International Board of Hypnotherapy (IBH)

Welcome to the official web site for the International Board of Hypnotherapy. The International Board of Hypnotherapy has set rigorous requirements for certification so that consumers, health and counseling agencies, clinics and hospitals can rest assured they are getting a qualified practitioner when employing an IBH Fellow.

Some Services IBH Provides to the Community:

Support to IBH Members Includes:
Annual Symposium

The next Annual Symposium will take place in Albuquerque, NM, Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15, 2016. 


Hypnotherapist assists patient with anxiety and pain associated with dental procedure.

Other Support for Members

  • Support and Conduct Research in the application and efficacy of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
  • Continuing Education for member support including:
    • IBH physician consultation
    • Registry placement for Fellows
    • Monthly teleconference
    • Bi-annual peer reviewed journal
    • Annual symposium

What is the International Board of Hypnotherapy?

As an ever-increasing body of research lends greater scientific credence to the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy to assist patients in accelerating their healing, controlling pain and facilitating recovery from medical procedures, more and more patients and medical professionals are looking for ways to incorporate these benefits in the health plans they are designing. Yet, with no governmental oversight, and a broad variance in training and even the theory behind the practice of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, a caveat emptor approach to a field that has long been misrepresented by the media makes hypnotherapy seem unapproachable to many patients and healthcare providers.

IBH exists to regulate and maintain a demonstrated level of professional training, ability, reliability and ethics in the hypnotherapy community, so that healthcare providers and their patients can make use of the power of the subconscious mind with the guidance of competent professionals who know how to work with the healthcare system.

Consumer Alert

How do you know if a hypnotherapist has adequate training to deal with your issues? How do you know if they are competent to get involved in your health?

There are some certifying organizations for hypnotherapists that require only filling out an online application (and the payment of a membership fee). Also, some professional organizations allow certification without proof of training, and with as little as 100 hours of education in hypnosis

 In contrast, IBH members are required to pass our written examination, provide proof of number of hours of training, from an approved school and at Level 3, “Fellow” provide tangible proof of their ability to work with clients by providing a video or DVD of an actual session, and actual scripts.

For added peace of mind, IBH members are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics and scope of practice. (See Code of Ethics Page.)

Many of our Fellows have between 500 and 600 hours training in hypnotherapy techniques.