International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association, IMDHA

The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association is the largest Hypnosis organization focusing on Hypnosis and Health Care.

Founded in 1986, The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association promotes greater acceptance of hypnosis as a complementary protocol with broad applications. Today, IMDHA offers workshops, certification and networking opportunities that can enhance both one’s professional and personal life.

The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association is unique among Hypnosis organizations. Their members are required to take a minimum of 120 hours (this number is being increased to 200) of Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy Education an earn 30 continuing hours of education each year to maintain Certified Hypnotherapist status, CHt. The members cross a broad range of occupations and professions. They include and are not limited to: psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, doctors, nurses, dentists as well as teachers, addictions counselors, ministers, and a vast variety of therapists. As an interdisciplinary organization, The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Associationprovides an opportunity to learn from and interact with colleagues in diverse holistic health care disciplines. This allows for cross fertilization of ideas and applications that meshes neatly with current trends, such as mind-body-spirit health and integrative medicine.


General Statement

Today, hypnosis is solidly established in medical schools and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe. Stanford University, under the guidance of Ernest R. Hilgard, founded in 1957, the Laboratory of Hypnosis Research. Since that time, thousands of Americans have benefited from the use of hypnotherapy in all areas of living.

Hypnosis may be defined as an education communication process to a person’s mind that allows his/her conscious and subconscious mind to receive the same message. The process produces an altered state of consciousness through physical and mental relaxation. The critical faculty of mind is bypassed and the subconscious openly receives the communication. At this time, the senses are in a state of heightened awareness. The mind will only accept that which goes along with the established morals and ethics. The person in a hypnotic trance will respond only to suggestions with which he/she is in agreement. Desire, belief and expectancy are necessary for this altered state to have effect in the outer behavior of the individual.

Throughout, life, both positive and negative communications have been implanted in the memory. When certain situations stimulate the remembered communication, there are both physical end emotional reactions within the person. These spontaneous reactions can be enhanced, altered, relieved and changed through the use of hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis has a direct influence upon the subconscious mind and can, therefore, with repeated use, establish Peace of Mind — Peace of Mind being the “bottom line’” of life.

In a therapeutic situation, hypnotherapy can control and reduce pain, fear, panic and unwanted habits (over/under eating, smoking, nail biting, etc,).

Hypnosis can alleviate anxiety in relation to school requirements (study and teat taking). Self-improvement in all areas begins in the subconscious mind. It is an acknowledged fact that “Wellness Begins in the Mind”. The major emphasis for this program is medical, educational and self-healing. Master Sam Naples became a Licensed Clinical Hypnotherapist, CHt. in 2009 from the Personal Growth School of Hypnotherapy.


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