Dear Doctor,

Hypnotherapy is a medical modality which has been available to healers for thousands of years, yet it is often thought of as quackery and few doctors routinely recommend it. This is a real disservice to patients everywhere. If it only helped alleviate the anxiety surrounding diagnosis and treatment it would be worthwhile but there is so much more.

It is upsetting to me that I was not exposed to hypnosis and its uses when I was in training or practice, it would have been so very useful in the Emergency Department. Now, instead of taking classes purely for fun, puttering in the garden and traveling, I have a hypnosis practice to try to do my bit making others more aware.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of hypnosis for your patients, email me for a link to my 7-day calendar.


— Denise Billen-Mejia MD

Certified Consulting Hypnotist

Hypnosis Resources

Study highlights role of mind body therapies

The Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section’s purpose is to promote the knowledge and understanding of hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine. Read more…

Hypnosis for nausea and vomiting in cancer chemotherapy: a systematic review of the research evidence

To systematically review the research evidence on the effectiveness of hypnosis for cancer chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). Read more…

A Systematic Review of Relaxation, Meditation, and Guided Imagery Strategies for Symptom and Management in Heart Failure

Cognitive-behavioral strategies may be effective treatment for these symptoms in advanced heart failure. Read more…

From the archive, 22 April 1955: The medical value of hypnotism

The seal of respectability is conferred on the ancient art of hypnotism in a report on the medical use of hypnotism, issued by the British Medical Association to-day. Read more…

Hypnosis Videos

Chronic Pain Relief

Pain is an essential signal that something is acutely wrong and should never be ignored. However, once your doctor has determined the right treatment is being used, chronic pain can be relieved with hypnosis.

Hypnosis for Medical Issues

Hypnosis is used for many medical, dental and psychological issues alongside standard medical care. Ask your doctor to refer you to a Certified Hypnotist.

Replacing Opioids with Hypnosis

In health, mind matters. David Spiegel of Stanford University’s School of Medicine explains what happens in the brain when somebody is hypnotized, and how hypnosis can reduce pain, improve cancer survival rates and help people stop smoking.