The American Psychological Association recognizes Hypnosis (APA) as a "therapeutic technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus their minds".
While hypnosis is viewed as a therapeutic technique, one who performs hypnotherapy is not required to be a medical psychologist. However, hypnosis is often used as an aid to psychotherapy (therapy or counseling), because the hypnotic state allows patiens to explore thoughts, feelings and memories which they may have hidden from their conscious minds. Furthermore, patients in a hypnotic state allow patience to view situations from a different perspective resulting in blocking an awareness of pain.
The APA website describes the APA as the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
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