WHAT IS lit?

LIT is Behavior Modification Counseling that provides a powerful and effective means of creating “permanent” lifestyle changes. It is a holistic approach of “Total Sensory Communication” between the mind and body. Some people call it personal and professional self-improvement.

We here at Paradise, The Lifestyle Spa have coined the term: Lifestyle Improvement Therapy

By combining Somatic Behaviorism, Dream Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and Clinical Hypnotherapy with specialized therapeutic techniques customized to every individual client, a Board Certified Behaviorists acts as a guide to assist in releasing old, negative lifestyle habits and frameworks that keep you from reaching your desired lifestyle goals. The goal of LIT is to craft sustainable lifestyles, and therefore socially ecological models of flourishing.


This is a common question from individuals encountering the profession for the first time. While the media has increasingly presented the virtues of hypnosis for a wide variety of applications, rarely do they make the distinction between a Hypnotherapist and other health care professionals.

Many people assume that a Hypnotherapist must be a Psychologist or Medical Doctor. "Hypnotherapist" however, is a profession in and of itself whose scope and preparation is quite different from these other professions. A Hypnotherapist is a Lifestyle Expert.

Federal Dictionary of Occupational Titles

As defined in The Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Published by the United States Department of Labor. Authored by Dr. John Kappas 1977.

079.157.010 | Hypnotherapist
Hypnotherapist induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior pattern through hypnosis. Consults with client to determine the nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Test subjects to determine degrees of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and an analysis of clients problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.

Not a medical doctor

Only the Medical Doctor is recognized by the State to diagnose and treat medical disorders. Medical disorders can be defined as any symptom with a possible medical etiology; such as headaches, backaches, blurred vision, etc.

The Psychologist is the professional trained to diagnose and treat emotional and mental disorders. If medical disorders are the domain of the Medical Doctor and emotional and mental disorders the scope of the Psychologist, what then is the domain of the Hypnotherapist?

Lifestyle Improvement Therapy

The answer is technically called "vocational and avocational self improvement." In simple language, these are things that do not qualify as a medical disorder or an emotional and mental disorder. In the scope of the health services, these are the little things. But it is the "little things" that the majority of the World is struggling with. The routines and habits of Lifestyle.

In this country, two thirds of the adult population are overweight, one third smoke cigarettes and 70 percent suffer from some form of insomnia. It is probably even safe to say that 95 percent of the people you know would like to improve in some area or another. Sports performance, confidence, smoking cessation, motivation and more are all the specialty of the Hypnotherapist.

Unlike Psychologists and Medical Doctors, the Hypnotherapist is the only professional specifically trained to work in these areas. In fact, the HMI College of Hypnotherapy graduate has more hours, length and depth of training in Hypnotherapy than any other health care professional. 


Professional Certified Hypnotherapists stand together across the country and work as a cohesive political group. Our profession is represented by the American Federation of Laborers' (AFL/CIO) Office and the Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) founding The Hypnotherapists Union Local 472 AFL-CIO-CLC OPEIU

Let us compare membership statistics with three of the most widely recognized professional associations.

  1. The American Medical Association has approximately 26,000 members in the State of California.
  2. The California Dental Association has approximately 12,000 members.
  3. The American Psychological Association has approximately 4,575 members in California.

The AFL-CIO, of which we are a member, has between 600,000 and 700,000 members in California alone, and 12 million members nationwide.

the impact of Stress on Your Health

Most people think of stress as the “demands of life.” These demands can come in many forms and a have direct affect on your mind, body and emotional health. Anything can become stressful if it is strong enough, long lasting and is repeated too often.

People under significant stress are at high risk for addictions, eating disorders, smoking, depression, career burnout, insomnia and physical injury or illness and more. Hypnotherapy has been clinically proven to be an effective holistic approach for Stress Management, Behavioral Modification and Optimal Health. Furthermore, by applying practical mind-body healthcare practices such as hypnosis, Hypnotherapists can help promote lasting states of physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Hypnosis & The Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic also uses hypnosis as an integrative healthcare procedure to help relieve symptoms of some diseases and conditions. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed and you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions.

According to specialists, during hypnosis “clients can tap into and use their inner resources, make personal changes and learn how to manage their lives more effectively.” Hypnosis is intended to help you gain more control over undesired behaviors and emotions, or even to help you cope better with a wide range of medical conditions. 

Self-Hypnosis is considered a natural and holistic wellness practice. Hypnotherapy is a clinical procedure typically used along with certain treatments and therapies to help a wide variety of conditions. In particular, hypnosis can reduce stress and anxiety before a medical procedure. Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind and when combined with effective suggestions, can assist a person with desired changes in their day-to-day life experiences.

Facts & Myths of Hypnosis

If you’ve ever seen hypnotism used as entertainment in a stage act, you’ve probably witnessed several of the myths about hypnosis in action. What popular culture knows about hypnosis is usually what they have seen on TV or in the movies where a person is under someone’s “spell.” While that works great on film, it is far from the truth of what really happens in a Hypnotherapy session with a certified professional in a wellness clinic. Legitimate clinical Hypnotherapy practiced by a qualified professional is not the same process as that performed on stage. Actually, there is an entire world of difference between the clinical health and wellness procedure of Hypnotherapy and the showbiz performance act of staged "hypnosis."

When using Hypnotherapy in a positive, clinical setting with an experienced, certified Behaviorist, you will be able to experience a myriad of successful lifestyle changes benefiting your personal and professional life.