he man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing.
Please take care in choosing a hypnotherapist. Look for someone with skills, experience, and the ability to work with
you to develop realistic expectations. Beware of practitioners who attempt to gain a commitment to many sessions at
a time, or who promise unlimited success. These are often people skilled in sales and marketing but not in the
practical application of the valid hypnotic techniques that can be of the most substantial benefit to you in the long
run. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis provides excellent guidance to the general public, and I suggest that
you review the information found at the following link: http://asch.net/genpubinfo.htm.
Per California law, all of my clients will be asked to review and sign the following disclosure.
DISCLOSURE PER CALIFORNIA SB 677
Certified Hypnotherapist Susan Shaw, agrees to provide professional services in accordance with acquired training
and experience. Services to be provided do not include the practice of medicine or psychotherapy, as
Hypnotherapist is not a licensed physician or licensed psychotherapist. Hypnotherapy in relation to medical
conditions will be provided only with a signed referral from a physician. Hypnotherapy services are non-diagnostic,
and are complementary to the healing arts services that are licensed by the state. The California State Legislature
has determined that state licensing may not be conferred upon an occupational group for purposes of status or
prestige. The primary purpose of licensing laws for legally defined Healing Arts and Mental Health professionals is to
protect public health and safety. Accordingly, Hypnotherapists are not issued licenses by any State Governmental
Agency to engage in their professional services.
Hypnotherapist’s work is Client-centered and gives undivided attention during scheduled consultations to facilitate
Client's benefits. Services provided utilize induction of hypnosis, and methods and principles used to help clients
discover their inner creative abilities, develop positive thoughts and beliefs and to transform undesirable habits and
behavior patterns. Therapeutic goals are to achieve freedom from restrictive thought and belief systems, to assist in
solving personal problems, developing motivation and achieving goals. Client may be taught the use of self-hypnotic
techniques to assist in achieving goals that have been mutually agreed upon by Client and Hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis is not a state of sleep, unconsciousness, or a condition in which the subject loses control of their own
behavior or will. Instead, hypnosis is a gentle and natural state of relaxation, although the degree of relaxation may
seem extraordinary. The hypnotic subject remains in control of their own behavior and will at all times.
The principles and theories upon which hypnotherapy is based include the ability to access and utilize the power of
one's inner resources and to accept suggestions desired by the Client. The therapeutic use of Hypnosis can also
elicit insights from the inner mind and/or the collective unconscious. The Hypnotherapist utilizes interviews,
discussion and hypnotic methods as appropriate.
I, Susan Shaw, have acquired the following education, training, experience, and qualifications to perform the
services offered to my Clients:
- I became a Certified Hypnotherapist and a graduate of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI) in March 1997.
- I served as a course instructor and student mentor at HMI for two years. I co-developed and taught the guided
imagery program that later became the Guided Imagery Certificate program currently taught at HMI.
- I practiced hypnotherapy at the offices of Jerel Tilton, M.D., The Rainbow Center for Health in Woodland Hills,
- I earned a Master’s of Social Work program at CSU Northridge in 2008.
- I have worked with numerous clients in individual sessions involving issues related to health and behavior
regularly for the past thirteen years.
- I have extensive experience speaking to groups of individuals at medical seminars and support groups. I have
been featured as a speaker at Kaiser Permanente, the City of Hope, the Long Beach Convention Center, West
Hills Hospital, and the SFV Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.
- My work as a hypnotherapist is featured in the books, “Alternative Therapies for Diabetes,” by David Drum, and
“The Worst is Over; What to Say When Every Moment Counts,” by Judith Acosta and Judith Simon Prager.
- I have written and published articles in Diabetes Interview and Diabetes Self-Management magazines
regarding the application of guided imagery and hypnotic techniques, and was interviewed and quoted for an
article on hypnosis in Diabetes Self-Management magazine.