About Clinical Hypnosis

Working with Medical & Mental Health Issues

One of the most frequent inquiries I receive from potential clients is "Can you work on my ________?" (Fill in the blank with any pain issue, medical condition or a mental health diagnosis.) My response is always, "Yes, I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist and I can work on ________with a referral from your doctor or mental health professional."

Sometimes, the response is met with relief and excitement. Other times, it's met with confusion and more questions. I don't mind spending the time to clarify. An informed and educated client is always a joy to work with and I celebrate those who take an active role in exploring a wide range of approaches to their wellness.

We are fortunate to live in a country that recognizes Hypnotherapists as a valued partner in the wellness model and even sets forth guidelines via State Statutes to protect both client and practitioner in the process of receiving care and delivering service. What falls into this category?  It's really quite simple.  You require a referral if your issue has an official "label" and has been diagnosed by a medical doctor or mental health professional, or licensed practitioner of the healing arts; is something for which you are being treated with medication and / or therapy; and/oris in any way related to pain.  However, if you are having feelings, limiting beliefs, or challenging behavior that is disrupting everyday life, we can move forward without a referral.  The table below, while not exhaustive, provides some examples of what requires a referral and what may not.


Sad Feelings & Feeling Stuck

Grumpiness & Irritation

Conflicting Feelings

Relationship Problems


Fear of Flying

Trouble Driving

Fear of Thunderstorms

Avoidance of People, Places & Things

Stress & Relaxation

Trouble Sleeping at Night & Nightmares

Night eating

Weight Loss & Wellness Lifestyle

Help with Trigger Foods

Staying on Your Healthy Diet & Exercise Plan

Smoking & Vaping Cessation

Memory & Recall

Test taking & Study Skills

Focus & Concentration 


Diagnosed Depression

Mood Disorders

Erectile Dysfunction


Suicidal or Homicidal Thoughts

Diagnosed IBS


Diagnosed Phobias

Pain of Any Kind

Injury Rehabilitation

Surgery Preparation & Recovery

Migraines & Headaches

COPD, Emphysema & Asthma

Obesity & Eating Disorders

Insomnia & Sleep Apnea

Alzheimer's, Dementia, & Parkinsons

Dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, & Autism

Autoimmune Disorders

* Generally, these issues do not require a referral, however they may when contraindicated based on the other presenting issues.  For example, weight loss would not require a referral, however weight loss for a cancer patient would require a referral because chemotherapy doses are calculated based off of body weight.

Sound like something you would be interested in?

Here are three simple things to keep in mind moving forward:

1. Hypnosis has been shown effective in the treatment of and resolution of symptoms of a wide variety of medical and mental health concerns. There are volumes of data to support this. Click on the following link to review the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Bibliography (updated 2012). You may also check out the National Institute of Health's National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health. The NCCIH is frequently updating their research publications as well as engaging in patient trials using hypnosis.

Still not finding what you are looking for? Reach out to your doctor for help finding this information, or simply Google "Clinical Hypnosis" and whatever condition you would like to query and present this data to your provider for discussion. Don't stop after reading just one report.  Explore results from both government funded and privately funded research. The data is out there. You may also want to explore my page "About The Effectiveness of Hypnosis."

2. If you currently have a medical or mental health diagnosis, and want to work with a Clinical Hypnotherapist, medical and mental health providers are happy to refer you to a "Qualified Person." Simply open up the dialog with your practitioner, explain what's going on for you, why you feel like you feel and make the ask. Your medical and mental health professional is your partner in your health care, and in most cases, will sincerely honor your desire to explore alternate treatments for you. Barring some extremely rare circumstances where hypnosis is contraindicated, it's in your shared best interest to explore all of your options. Clinical Hypnotherapy can easily be a part of that discussion, especially when you enter into the discussion informed and prepared. To help with this, I provide clients with the guidelines found at the following link. Click here to download Referral Guidelines Form. I am always happy to discuss the process and techniques with the referring practitioner and it is integral to my job to ensure coordination of care. Not sure if you have a diagnosis or think you may have simply self diagnosed? See your provider and get the referral anyway, just to be on the safe side. The visit could be just the thing that rules out a more serious condition.

3. Finding a "Qualified Person" means you have to do your homework. Not all Hypnotists and Hypnotherapists can (or should) be working on your diagnosed condition.  Whether you work with me, or someone else, look for someone who has a Clinical Hypnotherapist Certification or the letters CCHT or CHT after their name.  And make sure their training was received from a state licensed school.  (Currently, the only state licensed school is The Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy in Tampa, Florida. You may also contact them to find a graduate in your area (if you do not want to work with me remotely.) These practitioners know and understand Hypnosis Law and are trained to work with a specific scope of practice as well as protect your safety and best interests.

A good indication that you are NOT working with a "Qualified Person" is that they are performing hypnosis on your diagnosed condition or related symptoms, yet never asked you for a referral. An exception to this would be the licensed mental health professional or licensed medical doctor, or licensed practitioner of the healing arts who is also trained in clinical hypnosis. The state designates these individuals as "qualified" by virtue of their licensure. If you want to learn more about Hypnosis Law, I invite you to start with the most stringent law to my knowledge - Florida Hypnosis Law. You can explore the Florida State Statutes at this link.  

So, yes Virginia, I can work on your pain, IBS, depression, cancer, and anxiety. I can also help your kids' with their Dyslexia, ADHD, phobias and panic. I can teach you and your family about the mind body connection and help you learn to engage the natural resources within your deep inner mind, to allow your body to get back to doing what it knows how to do. . . heal and thrive.

Want to explore this in more detail?  Call or click the link below to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Imagine Powerful Positive Change

Dani Fox, MBA, CLC, CCHT

Disclaimer: We understand that every individual's experience is unique and results may vary depending on various factors, such as attitude, adaptability, personal history, and overall health. For your safety and well-being, we highly recommend consulting your physician before beginning any program. At Dani Fox, MBA, CLC, CCHT, we do not diagnose, treat, or prescribe any medical or psychological disorders. We urge you to seek the care of a qualified physician or psychotherapist if you suffer from any psychological or medical disorder. Thank you for choosing Dani Fox, MBA, CLC, CCHT as your partner in your journey towards Powerful Positive Change.

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