Can Hypnosis be Harmful?

The most sure of way of avoiding an unpleasant experience is to make certain that the clinical hypnotist  you choose has the proper credentials for treating your condition.  So, if you suffer from an eating disorder, for example, and would like to incorporate hypnosis into treatment, the clinician should have the proper credentials for treating eating disorders along with credentials for utilizing hypnosis.

Always choose a professional licensed mental health or healthcare clinician trained in clinical hypnosis with whom you can TRUST.  While no one can be hypnotized into doing something against their moral beliefs, a person entrusting another for help can be exploited.

There are to factors to consider in selecting a hypnotherapist:

  1. Look for the professional license to ensure the person you choose is in fact licensed in you state to treat your disorder, problem, etc.
  2. Look for the certification that the professional has the hypnosis training that is provided by a reputable hypnosis organization.

As emphasized in other areas in my site, choose someone who is guided not only by a professional ethics and a licensing committee but also by a reputable hypnosis organization such as the Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), and the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH).

Finally, in addition to legitimate concerns regarding the qualifications of anyone providing hypnosis, see my page on Hypnosis Myths.