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National Institutes of Health (NIH), in conjunction with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Now Use Our Methods for their Scientific Research

Historic Milestone

This is an historic time for the Hypnotherapy Academy. In August of 2013, we received word that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in conjunction with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is funding a three-year study of the Hypnotherapy Academy methodology.

The NIH, which is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and is our nation’s medical research agency.

Hypnotherapy Academy associate instructor, Robert Sapien, MD, said, “We who received our training at the Hypnotherapy Academy, have all witnessed the high rate of success of our clients. As a medical researcher, this inspired me to design the upcoming study. This is an unprecedented opportunity to put forth a robust scientific study that quantitates our client’s success. It is also important to mention that less than 10 percent of applications to the NIH-NCCAM are successful in getting funded. I am honored to be representing you in spearheading this effort.”

On behalf of all Academy graduates, we appreciate the importance of Dr. Sapien’s research, and how this directly adds to the prestige of Academy alumni.(Many Thanks to Dr. Sapien!)

The approval for this study is also an acknowledgement of twenty years’ hard work and devotion on the part of Academy lead instructor, Tim Simmerman Sierra, former two-term president of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, co-director of International Board of Hypnotherapy, and author ofMedical Hypnotherapy, volume 1. During this time he has evolved the techniques, improved the quality of care and raised the industry requirements for certification in hypnotherapy. As a former nationally registered paramedic, he teaches from a unique perspective, bridging the healing power of hypnotherapy with conventional medicine.

This NIH hypnosis study and others like it, continue to verify the effectiveness of hypnotherapy as an important adjunct to conventional medicine.

The International Board of Hypnotherapy (IBH)

Below you will find the information about the clinical trail that paved the way for the NIH funding.

Study Shows “Superior” Effectiveness
with Academy Methods: Research on Hypnosis

Overactive Bladder Syndrome
“Hypnotherapy for Treatment of Overactive Bladder: Randomized Controlled Trial Pilot Study”
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, 2011Nov;17(6):308-13. Komesu, YM, Sapien, RE, Rogers, RG, Ketai, LH

A recent study at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque shows the effectiveness of the Academy’s hypnotherapy methods in comparison to behavioral therapy alone. The population studied was women who suffer with overactive bladder (OAB) syndrome. OAB syndrome, affecting 17% of all women in the United States, is experienced as urinary urgency, increased frequency, nocturia (need to urinate often at night), and sometimes with incontinence. Along with the physical symptoms, women with OAB also experience stress, embarrassment and decreased self-esteem.

Academy associate hypnotherapy instructor, medical researcher and Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dr. Robert Sapien, designed the study using the methodology developed by Tim Simmerman Sierra, codirector of the Hypnotherapy Academy. Sapien said the objective of the study “was to gather data to compare hypnotherapy to an already proven standard treatment, in this case, behavioral therapy.”

Conclusion: both groups showed improvement with treatment; however, the hypnotherapy group showed significantly higher scores in the effective relief of symptoms and improvement in quality of life, than the behavior therapy group.

The hypnotherapy group had an overall improvement of 67% (in only three sessions), while the behavioral therapy group only 42% improvement.

The research team (Yuko M. Komesu, MD; Robert E. Sapien, MD; Rebecca G. Rogers, MD; and Loren H. Ketai, MD) concluded: “This pilot study is notable in that the hypnotherapy group had superior global improvement in their OAB symptoms compared with behavioral therapy alone.”

Dr. Sapien added as a side note, that the group of women in the study who did not receive hypnotherapy (the control group) indicated that they were disappointed that they did not receive hypnotherapy. After the study was completed, they were given the option of returning to have the hypnotherapy protocol. All of the women chose to return for the added benefit of hypnotherapy.

With studies like this paving the way, training at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America could not be more timely.

Choose the training that is so comprehensive that you will be able to work with any issue that a client presents.

Every semester the Academy has students in class who previously attended other schools, but did not feel adequately prepared for real life clients, so they come to the Academy to finally feel confident in opening a practice.

What’s Important to Know?

The Academy program was specifically designed to give you real practice situations, so you can go through a technique step-by-step, in a clinical setting, with the supervision of a practical skills coach.

The reason why so many people choose the Academy is that our methodology is flexible enough to apply to a wide variety of issues, for example: emotional healing, behavioral changes, and as an adjunct to medical treatment – including, but not limited to, pain management and accelerated healing.

Tim and Angela Simmerman Sierra continue to develop new techniques, write new scripts and revise the training manuals, because they are committed to you having the most in depth training on the planet.

Go Directly to the Source!

Receive your training from the author of Medical Hypnotherapy, the definitive medical hypnotherapy textbook, written by lead instructor, Tim Simmerman Sierra. Tim was a paramedic before becoming a hypnotherapist, so he brings an allopathic perspective to the field that you will not find at any other hypnotherapy school. As a paramedic, he observed that the emergencies he was responding to could have been prevented by different attitudes and behavior, and determined that hypnotherapy could make a difference that would literally save people’s lives.

Upon graduation from the Hypnotherapy Academy of America, you are eligible to be certified by the The International Board of Hypnotherapy (IBH), which has the highest requirements and standards of any hypnosis or hypnotherapy certifying organization.

Well Worth the Travel
“Having attended numerous other hypnotherapy trainings, I can say this is unquestionably and by far the best! The program design insures you will leave with a high level of competency and confidence. I truly appreciated the comprehensive training approach, the detailed manuals and instruction, the lecture and demonstration for every technique, combined with focused discussion and individual practice sessions with supportive coaching staff… The defined techniques for addressing specific client needs are excellent. This is an authentic professional training.
JonMarie Kerns, CMS-CHt
Kailua Kona, HI

“I came to the Hypnotherapy Academy of America shortly after earning National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) and International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) certification through a hypnosis school in Albuquerque. I found it lacking in significant ways. It did not prepare students to handle the wide variety of real client issues and questions faced by professional hypnotherapists.

“After just a single week at the Academy, the shortcomings of the other training became strikingly apparent. I learned more in that single week than I did in over 190 hours at the other school. Because providing the highest quality of client-centered service is most important to me, I felt that I had to have all of what the Hypnotherapy Academy offers.

“I hold undergraduate degrees in psychology, social work and an MSW, and have worked in mental health for over 10 years. I have participated in many excellent educational and training programs.

“It’s been said that the mark of true genius is the ability to take the very complex and explain it in the simplest of terms. In this respect, the curriculum Tim Simmerman Sierra has developed bears the mark of true genius!

“I can honestly say my experience at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America has been the most rewarding experience of my life, both personally and professionally! I now have the knowledge base, tools and post-graduate support needed to provide the best hypnotherapy service to my clients, and I whole-heartedly recommend the Academy to those interested in providing the highest quality of care in the profession.”
Sharon Altman, MSW, CMS-CHt
Rochester, NY

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