Hypnosis FAQ

Introduction to Hypnosis

What is Hypnosis and How Does it Work

Hypnosis is something that has been shrouded in mystique.  Movies, television and live performers give the impression that a hypnotist can control another person’s mind.  Media leads us to believe that a hypnotist is someone with almost supernatural power.

After all, a stage hypnotist can make people do anything he wants, right?

The author performing a stage hypnosis show for a crowd of 40,000

As a result people tend to be either in awe of hypnosis as a mysterious force or dismiss it as a fiction.

Hypnosis is neither.

Hypnosis is a scientifically verifiable brain wave pattern that can be seen on an E.E.G.  The frequencies that one’s mind goes through on the way to hypnosis are similar to those a person displays on the way to sleep and yet they remain conscious throughout.

Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis

Q. Do people do things under hypnosis that are against their morals, or values?

A. No.  Hypnosis cannot detach the ego. As a general rule, if a client were given a suggestion he/she did not agree with, he/she would simply refuse, laugh at it, or awaken (regain normal awareness). In stage hypnosis, the volunteers are usually under the influence of alcohol and have come to the show for the purpose of relaxing, acting silly and having a good time; therefore, they are easily encouraged to do so. Because inhibitions are often reduced under hypnosis, the subject is more likely to experience their inner character traits and motivations.

Q. Can a person’s memory be erased?

A. No. If one undergoing hypnosis wants to remember, he/she will.  In some cases, amnesia can he produced with a post-hypnotic suggestion, but it wears off as quickly as the subject wishes. However, a Certified Hypnotherapist can help a person transform a memory that may be causing problems. The mind contains unconscious memories that generally are responsible for our decisions, attitudes, feelings, and behaviors.

Q. Can everyone be hypnotized?

A. Yes, as long as they are willing and have the ability to concentrate and/or relax. There is a positive correlation between the ability to concentrate and the depth of hypnosis.

Q. Do people under hypnosis go to sleep or become unconscious?

A. No. One should not expect to go to sleep! Hypnosis is a hyper-state of awareness that feels very relaxing. One is completely aware of everything that is occurring in the surrounding environment as well as that which is happening in the inner mind. Many authors in the field feel that hypnosis is a state of consciousness somewhere between being awake and asleep. Some people may go out of hypnosis by falling into natural sleep, but then they may need to be awakened.

Larry Volz on Japanese TV
The author hypnotizing 20 of Japan’s top celebrities through a translator on national television.  It worked because all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis.  I simply coached them and it didn’t matter that it was through a translator because they did most of the work inwardly!

It is also important to know that you can’t control others without their consent.  It’s not mind control or hoodoo-voodoo.  You have to want to be hypnotized in order for it to work.  You have to be willing and completely cooperative.

In the case of stage hypnosis (my first calling in this field) the volunteers want to be silly and play.  They are willing to be led in a powerful way because they know it is simply silly fun.  If at any time a stage hypnotist tried to suggest something contrary to a volunteers morals, values or better judgment then the participant would simply say “no,” ignore the hypnotist or wake up.

Anyone with normal brain function can enter hypnosis.  And the more you do it, the more quickly and deeply you can go.  The average person doesn’t get to their first deep plateau of hypnosis (characterized by increased theta brainwave patterns on an E.E.G.) until at least trying it six or seven times.

Although, depth has little or nothing to do with your ability to succeed!  This again is a VERY important thing to understand.  Depth is wonderful for stress reduction in that it conditions your body to relax and therefore function MUCH better.  That stress reduction also helps keep changes you’ve made permanent.

But you can actually enter a fairly shallow state of hypnosis – sometimes where you aren’t even sure you’ve been hypnotized – and yet suggestions work beautifully.  You can succeed easily and quickly, not because you were “deep” but because your therapist taught your subconscious mind exactly what it needed to hear and that part of you accepted the suggestions fully.

Which is why it is so important to that anyone wanting to do hypnosis for a living learn from a reputable instructor.

Inducing hypnosis has nothing to do with swinging a watch and giving a powerful stare and it doesn’t take any special talent.  Anyone can learn to do it with the guidance of a qualified instructor and a bit of practice.  And a skilled practitioner really can create miracles in people’s lives.

I have seen crack addicts give up their addiction in one session with a licensed drug counselor who used hypnosis.  I’ve helped people who smoked for 30 years quit in one hour without a single withdrawal symptom.  I’ve known women who gave birth without anesthesia much more safely and calmly and in much less pain.  And I’ve felt the incredible realistic effect of regressing through the years and retrieving memories that I thought were lost forever.

Hypnosis is a scientifically measurable phenomenon using electroencephalography (EEG)

And I’ve seen people fail because either the client had a bad attitude or the hypnotist was poorly trained.

A well-trained professional can help people with many different goals through hypnosis.  They can quit smoking, lose weight, and overcome habits – even addictions or powerful compulsions.  People can even gain control over their body in ways you might never imagine like reducing the chronic pain of arthritis,  reducing the symptoms irritable bowel syndrome.

Hypnosis in itself, however, is not what heals a person.  Hypnosis is simply a state of mind.

It is how that state is used that determines how effective it will be.  And that is why people need serious healing professionals to help them make serious change in their lives.

Career Opportunities in Hypnosis

Certified Hypnotists earn between $100 and $200 and the average hypnotherapist earn $70,900 a year working only part time.

Some hypnotherapists in our school’s tradition using our marketing methods are making over six figures and one of our rank actually made over $800,000 with a combination of his school, private practice, shows and speaking engagements.

Of course, he is exceptional.  Still – it’s worth knowing that there is an outrageous amount of possibility in the field of hypnotherapy with a huge return on a small educational investment.

Most hypnotists are entrepreneurs that work out of their own home or office.  But many work from hospitals, in doctor’s offices or in complimentary health or “wellness” clinics.

Complimentary health care is becoming more and more recognized and accepted by individuals and the medical field.  And no complimentary health care option is as universally accepted as hypnosis.

In fact, articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Journal of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Science have all shown hypnosis to be VERY effective in an unbroken chain of research studies dating from 1958 up to the present.

For that reason, more and more people are coming to Certified Hypnotherapists to quit smoking, lose weight and achieve a variety of goals.

Remarkably, it doesn’t take that many hours of training to get started in a career in hypnotherapy.  Virginia School of Hypnosis has broken up their coursework so that even after the very first 22.5 hour training course a budding hypnotist can already help people quit smoking, reduce stress, teach self-hypnosis and increase motivation.  With those skills alone, a certified hypnotist can begin charging $100 an hour or more.  He can make a living as a smoking cessation specialist and fund his continuing education and ability to provide an even greater variety of services over time

Not many careers offer this much earning potential for this modest amount of time investment.

Following are a list of some of the many services a certified professional hypnotist or a certified clinical hypnotherapist may provide to the public as well as research documenting the effectiveness of hypnosis.

Profit Centers for a Qualified Hypnotist

Hypnosis to Quit Smoking

By far smoking cessation is the number one reason that people engage the services of a hypnotist.  Nearly everyone knows someone that has quit smoking through hypnosis and Virginia School of Hypnosis graduates are qualified to help with this goal after their first course and testing to be a Certified Professional Hypnotist.

Our hypnotists charge $577 for three one-hour sessions to help a person quit smoking.  Most quit in the first or second session and the remaining time is used to help them reduce stress and improve their confidence to remain a non smoker.  Our program includes a lifetime support guarantee – one that is rarely needed because the treatment is so effective.

Notice:  In order to make the national average of $70,900 you only have to do 2.3 smoking cessation programs per week!  Even if you spend an equal amount of time working on doing advertising then you are still only working about six ours a week for a good full-time living!

Hypnosis really does work by the way!  That’s very important for you to know.  It is actually the #1 most effective way of quitting smoking as shown by hundreds of studies in the Journal of Hypnotherapy – an American Psychological Association publication.

By contrast, nicotine replacement methods are only 12-18% effective according to the statistics they print on the box.

Compare that to OUR statistics!

Summary Reference
90.6% Success Rate Using Hypnosis

Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.

University of Washington School of Medicine,
Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.Freedom from smoking: integrating hypnotic methods and rapid smoking to facilitate smoking cessation.
95% Success Rate Using Hypnosis With NLP

A comparison of hypnosis to quit smoking and hypnosis combined with NLP reported a 95% success rate using hypnosis combined with NLP and 51% using hypnosis alone.

Smoke Free International’s Proprietary Method

Smoke Free International


90% Success Rate With Hypnosis

Authors report a success rate in smoking abstinence of over 90% with hypnosis.

MMW Fortschr Med. 2004 May 13;146(20):16.

Klager, R.

[Article in German]
PMID: 15344725 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

87% Reported Abstinence Using Hypnosis

A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-mo. follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence using hypnosis.

Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion.
Johnson DL, Karkut RT.
Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana.Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):pastedGraphic_4.pngpastedGraphic_5.pngpastedGraphic_6.png851-7pastedGraphic_7.png.
PMID: 7862796 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking

Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.

Texas A&M University
System Health Science Center College of Medicine, USA.
Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):pastedGraphic_4.pngpastedGraphic_5.pngpastedGraphic_6.png73-81pastedGraphic_7.png.Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention.Elkins GR, Rajab MH.
Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Quit

Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up,
patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to still be smoke-free than those who quit on their own.

Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence.

Wynd CA.

Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250

More Effective Than Drug Interventions

Group hypnosis, evaluated at a less effective success rate than individualized hypnosis (at 22%). However, still demonstrated here as more effective than drug interventions.

Ohio State University,
College of Nursing, Columbus 43210, USA
Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program.Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.
Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever:
3 Times Effectiveness of Patch and 15 Times Willpower.Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72 000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average – hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.
University of Iowa
Journal of Applied Psychology

How One in Five Give Up SmokingOctober 1992.
(Also New Scientist October 10, 1992)Schmidt, Chockalingam


Hypnosis to Lose Weight

95% of people that lose weight not only gain it back but they end up weighing more.  Why?  Because they do it with willpower or, as my old friend Dr. Dan Lester used to call it “mental adrenaline.”  Willpower peters out and the subconscious mind gets even with a vengeance.

The problem is that no diet works if you cannot stick to it.  Therefore the problem isn’t whether one diet is better than another one or if a coach can motivate you for a short time or not.  The problem is in the psychology of the subconscious mind.  We overeat because we are stressed, hurt, angry, lonely or tired.  We have compulsions to clean our plates left over from our childhood.  We overvalue certain foods like sweets or fats.  The reasons are many and rooted in the part of our mind that hypnosis speaks directly to.  Nothing works as well for changing subconscious habits as hypnosis.

Weight loss is the second most common reason people come to a hypnotist.  Most hypnotists ask their clients to sign a contract for a certain number of sessions (like a gym membership) or even charge for a program in advance.  Our hypnotherapists charge (at this writing) $1477 or $1877 for a 6-month or 8-month program.

Note:  That means in order to make the average hypnotherapists $70,900/year you only have to acquire and serve 0.9, that’s right less than ONE weight loss client per week for the less expensive program!

Can you see why the average hypnotherapist does so well for a living?

You do have to be visable.  You do have to work.  But you CAN make an OUTSTANDING living helping others.

Weight loss is one of the largest industries on earth with an American population that is becoming more obese every day.  Literally almost everyone you meet is a potential client.

And just take a look at how science has proven with repeated studies that what we do genuinely works:

Summary Reference
Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss

Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego- strengthening, decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. Hypnosis was more effective than a control group 17lbs vs. 0.5 lbs on follow-up.

Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.
2 Years Later Hypnosis Subjects Continued To Lose Significant Weight 

109 people completed a behavioral treatment for weight management either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. At 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed little further change.


Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)


Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off

Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy, such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis.

Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of the non hypnosis, and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended.

University of Connecticut, Storrs

Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.

Hypnosis More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss

Study of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive- behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of 2 studies. Analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.


Kirsch, Irving (1996).
Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments–Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.
Hypnosis Showed Significantly Lower Post-Treatment Weights

Two studies compared overweight smoking and non-smoking adult women in an hypnosis-based, weight-loss program. Both achieved significant weight losses and decreases in Body Mass Index. Follow-up study replicated significant weight losses and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded significantly lower post-treatment weights and a greater average number of pounds lost.


Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion.

– Johnson DL

Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):pastedGraphic_4.pngpastedGraphic_5.pngpastedGraphic_6.png931-3pastedGraphic_7.png.


Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments.

Randomised, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vs dietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnoea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment.


J Stradlinga, D Roberts, A Wilson and F Lovelock

Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK


Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches

… An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that the ” … weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects” of traditional weight loss approaches.


University of Connecticut

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517-519)


Weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized 

Research into cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments established that weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized. It was also established that the benefits of hypnosis increase over time.


Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996)


Showed Hypnosis As “An Effective Way To Lose Weight” 

A study of 60 females who were at least 20% overweight and not involved in other treatment showed hypnosis is an effective way to lose weight.


Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1986)



Hypnosis for Pain Management

What a wonderful feeling it is to be able to help someone with chronic pain to be able to move again and live their life more fully.  Hypnosis has been used to reduce pain since ancient times and documented scientifically as far back as the late 1800’s with Dr. James Esdaille.  He actually did surgery regularly with hypnosis as the only anesthesia.

Modern day pain management hypnotists use post-hypnotic suggestion to help people with arthritis and chronic back pain feel better.  They also help people with such unusual issues as irritable bowel syndrome and Fibromyalgia reduce their symptoms.  And women who want a less painful natural childbirth find hypno-birthing MUCH more effective for a safer and more comfortable experience than either the LaMaze method or Bradley!

To work with people for pain management means that you need to communicate with their physicians and abide by local laws.  But it is a tremendously rewarding specialty within hypnosis both financially and personally.

I was able to work for a chiropractor for five years where I not only kept busy with smoking and weight loss clients but they also referred a steady stream of pain management clients.  Helping them helped the chiropractors who owned the clinic because they could start performing adjustments on them again or refer them to their physical therapy subcontractors.

And what an amazing feeling it is to see someone literally break their cane in two as Edward Palazollo did after I helped him free himself from the debilitating pain of fibromyalgia.  You can go online and hear his testimonial video yourself at www.richmondhypnosiscenter.com.  You genuinely get to be a part of a powerful and measurably effecting healing experience for so many people.

Pain management is the one field in the world of hypnosis with the most research and I’ve only included a few studies here as an example.  There are many more in the journal of the American Medical Association, the National Institute of Science and in other reputable sources.

Research on Hypnosis for Pain Management

Summary Reference
Hypnosis Reduces Frequency and Intensity of Migraines
Compared the treatment of migraine by hypnosis and autohypnosis with the treatment of migraine by the drug prochlorperazine (Stemetil)
Results show that the number of attacks and the number who suffered blinding attacks were significantly lower for the group receiving hypnotherapy than for the group receiving prochlorperazine. For the group on hypnotherapy, these 2 measures were significantly lower when on hypnotherapy than when on previous treatment. It is concluded that further trials of hypnotherapy are justified against some other treatment not solely associated with the ingestion of tablets.
Anderson JA, Basker MA, Dalton R Migraine and hypnotherapy International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 1975; 23(1): pastedGraphic_4.pngpastedGraphic_5.pngpastedGraphic_6.png48-58pastedGraphic_7.png.
Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery
Since 1992, we have used hypnosis routinely in more than 1400 patients undergoing surgery. We found that hypnosis used in patients as an adjunct to conscious sedation and local anesthesia was associated with improved intraoperative patient comfort, and with reduced anxiety, pain, intraoperative requirements for anxiolytic and analgesic drugs, optimal surgical conditions and a faster recovery of the patient. We reported our clinical experience and our fundamental research.
[Hypnosis and its application in surgery]

[Article in French]

Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M.

Service d’Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege.

Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):pastedGraphic_4.pngpastedGraphic_5.pngpastedGraphic_6.png414-8pastedGraphic_7.png.

Hypnosis Reduces Pain Intensity
Analysis of the simple-simple main effects, holding both group and condition constant, revealed that application of hypnotic analgesia reduced report of pain intensity significantly more than report of pain unpleasantness.
Dahlgren LA. Kurtz RM. Strube MJ. Malone MD. Differential effects of hypnotic suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 1995; 10(6): 464-70.
Hypnosis Reduces Pain of Headaches and Anxiety
The improvement was confirmed by the subjective evaluation data gathered with the use of a questionnaire and by a significant reduction in anxiety scores.
Melis PM. Rooimans W. Spierings EL. Hoogduin CA. Treatment of chronic tension-type headache with hypnotherapy: a single-blind time controlled study. Headache 1991; 31(10): pastedGraphic_4.pngpastedGraphic_5.pngpastedGraphic_6.png686-9pastedGraphic_7.png.
Hypnosis Lowered Post-treatment Pain in Burn Injuries
Patients in the hypnosis group reported less post treatment pain than did patients in the control group. The findings are used to replicate earlier studies of burn pain hypnoanalgesia, explain discrepancies in the literature, and highlight the potential importance of motivation with this population.
Patterson DR. Ptacek JT. Baseline pain as a moderator of hypnotic analgesia for burn injury treatment. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology 1997; 65(1): 60-7.
Hypnosis Lowered Phantom Limb Pain
Hypnotic procedures appear to be a useful adjunct to established strategies for the treatment of phantom limb pain and would repay further, more systematic, investigation. Suggestions are provided as to the factors which should be considered for a more systematic research program.
Treatment of phantom limb pain using hypnotic imagery.

Oakley DA, Whitman LG, Halligan PW.Department of Psychology, University College London, UK.

Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain
Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia. Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions. Methodological issues of this body of research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into comprehensive pain treatment.
Hypnosis and clinical pain.

Patterson DR, Jensen MP.

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle 98104

Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.

Hypnosis is a Powerful Tool in Pain Therapy and is Biological in Addiction to Psychological 
Attempting to elucidate cerebral mechanisms behind hypnotic analgesia, we measured regional cerebral blood flow with positron emission tomography in patients with fibromyalgia, during hypnotically-induced analgesia and resting wakefulness. The patients experienced less pain during hypnosis than at rest. The cerebral blood-flow was bilaterally increased in the orbitofrontal and subcallosial cingulate cortices, the right thalamus, and the left inferior parietal cortex, and was decreased bilaterally in the cingulate cortex. The observed blood-flow pattern supports notions of a multifactorial nature of hypnotic analgesia, with an interplay between cortical and subcortical brain dynamics. Copyright 1999 European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain.
Functional anatomy of hypnotic analgesia: a PET study of patients with fibromyalgia.

Wik G, Fischer H, Bragee B, Finer B, Fredrikson M.

Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

Eur J Pain. 1999 Mar;3(1):7-12.

Hypnosis Useful in Hospital Emergency Rooms
Hypnosis can be a useful adjunct in the emergency department setting. Its efficacy in various clinical applications has been replicated in controlled studies. Application to burns, pain, pediatric procedures, surgery, psychiatric presentations (e.g., coma, somatoform disorder, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress), and obstetric situations (e.g., hyperemesis, labor, and delivery) are described.
Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2000 May;18(2):327-38, x.

The use of hypnosis in emergency medicine.

Peebles-Kleiger MJ.

Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas, USA. peeblemj@menninger.edu


Hypnosis for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

If you want to work with people for alcohol and drug addiction treatment you will have to check your local laws and be (or work under) a licensed drug counselor.  That said, hypnosis is tremendously effective here as evidenced with some further examples of the research:

Summary Reference
Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis.
94% Remained Narcotic Free

Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation. At six month follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free.
 A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts.
Manganiello AJ.
American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 1984; 26(4): pastedGraphic_4.pngpastedGraphic_5.pngpastedGraphic_6.png273-9pastedGraphic_7.png.
Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction

Treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up.  15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction

Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders

American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis,  Jul 2004  by Potter, Greg

Raised Self-esteem & Serenity.  Lowered Impulsivity and Anger
In a research study on Self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users.  Participants were 261 veterans admitted to Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs).  individuals who used repeated self-hypnosis  “at least 3 to 5 times a week,” at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.
American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy
(a publication of the American Psychological Association)
2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)
Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction Documented Case Study
Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties.  After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself. Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available.
The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction.

Page RA, Handley GW.

Ohio State University, Lima 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
1993 Oct;36(2):pastedGraphic_4.pngpastedGraphic_5.pngpastedGraphic_6.png120-3pastedGraphic_7.png.


Hypnosis for Other Goals

Here is just a partial list of other reasons people come to seek out a hypnotist:

  • To overcome anxiety or fear
  • Change perspective or attitude
  • Relieve stress
  • Gambling
  • Test anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Nail biting
  • Phobias
  • Build confidence
  • Gain motivation
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Alcoholism
  • Bed wetting
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Break old habits
  • Improve memory
  • Improve self esteem
  • Depression
  • Psoriasis
  • Study and exam performance
  • Migraines

And changing subconscious habitual behaviors of all kinds!

Hypnosis for Past Life Regression

In the discussion of professional opportunities for hypnotists we have to include a discussion of past life regression.

Books like “Many Lives Many Masters” have made the topic of past life regression one that is fascinating for many.  More and more people in America are embracing past lives as part of their religious or philosophical belief system.  So, if it’s something you believe in as well, doing past life regressions can certainly be a great additional stream of revenue.

A past life regression is no different than a regular hypnotic regression except that the client is open to a belief system whereby he or she has lived here before.  The same skills that enable you as a hypnotist to revivify a person’s memory of abuse (for instance) in therapy will also you enable to work with PLR clients at psychic fairs, at lectures, at new age book stores or through clients you gain from word of mouth and advertising.

Public Speaking/Lecturing

Hypnotists are interesting people.

It’s easy to book speaking engagements at local service organizations on the uses of hypnosis.  While you are there you can attract smoking cessation and other clients from amongst the people who enjoyed your speech.

You can also sometimes book stress management seminars with bigger companies and, although most do these for much less than their usual hourly wage per person, you can leverage your fees by dozens of people.

Entertainment Hypnosis

And if you are really a ham by nature, our programs will teach you the basic skills you need to springboard into a career as a comedy stage hypnotist.  We may even offer a course specifically in stage hypnosis as a future offering.

Our Programs

Virginia School of Hypnosis presently is offering a series of courses in clinical hypnotherapy that can be taken in person or through the “interwebs”.

And YES online training DOES work!  We use video so students can see each other and practice hypnotizing one another with visual feedback so you can see that what you are doing is working.  You can’t reach out and touch each other but you can see each other and hear each other and that is all you need to learn it and learn it well.

Our “starter” course is the Certified Professional Hypnotist (CPH) training.   This will get you started learning the basics of helping others to relax away stress, do self-hypnosis and quit smoking.

Yes, we teach you how to help clients quit smoking in your very first course.  If you only treat two smokers at $577 each your first course literally pays for itself  PLUS a tidy profit that you can invest in more advanced classes.

The following course gets you to 100 hours of training which is the industry standard in all 50 states.  That will enable you to learn to use multiple kinds of inductions and help people with several different kinds of life goals including weight loss – the single most lucrative goal a hypnotherapist engages in.  There are millions of people desperately wanting help with weight loss and you will be uniquely qualified to help them with the psychological stumbling blocks to their success.  People will pay for help with this gladly because they are sick and tired of being frustrated with failure after failure and you will literally be saving lives.  We will also work on phobias and pain management and you will get guidance for continued self-study to help you become better every day.

At the end of this second course you earn the designation CH or certified hypnotist – a certification that is recognized around the globe.

Beyond that we offer and highly recommend mentorships – just like the one your humble author here enjoyed for years – even after a very experienced therapist of 12 years.  Every year I paid my mentor he made me more money than I would have had I not.  As your own personal and professional life coach, having someone who has been where you want to be, earned the money you want to make and succeeded with people in the way that you want to succeed is a Godsend.

It’s like learning to play a guitar or to draw.  The more you practice the better you become and the act itself is a joy to do and a joy to experience.

Give us a call at 804-454-CALM today
and start your career as a
Professional Hypnotherapist!