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Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Speakers and Training

American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts
1-888-454-9766 (45-hypno)

We have speakers who can give presentations to professionals or lay audiences in schools, organizations, or ad hoc groups. Presentations vary in length from one hour to full day and multi-day workshops.

For professional organizations

  • Introduction to hypnosis
  • When to refer for hypnotherapy, and what you need to know to make a good referral
  • What professionals need to know about hypnosis
  • Using hypnosis and hypnotherapy with clients/patients
  • Training classes: Introduction to hypnosis (101 course) ; Introduction with specific focus such as pain management, stop smoking, weight loss, etc. (102 course)
  • Advanced Course: training in hypnoanalysis
  • Host an AAMH annual conference

Courses and presentations to organizations can be economical working with AAMH Training Professionals.

For schools, churches, and other community organizations

  • What is hypnosis: brief history of hypnosis, what is hypnosis, how can it be used
  • Relaxation techniques, stress reduction
  • Demonstrations of relaxation techniques
  • Stop smoking or weight loss groups

We offer talks at a variety of price ranges including pro bono for some organizations.

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If you are interested in bringing hypnosis training to your area or organization or are interested in attending training, you may also contact us at:

AAMH's Central Office
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E-Journal of the American Academy Of Medical Hypnoanalysts

As Featured in August Counseling Today:

"Fast-tracking recovery"
What if the millions of children and adults who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or past sexual abuse could be rid of the immobilizing anxieties associated with these or other traumas and phobias in only a few weeks or months? An alternative cure, medical hypnoanalysis...
By B. Lou Guckian www.guckianwriter.com
American Counseling Association Counseling Today Magazine
Copyright © August 2010. Reprinted with permission from Counseling Today, the monthly magazine of the American Counseling Association (counseling.org), Volume 54 Number 2.


To read some interesting articles by our members click on the links below:

This article is by our past President, David Leistikow, MD

Click Here for Panic Disorder Article


This book review is by John Scott, Jr., EdD, a long-time member and Past President of AAMH.

Click Here for Book Review of The Hidden Messages In Water


This article is an insightful look at passivity in patients diagnosed with Ponce De Leon Syndrome (PDL). It was written by Jeanne Clark, LCSW, Diplomate, AAMH, and practicing hypnoanalyst in the Greater Chicago area.

Click Here for "Passivity as a Characteristic of PDL"


The following includes scripts to be used with patients who fit the diagnosis described in the article above. These scripts are to be used by qualified Hypnoanalysts.

Click Here for "Scripts for Passivity"


If you have comments or questions about any of these articles, send an e-mail to info@aamh.com or click on "Contact Us" and fill in the form.

Thanks for your interest.

AAMH

Clinical Training Program
Revised September, 2013
  1. Licensure

    Licensure rules, as required by the trainee’s state of residence, must be followed as the trainee pursues the practice of hypnosis/hypnoanalytic therapy with clients. One can be working toward hours needed for full state licensure and can count the training hours for this as long as the Trainer qualifies as a supervisor.

  2. Trainee Background and Education Requirements

    AAMH is a multidisciplinary organization consisting of trained professionals who have as a minimum, one of the following:

    1. MD or DO degree
    2. PhD or EdD earned from an accredited college, university or institute in the field of psychology, psychotherapy, counseling or a closely related field.
    3. MA or MS from an accredited college or university in the field of health sciences such as psychology, psychotherapy, counseling or a closely related field and currently be enrolled in a doctorate program at an accredited college, university or institute, unless the Master's Degree is a terminal degree and allows one to be licensed to practice in the state of residence.
    4. MSW or MSC from an accredited college, university or institute.
    5. An earned Doctor of Ministry (DMin), or Master’s of Divinity (MDiv) or other equivalent graduate theological degree with a major in pastoral psychology, marriage or family therapy or equivalent program, accompanied with a current state license as a mental health professional or a clergyperson state-licensed to practice as a counselor or therapist. Must be qualified to provide independent counseling by the state and denominations where practice is located.

  3. Clinical Training in Hypnotherapy/Hypnoanalysis

    1. Levels of Training

      (Clinical Education & Training Committee will review residents as they move from level to level.)

      Before starting residency training in hypnoanalysis, the trainee must have completed the basic course, Hypnosis 101 (or equivalent) and the 203 Basic Hypnoanalysis course as taught by the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysis, both within a reasonable amount of time.

      1. Level I, Hypnoanalyst:

      1. This level is comprised of the first 120 hours of training. During this time the Trainee must undergo a personal analysis done by the Training Analyst. In the event the applicant has previously been in hypnoanalysis, the therapy would be supplemented by the Training Analyst.
      2. The text for this training, The Handbook of Brief Psychotherapy, by John Scott Sr., is to be read and studied since understanding hypnoanalytic theory is a major focus during this level of training.
      3. Additional areas of focus: proficiency in hypnosis skills, skill in formulating therapeutic suggestions, regular observation of Trainer doing hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypnoanalysis, with much emphasis on Age Regression techniques.
      4. It is expected that at least halfway through the 120 hours, the Trainee is doing basic hypnosis with clients, including hypnotherapeutic suggestions related to stress, smoking cessation, performance anxiety, etc. Trainee will bring in some of these cases for supervision.
      5. At the end of this Level the Trainee must pass the multiple choice portion of the written exam and turn in three (3) original direct suggestion scripts.
      6. Trainee will be provided with at least 30 scripts. These scripts, as well as all others received, may not, under any circumstances, be copied, duplicated or shared with anyone. The Trainee will also receive a one-year membership in the Academy (associate membership), which entitles him/her to discounts at annual meetings and postgraduate courses.
      7. To complete the training the trainee must be approved as competent by the instructor (s) who files a report with the Clinical Education and Training Committee. The Committee reserves the right to recommend further training before giving final approval. Length of time to complete this level shall preferably be no longer than 6 months.
      8. FEE: For these 120 hours the required fee is $2500.00.

      2. Level II, Hypnoanalyst:

      1. This level consists of 100 more hours of training. To be eligible for this level the Trainee must have successfully completed Level I, be attending AAMH annual conferences and be using hypnosis regularly.
      2. This level will be heavily focused on the art and skill of Hypnoanalysis. The system includes medical and psychological history techniques, with emphasis on subconscious responses and body language, and specific hypnoanalytic exercises will be taught and demonstrated, as well as the intricacies of the other hypnoanalytic tools related to age regression and much more.
      3. Trainee needs to begin using Hypnoanalysis with his/her clients, as early as possible, at this Level, if not already doing so. These cases need to be regularly brought in for review with the Trainer.
      4. At the end of this Level, Trainee must pass the second half of the written exam, which demonstrates a working knowledge of hypnoanalytic skills. Trainee must also turn in three (3) more original scripts, at least one of which would be used after an age regression.
      5. Trainee will be provided with at least 100 more scripts, many of which are related to the hypnoanalytic process. As previously stated, none of the scripts may be copied, duplicated or shared under any circumstances.
      6. Completion of Level II will follow the same criteria as prescribed in Level I, i.e.
        • To complete the training the trainee must be approved as competent by the instructor (s) who files a report with the Clinical Education and Training Committee. The Committee reserves the right to recommend further training before giving final approval. Length of time to complete this level shall preferably be no longer than 6 months.
      7. FEE: For these 100 hours, the required fee is $1700.00.
      8. (To proceed to Level III, resident must already have clients in hypnoanalytic process or ready to begin)

      3. Level III, Board Certified Hypnoanalyst:

      1. This level consists of the final 100 hours of training, which when successfully completed, results in becoming a Board Certified Hypnoanalyst. To be eligible to begin this level, the Trainee must have successfully completed Levels I & II, be attending AAMH annual conferences and be using Hypnoanalyis with clients regularly.
      2. Forty (40) of these 100 hours need to be done with a second trainer. Trainee will regularly bring in his/her cases to be reviewed by Trainers, so as to be prepared for the oral exam at the end of this Level of training.
      3. Trainee is required to write a hypnoanalytic article, on a suitable subject, acceptable for publication before training is completed.
      4. AAMH will provide Trainee with all the additional scripts needed for a basic Script library, which includes diagnostic and therapeutic scripts for a large variety of psychological and psychosomatic problems. These scripts may not, under any circumstances, be copied, duplicated or shared with anyone.
      5. At the end of Level III, Trainee will apply to take the verbal exam, consisting of 10 of the Trainee’s hypnoanalytic cases of various issues. These cases will be critiqued by the Clinical Education & Training Committee members. To complete this final stage of training, this Committee must approve the Trainee as competent. The Committee reserves the right to recommend further training before giving final approval. When approved, the Trainee is considered a Board Certified Hypnoanalyst by AAMH and will have completed 320 hours of training. Length of time to complete this level shall preferably be no longer than 6 months.
      6. FEES: For these 100 hours, the required fee is $1100.00.

    2. The fee for each level is to be paid by the trainee in accordance with a contract mutually agreed upon with the Academy as represented by its board of directors or officers. In the event that the trainee withdraws for any legitimate reason, the unused portion of the fee will be pro-rated and returned to the trainee.

    3. Recognition/certification:
      The Trainee will receive a certificate of completion from the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts, after completing each level of training and upon approval of The Clinical Education and Training Committee.
    4. Distance Training Alternative

      In order to thoroughly prepare therapists to be hypnoanalysts, we have found that it takes extensive one-to-one training. Because some therapists, who are interested in becoming Board Certified, may not live near one of our trainers, we are offering an alternative to our Traditional Training. This Program is in development, so some modifications may need to be made as the program unfolds.

      1. When two or more therapists from the same local area where there is no trainer, express an interest in training, they can request Distance Training. One or two of our trainers would then travel to their location on a pre-arranged schedule of usually two to three days at a time.
      2. Each trainee would receive personal analysis from one of the trainers. The trainees would also provide patients to be treated by the trainers as the trainees observe. At the appropriate time, as the training progresses, the trainees would begin treating patients and the trainers would observe and supervise.
      3. All required levels, hours, fees and requirements would be the same as the traditional Training Program. In addition, the trainees in the local area would pay for the trainers’ travel expenses as well as room and board. The trainees would also be required to travel to one trainer’s office who is not their Distant Trainer. This visit would be for one week (40 hours). It could be split between two trainers.
      4. As with the traditional Training Program, applicants for the residency program would be required to first attend at least one 101 (Basic Hypnosis Course) and one Advanced Training in Hypnosis course offered by AAMH.
      5. To complete the training, the trainee would be approved as competent by the instructors, who would file a report with the Education and Clinical Training Committee. The Committee would reserve the right to recommend further training before giving final approval. This Distance Training alternative should be less expensive for the trainees who live a distance from one of our trainers. It is our hope that we can reach more therapists with this alternative. For further information, please contact us and we can arrange a telephone consultation.


    5. The Practicing and Training Analyst

      1. The Practicing Medical Hypnoanalyst

        1. has met the prerequisites for training and who has had prescribed training as mentioned above or its equivalent (evaluated by the Clinical Training Committee).
        2. utilizes procedures on a regular and frequent basis in her/his clinical practice to the extent that other medical or psychological procedures are compatible with the practice of Medical Hypnoanalysis. The extent of frequency of practice of Hypnoanalysis should be a minimum of 50% of office or clinic time and/or procedures used by the clinician.

      2. The Training Analyst:

        1. must be a "Diplomate" in the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts and must be nominated and approved by the Board of Directors as a training analyst;
        2. must make clearly known her or his own specialty in training and educational background (e.g., medical specialty, psychology, counseling etc).
        3. has 5 years of experience in the practice of Medical Hypnoanalysis;
        4. has an office practice in Medical Hypnoanalysis that is active and offering many opportunities for trainees to observe the analysis process.

    Membership Information


    MOTTO OF
    THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MEDICAL HYPNOANALYSTS

    I understand that as I am an honest mental health practitioner, it is necessary that I see my practice as an ever advancing search to understand the human condition while developing techniques that relieve human suffering and foster personal growth and a greater capacity to build successful relationships with others.
    As a member of the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts I agree that medical hypnoanalysts offer a viable model for psychotherapy and I will seek to uphold its goals of fostering physical, mental, social and spiritual health.
    I am committed to education and development both professionally and personally especially that which helps me to uphold the highest ethical standards of practice and teaching.
    While I understand the value of independence of thought, I also realize that as a member of the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts I have a responsibility to cooperate with my colleagues and contribute to the growth of the organization. I will contribute by focusing my unique skills and abilities toward advancing the teaching and publication of our methods and to organizing and directing our membership.

    Membership Qualifications

    Associate Membership
    • Have at least a masters level degree or higher in one of the behavioral sciences inclusive of medicine, psychology, social work, and/or theology.
    • Demonstrate high ethical and professional standards and interested in the modality of hypnosis and its application to medical hypnosis.
    Clinical Membership
    • Have at least a master’s level degree or higher in one of the behavioral sciences inclusive of medicine, psychology, social work, and/or theology.
    • Demonstrate high ethical and professional standards, clinical ability and experience.
    • Interested in the modality of hypnosis and its application to medical hypnosis.
    • Will have completed one year of associate membership.
    • Must be concurrently enrolled in, or have completed, the Clinical Training program and be approved by the Clinical Education Committee.
    • Devote fifty percent or more of clinical practice to hypnoanalysis.

    Membership Application


    Membership Benefits

    Newsletter: News & Views
    • Keeping the membership abreast of Board decisions
    • Personals
    • Component Section News
    • Announcements of future meetings
    • Practical articles that help you treat your patients/clients more efficiently and more effectively.
    • Actual scripts for psychotherapy, sports, and self-improvement.
    • A vehicle for members who want to publish
    • Book reviews
    Membership Directory
    • Alphabetic and geographic listings
    • Clinical and associate listings
    Certificate of Membership
    Reduced Seminar and Worshop Fees
    National Professional Referral Service - Clinical
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    Frequently Asked Questions for Therapists

    What is Hypnotherapy?

    What is Hypnoanalysis?

    How does Hypnoanalysis work?

    What symptoms can hypnoanalysis treat?

    Can hypnosis or hypnoanalysis be used for pain management?

    What is Medical Hypnoanalysis?

    What is the duration of treatment?

    Is hypnosis a valid form of medical treatment?

    Why is it called Medical Hypnosis or Medical Hypnoanalysis?

    What is the Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts?


    What is Hypnotherapy?

    In hypnotherapy the hypnotized client is given direct suggestions by the hypnotherapist. These suggestions are worded to target the specific problem being treated. Smoking cessation, weight loss, nail biting, bed wetting and stress management respond successfully to hypnotherapy. Since it is easier for the client to stay focused in the hypnotic state when guided by a hypnotherapist more complex problems can be treated with hypnotherapy than with self-hypnosis. The suggestions can be worded at varying levels of complexity depending on the extent of the habituated behavior.
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    What is Hypnoanalysis?

    The most involved form of therapeutic hypnosis is Hypnoanalysis or Medical Hypnosis. This is a form of psychotherapy. In a relaxed hypnotic state the subconscious mind is more accessible. Hypnoanalysis allows the client and therapist to work together at the subconscious level to find the root cause of the problem. Once identified the source of the problem can be resolved at its origin effecting positive and permanent change beyond mere symptom relief.

    Often, symptoms are behaviors or responses or mindsets that may have been useful at one time but are no longer serving their original purpose. For example, children often think they are to blame or otherwise misinterpret life events which are actually the responsibility of the adults around them. A child may develop coping behaviors and carry that wrong belief set into adulthood where the symptoms and behaviors are no longer appropriate. Going back to the source memories of those life events while in hypnosis gives the adult the chance to reinterpret the event more appropriately. Once that is accomplished it can be a relatively simple matter to extinguish the symptoms with hypnotic positive reinforcement statements.
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    How does Hypnoanalysis work?

    Hypnoanalysis differs from traditional "talk" therapy in that much less time is spent talking about how the symptoms affect a person on a daily basis. Therapy time and energy are put into finding and removing the underlying cause of the problem through age regression work. Age regression work means simply remembering the events that first caused the symptoms, understanding the original situation and bringing them to a new light so that true healing can begin. Once the cause is removed the person can begin taking in new, healthy ways of thinking, feeling, acting and being in the world. With the help of carefully designed hypnotic suggestions true change takes place.
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    What symptoms can hypnoanalysis treat?

    Hypnoanalysis is used to successfully treat anxiety, phobias, depression, low self-esteem, fear conditions, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, eating disorders, somatic disorders and other Axis I conditions along with emotional, behavioral, psychological and spiritual issues.
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    Can hypnosis or hypnoanalysis be used for pain management?

    Many people have used hypnosis successfully to manage chronic pain. How does it work?

    Pain is a signal from the nervous system to the brain. When in pain muscles tense, not consciously, but as a coping mechanism against pain. This tension magnifies the pain. The secret of pain relief is total relaxation of every muscle. Relaxation of the body also raises the pain threshold. The patient learns to relax to a point of being almost pain free, then gradually lengthens the time spent in this mode.

    A second aspect of using hypnosis to manage pain is in the relaxation of the mind. This reduces the anticipation of the pain. A third aspect of pain relief is that putting one's attention on pain makes it worse. The opposite is also true. The mind can be distracted away from pain. Hypnosis can also help the anxiety and depression that often accompany chronic pain, making it less likely to interfere with life.

    Many dentists now use hypnosis to reduce fear and the need for anesthesia. However, in some situations, pain is a warning that something is wrong. This kind of pain needs to be first examined medically. Even then, hypnotic relaxation can be used as a temporary coping method until the underlying causes of pain are assessed and diagnosed.
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    What is Medical Hypnoanalysis?

    Medical Hypnoanalysis is a specialized method of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. It uses hypnosis to help the patient find personalized solutions for the presenting problem. This therapy is dynamic, short term, and directed. It is holistic in that it recognizes the interplay of mind, body and spirit to promote healing.

    Medical Hypnoanalysis emphasizes causes rather than symptoms and explanations rather than descriptions to relieve psychological suffering. Hypnosis is an instrument of the preconscious mind. In Medical Hypnoanalysis, hypnosis is coupled with a well-grounded knowledge of the development of psychopathology to identify, process and diminish the negative impact of specific causal events in a client's personal history. Depression, phobias, obsessions, psychosomatic disorders, self-destructive and anti-social behaviors can be alleviated. Emphasis is placed on a dual diagnosis (underlying and waking modes) against the backdrop of a holistic ordering of life's priorities.
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    What is the duration of treatment?

    Hypnoanalysis is a holistic treatment method that addresses the person on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It is a brief, directed form of psychotherapy, often accomplished in thirty sessions or less depending on the depth of the problem.
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    Is hypnosis a valid form of medical treatment?

    In 1958 the American Medical Association officially approved hypnosis for use in medicine and surgery. Hypnosis is one of the oldest forms of medical therapy dating back to ancient Egypt. Writings dating as far back as 3000 BC describe the use of hypnosis in the treatment of human illness.
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    Why is it called Medical Hypnosis or Medical Hypnoanalysis?

    Medical Hypnosis or Medical Hypnoanalysis is based on the medical model of taking a history, doing tests, making a diagnosis and providing treatment. "Prescriptions" are suggestions made while in hypnosis specifically designed to treat problems and to help create new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. While doctors use this powerful, effective tool, this therapy does not use medication or other invasive medical procedures. The term "medical" is an analogy for the medical diagnostic healing process.
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    What is the Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts?

    The "Academy" is a group of professionals who specialize in Medical Hypnoanalysis. This group is dedicated to the promotion of this unique and effective form of therapy through practice, education, demonstration, and post graduate training opportunities to include:

    AAMH also offers professional hypnotherapy referrals to qualified therapists. For over 30 years the Academy has been the original and exclusive training organization for medical hypnosis and hypnoanalysis.
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    Frequently Asked Questions for Clients

    What is Hypnosis?

    What does hypnosis feel like?

    Do I lose control if I become hypnotized?

    What if I can't be hypnotized?

    Is hypnosis safe?

    What is hypnosis used for?

    What is self-hypnosis?


    What is Hypnosis?

    Hypnosis is a concentrated, focused state of mind. It is a natural ability. You go in and out of a hypnotic state when you daydream, or concentrate intently on a project, or just before you fall asleep at night. It is a state of consciousness which is measurable on an EEG (a machine that measures brain waves). The alpha waves measured during hypnosis are similar to the brain waves activated during meditation.

    The word "hypnosis" (sometimes misspelled as "hipnosis") was first used in 1876. It is generally defined as "the inducement of sleep". It is from the Greek word "hypnos" (sleep) plus "-osis" (condition). Although the word is derived from the word "sleep" it is a common misconception that someone in a hypnotic trance is asleep or unconscious. If you are hypnotized you are awake with your mind focused on something specific. You ignore outside noises and you are more open to suggestion. When used in therapy your concentrated mind is paired with the relaxation of your body to facilitate your learning and inner exploration.
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    What does hypnosis feel like?

    Hypnosis is generally a feeling of being pleasantly relaxed. You are capable of moving, seeing, hearing and speaking while hypnotized. Usually the feeling of relaxation is so comfortable that you may choose not to do any of these things while focusing internally. If you have ever lost track of time while watching TV, reading a book, or being engrossed in a favorite activity, then you have already been in a state of trance similar to hypnosis.
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    Do I lose control if I become hypnotized?

    You cannot be hypnotized against your will or without your consent. Hypnosis is really a form of self-hypnosis. The choice to participate in your own self-hypnosis is under your control. Since self-hypnosis is a natural ability, a hypnotherapist functions like a guide or a coach to help you get to your own relaxed state.
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    What if I can't be hypnotized?

    Nearly everyone can be hypnotized. We are born with the ability to turn off the outside world and go within. Anxiety about the unknown, fear of not "getting it right", and stress overload may have kept you from being calm enough to get to your natural trance state. A willingness to try hypnosis, along with trust in your therapist or clinician, will help you to unwind and rediscover the healing effects of this natural form of relaxation.
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    Is hypnosis safe?

    You are aware of your surroundings when in a hypnotic state. If an emergency were to arise while in this state you would be able to immediately alert yourself and take whatever action necessary to handle the situation and keep yourself safe. A trained qualified professional will also give you additional safety suggestions in the trance state to reinforce your ability to respond quickly to any outside emergency.

    Since hypnosis is an innate condition (we are born with this ability), inducing hypnosis is not regulated in most states. Therapeutic hypnosis is different from the stage hypnosis used in entertainment. Medical hypnosis is safe when used by a professional trained in the healing arts. When seeking medical hypnosis, look for a medical doctor or mental health practitioner who has an advanced degree (Master's or Doctorate); is licensed as a counselor, social worker, psychologist, dentist or doctor; and who has taken additional training in clinical hypnosis or hypnotherapy from a professional training organization.
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    What is hypnosis used for?

    Hypnosis has many practical and therapeutic uses. Hypnosis can be used for self-improvement in study skills, sports performance, sales successes, and for overcoming mild fears. Therapeutic hypnosis can be used for a wide variety of conditions including smoking cessation, weight loss, panic attacks, phobias and other emotional conditions.
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    What is self-hypnosis?

    Self-hypnosis is a practice you can use to achieve relaxation, stress reduction, and improved concentration. You can learn it on your own or from a qualified hypnotherapist. Once in a relaxed state, you focus on a single specific goal using predetermined suggestions to meet that goal.
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    Presidents Of The Academy

    The Presidents of the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts have been:

    Frank Shubeck, MD 1974-1975
    Richard Rubottom, MD 1975-1976
    Richard Willard, MD 1976-1977
    George Honiotes, MD 1977-1978
    Dan Holloway, MD 1978-1979
    Theodore Tihansky, MD 1979-1980
    George Honiotes, MD 1980-1982
    Daniel Zelling, MD 1982-1986
    Alan Matez, DO 1986-1990
    John Scott, Jr., EdD 1990-1992
    E. Earl Taylor, ThD 1992-1994
    Pat Honiotes, MA 1994-1996
    John Scott, Jr., EdD 1996-1998
    David Leistikow, MD 1998-2000
    Karen Kiefer, DO 2000-2002
    David Leistikow, MD 2002-2006
    Don Hardy-Holley, MA, LPC, LMFT, NCC 2006-2008
    John Hart, DMin, LMFT, AB, MDiv 2008-2010
    Jeanne Clark, MSW, LCSW, ACSW 2010-2014
    Don Hardy-Holley, MA, LPC, LMFT, NCC, BCC 2014-
    History Of The Academy

    The American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts (AAMH) was formed in 1974. Eight medical doctors, full of planning and foresight, gathered in Indiana to discuss forming a new professional group solely for the purpose of educating others about this exciting form of psychotherapy. Those eight men were George Honiotes, Theodore Tihansky, Louis Boswell, Jr., Richard Willard, Donald Postel, Richard Rubottom, Dan Hollowady and Frank Shubeck. In attendance as a visitor was John Scott, Sr., PhD. At first only medical doctors could be members. Two years later a second category of membership was created for PhD's. In 1978 Master's level therapists also gained membership. In 1990 the categories of membership were altered to reflect an equality of status based on clinical acumen rather than an artificial hierarchy of degree credentials.

    Originally called the Society of Medical Hypnoanalysts it grew quickly. By 1980 there were 40 members. It grew to over 100 members by 1990. Restrictions due to managed care then began to eat into the level of interest in hypnosis. Many of the medical doctors returned exclusively to medicine. Others who had an interest in participating often could not afford to attend. Currently our roles show a growing membership of about 70 dues-paying members classified as Clinical or Associate, depending on their level of training in our modality. Medical Hypnoanalysis is no longer for the elite of medicine but is available to any licensed therapist regardless of the discipline under which he or she trained. Contemporary research in neuroscience has brought renewed interest in hypnosis and how it integrates the mind-body-spirit connection for core healing and transformation.

    In 1980 the first issue of Medical Hypnoanalysis was published. It was produced in Memphis, TN by Ray Sexton, MD, Richard Maddock, PhD, John Scott, Sr., PhD and John Scott, Jr., MA (at that time). The Journal continued in publication for twenty years. Other editors have been Dan Zelling, MD, 1985-1991, Samuel Pizzi, PhD, 1991-2007, and Roxanne Lewis, PhD, 1997-2000. Current plans are to begin publishing in e-journal format.

    About The Academy

    What is the Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts?

    The "Academy" is a group of professionals who specialize in Medical Hypnoanalysis. This group is dedicated to the promotion of this unique and effective form of therapy through practice, education, demonstration, and post graduate training opportunities to include:

    • "101" and "102" Courses. These courses introduce the use of hypnosis in therapy. Classes can be scheduled in several areas around the country.

    • Annual AAMH Conferences. A multi-session live demonstration of rapid hypnoanalysis is the focus of the annual conference. Attendance is open to qualified professionals.

    • The Clinical Training Program is available to professional therapists who seek specialized training, in-depth knowledge of hypnoanalysis, assistance in incorporating hypnoanalysis into their practice, ongoing consultation, access to referrals, and Board Certification.

    AAMH also offers professional hypnotherapy referrals to qualified therapists. For over 30 years the Academy has been the original and exclusive training organization for medical hypnosis and hypnoanalysis.

    What is Medical Hypnoanalysis?

    Medical Hypnoanalysis is a specialized method of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. It uses hypnosis to help the patient find personalized solutions for the presenting problem. This therapy is dynamic, short term, and directed. It is holistic in that it recognizes the interplay of mind, body and spirit to promote healing.

    Medical Hypnoanalysis emphasizes causes rather than symptoms and explanations rather than descriptions to relieve psychological suffering. Hypnosis is an instrument of the preconscious mind. In Medical Hypnoanalysis, hypnosis is coupled with a well-grounded knowledge of the development of psychopathology to identify, process and diminish the negative impact of specific causal events in a client's personal history. Depression, phobias, obsessions, psychosomatic disorders, self-destructive and anti-social behaviors can be alleviated. Emphasis is placed on a dual diagnosis (underlying and waking modes) against the backdrop of a holistic ordering of life's priorities.

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    HYPNOSIS for AGE REGRESSION and SUBCONSCIOUS RESTRUCTURING


    Hypnosis and Hypnoanalysis Training for Therapists

    Learn Age Regression and Subconscious Restructuring during these upcoming hypnosis/hypnoanalysis trainings.

    Texas Locations:

    1) Workshop Introducing and Skill Building for licensed therapists and students – February 6, 2015, San Antonio, Texas *Ethics hours offered
    2) Workshop Introducing and Skill Building for licensed therapists and students – April 23, 2015, San Antonio, Texas
    3) Advanced Training in Hypnoanalysis – April 24-26, 2015, San Antonio, Texas

    For more details about the difference between Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis: What is Hypnotherapy and Hynoanalysis?


    Founded in 1974, the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts is a non-profit organization offering hypnosis training for professionals. AAMH uses a holistic form of directed brief psychotherapy to promote cognitive shifts for mind, body, and spirit healing. Most Axis 1 conditions respond successfully to hypnoanalysis. Smoking cessation, weight control and performance improvement programs are also offered.

    Medical hypnosis, also called hypnoanalysis, is an in-depth training model. It uses a structured process that guides therapists in using hypnosis to effect therapeutic self-discovery, transformation and healing in clients/patients. Under the umbrella of AAMH, hypnoanalysis is used by qualified persons in medicine, psychology, and other scientific fields to decrease human suffering and to promote human welfare.

    AAMH also offers a national network of trained therapists available to help professionals incorporate hypnosis into their practice. As a member of AAMH you can access ongoing consultation and support as your hypnoanalysis practice grows. AAMH is a multi-disciplinary organization open to Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physicians, Licensed Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers and Ministers. AAMH has been the original and exclusive training organization for Medical Hypnoanalysis for over 30 years.

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