necessarily the best one to meet your individual needs. So when seeking a fully qualified hypnotherapist you need to find one who is experienced as well as having a realistic and comprehensive approach.

Too many hypnotherapists attempt to cater to those seeking a quick fix, and use a generalized approach. That means you are lucky it it works for you. Always seek a hypnotherapist who tailors their treatment plans to the individual's needs and creates inductions and suggestion formulations specifically to the individual's psychology and many other important factors. A well qualified hypnotherapist would have a realistic in depth and comprehensive approach to guiding his or her client toward their goals, and who also makes sure that all the issues that underlie their problems are resolved on all levels of consciousness.



Dr. Elaine Kissel

Dr. Elaine Kissel Ph.D. Hypnotherapist has been in practice since 1977, and since then has become recognized as one of the most successful hypnotherapy practices in the country. Not just for the numbers of clients Elaine Kissel serves, but also for the success rate she achieves for her clients.

When Elaine Kissel set out to help people with hypnosis, she had to overcome the misconceptions that had held it back for more than a century. The popular though erroneous notions about hypnosis gradually succumbed to Elaine’s steadfast determination to educate people with the facts and provide the kind of hypnotherapy best suited to each individual client.

She was the first to be allowed to advertise in the popular press because she made it clear that she was not offering entertainment or instant miracles. She eradicated the nonsensical ideas about hypnosis while she established a new and better reputation for hypnosis with the nature of her practices.

Elaine’s continuing self-education and educating the public about hypnosis paved the way for others to enter the field. She created a huge wave of credibility and acceptance for hypnosis through her commitment to excellence: and with her scientifically controlled study proving blood sugar can be controlled with hypnosis, she won for the profession new positive recognition and acceptance from the medical community.

She was awarded the Hypnologist of the Year in 1981 for her contributions to the art and science of hypnosis. Since then Elaine has continued to make significant contributions to the field. For example, her Whole Mind Hypnotherapy is an approach which employs all levels of consciousness in the hypnotherapeutic process. The creation of the Weight Control Seminar was another innovation.