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Is Hypnosis in Therapy Ethical?

Learn if hypnosis therapy is ethical from clinical hypnotherapist Debbie Catz in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Debbie Catz. I'm a certified clinical hypnotherapist here in the San Francisco Bay area. I have a masters degree in social work. To learn more about this you can visit my website at And now I'm going to help you understand the simplicity of hypnosis. In the United States, yes it is. As long as the hypnotist or hypnotherapist is trained and certified by a legitimate licensing certification organization. The largest in the U.S. I believe is the NGH National Guild of Hypnotists and I am a member in good standing with NGH. But there's a number of other different organizations so you wanna make sure that you check that out and check who has, you know, what training the person has had. But I'm not familiar with the rules and the laws of other countries. So you would wanna check that out if you're gonna have therapy or hypnosis in another country. There might be some other country where it's not legal, it's not allowed. But if it is, it is an ethical form of treatment of therapy. And what basically what happens with hypnosis as opposed to, for hypnotherapy as opposed to regular traditional cognitive therapy or just regular therapy with a psychologist or a therapist is that hypnosis or hypnotherapy works faster because it bypasses the critical conscious mind. So hypnosis we talk about the two parts of the brain. The conscious mind and the subconscious. The subconscious mind is ninety percent, and the conscious mind or also known as the critical conscious mind is ten percent. So what happens in hypnotherapy is we bypass that critical conscious mind by getting a person into that hypnotic state, that relaxed state. And going to the source of most of our problems, our issues, our thought patterns, all of that. It's all in the subconscious mind. So, that is why hypnotherapy works faster and with way fewer sessions than traditional therapy, is because we're going right to the source, right to the issue which is the subconscious mind. In regular talk therapy we have to get past all of those defenses, and excuses. All those things the subconscious mind puts up as barrier. And so hypnotherapy is a legitimate form of therapy and is really quite effective and usually takes way fewer sessions. And yes, it is very ethical.

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