Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hypnosis?

Perhaps you’ve heard of hypnosis being used for a number of problems such as pain management, smoking cessation, and weight management. Maybe you have thought of trying hypnosis but afraid you might lose your will or be controlled by the hypnotist like you’ve seen in stage hypnosis. Although while in the hypnotic state you tend to be much more responsive to suggestion, you are not without will or under anyone else’s control during that time – this was put to the test on the Discovery Channel’s Myth-busters TV show (click here to view). The hypnotic state is a naturally occurring phenomenon in many animal species. Although it is a naturally occurring phenomenon it must be induced either naturally as when you are about to enter sleep or through a trained hypnotist as during a hypnosis session.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Basically, hypnotherapy is the art and science of inducing the hypnotic state for a therapeutic purpose – as in stopping a smoking habit or busting an irrational fear. Hypnotherapy is an eclectic field that includes and complements a wide variety of disciplines. Each practitioner offers therapeutic options according to his/her training.

Is Hypnotherapy safe?

Yes. According to the Mayo Clinic: “Hypnosis that’s conducted by a trained therapist or health care professional is considered a safe, complementary and alternative medical treatment. However, hypnosis may not be appropriate in people with severe mental illness.” And, according to Dr. Andrew Weil, “It’s safe, it’s inexpensive and it can produce dramatic results.”

When shouldn't you use hypnotherapy?

According to NHSUK, “You shouldn’t use hypnotherapy if you suffer from psychosis or certain types of personality disorder, as it could make these conditions worse. If you have any type of mental health problem or serious illness, such as cancer, make sure the hypnotherapist is trained in working with your particular condition. Similarly, children should not be hypnotized by anyone who isn’t trained to work with this age group.”

Who do I contact if I have a problem with a hypnotherapist?

Although hypnotherapy is completely safe, if you have a complaint that you feel has been inadequately addressed by your OHA member practitioner, please contact us first. You may also contact the Oregon Dept. of Justice’s Consumer Protection Program at where you can lodge a formal complaint.

What can I use hypnotherapy for?

Hypnotherapy has been used successfully for the following purposes:
Stop Smoking
Personal Organization
Interpersonal Skills
Become Persuasive
Situational Stress
Facilitate Wellness
Sleep Improvement
Medical Issues
Occupational Issues
Academic Performance
Job Satisfaction
Weight Management
Irrational Fears
Sports Performance

How can I join the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association?

If you think you might qualify for membership in the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association, click here for membership requirements and enrollment instructions.

Does the Association have a code of ethics?

Members of the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association abide by a set of ethics that guide standards around best practice that assures clients they will be treated safely and fairly. Click here to learn more.

Can I renew my membership online?

Yes! Simply fill out the required fields on the online renewal form – click here for the online renewal form, pay your renewal fee using Paypal or any major credit or debit card or online check service. Your renewal will be reviewed and handled promptly. You will be contacted using one of the contact methods elicited on the renewal form if there is a question about your renewal. You should receive a replacement membership certificate by mail in a few days.