It is the purpose of this paper to bring attention to the credibility of people in the field of Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis, Self-Hypnosis, and Guided Imagery). By reading through several websites it became apparent that no Ph.D. is necessary to be a Hypnotherapists. All that is required is that you pass and complete 200+ hours of Hypnotherapy training.

Marla A. Sloane at the website www.marlasloane.com is a Member of the American Board of Hypnotherapy and a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Sloane is currently working on her Ph.D. She has shown in the past a strong drive in academics by completing high school at age 16, getting a college degree, and starting a corporation. The name of the Corporation however was not stated; nor was the college at which she obtained her degree. She is currently a Registered Hypnotherapist and claims to be able to “recreate your destiny.” She does have testimonials form people she has treated that support her claim. She sites hypnotherapy being used to help overcome Kevin Costner’s seasickness (which she did not assist in) and states that statistically it is the best way to stop smoking and lose weight. Sloane also sites a random experiment comparing two basketball teams where one was under hypnosis and did better overall.

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Chaplain Paul G. Durbin Ph.D. at the website www.durbinhypnosis.com has Professional Affiliations and Awards from numerous organizations. These awards and affiliations can be viewed at www.durbinhypnosis.com/bio.htm. Durbin was in the military, served as Special Assistant to Chief Chaplain, and had a title of Brigadier General. Durbin received his Bachelor of Arts from the College of Louisiana, his Master of Divinity from Emory University in Atlanta GA, his Ph.D. from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy in Irvine CA, and has completed 4 quarters of Clinical Pastoral Education at Walter Reed A.M.C., Washington D.C.. Durbin has been published in hundreds of times in magazines of Religion and Hypnotherapy. Durbin Has also written two books, one of which is out of print, and one of which is in it’s second publishing. Kissing Frogs: Practical Uses of Hypnotherapy published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company (educational 1st-college material) and received two awards. The awards were the Pen and Quill Award from NBHA and the Outstanding Performance Award from IMDHA. Durbin did not however have testimonials on his site to back his claims and he uses biblical passages to help promote his business. “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, whatever is of good report, if there be any excellence, if there be anything worthy of praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
“A cheerful heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.” Proverbs 17:22
Rev. Dr. Douglas R. Chesner Sr. CCHT is practicing in a way that was different from the other two people I studied. This man offers consultation through the Internet and phone. Chesner offers his services to people that have troubles from the 9/11 attacks at no fee. Chesner has copies of his certificates scanned onto his website with an explanation of the process that it takes to receive your CCHT (Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist). He graduated from the Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute Santa Monica CA. He does not have any work published but does have many testimonials from which people thanked him for helping them overcome their addictions. Chesner’s website can be viewed at www.online-hypnotherapist.com/ .

In my personal opinion, considering that all hypnotherapy is actually self hypnotherapy and you have the ability to end it at any time, these people all have some sort of training in the field which makes them qualified. Depending on the level of training does depend on the level of influence they may have on somebody, which is why there are experts in different fields of hypnotherapy. They did not all have the same level of experience. The thing to do in hypnotherapy if one feels it is the way to go, is to find someone who has the type of training you feel is necessary.