All therapists listed in the AHA Hypnotherapists Directory are graduates of HMI's Nationally Accredited Hypnotherapy training program. The Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI) leases space, in the HMI clinical facility, to HMI graduates who operate self-employed, private hypnotherapy practices. The Hypnotherapists who lease office space from HMI and are listed in this directory, are not HMI employees, but are, instead tenants over whom HMI exercises no control.
The AHA Hypnotherapists listed in this directory are not employees of HMI or the AHA, but are, instead self-employed hypnotherapists in private practice, over whom HMI or the AHA exercises no control. HMI or AHA does not receive a referral fee and/or share or participate in any fees or revenues collected by Hypnotherapists for their private services.
Under California law, hypnosis and hypnotic techniques may be used by individuals not licensed to practice psychology or medicine under two sets of circumstances.
Sexual, social or business relationships between clients and hypnotherapists are unethical, and are strictly forbidden under the term of their lease with HMI. If a hypnotherapist leasing space from HMI makes any sexual advance or overture to you, you should refuse to comply and report that individual to HMI immediately.
The use of hypnosis may at times elicit memories of past events which may or may not be literally true. It is possible that events under hypnosis will be distorted or misconstrued. Memories that are recovered under hypnosis are not necessarily accurate and may be a reconstruction and/or composite of memories. Without corroborating information, it's not possible to determine whether a specific memory is true or false, even if the client feels confident the memory is true.
While hypnosis may be an effective technique for many purposes, the effectiveness may vary from individual to individual, and no specific result can be promised or guaranteed.
While it is the practice of hypnotherapists to keep information confidential, information revealed in hypnotherapy is not subject to the psychotherapist-patient privilege, unless the hypnotherapist is also licensed as a psychotherapist. A court may require disclosure of information learned in hypnotherapy. If a therapist claims to be licensed as a psychotherapist under the Board of Behavioral Sciences or the Board of Psychology, you can contact those boards at their respective websites for verification.
The AHA Director requests that all Hypnotherapists in the directory provide full and accurate descriptions of their education and experience. The AHA and HMI does not provide verification of this information and cannot guarantee its accuracy. State laws regulating the practice of Hypnotherapy vary from state to state. The AHA and HMI does not, and cannot guarantee that each Hypnotherapist is operating within the laws governing the state or providence that they are operating within.
Use of the AHA Hypnotherapists Directory and/or services of the Hypnotherapists listed in this directory are at your sole risk and responsibility. All persons utilizing this directory who are seeking hypnosis services should be cautious, and should exercise the “Buyer Beware” approach to interviewing and choosing a Hypnotherapist.