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Consulting Hypnotists work with normal people to help with normal problems in living. We do not independently work with medical or mental disease and we do not "diagnose", "treat" or "prescribe." Hypnotists may work with issues related to a medical or health disorder but only on referral from a properly licensed health care professional. 

Non-Therapeutic Hypnotism is the independent use of the hypnotic arts and sciences to help clients inculcate positive thinking and the capacity for self-hypnosis. Unless specifically allowed by state law, Hypnotists do not do Psychotherapy; they Coach, Teach, Guide, Instruct, and Train.

Clients do not have Disorders; they have Problems, Challenges or Issues.

Hypnotists do not Diagnose clients; they help clients do Goal-Setting regarding Problems, Challenges or Issues.

Hypnotists do not Treat clients; they hold Sessions at which they Induct a client into a Self-Hypnotic State.

The Self-Hypnotic State is a state of relaxed concentration which anyone can enter naturally. Hypnotists provide their clients with instruction in how to enter this natural state more easily and effectively.

Hypnotists do not Prescribe solutions; they Suggest ways for clients to achieve their Goals while the client is in a Self-Hypnotic State.

Suggestion is the artful use of imagination to increase a client’s enthusiasm for self improvement using Self-Help Techniques.

​Self-Help Techniques are thinking strategies used by normally-functioning people to remind themselves of improvements they wish to make in their lives. Such strategies are taught by Hypnotists using Suggestion while the client is in the Self-Hypnotic State.

A common Self-Help Technique is a Regression. As used by a Hypnotist, a Regression is a review of significant or remarkable events by the client with the Hypnotist serving as a Guide.

What's the difference between a Hypnotherapist and a Consulting Hypnotist?