Hypnotherapy is not taught in universities. In fact, most professors in universities still deny that there is a vocational title of “hypnotherapist.” They still say that hypnotherapy is only a ‘tool’ that licensed mental health therapists use as one of many “techniques”.
But in 1978 the US Federal Government accepted “Hypnotherapist” as a defined occupation and published it in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles: This means that it is completely separate from other kinds of therapists. It doesn’t say “a psychotherapist’ who uses hypnotism” in the definition. Laws that license psychologists simply reserve the use of the occupational title of psychologist.
If psychoanalysis is ever to be made available to the greatest number of people it can only be with the aid of hypnosis as a shortcut.
Most of the people who have learned hypnotherapy, and use it effectively are not psychotherapists. They are not University trained because it is not taught there. Freud, who was fascinated with hypnotism, later gave it up, yet in 1919, near the end of his career, Freud said, “If psychoanalysis is ever to be made available to the greatest number of people it can only be with the aid of hypnosis as a shortcut.”
The old prejudice still holds sway in the universities and they still don’t teach hypnotherapy, yet there is a small percentage of those psychiatrists and psychologists who practice hypnotism who vehemently state that no one is qualified to practice it unless they are a member of their professional groups. How did they get to be experts if there is not a single university in America that teaches hypnotherapy as part of the curriculum required for licensing?
The psychotherapist deals with the mind in different ways than the Hypnotherapist and his work is based on different principles. To those who have attended universities and studied psychotherapy and have been licensed as therapists, I simply say:
Please keep an open mind because I’m not focusing on theories, but on demonstrated results
“I respect your bias. What you’ve learned is what you’ve come to believe. I hope that your bias doesn’t cause you to reject what I teach, just because it is different.”
I ask you to consider my points of view in your effort to search out truth. We have no conflicts, for you have your bias and I have mine.
I’m in the position of expressing new ideas to you, some of which may generate conflicts with your existing beliefs. Please keep an open mind because I’m not focusing on theories, but on demonstrated results.