Clinical Hypnotherapist or Hypnotist: how to know which you need for mental illness issues

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In response to suggestions that I discuss topics such as hypnotherapy credentials, chemtrails, GMOs, pharmaceutical drug effects and fluoridation of water as they affect mental illness issues, this post provides tips on how to find legitimate practitioners of health and wellness.  Hopefully it will help those seeking assistance to avoid those who are simply jumping on the bandwagon without the background and training to support their claims and ‘titles’ – particularly when it comes to assisting with mental illness issues.

Carefully checking the credentials of all people who will be working with your mind, body and spirit is vitally important because there are those, poorly trained and questionably intentioned, who will take advantage of the hard work of legitimate and qualified hypnotherapy practitioners.  Thus we see exaggerated credentialing in fields such as nutrition, counselling, massage therapy, crystal therapy, Reiki, angel therapy, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and many others.

There has been a significant number of hypnotherapists without clear credentialing appearing in certain areas of North America and I’ve noticed that psychologists and psychiatrists have started, once again, referring to themselves as hypnotherapists after learning a bit of hypnotism.  This troubles me because using hypnotism to advance their theories (none proven to date by the way), is in my view, a misuse of this wonderful state.  In the 1990’s they created false memories, satanic cult issues, multiple personality problems and kept patients on cocktails of harmful drugs for years as a result of using direct suggestions while their patients were in the state of hypnosis.  You might remember the story of Sybil, which ended up being told through a Hollywood movie of the same name.  The theories were recently proven to be a complete fraud perpetrated by this patient’s psychiatrist and psychologist who were tasked with helping mental illness sufferers.  Instead it is absolutely clear they exploited vulnerable patients.

Some people are now using the title CCHt (Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist) without any credentials listed on their website to support that title.  Here are some tips that may help a prospective hypnotherapy client avoid disappointment when they seek assistance with mental illness issues:

(a) Qualified hypnotherapists must know far more about healing mental illness than how to induce and use hypnosis.  They must be fully versed on the roles medications, thyroid issues, heart disease and fluoride poisoning play in emotional difficulties and weight and pain management issues.  They must be fully knowledgeable about GMOs, heavy metal poisoning, additives and a great many other weight, depression and agitation-causing culprits.  They must be capable of guiding a client safely onto a healthy diet free of conventional propaganda, which rarely advises a person to avoid damaging GMO carbohydrates, unhealthy dairy products, the addictive properties of psychiatric medications and especially GMO sugars. It is not enough to ‘talk’ about getting to the ‘root’ causes of issues; a practitioner must be fully trained in corrective regression techniques.

If a hypnotist / hypnotherapist offers you a ‘quick fix’ or suggests it’s just a matter of ‘talking’ to your subconscious mind in order to resolve emotional issues (especially for anxiety, depression, addictions, bipolar and other mental illness issues and pain) you should probably run because there is a lot more involved.  Remember, just because a person refers to themselves as a hypnotherapist, it doesn’t mean they really are.

(b) CCHt means Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.  This should not be confused with CHt which is Certified or Consulting Hypnotist.  A psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist is not automatically qualified as a hypnotherapist and in fact are often the least able to apply the principles of hypnotherapy efficiently and effectively to resolve mental illness.

Ethical practitioners do not appropriate the title CCHt without spending the considerable time and energy to earn it.  CCHt refers to a practitioner who has trained through the levels Hypnotist, Master Hypnotist and finally the advanced hypnotherapy level (includes regression training) that will ensure they can handle all manner of clinical work in the field of mental illness safely and effectively. Usually specialized training will be undertaken after this.

To my knowledge there are two places to get this certification, one in the USA and the other in Canada.  The Pacific Institute of Advanced Hypnotherapy in BC, where I was trained, trains post-graduate medical students in hypnotherapy at the UofA, Department of Family Medicine.  Regression to find the root cause is not learned from a book… one must be carefully supervised until proficient at root-cause resolution of mental illness, If someone is using CCHt, ask them where they were trained and check it out carefully.

BTW, I am not referring to past life regression which is a completely separate and unrelated use of hypnosis and is rarely, if ever, of any value in resolving mental illness.

(c)  Hypnotists (or hypnotherapists who lack the proper advanced training) are not trained to help a client resolve anxiety, depression, addictions or any other mental health issue.  Unless they have had specific pain management training at a trustworthy facility that you can check out, you should take a pass.  Deep-rooted mental illness issues, including addictions, require identification and resolution through regression hypnotherapy.  Without skill and knowledge in all the areas mentioned above, one could easily mistaken  fluoride poisoning for emotional depression, drug-induced agitation for emotional anxiety and even possibly pain for withdrawal (and vice versa). See Dr. Fred Janke’s definition and description at my website under Choosing Your Hypnotherapist for more details of the difference between clinical hypnotherapists and hypnotists.

(d) In my view, if one is transparent and legitimately entitled to use the titles they display in any field, their training and experience should be listed in clear language on their website to facilitate confirmation.  This is especially important for those working with mental illness issues. For the questions to ask at Choosing Your Hypnotherapist.

(e)  “Jack of all trades, master of none’ is a term that comes to mind when I see some wellness advertisements and claims.  For all emotional and chronic health issues, you must work with a specialist who can help tease out the factors involved in mental illness and  who can provide you with the resources and support you need to understand and overcome them.  Without knowledge of the effects of pharmaceutical drugs, especially psychiatric drugs, a practitioner is certainly not going to be able to help you safely navigate the inevitable withdrawal and psychotic symptoms they cause or resolve the deeper emotional issues.

As Ronald Reagan said,’Trust but Confirm!’ There is no such thing as a ‘quick fix’ of mental illness by someone else.  Only you can ‘fix’ yourself; work with someone with verifiable credentials who can demystify the process.

Grace Joubarne is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and founder of GracePlace Wellness, a freelance writer, blogger (AskGrace!) and decades-long advocate of sustainable living, non-GMO and chemical-free foods, fluoride-free drinking water and alternative health care modalities.  For verifiable credentials:


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