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Certification Training in Scientifically Validated Hypnotherapy

Next Class Begins June 3, 2024

How to Become a Hypnotherapist

By completing the first three modules:
Clinical Hypnotherapy Training – Modules 1 through 3 
and successfully passing the certification exam, you are eligible for certification as a “Clinical Hypnotherapist” with the International Board of Hypnotherapy and with the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. By also completing:
Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapy Training – Module 4
you are eligible for certification as a Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Hypnotherapy Training Elective Topics – Module 5  Click here to download class schedule, tuition options and catalog or call us at 505-767-8030 to speak with an admissions coordinator. See course content overview below:

Clinical Hypnotherapy Training
Module 1

(Weeks 1 & 2)

This module teaches students the principles and practice of hypnosis. Accurate information on the safe, effective use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy is presented.

The Hypnotherapy Academy prides itself in teaching the widest variety of induction styles, suggestibility testing methods and deepening techniques. This ensures that even the most analytical client achieves a therapeutic trance state.

During this phase of the hypnotherapy training, you will become proficient in the most powerful self-hypnosis and meditation techniques for your own personal growth. The latest hypnotic speed-learning and knowledge retention technologies are taught to unlock your inner genius. Understanding the difference between hypnosis, hypnotherapy, clinical hypnotherapy and medical support hypnotherapy will be taught.

* Comprehensive Instruction in the Anatomy of the Mind and Its Functions

* Brain Wave Activity and Altered States

* Development of the Brain and its Relationship to the Hypnotic State

* How the Subconscious Influences Attitudes, Emotions & Behavior

* Formula for hypnotic induction

* Introduction to Quantum Biology and Hypnosis

* Self-Esteem & Subconscious Programming

* Pre-Hypnosis Interview

* Debunking the Myths and Misconceptions Around Hypnosis

* Hypnosis Induction Methods for All Personality Types and All Ages

* Wide Variety of Hypnosis Deepening and Testing Methods

* The Design and Structure of Effective Therapeutic Suggestions and Suggestive Therapeutics

* Primary Perception and the Autonomic Nervous System

* Introduction to pain control and accelerated healing, in a hospital setting

* Introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming

* Self-Hypnosis Training

* How to Teach Self-Hypnosis

* Hypnotherapy Techniques to Achieve Important Goals (Increasing Monetary Abundance, Better Memory & Recall, Ending Addictions, Weight Management, Smoking Cessation, Sports Performance, Accelerated Learning & Test Taking, etc.)

* Demonstrations of Hypnosis Sessions

* Skill-Building Activities with Clinical Supervision

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Clinical Hypnotherapy Training
Module 2 

(Weeks 3 & 4)

In this hypnosis module, you become skilled in the proper formulation of therapeutic suggestions and guided imagery. We explore storytelling, metaphors and aspects of the Ericksonian style of hypnotherapy along with numerous Neuro-Linguistic Programming methods. During this part of the hypnotherapy training, we introduce you to methods for building and marketing your hypnotherapy practice.

You will learn many skills for working effectively with clients and will be given a blueprint for developing a successful hypnotherapy practice.

During this module, you will participate in the Hypnotherapy Academy’s improving self-esteem program which will help to ensure your success.

* Advanced Suggestion Therapy Techniques

* Creating Your Own Hypnosis CDs and MP3 files

* Guided Imagery & Interactive Imagery Methods

* Creating Positive Change by Reversing Limiting Self-Thoughts

* Grounding Methods

* Body/Mind Parts Therapy Methods

* Introduction to conducting hypnotherapy sessions via the internet

* Identifying and Letting Go of Limiting Core Beliefs

* Metaphor Therapy

* Angela’s Return To Alignment (ARTA)™ to Heal Trauma, and Overcome Fears and Phobias

* Neuro-Linguistic Programming Methods that Integrate into Hypnotherapy Sessions

* Methods to Transform Problems into Positive Resources

* More Hypnosis Inductions Skills Developments

* Building a Professional Hypnotherapy Practice

* Clearing What’s in the Way of Professional Success

* Marketing Strategies

* Demonstrations of Hypnotherapy Sessions

* Skill-Building Activities with Clinical Supervision

Clinical Hypnotherapy Training
Module 3

(Weeks 5 & 6)

During this phase of the hypnotherapy training, you will learn how to address the original, unconscious motivators of negative feelings, attitudes and behavior and then transform them. You will study and perform dream analysis, analytical hypnotherapy, advanced regression therapy techniques, dialoguing techniques, emotional clearing and attitude restructuring. Age-regression therapy is an integral part of this hypnotherapy training module.

* Multiple Regression Models

* Multiple Advanced Regression Techniques

* Uncovering & Transforming Techniques

* Going Beyond Behavior Modification

* How to Be in the Present by Clearing the Past

* Understanding & Transforming Road Blocks to Healing Relationship Issues

* Understanding the Unconscious Results Model

* Emotional Clearing Methods and Understanding Cellular Memory

* Eliminating Fears and Phobias

* Transforming Bad Habits into Positive Behavior

* Ending Insomnia

* Smoking Cessation Program

* Sports Hypnosis and Athletic Performance for All Ages and all Levels

* Weight Loss and Weight Control

* Understanding What Blocks Peace of Mind

* Preparation for Certification Exam

* Scope of Practice and Referral Criteria

* Demonstrations of Hypnotherapy Sessions

* Skill-Building Activities with Clinical Supervision

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Clinical Hypnotherapy Training (400 hours Certification Course)
Prerequisite of 300-hour Hypnotherapist Training (see above modules). Add Accelerated Healing and Pain Control (additional 100 hours) to be eligible for the professional designation of “Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist” and “Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist” with the International Board of Hypnotherapy.

Accelerated Healing and Pain Control
Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapy
Module 4 

(Weeks 7 & 8)

During this module, you will learn hypnotherapeutic psychoneurophysiology techniques using the mind for pain management and accelerated healing. Procedures and protocols are presented that can be used for one-on-one therapy or for groups dealing with health issues.

* Understanding and Healing Subconscious Psychological Conflicts Related to Dis-ease

* Identifying the Common Roadblocks to Healing and How they Influence the Autonomic Nervous System and the Subconscious Mind

* Overview of Anatomy & Physiology as It Applies to the Mind/Body Dynamic

* Understanding and Practicing Accelerated Healing Protocol

* Indirect and Direct Healing Imagery and Suggestions

* Universal Healing Metaphors

* Strategies for conducting hypnotherapy sessions via the internet

* Hypnosis Preparation for Childbirth

* Introduction to Bio-communication at the Cellular Level with Therapeutic Hypnosis

* Psychoneuroimmunology and the Subconscious Healing Mechanism

* Comprehensive Pain Management Strategies

* Surgery Preparation & Post-Operative Healing Methods

* Post-Operative Pain Control

* Emergency Hypnosis

* Working with Catastrophic Illness

* Hypnosis Methods for Dentistry

* Hypnosis for Children

* Flexible Hypnotherapy Strategies to Assist With Health Issues

* Learning and Practicing Healing Imagery and Inner Guidance Protocol

* Interfacing with the Conventional Medical Community

* Scope of Practice and Referral Criteria

* Demonstrations of Medical Hypnosis and Medical Hypnotherapy Techniques

* Includes a copy of Tim Simmerman Sierra’s critically acclaimed book, Medical Hypnotherapy. Larry Dossey says, “It deserves to be read in every medical school in the nation.”

* Skill-Building Activities with Clinical Supervision

* More Information in Downloadable Course Catalog PDF

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Elective Topics
Prerequisites above. Complete this module for a total of 500 hours of hypnotherapy certification training.

Natal Regression, Interlife Exploration
& Past Life Therapy
Module 5

(weeks 9 & 10)

Natal Regression & Interlife Exploration

Hypnotic age-regression methods to uncover and enable healing of the inner child, inner parent and inner adult relationships are taught in this course. You will learn methods to access and heal difficult childhood experiences, as well as various emotional reparenting techniques.

* Understanding Birth Scripts

* Understanding Karmic Configurations and the Birth Family

* Processing Womb Time Patterns that Affect Adult Life

* Breath Work and Natal Regression

* Healing Birth Trauma

* Exploring Interlife Decisions (life between life)

* More Information In Downloadable Course Catalog PDF

Past Life Therapy

Past Life therapy resolves issues that do not readily appear to have current life causes and issues that have not met resolution through other therapeutic means.

Upon completion of this section, you will be proficient in one-on-one past life regression, group past life regression, and the rarely taught dual regression for taking couples back in time simultaneously. Future life progression and higher-self or superconscious-mind contact will also be explored.

* Exploring the Major Theories of Reincarnation

* Processing Past Life Images as a Therapeutic Metaphor

* Contraindication to Past Life Regression

* Indications for Past Life Regression

* Understanding Karmic Influences

* Karmic Resolution Strategies

* Exploring Past Life Special Talents and Abilities

* Couples Past Life Regression and Metaphysical Relationship Dynamics

* Exploring Interlife Decisions

* How to Market and Build a Practice around Past Life Therapy and the Spiritual Applications of Hypnotherapy

* More Information in Downloadable Course Catalog PDF

What Comprises A Comprehensive Training
Hypnotherapy methodology has two major categories:  Suggestion therapy and uncovering methods.  ALL STYLES (i.e. Ericksonian, Alchemical, Advanced Regression Therapy, etc.) of hypnotherapy break down to be a form of one, or a combination of both.  

Suggestion therapy is basically saturating the mind with the right thinking to bring about behavior modification, i.e., stopping smoking.  Uncovering methods are for the discovering and healing of the subconscious “cause” of the problem.  While this is a simplification, there are dozens and dozens of methods for accomplishing either category.  You simply will not be prepared to help people address all problems by attending a basic, brief and superficial training program that does NOT provide you with comprehensive instruction in both categories.  (Any course less than 300 training hours just cannot give you enough time to develop superior skills.) 

Graduation Requirements
The Academy requirements for graduation consist of a grade of 80% or better on both written and practical skills examinations, classroom participation, and directed study.  Classroom participation makes up 87% of your total hours and 13% is for completion of directed study assignments.

Tim Simmerman Sierra Live Hypnotherapy Demonstration Learn Hypnosis

Lead Instructor Tim Simmerman Sierra Conducting a Live Hypnotherapy Demonstration in Class

You can be assured that the courses offered at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America combine the best of new and ancient therapeutic methods, ensuring that our curriculum remains on the cutting edge.

  • A strong personal growth and post-graduate support system enables our students to confidently transition into professional practice.
  • NO previous college credits are necessary to take this course.
  • Payment plans are available.
  • Click here to download class schedule, tuition options and catalog  or call us 505-767-8030 for information.

Our Executive Co-Director, Tim Simmerman Sierra is a former nationally registered paramedic and teaches hypnotherapy students effective accelerated healing and pain erasure hypnotherapy techniques. Some applications include hypnodontics, surgery preparation, childbirth with hypnosis and more.

Fall Class 2006 Learn Hypnosis Hypnotherapy Training

Fall 2006 Class

Waiting List Policy

Our classes often fill to capacity, so let us know if you would like us to hold a seat for you.
People have traveled from England, Canada, Japan, Guam, China, Australia, New Zealand, India, Denmark, Spain, Thailand, Colombia, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Singapore, Romania, Italy, Dubai (UAE), France, South Africa, Virgin Islands, Barbados, Cyprus, Austria, Mexico, Lithuania, Guatemala, Egypt, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Israel, Kenya, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and all 50 states in the USA to attend.

Because our classes often fill to capacity, admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. All enrollment paperwork must be completed and tuition must be paid in full, or arrangements must be made at least one week before class starts to assure your seat.

Sometimes cancellations occur, so if the upcoming class is full, we can place you on a waiting list. To be placed on the waiting list we need your enrollment paperwork and tuition for a minimum of one module. Please phone (505-767-8030) or email to find out if there are still seats available in the upcoming course.

If you are on the waiting list and a seat in that class does not become available, the tuition can be transferred to hold your seat in the following semester.

Fall 2005 Class Learn Hypnosis Hypnotherapy Training

Fall 2005 Class

If you have questions or would like further information, please email or call us.

In no way are the Hypnotherapy Academy’s services to be interpreted as providing medical or psychiatric services. Hypnotherapy services are not offered as a replacement for counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric or medical treatment. Hypnotherapy is an educational process that facilitates access to internal resources that assist people in increasing motivation, or altering behavior patterns to create positive change. The education of hypnotherapy is classified under Human Services in the Health and Human Services Division of the Classification of Instructional Programs by the United States Department of Education.

Find out why, people from around the world, attend our Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapy Training.

We are proud to announce:
National Institutes of Health – funded research, utilized our hypnotherapy methodology in a large successful study.  After this randomized clinical trial’s peer-review process, our methodology was referred to as “superior.” Click here for details Scientific Research on Hypnosis

Here’s What Our Students Are Saying:  “While there are several aspects of the Academy’s training I consider superior, five aspects stand out in particular.
First, they teach solid and practical clinical skills, and then reinforce them with demonstrations and practice.
Second, they teach material in multiple ways in order to support learning of students with different learning styles and backgrounds, and they are flexible in how they present concepts and techniques.
Third, they teach principles as well as techniques, which help students to apply what they learn in flexible and adaptable ways.
Fourth, they support student learning with well organized written material in manuals that are continually being adjusted according to student responses and feedback.
Fifth, they focus on the importance of practitioners living the principles and developing personally.
In addition, the training is professional and is taught by instructors who are not only clinically accomplished, but who are also obviously committed to educational excellence.
Because of the quality of training and because of the deeply enriching personal experiences students receive, I highly recommend the Hypnotherapy Academy of America for any lay person, health professional or mental health professional who wants to become an excellent hypnotherapist.”

Greg Freedman, MD, CCHt
Director, Colorado Institute of Behavioral Medicine
Boulder, Colorado

“After training at a school close to home, I realized I needed a lot more, so I researched hypnotherapy schools around the world and found the Hypnotherapy Academy. It was well worth it to go to the Hypnotherapy Academy for their entire training. Now I finally feel confident and know exactly what to do to help others. This hypnotherapy course is incredible! I am still amazed at the difference in the quality of training.”

Jeff Albrecht
Breckenridge, CO

“I have studied in formal classroom settings, college, graduate school, and continuing education settings for the past 26 years. Never have I had a course that so finely integrated theory and practice. I am leaving the Academy with a greater confidence in my skills than I have from any other course I have ever had. Tim and the entire staff showed a compassion and concern for every student that is, in my experience, totally unparalleled.”

Linda Knight
Grand Rapids, MI

“The quality of material taught combined with the live demonstrations and supervised practice creates a level of training excellence not found at any hypnosis school on the entire East Coast. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE TRAVELED to New Mexico for my certification training.”

Elaine Hoyo
New York City, NY

“I am amazed by the wealth of knowledge, experience and love that Tim Simmerman so freely shares with his students and the world. Through hypnosis MY WORLD IS OPENING UP BEYOND MY DREAMS!”

Sandy Breeding, CHt
Olympia, WA

“I am happy I took this class. I am more complete personally and, I AM AN EVEN BETTER THERAPIST NOW! I plan to teach psychiatry residents these techniques.”

Dr. Hillary Wynn, Psychiatrist, CHt
St. Thomas Island

“I have learned more valuable information and acquired BETTER TOOLS FOR LIFE in just five weeks at the Hypnotherapy Academy than my $110 thousand dollar, four-year education at Vanderbilt University!”

Justin Millar, CHt
Denver, CO

* This training is approved by the International Board of Hypnotherapy and the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.


Hypnotherapy Training Creates Lasting Positive Change…

“Dear Tim,
I must tell you that taking your classes THREE YEARS AGO was a life altering experience for me. I have attended many workshops for self-improvement, none of them have ever come close to giving me the benefits your class did. I have so much MORE SELF-CONFIDENCE. Fears that I once carried have disappeared. If I find myself stressed out, I have the ability to relax any time I want.
This is not to mention the EXPERT TRAINING I received which gives me the tools to help others. I thank you so much for what you are doing. “

Love and Blessings,
Marjorie Taylor, Florida