Hypnosis as therapy

History of Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy Academy of America defines hypnotherapy as this:

Experts agree that hypnosis is a natural, yet altered state of mind. Hypnotherapy is the application of universally accepted self-discovery techniques and self-empowerment methods
(during this altered state) that free you of fear-based programming and assumed limitations.

This provides for an experience of your natural state – health, joy, abundance, and love.

Hypnotherapy also provides access to all your inner resources – resources you may not know you have.

This helps with solving problems and reaching important goals more easily.

“At the heart of the practice of hypnotherapy is the dynamic principle that thought is creative.”

Meaning, the quality of our dominant subconscious thinking influences every aspect of our life.

Hypnosis has helped thousands of people have breakthroughs that bring about lasting positive Changes.
Hypnotherapy is similar to the practice of medicine or counseling in this way:

“Hypnotherapists induce hypnotic state in the client to increase motivation or alter behavior patterns through hypnosis. Consults with clients to determine the nature of the problem. Prepares the client to enter a hypnotic state by explaining how hypnosis works and what the client will experience.

Test subjects to determine degrees of physical or emotional suggestibility.

 Induces hypnotic techniques based on interpretation of tests results and analysis of client’s problem. 

May train clients with self-hypnosis conditioning.

The Hypnotherapy Academy of America awards a diploma, but the graduate need certification

by the International Board of Hypnotherapy (IBH) before conducting sessions with clients.



A western scientist first became involved with hypnosis around 1770 when Fran Mesmer (1734 –1815) a physician from Austria thought of the use of magnets and mesmerizing states created healing effects.



Scottish surgeon James Braid coined the term hypnotism in 1842.

Hypnotism is derived from the Greek word hypnosis meaning (sleep).

Hypnosis was used briefly by field doctors in the American Civil War where it was the first extensive medical applications of hypnosis.


20th Century

In the 20th Century Harry Ahrens, one of the biggest contributors to hypnosis founded the Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis. He literally trained thousands of specialist, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists over a 40 year period.



Dave Ellman helped promote the medical use of hypnosis from (1949 – 1962) although Ellman’s definition of hypnosis is still used today by professional hypnotherapists hehad no medical training. 

Dave Ellman trained more physicians and dentists in the use of hypnosis than anyone in the United States.



E. A. Barnett, M.D., published the book Analytical Hypnotherapy, and defined quote,“Hypnosis is the process of communication with the unconscious mind recognizable by the presence of unconscious responses to suggestion, set response being characterized by lack of voluntary initiation.”



U.S. Department of Education places Hypnotherapy in the “Health Sciences and Human Services” division of the Classification of Instructional Programs CIP identification number for Hypnotherapy Education is 51.3603.

The United States Department of Labor, Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) identification number for professional “Hypnotherapists” is 079.157.010.


Present Day

“Every day and in every way”

Joseph Jaston of the U.S. and Emile’ Coue’ of Europe saw hypnosis become part of the self- help movement. Coue’s pattern of speech “every day, in every way” is still used today.