Dedicated to promoting ethical uses of clinical hypnosis in medical, mental health, dental, judicial, and forensic settings. Committed to quality care, with the utmost respect and regard for clients and patients, and providing appropriate referrals to treatment within the professional community.
American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association (APMHA) was formed in 1992 by a group of licensed therapists as an alternative for professionals to provide a multidisciplinary forum for the ethical use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. While there were several national hypnosis associations in existence, there was a gap remaining for a particular professional population, most frequently Master’s level practitioners, but also Ph.D.s who didn’t receive their training from the specific organizations who sought their memberships.
In 1992 The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the most prominent organization at the time, did not allow membership of Master’s degreed professionals. ASCH provided membership for some M.D./PhD. degreed participants, but dictated that only their training would be allowed. Although many of the ASCH members who initiated this ruling were trained by lay hypnotists, this exclusionary practice failed to provide an organization for professionals trained in other methods recognized by their respective State Board authorities.
There were also many non-professional organizations, and pseudo “Boards” which, for a price, admitted members who held no formal education in mental health, medicine or law enforcement. The group had concerns related to hypnotists conducting treatment, who were not formally trained in mental health or medicine and who were not eligible for licensure. (See “Lay vs. Professional” By Dr. Steve K.D. Eichel.)
Essentially, it was out of the void between these two types of hypnosis organizations that a need for American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association developed. APMHA provides training for professionals. The C.M.H. Certification training is not a prerequisite or criteria for membership. As long as licensing requirements are met, members trained by other organizations are accepted without discrimination.
APMHA provides an online newsletter, the Eye-Witness News, and an Email list group which both serve as forums for the exchange of professional information and hypnosis-related articles. Through the email list group and newsletter, APMHA provides networking and announces events and practice offerings of members of American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association. This also gives members an opportunity to publish their writing.
American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association members provide competent, professional and caring treatment and referrals for treatment, to the clients and patients we serve. APMHA offers Certification Training to licensed medical and mental health professionals. It also provides a professional network for licensed professionals to draw on each other’s knowledge from different theoretical perspectives and training.
Join with us and be treated as a welcomed contributor, a valuable professional colleague, and a team member in a progressive and sensitive organization.
25th Year in 2017!
William S. Kroger, M.D.,
Psychiatrist, Surgeon, Hypnotherapist
“To avoid failures, hypnosis should be used in most instances, with re-education, psychotherapy, and other procedures, including medications when indicated.”
David B. Cheek, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Author of Fetal Perception In Utero
“Successful therapy depends heavily on two major elements:
1) A willingness for change, and
2) a constant belief that a constructive goal will be reached.”