There are several reputable professional societies that train doctors of medicine and psychology, social workers, counselors, nurses, and dentists. To find a qualified therapist, contact one of the professional hypnosis associations listed here:
ASCH, The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (component sections in US and Canada)
SCEH, The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
ISH, The International Society of Hypnosis
The Milton H. Erickson Foundation
Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis
APMHA, The American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association
The greatest myth perpetuated by stage or lay hypnotists is that someone gets “hypnotized.” In my 40 years of practice I have not “hypnotized” anyone, anymore than I could have “meditated” someone. But, I have taught hypnosis to thousands of doctors and have conducted tens of thousands of successful sessions. Once you learn how to access and use your mind-body connection with hypnosis, it all belongs to you and you may apply it to any medical condition you like.
There will always be non-believers. But, “seeing is believing” when it comes to hypnosis for anesthesia, or hypnosis to effectively remove warts, or using hypnosis to remove or lessen side-effects of medical treatments, such as cancer chemotherapy and radiation, or to use hypnosis to attenuate hot flashes, and to lessen pain.
All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis because you are always in control, more than you realize you could be “Everything you need is already within you.”
The "state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention” brought on by hypnosis may help us use our minds more powerfully, according to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). And harnessing the powers of the mind has inspired researchers and clinicians in various fields to explore the use of hypnosis in a number of health outcomes.
Medical hypnosis, sometimes called hypnotherapy, uses verbal repetition and/or mental imagery (facilitated by a hypnotherapist or one's self) to induce a "trance-like state" of increased focus. It's typically described as feeling calm and relaxing and usually opens people up to the power of suggestion.
Suggestibility doesn’t mean you have a weak character, as popularly believed. A strong-minded person may be a good candidate for hypnosis because they will strive to get results from treatment.
People who get the best results from hypnosis appear to have a few things in common, including:
A good imagination
The ability to get lost in a movie or book
The ability to concentrate and keep mental focus.